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Our First Head Teacher

Our very first Head Teacher: Miss Amelia Winifred Kneale



Anfield Road Primary School’s very first head teacher was a lady called Miss Amelia Winifred Kneale and she served our school community for an amazing 34 years before her retirement in January 1920. Recently, Amelia’s great- niece visited Anfield Road to present us with a plaque that Amelia was given upon her retirement. 




The plaque reads:


“We, the managers of Anfield Road Council School, desire to express to you on the occasion of your retirement from the position of Head Mistress of the infants department our warm appreciation of your earnest and unliving good  labours during the past thirty- four years. Your influence amongst the children has been for their highest good and welfare and we feel that the foundation you have laid has had a great and permanent value throughout their after career. 


Hundreds of children owe to you a great debt for the love and care you have given them and though they may not remember this so much as their later training, we as Managers have noted it and regard your work as having been of inestimable value. 


On behalf of parents as well as on our own behalf as Managers we thank you sincerely and we trust that you will long be spared to enjoy your well earned rest. The gratitude of the Managers, Teachers, Parents and Scholars goes with you and the knowledge that you have done great and good work will, we hope be unfailing source of comfort and satisfaction. We wish you every happiness.” Liverpool January 1920 


Anfield Road Log Books


Below are photographs of our log books which are an amazing source of historical information dating back to when the school opened 136 years ago. There are lists of staff, their training, reasons for absences and achievements and much more. We love reading these and sharing our rich history with the children.