[19 OCT 03] COUNDON COURT SCHOOL 1952
I was in the first intake of girls to Coundon Court School in 1952.
There was 125 of us that started out at the old prisoner of war camp at Keresley
opposite the Shepperd and Sheperdess. Four forms of about 30 girls and about 10 teachers.
Miss Foster was the head. I was in 1G and Mary Herbert House to start with and I remember Mrs Goodall on her motorised pushbike with her coat flying like Harry Potter's cloak behind her. Miss Babbington. Mr Stott. Mrs Eames, maiden
name Miss Wright, PE mistress.
I remember the day we had to walk the whole school to the Old house for the first time I carried one of the rabbits and someone sat on the fire extinguisher just before we left on the walk.
We were allocated our clothes pegs in alphabetical order. I was number 2 Yvonne Arculus was no 1.
Does anyone have a copy of the photo that was taken of the first group of pupils
please? I have a copy of a photo of the fire that destroyed the
library and the art room I have photos of goings on behind the bike sheds.
Do you remember that when it was our birthdays we bought the school a book or a record or put something towards a gift to the
Our uniform was quite complicated - a grey hat with the coat, and with the
grey gaberdene mac we wore a bottle green blocked beret. Indoor shoes and outdoor
shoes. In the summer we wore the hat with the blazer and the grey and white dress.
We had garden parties in the summer instead of open days.
It was a lovely school. I wasn't the brightest pupil in the school
- never any higher than the 10th from the bottom. I remember getting 10/100 for maths and also 100/100 for geography and domestic science one year.
But I was taught how to learn and how to enjoy how to find out whatever I needed to know.
I was offered an apprenticeship so I never took my final exams, but have always gone on to
art school or to further education most winters since leaving school.
I loved sport and gymnastics at school. Remember the opening of the new gyms and showers?
I have been ever grateful for the superb education I had at Coundon Court
Grammar School for Girls.
I would love to hear from any old girls are they out there or are they not computer literate yet?
Irene Shannon (née Barnett) < firstname.lastname@example.org