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School History

Batley Boys High School was built exclusively for boys and is located on a hilltop to the north of Batley, lying between Batley Field Hill and Carlinghow Hill.  The school was built by the West Riding Council at a cost of £255,937 for the buildings, and £12,514 for the associated site works.

The first Head Teacher, Mr G.C. Locke B.Sc took up his appointment on Monday April 13th 1959 and the school opened for “business” on Wednesday 9th September 1959 with a roll of 860 pupils.

The Opening of the School

(Extract taken from the School Log Book)

9th September 1959

A.M. All 5th & 4th year boys were admitted.  Of the 250 boys admitted, over 200 boys were in complete uniform.  200 boys were served with the first meal in the dining room. 

P.M. All 3rd year boys were admitted—175 boys.  Again about 80% of the boys were in complete uniform. 

10th September 1959

A.M. All 2nd year boys were admitted.

P.M. All 1st year boys were admitted.