120 Years at Chillingham Road School

Chillingham Road Board School opened its doors to pupils on the 7th November 1893 and is the oldest of Newcastle’s Board schools still in use. A sum of £15,130 15s was sanctioned by the Newcastle School Board to build the school which, when it opened, was considered to offer the most sanitary environment of any educational establishment in the city, with a state of the art ventilation system comparable with the best in the country.  Impressive ornate chimneys, built in the Tudor style, form the basis of today's school badge and logo.

Over the years our building has housed separate infant, junior and secondary schools, a WW2 billet and, for a time, the graphic design department of a local college.

Now it is home to both Chillingham Road Primary School and Chillingham Road Sports and Arts Centre.

The school still holds many records of its past, including a war memorial, artefacts, log books, registers and punishment books. It is listed as one of  the City of Newcastle’s buildings of special architectural or historic interest, and on Heaton History Group’s list of ‘Heaton’s Favourite Buildings’. 

To celebrate our 120th anniversary we held a series of events for both pupils and local community. Our aim was to record the story of life in Heaton over the last 120 years. We talked to former pupils of all ages and collected memories and stories of their time here which have been combined with information from the school records to create a museum showing changes in the school and the lives of families in this area. 

Please follow this link to see some of the stories recorded so far