|Established||3 November 1959|
|Executive Headteacher||Mr Ian Smith|
|Local authority||Cumbria County Council|
|DfE URN||112388 Tables|
|Houses||Lowther, Morthing, Pennington, Seaton|
History and facilities
The school was opened by HRH Princess Alexandra between 2-4 November 1959 and whom the school's main hall is named after. The school comprises three main teaching blocks with a few specialist classrooms to one side for practical lessons. The three blocks, originally called Lower, Middle and Upper Schools are now referred to as buildings: Lonsdale Building, Muncaster Building and Ulpha Building - retaining their original initial letters. The school is sited in the grounds of the former Grammar school and utilises the existing grammar school to form the Ulpha Building.
Between 1976 and 1983 while the Head was Ron Friar, little change took place in the development of the school. Since then, major refurbishment has taken place including new boilers (changing over from oil to gas) and the replacement of the single glazing with double glazing. Two well-equipped woodworking rooms and a metalwork room were completely cleared with the rooms being reassigned to more modern technology. Another metalwork room in the old Aiglon (previous Brick & Tile works) building was also lost when the whole building was removed from the site. The school had also had 2 wooden huts and two prefab detached classrooms. One hut and one prefab were music rooms, the other prefab for horticulture and the last hut was just a form room behind the old Grammar School.
The swimming pool remains as dug and as legend goes, it was dug by school pupils under the supervision of a couple of teachers who thought it'd be good for the school. Other than the pool itself, there were no other facilities in the building. Toilets, changing rooms and showers were used in the 'old gym' prior to swimming. The 'old gym' belonging to the Grammar School and with the new school came another gym which is still in use today. The pool is 50/50 flat-bottomed and sloping - sloping quite steeply down to a maximum of 7'.
The Alexandra Hall, named after HRH Princess Alexandra is the school's main hall - used regularly for assemblies now contains retractable raked seating. It is also used occasionally for special events including out of school functions such as biannual blood transfusion service visits. It is not designed for sports but former woodwork teacher John Reed, a very keen table tennis player arranged for some table tennis games to be played in the hall when members of the national team were invited.
The school today
It is a comprehensive community school administered by Cumbria County Council. Facilities include a swimming pool, an all weather sports pitch and the "Melvyn Bragg Drama Studio" which was opened in 2005.
- "Bragg opens namesake drama suite". BBC News. 17 October 2005. Retrieved 30 October 2014.