Generation game in Gomersal

The old Gomersal Primary School - The school has just closed down and a reader has got in touch to say his mum was one of the first pupils there when it opened in 1912. Since then four more generations of his family have attended (including his great-grandchildren who have now just moved to the new school down the road). Charlotte Scott, Dan Wragg, Billy Wragg, Elaine Wragg, Colin Meltham and Barney Wragg outside the old school. (D579C328)
The old Gomersal Primary School - The school has just closed down and a reader has got in touch to say his mum was one of the first pupils there when it opened in 1912. Since then four more generations of his family have attended (including his great-grandchildren who have now just moved to the new school down the road). Charlotte Scott, Dan Wragg, Billy Wragg, Elaine Wragg, Colin Meltham and Barney Wragg outside the old school. (D579C328)
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History repeated itself when brothers Billy and Barney Wragg were among the first pupils to enter the new Gomersal Primary School.

For exactly a hundred years ago, their great-great-grandmother Annie Broadbent was one of the first pupils at its predecessor.

And since then, a total of five generations of her family have been educated there.

Gomersal Council School in Oxford Road opened in 1912, but earlier this year the pupils and staff moved down the road to the re-furbished former Middle School building.

To commemorate the move, all the pupils and staff walked down the road en masse from the old building to the new one.

Annie’s son Colin Meltham said: “When they moved, it just made me wonder how many other families have had five generations at the same school.

“And what makes the story more interesting is the fact that my mother was among the first in the old building when it opened, and my great-grandchildren are among the first in the new one.”

Colin went to the school in 1935 at the age of three and left when he was 14.

“I remember when I started, we used to have to go to bed in the afternoon,” he said.

“I do have fond memories of being there, though I can’t say I particularly liked school! However, because it’s the only school I ever went to, it’s really important to me.”

Colin’s son Stephen and daughter Elaine also went there, as did Elaine’s children Daniel and Charlotte.

Daniel’s sons, Billy and Barney are there now.

“I can’t think there will be many families with a similar story, I think it must be pretty unique,” added Colin.