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Methodists School Class Picture 1928.

Schools Mission Statement:

Rishton Methodist Controlled Primary School will develop, educate and nurture the whole child to his or her potential within the context of Christian beliefs, practice and values.

In 1875, Rishton Methodist's new school corner stone was laid. on March 6th.

Methodist School in February 2001

Work was first started on the new Methodist school on the 15th March 1971.

The new Methodist school was completed in 1972, after being on the canal bridge at High Street for many years.

The school is now situated at the top of George Street, and is built on part of the site that used to be Rishton colliery.

The tram lines from the colliery to the canal still exist under the schools playing fields which back onto the South side housing estate.

Previous Head Teachers

 
Mr. Joseph Marshall  
Mr. Parsons  
Mr. Henry  
Mr. William Shaw, A. R. C. M., L. G. S. M.  

Mr William Shaw, who was head teacher in 1948, had the pleasure in receiving a former pupil to the school. The Right Honourable George Thomlinson, the then Minister of Education.

It was interesting to see mention of Mr Shaw (‘Billy’ Shaw) who was the headmaster of the Methodist School until 1958 (I think). He was a rigorous man who didn’t take any messing about when it came to matters of discipline and he  wasn’t averse to using his cane when he felt the occasion demanded it.  They don’t make teachers like that any more! (in fact, they don’t allow them!). (James McDonough via email)

Billy Shaw ruled the school with a metal rod. Every word that he taught was with the ruler, waving it to every word word he said. Students who weren't religious, were taught the Methodist ways1.

Can any one tell me about the "BIG STONE", which was situated at the bottom of Victoria Street, and used by children as cricket wickets, and used as "climbing frame".

In 1996 the children were disappointed when the premiership trophy had to be returned to the FA (Blackburn Rovers won the trophy in 1995).

DISAPPOINTED youngsters had to be consoled by their parents after they missed their turn to be photographed alongside Blackburn Rovers' Premiership trophy.

Some pupils at Rishton Methodist Primary School posed beside the cup on Thursday with the remaining children all set for their turn on the following day. But on Friday parents waited for 30 minutes in the school hall before it was announced that the cup could not be returned.

Lorraine Waring, mother of five-year-old Ryan, said: "We were all at the school waiting for it at 2.30pm. By 3pm no-one had contacted the school to say it wasn't coming. In the end the head teacher had to phone Rovers herself and then tell the parents that it wasn't coming back because it had had to be returned to the Premier League. We all paid 4 to let the children have their photos taken with it individually and it's not fair some missed out."

The head teacher at Rishton Methodist School said: "We are going to be in touch with Rovers to see if we can arrange for them to come another time."

Spokesman for the club, Ken Beamish, said: "Because of the demands of the Premier League it has been necessary to return the trophy earlier. Unfortunately this disrupted the plans made by our community programme with schools."

Current figures from the education department show the school being rated thus;

 Rishton Methodist Primary School (Voluntary Controlled, 5-11 year olds)

George Street, Rishton, Blackburn, BB1 4JF

Year 2000 1999 1998
Total pupils 254 249 238
English 83% 63% 50%
Maths 83% 54% 43%
Science 85% 54% 36%

A vast improvement on 1999, you must admit! (That’s if you believe in the figures in the first place!)

References

Lancashire evening Telegraph Monday 29 April 1996.

A Chronology of Accrington and Men of Mark, by R. S. Crossley, Published 1924.

Rishton On Record, the Festival of Britain 1951.

Mary Wright1

James McDonough via email