Newbridge High School was originally christened “King Edward 7 Grammar School” and was built in 1909. Due to the rural nature of Coalville the school was used as a landmark by travellers, merchants and even local people to know where they were.
As a gift a local jewellers made a solid gold key to open the door.
Newbridge High School Fire
An unfortunate event occurred in March 1984, when an ex-student committed an Arson attack on the school causing enormous amounts of damage. The entire front of the main building had been destroyed as well as the balcony being consumed with flames. Furthermore a lot of students work, equipment and artwork was destroyed.
The fire caused a union between the people of the community to help repair the damage that had been done, clearing debris and recovering salvageable objects and equipment. The effect had caused a lot of damage but this didn’t stop the school from becoming one of the highest scoring middle schools in Coalville.
Artefacts and Antiques
The Original log books from 1909 are still present and in good condition dating back to 8 days before the school had officially opened. They are awe inspiring pieces of writing. The 1st log was written January 4th 1909.
The first entry regarding the students was 8 days later on the 12th January.
Original School Bell
The school bell although not used any more is still present and in working order. It has been superseded by electronic bells, which are set on an automatic timer.