If you pass down South Shore’s Lytham Road, you will notice the absence of one familiar building.
The north building on the site of the former Arnold School is now reduced to a pile of bricks since the bulldozers moved in. The south building remains and is undergoing extensive refurbishment, ready for the site to begin its new life as the Armfield Academy.
We take a look back at Arnold School over the ages with our black-and-white archive photographs – some of which give readers a rare glimpse inside the school back in the day.
Arnold School was founded in 1896, by Frank Truswell Pennington and was initially named South Shore Collegiate School.
It moved to the Lytham Road site when Pennington took over and gradually expanded the buildings of an earlier Victorian school. It was renamed Arnold House School and then later Arnold School.
By the time Pennington died in May 1938, he had given the school to the old boys, who elected a governing council.
It was Cameron Cochrane, headmaster from 1973 to ‘79, who took the decisive step towards independence and co-education.
The school buildings underwent expansion and development over the years – including the Memorial Hall, gymnasium and laboratories in the 1950s and 60s, the sixth form centre and junior school were completed in 1972, the art and music departments in 1981 and the new preparatory school built in 1983.
The school merged with King Edward VII and Queen Mary School in 2012, with both schools joining together on the Lytham campus in September 2013 and the Arnold building on Lytham Road lying empty for several years.