Percy jackson grammar school reunion

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percy jackson grammar school reunion

History of the Percy Jackson Grammar School: Adwick-Le-Street, Doncaster, Yorkshire, 1939-1968: Recollections of Schooldays of the 1940s, 1950s & 1960 by Ken Cooke

The opening of the Percy Jackson Grammar School in 1939 coincided with the onset of the Second World War, an ominous start for the life of a new school. In this informal history, the author chronicles the lifetime of this coeducational school, and with a light touch he considers whether schooldays really are the best days of your life. Drawing upon abundant recollections from former pupils - many of whom, like him, were the children of mining families and the first generation to attend grammar school - Ken Cooke covers topics as diverse as war-time evacuees, the school visit to the Festival of Britain in 1951, reactions to the 1968 conversion to a comprehensive, and the achievements of some of the schools alumni. This history is faithful to the facts, yet true to the sentiments.
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Joyce Brooks obituary

Made With Serif WebPlus. It was so sad to see such a beautiful building go. It held so many happy memories f or me — my first teaching post where I laid the foundations of my career, the place where I met Ann Rowland, the junior secretary, who became my wife for 44 years before her early death in , and where I met so many wonderful people, many of whom became good, lifelong friends. Grammar Schools are often old, even ancient, foundations, but ours was very new, and needed to establish its own direction, ethos and traditions. Through this I was able to resume contact, after nearly 60 years, with my second-form English teacher, John Good, and, on his 90th birthday recently, to thank him properly at last for all his help and encouragement. I claim even earlier association; I was born just a hundred yards beyond the Adwick primary school, and as a toddler I used to play in the field that in became PJGS. It all holds a lot of memories.

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Preview Book. Review this Book. Author Website. He draws upon abundant recollections from former pupils, many of whom, like him, were the children of mining families and the first generation to attend grammar school. The first head, Mr Field, with the responsibility of establishing the new school, had to cope with the complications of a world war whilst his pupils decorated their gas marks and speculated on a romance between their teacher and the captain of a battleship.

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Made With Serif WebPlus. Although the Registers were at one time available for viewing at Doncaster Archives, once The Data Protection Act of came in, this was no longer the case. Only personal information is now accessible to the individual and about any proven deceased former pupils. For this there would probably be a fee. In , a small group of PJGS alumni clubbed together to buy photocopies of the Admission Register from to This has taken a long time due to a confusing manner in which some of the years were recorded.

He later joined the Regimental Band of the Welsh Guards and pursued a highly successful career in the brass band movement as player, conductor and adjudicator. In David was awarded the MBE for services to music. Dr John Maxwell and his wife Sheila, both entrants, have tickets. By the planned capacity was reached, then in four prefab classrooms were added. Alumni include Fellows of the Royal Society, TV producers and writers, radiation and medical specialists, senior lawyers, a champion angler, a poetry publisher, a brass band adjudicator and a roller-skating judge, an RAF commanding officer and a brigadier in the Royal Army Dental Corps, a knighthood for services to education, a director of EMI Records, HM Principal Inspector of Engineering in Mines etc, not to mention many national honours and awards. Sign in Edit Account Sign Out. By By The Newsroom.

The style sheet is still retained on the Archive for the Yorkshire Viking Blog and on this memorial site. If you are a former Adwick School pupil and would like to use the WordPress theme for your own blog, do get in touch! My personal twin blogs have now dropped the Adwick Theme. The reasons for this are explained on the Archive for the Yorkshire Viking page. We are endebted to Gerald Sables who has lovingly and painstakingly documented our school, and its sad demise in


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  4. Covenronor says:

    My mother, Joyce Brooks, who has died aged 86 after suffering from dementia, made a lasting impact on everyone who knew her, notably on countless schoolchildren who were her pupils at Percy Jackson grammar school, at Adwick-le-Street, near Doncaster.

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