The 1960s


1960 : Work on the alterations and extensions in progress. Approval given for the purchase of a second bus. Oct 8 ~ BOSA reunion. The ceremony of setting the datum point of the new building was performed by County Alderman W Hyman.

1961 : The first full-time college librarian appointed. Tenders accepted for the preparation of a new hockey field.

1962 : Kitchen, dining room and domestic staff hostel came into use. Whitsun reunion of old students and Golden Jubilee celebrations. Mrs GM Gunn, MA took up post as Principal in succession to Miss EAM Maxwell. 120 students admitted. First third year students in training, with consequent increase in numbers from 235 to 355, practically all students in residence. College course continued with seven main subjects, ten subsidiary subjects and eight periods each day.

New gymnasium came into use. Work still proceded on conversions in college block. It was agreed in November that the old Saltaire Grammar School building be converted into a teaching annexe for the college for the next academic year.

1963 : Posts of Bursar and Lodgings Officer were established. Bakehouse converted into Outdoor Activities Centre. Choice of Menu and cafeteria system introduced at college meals. Establishment of post which became Secretary for Registrations.

Two hundred students admitted in September, including twenty four men, living at home or in lodgings. Additional main course (History) inaugurated. Timetable blocked into longer periods, and a combined course called “Group Studies” inaugurated for first year students. Optional short courses started for third year students. Personal tutor system instituted. New record cards introduced with photograph books. Publication of the Robbins Report on Higher Education.

1964 : The first French exchange with Arras took place. The first security officer appointed. Wingfield Hall acquired for modernisation for student accommodation. The first one-term course for Primary School Mathematics. Ticket system set up for the College Library.

Two hundred students admitted in September with the first group of resident men being accommodated in Priestley Hall. Sixty third year students living out, some for the first time occupying flats. Term started with “Adventure in the Arts” for Year One. “Adventure in Personal Endeavour” for Year Two. “World Affairs Conference ” for Year Three.

Additional main courses in French and Sociology inaugurated. New College Constitution established, the “College Meeting” being superseded by a “General Committee” of staff and students. Language Laboratory installed in November. Three day mass interviewing of student candidates inaugurated.

1965 : College changed name to “Bingley College of Education”. Deputy Bursar appointed. Internal registration for student vehicles introduced. Additional large grant made available for Science equipment. Twenty four / seven security coverage of college established with porter, handymen, evening telephonists and security officers. The document “The Need For Change” was written and the new three year course was devised. The main and subsidiary courses being divided up into five broad areas of study.

The search for the Dales Centre began. A series of evening conferences was held at college with Heads and class teachers of practice schools. Work on extensions to college kitchen began.

Two hundred and fifty students admitted in the September. First years started with a two-term foundation course before choice of main study.

1966 : Work begun on the new Communal Block (ablutions and launderette). Extensions to college kitchen completed in January. First meeting of Bingley Consultative Committee. Teach In on “Education in the Seventies” held at College.

The provision of a new building incorporating closed circuit television was considered. Intensive planning began on professional courses. Negotiations began for the purchase of Greenhill Hall and 87 Park Road.

Post of second nurse for the sanitorium established in February. Post of Dean of Students created in March. Publication of the Weaver Report on the Government of Colleges of Education.

Wingfield Hall came into use in April. May – further meetings of Heads of Schools. In July building started on the Movement / Music / Drama Block.

Two hundred and fifty students admitted in September. Two-day Exhibition of Teaching Media held at College. Educational Studies moved to BCE from Annexe, exchanging with Social Science Area. New arrangements started for Professional Studies, with division into Lower, Middle and Upper Age Ranges. Third Year Students on School Practice for whole term.

1967 : January – July. Schools on American Air Force Bases in Britain first used for School Practice for students pursuing “American Studies” course. Leeds University BEd syllabuses finalised. New Constitution of the Bingley College of Education Student’s Union established.

September 1967 : Two hundred and fifty students admitted. Dr AS Davies appointed Acting Principal in succession to Mrs Gunn. The first fourth year BEd students began their course. Greenhill Hall came into use. Discussions began at Leeds Institute concerning plans for a new 3-point profile (Educational Studies, Main Course, Practical Teaching) with Supplementary Studies assessed by the College. Minor works programme started at the college block, including provision for a fourth science laboratory.

1968 : Movement / Music / Drama building came into use.

February – July 1968 : Decision taken to reduce length of Foundations Course by one term. New Main Course (Dance) inaugurated. Buckden House (owned by West Riding County Council) first came into use as a Dales Centre. First approach of Bingley Consultative Committee made to Student’s Union with reference to student participation in College Government. Work began on the new Student’s Union Building, comprising offices, lounge, bar, snack bar, games room and dance hall.