In the 1940s, after the war, large numbers of people were relocated from bomb-damaged inner city areas (Vauxhall Rd and Scotland Rd) to the newly built Sparrow Hall estate in Fazakerley. This was the site of the first multi-storey block of flats in Liverpool - Coronation Court. Although the majority of residents were catholics, there was no suitable school for the children. The parish priest of St Philomena’s, Father McLOUGHLIN, arranged to rent the local Board School from the Council. Pupils had to bring in a penny a week for rent. The school was for children of all ages, but grew very rapidly. Children cultivated the land on which the school was built to grow vegetables to supplement rations; these were sold to parishioners.
Eventually, separate infant and junior schools were built, headed by Minnie DOHERTY and Joe DONNELLY respectively. The photo is of Fred NAYLOR, my grandfather, Headteacher until the 1960s.
The secondary school closed in the 1983 Catholic Reorganisation, the boys going to De La Salle and the girls to St John Bosco, The Head at the time, Mr J DAYBELL, joined the staff at De La Salle. There is still a Primary School on the site.