My old friend Dennis Parrett (see Queens Park School) inspired me to add a little more to this site.
I attended St Luke’s from 1947 to 1954 and remember my first day. I met a new friend on the way, Keith White who lived in Hallett Road, and we remained great friends in my time there. We are now 64 and remain friends and still meet up. Miss Edgil (I think) was the Head. I also recall Miss Bell a lovely lady. I never understood why we had to lay down on the beds every afternoon, I could have done that at home.
I only had one school dinner there, it was corned beef and Armour beans (boy were they aptly named) Other teachers I recall were Mr Tampkin, who if you misbehaved, hit you on the knuckles with a ruler edge on. I also recall Miss Baker,and a little lady called Miss Patching who seemed to us to be at least 80. She must have been quite old as she taught my mother Nora Wells, in the 1920’s.
Like Dennis at Queens Park, we too went to the Box’s at Hassocks, it seemed a long way and was probably only a big house, but ‘Watch out for the bears’ was the cry. I recall there were pine needles everywhere.