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Middleton Primary School - Harrow Road School
Nottingham City Council
Spencer, Higson and Co
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This school is one of many built in Nottingham around this time based on Open-air principles. The Open-air movement was taken up by many progressive thinkers in childrens education. This followed an International meeting in 1922 of like minded individuals who wished to apply ideas about fresh-air and its benefits upon physical and mental health, particularly in the development of children. Many schools were built in support of these ideas. Classes were often run outside in the fresh air or inside classrooms with lots of open doors and windows, not just to help pupils with breathing difficulties (caused by such diseases as Tuberculosis which were rife at that time), but also partially based on the belief in the association between purity of air and purity of spirit.