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A teacher who was at the school when it opened as the Cambridge Grammar School in 1958 recalls being taken on a tour of the building by Mr Scarisbrick and the prospective staff before the school opened when it was unglazed. A number of new staff were brought in to swell the Central School staff; the new school also absorbed the ‘Grammar Stream’ from Sawston. There were a few physical hiccups early on: a gap opened between the ceiling and the wall in the Art Room, a door frame fell down after an over-firm closing of the door, and the taps in the ground floor toilets sprang off drenching boys and a master sent to investigate.
A ‘do-it-yourself’ open air swimming pool was dug. Parents provided the technical knowhow and professionals dug the hole and poured the concrete.
(source – private letter)
Pat Chapman has lived in the area for most of her life. In 2016 she recalled how important the Youth Club at the school had been to her when she was a young woman: