Appleton early 1970s

Can you put names to any of the pupils in these photos?

Appleton kids (probably 1972)
Ian Lipscomb
Courtesy Mike Hobday archives
Courtesy Mike Hobday archives
Photo Mike Hobday

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  • The penultimate photo is of Duncan Tuck and Linda Cray

    By Lindablackburn420 (04/02/2023)
  • The class photo is 4K. This was taken when I left Appleton at 15 years old in the summer of 1972 to serve an apprenticeship as a Piano tuner. In it is also Sandra Lee, Angela Long, Sandra Lesser,Pauline Lockyer and Julie Leeland if I remember correctly.
    On the far right in the picture with Mr Hammond is a chap I recall whose first name was Roland. In the front row was a chap called Alistair. Standing next to Linda Cray is Christopher Fulford who became a famous Actor.
    The Music teacher we had was Gwen Grimes.

    By Michael Hobday (31/01/2023)
  • That’s Mr Hammond I think, who ran the drama club.
    Deborah ‘Lulli’ Hellicar is there too

    By Adrian pegg (29/01/2023)
  • I was at Appleton from 1970-1975 and remember some of these teachers in form 1F -the dorm at the end outside.

    By lynne goodwin (17/12/2022)
  • I was at Appleton 1970-75.
    Remember many of the names mentioned.
    A few others..
    Mr Ashton – I loved history lessons until he flew at me in a rage for dunking my finger in the ink well. Got sent to Mr Haynes.
    We had to have proper fountain pens and if you didn’t have one, they’d give you some grotty old thing with a wonky nib to dip in the ink well.
    Mr Keetch – PE and form teacher. Great guy. Gave pupils confidence, but moved to another school after a year or two.
    Mrs Wallace – Biology. Another lovely teacher who made you want to learn.
    Mr Snell – a hard man, but I still recall him when I use some of the maths tips he taught me.
    I remember having my hair singed when a hose came off one of the flame torches in metalwork, breaking an arm trying to vault the wooden horse in PE and being terrified by the girls in my form class trying to de-bag us more timid lads. Happy days!

    By Paul Tomlin (13/12/2022)
  • Mister Peacock was a metalwork teacher in about 1970. The draw for the Interlaken, Switzerland trip took place, by him, in the metalwork shop after school one afternoon. I was lucky enough to be picked and had the trip of my young life!

    By Ian Lipscomb (02/09/2022)
  • David – the woodwork teachers I remember were… Mr Yardley, Mr Cutmore and Mr Sharpe !

    By Michelle Dalby (02/09/2022)
  • I was only at Appleton during 1969-70 but it really was the best school I attended. Starting in class 1J with Stephen Booth as our form teacher. It was seeing David Barrett’s name on a comment that prompted me to write here. David was in my class along with Lee Batrick, Reg Beck, and lots of others I still remember. Shortly after 2nd Year my family emigrated to New Zealand and no school there was ever as good as Appleton.

    By Jeremy Bennewith (12/07/2022)
  • I was at Appleton School from 1970-75 in 1J through to 5J and had Ms. Macia Mills as our class tutor and English teacher. She lived over the road from the school and a couple of times I was assigned at lunchtime to walk her dog. Mr. Musson was scary. Mr. Steer who taught Geography and Ms. Crimes for Music were memorable. Had a really good teacher for woodwork whose name I can’t remember and Mr Lee the science teacher. Happy days and long long time ago.

    By David Barrett (25/02/2022)
  • I remember Mr. Reading climbing on tables, something about a statue in Rhodes. I remember Cliff Lunt, David Mead and Barbara Mitchell and a few others. Can never forget being part of the Benfleet bombers football team, in goal when Victor Hall and Mick Claxton was on the opposing team. Left in late 1972, aged 12 and 3/4 apparently.

    By Trevor Redburn (04/08/2021)
  • I was in Mr Steers class, he was scary and he used to throw the blackboard cleaner across the room at you!!
    Mr Reading used to put the waste paper bin on his head and jump over the desks in our history lessons lol

    By Joy Dean (Walker) 1969 to 1974 (29/07/2021)
  • I was at Appleton from 1970 to ’75, when I left and went to SEEVIC. I remember the teachers names mentioned above very well!! Scary Mr Steer, and bonkers Mr Reading who always seemed to be jumping on tables. I remember some boys locked him in the stationery cupboard.

    Then there was the French teacher Miss De’Ath, who married and became Mrs Brewster I think. I remember a PE teacher -the name has gone – who wore bright white tracksuits, and I’m not sure if it was the same one, but one of the PE teachers would put the rake in the long jump pit so you’d jump further…Happy days!! Mr Rouveray??? Maths.

    By Amanda Tregarthen née Mills (Mandy) (09/05/2021)
  • The picture of the girl “showing a leg” is of Linda Cray and Duncan. Happy memories

    By Linda Blackburn nee Cray (08/02/2021)
  • I remember the Lucazeks. They went to Holy Family with me I think and there was a sister called Laura, my age.

    I started at Appleton in ’69. Was in all the sports teams. Captained the girls hockey team.

    Mr Edmondson was my first form tutor. He would swear at us in swahili and throw the blackboard rubber at us. His wife taught us domestic science. I used to get so bored in her class as I did all the cooking at home owing to not having a mum.

    Mrs Neale was the needle work teacher.
    Mrs Crimes for music, I learnt so much from her.
    Mrs Mills for English, in her short skirts and matching shoes, earnings and lipstick. Loved her.
    Mr Steer for geography, and woe betide if you hadn’t done homework.
    Miss Cushing for drama.
    Mr Reading, for history, who one lesson climbed on the tables and walked across the pretending to be an elephant. Telljng us about how Hanibal crossed the Alps. Good lesson.
    If any one seeing this post has any photos from between 69/75 I’d love to see them…

    By Christine James (was Russell). (25/04/2020)
  • Mike Hobday took these photos in his last days at Appleton School 1972. The photo quality reflects the Woolworth’s camera he used. The results however are priceless!
    Some of the names remembered are: Lesley Dray, Michael? Barrett, Steve Jenkins, Steve Ives, Brian Hicks, Chris Lukasek, Julia Martin. The balding teacher is Mr Webster (typing Webster as opposed to the far more scary History Webster).

    By Ian Lipscomb (21/01/2020)

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