The building of the new Broadway Council School, Lime Tree Avenue, off Leamington Road, started on 16 March 1914. The builders were Epsley’s of Evesham.
12 January: The school opened with accommodation for 170 pupils. The staff of William ‘Billy’ Timms (Headmaster), Mrs Edith Timms, Miss Edith Neal and Miss Maud Collins transferred from The National School (known as The Old Schools or St Michael’s Church School).
15 January: Mr Timms wrote “The work in these new premises has passed most satisfactorily. The children and teachers are equally pleased working under such better conditions.”
20 July: the school held its first inspection of the children’s teeth . The inspection was carried out by Mr Rees-Price, a retired dentist.
September: the children were given a holiday to take part in the Village Sports Day in aid of The Red Cross and Wounded Soldiers at Farncombe VAD Hospital.
29 October: Miss Hill left the school after teaching there for two months.
11 January: the children were provided with tooth brushes so that they could clean their own teeth.
2 May: Miss Violet Brindley Hucker joined the teaching staff and left on 31 October to teach at a school nearer her home.
December: Miss Maud Collins resigned.
Mrs Clinton who was on the teaching staff resigned at the beginning of February.
October: The children collected three tons of chestnuts for munitions1. Lady Lifford awarded prizes to Victor Mullett for collecting 294lbs and Sidney Turner for collecting 240lbs.
Miss Painter was teaching in the Infants Department and by December, Miss Jones who had also been teaching at the school had left.
May: Miss Doris Janet Guest (b. 20/4/1895) joined the school having previously taught at Dudley Road Boys Council School. Miss Guest had trained in Cheltenham (1913-1915) and her starting salary was £100.
French Day 13 July 1918: French Day was observed by the children. An address was given by the Headmaster, the children marched around the French flag whilst The Marseillaise was played by Miss Guest and the sum of 30 shillings was collected for the French Red Cross.
September: The school was closed three half days a week so that the children could pick blackberries.
28 October: The school was closed on the orders of Dr Fosbrooke for a fortnight due to the ‘flu pandemic. The school eventually re-opened on 25 November 1918.
25 July: William Timms resigned as Headmaster. “By the Grace of God, the help and kindness of the Managers, and my own efforts, I have passed 37 very successful years as Master of this School. I now resign this into other hands.” Mrs Timms also resigned after 39 years and 8 months at the school. Mr Timms died, aged 85, in Broadway in February 1943.
9 September: The school re-opened after the school holidays with Archibald John Bridgman as Headmaster (1887-1966).
11 November: Armistice Day was observed in “the manner laid down by His Majesty King George V with a Two Minutes Silence”.
1922: Broadway Council School Football Team
Miss Kilburn, Miss Burrows and Miss Paynter headed up the Infants Department.
Jack Hanglin was appointed Headmaster.
- The starch from chestnuts was used in the process to make acetone which was a component in the production of the explosives.
Sources: include the School Log Books from 1914 to 1919, information extracted by Maurice Andrews, March 1985.