Headteacher discovers lost diaries of former headteachers from 1910-1998

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

++ Quay Academy in Hull recovers journals documenting the history of the school through the twentieth century ++

While relocating the school archive room to a different space in school, Caroline Broadhead, Headteacher of Quay Academy in Hull, did not expect to recover a long-lost journal. However, to her surprise, that is exactly what happened.

In a hugely exciting discovery, the Headteacher of Quay Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, found a number of old books coated with dust in the back of the room, and took a peak inside. As it turns out, the books are filled with the writings of former headteachers at the school, dating from 1910 – 1998.

The books are filled with beautiful photos, diagrams, old records and daily diary entries, documenting school life in detail, from normal days through to World War II air raids. Handled carefully, they will offer staff and students alike a unique insight into the history of their school and of the country as a whole. Such a first-hand account as this is surely a rare thing to come by.

Having made this discovery, Caroline Broadhead has decided to continue this tradition with a new journal of her own, documenting school life through the Coronavirus pandemic and contributing to the school’s archives herself. Undoubtedly, the pandemic will mark a key period in history, and preserving the experience as it happens for future generations of headteachers and students is a thrilling and exciting endeavour.

Caroline Broadhead, Principal of Quay Academy, said:

“I cannot express how special these books are. To discover such valuable records of our school’s history is a privilege and it is thrilling to read these accounts and get a sense for what life must have been like at the time the journals were written.

“I now feel it is my responsibility to continue this tradition and document what life has been like for us here at Quay over the last year. Certainly, we will find ways to share this history and preserve it for our school and our local community in the years to come. I feel truly honoured to be part of this history.”

Simon Rose, Director of Primary Education at the David Ross Education Trust, said:

“We are amazed and thrilled by Caroline’s discovery of such wonderful documents of history at Quay Academy. The social history importance of these documents should not be underestimated. No doubt they are filled with key dates that will jump out and can be introduced into the curriculum and demonstrate in real terms how it felt to live in a different period of history. In short, these books offer a wealth of opportunities to transfer them into powerful learning for Quay pupils.

“Caroline’s own contribution will be a marvellous addition and a great tribute to her predecessors, and it will be invaluable for future generations to have these eye-witness accounts at their disposal. We look forward to reading more from these books and preserving them in the years to come.”

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