D.H Lawrence’s school back in use

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The infant school attended by Eastwood most famous son, author DH Lawrence, in 1889 is back in use after years of standing empty.

Jubilee House Christian School has relocated to the Old Greasley School building in Beauvale, Newthorpe to accomodate more pupils.

Established in 1999, the school had outgrown its shared premises on Pasture Road, Stapleford as its numbers swelled to 75 students by July 2013.

However, the school had to rely on temporary premises while it looked for suitable accommodation, which made life very difficult for the teaching staff. Therefore they jumped at the opportunity when Eastwood church New Horizons offered to share the Old Greasley School building.

Head teacher Jane Marks said that staff, parents and pupils had been impressed with the new school building and they were excited about the new term next Tuesday (September 9).

She said: “It is such a beautiful place, and it is so bright an airy which all the parents have commented on.

“We liked the feel of Eastwood too - it is so friendly. The community have wanted to get involved and there is so much for the children to do.”

Mrs Marks added that she was keen to ensure her pupils learned about the background of the school.

“We have a sign on the door where DH Lawrence was taught and we would like to set up a museum corner where we can display the history of the school,” she said.

DH Lawrence, who was born in Eastwood, attended the infant school in 1889 and returned to teach at the boarding school from 1893 to 1898.

The DH Lawrence Society was relieved to hear that the Jubilee Christian House would be using the historical building.

Society chairman Malcolm Gray said: “We had fears that the building would be sold for commercial use so we are pleased that it has returned to being used as a school.

“We would like to see within the school the elements that relate to DH Lawrence preserved such as the classroom where he was taught.”

On Saturday August 30 the school hosted an open day to allow current and prospective pupils and local residents the opportunity to see the changes that have been made.

The day also included table top sales and cake sales which raised £120 towards the £5,000 needed for a new minibus for the school.