I have been a student at Heckmondwike Grammar School since September 2016, and as my last day approaches, in the 125th year of the school’s existence, I have become interested in its unlikely history. Embodying the Victorian and Edwardian splendour of Heckmondwike, the school was built by a now long-defunct institution, the Heckmondwike School Board. It has lasted for 125 years through wars, direct challenges to its existence, and numerous educational reforms. Yet, it still embodies the motto and spirit of its pioneers – Nil Sine Labore or Nothing Without Work.
Heckmondwike Grammar School’s Opening: 17th January 1898, 125 years ago.
On what was likely a cold and crispy January Monday morning, specifically on the 17th of the month, around a thousand children, workmen, a few parents and many esteemed members of Heckmondwike’s community descended on High Street. A momentous occasion was to occur; after five years of labour and heavy debate, the Heckmondwike School Board’s…