Some say their school days are the best times of their lives, but for many, the buildings they were raised in are long gone.
Many primary and secondary schools in Merseyside have been closed over the years, merged with others, completely demolished or even reborn with new names and buildings.
But even though the schools may have changed or closed, many residents have fond memories of them that they still speak of today.
We askedECHO-Lesershare their old schools in the communityKnowsleywhich have since been closed, demolished or merged with others under a new name.
Alumni were keen to share their memories of their lost schools, so we've compiled a list of some of them.
This list is not exhaustive and only limited information is available for some of the schools. But if you can tell us more about it, or think of others you'd like to include, please let us knowcomment section.
Ruffwood and Brookfield
In 2008, the Ruffwood School inKirkbymerged with Brookfield High School to form the Kirkby Sports College Center for Learning at the Brookfield location.
The Bracknell Avenue school officially opened on October 2, 2009.
The old school was completely rebuilt as part of the Schools for the Future Rebuild Program and was upgraded to Academy status in 2013 and renamed Kirkby High School.
Roseheath and New Hutte
In 2006, Roseheath Community Elementary School and New Hutte Elementary School were closed and merged after approval in 2005.
Previously, Roseheath County Infant School and Roseheath Juniors became Roseheath Primary School in 1990 and in 1995 New Hutte Infant School and New Hutte Junior School merged to form New Hutte Primary School.
The new school became Yew Tree Primary Academy in Wood Road, Halewood.
David Elliott said: "Roseheath Infant and Secondary School, Leathers Lane, Halewood, closed in 2006."
Saint Thomas Becket Catholic School
St Thomas Becket Catholic High School was formed following a merger of local high schools, St Augustine of Canterbury Secondary School and Gonzaga Comprehensive School.
In 2005, the closure of the schools was approved and was to be closed with effect from the following year.
Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park complex was built on the former site of St Thomas Becket's School on Longview Drive, Huyton and opened in 2011.
James Flynn said, "I left St. Augustine '76, Mike Trainer, the French teacher was great."
Lisa Jenkins commented, "Gonzaga. It was St. Aloysius High School and you only knew about the school if you went there, most people hadn't even heard of it."
Maureen Douglas said: "St Augustine of Canterbury was Huyton's best school on Longview Drive, where Huyton's new leisure center now stands."
Having previously been based on the High Street in the 19th century, in 1924prescotand Huyton Grammar School for Girls moved to a site in St Helens Road.
In 1975 the school merged with Prescot Grammar School for Girls.
In 2009 the school, now known as Prescot School, was redeveloped with funds from a Labor government initiative and merged with Higher Side SchoolWhiston.
Bill Cooper said: "Starting at Prescot Boys' Grammar School in 1968, I remember being in student-run after-school societies sponsored by a teacher.
“There were several, including numismatics, stamp collecting, a film club, and one for lovers of buses, trolleybuses, and trams.
“At lunchtime there would sometimes be a debate and one could observe and admire the skill of two students trying to outdo one another with reasoned arguments.
“There were also sharp moments. Occasionally, after school, there would be a larger debate in the hallway, which was well attended.
“Thanks to the hard work of the music teacher, Mr. Kirk, the school had an excellent orchestra and I enjoyed going to their classical music concerts in the evenings, although my family went.
"Later on, when I was there, a rock-jazz group was formed where Mr. Kirk played the sax with the students, and somewhere I have a copy of a record the group made.
"I got the impression that Mr. Kirk lived for his music."
San Gregorio and San Kevin
St Gregory's School and Bewley Drive and Southdene, Kirkby is a merger with St Kevin's School and Northwood for All Saints Catholic High School.
St. Kevin's was once the largest comprehensive school in the country.
After the Bewley Drive location closed in 2009, All Saints opened in 2010.
Macket's Elementary School
Located on Arncliffe Road inHalewood, Macket's Elementary School closed in 2006.
The closure was approved in 2005.
Brookside und Nine Tree
In 2011 Brookside Community Primary School and Nine Tree Primary School were merged to form Stockbridge Village Primary School.
Nine Tree was located at Hollow Croft and Brookside in Cremorne. hey,Stockbridge-Dorf.
Wendy Robinson said: "Nine Tree Primary School in Stockbridge Village closed in 2011 and joined Brookside to become Stockbridge Village Primary School."
Jenny Evans said, "Nine trees in Hollow Croft! If the school hadn't been torn down, I would have sent my children there."
“Today they are more concerned with statistics than with the children themselves.
"Nine Trees had a great sense of community, lots of good memories.
"I think anyone who went there would say the same thing."
Knowsley Hola und Bowring
In 2009,HuytonKnowsley Hey High Schools on Seel Road and Bowring Comprehensive High Schools on Western Avenue merged to form the Huyton Learning Sports and Arts Center.
Both schools were demolished and the new school was rebuilt on the Knowsley Hey site as part of the Schools for the Future Rebuild Program.
The school later became Lord Derby Academy in 2014 when the Dean Trust took it over.
Sophie Buchanan said: “I started my journey into education at Longview Community Primary School on Astley Road and left in 2006. I revisited this school recently and it has brought back all these fond memories.
“Then I started Bowling Community Sports College on Western Avenue. I loved these two schools because each school helped me on my way.
"I remember Bowring and the music productions we did.
"I was part of the Wizard of Oz and played a munchkin. I also remember when we went to the Wavertree Sports Center and had our annual sports day there.
"It was amazing. Although I faced problems on a personal level, it was a decent school. My favorite subjects were French and PE. Mr. Logan was the best teacher I've ever had.
"Unfortunately, Bowring was demolished in 2009 and we opened a new school on Seel Road."
Bowring graduate Chelsey Harwood said: “I would like to give a special mention to a dear friend who is still Mrs Jackie McKee to this day. She was a wonderful kind soul on her own and often allowed me to stay after school and use the computers because my family's house was breaking up and she was very nice to me and when her husband came to pick her up he would seat me always pick up at my second bus stop as I had a long commute to and from school.
"We keep in touch to this day and she is still as beautiful and kind as ever and I often find her in my inbox with a kind word or a few words of encouragement."
David Cowdall, who also attended Bowring, said: “I have always got on well with my teachers.
"But when I was 14 I lost my father in a car accident and the teachers at Bowring really helped me, whether they listened to me or gave me advice.
“They sent me a condolence card in the mail, which was signed by some of the teachers.
"Mr. Owen was my teacher back then and on my first day back after first grade he would hold me down to talk to me and basically tell me I could talk to him if I needed something or someone to talk to.
"I'm not sure if he would even remember it, but I always will.
“Also Mr. Hara and Mr. Lancaster from PE were great, they were always there for me and both took great care of me.
“The three of them helped me a lot in school and I even got to play with the teachers after school five times, which was a bonus.
"I'm very grateful to all the teachers I've had, but especially these three."
In 1988, St. Paul's High School in Halewood closed.
The site on Wood Road is believed to have previously been St Veronica's Girls' School.
Margi Steele New published: "St. Veronica's, Wood Road later became St. Paul's."
Lorraine Marsh commented, "St Veronicas High School for Girls, Wood Road, Halewood, closed I believe in the early 1990s and then renamed St Paul's. I left in 1975."
Alan Martin said: “The Rushey Hey County Primary School in Kirkby. She has produced two great footballers who led their teams to European victories in 1981 and 1982. Liverpool's Phil Thompson and Aston Villa's Dennis Mortimer. No, I can't imagine any other school in Europe claiming the same!"
Helen Nicholson said: "Knowsley Woolfall Grammar School, Stockbridge Lane, not sure when it was demolished, houses are being built there now, I was there from 1958 to 1962."
Sandra Clelland said: "Knowsley Woolfall Secondary Modern. It was at the end of Hillside Avenue. And Stockbridge Infant and Secondary School.”
Linda Rabone commented: "Knowsley Woolfall Grammar School on Stockbridge Lane, I was there from 1962 to '66. I'm not sure when it was demolished. Maybe 2000?"
Catholic Sacred Heart of Jesus Elementary School
Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School was located on Westhead Avenue in Northwood, Kirkby and closed in 2002.
Kathy McKeever said, "Sacred Heart, the best school ever."
Pauline Watson wrote: "Sacred Heart Babies and Youth Mr Mullen the headmaster was the best he ever knew every child and family name he was a wonderful man."
Susan Doyle said, "Sacred Heart Juniors on Westhead Avenue. It had a back entrance at what is now Abbey Close.
“The manager was Mr. Mullen. Mr. Walker organized chess championships every year. There was a league table in a hallway window showing who we were playing next and after the game was played I was colored to show who won I think it was my fourth year that I joined the Liverpool Chess Congress and finished third. Thank you, Mr Walker."
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St Dominic's RC Infant School und St Dominic's Catholic Junior en Huyton se fusionaron en Hope Primary School en Lordens Road.
Maisie Pritchard said: "My old school St. Dominic's on Southdean Road. Then high school on Ashbury Road. I loved every minute of it."
San Edmundo Arrowsmith, Prescot
Previously, St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Secondary School was located on Scotchbarn Lane, Prescot.
In 2010, as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme, the school moved to a new building on the Cumber Lane site of the former Knowsley Higher Side Comprehensive School in Whiston.
Lynda Bate said: "Edmund Arrowsmith, Scotchbarn Lane Prescot, big school demolished now."
RC elementary school St. Michael
In 1994 St Michael's RC Primary School on Richard Hesketh Drive in Kirkby closed.
John Gorman said, "St. Michael's Westvale, now a housing development. I was there between 1958 and 1963."
Longview Community School
Longview Community School, a primary school, became Knowsley Lane Academy on Astley Road in 2014.
John Brennan said, "Longview 1956 to 1966, great school, fabulous time in my life, lots of memories."
Dee Robertson said: "Longview Secondary Modern on Astley Road, a fabulous school."
St Agnes Catholic Primary School
In 2009, St Agnes Catholic Primary School in Huyton was closed.
Maureen Coxsey commented, "In the 1960s, at St Agnes Infant School, mother and aunt were the cleaners and Mr Coyn was the caretaker."
Ann Cooke said: "St. Agnes R/C School, Hall Lane, Huyton Quarry. I attended them from the ages of 5 to 11 and then transferred to St Augustine's of Canterbury Secondary School, Longview Drive. Part of the first admission since then was a new school."
Elementary school in beech wood
In 2006 Beechwood Elementary School in Huyton closed.
Danielle Broley said: "Stockbridge Primary School at the end of Hillside Avenue, Huyton. Later changed to Beechwood Primary School but now demolished and housing development in its place. The best moments of my life.”
Overdale and Simonwood
Overdale Primary School, formerly Overdale Juniors, and Simonswood Primary School merged in 2011 to become Northwood Community Primary
The school is located on Roughwood Drive in Northwood.
Hilary Byrne said: "We moved to Kirkby when I was about three years old, my older sister was 10 years older than me and my brother was eight.
"When my sister was old enough there weren't any makeup schools in Kirkby so she had to take the bus to Rainford every day but she didn't walk much because she always missed it!
"My brother went to Brookfield, so it must have opened in 1956 when he was 11. I went to Simonswood in 1958, I lived on Minstead Avenue, so I lived pretty much on the doorstep of this school, about five houses down from the school.
"I loved Simonswood, I met so many friends that I'm still friends with today."
Holy Angels Infant School in Kirkby became St Michael and All Angels in 1988.
Barbara Rae said, "Holy Angels Infant and Secondary Schools, Kirkby. Mr Yoxall was the Headmaster for many years, followed by Mr Moss.”
Oliver Lyme Road
Oliver Lyme Road Primary School was in Prescot.
Barbara Orme commented: “I entered Oliver Lyme Nursery School in 1947 when I was four years old. The third year students were in the old buildings on Warrington Rd; the girls and boys were separated by a great wall.”
Brenda Elias wrote: "I went to the Oliver Lyme School from 1941 to 1952 when I went to Wade Deacon Elementary School. I remember that the school gave a concert in the parish hall, I was chosen to sing a verse from Jerusalem.”
Christ the King
The Christ The King Learning Center in Huyton closed in 2013.
The joint Catholic and Anglican secondary school was the first of seven new secondary schools in the district to open in 2009.
Quarry Green was a primary school on Old Rough Lane in Kirkby.
Jeanette Wainwright said: "Quarry Green Primary, Old Rough Lane, very fond memories of a beautiful school supported by Sacred Heart, the headmaster was Mr Byron."
Sue Bennett commented: "Quarry Green Primary, Old Rough Lane, Kirkby, I'm not sure when it closed but the site is now housing, the school was an old war building."
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