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Tameside Advertiser - - REUBEN’S RETREAT/LIBRARIES -

HE Cres­cent Schools opened in Oc­to­ber 1898. A for­mal open­ing cer­e­mony took place on Jan­uary 10, 1899.

The orig­i­nal school build­ing cost £11,000 to con­struct and had the ca­pac­ity to take 900 pupils.

It had three de­part­ments, the in­fants’, boys’ and girls’ de­part­ments.

James Had­field was the first head­mas­ter of the boys’ depart­ment, hav­ing pre­vi­ously been head­mas­ter at Fur­nace Hill School.

The first head­mistress of the girls’ school was Miss MH Mar­shall.

At some point in the 1910s-1920s, the school was re­or­gan­ised into four de­part­ments, in­clud­ing the se­nior boys, se­nior girls, mixed ju­niors and mixed in­fants.

This re­or­gan­i­sa­tion ab­sorbed the for­mer Mo­ra­vian School into the se­nior girls’ depart­ment.

Fur­ther change came in 1931, when the girls’ depart­ment be­came Lakes Road Girls Sec­ondary Mod­ern.

This school was in ex­is­tence un­til 1979 when it merged with Cres­cent Road School for Boys to form Ravens­field High School.

In 1989 Ravens­field merged with Ast­ley High School to form Duk­in­field Ast­ley High School.

Tame­side Lo­cal Stud­ies and Ar­chive Cen­tre, Cot­ton Street, Ash­ton will have some pho­to­graphs from Lakes Road School, Duk­in­field, from 1950-1970 on dis­play on Satur­day, April 25 from 11am-2pm.

If you were a for­mer pupil, come along to see if you can find your­self in one of them.

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