In the 1950s, Mrs Whittaker was head of the Infants and Mr Peart was Head of the Juniors. Class sizes were pretty large with children recalling being in classes of 40 or more. Classrooms were very plain with desks with lift-up lids.
“I seemed to spend a lot of time wondering what went on behind the prison walls.”
Pupils had regular swimming lessons at North Bristol Baths (now turned into flats on Gloucester Road) each week. Alumni fondly recall watching geographical films in the hall about Africa, the plains of Canada and Antarctica.
“At playtime we used to eat a combination of cocoa powder and sugar which we brought in from home – we had a permanently brown finger!”
Pupils used to go to Sefton Park for metalwork lessons every week with Mr Whitehead. Drama and school performances seem to have been integral to school life, just like now! Thumbalina was one of the larger school productions in the 50s.