Former pupils return to the Liverpool Collegiate to reminisce The Liverpool Collegiate, founded in 1840, was a fee-paying grammar school for more than a thousand boys. In 1985, however, it closed following a fire. In this programme, former pupils and teachers from the 1930s and 1940s return to the magnificent neo-Gothic building, which has now been restored and converted into flats, to reminisce about their time there.
Find out about the rigorous academic expectations, the smells (and stinks) of the chemistry lab, playing hookey to watch the great West Indies cricket side on their tour of England, and the attempts of the teachers to teach sex education. Discover the school’s place in the city’s social history and what it was like to be at school in Liverpool during the Second World War.