About this image
Originally called Bulwell Hall School, then by the early 1940's it was known as 'Springfield School', comprising of a nursery, infants and juniors. This view shows an open air classroom at the Junior mixed School. The picture was taken from outside, during school hours, with the doors open. This school is one of many built in Nottingham around the 1920's-30's, all of a very similar design, based on open-air principles. The Open-air movement was taken up by many progressive thinkers in children's education. This followed an International meeting in 1922 of like minded individuals who wished to apply ideas about sunshine and 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 sometimes run outside in the fresh air or, more usually, inside classrooms with lots of open doors and windows, not just to help pupils with breathing difficulties (caused by such diseases as Tuberculosis and Diphtheria which were rife at that time), and to prevent the spread of diseases and infections, but also partially based on the belief in the association between purity of air and purity of spirit. All of which, it was hoped, would lead to happier, healthier children.