Coronation Party, Corporation Street School, Stafford

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Date:1953

Description:Children from Corporation Street and Oxford Gardens are pictured at a Coronation party held in the school hall at Corporation Street School, Stafford.

Front row: Roy Harrison (3rd from left), Alan Cook (6th from left) Alan Cook.

2nd row up: Paul Millard (far left), Jan Lawton (4th from left), Terry Harrison (6th from left), Jean Powell (7th from left) .

Among the others in the picture are: Jacqueline Horsley, Ruth Moore, Eric Holding, Susan Tolfrey, Peter Knight, Judy Barr, Derek Barr, June Law, Carmen, Pat and Deanne Harrison and Lesley Wiggin.

Acknowledgement: thank you to Mr Terry and Mrs Jan Harrison (nee Lawton) for the above information.

Corporation Street Board School was built in 1895. The first Headmaster was John Wheeldon, who came to Stafford in 1880 as Headmaster of the British School in Earl Street. In 1895 he became Headmaster of Corporation Street Board School and in 1909 when the School was reorganised and the building extended to form separate boys', girls' and infants' schools, he became the Headmaster of the boys' department. The latter two were rebuilt in the 1960s when it was discovered that brine pumping in the area had led to subsidence. In later years the School became known as the John Wheeldon Primary Academy.

In his spare time, Mr Wheeldon taught Science classes at the Mechanics Institute. He was also the founder and first president of the Stafford and District Association of the National Union of Teachers (N.U.T) and, in 1918; he was made Justice of the Peace. In 1923 John Wheeldon became the Mayor of Stafford and in 1925, a member of the Education Committee, later serving on the Governing body of Stafford Girls High School.

The photograph was taken by the Staffordshire Newsletter.

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Source: Mr Bob Metcalfe

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