OUR recent snippets on footballers from Rowley Regis Grammar School, has brought in this valued response from Chris Davies, of Finsbury Drive, Brierley Hill, and pupil in the late 1940s....
“Seeing a 1960s photograph of the football team from Rowley Regis Grammar School recently, prompted me to submit one that was included in the very first issue of the RRGS magazine, dated Christmas 1948! At this time, of course, the school was based in Wrights Lane, Old Hill, and prior to becoming a Grammar School in 1946, was known locally as the “Central”.
The original Higher Grade School was apparently opened at 8.45am on 19th February 1900, “for boys and girls who had passed Standard VI or its equivalent”. The Headmaster was Mr. A. Evans — fee 6d per week, prepaid! “Mr W.T. Davies BA B.Sc, was Headmaster in September 1946, “and he saw the realisation if his own and other citizens’ hopes, when he received the first children of South West Staffordshire to find grammar school places in their own county”.
He subsequently retired a year later, and was succeeded by Mr. G.T. Lloyd, MA.
It will be interesting to see how many ‘Old Boys’ recognise the photrograph.
Incidentally, regarding the two members of staff in the picture — Mr Ostler was an excellent maths teacher, and Mr Kay did science and P.T. Indeed, he would often carry a length of Bunsen burner tubing around with him, and woe betide anyone slacking in games lessons, etc”! Chris Davies (Form 4T)