1841 – Daisy Hill School opened. It was originally a Sunday School and lessons were given in reading, writing and Bible Study by the Parson before the Sunday service. It stood at the corner of Hindley Road and St James Street and was supervised by Reverend Alsop who provided the funding to run it from the resources of the Westhoughton Old Chapel. Later it also functioned as a Day School.
In 1869 Rev. Kinton Jacques -Vicar of Westhoughton- opened a new school on the same site. This building was also used for church services.
The school was extended in 1871. Rooms were added to the ‘Old Church’- later known as the ‘Old Hall’- so the school could accommodate more children. This was necessary because the 1870 Education Act had made Primary schooling compulsory.
1876 –Daisy Hill school was flourishing and the school buildings were converted into classrooms to accommodate 40 children. The alterations and decoration were paid for Mrs. Makant.
The school budget at that time was recorded as £267. This was broken down as follows- £147 -teaching staff pay, £10 fuel, £9 repairs and cleaning, £1 rates, £60 decoration.
1877 – The following advert was posted for Evening Classes–
‘Classes will be held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening for the teaching of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic from 7 – 9 pm. ‘
In 1884 more improvements were made to the school financed by Mrs. Makant and Miss Haddock. The old classroom was pulled down and two new , large rooms were built. The infants were housed in the lower room and the upper room became a ‘working men’s club’ which provided books, newspapers and periodicals as well as games.
1960 – Daisy Hill Parish starts to expand as a result of a new housing estate being built in the area and consequently school facilities needed to increase.
In 1966 Phase 1 of the new development was agreed and three Infant classes and an Ancillary Block were built. The following years saw more classrooms added.
(In 1973 the Church gave up full control of the School and it is now a ‘Voluntary Controlled school)
1975/6 a new hall and kitchen were built which joined all the existing rooms together.
It remains a very popular school and numbers have grown over the years .
In 2020 it had approximately 400 pupils aged 3-11
Logbook extracts are available (1900-1976) giving very brief details of some school activities over the period. They are held in our archives. Please contact the Local History Group, via the website, if you would like to look at them.
Photographs and memories : We would welcome any photographs or memories of the school from any period. If you have any you are prepared to share, please get in touch with the Local History group via the website.