Anyway to cut a long story short I got the job of being the Adult Literacy teacher, I was taken on to run the Adult Literacy Scheme and we were supported to a certain extent by the scheme for two years and then the Borough took me on to continue it.
Anyway I learnt all about this because I went back to college, I was rather snotty that I hadn’t had the opportunity to take A levels and O levels so I went to the Adult College and I took an English O level and an English A level and a History O level and a French O level and I learnt that they were recruiting middle-aged women or women with children to be teachers. So I applied and I sat an exam and I got in. I was rather pleased about this because they didn’t tell me until I’d left […]
Well what I did was, when I took Andrew to school at Meadlands and the headmaster realised I was a teacher, an infant teacher, he said well when can you start because he had more children than he could cope with and an empty classroom and he was desperate to divide his reception class so I think I went home from registering Andrew and reported for duty within a week, and um I taught for a couple of terms there until they got a permanent teacher, and I really enjoyed being suddenly tumbled back into teaching. I had taught before […]
I came home had a bath and went out to sing at Tiffin’s, cos Tiffin’s boys used to put on dances every now and again, obviously the headmaster thought these boys ought to meet some girls. I was about 17 then. At the time I didn’t think it was exciting enough you know but, looking back on it, it was a golden time really
I do remember it as a lad when we used to go birds’ nesting where Grey Court is now, it was like a big ditch but it was sort of roundish and it was quite deep, and at the bottom of the ditch, you probably went down sort of twelve foot or more before you go to the water, in the bottom of this ditch was water, I don’t know how deep it was, it could have been six foot. You took silly chances as a young lad and down at the bottom there was lots of reeds and rushes […]
I had a bus pass, but we used to cheat sometimes because Mortlake Boys School had no actual sports ground as such our games period had to be taken on places like Palewell Park, Sheen Common or even just inside Sheen Gate, which was a long walk from the school. When you was at the actual school and you never had to go to games you’d just come up the road to Chiswick Bridge and get your bus there and right the way back to Ham to come home, but when you went to games and you were right out […]
…this discovery method at Ham School, I imagine it sort of they threw the baby out with the bath-water, all the Piaget discovery of things, yes they were true but the old ways worked too, I mean I still know my times tables and children up to ten are wonderful at rote learning it doesn’t mean they don’t know what they are doing. In the thirties children used to come to school with snotty noses and “he can’t come to school miss cos his shoes are being mended”! It was very, very poor here.
Of course If you walk up Lauderdale Drive you would hear people talking across the road in German. It was very much the case that, and it’s not only Germans there are many nationalities in Sandy Lane I would say. There was a Swedish School up in the grounds of Grey Court and I think for a brief, a short time there were Swedish families as well.
They went to the nursery and they went to what was called Oakfield School then. It is now part of the comprehensive, Grey Court, but it was just a little local school, a primary school. And then they went up to the second half of the primary school. They were moved up when they were seven and a half. They went to Orchard School which is now called the Russell School and that was a very good school. Then two of the boys went to Rivermead– the eldest two – which was new then. It was supposed to be going […]
School sport days were inter Ham/Petersham days as I remember. We would have them on Ham Common. The other schools would be what was then St Andrews School – St Andrews was then at what is now St Thomas Aquinas Church. That ceased to be a school when St Richard’s School in Ashburnham Road was built. The other local school would be then called the Orchard, that is the junior school but that is now combined with the nursery, Petersham Russell Nursery. They together make the Russell School today. When I was at school there was Meadlands, there was the […]