Paulsgrove Junior Boys School 1955
|Author: Brian Boxall||Published: 19th May 2015 19:38|
Paulsgrove Junior Boys School 4A Mr Stapleton's Class 1955
Brian Boxall sent this photo in to AboutMyArea with the following information. Do you recognise anyone?
"I remember some of the names (I think). Perhaps others can fill in gaps.
Back Row (left to right):
Gordon Wood, Tony Hutchins (Sadly passed away) ..Irwin??/ ..Brill-Edwards, David Barker, Roger Smith
"Archie" Andrew, ?, Simmonds, Peter Paxton, ?, Me, Leslie Webb, Len Windross, Colin Thorpe, Graham Marshall
Colin Russell, ?, Peter Clough, ?, Michael Tilley, Colin Comben, Richard Cluer, Barry Townsend, Brian Fleet
Other names I am sure were in that class / year include: David Gray, Christopher Russell, David Fowler, Stevens, Ian Walker, John Chard, John Morey, Melvyn Wheatland, Ronald Lansley, David Atkins, ...Harwood, David Lipsham, John ? Lipsham, Freddie Grainger, Malcolm Kent........Burrows.
The picture was taken sixty years ago and the boys in the picture would be 70/71 years old now.
Many of the class would have started their schooling in 1949 at Hillside Infant School in the "Black Huts" waiting for the Paulsgrove Schools to be completed, joining the newly opened Paulsgrove West Infants in 1950. They then returned to Hillside Junior Boys School for their first year before being amongst the first pupils to attend the new Paulsgrove Junior Boys School in 1952. The Headteacher was Mr Colley, the Deputy Mr. Lewis and other teachers included Mr Sturgess, Mr. Coyne, Mr Plaice, Mr Morey and Mr Stapleton who was my class teacher for Years 3 and 4.
The school problably had at least four classes in each year with upwards of 40 children in each class. The school probably had approaching 600 boys with Paulsgrove Junior Girls having a similar number. The two infants schools possibly had a further 300 to 400 hundred children; up to 1600 children on the site. Paulsgrove was populated by many young families who had moved to the estate after the war.
Roads were unmade with Allaway Avenue's made up road finishing at Truro Road, my own road. Masefield Avenue was almost a track with no pavement or road. Poets Corner was not even started and my walk to school across open fields after Raymond Road.
Over the sixty years I have met the occasional member of that class. A few still live in the area. I expect by now they are all retired.
The school itself has now gone with the new Victory School Primary replacing it."