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Five years before my time, you lot, but shows the quad corridors had been covered over by glass. Looks like a mixture of sixth formers and probably fifth formers wearing summer uniforms.   A

I don't know what any of the Manning staff did during the war but the deputy head was so combative, I wouldn't be surprised if she didn't start it!

I don't know Jill well enough to be able to recognise her by any leg features.

7 hours ago, DJ360 said:

I think it's just possible that this may have been the Geoff Gay who was a couple of years ahead of me at HP. He would have left 6th form in '65 and been qualified by 68.. ish.. if it as him and if he went into teaching.  


Could he perhaps be the same chap?


From what you've said, I think it's quite likely that he's the same person. Everything fits.

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The one topic I've always remembered within Maths were Quadratic Equations.


As a 12/13 year-old I seemed to spend an unnecessarily large part of my life doing these things, for no discernible purpose. To this day - many years later - I don't think I've ever had to use a Quadratic Equation in real life.


Likewise Logarithms. I've never needed to consult Log Tables in the last 50 years.

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I'm sure even students don't use log tables anymore -  12 years ago, Scientific calculators were used to find Sin, Cos and Cosine, and nowadays i expect it's all accessible on their phones!

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Log tables were useful at the time because there was no other easy way of doing complex multiplication and division. I still have a set somewhere. There were superseded by electronic calculators. Even the early versions of those took up a lot of desk space. I remember Ray Leatherland of Leatherland Office Equipment was a whizz at repairing those and he was round at our office quite regularly fixing faults. When Clive Sinclair first brought out the pocket calculator with the red led display we never looked back from there and now we can do the most complex scientific calculations on our smart ‘phones. Like you, l have never come across a quadratic equation in real life. I suppose the idea was to train the brain but for what I’m not sure.

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Barmy Colleen was a dab hand at throwing log tables. Thank heaven there were no electronic calculators, the size of bricks, around at the time, otherwise she'd have pitched those too.


I can hear her now, as she was poised to chuck whatever was to hand. In her best Ian Paisley but maybe not quite as many decibels:




Whatever that meant! :blink:

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I forgot to mention the slide rule for solving complex multiplications and divisions. I've just found mine whilst searching for my log tables. I used to be a dab hand on the slide rule. The only problem was knowing where to put the decimal point in the answer!

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I learned how to use a slide rule when i was at night school around 1962 at the old Peoples College on College St.near Hooleys car dealership, i have not used one since will need retraining.

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18 hours ago, philmayfield said:

I had a dabble with mine this afternoon. I multiplied 2 by 2 and came up with 4 so it's still working properly! 


I checked that out on my calculator and it is correct Phil.

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It's not lost any of its accuracy over the years then. It's a British Thornton which I bought in the basement of Boots on High St. in around 1967. It sits in my study on top of my traditional chemical laboratory glass-cased beam balance which I still use sometimes. 

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For @susannahanorak


There follows a fairly exhaustive list of Manning staff (not all there at the same time...and some simply 'not all there') with whom I was, unfortunately, acquainted:

Mrs Wheeler - head mistress.


Miss Alderson, Miss Pearl A Burnham, Mrs Robbins.


Mrs M Davy!!!, Mr Hammond,  Miss Scott


Miss Greig, Miss Ramsden, Miss Steele, Mrs P C Day, Mrs Dance! 


Dr Smaridge, Mrs Hadwen, Mrs Scofield, Mr D Edgeley, Mr Rundle, Mr Williams, Miss Long.


Mrs D Christie, Mrs Glass, Miss Baines, Mr A Langley, Senor Diaz

Art: Mrs A Barnes

Domestic Science:  Mrs Clarke,  Mrs Darroch, Mrs  Bibby

Music: Mr R Abbey


Miss Colthorpe, Mr R Wells, Mrs Lowe


Miss Raine, Mrs Hobson, Miss Fewkes, Miss A Garner


Mrs Vernon, Miss Fewkes

Others who must have fitted in somewhere but never had the dubious delights of teaching me:  Mrs Jarvis, Mrs Butters, Mrs Hibbert, Mrs Hall and Miss Newlyn.


I've put this information on the Manning thread as it may be of use to others who are trying to remember their time there.  It may be of assistance to their psychiatrist! :blink:



As to Manning, as from September 1974 the first year pupils were to receive a comprehensive status education whereas those from the second year upwards would continue to receive a grammar status education. I'd like to know how they achieved that!!

There was uproar among the staff when it was announced that Manning was to lose its grammar status and could no longer select its pupils via the 11plus. Many, including Christie, were all for leaving but, since you knew her, she clearly didn't!

Some staff left before the end of the summer term 1974.  


The sixth form continued for a few years. One of my peers completed her A levels at the Gregory Boulevard site.  The Manning eventually moved to the old Peveril School building in Aspley and the Gregory Boulevard premises became The Forest School, admitting boys for the first time! Sacre Bleu, as Christie would no doubt shriek, as she fainted from shock!


I was told that, having absorbed the Brincliffe Girls, the building was too small to accommodate everyone and the quads were converted to classroom space. I don't know how true that is.  In my day, the sixth form slummed it in wooden huts. The whole school was run down and shamefully resourced when compared with some of the secondary moderns. Manning really hadn't altered since it was built in 1931.


The place had a brilliant reputation among employers, however. If one had been there, it was assumed you'd had a first class education. 

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I missed out two Manning teachers from my earlier list: Miss Long, who taught Biology and Miss Lamin, whose subject I can't recall. Neither ever taught me and both retired during the time I was at Manning.


My mother knew Miss Long who, along with her brother, had been one of the leading lights in the Gregory Boulevard Congregationalist Church for many years. I suspect Miss Long may have been at Manning since it opened as she was certainly known to former girls I've encountered who were much older than I.


I'm informed that after Manning became a comprehensive in September 1974, a prefabricated cabin was constructed in the lower quad. This edifice was fitted with washing machines, irons and ironing boards. It seems the new, comprehensive intake were being taught laundry skills!  Certain of the old guard must have suffered an apopleptic fit when they saw those!

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I went round a few of the newly built comprehensive schools when I was doing the audit of J.Searson, the builders who built many of them back in the 60’s. The craft rooms, woodwork, metalwork and domestic science were mouthwatering in the amount of specialist kit which they had. Whilst we had woodwork and metalwork at Mellish, I’m sorry there was no teaching of cookery. I’m not competent to this day. When my son was at the High School there were opportunities to learn to cook but this was extra curricular of course. It was very popular.

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We'd have made a fine pair can't cook or Launder...i can't decorate or mend owt...........


But you can do great Poems and i can 'Wax Lyrical'''   we'd have been ok mi Duck  :rolleyes:

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