Appleton Comprehensive School opened 1966
Photos 1966 - 1977 + comments on the School corporal punishment: Anecdotes database
APPLETON SCHOOL, Benfleet, Essex — state mixed secondary modern until 1967 then secondary comprehensive
LEA: Essex CC
Modi operandi mentioned: Cane on buttocks (boys); Slipper/gymshoe, target unspecified (boys)
Wembley School Trip — The night of the visit to Wembly arena to see the Harlem Globe Trotters, a 45 seater coach full of the worst bunch of reprobates possible all under the wing of the then PE staff, Mr.Jones, Mr.Ellis. Some bright sparks (Paul C., Tony P., Steve G., Me, and various others) had the idea of smuggling cans of beer onto the coach, commandeering the back seats and getting into a serious drinking party on the way to London, all went well untill someone rolled a full can down the coach gang way!!! all hell let loose.
We ended up in Eddie Haynes office (about 10 of us) with the confiscated beer on his desk and 3 buckets full of VIM on the floor, he made us empty all the cans into the buckets and then caned our backside raw. PRICELESS!!!!! (Still got the Ticket stubs) (Mervyn G., 1967-72)
Mr E.E. Haynes — An honourable mention for the fearsome EE (Eddie) Haynes, the original (and still the best) Headmaster. He retired the same month as I left, July 1973 and softened slightly in his last few months. He terrified both pupils and junior teachers alike. Many’s the time (when something was up) the classroom door would burst open and he would fill the door, his cape billowing and flexing his well used cane in front of him. Then with a face like thunder he would stalk round the room flicking certain boys behind the ear with his cane whilst I prayed that it wasn’t me he was looking for.
A milling throng in the corridors could be brought to a silent standstill if his familiar bellow of “YOU BOY!” was suddenly heard. The only boy likely to still be trying to sidle round the corner would be his chosen prey. Often me, unfortunately. [….] A frightening but a fine man. (Steven H., 1968-73)
EE Haynes — Always will remember the Headmaster with the cane and cape and the very red face when in rage!! Which was quite often!! (Diane S., c.1974)
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