King Edward VII Upper School, Melton Mowbray - August '15

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In June 1909 the first head-teacher, Dr Fred Hodson was appointed; having been one of 93 applications received for the position. The School was originally named ‘the County Grammar School of King Edward VII’. The school's royal authorisation to use the name was challenged, but before proof could be obtained the King passed away. An intervention from a group of MPs was required before the Board of Education finally confirmed the new King, George V, had agreed the use of his father's name. On 13 April 1910 Thomas Cope, Chairman of Leicestershire County Council and Education Committee, was presented with a key to the school by its architect, Mr Shelbourn. Mr Cope was something of a key collector due to all the new schools at the time. The first sports day took place on 20 June 1912. School houses were introduced earlier that year: Belvoir - red, Cottesmore - yellow, and Quorn – blue; named after the three hunts surrounding Melton Mowbray, holding a heavy influence on the local economy and culture. In 1914 the first Old Pupils' Association was started with Bob Spikes, the school's first head boy, as secretary. In 1931 plans for large extensions and rebuilding were discussed. In 1936 the building of the new assembly hall began, while the old domestic science block was replaced with a two storey block, which were finally opened on 25 November 1937. In the 1940s the Old Grammarians' started a memorial fund to build a pavilion for the school in memory of those who had died during the two world wars; this was opened on 24 July 1954. During 1958 two new buildings were built to the east of the original school. One of which was shared with the Boys Modern School. The Leicestershire Plan in 1959, the brainchild of Mr S C Mason, Director of Education at Leicestershire County Council, brought about a radical change in secondary schools in the Melton area. During this period, in 1964 the County Grammar School was renamed King Edward VII Upper School. Under the plan the Boy's Modern School and the Sarson Girls School were phased out and replaced by three co-educational feeder schools, including the new Ferneley High School. The School campus continued to grow. In 1975 a new six form block was opened, and a new sports hall was built. The all weather pitch and the music centre were opened in 1991, followed by the Community Sports Centre in February 1996. In June 1997 King Edward VII School gained Technology College Status. This set to work the major project of creating an Independent Learning Centre (Iliad) and improving the design facilities. The Iliad centre was opened in January 1998. In 1999, the neighbouring Sarson High School, became the 11-14 block of King Edward VII Upper School and was renamed the Sarson Centre. This 1930’s building was demolished in 2006 as part of a £20m scheme for the 3 schools in Melton Mowbray(John Ferneley, King Edward VII and Long Field), and rebuilt as the Post 16 Centre. On Tuesday 9 March 2010 the County Council Cabinet agreed to the proposal to close King Edward VII School in September 2011, as they predict falling pupil numbers will make it unsustainable. Locals protested and campaigned against the closure. Despite 3 generations of Meltonians being educated here, Alan Duncan MP failed to support the campaign and the school closed.


Under Head Teacher Ken Walsh(affectionally known as King Kenny by students) from the mid 90’s to the early 2000’s, the school was regarded as a national and international leader in the use of ICT with networked hubs in each subject area, video conferencing facilities, and extensive wireless networking for laptops. Over summer 2004 the school completely replaced its ICT infrastructure and had over 500 computers, providing a computer ratio of 1:4 for students and laptops for all teaching staff. Also during this time, the school’s sports teams enjoyed a run of success as a result of the good sports facilities, which also attracted semi-professional coaches from sports including Hockey and Basketball, as PE teachers.


Gaham Chapman, Python Member & former KE7 pupil

Over the 101 years the school was open, it built up a list of notable former pupils. Graham Chapman(Monty Python), Paul Anderson(Professional Footballer Forest, Celtic, Liverpool etc), Dave Benson Phillips(Comedian/TV Presenter) and Terri Dwyer(Actress/TV Presenter) to name a few.


Following a fail at another place in Melton, we thought we'd give this a crack. I've been watching this place since it closed, but had no success. This was a must do for me, as I was a student here in the early 2000's. At this time I was one of around 2000+ pupils aged 11 to 18 years and there were 11 buildings in total. There are now 6 empty with 2 sixth form buildings (gutted by Vandals).
We only managed to get into the main block. This was home to English, Humanities, ICT, Design & Technology, the Arts & Drama, Photography and Home Economics. It was a nice walk down memory lane, having spent 2 years at this place.











































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