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Osmondthorpe Secondary, Middle and First Schools, aerial view

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Osmondthorpe Secondary, Middle and First Schools, aerial view
Description:
Undated. Aerial view of schools in Osmondthorpe, clockwise from top, Osmondthorpe Secondary, Osmondthorpe Middle and Osmondthorpe First. The first and middle schools are now combined as Osmondthorpe Primary and the Secondary School is an Adult Education Centre. Running along the top of the schools is Wykebeck Mount, while Wykebeck Avenue runs along the left and up to the railway bridge in the top centre. Neville Road is at the bottom right of the schools with Wykebeck Street leading off to the bottom right. Halton Moor Avenue is at the bottom left.

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Barry Fox

Comment:
The original Osmondthorpe Secondary School for Boys (far right)was destroyed by Leeds City Council several years ago and the buildings no longer exist. It was one of the best schools of its kind in Leeds and had an excellent staff. I was a pupil there in the period 1952-57. What happened to all the trophies won by the school?

Date:
13-Jul-2009

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Name:
barry tebbs

Comment:
The photo decription is not as i remember Osmondthorpe school. the senior schools was segregated. From top left clockwise the Girls Senior (11 to 15), the wooden outbuildings Boys Senior then the main Boys Senior (11 to 15). The bottom left was the Infants / Junior section (5 to 7 and 7 to 11. I was a pupil there from 1948 until 1956. The last headmaster at the senior section when i left was Mr Patterson. I couldn't leave quick enough.

Date:
26-Oct-2009

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Peter Roberts

Comment:
This school had the pleasure of my company from 1955 to 1959, can't remember much about it except we called the Headmaster 'Batman' because of his long gown. His cane spent more time accross my hands than in his cupboard.

Date:
08-Nov-2009

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Jim Dick

Comment:
I was born in the Wykebecks in 1952 and went to Osmondthorpe junior school until 1963 when I passed my eleven plus and went to Leeds Central High. After a few years in the "lower" school I spent 1960 and 1961 in one of the Nissan huts that are in the middle top of the photo.Our hut was freezing in winter with only one pot belly stove to warm all 40+ kids!! The hut was opposite what we called the "penny club" which was a forerunner to a youth club and cost a penny to "enter". I remember building some sensational slides ice slides outside the hut down to the middle playground in winter with the rest of my class. My last year was spent in the "lower" school under Mr Pinder and the Headmaster was a Mr Bateson.

Date:
14-Mar-2010

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brian webster

Comment:
i lived on 138 wykebeck mount just opperset the girle,s scool gate and went to ossy starting in the infants at the age of five ( bottom center )the only thing i can remember was cod liveroil+concentrated orengjuce and a teacher cald miss moran or moron as she had us all running out of the classroom with fear on the first day in her class i went on to the junior part of the school ajasant to the infants and can only remember a teatcher cauld miss hurst she liked to use the ruler a lot but not for drowing line,s with.and a mr wale,s now i can only say thank you sir for sperin your time to take me to one side to teach me wear all outher faild and that was to read as i whot was then cauld word blindnass ( dislexic ) as we no it today a proper jentalman and a fine teacher at elevon years old failed my 11 + and i beleave all of the class did .....wats new . onto the the senior school fare right and in to a world of hell i will stop ther and just say is ther a lady out ther cauld..... burnadett curby... you was somthin

Date:
17-May-2010

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brian webster

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my discription of photo 1 top left to middal right leeds to york railway 2 top center slag heap,s... ( black hill,s ) 3 top right rookwood estate 4 top left railway sheds + siding,s 5 right of shed,s railway bridge 6 railway bridge south..wykbeck avenue 7 wykebeck avenue crosing wykebeck mount 8 left to right ...curve...wykebeck mount 9 138 wykebeck mount my home..oppeset girle scool 10 center osmondthorp school 11 school top left....senr girles 12 school top right senr boy,s 13 school top center penny club ...wood huts 14 school very top center_ cartakers house( nag,s) 15 very center of school north to south wood hut 16 school bootom center infants + junier,s 17 road bottam left holton moor road 18 far bottom corner libery + bus stop bus 54+44 19 winter ice slide in between wood hust and senr boy,s onto large play ground...happy days 20 p t teacher was cauld brogan 21 head teacher dont no dont care note intrested

Date:
17-May-2010

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John Raynard

Comment:
i attended osmondthorpe schools from 1960 to 1970 i represented them at football winning league and school shield also at athletics not so succesful and boxing leeds+yorkshire titlesthey were some of the best days of my life not for a great education but the basics in life (respecting other people and encouragement in things i excelled at)teacers sherwood,brown,lord,davis,podmore+headmaster gillanders

Date:
18-May-2010

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Paul Broadley

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I started at Osmondthorpe infants in 1955 and moved up to the Juniors in 1957 before moving on to Temple Moor in 1961. The front L shaped building is the infants with the front corner the nursery class.The next L shaped building is the juniors with the large taller building between being the hall, gym and dining room for the infants. The back left building was the Senior girls and the building on the right the Senior boys. The line of buildings between the infants/junior building and the large playground were OUTSIDE toilets. The single building at the top of the site was the resident caretakers house.

Date:
20-May-2010

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John Hall

Comment:
I attended this school between 1964 and 1967, I started doing gymnastics here under the supervision of Bob Wildeman (Gym teacher and a great bloke) from there I went to Leeds Athletic institute and trained with Olympic gymnasts. I was Leeds city and Yorkshire Gymnastics champion. I also rpresented my country against Denmark

Date:
02-Jun-2010

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lynda jojic,nee wigglesworth

Comment:
i went to this school from 1964 to 1969,they were the best times of my younger days.the teachers were excellent,really getting the best out of you,they made the lessons interesting,it was fun but you learnt well.we used to sing our times tables every friday afternoon,not like today when kids need a calculator to add 2 and 2 together. i can still remember my teachers,truly good people, all of them.miss moore,mr rymer, mr wales and the lovely mr chester.my best friend at the time was angela potter.in 1970 we moved house and i went to a big school on barwick road [i wont name it i dont want to be had up for libel] there began 5 years of hell on a daily basis,but at least i had 5 years of good times at ossie, and a good start to life.

Date:
31-Jul-2010

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Brian Maude

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I went to Osmondthorpe from infants all the way through, started 1956 I lived and was born in Rookwood Parade, under the railway first street on left, 6th house up on right. railway line was in our back yard, 2 posts at bottom of the street. Remember the wooden huts, hills at bottom of street and Barry's sweet shop on Halton Moor Avenue. Good memories, never forget where you was brought up.

Date:
26-Sep-2010

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Peter Jackson

Comment:
I would like to add further comments to Brian Webster 17 may 2010. I attended St Phillips R.C.School, Middleton in 1943 I was 7 years old, the headmistress there was a ""MISS MORAN "" she has a way of wielding a ebony ruler around the knuckles of any one who stepped out of line, she cracked my knuckles so hard I Couldnt straighten my fingers, she was reported to whoever and was moved out of the catholic system, it appears you too had the misfortune to meet her, later in my life at 10 years of age I met her again as she walked home from Osmondthorpe school,I was then living on Wykebeck Ave the look on her face when she recognised me was and still is priceless, I never saw her again on that street. Good to see you have recovered from your experience

Date:
29-Nov-2010

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Name:
Michael Longbottom

Comment:
I went to this school from 1964 to 1969, I used to live on Halton Moor Avenue, I remember Ossie with a lot of affection and pride as I thought it was a brilliant school. I met and made some great friends, and have some excellent memories playing for the school football and cricket teams. The teachers I remember were a Mr Rymer and Mr Chesters. In the winter the ice slides we made down the play ground slope were great fun, I dont think they will be allowed now in the health and safety conscious world we live in.

Date:
25-Apr-2011

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PHILIP PARKER

Comment:
Wow what a school,I went to ossy for all of my school life,I lived in Neville close and used to run all the way home by going over the black hills(top middle of pic.The outdoor toilets I remember guy's trying to pee over the wall lol. The best teacher was Mr Sherwood, he would nick cigs from you and had pictures of pints of beer on the wall behind his desk and hated teaching,but he always looked after his class. Other teachers that I remember are Mr Lord,Mr Brown,Mr Baruski,dep head Podmore who caned me on the last day of school and the head Mr (gushy) Gallanders, Great days..

Date:
29-May-2011

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Godfrey Hill

Comment:
The original school was Osmondthorpe Elementary School, I was a pupil there from 1936 to 1944 At the outbreak of WW2 the school was taken over by the army and we did not go to school again until 19th February 1940. I left in 1944 to go to Leeds Central High School in Woodhouse Lane

Date:
20-Sep-2011

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peter stringer

Comment:
i went to osmonthorpe 1956 - 1960, i remember the headmaster (batman) mr patterson and mr brown was our form teacher

Date:
11-Nov-2011

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Linda

Comment:
I went to the high school and just wondered what happened to the Gold or Black book we used to sign in from of assembly to say if we were Good or Bad.I used to sneak home and cross the beck i often wonder if they filled it in or built on the area.

Date:
11-Jan-2012

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Paula Butler

Comment:
I went to Osmanthorpe Infant, Junior and Secondary Modern Girls schools. It was a great school with lots of great teachers throught my time. I also remember Mr Bateson and Mr Pinder in Junior, in high school I remember Mrs Dunham she taught me my sister and my mam. At the time I hated her, looking back she wanted the best out of all of us even the one's that caused her a headache like myself. I was also amongst the last lot of Easter leavers in 1972 I wish I had known then what I know now I would have done more with my education, I luved my time at this school with lots of friends and still keep intouch with some after all these years.

Date:
19-Jan-2012

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paula.walter@btinternet.com

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Name:
Theo (Ted) Bloom

Comment:
I attended Ozzy Senior Boys after finishing Halton Moor Junior, and failing the 11+... The second year I was there, Leeds City Council started an experiment at Ozzy. They had a parallel class called 2A1 which was equal to Grammer School, and prepared boys for GCE. They pulled in boys from all over the Leeds area. I was fortunate to be selected for this experiment.

Date:
03-Apr-2012

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Brian Maude

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remember playing on the pit-hills in winter. when the snow always showed at christmas and was clean. sledging from osmondthorpe lane down across rookwood road, under the railway bridge and finsh up by the girls school. we missed a few cars on rookwood road

Date:
14-Jun-2012

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John metcalfe

Comment:
Started 1955 left 1965 osmondthorpe school Anybody got a school photo,I have not got one and love to have one. Same year as jimmy Taylor,graham hard castle,nancy oxeley,kathrine dean etc. hope somebody can help

Date:
15-Jul-2012

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Terry Everall

Comment:
I was born on Halton Moor Avenue in 1948 and later lived Osmondthorpe Lane. I went to schoolfrom 1952 until I was 11 and passed 11 plus to go to Temple Moor Grammar School. It was an excellent primary/infants school in my opinion and my teacher was Mr Armour. Football team was run by Mr Wales and Bateson was headmaster. Other pupils were David Thompson, Michael Harrison, Paul Burton,, Joyce Fairweather, Carol Gaines The land at top of picture was the old coal mine area.

Date:
14-Aug-2012

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Name:
bert poulter

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My grandad went to this school in the 1930s, he would like to know if any of his old mates remember him. And what the old teachers were called and like.

Date:
28-Aug-2012

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Name:
Godfrey Davies

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Attended between 1962 and 1966. teachers I remember were Barucki, Lord (hated him) Brown, Makin, Davis, Pugh, Gillanders ,Podmore. Some of the boys I remember, Steve@hugger' Berry, Duncan McLaren, Melvyn Herring, Steve Braithewaite, Jimmy Hall, Steve Dawson, Geoffrey Saddington. Hated the school and was glad to leave. Some good memeories, but not nany. Horrible wooden huts for classroom that were freezing in winter, remember one or two other boys who attended but were bullies, got my own back on both of them though eventually. Remember them having a half decnt rugby team, though I couldn't stand the game. Much preffered the school I was at before family moved and had to go to Osmondthorpe, Blenheim Secondary a school Osmondthorpe rarely, if ever, beat at rugby, happy days, not really because I remember some of the unpleasant boys there, the boys who were teachers pets because they were good at sport, the racist remarks of one teacher in particular, a religous education teacher who was an athiest. Thank good ness there were teachers like Mr Makin, Barucki and one or two others,.

Date:
05-Oct-2012

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Name:
Godfrey Davies

Comment:
Further to my earlier comments there was an English teacher called Mr Lynch he was brilliant, encouraged you to do better, he wa strict but a very very good teacher, never called the pupils by their surname always addressed them by their Christian names, he commanded respect, mainly, and respected you as well but it had to work both ways. One of the more pleasant things about this school which i still maintain was a horrible experience for me.

Date:
28-Oct-2012

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carol atkinson nee coote

Comment:
i went to osmondthorpe school in 1961 and stayed right through to senior school , my first friend at infants was sylvia scully and then onto junior and senior school was ,alma scraggs ,sheila ,shirley pamela , pamela, one of my friends married a lad called graham can anyone fill in the blanks,please

Date:
14-Nov-2012

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george.ragan

Comment:
15 /11 2012 i went to osmondthorpe school, from infents to seniors, left about 1967, i must say some of my best times in my life ,i had at osmondthorpe, we had some great teachers , and i must say some bad ones, i remember one in the jnrs,,,,, ,,he was a bully ,i did not rellise it at the time but he must of been a sad man, i think it was pinder he used to pick on me all the time,take his frustrations out of me , in the seniors we had lordy he was a laugh, mr making a great teacher suttle rugby league coach , we had a good team but we had some hard men boys in it geff rose, heels,jimmy walker , the bests tony taylor , my mate peter bashforth ,hollroid, we played the boys from the borstell they came to the ground in a black marria van,,only got hammerd ones, and that was against hunslet school they took us to the cleaners , had some great times went to switzerland , and austria with the school , i was in the soccer team we played at elland rd we wher 3 nill down in the second half we scored 3 goals , mr making told us we can win this game , we nearly did , if keith maddens 30 yard shot hadent of hit the bar , and bounced on the line ,did it go over the line????i was the goalkeeper i had a bad game we should of won that game, iwas brillient in the semi finnal, against the favorites middleton i think??/i live in australia , have been back to leeds a few times allways like to get a reounion meet some of the guys , rose madden pickering heillds wallker best normington, bashforth maude steven mettcarf , and others i cant remember , we went to osmondthorpe w m c a .the facillites wher great ,, i was proud to go to osmondthorpe school , i went back about ten years ago with my australian wife, it looked the same steps ther wher we carred lordes bubble car down that was a laugh, has i remember it but it was now a infents school , i rang the bell i had teers in my eyes, teacher asked me what i wanted , i said this was me school iam over hear from australia can i have a look round the school pls , she said for security reasons no , that was sad, what hapend to all the school memrelbillia books trophys, it was a great school dident do my spelling any good

Date:
15-Nov-2012

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Name:
brian edgar

Comment:
quite agree about pinder he didnt like me either

Date:
30-Dec-2012

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Barbara Oehm

Comment:
Well what a good read this was. I attended this school, starting in kindergarten during the war. Names of teachers I can remember: Miss Creek, my very first teacher, Mrs.Noon who played the piano beautifully. The first time I heard Jerusalem was with Mrs. Noon playing it on the piano. I loved it then and still do. Mrs. Noon always checked up on Monday morning to see who had been to church or Sunday School and who hadn't, and if you hadn't there was trouble. Can you imagine that nowadays? Maybe we need teachers like these now?? Miss Marshall (Head Teacher I think) Miss Davidson, Miss Nunn, who had a thing about cleanliness. One teacher lived in Wykebeck Valley Road and I can't remember her name now. She was married and had a baby. The classroom windows were covered in some sort of material to prevent shattering in the event of a bomb exploding close by, in the war years. TO PAULA BUTLER. I remember Mrs. Dunham well. We became good friends, and corresponded for many years, after I went back to visit Osmondthorpe school while visiting the UK not long after I married in Australia. I knew her as Miss someone (can't remember now) when I was at school. She told me she married after I left to come to Australia. Another teacher was Mrs. Wallace and I met her in London on the same visit to the UK. Mrs. Wallace was Irish. Both really lovely ladies. Girls I can remember....Pauline Liddle, Phyllis Crabbe, Norma Butterfield, Barbara Dale, Shirley Dennison, Cynthia Rosenberg, Julie Ball, Diane Heap. Any of you girls out there??? Can anyone fill in the gaps?? Wonderful memories of this school.

Date:
02-Jan-2013

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Name:
Jeffrey (Jeff) Clafton

Comment:
I remember "Ossy" well, I went there all my school life between 1947 and 1958, I was born at 95 Wykebeck Mount and lived there up to getting married in 1962.I also remember playing on the black hills and train spotting at Neville Hill.The only teacher names I can remeber are Mr. Cline the maths teacher and Mr Nunn the R.I.teacher, I have a few class photo's when I was in the "Seniors". I live in Wales now but still have fond memories of Ossy and love to see old photo's of the area. Anyone who remembers me may remember my nickname which for some reason was "pobble or Pob"

Date:
29-Jan-2013

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David Ian North

Comment:
I attended Osmondthorpe Infants and Junior schools to 1955 when, after passing my Eleven Plus, I and a few other lads went to Cockburn High School so I never attended Osmondthorpe Senior school. The hill in the top of the photo was an old mine slag heap on top of which was a small squarish structure that you could have fun playing around. In snowy weather we used to sledge down the hill, particularly onto a track on its right side here. The clear area below the Senior school was a playground. There was a heavy metal gate on its right that we used to ride on as it was shoved quickly. I once cracked by head when the gate slammed shut quicker and harder than expected, so I had to have my cut forehead seen to. On the left (as seen here) just after where the track passes under the rail bridge there is a small area without houses. At a certain time each year there used to be lots of silver coloured chrysalises on plants there (I cannot recall if butterflies or moths emerged). That site was built on and sadly I never again saw any of that type of chrysalis. I seem to recall that there also used to be a few green lizards there that were also permanently lost when the site was built on.

Date:
10-Feb-2013

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Terry Everall

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Headmaster was Mr Bateman, Mrs Moran taught writing/english and Mr Wales sports/football I remember Michael shaw, Paul Burton, Joyce Fairweather, Martin Murray, and am stiil friends with David Thompson

Date:
08-Mar-2013

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Steve Webb

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I went to Ossie infants and junior school between 1960 and 1966 before I unexpectedly passed my 11+ and moved to Temple Moor grammar school on Selby Road. Mr Bateson was the headmaster and my favourite teacher was “Charlie” Chester who also looked after the football team. My best mates were Kevin Lothian, David Shann and the school cock David Watson and I also met my first girlfriend there Lynn Richardson – happy days!

Date:
29-Apr-2013

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Gillian Ward

Comment:
To Jim Dick, I remember you from school we were in the same class, do you remember me?

Date:
14-May-2013

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Roy Dyer

Comment:
Philip Parker do you remember me I lived on Nevill Approach we were friends until my dad died and we moved away I also went to ossie from about 1962 to 65 then again from 1967 to 69 when we came back great school best I ever went to I have lots of very happy memories so sad they pulled it down

Date:
18-May-2013

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William Hodson {Bill}

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I went to Osmondthorpe ELEMENTAY school around 1931 and won a scholarship for Leeds tech. the only teacher I remember is a Mr Dyson I lived at 14 wykebeck street. After the war I worked at Barnbow for a few yeas and then emigrated to Canada O

Date:
10-Jul-2013

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julie

Comment:
hi,i lived opposite osmondthorpe school all my life,well I left home when I was 18.I was born there in 1965 and went all way through osmondthorpe school.I started school at the age of 5 and finished there at the age of 12. Osmonthorpe school is been knocked down now, sadly missed.

Date:
05-Aug-2013

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Dorothy Hurtley

Comment:
I went to Osmonthorpe (girls) from 1935 to 1939 when we were taken out of school and evacuated. I lived at 150 Wykebeck Mount with my brother Kenneth. I remember Jean Webster and Olive Nutter

Date:
23-Jun-2014

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Maureen Burwell. (married name, Pollinger)

Comment:
Is there anyone who left Osmondthorp in 1959? (I went from Halton Moor primary to Osmondthorpe secondary 'girls' school) Many of the comments do not include an email address. I remember Mrs Dunham and the Head Mistress, Miss Gascoigne. Anyone recall that library teacher? (I won't malign her, so the less said the better).I remember Elaine Norris, Carol Clark, Peter Lee, Graham Walker aka Whacker..I have been living in New York since the 1960s. I'd love to hear from anyone.

Date:
05-Jul-2014

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maureenburwellpollinger@gmail.com

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karen nee snowdon

Comment:
Hi I went to ossy from 1964, loved my years there, right up tp seniors, does any one remember me, my best mate was sharon hart

Date:
25-Aug-2014

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