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  • Rubery Council School, (now Colmers Farm County Primary School), 1914
  • Linthurst School, 1901
  • Lickey School, 1939
  • Cofton Hackett Church School, 1909


Rubery Council School, (now Colmers Farm County Primary School), 1914

The following school photo is of staff and pupils at Rubery Council School, in 1914.

We are trying to identify as many people on the photo as we can. If you think you can help us, please contact us. Click on the photo to open a larger version.


Linthurst School, 1901

The following school photo is of staff and pupils at Linthurst School in 1901.

Linthurst School in St Catherine’s Road, Blackwell started 1884, 2 years after St Catherine’s was consecrated. It is now Blackwell First School.

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Thanks to Headmistress, Anna Moss, for allowing us to use the photograph.


Lickey School, 1939

The following school photo is of staff and pupils at Lickey School in 1939.

Lickey Church School, originally known as North Bromsgrove Church of England School was built before the Church at Lickey. It was on the junction of Twatling Road and the Old Birmingham Road. It was used for worship for two years till Holy Trinity was consecrated in 1856. After WW2 it moved to a new site. It is still there, now called Lickey Hills Primary School, and is thriving. The old school building served the community as a Scout Hut for many years, before being sold by the Church.

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Cofton Hackett Church School, 1909

The following school photo is of staff and pupils at Cofton Hackett Church School in 1909.

Cofton Hackett Church School appears to be the first school in the area. The earliest known reference to it was in 1840 in a letter from Thomas Day, Clerk to the Guardians of the Bromsgrove Poor Law Union, to the Poor Law Commission. The letter was the local response to the 1840 Vaccination Act, which provided optional vaccination free of charge. The Union was divided into three medical districts and among the list of places in the Tardebigge District offered as ‘stations of attendance’ was the School House, Cofton Hackett. It is not known where this was, but by 1869, when Vestry meetings were held in the Schoolroom, this was at Kendal End. It remained here, at the junction of Cofton Church Lane and Kendal End Road until its closure in 1927 when Barnt Green School opened.

The earliest known teacher was Ann Edwards, who was schoolmistress in the censuses of 1841, living at Hill Side, and of 1851 when she was living at Reservoir Cottage. She was born around 1785 and by 1841, she was a widow. By 1861 she was retired and living at Hillside East.

The next schoolmistress was Gertrude Green, born around 1806 in Edgbaston, described as Governess and living with her husband, Thomas, a shoemaker at Kendal End in the 1861 census. Thomas died in 1862 and in1871 Gertrude was still at Kendal End with a pupil, Eleanor Taylor, as a boarder. She was still in post in the 1881 census, aged 74. Agnes Checkett, a 17 year assistant teacher from Halesowen , was living with her.

The next known schoolmistress was Sarah Ann Moore. She was married to James Henry Moore. She had been Mistress of Beoley Board School from Oct 1st 1877 till she resigned on 29th September 1883. They were living in the school house in the 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses. She is, therefore, probably the teacher shown at the right of this school photo of staff and pupils at Cofton Hackett Church School in 1909. She was reputed to be strict, but perhaps she needed to be! We, also, believe the girl second from the left in the second row from the back to be Mary Broom, later having the married name Crawford.

The School existed until 1927 when the new school in Barnt Green opened.

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