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The Yorkshire Post 1911

In March 2003, we received a fax from Leeds University, regarding some work they were doing at Caedmon Hall, Becket Park.

"Thought you might like the following article from the Yorkshire Post (Dated 26th September 1911).  While refurbishing a grade 2 listed building for Leeds University we discovered a few pages from the Yorkshire Post behind a mirror.  While reading it I saw the announcement of the opening of Malton Grammar School and jotted your details from your web site."  Martin Frain (Site Manager).


Though the masters and students have been in possession for more than a week, the new Malton Grammar School was formerly “opened” yesterday by Earl Fitzwilliam, and was launched upon its career with high hopes for its future success. The school, though in every sense a new and modern institution, is also the inheritor of a name and tradition going right back to the first half of the sixteenth century, when the Free Grammar School at Malton was founded in 1547 by Robert Holgate, the then Archbishop of York. The new school, which is arranged for 120 pupils, is constructed solely with a view to utility combined with economy. There is no architectural flourish to the exterior, but the interior has been planned to ensure healthy conditions for the pupils and convenience and comfort in working. In addition to the five classrooms there is a physics laboratory and wood-working room for the boys, and a domestic science room for the girls. No catechism or formulary distinctive of any particular religious denomination will be taught in the school.

At present there are about 40 pupils on the books, but next year it is hoped that the school will be recognised as a pupil teachers' centre.

There was a large attendance at yesterday’s opening ceremony over which the Hon. H. W. Fitzwilliam, chairman of the Board of Governors, presided. A short religious service was conducted by the Rev W. Ingham, Vicar of Old Malton.

Sir W. H. A. Worsley, Chairman of the North Riding Education Committee, said the value of the site and other funds amounted to two-thirds of the estimated cost of the buildings, and the County Council agreed to regard this as the local contribution, and also to make their grant of the remaining one-third out of the general county rate. The object of the school was to give a sound secondary education to boys and girls. The fees, 9 guineas a year, were very moderate. He hoped to see schools of that kind made absolutely self-supporting, and that was the object at which education committees were aiming. In the meantime a good deal would come out of the rates for the support of such schools as that. There were free places amounting to 25 per cent of pupils on the register. County exhibitions and boarding scholarships were also tenable at that school. It still awaited recognition by the Board of Education, but it had been recognised by the County Council and would receive the usual capitation grant.

Earl Fitzwilliam, in declaring the school open, also dealt with the question of education from the point of view of foreign competition. The further one travelled, he said, the more one came to realise what strides education had made in the last twenty years in other countries, and what tortoise-like progress until a few years ago it had made in this country. All education, to be any good at all, must be progressive, and it behoved every good Englishman to do what he could to forward the cost of education, provided it ran on sound lines and in such method as would equip the rising generation to meet the necessities of the age.

A cordial vote of thanks was accorded to Earl Fitzwilliam, on the motion of Mr W Bethell, (Chairman of the East Riding Education Committee), seconded by Mr. Hugh W. Pearson and supported by Mr. Bickersteth.