Joan’s fond recollections of Skerton Girls’ School

Skerton Girls' School, winners of the Morecambe Music Festival Folk Shield. The teacher on the far left is Betty Wilson (now Morrow). Joan Lucas (nee Preston) is pictured second from right in the front row.
Skerton Girls' School, winners of the Morecambe Music Festival Folk Shield. The teacher on the far left is Betty Wilson (now Morrow). Joan Lucas (nee Preston) is pictured second from right in the front row.

After we published photos of the former Skerton Boys’ School in its heyday, Guardian reader and former Skerton Girls’ School pupil Joan Lucas kindly sent us her photographs from her time at the secondary school.

After we published photos of the former Skerton Boys’ School in its heyday, Guardian reader and former Skerton Girls’ School pupil Joan Lucas kindly sent us her photographs from her time at the secondary school.

Skerton Girls' School, winners of the Morecambe Music Festival Challenge Shield. Joan Lucas (nee Preston) is pictured sixth from right in the back row.

Skerton Girls' School, winners of the Morecambe Music Festival Challenge Shield. Joan Lucas (nee Preston) is pictured sixth from right in the back row.

Skerton High closed this summer due to falling roll numbers and poor grades, but many local residents have fond memories of their time at the school.

The school was built by the Corporation of Lancaster in the early 1930s, the foundation stone being laid on September 21, 1932 and the building itself completed by 1934, the year that the school opened.

Originally, it was a provider of education to both boys and girls, who were segregated; the boys being educated in the northern wing, while the girls were educated in the southern wing.

The school later joined together to form one large mixed facility.

Skerton Girls' School, winners of the Morecambe Music Festival Challenge Shield. The teacher on the far left is Betty Wilson (now Morrow). Joan Lucas (nee Preston) is pictured fourth from right in the back row.

Skerton Girls' School, winners of the Morecambe Music Festival Challenge Shield. The teacher on the far left is Betty Wilson (now Morrow). Joan Lucas (nee Preston) is pictured fourth from right in the back row.

Mrs Lucas (nee Preston), who now lives in Garstang, attended Skerton Girls’ School from September 1957, moving up from Skerton Primary School.

She remembers: “It was a very desirable school in those days; there were about 600 girls in our side of the school and there were 42 in my class. We were the post war baby boom years.”

Mrs Lucas remembers the popular headmistress, Miss Margaret Edmondson, who was at the helm of the school from 1936 until 1962.

Miss Edmondson died in 1987 at the age of 85.

* Keith Hobkirk is seeking fellow students from Classes 4s and 5s at Skerton School in1973-75, and also members of Lancaster Baptist Church from 1976-86. Keith attended Skerton School from 1971-75 and was a member of Lancaster Baptist from 1976-86. He now lives in Nanjing, China, with his Chinese wife Helen and daughter Ming and would love to correspond with anyone who remembers him. Contact him at keitherichobkirk@hotmail.com.