Our History & Traditions

Delivering Educational Excellence

Through the years


In November 1898, Mr James Sadler was appointed Head Teacher in charge of a Class V school. There were 133 children and 1 assistant.


The school has become overcrowded, with children being refused admission, setting the pattern for
 the next 40 years. Tenders are called for the first additions to the school, comprising a new classroom to accommodate 50 children.


With the rapid growth of the school, Mr P O’Leary became Head Teacher. The school had become a Class II School with 365 pupils. The staff consisted of 5 teachers and 3 monitors. It was requested that the teachers’ room and verandah be added to the school, as per the 1897 plan.


Completed  on 17 February 1903 at a cost of at a cost of £667 7s are two new classrooms, each with a corner fireplace and movable grading, extension of the corridor to a new boys’ entrance, a third corridor, and new boys’ hat room and lavatory.


The school has grown to a Class 1 School with a staff of 10 teachers of which 4 were monitors. Miss Ethel Crossley was appointed to the staff. She remained on staff for 41 years.


Mr J A Miles is appointed Head Teacher for one year. The number of students continued to grow, and 384 students were enrolled at the school. At a cost of £295 6s 10d, an additional classroom was completed ahead of schedule on 11 March.


Mr Shugg became Acting Head, standing in for Mr Miles.


Mr John Horton became Headmaster and continued through World War I, ending his service with his retirement in 1920.


A decision was made that all schools with an average attendance over 350 should be provided with a hall. In 1910, 437 children were enrolled
 at West Leederville State School. Consequently a new hall, hat room and corridor are constructed.


The school population continued to increase. Further additions were requested as one class was being taught in the hall in early 1911.


In January 1912, sketch plans for additions were drawn, which were approved in February. In May 1912, tenders were called for building a further classroom, opening from the 1910 corridor.


By June 1914, 560 children were enrolled at West Leederville, and the Head Teacher advised that another classroom was required. He was advised that allowance had been made in the Estimates for the erection of a pavilion classroom at the school.


In February 1915, the pavilion classroom was erected at West Leederville School. Student numbers at West Leederville continued to increase. In spring 1915, there were 592 children accommodated in the 10 classrooms, and another room was urgently needed.


Mr Lassock became Headmaster in 1921, continuing on for the next 19 years until his retirement in 1940.


Plans were drawn for the addition of a classroom to West Leederville School, to open from the hall, at a cost of £418 19s 4d the work was completed on 8 November.


Mr Lunt became Principal and the school with an enrolment of nearly 700 and a staff of 16. Again there was insufficient classroom accommodation for the number of students enrolled at West Leederville. The main hall and a cloak room were utilised as classrooms, and a local Church hall was hired for one class.


In 1945, the stage was added to the hall. In this year, overcrowding at the school reached serious proportions, when 717 children were enrolled in 14 classes.


Mr Healey replaced Mr Lunt as Principal. To address overcrowding, the east boundary is changed to Holyrood St and Carlton St. Infantile paralysis (Polio) scare cancels picture outing. Pressure was relieved with the building of Floreat School and many of the children went to that school as foundation members.


Admissions so high that an extra class is necessary and some 34 infants refused admission. Enrolments at 714. Presbyterian church hall, hat room and hall are all utilised as classrooms.


In 1953, an open air theatre was erected in the school grounds. It was ‘surrounded by lawns and garden’, with paving slab paths around tables and seats. It was described as a ‘delightful facility’ and ‘an excellent feature’ of the school, but termite damage led to disrepair, and it was removed in 1978.


One class kept at Wembley and new school opens in Dodd Street resulting in a drop in enrolments to 574.


Two students die from Diphtheria. Mumps and Measles are rampant.


Mr S Palmer, a former staff member, returned as Principal. It was in this year that the Memorial Library was instituted and the West Leederville- Floreat Park sub- branch of the RSL began donating books in memory of deceased ex- service men.


Mr H Runciman followed Mr Palmer and in this time the class sizes began to decrease to the sprawl of new suburbia. Steps were taken by the P&C to introduce a school uniform.


The school population has declined to a status of a Class I school with less than 600 pupils.


Mr R Cantwell became Principal in this term, during which the population decreased to less than 300 pupils. Mr Cantwell led the school until his retirement in 1975.


The school experienced an influx of migrant children, many of them from non- English speaking backgrounds. The school was identified as a recipient of the Disadvantaged Schools Program funding which provided a range of educational experiences through positive discrimination.


Mr R Leggett became the next Principal. During his era, the school was given a new style. Desks were changed, carpets laid and the Principal’s office and staff rooms appointed.


Mr R Leggett became the next Principal. During his era, the school was given a new style. Desks were changed, carpets laid and the Principal’s office and staff rooms appointed.


Mr K Waters became the new Principal, staying at the school for 3 years. In 1978, the school bell was re-located, as the stand in the grounds was beyond repair, and ‘installed in a place of honour’ in the school hall. A new summer uniform comprising of a royal blue t-shirt with red monogram, a blue skirt for the girls and grey shorts for the boys was introduced.


After almost 90 years without a school oval, a mini oval was excavated next to Lesser Street. Planting of trees, landscaping and construction of an “an imposing entrance pergola” to the main building, are part of the plans for the 90th birthday celebrations.


The school is declared a non- smoking area. Teaching staff hold their first strike. The compulsory wearing of hats in summer months in initiated and new summer uniforms are introduced.


Victorian Cursive Writing style was introduced.


The school was involved in the making of 2 video films by SBS television. Installation of Library Automation.


Mr N Anderson replaced Mr Bailey as Principal with an enrolment of 164 students plus 55 pre-primary children. The school canteen was refurbished and new Faction names chosen. New House flags were designed.


Mr Frank Manera replaces an interim Principal.


Principal position won by Ms Jo Hine.


Miss Alison Ramm becomes Principal. In 2003, the Primary School served the suburb of West Leederville with an enrolment of around 250 students.


Mrs Jenny Baynham fills the Principal position. Student numbers start to increase again during this time.


A new combined Library and Multi- purpose Art and Music facility at West Leederville Primary was completed in January 2011. plans for a new Administration building, to be located directly to the east
of the main school building, were submitted and construction completed in late 2011.


Mr Michael McInerheney appointed as Acting Principal, with Mr Brett Lewis taking up the post for 1 year.


Ms Fiona Kelly appointed Principal.In response to increased enrolments and pressure from the school community, a combined early childhood and general purpose teaching facility is constructed. There is an enrolment of around 420 students.


A second storey is added to the library wing to accommodate senior classes.