I remember the Headteachers were Mrs Ambrosen, Mr Williams, Mr Tobin. Infants Deputy Head was Mrs Reynolds (around 1979) – she used to wear very high heels / platform shoes I remember. In the Juniors, I was in a number of productions – I played Buttons in Cinderella (1984?), and the Lion in The Wizard of Oz (1985?). I remember the Safe Cycling markings in the Juniors’ “bottom” yard, and the small muddy bank that separated the “top yard” from the path below. The really freezing cold outdoor swimming pool in the Juniors. My 1st Year Juniors teacher was Mrs Nicholls – she drove a Morris Minor, which was an old car even in those days. I remember being in charge of the crisp cupboard. In the Juniors, there was an annual Eisteddfod and a Sports Day. Everyone was in “houses” – they were named after the patron saints of the British Isles i.e. Patrick, David, Andrew, George. The corridors were really skiddy. I remember the overhead projector with hand-written words to hymns etc. on it. When we learned the Welsh National Anthem, I remember Mr Pugh’s phonetic OHP slide of that – “Goolard, Goolard” etc. Sometimes you could go on the computer – I remember it was a BBC Micro. There was a shopping game on it – you had to remember the shopping list then buy the groceries on the list, but you could buy whatever you wanted, the computer didn’t know if you got what was on the list or not. Midday meal was often either mince and potatoes or curry, rice and chips. Pudding was often chocolate crunch. I remember the massive metal bin you had to scrape your food waste into. We had fancy dress competitions – one year (probably 1983) about 30% of people went as Boy George. If you didn’t get your costume sorted you had to go as a “school scruff”, which just meant messing your uniform up a bit. The uniform in Juniors was a grey v-neck jumper and a green, blue and black (I think) tie. So many memories, I really can’t list them all.
I have lived in Greater Manchester since 1993 (24 years). I am a University lecturer in music production – I have also worked as a music writer and producer.