I lived in Gateacre and would walk across the cricket field, passing the allotments and up a path on what became Orient Drive to the rear gate of the school. I received free bus tickets as I lived over a mile away. I remember sitting on the small piece of carpet in Miss Garrett's office in a reading group and lining up for our free carton of milk. I was part of the 4 o'clock club, a group which with a teacher would wait for elder brothers or sisters to finish Junior school. At junior school I remember Mr. O'Connor the head and my class teachers - Mr. Williams and Miss Morgan, also Mr. Laird who took us for sport. I was reserve goa keeper for the school football team and ran in the relay team.
I can still remember the school peg I was given on my first day, it was number 21 and it was pink (how sad is that?) I was saved from attending the village school in Gateacre as my sister was in the juniors at Woolton. It was a great modern school in lovely surroundings
- great memories. I still have the school photo of me taken when I was about six.
I too remember the lollipop lady, she was invited to the Christmas party each year. I remember the television cameras coming to film two lads from my class for the documentary "7 up", which was going to follow a group of children through every 7 years of theirs lives, "56 up" is next, only two years away. I remember a teacher called Brannan; he was very strict and would smack you across the knuckles with a 12"rule if you displeased him (I think he was a supply teacher). I also remember Mr. Hathaway who would constantly tell me how much better a pupil my sister was than me. Tony Salmon has jogged a few memories, mainly the birthday badge and sweets. Also I remember Miss Morgan's Volkswagen Beetle.
Mates I can remember: David Panphalon, Ronnie Shears, Brian Webster, Steve McKay, James Ash, Steve Mitchell (cock of the school) David Rush, Jeffery Wreck and Raymond Soderburg.