Were you at Berridge?


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How many Berridge children have secreted themselves inside this niche situated in the playground which fronts the old infant building, hoping to be left behind when the bell rang at playtime's close?

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Picture 1...penultimate year children in 1969/70.  Front row, third from left is Alison Green whose sister, Ann, was in my year. Peas in a pod!

 

No idea who the teacher was.

 

Picture 2  final year pupils 1969/70 in Alan Parr's class, although he's not on the photo.

 

Front row, second from left, Ian Humphreys, centre of first row, seated, short dark hair, Stephanie Heason. Back row, 4th from right believed to be David Prosser. 5th from right, Brett Stephens, who had spent the previous year in my class a year ahead of his chronological age group after his parents complained that his teacher, Viv Bartlett, was not giving their son sufficiently challenging work! He was regarded as very bright.

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@Jill Sparrow Moving children up to the next class a year early was fairly common practice because there was no differentiated work at that time I suppose.  I know that I and some other children were moved up in this way.  I feel sure that my parents had nothing to do with it.  Anyway, I liked being moved up out of my first class when I was 5 because I can remember the teacher in the first class wasn’t very nice to me… The teacher in the second class was lovely.  I spent two years in the last class at Primary School

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Yes, Margie. It seems to have been very common. When I moved from infants to the juniors, I went straight into the second year. My parents were not consulted about it. I was angry at first as this separated me from my best friend but the teacher was lovely and had I stayed in my correct year, the teacher would have been one I didn't get on with. I was with her the following year and was eternally grateful that being moved up a year saved me from two years with someone I disliked and who clearly didn't like me!

 

The downside to this practice is that it makes it difficult to date photos accurately decades later!

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There's a FB Group for school photos from Clifton, and photos there show a lot of examples of age-mixing in infants schools.

 

I wasn't aware of it at the time, but I can now see that in my three years at infants school I was in classes where half the kids were the same age as me and half of them were a year older than me.

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The person who originally posted these two images was at Berridge between 1951 and 1957 for his primary education. I would estimate the photos are approximately 1955/6 ish. These are under 11s and junior pupils.

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Chatting to a friend of mine this evening, the name Stephen Zaleski was mentioned. Mr Zaleski, apparently, taught at Berridge in the 1980s and was one of those responsible for the research which went into the centenary booklet.

 

My friend, who was deputy head at Berridge at the time of the centenary in 1984, told me that Mr Zaleski was associated in some way with The Lenton Listener and might be a useful person to ask about what became of the old Berridge class registers that were on display at the time. Nottinghamshire Archives doesn't hold them.

 

Does anyone know Stephen Zaleski or where he can be contacted? The registers would be invaluable in identifying faces on school photos.

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I would appreciate his email address, Ann, if he's amenable.  Katyjay had advised me that she thought he was still with The Lenton times.  He produced the Berridge centenary booklet in 1984 and we thought he might know where the old registers could be.

 

Many thanks.

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Picture one: third row back, third from right believed to be William Walker, born 1947, lived in Grundy Street. The teacher may be Miss Amos.

 

Picture 2: third row back, fifth from the right, Sharon King, born 1950, of Chadwick Road. Went on to NGHS.

 

Others to follow.

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How come nobody ever sends photographs from Radford Boulevard  school. To be honest, I cannot remember any school pictures taken during my time there, by anyone.

Beginning to think my school years was all dream.

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We never had group photographs taken at Arno Vale. We did have annual portrait pictures presented in a strip of three. I knew someone in our village many years ago whose business was to take school photographs. He travelled the country. He said he always gave the head teacher a cash in hand kick back, ostensibly for school funds!

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Thanks to former Berridge pupil, Janette Casterton, here is a list of names for picture 2.  These children were born between September 1950 and August 1951.
 
Back row,  Jimmy Sinclair, Keith Morrell, Stuart Haze, Stephen Towle, not known, John Preston, Geoffrey Shaw,  not known, Anthony Garton, Paul Bacausa.
 
Third row. Not known, not known, Billy Blacklock, Pat Weatherall, not known, Pauline Fewkes, Heather Burbridge, Sharon King, Ann Lola, Timothy Sporne, Terence Flower, David Howatson.
 
Second row,  not known, Margaret Whiley, Susan Blatherwick, Kay Sisson, Janet Richardson, Janette Casterton, Marjorie Wright, Jacqueline Pollock, Pamela Dudley, Valerie Booth, Linda Tomlinson.
 
Front row, not known, Alan Dunn, not known,  John Rowson,  Gareth Lee, Michael Thompson, Michael Murphy, not known, Brian Ward.
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On 8/26/2020 at 9:55 AM, letsavagoo said:

Jill and I have agreed a system. I’m uploading the images and Jill is providing what information there is below them. Sorry if this has caused some confusion. I should have explained.

Here’s another Berridge group. Jill will comment with her research on it.

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Teacher was Mrs Williams, being Welsh, we did St David's day service on the Hall stage. I did a short piece on Montgomeryshire

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Welcome, Dummysock, to a fellow Berridge pupil.

 

You mention a Mrs Williams. What year would this be? I'll explain my reason for asking in due course as it could be someone else entirely but I think I may know who she was.

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