It is good to have this chance to share the wealth of materials relating to our school and its history. I hope that you will enjoy using this website as much as my colleagues and I enjoy our work in the Archives Department.
The documents, the images and the artefacts that we have in our collection enable us to chart and understand some of the key events in the school’s history and to trace its evolution from its somewhat embryonic form in 1890 – 4 boys on roll – to its present status as a thriving co-educational school for nearly 500 students.
In recent years we have been able to draw on the Archives to support significant events in the school calendar – the celebration of our 125th birthday, the commemoration of the beginning and end of the First Word War, the centenary of our unique JBH Speech Competition are examples. Sometimes we look at the ‘way we were’ and compare it with the way we are now. These perspectives usually result in a conclusion that there is, in spite of all the inevitable changes, an enduring ‘je ne sais quoi’ about the school. Former students and staff often comment on this when they return to visit us.
We have created this website to further our work of making our Archives accessible to all interested parties. We firmly believe that, as well as being a source of nostalgia and pleasure (absolutely no harm in that!), our collection lends itself to educational and research purposes.
We hope you will find it is easy to explore this website. The menus at the top and the side of most pages lead to submenus, and we trust you will find your way round. Certain parts of the site, especially on the Timeline, are reserved for subscribers. If you are associated with Leighton Park – perhaps as a current or former governor, member of staff, student or parent - please register and we will validate your subscription free of charge and as soon as we can!
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To make an enquiry or to arrange an appointment to visit the Archives, please contact us by email: email@example.com or by writing to us at the school address.
John Allinson, Archivist