Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

School History Lesson

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

School History Lesson

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BRICK-built Joicey Road School open air school was designed by the borough engineer for "delicate" children with chest and breathing complaints.

Construction began in 1935 and it opened in 1937.

It was based on the open air movement founded in Switzerland in the late 19th Century. Pupils were taught the curriculum but were given rest periods during the day in the open air to help their complaints.

One-sided pavilions acted as dormitories during rest periods and the classrooms were designed to allow whole walls to be opened up.

In 1969 the school re-opened as a school for youngsters with moderate learning difficulties but closed in 1997 as part of a pounds 5m special schools shake-up.

The buildings later served as a temporary home for the Joseph Swan School and the Gladstone Terrace Youth and Community College.

In 2003 they were used as an annex to Gateshead Council but have been empty since 2005 and have fallen into disrepair. …

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