Aire View Infant School

Elliott Street, Silsden, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD20 0AW

01535 653290

Aire View Infant School Living History


Step back in time...

Here are some amazing class photographs of pupils at Aire View Infant School ranging from 1899 to 1937.

Do you recognise any of your ancestors ? If you do please let us know. Also Mrs Goldsmith a former Head Teacher (from 1973 to 1993) looked at the school log books and compiled a collection of events that occurred over the first 60 years at Aire View Infant School. It makes a very interesting read so just scroll down to the bottom of the page and read from the document!


Winnie Barker




Dear Parent / Carer

It is with deep regret that I am informing you of the death of Winnie Barker who for the last twenty years has been a valued volunteer here at Aire View Infant School.

When I first came to Aire View in 1993 I asked the Methodist Church to put out a plea for volunteers in their newsletter and Winnie was the first to reply!  She has been with us ever since up until last year when she became too ill to come in.

Winnie never had any children of her own but was involved with them both at the Methodist Church and here in school.  Winnie loved her time here at Aire View and volunteered three times a week, rarely missing a day for fear of letting the children down.

On her 80th Birthday children took flowers and eighty purple balloons to her house and sang Happy Birthday to her.  On her 90th birthday she was handed a certificate entitling her to free school dinners which she found highly amusing!  Winnie loved school dinners and we still took them to her house when she was ill.

Winnie was so much fun and joined in with nearly every event even dressing up as a pirate on her 90th birthday and was special guest of honour.  She was presented with a very special birthday cake on the day.

Every Christmas the children and staff invite volunteers into school for coffee and Christmas cake followed by singing Christmas songs in the hall as a special thank you.  At the end of the singing Winnie would always stand up and make a speech thanking the children for the joy and pleasure the volunteers get from being allowed to come into school to share their learning with them.

Winnie has been sadly missed in school since she became ill and will be remembered with great fondness and never be forgotten by all who were fortunate to come into contact with her.

Vicky Bottomley

Head Teacher