King John School Teachers

Late 1950s to early 1960s

By John Downer

The photos below are from the collection of Ann Morrison who attended The King John School in the late 1950s to early 1960s.

Names suggested on the back of the first photo include:-

Teachers: Mr Harris, Mr Bell, Mr Wanstall, Mr Bailey, Mr Lansdowne, Mr Blaker and Mr Langloise and school Secretary Mrs P Lawes.

Please click on the individual photos to enlarge the image.

Photo:A Christmas celebration

A Christmas celebration

Ann Morrison collection

The photo has been reproduced below adding numbered faces.  A handful of the teachers can be positively identified but some need naming. Can you help us?

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'King John School Teachers' page

2.     Mr Bell - Pottery and Art

3.     Mr Wanstall ?

8.     Miss Salmon - English and French

14.   Mr Bailey - English

24.   Mr Langloise - possibly English and Geography

28.   Mr Jenkins - Commerce/typewriting/shorthand

29.   Mrs P Lawes - Secretary

41.   Mr Blaker - (Blakie) Maths

42.   Mrs Lightle - Housecraft

43.   Mrs Marpole - Housecraft

46.   Mr Evans (Fritz) - Headmaster

45.   Mr Sethi - English

The photo below shows Mr Bailey on the school sports field with a P.E. teacher whose name is not known. If you can provide a name for this teacher, please let us know via the comments section at the foot of this page.  In the background is the girls' playground and bicycle sheds.  Today, the new Sixth Form College and parking facilities for the students occupy this area.

Photo:Mr Bailey (left) and P.E. Teacher - but who?(see comments below)  1961

Mr Bailey (left) and P.E. Teacher - but who?(see comments below) 1961

Ann Morrison collection

Below is another group photo of the teachers, this time taken in approximately 1957. 

Photo:Teachers assembled on the school playing field.  1957

Teachers assembled on the school playing field. 1957

Ann Morrison collection

A school trip provided this photo, showing from left to right:  Mrs Lawes, Mr Bill Langloise, Mrs Evans and Mr Evans.  

Photo:On a School trip - L to R : Mrs Lawes, Bill Langloise, Mrs Evans, Mr Evans c.1959

On a School trip - L to R : Mrs Lawes, Bill Langloise, Mrs Evans, Mr Evans c.1959

Ann Morrison collection

The last photo is of Mrs P Lawes who was the school Secretary.

Photo:Mrs P Lawes, the school Secretary c.1960

Mrs P Lawes, the school Secretary c.1960

Ann Morrison collection


This page was added by John Downer on 15/04/2014.
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I left school in 1953. I have very happy memories of some of the people shown here. I remember Mr Evans, Miss Elliott, (who I am still in touch with), Mr Jones, Mr Bailey, Miss Pye, who sadly died 5 years ago in Canada, Mr Phillips, and Mr Garton who is not mentioned?

By Val Pounds
On 08/06/2014

Val, there is a photo of John Garton on another page on our site. Please click this link to view.

By Eileen Gamble (Editor)
On 09/06/2014

Hi, a few updates for the teachers Christmas party photo. Mr Wanstall (maths) is No. 4 not 3. The pretty young girl in the bottom left, No. 8 is Miss Hartley (art). Number 19 is Mr Smith (woodwork). Number 34 is Mr Lambourne (maths), also known as Smokey Joe because of his chain smoking. Number 35 is Mr Cross, a PE teacher  and finally Mr Langloise taught PE.  Regards Ken

By Ken Blacksley
On 15/07/2014

Also, Number 7 is the American, Buddy Edelen the Olympic marathon runner. Ken

By Ken Blacksley
On 15/07/2014

I seem to remember that Bill Langlois was killed in a tragic accident in the early 1980's (?)

He was a teacher at Appleton school too.

By William West
On 17/07/2014

I think the PE teacher with Mr. Bailey might be Mr. Jennerson who used to ride a motorcycle to school, I think he only stayed a year?

By Pete Smith
On 09/08/2014

Hi. Just an up date.  No 3 is Mr Ashton, I was in his class in 1958 ( 3HA ). I believe he was an ex commando in WW2, a very nice man and a good history teacher. Mr Blaker was my RI teacher, and one of his favourite sayings was, " I can't draw you all know that " ! Mr Lambourne we nicknamed `Joe Crow` he was a west country man, with a strong accent. Mr Wanstall, was my maths teacher, and a very good teacher he was to. I always came top of the class in our maths exams, I think I used to do the one hour exam in 30 minutes. Even today, I can still beat the Super Market checkout tills. My last year at school I use to look after Mr Evans garden, mow the lawn, weeding etc. I did this after school for one hour, which Mr Evans paid me 1/6d ( 7p ). Mr Fawsett was our PE teacher, an ex army PT instructor and boxer, and as tough as they come, you did not mess with Mr Fawsett. Mr Jones was another of my teachers but can`t remember what he use to teach. He always mixed me up with another boy in my class, named Peter Treadant, but being a Welshman he always pronounced it as Treedent. I left in August 1959. Happy Days !! 

By John Wernham
On 21/07/2015

Left in 1965, still have fond memories of King John. I was in 4 JG ( extended course), but "advised to leave" ! 

By Barry Dawson
On 09/06/2016

Mr Jones used to teach maths and would always say to us "This maths class is your salvation!" Being Welsh he was very much "Chapel".

By Richard Hayden
On 16/10/2016

No. 3 is Mr Ashton, not Wanstall. He was my form teacher in 5ex2, 1966....Bill Langloise, covered P.E. too.

By Ray Chidley
On 25/01/2017

I agree with Ray Chidley that No. 3 is Mr Ashton, who taught the most interesting and inspirational history lessons, it's still a favourite interest. He incorporated into his lessons wonderful diagrams and maps which really made the subject of that day's lesson really come alive and the dynamic of the subject of interest readily understood.
On a slightly different area of the subject of interest I gave Mr Ashton two of three aerial reconnaissance photos taken by an aunt of mine's first husband Flight Sergeant Sidney 'Skippy' Lewis. He was killed in Malta as a result of a bomber making an unauthorised manoeuver across the runway as he was returning from a sortie couple. 

By Christopher Davis
On 02/02/2017

No 4 is Mr Wanstall.

By Lynn Peter Sharman
On 09/02/2017

The PE teacher standing on Mr Bailey's left also taught French. As I recall Mr Bailey taught English, and lived in Clarence Road with his wife and son Michael. 
I only remember this PE teacher because having finally got in a class where French was taught, in my third year at King John, this PE/French teacher told me it was a waste of time me bothering to try and learn as I had entered too late; this was not a very progressive attitude. He told me to bring books in to read, so I brought in a book about keeping and breeding rabbits, which he admonished for as this was not a 'proper book'.
When I joined the class I was quite eager to learn French, and wrote down all the vocabulary lists each time in class; I was quite an eager student and my view even then was that I was there to learn, rather than become a potential GCE candidate.  I doubt that particular teacher would have lasted very long in teaching today; maybe he left teaching?    

By Christopher Davis
On 28/03/2017

Bill Langloise - 26

Mr Lambourne - 34

Mr Ashton - 3 (think Mr Wanstall is 4)

Mr Jenkins - 28

Alan Cross (boys PE) - 35

By Pat Beveridge
On 29/03/2017

I too was in Mr. Ashton's class in 1958/9 (4HA)  A History Teacher and he was the only teacher that called me 'Bobbie' !  Very happy end of school with such a great teacher.... I wasn't 15 until 15th August, so I left school when I was 14 !!.....

By Roberta Barnes ( Bobbie Barnes-Jones)
On 26/04/2017

Thanks to Tony Wilkins for coming along to our 'Memory Gathering' session (27 May 2017) and confirming the name of the PE teacher in the photo with Mr. Bailey as Mr. Jennerson and also giving the name of No. 3, in the large group, as Mr. Wanstall.

By Frank Gamble
On 27/05/2017