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Edmund Arrowsmith School, Ashton


Staff of St Edmund Arrowsmith High School
Staff of St Edmund Arrowsmith High School
Photo: Maureen Johnson
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Item #: 12428
Picture of the members of staff at St Edmund Arrowsmith High School around 1983/1984 when Mr Harding was the Headmaster and Miss Waddington was the Headmistress.

Comment by: Mike from Calgary on 4th November 2009 at 14:52

AH yes. The memories of Mr. Rabbit.

Comment by: ststephens97 on 4th November 2009 at 16:44

teachers i can remember and see in photo: mr woodhouse, mrs walker, mr mcrae, mr nevin, mr mcmahon, mrs phillips, mr woodhouse... recognise others but cant remember their names!

Comment by: judith hodson (hutchinson) on 4th November 2009 at 18:23

i think i can see my mother in law pat hodson,was berry,2nd row 7th from left

Comment by: maud on 15th November 2009 at 22:48

Is that Mr Jenkinson on the back row? If so this is pre 1983 as he sadly died before I left in 1983.

Comment by: Maureen Johnson on 24th November 2009 at 17:42

Yes, it is Mr Jenkinson on the back row, so you must be right that the photo is pre 83 - couldn't remember the year.

Comment by: Mike from Calgary on 27th November 2009 at 14:40

Mr. Jenkinson was one of the best teachers ever to grace any school. I remember the day we were told he had died. It was a sad day and I think all the kids liked him.

Comment by: dawn from wigan on 30th December 2009 at 19:00

this photo is definately before 1983 because sister patricia is not on and she took me for needlework- good times ha ha and looking at those moustaches its more like late 1970s

Comment by: Maureen on 7th February 2010 at 20:13

Sister Patricia is just in front of Mr Doyle on the top right hand side - you can just about see her glasses and veil. Yes, it was a sad day when Mr Jenkinson died, he was such a character and had the unique ability to make people laugh.

Comment by: bizarreloverectangle on 17th February 2010 at 01:50

This looks very like it was taken while I was a pupil (or immediately after I left in 1977). Not clear enough to spot everyone but can see Mr Costello on extreme left of front row, also Mr. Northey, Miss Whittle, possibly Mr. Brennan, Mr. Holland, Mr. Holden & Mr. Nevin on front row. Second row includes Mr. Sharples, Mr. Lancaster & possibly Mrs. Walker at the end. Third row Mr. Callan & Mr. Murphy. Near the back are Mr. Jenkinson, Mr. McRae, Mr. Lumb, Mr. Ogden, Mr. Phillips (current Headteacher!) just behind Rabbit on left is Mr. Mather. Think the young guy top left at the back might be Mr. Mannion. If Peter Phillips is there, then his bride-to-be Miss Probert ought to be as well.

Comment by: bizarreloverectangle on 27th February 2010 at 13:57

One or two more dredged from the rusty bucket of my memory. Miss Gore (aka Mrs Summers) 3rd from left front row. Miss Flannery (aka. Mrs I've forgotten - sorry!) in red also on front row & possibly Miss Unsworth (aka Mrs Marsh) just behind her. Possibly Mr F Littler left of centre second row from back. I'm a bit hopeless with the ladies in the picture (just like in real life - ha!) so instead some of my teachers that I ought to see there, but as yet can't include Mr. Battersby, Mr,. Conroy, Mr. Ledgard(?), Mr. Mayor, Miss Hawkins, the previously mentioned Miss Probert (Mrs. Phillips), Miss Cottam, Mrs Simm, Mr Lawton, the non-Orrell RUFC playing Mr V. Littler, Mrs Wilde. Miss Flannery's married name is going to bug me now, I'm sure...

Comment by: steve on 29th May 2010 at 21:33

the best years of our lives, we just did`nt know it at the time..!!!!

Comment by: steve on 1st June 2010 at 23:19

in 1975 i was a first year, and on fri afternoon, last 2 lessons we had double science with mr rabbit, ithink he was head of 3rd year ( i may be wrong ). i remember to this day, and iwill never forget it, what happened on that 1st fri afternoon. this older pupil came in for 6 of the best of mr rabbitt with the pump (trainer) i think he was just trying to scare us, by punising him in front of us 1st years, the lad in question screamed in agony...ifelt sick.ahh happy days. ps inever got the pump..ha ha.

Comment by: Debbie Gaynor nee Walls on 2nd August 2010 at 21:39

I think that this is around 1974 - 79? Wonderful memories...

Comment by: sue tolman (sharples) on 2nd June 2011 at 14:41

My goodness- Thats my uncle Jack (Sharples)!

Comment by: brian on 10th March 2012 at 19:53

sam harding was a sadistic mother,

Comment by: paul h on 26th January 2013 at 23:42

not 1983/84 i started in 84. Mr kenny was head, can see mr Behan f row far right with mrs Walker behind,Mr Holland f row 5 frm right, Mather f row far left. Can,t see Rabbit or Brennan

Comment by: Mike Hughes on 28th March 2013 at 08:47

Adding to the names: Mr Boardman (Art) Far left, third row up, Mr Woodhouse (German) Back row, fifth from right, in front of him Mrs Berry (English), Mr Mayor (P.E.) Back row in line with door frame, Miss Sweeney (Home Economics) second row up, second from right. To her left either Miss Probert or Miss Grayson (German).

First time Ive seen this photo in over 30 years, I can recognise many of the faces but some seem to be missing: Miss Johnson (German), Mr Conroy (French), Mr Simpson (Metalwork), Mr Ledgard (German) possibly the person in front of Mr Philips. There was also another Mr Holland that taught science and a young lady teacher for Maths, can picture her but forget her name. Also a lady teacher for English, we called her Max Factor because of her make up style.

I think left part of second row up is office staff and theres a group of ladies on the right that I dont recognise.

Absence of Mr Simpson makes me think this was taken in 1978 as I think he started in 1979, the year that I left.

R.I.P. Norman Jenkinson.

Comment by: ged r haydock on 21st January 2014 at 05:55

This photo had to be early 70s brings back some great memories.
Recognise most of fronr row some great teachers just wished id listened to them.
Left to right mr.costello mr.littler miss gore mr northey mrs duxberry miss wadington mr harding miss whittle mr brennan mr holland not sure mr jones mr nevin not sure.
mr jenkins at back he was a top bloke always made you laugh.
mr rabbit near back the less said about him the better.

Comment by: Patsy Davis Jackson on 4th November 2014 at 10:43

I started in 1983 and Mr Kenny was head. Also lookikng at Father Johnson (he was my parish priest in Liverpool before I came to Wigan), he dosent look that much older when i left liverpool so i reckon its about 79 /80. Agree with one of the comments above - best time of our lives ..... but we just didnt know it!! Best wishes to all x

Comment by: stev wilkinso / wilki on 22nd February 2015 at 17:57

still have nightmares about mr, rabbit dont forget mr.lillis thumb inbetween your knuckles.ah.ah

Comment by: John Preston (Prezy) saudi Arabia on 24th November 2015 at 13:35

Gosh that brings back some good memories ,,, and bad ones lol

Comment by: brian on 6th February 2018 at 23:34

teachers from hell for me, Mr Rabbit was scary, some should never have been allowed near children

Comment by: Margaret Duffy on 7th June 2018 at 17:56

This picture is definitely before 1983. I attended in 1975 and left in 1980. Just wondering if this could have been taken as a retirement picture for Mr Harding as he left half way through my time there. Mr Kenny was headmaster when l left. I was there when the school was on fire twice. I was unlucky enough to get Mr Rabbit for 4 years out of the five years l was there.

Comment by: Mr X on 17th November 2018 at 20:56

St Edmund Arrowsmith RC high school is located next to Byrchall C of E high school. Never knew the reason why the two schools were built next to each other.

Comment by: kathryn winter on 17th June 2019 at 21:46

My gran is on this photo 4th from the right Eunice Winter

Comment by: Kath on 26th September 2019 at 20:37

Yes it is definitley about 1976 or a bit later.That was the year i left and I remember Miss Waddington very well she was out typing teacher. Remember Mr Lumb teaching maths and Mr Costello who taught french. Yes they where happy days .I think!!!

Comment by: philip murphy on 17th August 2020 at 21:56

this photo would have been taken around end of school year 1979 for mr hardings retirement . I attended from 1975 to 1980 , he retired at the end of my fourth year. those were the best days of our lives or so they tell you .

Comment by: Tim Hilton on 25th August 2020 at 08:28

I recognise some of the names as I cant make out the faces on the photo...as I was there 1980-85...

Comment by: mark prayle on 3rd February 2023 at 17:08

many taught me, they were greats, fantastic school. I thank them all. Any imperfections, well i was far from perfect myself, and they recognised and supported that.

Comment by: Kevin Frayne on 8th May 2024 at 18:43

They talked me one thing that's stuck with me, some of them anyway. How to loath authority when its abused.

Comment by: Collette Ingham nee Culshaw on 12th June 2024 at 00:44

Oh this picture brings back so many memories. Good and bad.
I used to love Mr Jenkins caning quiz. And all the girls loved Mr Doyle.

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