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Luxury houses plan for La Sagesse School
by Rob Pattinson, Evening Chronicle, July 15th 2011



A FORMER convent school could be converted into luxury housing if developers push ahead with their plans.

Plans have been drawn up for the Jesmond Towers building now owned by tycoon Freddy Shepherd.

The former Newcastle United owner bought the £5m site, which includes the former La Sagesse School, in 2009.

While no formal planning application has yet been received by Newcastle City Council, an exhibition has been held in Jesmond to give local families the chance to view ideas for the estate.

Now a letter has been sent out by developers on behalf of the Shepherds, stating a planning application for the whole site is expected to be lodged next month.

New details have also emerged of proposals for the grade II-listed Jesmond Towers building, which could be converted into 10 apartments.

Two lodges in the grounds, which originally served the mansion, will be restored, while a further two will be built.

Freddy said: “This is a very exciting period for us. We have spent a lot of time carefully pulling together plans, which we are happy with. But it is important whatever we do fits in with the local community and has the support of nearby families. The updated plans, including impressions of the development we are proposing, will be available to see this month.


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In my collection I have a commemorative brochure given to the children of all Newcastle schools for the visit of King George V. and Queen Mary to open the New Tyne Bridge in October 1928.

This particular brochure was presented to a pupil of Cambridge Street School, Christina Cavanagh.














Scanned from the original document which is now out of copyright (time expired)

Just to add to the 'story' here is a photographs of Cambridge Street School, courtesy of the Newcastle Libraries Archive @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/newcastlelibraries/4078861466/sizes/o/in/photostream/

 

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Scanned from the original document which is now out of copyright (time expired)
Surrounded by the same streets and houses, but boy hasn't "Heaton School" changed!

Courtesy of Google Earth, 2011 . .



I think there is only ONE bit of the old school left, the 'gatehouse' at the left hand side of the top (1928) photo.
 

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In my collection I have a commemorative brochure given to the children of all Newcastle schools for the visit of King George V. and Queen Mary to open the New Tyne Bridge in October 1928.



Scanned from the original document which is now out of copyright (time expired)

Just realised, the King and Queens visit (after the Official Tyne Bridge opening) to Heaton School (see above photo) is actually described in this post
on our NEWSPAPER HEADLINES thread . . .

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=60839689&postcount=40
 

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Just realised, the King and Queens visit (after the Official Tyne Bridge opening) to Heaton School (see above photo) is actually described in this post
on our NEWSPAPER HEADLINES thread . . .

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=60839689&postcount=40
I had a friend at Heaton School and I went there once with him in the mid 1970s to blag some stage lighting for a small tour that the Drama Adviser (based in Pendower) had pulled together.

I imagine that it had been built as a Grammar in the spirit of Public school architecture but truth be known by then it was a slightly rough comprehensive like Kenton School but in a grander building.

In September 1967 Newcastle upon Tyne schools "went Comprehensive" and some rearrangements were necessary.

Heaton School was created by the "shotgun marriage"(press quote) between Heaton Grammar School and Heaton High School. The Headteacher of the Grammar School-Harry Askew, a perfect gentleman, became Head of the new school (in spite of famously declaring that he didn’t believe in comprehensive education) and the "redoubtable" Dr Edith Constance Henstock became his Deputy.

The new intake of 1st years (year 7) were in mixed classes and the 2nd years were remixed as one year of separate-sex education was reckoned to be unlikely to cause problems. All the other years remained in single sex classes except the 6th Forms who were mixed after 5 years of separate sex classes!!
(From this site)
I remember there was a marking room outside the staff room on the first floor between the halls which was soot blackened, as it had been burned out by an unruly pupil!

I also had a vague recollection that it had HGS embroidered in large letters above the stage in one of the Halls and it looks like I remembered it correctly.

 

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Great Peace of June 28th 1919

Another brochure that was handed out by Newcastle Education Committee, this time to commemorate a service held in Newcastle's schools on the morning of 25th July 1919 to celebrate the ending of the 1914-1919 Great War.

This one was awarded to Bobbie Armstrong, Form I of Thornton House School (anyone know where this school was?)

The booklet runs to 17 pages, so too many to link from here or the page would go on and on... so I have linked a few and the others can be seen @ http://www.fototime.com/inv/F72F7152E166961















Copyright on the publication now out of time.
 

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Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Old Durham Rd, Wrekenton, Gateshead

Some pictures taken 06/11/11 AM of this school

The school, which was designed by GWK Architects to replace the nearby Edmund Campion RC School in 2007


More information on http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Council and Democracy/news/News Articles/Gateshead Praised in Civic Trust Awards.aspx

Located on the former Whitehouse Lane Playing fields which before early 1960's was location of extremely wet land/ ponds associated with nearby colliery



















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Lord Lawson of Beamish School - Replacement Secondary School , Birtley Lane, Birtley, Gateshead

Some pictures taken 13/11/11 of recently completed large secondary school, built on playing fields of existing school - then existing buildings demolished.

Location; as in title, to south of Gateshead Metropolitan Borough




















School was on of 5 across the Gateshead Borough built as part of PFI Scheme by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd , see http://www.sir-robert-mcalpine.com/projects/?id=458

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Heworth Grange School, High Lanes , Felling, Gateshead - Replacement Secondary School

Here are some pictures showing current state of play as at 15/11/11 PM (generally taken over perimeter fences etc ) showing old CLASP buildings and new elements of the school complex


CLASP being Consortium of Local Authorities Special Projects and was set up in the 1960's by a number of local authories to develop system buildings ( schools and other projects) which were capable of withstanding ground movements due to mining subsidence etc involving "standard units" and utilising a series of approved manufacturers and suppliers - it was run through an office set up in Nottingham which was paid for by means of a levy imposed on the materials of the system used in each project ( now called SCAPE but used by lesser number of authorities)


This project is funded by the Building Schools for the Future ( BSF) Fund – unfortunately curtailed by ConDem £ 3.5 billion cutbacks and affecting other proposed developments in the Gateshead area, in particular Ryton / Hookergate School in west of the borough.

In Gateshead the whole work programme was supposed to be carried out by the following method:

“inspiredspaces achieved financial close on the South Tyneside and Gateshead ( STaG ) BSF project in December 2007. inspiredspaces is the private sector partner in the Local Education Partnership ( LEP ) along with Partnerships for Schools, South Tyneside and Gateshead Councils and Royal Bank of Scotland.

The LEP will deliver 9 secondary schools in the current wave of the BSF programme along with a possible additional 4 SEN schools for South Tyneside, with a total area of approximately 100,000 square metres. The schools will either be a new build PFI or refurbished through a design and build contract. The LEP will also deliver ICT through a managed service to all schools across the project and provide facilities management services to the new build PFI schools over the life of the 25 year concession contract.”

( see later)

Main Contractor; Carillion PLC http://www.carillionplc.com/





























View the Heworth Grange School site http://www.heworthgrange.org/?page_id=1556to see

a) numerous other photographs showing progress from “demolition of existing buildings” through to” progress on new buildings”

b) and the following text

“Through the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project Heworth Grange is in the process of being transformed, ready for education in the third millennium. Our students will have a school of which they can be justifiably proud”



In respect of announcement of Central Government cuts to the BSF Funding see the following Extract from Evening Chronicle article of 6 July 2010

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2010/07/06/pupils-miss-out-after-school-cash-cutbacks-72703-26794441/ stated

"In Gateshead, refurbishment work is already under way at Thomas Hepburn and Heworth Grange, which will continue as planned.


The borough had successfully bid for a second phase of funding.


However, following the announcement, these plans will be axed.


This means Joseph Swan, St Thomas More and Whickham School will not be rebuilt or revamped.


It also halts plans to build a school which was due to replace Hookergate and Ryton in a merger of the secondaries."

MUCH PULLING OUT HAIR IN THE CIVIC CENTRE WHEN THAT CUT WAS ANNOUNCED


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St Wilfrid's RC Primary Scool, Old Fold Rd, Old Fold, Gateshead - replacement school

Not sure whether now call Old Fold area St James Village – or is that only for the adjacent William Leech & Persimmon Homes developments on other side of Old Fold Road. This development closely associated with others carried out at same time in the immediate area

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As in post for Holy Trinity Church schools now seem to have gone over the top with security fences etc - is it to keep vandals out or the "tiny tots" in

This being 4th of 5 developments in the area to be input by me to this forum – BloKlok houses , Marigold Court and associated bungalows, Holy Trinity Church, St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School and the main private housing schemes by William Leech & Persimmon Homes

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johnnypd; 27th March 2008; Full Summary of Projects Thread said:
La Sagesse private school forced to shut down
Mar 27 2008 by Paul James, The Journal


La Sagesse private school in Jesmond

ONE of the North East’s leading private schools will close this summer after the group of nuns who founded it tripled the rent, The Journal can reveal. The decision to shut the La Sagesse school in Jesmond, Newcastle will leave 200 pupils looking for new schools and 54 members of staff out of work.

The £3,000-a-term school has been based on the site since 1912, six years after it was founded by a Catholic order named the Sisters of La Sagesse, or the Daughters of Wisdom. But the past two years have seen the sisters leave Newcastle and what the school described as their “formal business arrangement” has seen the nuns ask for treble the rent.

At the same time the school’s pupil numbers have halved since the nearby Royal Grammar School opened its doors to girls in 2002.

Last night the future of the Victorian Gothic mansion and its 10-acre site overlooking Jesmond Dene was not clear. Staff said they were concentrating on supporting pupils and staff until it closes on August 31.
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Jesmond Parish Church plans 700-pupil school
by Dan Warburton, The Journal, December 17th 2011


PLANS to open a new school have been announced by a Newcastle church, with hopes of restoring one of the region’s best-known private schools. Jesmond Parish Church yesterday unveiled a bid to open a free school, a new Government scheme in which public funding is used to set up independent schools, and leaders of the bid said they wanted to site the school in the old La Sagesse buildings in Jesmond, Newcastle, which closed in 2008. They envisage taking 700 pupils.

Last night Jonathan Pryke, executive minister of Jesmond Parish Church and a trustee of the Jesmond Trust, said they are yet to secure funding for the project but confirmed they had made an application to the Department for Education for cash that is likely to stretch into the millions.

The introduction of a school in the Jesmond area could put them in potential conflict with three nearby private schools, the Royal Grammar School, Church High and Central Newcastle High School. Should it gain the Government funding, the school, which would be called Clayton Academy, could welcome pupils as soon as September 2013.

La Sagesse has been a school and we would like to see that continue. We hope that the school would be a positive addition to the family of schools in the local area. It would be a smaller school than many of those nearby – with about 50 students per year – meaning we can provide education on a more individual basis.

Former Newcastle United owner Mr Shepherd bought the £5m site, which includes the former La Sagesse School, in 2009. Last night he said he was “not interested” in any approach by Jesmond Parish Church to allow the 700-pupil school to be placed on the site. Parking and traffic problems nearby could also present problems for residents.

For more information on the school go on to www.claytonacademy.org.uk


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Missed this article back in July. I haven't been through Spital Tongues for a while, does anyone know how this project is doing?

Dame Allan's School is building for the future
by Chris Knox, The Journal, July 1st 2011



THE governors at Dame Allan’s Schools in Newcastle have appointed the main contractor for their new nursery and junior school at Hunter’s Moor. Durham-based Esh Construction will begin work on the six-acre site in Fenham next week, with the development due to be opened in September next year.

The development, which has been designed by Gateshead-based Ian Belsham Associates, will provide the schools’ nursery children with their own classrooms and separate entrance, while the classrooms on the ground floor open out into shared spaces, so the children can work and play together.

The classrooms for the older children will be on the upper floor and will include a library and the project also includes three separate play areas as well as dedicated coaching areas for netball, rugby, cricket and athletics, and an all-weather games area.

Dame Allan’s principal Dr John Hind said: “This new building will bring all our nursery and junior school boys and girls together on one site and will enable us to develop further our family ethos within our distinctive diamond structure. “It will also mean that the separate boys’ and girls’ schools will be able to make better use of our site in Fenham, along side the sixth form in its own dedicated Queen’s Building.”


Read More - http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/business-news/construction-in-north-east/2011/07/01/dame-allan-s-school-is-building-for-the-future-51140-28973038/
 

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Missed this article back in July. I haven't been through Spital Tongues for a while, does anyone know how this project is doing?

Dame Allan's School is building for the future
by Chris Knox, The Journal, July 1st 2011



THE governors at Dame Allan’s Schools in Newcastle have appointed the main contractor for their new nursery and junior school at Hunter’s Moor. Durham-based Esh Construction will begin work on the six-acre site in Fenham next week, with the development due to be opened in September next year.

The development, which has been designed by Gateshead-based Ian Belsham Associates, will provide the schools’ nursery children with their own classrooms and separate entrance, while the classrooms on the ground floor open out into shared spaces, so the children can work and play together.

The classrooms for the older children will be on the upper floor and will include a library and the project also includes three separate play areas as well as dedicated coaching areas for netball, rugby, cricket and athletics, and an all-weather games area.

Dame Allan’s principal Dr John Hind said: “This new building will bring all our nursery and junior school boys and girls together on one site and will enable us to develop further our family ethos within our distinctive diamond structure. “It will also mean that the separate boys’ and girls’ schools will be able to make better use of our site in Fenham, along side the sixth form in its own dedicated Queen’s Building.”


Read More - http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/business-news/construction-in-north-east/2011/07/01/dame-allan-s-school-is-building-for-the-future-51140-28973038/
I go through Spital Tongues if the traffic at the Central Motorway/Claremont Rd turnoff is bad southbound...its hard to tell the progress as its set back from the road, but the boards have been up for several months. Can only guess it's well underway.
 

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Freddy Shepherd reveals plans for La Sagesse school
by Dan Warburton, The Journal, January 11th 2012


Artists impression of part of the development planned for La Sagesse

FORMER Newcastle United owner Freddy Shepherd last night unveiled plans to turn the historic La Sagesse site in Jesmond, into one of the North East’s most expensive housing complexes. Sixty private dwellings – apartments and houses – are proposed for the site as part of a multi-million pound development.

Under new plans submitted to Newcastle City Council, the site’s Jesmond Towers, the former home of shipbuilder Charles Mitchell, will be converted into 10 apartments with one or two bedrooms. The exterior will be given huge investment as refurbishments are carried out. North Jesmond House, where a chapel was housed, will be transformed into five apartments with between one and three rooms.

Last night Mr Shepherd said the development could create up to 250 jobs and would help preserve Jesmond Towers and the surrounding 13 acres of land. The tycoon, who owns the Tyneside-based Shepherd Offshore, said: “It’s an exciting development for Jesmond. Something had to be done with the site because it was never going to go back to having 1,200 kids on site.

“It’s one of the most important sites in the region – incredibly significant for Jesmond – and we will be returning the Towers to its original form. We think it’s important that it is kept in the correct manner. If we are granted planning permission then it could create 250 jobs and the development will be sympathetically done.”


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Do any posters recall the school outfitters store in Newcastle during the 1970's/80's? It specifically catered for uniforms ( wasn't Farnons) - at least on the upper floor. It was where all of us getting free school uniforms had to go with out 'ticket'! Coats were always duffle coats ( I declined to take up that offer.)
I have a feeling it was in the Westgate road area? To get to the school uniform floor you had to get in a small lift with shutter doors that you pulled across. Going up you could see the bare wall through the shutters and on the wall part way up was a horrible red stain. I thought it was blood from where someone had got their head caught in the door as it went down - may well have been - certainly looked like blood ?!
 
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