Not much history available here except the date stone from 1884, suggesting at least the infant block being built during the Victorian era. The school has relocated to a new building just across the road, possibly within the last 10 years and time is slowly taking its toll. Apparently the buildings were recently sold at auction for £275,000 and there is lapsed planning permission for conversion to 8 dwellings, which, as I understand, is being re-applied for at present.
The school originally opened in 1938 and by 1986 there were around 340 pupils, ranging from 9 to 13 years. There were 18 staff at the school including the headteacher and the small school featured 14 rooms. During this time the head was Mr Lindley, who went on to work for the school for 18 years.
Children came from the surrounding areas of Ryhill, South Hiendely and Havercroft, all of which are around one mile away.
Felkirk Middle school closed on the 1st September 1996 as a result of amalgamation and became the High Well School for children with special needs. The school catered for up to 48 pupils, aged 11 to 16 years, with a statement of special education need identifying emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.
Wakefield Council has relocated the school from its current location to Pontefract and the site is due for demolition.
A Sheffield manufacturing firm that collapsed into administration with the loss of nearly 80 jobs owes more than £500,000 to creditors, it has been revealed. More than 140 local and national companies are owed money in the wake of the collapse of Castmaster Roll, based at the Eagle Foundry in Attercliffe. The business went into administration in October and as no new buyer could be found, all 78 workers have lost their jobs and the firm’s assets are being sold.
The firm had reported a trading loss for three years in a row before going into administration, including a £400,000 loss for the year ending January 31, 2014. Details included in the papers of administrator KPMG show £502,353 was owed to different companies at the time of administration.
The report said delayed and non-payment of invoices had put the company under ‘significant pressure from its creditors’ in the months prior to administration. A report also reveals that between KPMG’s appointment in October and December 5, it claimed costs of more than £324,000 for handling the administration.
KPMG said it is uncertain how much money – if any – will be returned to unsecured creditors as a sale of assets is yet to be concluded. Administrators have also said they are ‘continuing to assess the causes of the company’s failure’. It comes after Sheffield MP Clive Betts called for a ‘thorough investigation’ into how Castmaster Roll failed. The Sheffield South East MP said staff had told him the company appeared to be in good shape before it went into administration. He said: “I’m calling on the administrators to undertake a thorough investigation into how a company with good order books and more orders coming through the door has sadly managed to get into such difficulties.”
The firm produced iron and steel quality rolls, discs and sleeves for the manufacturing and food processing industry. The Stevenson Road site began making gas lamps more than a century ago and became a roll maker about 95 years ago. It was known as the Davy Roll company but, after going into receivership, it was reborn as Castmaster Roll in the mid-2000s, taken over by new owner Mel Farrar.