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Miss Payne: primary school teacher

Miss Payne was the teacher of the 6 year olds at St John’s in the 1940s to 1950s.

This photograph was kindly given to me by her husband; it is undated.

Miss Payne, teacher of 6 year olds
From the private collection of C.West
Miss Payne in centre of climbing frame with her class, year not known
From the private collection of C.West

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  • The children all seem to be enjoying the climbing frame, especially the three boys right at the top! I doubt that children would be allowed on a school climbing frame now, which is a great shame!

    By Peter Groves (23/01/2011)
  • I am the boy on top of the frame holding Miss Payne’s hand. The date must have been around 1956-7. I can name some of the boys: Alan South (next to me), Wally Grant, David Denyer, Peter Carron & Roy Moseby.

    By Richard Golds (29/06/2011)
  • I lived at 15 White St and attended the Infants School and the Junior Scool for a short time, before moving to Haywards Heath. I still have my school report signed by Miss C. Payne. How wonderful to see a photo of her after all these years. Miss Grout, had the classroom upstairs. I had a feeling that Miss Payne married 1947/8. I remember the afternoon sleep, in the nursery class. What a wonderful collection of photographs, which I am not on, nor can I at present put any names to.

    By David Wickham (01/07/2011)
  • Hi, remember me Richard? You lived next door to me. Am I in the picture above?

    By Rita Regan (21/10/2013)
  • Hi Rita of course I remember you. You lived at the top in the arch at Kingswood Flats, I remember your brother Barry and Sylvia. Are you sitting in the front row on the right in the photo?

    By Richard Golds (04/02/2014)
  • I was in Miss Payne’s class,too, in the early 50’s but not sure if I’m in this photo. I remember at the end of lessons each day she offered a glass jar of sweets from which each child could take just one.  I recall they were very small; probably dolly mixtures.

    Thinking of it now, I guess she paid for those herself as I don’t suppose the school would have done.  What a nice lady.

    I went to both the infants and juniors too and, like so many others, remember the afternoon naps.

    By David Hurrell (06/02/2014)
  • Are you Richard? I assume I’m the one holding the doll?

    By Rita Regan (01/05/2014)
  • Hi Rita: Yes that is you holding the dolly,Val Douglas is standing directly behind you. Do you remember anyone else in the picture?

    By Richard Golds (19/07/2014)
  • Hi Richard, could you pin point Wally Grant and Peter Carron please?

    By Kirsty Carron (05/08/2014)
  • Hi Kirsty. Wally Grant is at the top of the climbing frame on the left with curly hair. Peter is at the far right of the photo with his hands on his hips. Hope this helps.

    By Richard Golds (15/08/2014)
  • Hi Richard Golds, I’m pretty sure I went to this school. I lived in Newhaven Street until 1959, when we moved to Middlesex. In them days I was known as Brian Roffey. It would be nice to know if this was the school, also if anyone may remember me. I think a friend of mine from my street was Ronnie Barton.

    By Brian Burton (28/02/2016)
  • Hello, can anyone out there help me with information regards which infants/juniors school I may have attended? I lived in Newhaven Street until the age of nine, we then moved to Middlesex. The year would have been 1955/59. I remember the brewery at the back of our house and my sister Barbara putting her leg through the glass skylight when she climbed up on the roof with my other sister Lorraine. We must have all gone to the same school. Any help would be great. Our surname in those days was Roffey.

    By Brian Burton (22/04/2016)
  • Hi
    I went to infants and juniors same time as all those .. not sure I’m in there ..?

    By Peter blasby (09/04/2020)
  • I was a pupil at St Johns infants and junior schools on
    Carlton Hill, this entry is hoping that David Hurrel will see
    it and confirm he met a very good friend of mine, Geoffrey Shisler. We were there in 1950/55 time. I remember the
    headmaster Mr Whiten, two teachers, Mr Barnwell and Mr Tailor, These were at the juniors school, Miss Payne was at the infants.
    other photos shown on other pages of the schools show my brother, Robert.

    By David Ward (07/06/2020)

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