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Aerial View, Foxwood School


Aerial View, Foxwood School
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Undated, Foxwood School, situated off North Parkway. This is now the East Leeds Family Learning Centre, Seacroft Gate.

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John Nichols

Comment:
The road at the top of the picture is actually South Parkway. Foxwood school is on Brooklands View. Attended this school 1968-75.

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paul edge

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its been a long time .just seen old school on web sound

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Ronnie Shaw

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This schoo was the second foxwood school the first was at the top of south parkway now a girls school called Parkland High.

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Neil Crewdson

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This school is due to be demolished soon. Apparently a new academy is to be built on the site. Not a family learning centre. I left school there in 1972. I had the opportunity to return to study there in 1998 and go on to University. I teach now. Thanks Foxwood.

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Steven Morrell

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My school 1960-1965, it had been open for two years and it was a noisy, crowded, smelly strict place inside with the wide, open, green spaces of Seacroft outside (where I wanted to be)! Top left is the Lower-hall and top-right the larger Upper-school hall. Bottom left and right, and attached to the Upper-hall are three gyms, metalwork & woodwork workshops join the bottom two gyms. Of note are the bicycle sheds (six lower picture and a single line top) showing how Foxwood attracted boys from a wide area Crossgates, Roundhay and Dib Lane.

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carol brown

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I went to Foxwood from 1977 to 1980. I never liked it because it was very overcrowded and I dont think there was a lot of discipline at the School.

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Graham Reid

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Attended this school 1966-1970 remember not being able to games on the grass playing fields in wet weather as they tuerned it to a bog just where the new accademy is being built was hardley ever used due to this problem.

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Paul Marshall

Comment:
I was at "Foxy" from 1971-1975, although I don't recognise this view I can't place waht appears to be a roundabout in from of the school although I would agree that the school is situated on Brooklands View not North Parkway

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Mark Hopkinson

Comment:
This photo was taken before 1969, when the old prefab 'war houses' to the left of the large central roundabout were demolished and replaced with modern 'gas houses', also prefabs. The smaller roundabout at the top of the photo is the junction of South Parkway and the end of Moresdale Lane. South Parkway was a dual carriageway then, the same as North Parkway, but the layout was changed when Parkway Vale was built down the central reservation. I remember those houses being built, not long after moving to Parkway Close in 1969. All the prefab houses on Parkway Vale, Brooklands View and the streets from there up to Kentmere Avenue are to be demolished next year.

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Steve Morrell

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I know I have commented on the school but I think this photo is interesting for Seacroft people. Firstly, the site of the school was a Foxwood nature-ramble for me from my infants school, Beechwood on Kentmere Avenue off left of the photo. The place was all little hillocks with bushes and brambles (and you alw3ays hoped you'd find a fox hole). Now I think that some form of open-cast mining had taken place because it was rough and overgrown with these small mounds, not flat meadow like the sides of the Wykebeck off right of the photo. Secondly, look at the open space of your typical new-built council housing estate in this photo and the bareness of the new gardens and bleakness of the general area. Further in-building of the dual-carriageway and the green spaces with extra flats and houses changed the face and character of Seacroft estate. Many decent hard-working families, desperate for housing started a new life here but later anti-social families from the last of Leeds slums and the decline in tailoring and factory industry, plus lack of care for the place had an enormous negative effect. Seacroft is changing again with private new-build here and there but there is still no focus to the estate, no heart. Seacroft town centre (village Green) is not central. This site has now a new High-School Academy but it needs other community buildings to make this area work, plus the proposed road that was never built to join South Parkway, North Parkway and Dib Lane/Easterly Road would be a strong link.

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i.wilson

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i went to foxwood between 1980-83, it had deteriated to an un-disciplined youth club by then,i wasn't given an education there, the teachers had become lazy and most were wooly liberals, hippies and communists, if you didn't want to do a lesson you were told to go play snooker or pool in the gym! there was no school spirit like they have now, bullying was rife and truancy was abundant, my life was nearly ruined by this sorry excuse of a school, no encouragement at all was given out from the abysmal teaching staff.

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Alan Smith

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This school was really state of the art when it was opened in the late fifties. Unfortunately it underwent extensive 'Spooner'isation in the sixties and seventies and never fully recovered. I actually met the great man himself once, I had to wait at the 'traffic lights' before I could enter his office of course. The school featured in the 3 Biderbeck series on tv in the 80's, going under the name San Quentin High........... Update for Mr. Hopkinson - Your old house has just been demolished 12/12/06

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Colin Remmer

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I attended Foxwood from 1974 to 1975 when we moved over to Bramley. What a place! One day, someone got stabbed in the morning & then the school was set on fire in the afternoon. It used to be advertised by parents as "If you want to teach your children to stand up for themselves, send them to Foxwood"

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Michael Kirby

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I did not attend Foxwood, being a catholic, but most of my mates went their. This was the late 50s early 60s. John Guy, Paul Rushton, Rob Wright, Johnny Hartley, Johnny Coulson, to name a few. I went to the 'enemys' schoool, St Kevins. I would say this was taken round about 1963. The land in front of the school, beyond the semis, with the triangular bit had prefabs on it. My family lived in one from 1950 until about 1963, when they began to be demolished. I remember the school being built, we used it as a playground when it was a building site. I got a very good black eye from a broken bed spring that my mate and I were using as a catapult, to throw building sand. We used to play cricket and football on the roundabout, which no longer exists. Our house was in the corner, backing onto Brooklands Avenue, diagonally opposite the corner of Brooklands Avenue where it met the roundabout. In summer when events such as Children's Day where on at Rounday park we used to get dozens of people walking through our garden as a short cut, rather than going around the houses. Before the school was built, the land was part of a farm, I don't remember crops being grown, but a major event each year was when haymaking took part. We had a lot of fun with the bales, building dens, etc. I never saw a fox, but out with my dad, we came across some hair/fur which he thought had come from a fox. There were lots of partridges and hares though. One of the other comments refers to the that ran to the west? as the Wykebeck, this is the correct name, but kids from that part of Seacroft called it the Monkey Beck and the concrete bridge with iron railings was called the 'Monkey Bridge'. I knew every inch of the beck from the old farm bridge to the Monkey Bridge, spending many happy days during the summer holdays catching sticklebacks crayfish and bullheads. As a teenager, I went to the youthclub at Foxwood, which used to be held three or four times a week.

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Chris Stuart

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I went to Foxwood high school from 1978-81, Sad to hear that people had such a bad time at school during these years, yes there was a lot of bullying and alternate lifestyle type teachers. There was the one who dressed like and was called by the kids "jesus" who used to squirt you with a water bottle in class, Then there was Mr Burgen who would give you a dead leg and Mr Needham who spent most of his day in a state of total melt down. I also remember Mr Spooner (headmaster) who wasn,t too happy when caning was abolished (spoilt his day). But at the end of the day what ever we went through it gave us memories that we can share today and learn from. life is too short to continually suffer the sadness of things that we can not change.

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DEBBIE (HUNTER)GOMER

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I LEFT THIS SCHOOL IN 1979,SADLY DON'T REMEMBER MUCH ABOUT IT,I HAD A FRIEND CALLED JUNE WHO WAS GRAZY ABOUT THE POP GROUP QUEEN,I LIVED IN BROOKLANDS DRIVE,SO IF ANYONE CAN JOG MY MEMORY,I DO REMEMBER MR NORMAN ( MATHS TEACHER ) AND THE BLACKBOARD RUBBER-OUCH!

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ARISTOTLE KOLBABA

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I WAS A PUPIL HERE FROM 1965-1973 I LOVED THE SCHOOL I WAS A RUNNER SPORTS GOOD AT ART ENGLISH LOVED THE GIRLS WHEN THE SCHOOL BECAME MIXED.I LIVED ON BROOKLANDS CLOSE.DENA WRIGGLESWORTH SUSAN BLACKMAN IRENE WOOD WERE MY FAVOURITES.I WAS A SCHOOL HERO.REMEMBER ELVIS JOHN SMITH

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David Andrew Edge

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I was there from 1968 to 1972. Thousands of memories, but I remember a sports teacher in the gym (lower left) telling me: "I'll see you working in the biscuit factory" (because I had deliberately forgotten my 'pumps' again). After having a great musical career, I now teach English in Linz, Austria. I wish I could remember the [word of your choice here] name... (no, it wasn't the ginger-haired one who looked ex-army and behaved like it).

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Chris Simpson

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Just been reading some of the comments for Foxwood and it is sad that some people have to 'slate it'. I was there from 1980 and I recall good and bad days. I also remember'Jesus'- he was my Chemistry teacher and we had a total dislike for each other!I also remember old carrot top Burgon too - Now a Member of Parliament! Old Gordon Brown better watch his step or he may be getting a dead leg!! Does anyone remember the lovely Miss Passmore - Haven't a clue what she taught but damn she was fit! We were supposed to go to Fearnville on Friday afternoon for P.E. but it was in the opposite direction from where I lived on Brooklands Lane so I only ever went once. Tut, Tut.

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Phil Wearmouth

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Dave Edge, the PE teacher could have been Andy Bell?

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paul weston

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i was at foxwood high from 83 to 87 & loved every minute of it, it was a great school while i was there, my 2 brothers & sister also went there & loved it, its such a shame it closed.

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i.wilson

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further to the earlier comment about "stabbed in the morning and set on fire later" what a load of rubbish, no-one ever got stabbed and the school was never set on fire!! i think a reality check is order here.

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Ian Turner

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There was indeed a stabbing at Foxwood around late 75/early 76. I remember it well, even the names of those involved. It happened beside gym 1 after a games/PE lesson. A first year pupil stabbed an older lad who had been bullying him. The blade was very short though and didn't cause serious injury. The lad with the knife was taken away by the police and never returned to the school. There was also a fire in one of the science labs around that time, which caused some smoke damage and that section of school was closed off for several days. Though I don't recall it happening on the same day as the stabbing incident.

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Michael Taylor

Comment:
This was 'San Quentin High'. In the Beiderbecke Affair, like most of the Southern end of Seacroft its a shame to see such a product of its time in such as state these days. The council and a significant minority of residents should be ashamed. Having watched the afforementioned programme recently, not a single one of the post war prefabs were boarded up, now at least 80% of them are (and has been the case for years). It makes you wonder where it all went wrong. Forty years ago people were proud to live in this part of Leeds, the area was new, progressive, working class and largely respectable. Now its derelict and forgotten.

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Charlie Turpin

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I went to the school from 1957 to 1963. I can assure everyone that the school was ruled with a rod of iron by the Head Mr Rowlands and his deputies Messrs Proctor and Cocker.As far as I can remember we were the first entrants into the school along with the 2 years above us( who moved down from the old Foxwood which then became Parklands Girls High). At that time it was a very good school in a very respectable area. There were 40 lads in our class and the teachers had no problems at all in maintaining discipline.

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Dr JJP

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I was at the hellhole Foxwood in the late 80's. As others have mentioned this was a dreadful school. This so called "school" offered nothing positive at all. I thank God I went elsewhere for A-levels, then onto university eventually doing a PhD. But it is in spite of a Foxwood "education" not because of it!

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T Wipple

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When I was at Foxwood someone was shot and another pupil who was sucidal tried to set fire to the school.

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Hazel Ramejkis (Somers )

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I have just been reading all the comments re Foxwood School. I am dumbfounded at the comments about the school and the area. I left Seacroft in 1962, my two daughter's attended Beechwood primary school and were very happy there. The area was great, new houses and good neighbours. I am left wondering what would have happened to my daughter's education if we had stayed. Unfortunately this isn't just happening in Seacroft, it is every where. I live outside Liverpool and where I live is great but you don't have to go far to meet the same conditions as in Seacroft

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Christine Hebenton

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Regarding Charlie Turpin's comment, I think that Foxwood took its first entrants in 1956/7. A boy in our street and from our primary school (David Payne) was one of the first to go there. We visited the place, along with his family, and were impressed with the new 'state of the art' school. Its sad to hear of the decline of the place over the years, just like so many other schools of that era.

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Steve Morrell

Comment:
John Wells has created a great website (John's Site) for Foxwood Comprehensive School 1960 with class & staff lists, class-photos and more photos & info on the primary 'feeder schools' Manston, Beechwood, Asket Hill, Richmond Hill. If you are a 1960 entrant can you help? Please contact me if you can't find John's site.

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David Andrew Edge

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To Phil Wearmouth; I think you're right about him being called Andy Bell! He was only in his twenties (I think) brown hair, and skinny. Does that sound like him? The ex-army guy had ginger hair...

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Kevin Edge

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I enrolled in 1962 to a tortuous life . Mr Clayton , Maths, was a saving grace . I learnt and passed absolutely nothing at Foxwood and it's pleasing to see it's been finally closed down .The 'set ' class structure poured status on pupils and only served to divide the schools incumbents.

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jacky hunter

Comment:
i remember foxwood high my favourite teacher was mr smith, my friends are called susan ellis and angela lister and julie savage, mr smith was my art teacher he was brill if u didn't want to do any art work you just had to bring up the subject of football. i remember the black board rubber and yes it does hurt.

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Stuart Bailey

Comment:
I have just read Charlie Turpin's submision and must say that I agree with his comments. I was in the very first year when we went to Parklands untill Foxwood was completed. It is an absolute shame and an inditement on Leeds that the things that I have read have occured in our education system.

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busmad1952@yahoo.co.uk

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i attended 1963-1967 when i started headmaster was mr rowlands. i was in a6 mr smith was class teacher he was head of r.e if i remember

Date:
09-Oct-2008

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k. holberry

Comment:
i went to foxwood from 1963-1967. i remember the head being mr rowlands. With proctor and cocker as his deputies. With mr smith as head of RE.I also remember mr spooner taking over and he used to send you to his office if you coughed in assembly, and you knew what that ment. I was lucky not make any noise.I was glad to leave.

Date:
10-Oct-2008

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martin schoales

Comment:
I went to Foxwood from 1961-1966 in the time of Messrs. Rowlands, Cocker and Proctor. Very strict discipline from all...But very good memories of Mr. Bucktrout (art) Mr. Ferris (pottery) Mr. Baron (English)Mr. Paige (Music). Mr. Marks was Chemistry and sports master. He once threatened to "whip" me with a bunsen burner rubber hose for having gone in the showers with my football boots on!! He never did, but the threat was enough!! English master Mr. Vandervell once chastised me for making negative comments about a book I hadn't read. That stayed with me all my life and I have never since expressed an opinion without having done my homework first. Anyone know the whereabouts of 3 of my classmates, John Langshaw Hicks, Christopher Whaler and Peter Moorehouse?? Foxwood, at that time, was a good school and gave me a good grounding for later life. Even the 1hr of French per week give by Mr. Walsh came in useful, albeit 20 years later when I moved to Geneva in Switzerland.

Date:
03-Nov-2008

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mschoales@ebsa.ch

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steven sadler

Comment:
I left this sorry excuse for a school in 1989 after it gave me the worst 3 years of my life, bullying was rife and not detered by the teaching staff and in some cases encouraged. I was taught absolutely nothing due to unrulely classes and in turn this had a terrible effect on my education which i had to continue after i left the hell hole. Also i remember at least 2 arson attacks at the school and at least 1 stabbing, on a possitive note ... does anyone remember the time the school was on the news for stool spinning etc

Date:
11-Jan-2009

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ssadler2002uk@yahoo.com

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Andy

Comment:
I agree with steven sadler. I was one of the kids who spent years being bullied. I left 1980. If I could change one thing in my life to make things turn out better it would be not going to Foxwood. I lived in Whinmoor. I was scared to go every day. Mr Smith used to let me sit in the back room in his art class. One boy urinated on my work in class. Mr smith was too soft to do anything. I ruined my chances by going there. I'm bigger now and got my chance on a bus in mid 80's when the urinator sat on the top deck. No longer bullied!!!. I remember being in detention and an older boy walked into class and told me to get out because I walked home with his mate. The Teacher did nothing and nothing came of it. The bigger boy punched his fist through a glass window and it stayed broken for months. I live in Seacroft now (never thought I would say that). The whole estate comes down soon (Easel project 10 to 15 years).

Date:
21-Jan-2009

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Name:
ste wilson

Comment:
WHAT A GREAT SCHOOL THIS WAS 1982-86 I WAS THERE IT WAS FULL OF GREAT KIDS OFF THE ESTATE SUNNY SEACROFT A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE AND LEARN,SCHOOL MEALS WAS A BIT CHEWY BUT HEY I GOT MINE 4FREE SO BEGGARS CANT BE CHOOSERS,, PS HELLO 2 ALL ME OLD SCHOOL BUDDYS !

Date:
29-Apr-2009

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STE.WILSONS@NTLWORLD.COM

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Peter Jackson

Comment:
So many comments and nobody has mentioned that 60s pop star twins Paul & Barry Ryan attended the school, they were the sons of singer and TV entertainer Marion Ryan and had many hit records. Was told this by a friend and ex pupil at the school called Kevin Dean, so if I'm wrong its not my fault, perhaps someone could confirm or otherwise.

Date:
17-May-2009

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petermj67@hotmail.co.uk

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jacky hunter

Comment:
any body knows what happened to susan ellis angela lister or julie savage pls can you let them know i wouldn't gettin back in touch with them see how there doing thanks

Date:
09-Jul-2009

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jacky60@hotmail.co.uk

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chris stuart

Comment:
Great to see so many comments on this site, does it refresh memories or what. Old Spooner eh. I too remember waiting for the traffic light to turn green so i could have the privelage of a caning in his office. Anyone remember the teacher who took us for motor vehicle studies ? I remember him sticking one lads head in a vice 1 day.Anyone there at the end of the 70,s feel free to e-mail me.

Date:
26-Jul-2009

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christopher.stuart@hotmail.com

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Neil Shepherd

Comment:
My dad, Bill, went to Foxwood. He was part of that first intake and left in 1963, probably the same time as Charlie Turpin, looking at your dates Charlie. He represented the school at rugby and enjoyed his time there, as much as you did back then anyway.

Date:
29-Jul-2009

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Steve Richardson

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I attended this school 1963 - 1967 and hated every minute. I have heard most of the bullies ended up doing time not long after leaving. Does anyone remember the punishment of being made to stand behind the plate glass windows in the lower school lobby in full sunshine for 1 and half hours at dinner time and then caned at the end of it. Also when the choir master required new singers we would all have to sing individually in front of the whole assembly. You could pick any hymn but if you picked his unknown favourite hymn you were in the choir even if you couldn't sing a note whether you liked it or not. (Happy days, I don't think!!)

Date:
16-Sep-2009

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stephen123@ntlworld.com

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Andy Deighton

Comment:
I was at Foxwood in the early 80's some great times and some not so great. I lived in Asket Green(now demolished). I had a good expieriance at Foxwood, even if i did spend most of it fighting and arguing with Mark Greenall(Bonehead). Our motor vehicle studies teachers were Barnes and Williams.. Stig of the Dump and Willie... One needed a shower, and you never went near the showers when the other was around!!!!

Date:
06-Oct-2009

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andydeighton@btinternet.com

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Richard Walton (aka Ulrich)

Comment:
I went to Foxwood school 1981 to 1984. Looking back I was too immature to take advantage of the education that was available there. It was far better than mentioned in previous postee's comments. I remember my class teacher, Mr Smith - Art, Colin Burgon - History now a Labour MP (where did all the far left rhetoric go), Miss Midwinter - Biology (beautiful green eyes), Mr Pedley & Mr Stamp - English, Miss Newby - Maths (dressed in Blue when there was a General Election), Mr Roe - Birdwatching (a real gentleman and good guy). If anyone of you read this post who may know me, please send me an email. I discarded Ulrich, my second name for Richard my 1st name, as I was fed up with being asked questions about its origins.

Date:
11-Oct-2009

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rwalton159@gmail.com

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Saleem

Comment:
Went to Foxwood between 1979-83.Was in the class with 2 John Waltons and Warren smith .Did Chemistry with Mr Holdsworth ( with the long hair I think ) Biology with Miss Midwinter,there was another teacher with brown hair I think.Maths with Mr Marsh tall man with brown hair.Anyone remember the teacher for general studies ? I think the teacher for physics was called Mr heald or heal I enjoyed his lessons

Date:
28-Oct-2009

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saleem1@ntlworld.com

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shane yates

Comment:
i went here in the late 80s well what can i say worst place ever ,well when i wes thier used to bunk off alot. we was all from gipton st wilfreds ave , there was me stevan jarret angela flecher sharon dickinson a few names that made it bearable

Date:
04-Nov-2009

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Tom Carden

Comment:
Well what can I say I grew up on the neighboring estate Gipton, along with a few others I can mention, Mark Dobson and Neil Adair I went to Foxwood between 1977 and 1982 and opting to stay on for a further 2 yrs and I have to say even as a "short arse shrimp" as I was called on my first day. I never experienced any bullying, In fact during my 5yrs, 2 of which as I’ve said were in the sixth form I thoroughly enjoyed my years at Foxwood. Back in 1977 I joined the history Club that was rum by Miss Wild (who later married and became Mrs Martinson) and was my history teacher and later British Constitution teacher, and who actually drove a Ford Capri 2.8i when it was cool to drive that type of car, although I do remember her very first car a turquoise green Mini. I also joined the Caving Club, which was run by Mr Clayton and we had some real great times up in the Ingleborough area. Admittedly we got soaked through to the skin on some of our trips, but they were amazing. I particularly remember Dr Banister’s Hand Basin and actually being underground and seeing this large pool in front of you, with this large gapping hole above, allowing a giant sunbeam to shine on the water and light the whole cave up, an image I have never forgotten. The history club was good fun with Loraine Nicholson, Nicky Lambert and John Hodson, although they probably wont like me telling anyone lol. In 1978 I joined the Ten Pin Bowling Club also run by Mr Clayton, we all used to catch the No 16 bus from South Parkway into town and play at the bowling ally in the Merrion centre every Friday, I even got to play in a tournament in Coventry that year. Mr Clayton took about 8 of us down in the new school mini bus, a white Leyland Sherpa the previous school mini bus, which the school still had, was bottle green and looked like something from the 30's. Some teachers referred it to as “Old Bess”. I can even remember that very first day I started, a cold and windy September morning in 1977. Me with my blue Snorkel coat hood fully, up and barely able to see complete with rucksack, mind you I think I was trying to hide that day, if I'm truthful. We all gathered in the hall that morning to receive the welcome speech from Mr R.T Spooner and all our names were called out, as we were put into classes and introduced to our “Head of Year” our was Mr Garnet. My first form teacher was a Mr Davies and our class was outside the main school block by the technical labs and the domestic science block, as it was know then. I can remember Mark Appleyard, Mark Dobson and Austin Moon were all in the same class as me. I can remember a few of the girls but only by their Christian names. There was one girl called Joanne, who had pure blond hair in the bob, just like Joanna Lumley did in the New Avengers and I also so remember Linda Pinder. In1980 I went into the sixth form and I have to say this was again was one of the most memorable moments of my school time at Foxwood and probably the beginnings of a realisation that we were all becoming young adults here, and yes we stretched what we could when we could, we would go drinking in the Fellmonger on an afternoon lol. I went to see limelight at the Ford Green in my first year with Ian Bissett, Steve Ayre and others, what a night that was. Its sad to read that other feel they were cheated out of a good education at Foxwood, as I never was, if anything Foxwood gave me a good start and I made many good friends there, some of whom I’m still in touch with today

Date:
22-Nov-2009

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Name:
debbie neesam

Comment:
i went to foxwood in the eighties and both my brothers (david and darryl neesam)went there before me i remember mr howden the english teacher, mr holdsworth, mrs dolan and mr dykes if anyone remembers me please get in touch

Date:
26-Nov-2009

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smellydeb07@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
pookie

Comment:
the lower block and rear tech blocks have now been dimolished!

Date:
31-Dec-2009

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Name:
Steve Lyons

Comment:
I was at Foxwood from 1965 till 1970. I thought it to be a very cold impersonal place compared with my primary school Beechwood.Discipline was lacking back then with some of the inept teachers.The leftie liberal types were replacing some of the older mature teachers so it must have been chaos in the next decade. My form teacher was a miserable character called Davies and i had him for the whole 5 years.My science teacher a Mister Cooper was too strict though to the point that we were scared to ask a question because he had no patience for those of us who did not get it.He was not suited to be teaching us scruffs from seacroft.I bet there were alot like me who were told that we would not amount to much did alot better in life than any of those teachers. The emphasis was paid to learning French and you were considered the cream if you excelled in languages rather than knowing practical things like how a car or toilet works. The kids who chose woodwork as opposed to Latin were considered losers. I live in Canada which is a Bi-Lingual country and i never need to speak French but I,m glad I know how to unplug my toilet.

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Ian Turner

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Working on a web site documenting the old place anyone got any photos to add to the site? Have had a good response from some of the old teachers who are going to add theire photos etc. check it out www.foxwoodhighschool.co.uk

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15-Apr-2010

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Robert Parr

Comment:
I went to Foxwood from 1968-72 and had no trouble learning.The teachers were hard but fair. The school started to go downhill when it went mixed, which is currently the problem i have with my daughter going to the Academy which is built on the old playing fields (no discipline now!)

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09-Aug-2010

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james nichols

Comment:
i also went to foxwood in the 80s, i met many friends who i still hang around with 20+ years later ,the school was bad but it was also good i miss it at times. the teachers mr bell ,ms passman ,ms newby mr,holsworth(jesus) mr stocks mr bergon and mrs houson(cooking) loved every lesson. friends i remember lorey niles,john flanagan andy firth andy casey to name a few good times if you remember get in touch.

Date:
19-Aug-2010

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Steve Thompson ( tommo )

Comment:
Burgan gave me a dead leg at least once a week Mr roebuck look us to tv room to watch snooker Instead of doin lesson email Vancouverman@live.co.uk

Date:
20-Sep-2010

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PETER BARBER

Comment:
WENT TO FOXWOOD WHEN IT FRIRST OPENED 1958 THEY WHERE STILL BUILDING THE UPPER SCHOOL REMENBER ROLANDS HEAD AND MRHILL WAS SECOND HEAD.LEFT WITH OUT ANY FOND MEMORIES BUT WENT ON TO FOUND MY OWN FIRM [making electrical parts]WHICH I SOLD FOR OVER A MILLION SO I WOULD COME TO NOTHING Mr COCKER LIVED IN PARKWAY CLOSE ALSO CALLED THE SQUARE AS BROOKLANDS CLOSE WAS JUST BEHIND LIVE IN THE NORHT EAST NOW

Date:
25-Dec-2010

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Phil Wearmouth

Comment:
I went to Foxwood from 1966 to 1972, and barely remember any of the teacher's names apart from Mr White(Physics), Mr Johnson(German) and PE teachers Mr Bell and Mr Davies. I do remember my old gang of mates though, so if you're out there Gary Pearson, Don Pape, Ian Tempest, Phil Westerman, Geoff Wright, Kev Tansey & Sandy Ferguson, say hello won't you.

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20-Jan-2011

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Peter Thorpe

Comment:
Paul& Barry Ryan did indeed go to Foxwood. I remember playing football in the yard with them and almost getting into a scrap with them for knocking one of them to the ground in the game. Don't know which one of them hit the ground.

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10-Mar-2011

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Barry Walker

Comment:
Amazed at some of the comments. I was there from 1958-1962 and remember it was very strict at the time. I remember the head Mr Rowlands, a nice quiet man until he was riled. Mr Hill was even milder..but old Proctor...he used to go on the prowl looking for someone to cane! Then there was Mr Brocklehurst...wondered which planet he was on sometimes..don't know how he saw through those specs they were so thick. I was in form 10..Mr Holt fattish bloke with glasses...and I can still recite the names of everyone on the register..sad eh. Mr Lyle was the maths teacher...long and thin...tried to persuade me to stop on and study maths..not a chance. I remember the Ryan twins...always kept themselves to themselves. Does anyone remember the BAINES twins from australia?..they thought they were hard...Dave Dixon supposedly cock of the school...but nobody argued with that! What about the ice cream van nthat always waited outside the side gate...if he wasn't flogging drugs??? And Dougie Wakefield...killed his dad with an axe!!..yet he was a gentle giant at school...bet he would have chinned anybody if he was riled. Dave Clements big fat lad that nearly got expelled for shagging some lasses that lived nearby! Great mories...hard to believe it deteriorated to what people have said later. Will have to rack my brain and think of some others.

Date:
25-Mar-2011

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Chris Grattan

Comment:
Attended the school from 1959 to 1966. My form master was Mr Baron. My class mates were Ashton, David Benson, Burgess, Drewry, Fisher, Gray, Hebron, Hirst,Kitchen, Mason, Slater, Silcock, Wilson.. to name those ingrained from the morning register. I was in academic form A3 then B1, then C3. David Harvey was in my year and eventually played goalie for Leeds United. The school gave me a good overall grounding and I went on to get a PhD at the University of Sheffield. The Ryan twins were at the school for a short time ... perhaps 1 or 2 years and were 2/ 3 years younger than me. I went on trips with the school ... to Wales with the Geography teacher (Taffy) to see the castles etc .. and to Austria, Germany and switzerland with Mr Farnsworth and Mr Musgrave + wives. I was in the school choir, football and rugby teams and cross country team. We had some nutters in my year .. One who was quite intelligent but was always bullying people. I think he was expelled eventually after trying to hand Powell by his satchel strap. The teachers I remember were, Mr Rollinson (Head Master overall), Mr Cocker (Head of Upper school), Mr Proctor ( Head of Lwer School)Mr Cooper ( Head of Science( Chemistry)),Mr Farnsworth (French), Mr Baron ( English), Mr Naylor (Technical Drawing. We use to have woodwork classes and I made a box with rebated lid, Bedside Lamp, and Magazine rack. In Metalwork I made a shouvel, screw driver, and metal clamp. All this made me very practical and it has helped me in my DIY activities. Some of my friends went to university with me , John Carr foreign language degree at Salford, Stephen Spencer Engineering Degree at Salford. If anyone can remember me .. please get in touch.. I would be pleased to hear from you!

Date:
28-Mar-2011

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Chris Grattan

Comment:
Was at the school 1959- 1966. Love to haear from anyone who knew me!

Date:
28-Mar-2011

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ALAN STOCKS

Comment:
62/66 cant remember my set Procter,,Rowlands,, Cocker,,can remember all,,+Gerald Geo,,Bacon metal/work ,,Dixon gym,,Cantrel(creeping jesus)..Read some of the notes, if you are still about Dave/Kevin Edge, Ow up lads great to hear from you both.Lots of GOOD memories.List of friends,,Ray Johnson,Pete Crowther,Dave Silkstone,Tony Spence,Stewart carrier,Alan Vowels,Paul Bould, Erny Brown,Myself Now Retired .Contact would be great ..

Date:
21-Jul-2011

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ALAN STOCKS

Comment:
RETIRED FIRE OFFICER IN 2005 ,,CHARLIE TURPIN WAS A SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR ,,DIDNT KNOW ABOUT HIM BEIN A FOXY LAD .. HI CHARLIE

Date:
25-Jul-2011

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david towers

Comment:
ho i must be getting old after leaving foxwood in 1959 and being at parklands high 2 yrs before i am what u can call one of the oldie oldie boys and another first, left at the age of 14 how do iknow when sorting my pension out they had the wrong date of birth foxwood had me down for 13 dec should have been 30th left xmas 1959 should have been april 1960 not bothered hated the place.the school was very strict and afraid i was a rebel in fact was the first pupil to be punished in front of the whole school six of the best on both hands for caught smoking and whacking the prefect who caught us thats me and gasso (harry garnet).there was some good teachers and some nasty ones the most hated ones as i can remmember were murray maths teacher used to hate us when we hummed the advert of the day murray mints the too good to hurry mints.smithy english always trying to ram politics down our throats last time i saw him was an interveiw on tv he went to be an mp.and the one i realy hated was hamilton french teacher he would walk in class and greet the class with bonjour un batards and we would say (under our breaths)and same to you u aresole and if he heard you his punishment was to grab your sideburns and pull wow that hurt.yes the ryan twins were there they were a yr under me lived in the foundries with their mother marion a singing star in the 50s sadly i think barry died many yrs ago could be paul but i dont remmember.well i could write a book if i carried on but any body that knows me get in touch through my email nobby barry dawson harry garnet clive mclean melvyn wicks

Date:
18-Sep-2011

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chris stark

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had a great time at foxy alot of good lads and good looking girls

Date:
13-Oct-2011

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Lord Milton aka Kevin Edge

Comment:
Well what a nice read that was, Foxwood, the Calcutta of Yorkshire.Good luck to all those who write of enjoying Foxwood as in the next life you'll come back as concrete pillars for a similar establishment!

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18-Sep-2012

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Colin Ogden (oggy)

Comment:
Was at Foxwood from 75 to 78. My form tutor Was Les Barnes, short fat bloke, long scruffy hair,beard and clothes. Mr Rose and Mr Wilson taught me Metalwork and Tech Drawing and i will always be grateful to them both for their guidance and nurturing of my affinity with engineering. Mr Stocks and Mr Young were the games teachers and had us doing cross country when the playing fields were water logged, We didnt mind as it gave us the chance to sneak off to Dib Lane shops for a cig. Dalgleish was my french teacher r should i say he tried to be as language was never going to be a subject I excelled at. Had a gorgeous long fair haired maths teacher called Miss Winfield thugh she got married and her name changed. Mr Cocker tok me for modern world history and i do beleive he was present when most of it happened as he was about 70. If we didnt do our homework he insisted that we didnt forget to do it but we had "neglected to remember">The inevitable detention followed. There was a few year heads Fisher (Scarey) Garnet (brutal) and Jenkinson (pussycat) Thankfully the later was my year head. Colin Burgon history teacher and propoganderist for the communist party, is now an MP for Labour. He took charge of our year football team, strongest memory is f us been in front 3 -1 with 5 minutes to go and getting beaten 3-4. The unfortunate goalkeeper Kev (falsetooth) Walton was seen sprinting away from Burgon as he chased yelled abuse a him across the pitch at the final whistle. Brian Parry the geography teacher ran the team in the 2nd and 3rd years there and those memories playing with those lads are priceless. I remember Phil Biddles goalie had hair like a brillo pad. Mark Keane and Andy Brunton center backs,Jeff the rock Wilkinson left back. Gaz Crossley best all round player i ever played with, Andy Fletcher,Mick Vessey, Ian (stan) Walton, Graham (wally) Walton, Wayne Brunton, Martin Gattenby tightest shorts imaginable ! From year one there was Paul Kedge. He was the lad that stabbed the bully. John Walker and his mates had been knocking lumps off Kedgy for weeks due to him seeing Walkers ex Jenny Black. He`d had enough so went on the offensive. I spent as much time away from school as i did at in, the final year (was so easy to "leg it" )but despite that i got decent results and went on to an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering at Barnbow. Will always look back at "Foxy" with more smiles than frowns.

Date:
02-Oct-2012

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Rod Ibbetson (Ibbo)

Comment:
I went to Foxwood in 1959-1963. I can also remember the Ryan twins and Baines twins from Austrai, Glia. My group teacher was Mr lenton, I used to knock around with Ray Willis,Alec Mcgreggor and Geoff Wilson we all played Rugby. I can remember the names of most of the school team John Lupton,Peter Hedgington,Don Booth,Dennis Wardle, Phil Hopwood,Geoff Done any many more.It was a good school at my time and enjoyed going there.Anybody from the rugby team that as got any photo's could they put them on here. Would be good to hear from anyone.

Date:
23-Nov-2012

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Ron Walkling

Comment:
I was at Foxwood from 1957 to 1961. I started at the old Foxwood school at the top of North Parkway, which became Parklands Girls school. Before that I was at Parklands Junior/Primary school M/s Shaddock, M/s Stamp and M/s Styrene (?) Mr Wanless and Mr Michel as head. At Foxwood then, the school was 'all boys' and the discipline was very strict. The teaching staff generally, were good and some better than others. At that time a few had seen service during World War 2 and after. My teachers were: Hamilton-French, Radford-Maths, Richardson-Physics,West-Eng Lit, Jim Holt-Music, Smith-Chemistry. Form teacher A Jones. Other schoolmates Bobby Montserrat, David Backhurst, Graham Corner and Big Reg Philips and others I can't recall. Great times playing Saturday morning rugby. Regards Ron Walkling

Date:
24-Nov-2012

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Stuart Clapham

Comment:
I started at Foxwood the day it opened after spending a year at what is now Parklands high school. It was a good, well disciplined school. Seacroft at the time was an ideal place to be brought up having wide open spaces, good quality houses and easy to reach employment. Most of the first inhabitants, like myself, had come from less advantageous areas in leeds, the remains of the Bank, and Burmantofts for example. Our generation, the baby boomers were given the best possible opportunities in the expectation that we would build on this and create `a land fit for heroes`. You only have to look around to see how we have failed. Dont blame the kids of today, blame their grandparents.

Date:
13-Jan-2013

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Jim Paton ("Haggis", "Jock" etc.)

Comment:
I was also at Foxwood 1957-61, the first year being at what would later be Parklands girls' school. It was a repressive place. Most of the teachers were sadists who shouldn't have been allowed anywhere near a child. Two honourable exceptions were Caton, who taught woodwork, probably the oldest teacher there, and a genuine polymath and Bennett, a maths teacher. Wilkinson, an English teacher, and Scott, head of history were OK. Chorley (English) was just useless, but most of the rest I was unfortunate enough to come across were plain nasty. Rowlands appeared not to like bright kids who showed any evidence of independent thought. He picked the worst bullies as prefects, a policy which speaks volumes, I think. Was it worse than other schools of the time? Probably not, but my education began only several years after I was out of that (mostly) horrible place. A gem from Radford (maths): "If you don't work hard and get GCEs, you won't get a good job, then you won't be able to buy your wife a washing machine" (the aspirational consumer tat de jour). There's reverse motivation for a 14 year-old like me, much more interested in nuclear disarmament and de-colonising Africa at the time than in buying washing machines. He was absolutely right, though. I did not work hard, I did not get any GCE's, I have passed 67 years without EVER buying, or having, a washing machine and I have never alloyed love with marriage. All Foxwood really taught me was what to fight against, what oppressive and destructive values to replace with humane and constructive ones.

Date:
20-Feb-2013

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Peter wood

Comment:
Want a bad school . Left school in 1972

Date:
22-Feb-2013

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Gail Robinson

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I left foxwood in 1972 I have fond memories of my school days and and the friends I made there and would like to hear from some of them again

Date:
13-Jul-2013

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John thorpe

Comment:
I went to Foxwood from 1958 to 1962 and can say that the headmaster, Mr Rowlands and his two deputies, Mr Proctor and Mr Cocker ruled the place with an iron fist. I can still remember them striding down the passages in their cap and gowns. I remember Paul and Barry Ryan the two sons of Marrion Ryan, a well known singer being at the school for a short time whilst their mother was appearing in Leeds.

Date:
10-Aug-2013

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Vern

Comment:
Can anyone cofirm that Ellery Hanley (Rugby League legend) attended Foxwood? It would have been from about 1974. I'm 99.9% sure he did, and 99.9% sure his primary school was St. Matthew's in Chapeltown. Thanks!

Date:
08-Nov-2013

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Chris Grattan

Comment:
Was at Foxwood School up to 1966 - names that stick with me - John Carr, David Latimer, David Benson, John Lupton, David Ashton, to name but a few. Love to hear from anyone who knew me!

Date:
25-Nov-2013

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Chris stark

Comment:
My old pal Sean carney we were always in trouble would like to hear from some old mates.

Date:
05-Dec-2013

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joyce Hewitt

Comment:
I concur with every thing that Charlie Turpin has written from what my Husband has told me about the school. He was in the 1957/8 to 1963. His name is John Hewitt and he lived at Park Avenue Cross gates.He remembers his pals Chris Tyson and Roger Britton, John Sellars, and John Baron.He remembers Mr Rose who was the metalwork teacher, who has not been mentioned in any other comments,also a beautiful Steinway grand piano in the main hall, upper school. It all sounds very impressive and shocking to hear of how it was allowed to deteriorate.

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16-Apr-2014

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paul richter

Comment:
Came from Boston spa comp to this place ,,best memories were been mates with mark Marson ,,anybody got his address ?

Date:
29-Apr-2014

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Barry Ryan

Comment:
Yeah . The Baines twins 1959(ish) One of the boys sadly died a few years later in Australia when me and our kid became "pop stars" for a while. I remember doing Robin Hood Got pix of me as King John and Paul as Robin.. (A musical of sorts!!) Good times...but bloody strict :)

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16-May-2014

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Ron Walkling

Comment:
Hi, Jim Paton, I remember you at Foxwood. You tried to get me to join CND all those years ago. Sorry I didn't. How are you doing? Just can't seem to contact any of the boys in our year. regards, Ron Walkling.

Date:
02-Aug-2014

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Marianne Manning (Gibson)

Comment:
I remember the stabbing at Foxwood, I have great memories of the school. Anyone remember the holidays at the Golden Lion or going to the farm. I came away from there with all my exam results I wanted. I so remember going to the pub over the field The Fellmonger. I made some great friends there and wish I could be in contact with them again

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27-Aug-2014

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Jonny Wood

Comment:
Well, I went to Foxy because it was near our house & because my elder brother Pete was there. True, there were plenty of bullies but what do you expect from the middle of a large council estate? I had a great time even though I was useless with the girls & really hadn't a clue as to whether I should have been studying or tossing it off. In 1973, at the Easter Draw Show in the main school hall, myself, Steve Thackray, Rod Hawes & some other chap appeared on stage as "SPADE- THE BAND WE ALL DIG". We mimed to "Cum On Feel The Noize" & got tons of attention from the girls. ACE!! We used to hire out Foxy Farm & the Golden Lion privately too, once we were in the 6th form- rock 'n'rolling drunken weekends ensued. Those were the days. Sad to see the old place flattened. Feels like part of me had been taken away, too.

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22-Mar-2015

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Lynne C Hicks nee Roberts

Comment:
Hi, I've just seen Barry Ryan's comment about Foxwood and the Robin Hood musical. My mother Una Roberts made several of the costumes for that show. I remember visiting Barry and Pauls house near Roundhay Park with my Mother and brother Tony. My mother was a gown fitter in a high class dress shop in Leeds where Barry and Paul's gran bought her dresses. If my memory serves me they lived with their gran, Charlie and their two aunts.

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09-Jul-2015

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charlotte cash

Comment:
My dad went to this school he was called Steven cash does anyone remember him at all?

Date:
09-Jul-2015

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Steve Morrell

Comment:
Foxwood School now has a Facebook page - please visit and add comments: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1709227702632057/

Date:
04-Oct-2015

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Ian Cawood

Comment:
The main entrance was Brooklands ave just off the roundabout that disappeared in the mid seventies from what I can remember

Date:
07-Dec-2015

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stephen heap

Comment:
went to"foxy"at tender age from primary school, what a shock!! but enjoyed my time there,1959-64. I remember it as a very interesting episode in my life as the lessons for the most part were interesting and informative. there were some great teachers there in those days., no pissing about they kept a very tight reign on things .sad to hear that it went down hill, but that's the way of it , I left Leeds in 64 and was shocked to find the school was demolished . people seemed to be different then .standards have hit rock bottom in society in my mind . in those days if you knuckled down you could get on in life .Foxy served me well. only good memories .

Date:
17-Jan-2016

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Beth Straker

Comment:
My dad Came to this school in the 60s, he went by the name of Jim (James) Straker if anyone remembers him? Also does anyone remember Geoff Ellis, Andy Turner, Ted Ledgard and Graham Child?

Date:
14-Mar-2016

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Rod McKuan

Comment:
it went down hill when it was changed to a mixed school. Better when it was just boys, no distractions and better discipline. Pity it was built where it is as the Gipton lot, and the Old Seacroft lot were just bad news. I passed my 11 plus and was sent there instead of high school as they needed to fill it, but went to the original one on South Parkway.

Date:
26-May-2016

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Ernest Hemingway

Comment:
I attended Foxwood I think from about 1978 I was persuaded to go to intake high school first to do a theatre arts but left after less than a year as did half the class due to the head teacher Charles Gardeners love of the Cain looking at the picture the roundabout went and became a staight road the square you can see stayed but I can not remember it ever been used for anything I lived on brook lands view and there was a square there but on this picture it's not firmed yet that is south parkway you can see a bus they clearly built the houses sometime after and then the gas houses as we called them I do remember the car that they built for the BP competition city car I also remember helping the teacher who took the vehicle class in the workshops at the back of the school one summer I remember he was preparing a land rover I think to do some kind of desert drive I remember too that during the summer holidays the school was used to host Irish dancing competitions how things rush back to you in terms of my school experiance all I can remember is the ones with the brains been filtered out and the less intelligent of us been left behind that said its not stopped me getting on in life anyway anyone knows me drop an email

Date:
12-Oct-2016

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Peter Kilbride aka ''Killer''

Comment:
I was at Foxy from '68 to '76. What a school. So many great memories of staff and students which still figure large in the memory - Andy Bell, Brian Smith, Brian Parry, John Timpson, Chris Little, Zoe Bowerman, the Golden Lion, lunchtime drinks at The Fellmonger, evening drinks at The Cricketers, field trips to the Isle of Arran, breaking my leg playing for the staff footy team at The Fearnvilles Sports Centre, and meeting my wife Jackie Tainsh (we're still going strong). RIP Foxy.

Date:
25-Oct-2016

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Colin Remmer

Comment:
In response to the comment by I Wilson. Leroy Brown stabbed John Walker in the first floor toilets in the small block & then at about 2pm, we were all evacuated because the school was set on fire. Either that or they were seriously burning something in the kitchens. This was back in 1975. How's that for a 'reality check'?

Date:
03-Dec-2016

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Does anyone remember Kevin Scott think he may have attended Foxwood would have left in 1989 - 1990 ?

Date:
20-Jan-2017

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Paul

Comment:
Ian Turner and Colin Ogden both gave an accurate account of the stabbing incident. I know because was there when it happened. Gym 1, Kedge and Walker. Colin Remmer is talking nonsense.

Date:
22-Apr-2017

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Richard Gatecliffe AKA Gata

Comment:
1969-74: For me, the times at Foxwood were the halcyon days of my school life. I met some great friends and still remain in contact with some of them now. I was brought up on Seacroft, and left Leeds in the early 80's. However, despite it being a sometimes chaotic place there were some fantastic teachers there. Mr J. Booth was my form teacher in A11. Ian McCarroll took Geography and English and also took us to Foxwood Farm. A great role model. I recall it being reasonably disciplined at that time, but it changed slightly when it became a mixed school. My year was the first to stay on when the leaving age was raised to 16. School mates at the time were Jonny Wood, Deck Blackburn, Steve Thackray, Dave Ratchford, Steve (Buzz) Burrows, Pete Warren, Steve (Spuggie) Farrow, Karl Jukes, Paul (Tabs) Taylor, Kev Hooks, Anthony (Hoppo) Hopkins, David Howarth, Steve Atack, David (Dabitude) Waite and Mally Kay (RIP Bless you mate). To name but a few good 'uns. Does anyone remember Paul (Batch) Batchelor? Quite a big lad. He used to wear a black leather rockers jacket and have long hair. Batch was very laid back and didn't seem to worry about anything, but hell fire could he run. On the sports field he was like Usain Bolt. Happy days. As the old saying goes: 'The past is like a foreign country. They do things differently there'.

Date:
04-Aug-2017

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Philip Ibbitson

Comment:
Attended Foxwoods between 1964-1968. I thought it was an amazing place! Have some brilliant memories (and some not so brilliant!). My group teacher was Mr Adamson who was sadly killed whilst potholing . He was replaced by Mr Rawlings. I am amazed that other famous names that also attended Foxwood have not been mentioned! David Harvey, the Leeds United and Scotland goalkeeper during most of the great Don Revie team. Steve Pitchford, played for Leeds Rugby League and went on to win the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match in the challenge cup final at Wembley! Yes there was discipline at the school, but personally I thought it was firm but, by and large, fair. I was brilliant at neither sport or academic subjects and took no exams or tests, I left school at 15. I must have been taught something at Foxwood because I think I have turned out okay. In hindsight I was given a good grounding in life at Foxwood and would do it all over again if I had the chance!

Date:
10-Sep-2017

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aristotle kolbaba

Comment:
i remember well this school loved it the adventures the sport growing up in a poor enviroment .deana wrigglesworth irene smith susan balackman many pretty girls there i was kept busy anyone who knows me email me keith dikinson was a good friend my class started A4 from uniform to your own clothes i loved this school i lived on brooklands close then brooklands avenue knew malcombe hyde peter smith alan smith philip wormald steven campey peter reynolds alan horsefall iaan wilson martin holdworth remember Ant and his brother .jhon smith known as elvis

Date:
22-Dec-2017

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Yvonne scurrah

Comment:
I went to foxwoid high 69/ 75 don't remember much old age gets to your mind enjoyed it tho ( when I went)

Date:
25-Jan-2018

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Name:
Andrew smith

Comment:
Went 1980 to1984 can anybody confirm if miss e passmore has passed away please...

Date:
03-Feb-2018

Email:
Simmonslufc@gmail.com

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Name:
michael hudson

Comment:
Went to Foxwood 1969 to 1974. Rember alot of the names in the comments. Was in Mr Applebys group A5 for registration. Then in A2/3 for lessons. Was very strict school but got through it. Ended up as a ambulance dispacher. Now retired.

Date:
05-Feb-2018

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Name:
Mel

Comment:
Does anyone remember a Kevin Scott lived in the Seacroft area, close to Foxwood School. He is the oldest of 4. His school years would have been 1977-1981.

Date:
11-Feb-2018

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Name:
Michael Hudson

Comment:
I made a mistake as to the dates I went to Foxwood. It was 1959 to 1964 and not 1969 to1974. Silly me

Date:
13-Mar-2018

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A Halkyard

Comment:
I was at Foxwoods in the 60's from beechwood school it was a fantastic school we laughed are way through it friends with bob savage,Chris Taylor (rip) Dave Clark,Dave slater,pete Dobson,Dave Richardson,

Date:
21-Mar-2018

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Michael Hudson

Comment:
Would like to hear from anyone that knew me. Was there from 59 to 63. I rember Barry Leaf aka twiggy.

Date:
15-Sep-2018

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Name:
Steve Morrell

Comment:
Michael Hudson, I can help connect you to 1959 boys if you email me. I'm a 1960-1965 Foxwood boy.

Date:
25-Sep-2018

Email:
morrellstevejan@ntlworld.com

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