The Impact of the War on Scarcroft School

Scarcroft School Football Chapions 1908/9. Can you help us to identify any boys or teachers on this photo?

Scarcroft School Football Champions 1908/9. Can you help us to identify any boys or teachers on this photo?

In 1910 over 1,000 children were enrolled at Scarcroft School: 323 in the Infants and 852 in the mixed Juniors and Seniors, up to the age of fourteen. This was over three times the number enrolled today.

During the First World War teachers and former pupils enlisted. A total of 66 were killed, and their names are inscribed on a war memorial in the upstairs hall.

School log books offer many details about the impact of the War on school life:

♦  the disruption due to the military requisitioning of the school for periods during the War. What arrangements were put in place for teaching as a result? What was the soldiers’ experience while based at Scarcroft? And in what condition did teachers find the school on their return to it?

♦  pupil contributions to the war effort, for example supporting Belgian refugees, fund-raising for comforts for the troops, growing food on Scarcroft Green, the School War Savings Association, and visits to The Tank (for war savings depositors)

♦  responses to Zeppelin attacks

♦  the impact of the ‘Spanish’ flu epidemic (1918)

♦  the formation of the Old Scholars Association (1919)

♦  commemoration: unveiling the war memorial (1924).

We can explore these and other topics through a range of sources, including school log books, newspapers, photographs, an archive of a soldier’s letters home to his parents, and Medical Officer of Health reports.

If you are interested in this activity, or have any information to share with us, please contact us by email at or leave a telephone message on 01904 466086.

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