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The first Cowley British School for boys was built on North Road in 1797 by the Cowley Trustees. Then it was known as Lacey's (see picture) and it remained on the site until 1910 when it was demolished to build the school which eventually became Central Modern.

A new Cowley School was built on Cowley Hill Lane, and later the boys' school was built on Hard Lane (the girls remaining at the former). Following the 1944 Butler Act the Cowley schools became Grammar schools - requiring the good marks in the 11+ examination for admittance. In the 1970s the school became Comprehensive.

The girls' school on Cowley Hill Lane was closed in the late 1970s - a large part of it being vandalised and burned, leading to its demolition and the remainder was sold for a housing project. The girls moved to the mixed extended school at Hard Lane where titles included 'High School' then 'Language College'. In 2006 Cowley acquired management of the former Broadway High School at Grange Park until its closure in 2009.

In September 2009 all pupils (except the sixth form) moved to a new multi-million pound building further down Hard Lane and its title is now Cowley International College.

1955 Class

Cowley 3a - 1954



Map of former site at Hard Lane, which is now the sixth form college.

Map showing the outline of the former site 'girls school' on Cowley Hill Lane .

Cowley International College website

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Cowley School History
Cowley Boys School
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Members who attended this school (hover pointer to show years):

13 saints, Alan, annie1, BarbaraC, burrowz, Colin, Dan Gleebitz, Dan Gleebitz, Dawn Smith, dbweb, Debbie Cullin, dingie, Dumgal, eddiedunc, edward, eileenec, EveHarris46, Fozzie, frankforber, geraldmurphy, Graham, Hal Westhead, Heather Parylo, IckyFleck, jms, kal, kaz, Kazzells63, Kel79, Kingsley222, Kir258, Lindalou, LynnSmart, Madge, Merfybabe, non sibi sed omnibus, oldone, olive, oller, Olliebeak, ozziew, paul1sh, pepper, peterd, phil s, philip hewitt, popeye!!!, rae-rae, RegFletcher, rosishere, Samson, shazzam, stevec200, stevescott, Stuart4276, Suzecog, Tillytwo, warmstry2013, warringtonsaint,
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Thu, 29 Dec 2011, 19:09.

I started in I think in 1942 in South Block. Then to Room 13. Then to North Block.I had happy times there. Miss Hurt was the head. Other names:- Hutchinson, Barron, Two Duncans, one Scottish. A great favourite with all was Welsh Miss Williams. I hated the green uniform, but during the war we were allowed a bit of leeway. I amstillin touch with a few of us that are left. Olive.


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Fri, 20 Jan 2012, 16:28.

I was a pupil at Cowley Girls during the 50's and really enjoyed my time there. I was fond of all sports and games and there was plenty of opportunity to enjoy both. I know that the broad education I received is still a benefit after all the years. I lived in Prescot and the bus journey allowed plenty of time to weigh up the West Park talent. Oh, happy days.


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Fri, 10 Feb 2012, 22:54.

I attended 1981-88, the headmistress at the Cowley Hill Site was mrs wright and Mr Mc Donald was the overall headmaster.


94 posts
Sat, 24 Mar 2012, 15:06.

IIIA, Shell Alpha etc.......

derek morley

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Sun, 22 Apr 2012, 21:14.

I was there around 52 - 58 I guess. Wright was the head and there was a Billy Belinki or some such spelling that we all gave hell to . Jock Stroach or some similar name was on one side of him around the quad and PAM Morley [ come here boy ] was on the other side Poor Billy was a jew if I rember correctly and traveled so the story went from the Manchester area each day but that memory could have been faded by time. Clifton tried to teach me Latin !!!!!


0 posts
Fri, 13 Jul 2012, 9:55.

I attended between, 1961-1967, I was in 3Alpha, Ray French my form master.
I became captain of the cross country team and set a new record for the race from the school, over Moss Bank and back to the top rugby field, I wonder if it still stands. Any information welcome, thank you. Peter.


0 posts
Fri, 20 Jul 2012, 12:16.

Do you remember Ebeneezer: (Mr. EBB?): physics deadly shot with chalk or the wooden duster, if he heard you whispering?


458 posts
Fri, 17 Aug 2012, 12:17.

I attended Cowley Boys fron 1948-53 under the reign of Abert Cantle with his sub officers PAM Morley and FLASH Clifton. I had some good times and some bad times especially having no interest in rugby union as soccer was my main interest.My favourite Master,as they were then titled, was Spud Powell the handicraft master. Paddy Moss the maths master was'nt bad either.


3 posts
Tue, 2 Oct 2012, 20:24.

I was at Cowley Girls from 1970-75, joining in the 3rd form after having spent two years at Robins Lane. This was when they abolished the 11-plus, and we all had to go to the nearest secondary school for two years before some of us where allowed to move on to Cowley. I remember Miss Jackson, Miss Wood, Mrs Cowley, Mrs King and Mrs Waide who taught french - remember your cahier de verbes, girls! And Mrs Elliot, my favourite, who taught history. When I left they were just getting round to thinking about co-ed, glad I missed that, being girls only made it special.


94 posts
Fri, 19 Oct 2012, 10:02.

Many more pics on Friends Reunited site

Debbie Cullin

3 posts
Thu, 23 May 2013, 22:50.

Hi does any one remember Jackie oates gail pennington rifiat nabi Judith grundy, sue cook Helen fairhurst Jayne Thompson Iloved my cowley years from 1974 -79 would love to hear from those who remember me and them xx


17 posts
Sat, 5 Oct 2013, 16:09.

I didn't actually attend the school but worked there as a lab technician firstly at Cowley Girls from 1977 and then later at the mixed school... I think the girls school actually finally closed just before I left in 1980 ... I remember it being a great place to work &; the staff were all very friendly. I had my own prep room by the biology lab but sadly can't remember the science teachers name at the time ... anyone able to help?


4 posts
Mon, 16 Dec 2013, 23:57.

I was also at Cowley Girls from 62 to 67 and remember Miss Jackson (and dog Max)Miss Pearson, Miss Wood and many others. Our form mistress in 5b was Miss Fuller and we were all horrified to find our form room was next door to Miss Jackson's office! I hated that hat as well but heaven help us if we were caught not wearing it, I sewed the sides of mine up and threw it over the wall at Victoria Park the day I left!


0 posts
Fri, 23 Jan 2015, 22:15.

I attended from 73-76. Remember Miss Jackson, Miss Wood and Mrs Cowley. Mrs Cowley took me for maths and was my dads cousin. Always told me not as good as your father. Could get answers to algebra but not the working out.


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Thu, 22 Jun 2017, 16:02.

I attended Cowley GS from September 1952 until 1958. Just read an old obituary of Stan Rodden who was my form master in 1954. He had served in the RAF during WW2 and regaled us with his exploits. A chap called Lewis (Lefty) Lees was my first form master in 1952- our form included the following people- Dave Atherton,Ken Farrar, Roger Edmundson, Colin Bellis, Johnny Clare ( also at Windlehurst), Ged Connolly who I am still in touch with,Raph Charnock, Ronnie Earps, John and Arthur Ashcroft ( fellow train enthusiasts), Arthur Ashton, Dave Ashall. Not a bad memory for someone approaching 77! Bill Brady- real name Richard P. Brady taught us geography and everyone listened intently as he had a fearsome temper, as a fellow student called Ally Gledhill can confirm.

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