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Mr Purdy at St Andrews Junior School, Springfield, now that was a scary teacher, he frightened the hell out of me!!! Nicola Holden (nee Dowbekin), Now St helens, UK
 
POOLSTOCK school, Wigan.1950's. I remember the longest ice slide across the school yard that we would skate down on our shoes.Hot dinners at lunchtime, dancing classes on a friday, Mr Horrocks (the H was dropped in those days)I speak proper now LOL. Carol Orr, Whakatane, New Zealand
 
i remember miss stott from britannia bridge school,she taught me,but she also taught my mother who is 81.mrs hurst was lovely so was mr tyrer although i remember her being syrict.also the sewing misstress miss renyolds(lily rose).where are the girls that were in class?i also remember the awful outsie toilets,they were a nightmare.you only went if you were desperate. vicky smallman(nee dainty), macclesfield, england
 
Aspull high school,mr Green our engineering drawing teacher used to throw the wooden board rubber at your head or appear behind you and slam your head into the upright drawing board.I can see him now sat in the corner of his classroom smoking a cigar everytime i smell a cigar to this day i think of him,smoking in class,and that was the teacher howtimes have changed. phil sutton, peterlee co durham, england
 
I read the 2 entries about Evans Primary. I remember the slope very well - I eventually was a prefect but never pulled anyone out of the line for talking! My friend Lynn Gibson broke her arm running down it - she was in trouble as you weren't allowed to run! What about the horrible outdoor toilets in the girl's playground - I can still smell them! I remember Mrs Callow as being very glamorous - quite old, but always had full make-up, nail varnish and a tan - very unusual for Evans - the only bit of glamour in the place! She taught us sewing and knitting in year 4. I liked Miss Lowe who taught me in year 4 and Mr Bradshaw in year 5. I had the terrifying Mrs Birch in year 6. She was truly the most frightening teacher I have ever had. 99% of the time she was in a bad mood and she would really shout at us. I really liked Evans - it was a very good school. I wish my own kids could go to a school like that -at least they would leave knowing their tables and being able to spell. We always had the same school trips - Trentham Gardens in year 5 and a day trip to London (!) in year 6. Do you remember the Christmas Parties - you had to bring in a jelly or something. Mrs Pilling made potted beef sandwiches and they would have a competition to see which boy ate the most. Those were the days! Sheena Ratcliffe (Nee Cotham), Ashton in Makerfield, England
 
CANSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL, A-IN-M. I remember Mrs. Callow say no more??? She was also at EVANS INFANTS & JUNIORS, ANY COMMENTS??? denise twist (nee molyneux), ashton-in-makerfield, ENGLAND OF COURSE!
 
I was at Beech Hill Infants in the late 1930's and also remember Miss Roberts,the Head Mistress.When you had to visit her office she always put you at her ease by playing Slaphands. When it was wet play,Miss Roberts would have us playing singing and marching games in the long corridor which was full of stuffed animals and plants . Mary and Constance Cleaton were also lovely teachers who both wore a chignon at the back of their hair.Although they must have been quite young, they seemed pretty old to me! I also remember that when you got your Maths questions all right, it was a great honour to receive a thumb clap!A very happy school. In the early 1940's I went to Gidlow Senior Girls' School, a beautiful,well-maintained building and one I did not want to leave at 14. I remember Miss Christopher, a young trendy P.E. teacher.I loved netball and the houses we were in were Nelson, Raleigh, Gordon and Scott-all very patriotic! Miss Carrington, the Head, made us all proud of our school even though we'd missed out on the 11 plus.Framed prints of "The Boy with the Rabbit", and "The Blue Boy" were moved annually to different classrooms to award honoured classes for their efforts."The Boyhood of Raleigh" was hung in the hall. Miss Foy was an inspiring teacher who took History and Biology and love of History has stayed with me ever since.She went on to be Headmistress at St.Wilfred's School,Standish, I think. I also remember Miss McKnight,the Sewing/embroidery teacher and during the war needles were in short supply.Woe betide if you lost one!I had to make a green, checked dress with a gourd skirt from scratch and I was not blessed with sewing skills.You had to cut it out, make button holes and sew it together on the dreaded treadle machine.It put me off sewing for life.Still-a wonderful school! Joyce Berry(nee Leather), Eccleston, Chorley, England
 
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER MRS BENSON FROM ST JOHNS IN BRICK KILN LANE I STILL HAVE NIGHTMARES SHE WAS A EVIL TEACHER WHOM STARED AT YOU OVER THEM HALF RIMMED SPEKS AND HER EYES WENT SIDE TO SIDE VERY FAST..BUT ON THE GOOD SIDE THERE WAS MRS MILLER WHOM WAS LOVELY AS WELL AS MRS HALL, MRS SHEPHERD,MISS BROOKFIELD(WHO I HASTEN TO ADD TAUGHT MY OWN DAUGHTER IN SACRED HEART) I FELT DEAD OLD!!MR WOOD,PLUS MORE MY MEMORY I AM ALMOST 40!! THE DREADED SMELLIE MILK IN THE CORNER OF THE PLAYGROUND IN SUMMER ESPECIALLY AND THE DARK AND DISMAL DINNER HALL ACROSS THE BACKS IN THE OLD ST JOHNS HALL WHICH IS NO MORE.................. heidi, wigan, LANCS
 
When I turned 5 I started at The Blue coat School(infants ) in Frog Lane. 1944 The headmistress was Miss Atherton,and the teachers were Miss Chadwick Miss Faulkener Mrs Yates Mrs Smith, who lost her husband in the war and later became Mrs MoGee. From there and in 1948 I started at The Bluecoat Junior School in Hallgate.The headmaster was Chalie Yates,& the teachers were Miss Docker ( Hilda )Miss Barrow Mr Hedley and Charlies wife came over from the infant school to teach us in the last year that I was there John Dennett, Ashton in Makerfield, Wigan England
 
evans infant school, a-in-mak, mrs eaves was lovely i used to follow her around all day i was only 5yrs, does anyone remember the SLOPE? we had to walk up and down it to get in every day and there would be prefects standing like little hitlers along the way, it was murder when it was snowing! denise twist (nee molyneux), ashton-in-makerfield, lancashire england
 
i went to st williams i left in 1955i remember miss dunne she lived in ince green lane opposite the council offices. she took us for art. miss owen was the headmistress, and mr blackledge was the headmaster and miss nylan who's brother was a pupil in the boys school kathleen, ex higher ince, shropshire
 
I went to highfield infants and juniors....I remember Mrs Simm and Mr Elliot who i thought was wonderful and not forgeting Miss Barton...Then onto Pem Girls the best School ever Miss Winstanley....Mrs Newman...Mrs Gallespie....Mr Raynor...Mrs Mc Avoy....Miss Hornby....Mrs Wardle.....and the headmistress...Miss Pilling.....her assistant....Mrs Green....if i forgot anyone i'm sorry they all deserve a mention...Oh happy days!!!!! Sue, Wigan, UK
 
lamberhead green school is still there 3 generations of my family have attended that school my first teacher was mrs kelsall sharon, wigan, england
 
All the girls from argyle st and mornington Road will remember the dishy Mr Greenwood everyone of us must have fancied him in their four years there I know I did.Also Miss Jolly she always wore a white seethrough overall. As I was very fond of PE and Games I remember Miss Miligan and Miss Lomax. I wish those days were back. the old muriel bennett Ince muriel flitcroft ne bennett, hindley wigan, lancs
 
MRS BENSON ST PATRICKS RC SENIOR SCHOOL. EARLY 60'S I OFTEN WONDERED WHY SHE TAUGHT. I AM SURE SHE HATED IT AND US. MR SINAI WAS THE BEST TEACHER I EVER HAD IN ALL MY YEARS AT SCHOOL. ST PATS JUNIOR 1950ISH ST PATS JUNIOR 1958ISH MAUREEN ROGERS, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
 
i remember britania bridge school. the teachers mrs little headmistress, mrs hurst cookery, miss tyrer music and miss stott our form teacher. fowles, wigan, gtr manchester
 
Wigan Grammar in the late 60's. Headmaster George Merriman told me that if he were me, he would bury his head in a bucket of water and drown himself!! Jack Sharratt, deputy head, feared by all, but a great teacher. "Casey" Jones and "The Line", "The time has fully arrived when I should have learned to remember to bring to each and every lesson all the neccessary books needed for the benefit of my education!" 200 of those led to the whack and 2 Saturday morning detensions when I couldn't complete. Clara Gelling, Latin, FAJ (can't remember what it stood for) Art and Brian Hope, the giant of English teachers. Neil Batho, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
 
I also went through Mrs Bowkers class at Pemberton Primary (sadly on the councils hit list) I remember very early on one boy (nameless) asking to go to the toilet only to return dragging his pants by the braces behind him saying "Please Mrs Bowker. Will you wipe my bottom" Two years later sitting in assembly Miss Pennington(Mrs Moyle) the headmistress asked if anyone knew any hymns. My brothers arm shot up (new starter in Mrs Bowkers class). Invited to the front of the hall, belts out with gusto ..... Last Train to San Fernando Frank Barton, Wigan, England
 
I too remember Miss Roberts. But what about Miss Taggart and the Cleaton sisters? The right time of year in Miss Cleaton's class you could have a crab apple from the tree in the garden. happy days! Irene White, Orange, Australia
 
I well remember Miss Docker as my teacher at Marsh Green primary and her tales of camping in the lake district. At that time the furthest I had been from home was my grandads in goose green. The way she described the scenery had me spell bound Miss Docker(Hilda), Grouville, Jersey
 
I remember 'chuffey' (Mr Goodwin) from Mornington Road school and how he always used to scratch his head, left hand for the right side and vi ser versa. He left a lot of us doing that. I also remember Sid Robinson the science teacher and i still break out in a cold sweat at the fond memories!!!. Great days, it's just a shame we have to grow up and be responsible no matter how boring it makes life. see ya. Dave Standen, Sanctuary Point sth Sydney, Australia
 
Does anyone remember Miss Whittaker from Mornington Road in the 70s? She was a stickler for the uniform being worn correctly at all times and lovd putting pupils who had mis behaved in what we called the shop window! susan, hindley green, england
 
i remember MR RILEY our art teacher if we stepped out of line he would go into the back room and choose the thickness of the cane and that would quiten us stan aspey, wigan, lanc,s
 
head master Mr Jack Lowe,Mrs Pilkington,Mr Robinson(woodwork)and my form teacher 1966-67 all at mornington road high YVONNE ASPEY nee williams, bamfurlong, england
 
re polly st williams.Iattended st bills 1963-69 and remember miss dunne as a very formidable lady ,but hey wern`t most of the teachers like that then.The swan ,didnt she ask us to compose a poem about a swan .Iremember my dear mum saving my life with her poetic version of Suzy Swan,istillremember the words after all these years.Does anyone else remember miss owen,mr rose,mrs mcdonald and all the rest of st bills teachers around 1960 onwards anne nee kenny, ince wigan, england
 
I remember Miss Dunne at Ince St Williams she was a great teacher and I'll always remember the blackboard with a painting she had done (think it was a swan). Cant' remember which year but I'm in me late 40's now. Polly, ince, england
 
i have memories of all my teachers from my schooldays in wiganFROM 1973-1984. i went to st.marys in standishgate, my teachers there were:MRS HEATON,MRS TIGHE,MRS RAMSDALE,MRS THOMPSON,THE WONDERFUL MRS MCALLISTER,AND RON TICKLE, MY HEADMASTER MR CORLESS AND THE CARETAKER MR CLINTON I then went on to st john fisher teachers i remember from there are:mr vallely (head) mr burke,miss ellis.mr fargen,mr mather,mr hewitt,mrs millington,mr grady,mr vora,mr mullaney,mr price,and there were others i cant think of just yet helen armstrong (cummings), newbiggin by the sea, u.k
 
In the last tow years of Primary school in Marsh Green I had the wonderful and inimitable Miss Docker (Hilda) She inspired me more than any other teacher ever. She would thrill us with tales of escaping from Innsbruck at the outbreak of war and demonstrate hemming to the girls by stitching the hem of her skirt - each week it got higher and higher! She was an absolute gem and I loved her dearly. She really belived in me but, sadly, all her good work was undone; I passed my 11+ as she predicted, went to Grammar School and hated every minute of it! Ian, Wigan, Lancs !
 
I remember my teachers at Whelley Sec Mod Mr Woods. Mr Edwards. Mr Beech. Mr Taylor.Mr Ashcroft & Mr Dean the headmaster. Ken, Wigan, UK
 
I was like brian Webb a pupil at Argyle St.school in the early sixtys and remember a similar ocasion with Mrs. Valentine. The teacher who sticks in my mind however was Miss Turton; the art teacher.She pushed and bulied me in to going to art school, even though I didnt know myself at the time I wanted to.An act I shall be eternaly gratefull to her for. Jeff Pilkington, london, U K
 
I went to Whelley School between 1964 - 1968. My favourite teacher, (and still is), was Mr Buer. I invited him and his wife to my 50th birthday party 2 years ago and since then we have become firm frends. Sheila (nee Sumner), Ex Wiganer, now Essex
 
I wonder if lamberhead green school is still standing,I was there 1949 or 1950.Iremember the head teacher mrs Statter.Iwas once sent to her because i would not hold my hand out for the cane of the teacher Mrs Mould.Ishould, as i got hit three times instead of once.Other teachers i recall were MrFazackerly and Mr Farrimond.He was my favorite.A couple of classmates i remember were Olwyn Heyes,Billy Rilley and Anne Hitchen.Does anyone remember me.I hope so.Forgot to mention the school was at the bottom of Loch street Pemberton. Marion campbell(nee green), prestonnee(orrell), lancs eng
 
Argle sec school hindley,Mr winstanley english,tom part crafts,mr goodwin chuffy pe,jessie leigh metal, len ashcroft len bone music, mrs pennington head mistress, jack lowe headmaster, mr greenwood french, mr curless maths, miss swancock ??? mornington road, brain naylor, wigan, lancs
 
I remember our first-year maths teacher at Hindley Argyle St School in 1961.At the time she seemed to be ancient to us all.She was a short,plumpish little lady with white hair and a stern attitude called Mrs Valentine.Her husband Ronnie Valentine was also our woodwork teacher.In the summer holidays prior to us starting at Argyle St.,they had been to Canada and visited the famous Calgary Stampede and she told us all about it.One day,after all this had been long forgotten,she wrote a million sums down on the blackboard (it will always be a BLACKBOARD to me)and told us all that if we didn't finish all the sums and hand them in before the end of the lesson we would have to come back at 4 o'clock to finish them,and she most certainly meant it.All the class immediately brought out their maths books and started on the enormous task,but after a just couple of minutes,one of the girls put her hand up and Mrs. Valentine responded,"YES!!!" and the girl said,"Please Miss,what was it like at the Calgary Stampede?" and Mrs. Valentine said,now in a very gentle voice ,"Well,if you'd all like to put your books away,I'll tell you all about it." The things you remember! Regards Brian Webb Brian Webb, Wigan, UK
 
I remember our maths teacher George Curless at Hindley Argyle St around 1962/3.I think that he must have been one of the most pleasant looking,laid back people I have met.I remember one Friday he bet the whole class sixpence each that there would be between 40 and 45000 on Central Park on Saturday afternoon.A few of us said,"But they're only playing Whitehaven sir!" he said,"I don't care" and repeated his bet.We all knew that we were on to a winner and all bet him. The following Monday Mr. Curless held out his hand and asked for his sixpences saying"I won, pay up" and we all shouted ,"But sir,there was only 6,000 on!" and he said,"What do you mean ONLY 6,000?" and turning to the blackboard with his piece of chalk wrote ,"Well is 6,000 not between (40)and(45,000)?" He didn't take our sixpences of course.Fond Memories Regards Brian Webb Brian Webb, Wigan, UK
 
Beech Hill Primary Schhool with Miss Roberts as Headmistress, she had all the children standing in line chewing our milk 20 times before swallowing. Another memory was of the final day before leaving to go to the Junior school you had the choice of kissing her or being given a flower, many little boys walked home with a flower. A wonderful lady. Richard Robinson, Durban, South Africa
 
I was a student of Brittania Bridge, in the last 70's, and I remember the head master, Miss Melville, and I few of my teachers as Mrs. Johnson and Mr. G.J. Nightingale. Demetrio LaganÓ, Reggio Calabria, Italy
 
i remember ms veasey well!had many a smacked leg off her with that arthiritic cuff!she taught me back in 1965 cant beleive she taught all those years!also,does anyone remember father lappin?i used to have nightmares after id been to confession!! denise hastings, wigan, england
 
St. Patrick's RC Primary on Hardybutts. Miss Veasey was my class teacher in 1979/80. Very bad arthritic hands that cupped a child's calf with accuracy from a swooping height. I remember not being able to fit a piece I'd written on Richard the Lionheart on one sheet of paper for the display board. I had smacked legs (which she made you stand on the bench for so she didn't have to bend) each time I wrote it out 'til it went on one sheet! Tracy Keevil (nee Marshall), Cardiff, S.Wales
 
as a boy in the 1940s i remember attending all saints primary school in hindley and being taught by both of the dowlings. mr dowling's speciality was history and he was prone to dozing of during the afternoon. he was something of an authority on atilla the hun and i suspect that this was because he was married to his daughter. a.j. cowburn, hindley, lancs
 
I remember my first day at Woodfield Primary School, Wigan Lane. my teacher was Miss Maybury. The Headteacher was Miss Parkinson. I remember the large stone staircase, large classrooms, and the long winding path that lead to the school, past trees and shrubs and wonderful lawns. The school in those days was previously an old family house with many rooms with views over Haigh, and secret staircases. Sadly it was demolished to make way for the new Primary School as it is today. c fowler (nee Holding), wigan, uk
 
MR HORACE YATES (GARDENING TEACHER.ALL SAINTS) NOW DEANERY SCHOOL WIGAN ASKED US WHAT COULD WE DO WITH POTATOES.WE REPLIED,MASH,BOIL,BAKE CHIP AND SO ON.WHEN I SAID "LOBBIES: I GOT A VERY HARD STARE EVEN NOW 62 YRS LATER I WONDER WHY(THERE GREAT) JOHN HILTON, WIGAN, ENGLAND
 
i attended st andrews primary mort street wigan for 8 years and enjoyed it i remember that my favourite teacher was mr purdy my year 6 teacher why i liked him was because he wasn't like any of the other teachers most of the teachers were to bossy or to nice but mr purdy was in the middle he knew how to look after the class and helped us with our sats i honestly couldn't choose any best memorys because all my 8 years was the best.!!! kelly hampson, wigan, england
 
Quote: "........the teacher took one look at me and boomed out " I have another piece of rope, and another door" That wouldn't have been Mrs. Bouwker, by the way? I also have a horrible memory of one of my early days in infant 1 of Pem. Primary. The boy sitting next to me broke one of my pencils and when Mrs. B. asked me why I'd broken it I just kept silent. She dragged me from my chair and rattled the top of my leg until it was bright red. Pat, Zutphen, Netherlands
 
At St Andrews school, Mort St in the early 60's I was taught by Miss Nicholson. She taught us to knit, which I hated, but, as we struggled with our eool and needles this wonderful woman read to us; from "Peter Pan" to "The Silver Sword" and extracts from many of the great classics, "The Last Mohican", "Cider with Rosie", "Oliver Twist" She instilled in me a lifelong conviction that "All the world can be found in books." I thank her so much. Chrissie Hardman, bolton, england
 
Not only my teacher, but my first day at school. I was 4┬Ż. It was January and just a few new children were starting that day. I looked around the class, and there was a boy tied to a door handle, screaming his head off. I started to cry, and the teacher took one look at me and boomed out " I have another piece of rope, and another door"!!!!!! Needless to say, I soon stopped my crying. Freda, Wigan, England
 
I remember all my school teachers, mostly with affection. At St Thomas Primary School in Caroline St., when I was 10 years old, my teacher was Mr.Ashcroft. Every Friday afternoon, Mr Ashcroft would read to his class for half an hour. This was the best half hour of the week which everyone looked forward to. He brought to life the characters in the story by mimicking the voices of boys and girls, grumpy old men, and all kinds of animals. The entire class was spellbound by his storytelling and he always ended on a very exciting moment to be continued next week. Sometimes I would run off to the childrens library after school to find the book he had been reading and then look what had happened in the story. 50 years on I always think of Mr Ashcroft whenever I am enjoying a good book and see him sat at his desk, book in hand, reading to his class of 10 year olds. Dave Marsh, Jersey, UK
 

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