Appleton School - The Early Days
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Photos from the 60s and 70s
Of all the pages on our website, our schools section frequently receives the most attention. One visitor to our website, Kevin Oakley, recently sent in a request for information on a photo he had seen on one of the Appleton School pages.
This is Kevin’s original request:
I would like to buy a hard copy of the photograph from 1976 which is wrongly listed as 1966 can any one help me achieve this?
Unfortunately, we were unable to help due to the poor quality of the scan that we had. Further communication with Kevin proved of interest. It seems that a keen new teacher arrived at the school in the 1970s, whose interest was photography. Kevin recalls….
I remember a young teacher who joined in 1974/5 who headed a new department of photography which never existed before. The school had its own dark rooms and back then developed and printed its own photographs. It later morphed into media studies. The teacher used the school photography as his pet project and took school photographs on the steps at the front of the school.
I just wondered what happened to all the school negatives which he had. We were all given a chance to buy a photograph back then but I was too much of a rebel. Something I have always regretted ever since then. Maybe some other students have original copies to share if asked, I don’t know? Its worth a try if only for school history.
I think it would be a good idea if a new school tradition could be started and a video or yearly photographs taken of the school for the current students and in fifty years from now it will be like us looking at old Victorian school photographs. They become true history as the decades and even centuries pass by. You are making time capsules for the future and it doesn’t cost much money in the present. Besides the pupils will all buy a copy that should cover the cost.
I left Appleton in 1976 and the photography had started in 75 or 74 in the tower block on the second floor I think. I don’t know what happened afterwards.
Lastly, for those who have taken the time to read this page, it is assumed that you were lucky enough to have attended Appleton School in the 60s and 70s, therefore, you may be interested to see a couple of photos of the then Headmaster, Mr Eddie Haynes. Mr Haynes features in many comments placed on the other school pages on this site and it is evident that former pupils have many happy memories of him and their days at Appleton School.
Comment received from Brian Lazell on 15th August 2023
I was also at Appleton school 1970-75. My class was “V” and our form teacher was Mr Vouvray. I can still (48 years later) name most (but not all) of my classmates. Sadly lost touch though – I left Benfleet and Essex in the early 90’s. I knew many of the teachers mentioned by others and my memories are the same – Mr Keetch a great PE teacher; Mr Edmondson for maths; John Steer throwing board rubbers at you and Mrs Mills for English. Cutmore (which always made me laugh) for woodwork.