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Trowbridge - Nelson Haden Senior Boys' Secondary Modern School, Trowbridge

Opened on the Frome Road site of 22 acres on 16th September 1940 with the Girls' School, and took all the senior pupils in the town who did not go to the High Schools. There was an initial average of 273 on the register under the headmaster, E. Hughes and he was aided by a growing number of assistants as the school continued to expand.

Opening in the midst of war it had all the problems of blackouts and air raids, as well as an evacuee population throughtout the war. The war also meant female supply teachers had to be used as cover for those teachers who had enlisited. there were also problems of space as the Royal Corps of Signals occupied 4 classrooms until May 1943.It still managed to raise a credible amount of war savings and bonds totaling at, over the war period, at £2, 347 11s 6d. The saving habit continued after the war, with a National Savings club. The boys were given trips to the cinema and film shows, there were school sports and athletics. There were six regular after school clubs, speech days and christmas plays, carol concerts and annual photographs. the were also school fetes and a recod of pole vault pit being dug, as well as in 1955 a french exchange and afterwards other foreign trips to Belgium and Paris.

E. Hughes retired in 1951 to be replaced by Mr Cooke; he was assited by 13 masters who as well as the regular subjects taught extras such as gardening, metal and wood work. A school tuck shop was opened in 1956, and school dinners appeared and were charged for. The invasion of television began in 1958 and was soon followed by exams such as the G.C.E. and the parents and teachers association.

It closed at the end of Summer term 1974 and re-opened in August 1974 as The Clarendon School when Trowbridge adopted the comprehensive system.



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