MANY readers will have fond memories of Stand Grammar School as seen in this week’s photographs.

It was in January 1908 that Lancashire Education Committee approved the purchase of seven acres of land in Church Lane, Whitefield, from the Earl of Derby.

The land was to be used to house the school and its playing fields.

The school was originally founded in 1688 under the will of Henry Siddall and had close connections with the Unitarian Chapel in Ringley Road.

By 1900, Stand School with 60 boys and several Masters — including science and art masters — and a drill sergeant, encountered financial difficulties. Lancashire Education Committee took it over in 1908.

Alderman JR Ragdale, who was chairman of the governors, opened the new school on September 6, 1913. George Longman was the headteacher when the school moved to the new building in Church Lane.

The school then grew from a handful of boys to a mixed school of 400 pupils when he retired in 1917.

Mr Longman also devised the school motto Sto-ut-Servian, which is the Latin for ‘I stand to serve’, which he obviously meant as a pun on the word Stand.

When the new building was opened, the Old Standians Association put up a memorial to the school’s distinguished former pupil, Robert Clive, who became Lord Clive of Plassey. Major General Clive was a soldier who helped establish British military and political supremacy in India in the 18th century.

The members of award-winning indie band Elbow also met at the school.

The school catered for both boys and girls until 1937 when the new girls’ school opened in Higher Lane.

The boys’ school continued to develop with 700 pupils on roll and eventually became part of Bury College until it was demolished in 2001.

The site is now covered by housing.

* Photographs and information courtesy of local historian Ian Pratt.