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Retford Grammar School

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Retford Grammar School
from the air

Three photos, taken 1973, 2004 and 2011 show the immense changes to the school that happened after the webmaster left in 1958. After the expense and the disturbance, the school closed for good in 2002.
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53.318357, -0.938559

Taken 2011

Press release for immediate release 27/04/2011. Retford landmark to be sold for development

After lying empty for three years the historic King Edward VI School in Retford has been put on the market with the hope that its sale will secure the future of the site and its buildings. The 5.74 acre site on London Road dates back to the 1850s and is being sold by its charitable trust owners following the construction of two brand new schools in the town. The school moved to the new locations about three years ago leaving the current site vacant. The owners hope that by selling, it can be developed as a commercial or residential site, where the attractive Grade II listed buildings will be restored and maintained. Kevin Benson from commercial agents Fisher German comments:
"This is a very important site for Retford, it is an iconic landmark which would make an ideal development opportunity. We have already had numerous enquiries from interested parties who have put forward ideas for enhancing or even complete redevelopment of the site. I envisage it being developed perhaps as a mixed use scheme or completely residential. There is an increasing demand for development sites and I anticipate that we will receive a lot of very good offers".
The main school building was constructed in the 1850s with further additions in 1926 and 1937 which included a classroom block and theatre block respectively. The site has an expansive area to the north of the main buildings which could be available for brand new development and there is a huge potential to convert the existing buildings, returning them to their former glory. The site benefits from excellent transport links with the A1 trunk road and motorway networks allowing access to the major towns and cities of Sheffield, Doncaster, Lincoln, Worksop and Nottingham. Retford also has an excellent rail link which will provide travel to London in approximately 1 hour 40 minutes. The King Edward VI School is being sold by Fisher German with informal tenders invited by 12:00pm on Friday 13th May 2011. For further information, please contact:
Kevin Benson on 01777 719148 or email: Kevin.benson@fishergerman.co.uk

From "Retford Times", 05 May 2011.
Site Goes on the Market three years after facility shut.

SCHOOL SELL-OFF SHOULD ENSURE
THE FUTURE OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS.

by James Peck (james.peck@retfordtimes.co.uk)
After lying empty for three years, the historic King Edward VI School in Retford has been put on the market. The 5.74-acre site in London Road dates back to the 1850s and is being sold by its charitable trust owners following the construction of two new schools in the town. The school closed its doors following the creation of Retford Oaks School, leaving the King Edward's site vacant. The hope among interested parties is that it can be developed as a commercial or residential site, and the attractive grade two listed buildings will be restored and maintained. Kevin Benson of commercial agents Fisher German said "This is a very important site for Retford, it is an iconic landmark which would make an ideal development opportunity. We have already had numerous enquiries from interested parties who have put forward ideas for enhancing, or even completely redeveloping, of the site. I envisage it being developed as a mixed-use scheme or completely residential. There is an increasing demand for development sites and I anticipate that we will receive a lot of very good offers." Mick Storey, a member of the school's trustees, said: "As the building is listed, its facade has to remain and this should maintain the attractive view from London Road." The main school building was constructed in the 1850s, with additions in 1926 and 1937, which included a classroom block and theatre block. The site has an expansive area to the north of the main buildings, which could be available for new development and there is a "huge potential" to convert the existing buildings, returning them to their former glory, the agents say.

Drawn 1885, 28 years after the school was opened. Major parts added 1885-1958 were:
Chemistry lab, Gymnasium and Physics block, New Block and Assembly Hall
Taken 1973 (15 years after the webmaster left).
Unchanged since 1958:. Hatfield Street still undeveloped. Air-raid shelters and Eyre fives court still there. Tin-tab still present.
Changes since 1958. Cars parked near the field. Four tennis courts built near bottom of the field. New Science block, Gymnasium, changing rooms and Biology pond built next to squash courts. New Art and Handicraft block built near to tin-tab. Canteen gone between Hall and dormitories. Eight cricket nets built on field behind Hall.
Taken Tue 7 Sep 2004 (31 years after the previous photo)
Unchanged since 1958:. The front of the school, the 1920's New Block.
However the function of the insides changed radically (see extract from A.D.Ground's 1970 History)
Changes since 1973. Hatfield Street developed, bringingtraffic much closer. The Tin-Tab removed, four new blocks built close by, the air-raid shelters and Fives court removed, a new block built close to the Hall, and an extension of the Science block.

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