Leigh Street Primary School opened on 7th November 1908.
It is said in Thomas Middleton’s Book: History of Hyde that the cost of the building and site and furnishing was £18,230 12s. 7d. It has served the area of Hyde ever since.
The school was initially made up Infant, Junior & Senior Buildings and replaced St Thomas C of E School. Its first class also had Artist, Harry Rutherford in its intake.
The school was very different to how it is today.
Classes had up to 50 children in each class and learning was very different. The Infant building was within its own grounds, and even had a coal fire in it that used to be used for story times. The school continued to serve the local area even during WW2, when evacuees were invited to join the school.
Teachers throughout the time included Mr Drewitt, Miss Emsley, Mrs Lee and Mr Renwick. Many people living in Hyde have fond memories of the school. Throughout the upcoming academic year, people will be invited to share memories of the school.
In 2017, Leigh Street School joined the Enquire Learning Trust and became Endeavour Academy. It is still committed to providing the best education for the community it serves. It upholds the core values of Commitment, Opportunity, Respect & Excellence – Something seen throughout its over 100 year history.