Back To School For Former Shipton Street Pupils
6:01am 4th May 2013
The developers transforming a former school in Bootham into a new homes development are appealing to former pupils and anyone with a connection to the school to share memories and old school photographs via a dedicated facebook page. A reunion is also planned and the estate agent marketing the scheme, who is a former pupil, will be its first attendee.
David Beavers from Hudson Moody was a pupil at Shipton Street School between 1957 and 1961. In recent years the building has stood empty before Yorkshire based developers Rushbond Group and Advent Developments started work on the development known as Bootham Green which will see the Grade II listed buildings transformed into 24 townhouses and 14 new homes built in the school’s grounds.
Tim Reeve of Bootham Green said: “Since we started work on this site we have been inundated with messages, letters and emails from former pupils, staff members and other people with links to the school. We’ve been impressed by the positive responses we have had to the development and as a result we’ve decided to hold a reunion for former pupils as well as setting up a dedicated Facebook page where people can share their memories and pictures.”
David grew up in the Burnstone Lane area, bought his first on Newborough Street in Bootham and still lives nearby in Rawcliffe. He explains: “It’s fantastic to be involved with the transformation of Shipton Street School because it’s been sad to see it standing empty in recent years. Even today I still have lots of friends who I went to school with and both my sons went there so it will always be a special place to me and hopefully this reunion will encourage other former pupils to share their memories and pictures of the school.”
Molly Whattum, who worked as the school’s caretaker for 11 years and still lives in the local area, explains: “Shipton Street School is a stunning building at the heart of Bootham and local children had been taught there since 1890 so it’s no surprise that people hold such fond memories of it. It’s great to see the building now being brought back to life and once again it will soon be able to make a positive contribution to the local community.”
Tim continues: “The heritage of this building is clear to see and as a result we are approaching this scheme with the respect it deserves. Every home in the original school is designed to maximise the building’s traditional features and character and this is contrasted in the new build properties which will be of a contemporary design. Furthermore the whole scheme will benefit from “eco homes” standards with enhanced sustainable green credentials to minimise running costs and it will be built around an extensive landscaped and courtyard area which will form the heart of the development.”
Work at Bootham Green is expected to be complete towards the end of the year.
Full details of the school reunion will be announced in due course say the developers and in the meantime former pupils and anyone else with links to the school are invited to share their memories and pictures by visiting Bootham Green’s Facebook and Twitter pages at www.facebook.com/BoothamGreen and @BoothamGreen.
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