building was then in a dilapidated condition and it became necessary
for the school to remain closed during inclement weather. This,
coupled with the immediate need for expansion, forced the Government
to purchase the property and erect a larger building. The land was
acquired from St. Agnes Church for £10,000. This money was
invested and the returns used to aid the other existing day school
left by Rev. John Woodcock, the St. Agnes' Day School.
acquisition of the land, Government demolished the old building
and erected the present one. In November 1961, at the formal opening,
Mrs. M. C. Walker, the headteacher, named it `The John Woodcock
Infant School.' The Education Department maintained the name Western
Preparation No. II. However, the name "Woodcock" was well
established and the public continued to use it.
of Rev. Woodcock's great contribution to the advancement of education
in the Colony, especially among blacks, it was important that his
name be maintained and attached to the school he founded and endowed
- hence the name `Woodcock Primary School'.
is interesting to note that before the Board of Education gained
control of the Woodcock School, evening classes for all types of
education were conducted intermittently. The Dundas Civic Centre
originated at this school.