NORTHFIELD Road Primary School in Netherton is hosting an open day for all former pupils this month and in Bugle 1094 we printed some old photographs from the school.
Bob Woodward of Netherton is an ex-pupil and he has sent in this picture of himself and his classmates.
Bob writes, “This photo was taken in the playground of Northfield Road Senior School in 1951. It is the junior cricket team (11-13 years).
“On the back row: Tony Hudson, Arthur Owen, unknown, Fred Spittle, Stan Beard, Geoff Male, and Mr Geoff Groves, the deputy head and sport teacher.
“Middle: Roy Wood, Doug Turner, Tony Willets, Dennis Turner, and unknown.
“Sitting: Roger Willets and myself, Bob Woodward.
“I started school at Northfield Road Infants in 1944. Miss Robinson, who lived in Recreation Street, next to the school, was my first teacher.
“My mother took me to school on the first day, walking a mile and half from Windmill End. I walked by myself from then on.
“After two or three years I went to Church Road Junior in Netherton but failed my 11-plus so went back to Northfield Road Senior School.
“Some of the memories of Northfield Road Infants include having a dress inspection by Miss Robinson before starting the school day, also being told to eat my cabbage and powdered potato, and having sponge puddings!
“At senior school I remember Mr Roberts as headmaster, Mr Groves the sports teacher, who was very hard but very good teacher, Mr Raybould was the gardening teacher and Mr Doughty taught woodwork.
“I remained at the school until I was 15 years old and left to start work. I have many fond memories of the school – too many to write down.”
The open day is on Monday, 30th September, from 10am to 3pm, when anyone with a connection to the school is invited to come along, tour the buildings and see an exhibition of photographs and artefacts before recording a memory from their school days.