Extract from planning application March 2005.
Queen Street School was built in 1844 as a combined National and Infant School. The building is in the Tudor-Revival style, in red brick with stone dressings and slate roof. The original H-plan building contains three main schoolroom ranges and a former Master's House. Attached to the rear is a later Victorian schoolroom extension and cloakrooms. Behind this is the playground area and a 1930s former Domestic Science and Craft building.
The School has been disused since 1978, and the former playground serves as an un-surfaced car park. Emergency holding repairs have been undertaken but the building is in a very poor state of repair. It is identified as a Building at Risk by North Lincolnshire Council and English Heritage.
The School forms part of an impressive group of Victorian public buildings in the heart of Barton upon Humber's Conservation Area. The school, listed at Grade II*, is identified by English Heritage as `one of the most important schools surviving in England'; firstly, for its unique association with the leading educational pioneer, Samuel Wilderspin, and secondly, for its embodiment of educational innovation and its importance as a model design for other Victorian schools.
Samuel Wilderspin (1791-1866) was one of the founders of modern schooling. His work had a profound and far-reaching impact on educational practice and on the design and furnishing of school buildings and their grounds. He pioneered infant schools and invented the school playground, the teaching gallery, the classroom and new ways of teaching that still continue today. His approach - developing a child's feelings as well as their intellect, encouraging a spirit of enquiry, learning through experience, arts and nature, group activities and play - has proved to be remarkably far-sighted and long-lasting. Wilderspin's influence was international - as well as establishing infant schooling throughout the UK, the first infant schools in Europe, the Commonwealth and America were all modelled on his system, and his innovations had a transforming effect on education of children of all ages throughout the world.
The Queen Street School was built in 1844 as a combined Infant School and National School for older children, to designs by William Hey Dykes of Hull and Wakefield, assisted by Wilderspin. The original 1840s School is still remarkably complete.. It is a_ unique survival. Wilderspin had a world-wide impact, yet this is the only known survival anywhere of a Wilderspin school and playground. It is the only known example of a Model School which Wilderspin himself helped design and equip, and where he taught for several years, using it as a base for his promotion of enlightened education throughout Britain. (See Listing description and assessment, Appendix A)
Besides being the only known example of a Wilderspin Model School, this is the only surviving school in England associated with a major early 19t" century educational innovator. The School was used for an influential model design for a mixed infant and junior school published by the Government in 1845. Later 19t' and early 20'' century alterations to the building have been relatively modest, and retain the form and character of the original 1844 building to a remarkable extent. These later alterations and additions, in matching style and materials, trace the development of educational practice from the mid 19'th to the mid 20th century, a period which saw important and far reaching changes in childrens' schooling.
Together, these qualities make the Queen Street School building and its early playground area a site of considerable national and international importance. The present proposals have been guided by recognition of the School's exceptional significance, and its particular value as an embodiment of educational innovation and change during a critical historical period. The views of leading authorities on architectural history, the history of education, and school museums have been taken into account in the preparation of the project and the building scheme.
1.02 The Proposals
The aim of the project is to save this important Grade II* listed school from continuing dereliction, by restoring, refurbishing and reusing the building and playground site. In order to facilitate heritage and community use, the present scheme retains the whole of the main school building, including the later Victorian schoolroom addition, and the full area of the historic playground.
The scheme will use the restored and refurbished historic school and its grounds to celebrate the Wilderspin legacy, develop educational and heritage programmes for schools and the public, and provide facilities for community use.
The restored School will house the reconstructed Wilderspin Schoolroom, a Victorian Classroom for use by schools, and various support facilities including the Wilderspin Exhibition, multi-purpose community facilities, and visitor services. The scheme also allows for a reconstruction of the Wilderspin playground.
An adjacent building will be brought back into complementary use for meetings and community activities.
The proposals drawings, together with those showing the building as existing are included at subsequently Appendix "Jn
Through links with other facilities and attractions in the area, and with other school heritage centres in the UK and abroad, the project will draw on a wide audience and also contribute strongly to local and regional tourism.
The proposal therefore offers substantial heritage and community
benefit to the town, the wider community, and tourists and visitors
from the UK and abroad.
2.00 Development of the Project
its closure in 1978, the School and its grounds have deteriorated and
it has been identified as a Building at Risk
by North Lincolnshire Council's Conservation Section and by English
Heritage. The Queen Street School Preservation Trust and Barton
Civic Society have worked for many years to save this building
because of its historical and architectural importance and
its potential to enhance community life, the town's heritage, and
appearance of the Conservation Area. By the early 1990's public
opinion was demanding a resolution to the problem of the school's
neglect. As a result of public interest, the Queen Street
The Mission Statement of the Queen Street School Preservation Trust is:
"To restore the former Queen Street School and find sufficient end uses to ensure its long term viability as celebration of the life and work of Samuel Wilderspin, for the benefit of the people of Barton upon Humber and elsewhere."
In 1998 the Trust joined forces with other partners - Barton Civic Society, Barton Town Council, Barton Regeneration Partnership and North Lincolnshire Council - to make the Mission Statement a reality. The Trust is now spearheading the project.
These plans progressed to a scheme involving some demolition of the structure, and building a new library and Community Learning and Information Centre on the playground behind the School,, whilst the School itself, reduced in size, would have a heritage use, including a Victorian School Experience and historic displays. Planning consent was granted in 2003. However, lack of funding for the project has necessitated a revision of the scheme in order to secure funding for the historic building and rescue it from further costly deterioration. The result is the present heritage and community-based scheme, focusing on the historic school and playground. The Trust appointed Elden Minns & Co. Ltd. as conservation architects in March 2004.
This scheme will see the restoration and rehabilitation of the school buildings and playground area for heritage, educational and community uses that are compatible with the heritage of the School and its site. This will provide sustainable and appropriate uses for the benefit of the School building and its site, the historic town centre, the local community and wider national and international community.
save and conserve the building through repair, restoration and appropriate
re-use, and through promotion of its community and historic
value within the town, region and country.
Queen Street School Heritage Project will achieve these aims through
a comprehensive scheme for restoration and sympathetic
and sustainable re-use. The main objectives of the scheme