Whitley Abbey Mixed Comprehensive School was opened in 1955. It was formed by merging Churchfield High School with Cheylesmore Secondary Modern. Carol Hinde recalled what she liked about Whitley Abbey during the time she was there in the late 1950s.
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Hilary: What school did you go after that school?
Carol: Right after that school I went to Cheylesmore Secondary Modern School and I was just there twelve months and they opened the Whitley Abbey Comprehensive School, I think that was in nineteen, I think I was twelve when they opened that so that was 1954 or something like that. I went to, yeah Whitely Abbey. I loved that school it was lovely.
Hilary: What did you like about it?
Carol: Well it was partly, you felt more grown up and it was a new school and there was three houses on the site. There was Stoneleigh, Warwick and Kenilworth and I belonged to Stoneleigh House and our housemistress was Mrs Rosbottom and she also used to teach us Geography as well and it had it’s own little flat so when we got into doing domestic science there used to be a group of four of you and three of them used to do the cooking and invite the teachers to the meal and one of us used to do the cleaning. I always volunteered for the cleaning, I don’t like cooking. So you felt more grown up, you seemed to have a lot more freedom. And of course you walked about the school because every lesson was done in a different class, classroom. And the houses were away from the classroom so yeah. We had a big lake and you used to go over the bridge into the teaching blocks kind of thing. It was good, I really enjoyed that it was good.