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Armley Park Court, formerly Armley Park School, Stanningley Road

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Armley Park Court, formerly Armley Park School, Stanningley Road
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2007. View from Stanningley Road showing the former Armley Park School now converted to offices and called Armley Park Court. A sign on the side of the building advertises 'Office Suites available on flexible terms at low cost.' The red brick board school opened on 27th September 1900.

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Stan Wade

Comment:
I went to this school in the 20s and left August 1928, I do not remember any child in my class that could not read or write unlike today,the education system must have known somthing.

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Beverley Eccleston

Comment:
I went to this school when it was called Armley Park County Secondary School, before the playground was cut bu the main road. Boys and girls entered and exited by seperate doors. The stone steps inside had metal railings and there were two large halls where assemblies and gym lessons took place. School dinners were delivered in and servedin a seperate,more modern, building to the rear. Teachers were Mr Gamble Geography, who was alledged to have hidden rude postcards behind his map of the world. Mr Tidswell science who did a good double act parodying Morcambe and Wise with the history teacher (Mr Lupton?)

Date:
24-Oct-2008

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Steve Stocks

Comment:
Hi Beverley I remember 'Daddy' Gamble well, so called because he had so many children. When I was there, the history teacher was 'Paddy' Pearson. Science was Mr Wilkinson. English was Mr Jones. Deputy Head was Frank? Hinchcliffe and the Head was 'Pobble' Prior.

Date:
30-Oct-2008

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Sheila Jubb

Comment:
Regarding Mr, Stan Wade's comments, in the 1940's/50's there was a school somewhere in the Armley Lodge Road area which I think was called the Special School. Pupils who had difficulty learning would be placed in this school for a term or two until there was an improvement in their school work. They would then return to their usual school. It was quite a good system which helped pupils who needed a little extra tuition.

Date:
01-Jun-2009

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Chris Martin

Comment:
I remember that school Sheila, it was at the back of the Hygenic laundry at the end of the Rombalds. Can't remember the name tho'.

Date:
04-Aug-2009

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Phil Dutton

Comment:
I went to this school in the mid 1970's, my form teacher was Mr.Gamble. Mr.Chapman was the english teacher and told great war stories.Mr.Lupton taught history and Mr.Tomlinson taught maths.We were taught handwriting by Mr.Hinchcliffe at a school up Wesley Road where we also learnt woodwork

Date:
22-Dec-2009

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ARTHUR WILSON

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IN MY FINAL YEAR 1957-ISH,I WAS IN FRANK HINCHCLIFFE,S CLASS BASED IN ROOM16-DOWN A SHORT FLIGHT OF STEPS.IT HAD FLUORESCENT LIGHTING DESIGNED TO RESEMBLE NATURAL DAYLIGHT FOR "TECHNICAL DRAWING". FRANK TAUGHT PROSPECTIVE SCHOOL-LEAVERS HOW TO APPLY FOR A JOB[MESSRS. SMITHSON AND CO. ENGINEERS,I BEG TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION OF CRAFT APPRENTICE.........] THIS HAD TO BE IN NEAT WRITING.

Date:
29-Dec-2009

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Edward Deighton

Comment:
After leaving Castleton Primary in 1952 I progressed to Armley Park,My first teacher was Mr Harold Moorhouse,I believe it was his first time at the school as well,I had to take the register back to the heads room,I asked where it was he said he did not know and that I could find it if I tried.Mr Whiles was the English teacher,Mr Gamble history and geography,Mr Prior the head took us for Religious Knowledge During one exam he placed all the answers on the blackbloard or at least a good hint at the answers.I remember he deducted a mark from my 100 per cent because the ink I wrote with changed colour when he moved me to another desk.Mr Gamble also caned the whole class once when we were all deliberately miss behaving,An art teacher who could not control the class once had to put yp with paint bombs being hurtled round the classroom and sticking to the ceiling and slowly dropping off.Miss Hopkins took us for music and the girls I think for cookery,could not get the hang of music but managed to copy some notes down on a piece of paper making a few deliberate errors so as not to raise suspicion,During assembly I remember,it must have been in the first year a friend fainted and crashed into the piano,also in PT we were told to form in groups of two, and we had to do some exercise one of the lads went through a plate glass internal window.I left Armley Park in 1956 to start work at the Leeds Co op in the offices in Albion Street.Any other memories from the class of 56?

Date:
04-Jun-2010

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edwarddeighton@btinternet.com

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Carol Brook nee Roe

Comment:
I was at Armley Park in the seventies...i remember Mr Bostock for music.....not an easy teacher was he?! Didnt learn much at that school im afraid..but i do remember some good bits...listening to my friend (Pauline Jones as she was then) and her radio on the corner of the school waiting to go back in after lunch (we went home in those days) ...David Essex was at number one..awesome!!! Only had to wait another 20 odd years to see him live lol happy memories!Anyone remember Mr Robin Hamer?? He took me for art and i was so in love with him lol.

Date:
21-Feb-2011

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Dennis Birks

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I was at the school from 1954 to 1957 undertaking the GCE course. Biggles was the form master, Pobble was the headmaster, Beakey taught Tech Drewing, Paddy taught history and Daddy taught geography. I had a great time there and enjoyed the lessons. The only teacher I did not like a great deal was Digby who I thought was a little sneaky. If you attended the same class as I did, send me an email. Contempory students were Brian Carter, Leo Beesting, Michael Day. Left in 1957 to emigrate to Australia.

Date:
26-Apr-2011

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dgbirks@bigpond.com

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lynne robinson nee brown

Comment:
i went to armley park school from castleton primary until 1969.teachers were mr chapman english and form teacher mr lupton history, daddy gamble geography and ma sawyer domestic science. headteacher was mr ashman. class included jacqueline hutchinson,loretta leith, linda olivant,

Date:
02-Mar-2012

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Armley Lass 47

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Good and bad thoughts of going to Armley Park School from 1957 to 1962. Learnt how to paint and spell but never learnt how to sew properly as I was left handed and the sewing teacher did not like people who were left handed laugh. Loved some teachers but there were some who could make your blood boil. Left at 15 with a 25yd Swimming certificate. Educated myself when I left school Still see some of my school friends even after all of these years. Wish they had trained us to be adults instead of treating us like kids up to the day we left.

Date:
18-Oct-2012

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Armley Lass 47

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Had to add another comment seeing all those below about the teachers. Seems Daddy Gamble must have been there many years as he was there in my 5 years 57/62 as well. Paddy taught history, Pobbles was the Head, Frank Hinchliffe the deputy, Miss Hopkins did Religious Knowledge and boy did she hate men. I remember her caning a lad because he didnt believe Adam and Eve were the first people. Miss Sowerbutts was the Biology teacher, couldnt get a better real name than that laugh. Miss Hogarth the needlework person wont say teacher. Miss Huntley, and Miss Smith did French, Mr Jones did English. Loved French. If you want to see some photos of Pobbles and Frank you can see them on Armley Park School on Friends Reunited. Plus others. p.s. I think Daddy Gamble had about 9 kids or could be more laugh.

Date:
18-Oct-2012

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Peter Wood

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My mum died last year having reached the grand age of 100. On clearing her house I came across my old school report which covers my years of attendance at Armley Park County Secondary School Leeds 12 from 18th September 1953 (Admission No. 369) until departure in July 1958. Interesting that in those days the aforementioned teachers had classes of 44 or 45 pupils to control AND without any Class Room Assistants. Inside the report was the programme for the Speech Day held on 9th February 1959. This lists my contemporaries with whom I served my time. They were : Leonard Allinson Carol Greenwood Margaret Witham Michael Day Sandra McIntyre Brian Carter Norma Smith Margaret Beal Ann Joynson Sandra Taylor Joan Dennison Howard Bulmer Marian Willis Pamela Hignett Roy Garside Maurice Jones Leo Beesting Billie Hirst Ian Longfellow Peter Sugden Malcolm Lobley Mary Cash Catherine Kilner Brian Tuner Janet Corbally Rita Stevens Dianne Booth Diane Cliff Derek Cockerham Margaret Child Patrica Milner and Myself (Peter Wood) I wonder what the ensuing 56 years has done for us all?

Date:
05-Dec-2014

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wrose@blueyonder.co.uk

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David orange

Comment:
I was there in the early 70s ,also my sister Janet we were discussing the name of the houses Nelson, Drake ,Cook , can anyone remember the name of the other house,Please

Date:
28-Jun-2015

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Christopher Watson

Comment:
Hello David Orange, I was the same year as you. The other House was Raleigh (red). I was in Cook (yellow). I can't remember the colours of Drake or Nelson. Anybody help. All four great British Maritime Heroes.

Date:
24-Jan-2016

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Tommy Russell

Comment:
1951 to 1955. Enjoyed the time spent..Must have learnt something. Enjoymed careers in the Army,then the police.Now live in Ontario,Canada in the summer and Florida USA in the winter. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me.

Date:
02-Feb-2016

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Jackie ingall

Comment:
I went to.armley lodge special school from.1976 to about 1982 did anyone else

Date:
16-Feb-2016

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jackieingall44@gmail.com

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sylvia hardwick

Comment:
I attended Armley Park 1953 - 1957.Class mates were Brenda Buckley,Janet Lee,Gloria ?,David Rose,Pat Batty.Sheila Birkby, Brian Toulson. Remember Mrs Hopkins, a real tarter but you certainly learnt and paid attention in her lessons.Mr Johns was a favourite of mine. Remember going to the corner shop for 1p Horlicks tablets.Went up the hill to a hall for school dinners. Happy days

Date:
19-Jun-2016

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Iris Myers nee Earnshaw

Comment:
I went to Armley park secondary school. after sitting my eleven plus test. I remember mr gamble. and i know he had a lot of kids. I remember mr Tidswell I really liked him he helped me a lot. I didn't like my time at Armley park because I was bullied a lot . I have never forgotten mr Tidswell for letting me leave before the bell went so the bullies didn't get me that was 1969 I was eleven. didn't like miss Hopkins though she used to make us sit boy girl boy girl. That was so you didn't sit near a friend. But the two boys I sat in the middle off were my only friends in school . Charlie and Timothy I've forgotten there sure names. But I won't forget them.

Date:
27-Jan-2017

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Irismyers@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Christopher Watson

Comment:
During my fourth year at Armley Park School I, along with Kenneth Kirk, Iris Earnshaw & the girl who lived at Armley Liberal Club spent a week in a "flat" (apartment). Instead of going to school as usual we went to a mock-up flat located in a classroom in a school on Kirkstall Road. We were supervised by a lady, as a "taster" for life as an adult. It made a pleasant change from the normal school routine. I can remember we all went swimming to the "Olympic Baths" at Westgate. I baked my first, and last, apple pie. Which was greatly admired by the "teacher.

Date:
11-Aug-2017

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Name:
Christopher Watson

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The name of the girl who lived at Armley Liberal Club, from my previous posting was, I think, Diane Caldwell. She had an older brother also at Armley Park School. I bumped into her once at a Leeds nightclub (Majestic?), years later. She didn't recognise me until I mentioned about the "flat" on Kirkstall Road. She was visiting Leeds from her home in Newcastle, where she then lived. Former pupils are now scattered all over the world.

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13-Aug-2017

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