A pupil in the 1980s
I went to Fitzherbert School between 1982 and 1985, and went to Cardinal Newman until 1989. I didn’t start till the second year of Fitzherbert. I remember really well that the playgrounds had odd years in them with years one and three one side, and two and four over the other.
I have good memories and bad ones. Some of the teachers were petrifying, Mr Finnie was the headmaster; my favourite teacher was Mrs Gregan and I still see her every Sunday at church, she looks just the same. I also remember Mrs Jolly smacking my hand with a ruler in the library, and my sister who was Charonne Allum getting a blackboard rubber aimed at her head from Mr Robinson.
Jumping off the pipe
One thing I really remember is running down the staircase on the west side of the building where all the toilets and sinks were. I jumped up to a water pipe which we used to swing from, and launch ourselves along the corridor by about ten feet. David Weir did this and kicked Mr Hoare straight in the face.
I remember Mr Hoare, Mrs Gregan, Mrs Jolly, Mr Finnie, Mrs Cropley – the mad music teacher whose glasses used to fly off with piano recitals. There was Mrs Brownlow – lives down the road from me, Mr Mitchell, and Mrs Carroll the bus lady. And last but not least the science teacher who shouted until she went quiet was Mrs Inglebret!
My best friend was Jodie Arnott, I also remember Donna Crankshaw, Sharna Bailey, Tracy Wood, Emma Arnott, David Weir, Carl Guillespie, Marcus Eade, Marcus Bradbury and Richard Gilbert. I don’t remember many others and I don’t think i have any photos left of this time but I really enjoyed it while I was there. I desperately wanted to go back and see it empty but never got the time to do so.