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do you remember mr mallet at mesnes high, how bad was he, in those days it was acceptable, but these days he would be arrested and jailed for his very very violent behaivor to his pupils. bob croft, sussex, ex wigan
 
OH MR PURDY AT ST ANDREWS WAS SO CRUEL HE MADE MY LIFE A MISSERY, HOW HE EVER GOT INTO TEACHING CHILDREN I WILL NEVER KNOW, AND THIS WAS A JUNIOR SCHOOL, HE WAS SO BAD TO NOT JUST ME IN SPRINGFIELD BUT LOADS OF US. THANKS TO HIM I HAVE VERY VERY BAD MEMORIES OF MY TIME AT JUNIOR SCHOOL. TERRIBLE TIME. SUSAN GREGSON, WIGAN, ENGLAND
 
I was at Wigan Grammar School from 1942-7. We had a teacher there called Frank Denning, a WW1 veteran, with a ramrod back. He took us for PE and one day, I never knew the reason, but a lad called Gordon Thorley had apparently got up Denning's nose. He went across to him as we were running round the gym, warming up, and uppercutted him! Thorley dropped like a stone, whereupon Denning picked him up and smacked him again. We were stood there petrified.As Thorley lay on the floor Denning laid into him again, smacking him around the face, after which he carried on as normal! fred foster, wigan, england
 
GOD I WAS BEST FRIENDS WITH JANET MAGNALL, HOW CAN HER BROTHER PETER BE DEAD, DEAD? NO NO NO TOO YOUNG CAN,T BELIEVE IT ALL MY LOVE MARG AND THE KIDS. XXXXX SUSAN JACKSON, WIGAN, ENGLAND
 
st. andrews at springfield, best school ever. judith macmullen, wigan, england
 
who remembers anyone who attended belle green school in the sixties . i remember u all . i.m not well at the moment but could list all the names in my class. too ill. andrew colier, wigan, england
 
I went to Beech Hill Infants and Junior Schools. I remember the Cleaton sisters very well but thought Miss Taggart, who scared the life out of me, was a teacher in the Juniors. Miss Saxon, Mr. Livesey, Mr Arrandale, Miss Smith , later Mrs. Hesketh and Miss Graham. Yes, they certainly made an impression. I remember passing my scholarship and receiving a red rose from Mr. Glover, the headmaster. Miss Roberts told me to find a mop and wipe up some spilled milk. I couldn't find one so the next morning she announced to the children in assembly that I was a 'dreamer' I had too many jolly robins in my head!! I never really forgave her for that. By the way, does anyone remember my husband, who attended St. Andrew's School at Springfield? His name is Terry Shacklady??? I have good memories of my schooldays and I loved reading about yours. SHEILA GOULDING, Speers Point, nr Newcastle, NSW, Australia
 
I remember St Thomas More..I left (officially) in 1974 my memories are of Mr Lee (english) MR Wilde (Maths) Mr Baron (Tech Drawing)Mr Riley (art)Mr Wilcox Geography also my form teacher in my fourth year..(used to cane me daily for being late)...does anyone remember the same time? steve, wigan, UK
 
I was at Highfield Junior Mixed in the 30s. Miss M Barton was our teacher. She was known as "bottom Miss Barton" to distinguish her from Miss E Barton(Nangy Nellie)known as Top Miss Barton. One day, we had a lad in our class named Jimmy Dunn, who always came to school dirty. Obviously not his fault, but Miss Barton told him that if he came to school dirty the next day, she would wash him in front of the class. The next day came and so did Jimmy, black as the ace of spades. She got a bowl of water, a nail brush and a bar of green soap and, stripping him down to his dirty little vest, she scrubbed him down! Jimmy did some "skrikin" I tell you. I don't know why she bothered because the next day, he was just as dirty! fred foster, wigan, england
 
I went to St Thomas More Wigan from 1973 to 1978. The head Mistress was sister Rose, there was also Sister Paul and sister Barbara ( slaverbabs) because of the way she spoke.My favourite teacher was 'Tom' Wild (Maths) he introduced me to computing. At that time Wigan schools had two computers the size of pop vending machines which travelled around the local schools (PDP8/1).WE had Mr Gleeson the sports teacher who professed to be in the SAS!Mr McGuiness sports teacher who proudly wore his 1950's Olympic Blazer.All in all it was a good time. It's a shame the school has to close. Peter Boyd, Wigan, Lancs
 
I went to St Marys RC Primary school Standishgate wigan. I have only fabulous memories of friends and teachers mrs heaton, miss chisnall, mrs geering, mr corless our headmaster, and mr tickle who was fantastic and whom i still meet in town sometimes,. From st mary i went to St John Fisher, again good memories mr wallace who still teaches there, mr murray, mrs clayton, miss ellis a great english teacher mr vora, mr gallagher, mr forder mrs millingtion still see her in town, miss topping,mr tolbort mr myers mr cunningham nicknamed him plug. carmel gibbons, wigan, england
 
i remember Mr foster in the last year of Lamberhead green juniors.git he didn't like me kept throwing the board duster at me. the year was 1980-81. does anybody else remember him. brian, wigan, uk
 
Re Sheila Holden and Mike Morris and Cardinal Newman, I too share your memories, I have an older brother called Robert Bullen and I remember Mr Bertwisle, especially because he had a daughter in my primary school class called Catherine after that I went to Cardinal Newman which enjoyed partly, noy all of it, I have good memories and bad memories tell me more and I will tell more Rose Bullen rose, wigan, lancs
 
I went to ST JOHNS CofE,HINDLEY GREEN from 1980-1987. The headmaster was Mr Colin Holt and the teachers (starting from reception) were Miss Hirst and Mrs Young, Mrs Jones, Miss Holland, Mrs Backhouse, Mrs Steed, Mrs Clowes and Mr Deer. My favourite was always Miss Holland. I never realised how much she had affected me until my eldest daughter was at the same school. When she went into Miss Hollands class, some of the parents were saying that their children were a bit wary of her. My daughter however loved her- especially on the day she turned round to one boy in the class with the immortal words "Don't you even THINK about it!" in the exact tone and manner that I have always used!! After primary school I attended the DEANERY HIGH SCHOOL where my lifelong love of history was encouraged by the wonderful Mr Hurst and Mr Gwilliam-the greatest double act I have ever seen! I was lucky enough to be taught by these two men for four years and remember their lessons regularly-they would combine their two classes and teach us all together. Other great teachers at the Deanery were Mr Minister, Mrs Dandy and Mrs Bootman-oh and a huge apology to Mrs Bond who I sent to the brink of a nervous breakdown by telling her I had handed in work I hadn't even started!! Sorry Miss!! Vickie Withington (nee Santus), Hindley, England
 
just read what everyone said about rose bridge, but can you believe peter magnall is dead. unbelieveable. god we,re all getting to that age.god bless u margaret and your kids. x glenis dwyer, wigan, lancs
 
i attended rose bridge high school and although i was a shy and quiet girl i still loved it. i remember the three most popular girls in our year was carol mulvey, barbara molyneux and carol dwyer.they were all dead clever, and everyone wanted to be like them. i remember barbara was going out with the most gorgeous boy in school alan darbyshire. i hope they got married cause they were the perfect couple lets say john travolta and olivia newton john. barbara was what evey girl wanted to be, and carol mulvey was so clever it was unreal, hope they all happy, espesially alan and barbara, what a gorgeos couple, everyone envied them. edwina fairhurst, wigan, england
 
I remember Miss Dunne as I went to St William's school from 1952 to 1959. I used to live in Manley Street at the bottom of Ince Green Lane and often walked behind Miss Dunne on my way to church on a Sunday morning. She was well respected and revered, but my favourite teacher was Mr Baron, who taught Maths. June Seddon, Manchester, England
 
I went to St Williams and then on to Cardinal Newman and remember the lovely Miss Dunne and my most favorite teacher at Cardy was Mr birtwhistle. He gave me my love history and also of drama. Anyone remember the Gilbert and Sullivan he produced with Miss Partington the music teacher Sheila Garrett (nee Holden), Bournemouth, England
 
I remember all the teachers mentioned at ST STEPHENS WHELLEY and WHELLEY SEC MOD SCHOOL I left there in 1956 When MT EVEREST was conquered I remember MR SWIFT the headmaster at ST STEPHENS telling the pupils in assembly that the highest mountain in the world had been conquered and that the next thing would probably be someone trying to reach the MOON and we all laughed thinking it would never be possible Kathy Lee [Close] ESSEX Kathy Lee nee Close, Wickford ESSEX, UK
 
st catherines,around 1950/51,,1st infants teacher,,mrs watson,followed by mrs boyer,,miss houghton,,mrs atherton(bit of dragon in them days)mr rudd(eddie)all round sportsman in them days,played for horwich rmi,,big rivals to "my latics" back then,,miss willcocks taught top class,,,and headmaster,,Mr Arthur Shenton,great man,,was a friend to all,, jim holding, wigan, uk
 
jack sharrock and mr price the head master jack the head teacher in the mid 50s both great teachers. michael s davies, melbourne, australia
 
I remember Miss Frew from All Saints Hindley, anyone not paying attention and the board duster came flying acroos the classroom, also Miss Parker and Mr. Halliwell and head Mr. Pennington linda jones(nee Baxter), wigan, engliand
 
abram st johns primary iremember mr bridge the head teach andmr christopher he used to throw the black board duster and a rolled up pair of socks i rem him chuckin both at my cousin brain and never missing him lol i loved that school me and my sisters all went there ,, thay had a shed on the side and we climed over the top lots of times just to have a look . then we couldnt get out as easy . we used to sit on the brick school wall and wait for our dad to get off the bus when he was coming home from work . we always asked him if he had any money left after his day . if we were lucky he would have a half penny and we would go to the corner shop for a bubbly gum and share it . oh those were the days.the school toilets were smelly and most of the doors didnt lock so we would scramble for a locked one at playtime . one day after school dinners i went home to see my mum and was late back . i made up an escuse to mr christopher that the clock was slow and in front of the whole class he said .. brenda atherton ,if the clock was slow you would have been early, evry one laughed at me and i was red in the face brenda evans nee atherton, abram, adelaide south australia
 
Anyone remember the teachers at St Stephens in Whelley. Miss Brown, Miss maybury, Miss Brunton (who rattled your knuckles with a pencil if you forgot your "times tables"), Mr Boardman, Mrs Wilding, Miss Ramsdale and Mr "Pappa" Swift the headmaster. Happy memories but sre knuckles. alf j, wigan, england
 
anyone remember mr heaps hindley green sec mod .Boy that man would have been arrested in this day and age.How violent was he !!! phyllis palmer, wigan, lancs
 
I too went to St Andrews CofE between 1965 and 1971. I managed to be taught by Jim Purdy TWICE. That was scary, especially when he picked the lads up by their sideburns (probably not allowed these days). he passed away last year, soon after retirement. Sadly missed. I was also taught by Miss Nicholson (and so was my dad, 20 yrs+ before me!!!) and Miss Brown (who actually knew my mother as a small girl even though though neither came from Springfield). The headmaster was Mr Harmer and he had a fearsome stare when he wasn't pleased. I still see one of my old infant teachers (Mrs Anderton) and she looks very well for her age. My first teacher was Miss Crompton and I was also taught by Miss Bamforth (my favourite teacher). The school still stands (unlike many smaller schools) as the only one of the three I attended to survive. It was the oldest building I was educated in. Gidlow School and Whitley High didn't fare so well!!! Stuart Parkinson, Stretford, UK
 
I was at St James' primary from 1968 until 1974. I remember Miss Heyworth very well. She was a fabulous teacher. I saw her many years later on the platform at North west station and she came up to me and asked me how I was doing and what my younger sister was doing! I was amazed seeing as it was at least 15 years since I'd been in her class! Sadly, I heard that she has since died but she was a wonderful educator. Catherine Rosbottom, Louisville KY, USA
 
does anyone remember mr cottrill from st. thomas moore school in the sixties, boy got many a smack with the blackboard duster from him. susan dean, wigan, england
 
i remember my old teachers at st. williams of ince with much affection joyce green, chorley, england
 
hi i hav'nt seen any posts about borsdane brook princess st hindley. wondering if they was anyone went they between the years of 72 upwards to 76. most of teachers were mr santas head teacher,mr fielding wood work teacher, mr omerod,mr pearce,mrs hart pls could u email me also on shadowhawk01@hotmail.com would love to get in touch with anyone from that school and also know i few people that i know from there tryed friends reunited no luck with school. bor and breed wiganer richard, wigan, lancashire
 
I remember St Thomas Moore (Tommy Moore) and in 1963. Headmaster Charles Gaukroger, affectionately known as Charlie, Mr Ashworth (history) Fred Riley (Art) Mr Anderton (PE), Mr Baron, Mr Boardman (Science), Mr Bramwell (geography), Mr V Hall , Mr Iredale, Mr Lee, Mr Mayor (metal work), Mr McHugh, Mr Millington, Mr Moyers, Mr Petrie, Mrs Petrie, Mr Radcliffe, Mrs Sheargold, Mr Kay, and secretary Mrs Boardman. I remember Mr Anderton whacking the whole class because he could not find out who had done something. Also remember joining Mr Boardman’s chess group and being runner up in the Liverpool Chess championship. Joe Bell, Sandbach, Cheshire
 
I also remember Mr Bertwistle from Cardinal Newman Hindley, he was a very good teacher and quite strict, if I recall correctly he used to teach us History. I attended the school from 1970 to 1975, have very fond memories, and was a little shocked when visiting Hindley a few years ago to find out the school had been demolished! Mike Morris, Pretoria, South Africa
 
i attended whelley school during the sixties and remember mr.simm taking us for history lessons.he was a lovely chap, very tall and slim.a bit soft with us at times but would pull you up with your ear if you a pushed him too far !!! mrs. ashley took us for domestic science once a week. after we had done our cooking we would have to do our housework, which was written down on cards, each group would have a different set of jobs to do each week.i used to hate having to take rubbish down into the cellar were all the coal was kept for the boilers. it was red hot and really scarey down there!!having to polish all the cloakroom taps with brasso was another rotten chore !! when we had to make pastry we were told that when it was finished it had to look as smooth as mr. ashley's bald head !! she was strict but a very good teacher.mr. buer took us for english. he was nice.tom beech took us for maths. we always tried to get him to talk about the war so that we didnt have to do the maths !!! mrs. rigby took us for sewing and knitting and games.mrs walters did art and a mixture of other lessons.miss pass took geography, a lovely quiet lady till she got annoyed !!! then she just flipped. some of the lads would delibrately get her annoyed for the fun of it ! we used to call her 'blinkers' because she used to blink her eyes quickly all the time.mr. miller was the headmaster and we used to be terrified of him.if you got into trouble you would have to stand outside of his office awaiting the cane !! and boy could he wack you one !! the good old days !! Brenda (FAIRHURST), WIGAN, LANCS
 
hey if anyone has any pictures or better still memorabilia of pem girls I would love you to get in touch. I vaguely recall anne pimblett but she was a bit older than me. Recall Vicky beddard and Susan McGirl. Terrible memory me though! also seeking photos of pem west ward labour club! val baxter, wigan, uk
 
mrs Tattersall at lamberhead green and Mrs Well's (nellie) at abraham guest along with Mr Budworth and Mr Magnall Mr parr and Miss Stretch the pe teacher oh and Mr Whiteside the Metalwork Teacher and Mr Laithwaite the Motor veichle class those were the days Mani, Wigan, england
 
mr green aspull high school I too remember him, he was always more working class than the others & very clever,a published book on eng drawing & could do the rubiks cube without a solution(though took him a while)he also encouraged me in his subject & advised me to do an "o" level,got a grade b(& a cse grade 1)was in set 3 for most subjects, was also my form teacher one year(4th?)i was there 1978-1983 & looking back was my favourite teacher anthony wareing, wigan, england
 
I attended St James Primary School Worsley Mesnes in 50's and remember my first teacher Miss Heyworth she was lovely. Also Brian Leigh who taught in the Juniors and Mr McGraw who was headmaster. My worst memory of that time was having the board duster thrown at you for talking in class and having our knuckles rapped with a ruler ouch! All in all though they were happy times. S. Ward (Nee Hulse), Wigan, UK
 
I remember attending Pemberton Secondary Modern Girls School. It was originally the mixed Pemberton Senior School, but part way during the first year the school was divided and the boys attended a brand new school built on the fields opposite the bottom of Norley Hall Avenue. I recall Miss Pilling the headmistress who was a very nice person, although she was strict. I remember being enthralled as she told us tales when she had to stand in for the teacher who taught either history or religious knowledge. I remember the games teacher Mrs Foster (or Forshaw). One time during a cold spell and it was our lunch hour when we had to stay outside, a few of us girls decided to go and hide in the cupboard under the stairs leading to the staff room to escape the cold. The games equipment was kept in there and after a couple of days of us hiding, Mrs Foster opened the door to the cupboard and found us there. She was quite alright about it, though, as she just said if we put the games equipment out for her next class she wouldn't tell Miss Pilling. Another games teacher who was very popular her name I can't recall. I remember her Christian name was Barbara. However, she introduced dancing to records popular at the time. Not disco dancing, but co-ordinated dancing in groups. Sadly, she died of cancer a few years after I had left the school. Miss Partington (later Mrs McAvoy) taught us music. For one lesson she brought her husband's rugby songs LPs in (in the sleeves of opera records just in case Miss Pilling saw them). We had to be very quiet during that lesson as she couldn't have them playing very loudly in case they were heard by any other teacher (or Miss Pilling). Mrs Wadsworth (Nelly) taught me in my final year at PSMGS. I admired this teacher, although she was another who could be very strict. She loved literature and tried to instill this love into all of her pupils. We would have lessons when she would read out the book and we would follow her in our own copies of the book. She would ask questions randomly about what had been read and if we could not answer, then we had to go to the beginning and start all over again - to lots of moaning I might add. Other teachers I remember are the cookery teacher, Miss Hornby (red Emma), Miss Rigby and Mrs Wardle, the needlework teachers, Mrs Guy (very strict). During one cookery lesson the class had to split up into groups and make lunch for that day (main course and pudding). We all ate our meal and cleared up, but then we decided to have a dishcloth fight. Groups at either end of the room throwing dishcloths at one another. Miss Hornby came into the room during this and one dishcloth just missed her. She wasn't best pleased. I recall Mrs Brooks who taught Commerce (typing & shorthand). It is because of this that I do the job I do, ie secretary. Some of my fellow pupils were Joyce Barton (still in touch), Marlene Davies, Jean Cottam, Jean Cheetham, Ann Pimblett (see occasionally), Barbara Baron, Freda Birch, Sharon Myatt, Kathleen Rimmer, Joan Walls. Kathleen Broome (nee Barnett), Wigan, England
 
I spent a nightmare year with Miss Rimmer at St. Nathaniel's Platt bridge. my parents took me away and I went to the junior part of the High School. To this day I remember getting my first homework back from Miss Taberner. It had a tick at the bottom and the word "Good". I had never, ever had that before. She was a wonderful, gentle teacher, she did not need harsh words or punishments. I learned so much from her. Margaret Rowden (nee Morris), Bath, B&NES
 
Perhaps my happiest school year was the one spent at the newly opened Marsh Green Junior and Infants School. I think it was in 1959, as I started senior school in 1960, so must have left junior school the summer of that year. My fellow pupils and I were in year four of the junior level and there were only eleven of us, it being a newly established school to serve the estate of Marsh Green. Our teacher was Mr Green (Sweetpea) and he taught me a lot, as through illness I was not academically too bright, having missed a lot of schooling (for reasons I will not go into). Any road up, as the saying goes, Mr Green taught me enough to go on to pass the first half of the 11+ exam - not bad going, eh! The head teacher was Mr Woods, a very nice gentleman who appeared to enjoy his job very much. I can't recall any of the other teachers, except that Miss Gardner was the head of the infants. She was a terror back then. During the dinner hour if any infant child hadn't cleared their plate of their dinner she would make them sit there until they did. As a junior pupil we had to help clear the plates from the tables, and when I could (if Miss Gardner was not looking) I would scrape the plate of the "offending pupil" onto another plate and let it appear the child had eaten the remainder of their dinner. The names of some of my fellow pupils were Lesley Shaw, Mary Gaskell, James Moss, Stanley Hart, Keith ?, Kay Moran. Kathleen Broome (nee Barnett), Wigan, England
 
i will never forget my time at rose bridge girls high school. the best school in the world, i am convinced of that, i had to be dying before i would stay off. remember mrs. green mrs. barber, miss farrington, miss murray. mrs bond miss evans mrs holmes miss valentine, mr brookes. and i can,t remember the maths teacher why would i. she would put a sum or whatever on the board an say do you all understand, and my brilliant best friend at school carol mulvey would say yes so the problem would be wiped off the board. never mind us thickos at maths, if carol knew it that was ok for miss whatsername. still i loved my years at rose bridge and stayed on until i was 17, cause i couldn, t bear to leave my lovely school or friends. carol mulvey marion hill carol dwyer jean mutimer pauline parr SADLY DECEASED Kathleen aspinall, vivien parkinson,we were a great bunch of girls and had a brilliant laugh along with all the lads, alan darbyshire was my lovely boyfriend for 4 years we were inseperable and how funny 38 years have passed and we,ve not seen one another . but they were happy happy happy days without a doubt. x barbara molyneux, wigan, england
 
My teachers at Holy Family RC School, Platt Bridge in 1962/1963. Miss Leyland a strict disciplinarian who insisted that you spelled properly. Woe betide anyone who got them wrong a good slapping in front of the whole class soon sorted your bad spelling habits out. Mrs Hurley, this lady inspired me with her intesting lessons, patient approach to learning and making learning also fun with her whitty sense of humour. I never forgot my times tables either even now I can remember them all and find no hesitation in rhyming these off when needed in my everyday life - some 40 years on. Such good, solid teaching which in those days missed out on the recent recognition awards of "Teacher of the Year" which would have been so rightly deserved. Miss Leyland\Mrs Hurley, Wigan, UK
 
St Josephs infants (1955/56) I think in Miry Lane Wallgate can't remember the teachers but does anyone remember Scully Brown a snotty nosed guy who used to scare the hell out of us and chase us thru the old woodyard near the school. Also St Edwards Scot Lane 1958 who could forget the prim and proper Miss Brown?? Sister Rose and Sister Julie St Thomas More, Scot Lane 1962/3 to 67/68 I can still remember the sounds of their rosary beads as they charged along the corridors to class. Anybody else went to these schools during these years love to hear from you Mary O Neill mary o neill, wigan, England
 
Oh my goodness, do I remember Miss Benson, and Father Lappin, you betcha, went to St Patricks, there in 50s &60s, used to live in Hardybutts, very fond memories, or am I looking through rose coloured glassess? Eileen Ryan Eileen Ryan, wigan, Brisbane
 
I remember these names from late sixties at St Patricks infants school. Mrs Rourke, who shook me in mid air when I coloured in yellow the legs on a picture we where asked to paint. Mrs Lennegan, who you where afraid to even breathe in her class let alone ask for the toilet and the caretaker Mr McGinty. David Brown, Wigan, England
 
I remember my yr 6 teacher I hated her but she was a great teacher damian, wigan, england
 
I remember Miss Hornby at Pem. Girls school, she was pretty fierce, gave handwork lessons as well as cookery when I was there (left in 1962). My favourite teacher was Mr. Martin at Pem. Primary, Junior 4, everybody loved him! Patricia van Vliet (nee Johnson), Zutphen, Netherlands
 
Poolstock Primary School,Mrs.Fairhurst who played the piano every morning to All Things Bright And Beautiful.Mrs.parkinson used to let us watch Play School on T.V. Mr.Smith had a penchant for art and took us over the canal bank to draw the Cooling Towers,also took us for Rounders. Stuart Jones, Wigan, England
 
Anyone recall Pem Girls on Norley Hall Ave? It was like St Trinian's. I was there from 68 - 72. Miss Hornby the cookery teacher used to terrify me. But it didn't stop me taking knives from the cookery room to play splits with on the field! Val Baxter, wigan, uk
 
Does anyone remember Mr Bertwistle from Cardinal Newman High, Hindley? He was a great teacher but was very strict, he never whacked you for anything you didnt deserve. He had a good sense of humour but didnt take any lip. He taught their for years and when i was there he was deputy head. Also Mrs winters the biology teacher was a really great teacher, she was the only teacher to actually get me to learn something. Wish i had listened more now though! Steve Houghton (Bert), Wigan, U.K.
 

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