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Highfield Secondary School


Teachers at Highfield Secondary School 1956.
Photo: David Devine
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Item #: 277
Teachers at Highfield Secondary School 1956.

Comment by: Harry David Beeny on 25th June 2007 at 20:01

Front row - ? Mr Pimblett. Mr Sandham. ? Mr Gaskell (Dickie Duster) ? ?

Comment by: James Gore on 16th July 2007 at 14:22

Back-row far right Mr Aldridge.Science & P.E.Teacher.
Front-row Middle Mr Miller.Arts & Craft.
front-row far right Mr Sanderson. Geography

Comment by: alan winstanley on 19th September 2007 at 00:27

i went to highfield 1957 -1961 i can remember dickie gaskell and pimblet the ithers are vague the ones i recall were= mr.seddon,mr sudworth.headmaster mr procter ,mr gwilliam music mr long,mr heaton arts,would be great if there were any photo's of 1958=1961 anyone i lived in ormskirk road opposite half=way pub thanks for the memories .alan

Comment by: Harry David Beeny on 21st September 2007 at 22:22

To Alan Winstanly - Your EMail doesn't work, sent you 2 or 3, but all void. Hoping you pop in 'here' again and maybe contact....

Comment by: james muldoon on 21st October 2007 at 12:35

front left t right mr green,pimblet,sandham, millard,gaskell.

Comment by: james muldoon on 23rd October 2007 at 09:17

Not exactly sure of back row MrHall,? Grundy,?Coates(head),Aldridge.

Comment by: Alan Farrimond on 21st December 2007 at 16:20

I was at Highfield 1958 to 1962 and remember all the teachers as noted by Alan Winstanley. I was in "B" stream and our form teacher was Mr Seddon. I did meet up with Mr Gwilliam again whilst he was at the Deanary, when my daughter was there. I can only remember the names of some of the lads in my class stream. Derek Evans, George Prior, Barry Pennington, Jimmy Bretherton were some. The picture does bring back memories, some not that happy

Comment by: alan winstanley on 4th January 2008 at 20:33

hi there sorry to harry beeny and alan farrimond for not responding was having a bit of bother isp provider| alan i was a bit saddened to learn the photo brought back some none to good memories what i can recall was i was in form (a )and around 2nd or 3rd year i lost interest in all school activities and played hookey fo about 2-3months until school board gestapo collared me what a good hiding i got from me mother wowww dont go there! i have started looking again for more people to try and join in i think it's great being able to look back at the times we were kids as for you harry i hope you read this and if you want you can mail me at i would really appreciate any feed back fom the photo taken by eric grundylisted _ = highfield secondary school highfield senior boys 1962,i tuned 60 on december 22 2007 so thats it for now hope to hear from you all soon take care ( my nickname was WINKY) oh also ther was another alan winstanley in the same year any news of him? see ya

Comment by: David Devine on 29th January 2008 at 18:08

The teacher far right was Mr Whalley metalwork. left of him was a student teacher from Malaya

Comment by: Michael Ardern Mason on 18th September 2008 at 06:19

I attended Highfield from 1960 to 1963 and remember Mr Pimblett (front row, second from left) and Mr Gaskell (front row, fifth from left).
Some of the other teachers I recollect – Mr George Proctor (Head Teacher, emigrated to New Zealand), Mr Aspinall (Geography), Mrs Rhodes (History) Mr Seddon (Science and P.E.), Mr Gwilliam (Italic Writing), Mr Ken Long (English and Music), Mr Sudworth (Metalwork), Mr Anderton (Woodwork), Mr Heaton (Art).
The curriculum was geared to boys going into apprenticeships and unskilled work, and we seemed to spend a lot of our time doing gardening, football, cross-country running and P.E. However, still have many happy memories of my friends at Highfield.
Michael Mason

Comment by: John Jarvis on 30th September 2008 at 23:28

Does anbody remember Miss Todd the vivacious English teacher.
What a character. She had a marvellous personality and inspired me to become a writer. I loved her methods. She was a one off and put up with a lot of deprivations. At the time I was there (1965 - 1969), she was allegedly having an affair with the then Geography teacher, Dave Redhead...
What happened to Patricia Anne Todd?
She left in 1968 and was replaced by the grumpy and dull Miss Nicholson...
Her leaving left a big void; and I in turn finished in July 1969. The school still had one more year to go. It must have been grim in those last months before the school eventually closed and the poor boys that were still there became part of the Deanery.

Comment by: BARRY PRIOR on 16th January 2009 at 21:45

I went to highfield from 1960 to 1964 .There was two Sudworths(Jack and Andrew).I rember Mr Pimblet Mr Gaskell Mr Aspinall (strab) also Miss Todd Tom Gwilliam Mr Proctor left around 1962 .Does anyone rember Mr John Silcock he was there in 1963 to 1964 when i left

Comment by: BARRY PRIOR on 16th January 2009 at 21:46

I went to highfield from 1960 to 1964 .There was two Sudworths(Jack and Andrew).I rember Mr Pimblet Mr Gaskell Mr Aspinall (strab) also Miss Todd Tom Gwilliam Mr Proctor left around 1962 .Does anyone rember Mr John Silcock he was there in 1963 to 1964 when i left

Comment by: mick eastham on 15th August 2010 at 00:22

michael mason got you whacked twice of gwilliam do you remember it .only time i recall michael you ever being in trouble,then it was,nt your fault, me and barry potter, we caused gwilliam to go off on one got the whole class whacked twice,fair split our sides at your predicament

Comment by: David Simm on 17th March 2012 at 12:24

The man on the extreme right is Arthur Walls, metal work, he went to Linacre just before I did and subsequently to some huge comprehensive school in Kirkby. Later on he wrote a book in collaboration with another ex Linacre teacher on making enamel art. I illustrated it for him.

Comment by: john bishop 53/57 on 7th August 2012 at 21:05

back row hall,grundy,courts,aldridge front row green,
pimblett,sandham,millard,gaskell,dont know,walls

Comment by: alan wnstanley on 23rd May 2014 at 18:39


Comment by: Michael Ardern Mason on 3rd February 2016 at 10:20

In response to Mick Eastham....yes Mick, I do remember the incident you mentioned, and at the time I felt that it was most unfair! However, I am now able to laugh about it. it was good to hear from you.

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