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Ashton-in-Makerfield Secondary School


Ashton Central School Staff 1960s
Ashton Central School Staff 1960s
Photo: Tony Taylor
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Item #: 10352
F-R ?, Arthur Lathom, Alec Mckenzie, Percival Ralls, Sydney Price, Firth Hartley, Robert Vernon, Herbert Simister, ?.

B-R, Fourth from Left Richard Anderton

Comment by: John Smith on 7th April 2009 at 00:07

Next to Simister is Mrs McMinn, She taught Religious Knowledge.
Back row 1st left is Brian Merry, science teacher. Mr Ward, Art. Mr Rowbottom. ??. Mr Derbisher, also Science. Winnard Music. Mr Cochram Sport. Mr Kelly.
Missing is Mr Hughes. Mr O'Niel. Mr Kaye Music, another Woodwork teacher, who's name escapes me,

Comment by: Hughes the booze on 7th April 2009 at 01:37

How come miss Plant is not on,She taught my dad,my older sister,me,my younger sister and my brother.

Comment by: tom on 7th April 2009 at 11:26

john there are two woodwork teachers on this picture Mr Hartley and Mr anderton the lady on the left is the school secretary Mrs causey

Comment by: woodentop on 7th April 2009 at 14:10

In my day the woodwork teacher was mr hartley & the metalwork teacher was mr anderton

Comment by: John Smith on 7th April 2009 at 23:25

Miss Plant taught in the girls section. The school became "mixed" the year after I left in 1964, (Just my luck eh?)

Comment by: tom on 8th April 2009 at 14:24

Mr anderton went on to teach woodwork metalwork was stopped after some boy was branded with a hot iron

Comment by: derek on 17th April 2009 at 23:05

There was another woodwork teacher called mr Norton around 1962/3. We had to walk down to Ashton for the woodwork lesson. There was only one classroom there.My first year form master was Mr Lathom second year Mr Daniels,third year Mr Mckenzie and last year Mr Ralls

Comment by: John Smith on 18th April 2009 at 00:25

That's right Derek, the class room was behind the Town Hall, Mr Norton was more strict and severe than Mr Simister (And that's an understatement) if I explained in more detail it might not be accepted here, they wouldn't get away with it these days.
I remember Mr Latham buying a shop near Makerfield Mill when I worked there, that man was a gentleman, a lovely bloke

Comment by: brian on 17th May 2010 at 03:25

Mr Simister -- Never forget his saying at break time when we had to drink that b----y milk BRING IN THE COW

Comment by: brian on 17th May 2010 at 03:29

Mr Derbishire was my favorite ,i used to be his paper boy ,delivered his paper to his house in Downall green rd ,right on the corner with Soughers lane, every christmas i would get 10 bob as a tip and that was a fortune to me in those days

Comment by: beowulf on 18th May 2011 at 14:43

re 1st comment. if my memory is correct, Mr Kaye replaced Mr Winnard, so photo before his time.

Comment by: John Smith on 4th July 2011 at 05:43

I don't want to speak ill of the dead but, Mr Derbishire had two favorite boys in my class, and every time we had him for science lesson he would have them, in turn, sit on his knee and he would rub their thighs, I never thought, until many years later, how wrong that was. Can any of you remember him doing that to any of your class mates?

Comment by: Ged on 27th August 2012 at 19:10

Am i seeing things ? Bob Vernon is on the photo& i am sure he left Cansfield in 1950 to go to the school at the bottom of Soughers Lane, Did he come back after the school closed, I could have the date wrong,

Comment by: Tony Taylor on 30th September 2012 at 15:39

Bob Vernon didn't leave Central Shcool till about 1958 he was certainly still there when I left at the end of 1953. Pretty handy with the cane was Bob. He died in 1974 age 65.

Comment by: whups on 25th August 2014 at 15:36

when i was there in the mid 60s the woodwork teacher was called milner.

Comment by: John knowles on 23rd October 2015 at 19:33

The wonderful Mf Winnard, helped me a great deal with my music exams, piano, a fantastic pianist

Comment by: Alan Pedder on 7th January 2020 at 13:07

2 Comments on previous posts
Mr Anderton was a second woodwork teacher, there were no metalework teachers.
Mr. Derbyshire was a paedophile, I only realiosed this years later as I witnessed his fondling of favorite boys who he would have sit on his knee and when another teacher ccame in he would immediately stand up ejecting the boy.

Comment by: derek evans on 27th November 2022 at 13:26

If these people were teaching today quite a few would be in jail. I was in my first year just left the primary school and I saw one of these teachers hit a lad across the face so hard he knocked him off his feet for not doing his home work. There were pedos, and sycos and weirdos and lazy sods but here were one or two good teachers, Cockram, Anderton, and Macenzie were the best.

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