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No it’s not FLY.  I think we should all be aware that anyone in the World with access to the internet can read everything that is written on Nottstalgia, or any other forum for that matter.  Basically brain should be engaged before criticising certain groups of our society.  We may all have similar views but we must think before we type. 

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Through this door...and it's the original, although painted black in my day...I walked with my mum one cold morning early in 1962. I was just 4 years old. The door led to Miss Smith's office and my mu

Sitting on this exact spot, facing the stationery cupboard in Mr Parr's classroom, in spring 1969, I sat my 11+ exam.

The junior entrance as it was in 1969.

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Point taken Lizzie, and my apologies to anyone I've caused offence to. Most of my derogatory comments are intended as tongue in cheek. So...... Sorry folks !

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Margie, thank you that was a great post and helps with the understanding of school today. I for one had never thought about the fact impaired children are now educated in the mainstream and rightly so.

 

I still remember the special schools for deaf or blind childern

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NBL, There are still a few schools for hearing impaired students, also for those who are visually impaired but this is not their only option.  There have been huge  advances in helping those who are born with hearing loss - modern digital hearing aids or cochlear implants are offered to very young children and these can help them make more sense of the world around them, especially in regard to understanding speech.  They are not a complete answer, though, and some students will always need extra help in the classroom.  

 

Apart from these sensory impairments, there are many other children with different disabilities who can now be educated in mainstream, instead of being sent to 'special' schools.  As long as there is the extra classroom support available, I agree with you that this seems to be the right thing to do.

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Thank you Margie and Lizzie for clarifying a few points.

Fly - I was not upset by your comments. I've learnt to be a bit tougher than that. I have just tried making the point that modern teaching has changed enormously, as has modern life. Speaking as a pre war kid I don't like a few things that modern life brings but we should embrace and encourage the good things that it also brings. High standards of teaching, against all the odds is one of them.

'Downtime' in the teaching profession is getting worse due to stress. No wonder, what with Gov't policy changes, PC, religious and ethnic considerations, constant checks and efficiency reviews, bleddy mobile phones, drugs....... There is also a widening gap with parental expectations. Awful parents getting worse, often drugs related. Pushy parent thinking they can dominate the teachers.

Berridge in the 40's and 50's had none of that. I stand in awe at the modern teacher who is able to do a good job.  

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I have been gone for a while. My Mum died so had a lot of travel back and forth to the US and the UK. Anyway, here are three class photos from different years from Berridge. Brings back memories. I remember faces, but not names, except for Nasreen, the Indian girl who was lovely.  Enjoy. Hmmm.... This group will only allow a 51. 2 kb files so i dont know how to post the photos to you. Happy New Year everyone. 

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On 4/27/2017 at 9:18 AM, Ian1885 said:

Not sure if I've jumped in at the right place. I was at Berridge 1965 to 1971 when I then went to High Pavement. I think this pic was about 1968? I'm back row, third from the left.

 

 

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I have a strong suspicion that I am on the front rank, last one on the right with the lovely jumper on. 

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Welcome to Nottstalgia, chrisj. Hope you enjoy the site.

 

I was at Berridge from 1962 to 1969. Would love to hear your memories of the school and it's teachers.  I didn't like school very much but have some fond memories of this one.

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Next year, it will be 50 years since I left Berridge. Half a century. I've been thinking of contacting the school to ask whether, as an ex pupil, I would be permitted to go and have a look round.  I last visited during the centenary celebrations in 1984 and there will have been many changes since then.  In the new year, I'll contact Berridge to find out whether a trip down memory lane is possible.

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Certainly will, PP. It's something I'd love to do. Although I attended the 1984 centenary, there was no opportunity to look round. It was just confined to the hall. I'd have liked to see all the classrooms where I was taught, minus the wooden hut. That had gone by 1984!  I have so many memories of the place as I'm sure you have.

 

I'll sort it after Christmas!

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I decided to email Berridge and moot the idea of a possible visit in 2019. 

 

I will post any response and, if positive, we could think about planning a visit for any who may be interested. I know PP is keen and certainly one of my friends from 1962 to 69 would love to be included.

 

Watch this space, Old Berridgians!

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I have received a very positive email this morning from the Deputy Head of Berridge. A visit would be welcomed! Their year 5 will be working on a project relating to the history of the school in the spring term of 2019 so the two could complement each other.

 

Any interested parties please let me know. Should be an interesting project for us old girls and boys too!

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What a lovely idea Jill, hope you gather a few old boys and girls to go with you.

I feel sad that most of the buildings where I spent my early life have now been demolished.

1. The house I lived in for my first 8 years

2. Ashwell Street Infants School in Netherfield

3. Kingswell Jnr School in Arnold

4. Thorn Automation factory, Beech Avenue, N Basford, where I worked for 8 years before leaving Nottingham.

 

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Yes, it's rare, Lizzie, to get to your 60s and find your old school still standing.  Berridge was built in 1884 and so many from that era have been destroyed and replaced with modern tat which won't withstand a few decades.

 

Manning is no more, of course, :rolleyes: :rolleyes: and Peveril, which later became Manning, has also vanished.

 

Although my early school years were a trial...mainly because I was bored... my family has a fairly long connection with Berridge. My mum went there and, for a short time, my maternal grandfather also went there. So, several generations of my family were Berridge pupils.

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