Simpson Street School, Sunderland

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Simpson Street School


The Old School, Simpson Street is a Grade II listed, former Victorian school building, in Deptford, Sunderland. BDN acted as architects and engineers in the conversion and restoration of this much-loved building into a mixed-use development of contemporary office space and eight loft apartments. 

Simpson Street School, designed by Architect J W Rounthwaite, first opened in 1867 as Deptford Yard Church of England School, consisting of boys and infant departments. It was known as The Laing Church of England, later becoming Simpson Street Boys Board School. Over the years, it had various guises as a school.

A separate Simpson Street Girls Board School was created in 1884 after Sunderland School Board took control of the building. In 1904, responsibility passed from School Boards to Local Education Authorities and the schools became Simpson Street Boys and Girls Council Schools. The school then re-opened in 1905 as Deptford Terrace Council School, Junior Department, later Deptford Terrace Junior Mixed School. It closed in March 1929 and a new school opened on the same site, on 1st April 1929 – Simpson Street Council School, Junior Boys Department.

In January 1943, the school amalgamated with the Girls Department to form Simpson Street Council School, Junior Mixed Department, which was later redesignated a County Primary School. On 1st January 1958, this school merged with the Infants Department.

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