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Vale Road School
Vale road school

After leaving the cerebral palsy unit, I spent a few months at home before I started the Vale Road School for Physically Handicapped Children. I was eleven. I was collected from home every morning just after 8 a.m. and arrived home again at about 4.30 p.m. The coach belonged to a private company. These coaches did day trips to the seaside in the summer. Most of the other children travelled to school from different boroughs in grey coaches belonging to the council.

Vale Road School had been converted from a Victorian building and used as a fire station during the war. It was surrounded by factories. Next to the school stood Maynard's sweet factory, famous for making wine gums. The school ...

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