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Cross Flatts Park Middle School, Harlech Road


Cross Flatts Park Middle School, Harlech Road
Description:
c1989. View of playtime at Cross Flatts Park School on Harlech Road, probably taken around 1989 at the time that it was Cross Flatts Park Middle. Previously it had been a primary school, with separate buildings for infants and juniors; the infants school was the small building on the left, while the junior school was the two storey building and is now back to being Cross Flatts Park Primary School again.

User Comments:

Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Good heavens!!! Fancy seeing this scene again. I was at Cross Flatts County Primary School from during W.W.2, right through from The Infants, until I left to go to Cockburn after the 11+ exam. This is what we used to call the back playground - it was quite large. Extending to the right, the building became that of The Girls School. Their playground was separated from the boys' by a wall. There was also a playground at the front of the school, which ran along the edge of the park. However this was a much narrower area, but still very much well used. The girls weren't allowed to use it though. I can recall some of the teachers from my time there. There was a Miss Cooke (Infants) She was an old lady with a hump on her back. To us children she looked like a witch. I have to say though that for me she was an excellent teacher. I was a slow starter when it came to being able to read, and I was still unable to do so in my final class in the infants school. Miss Cooke took me under her wing and sent me home each day after school with books, so that my parents could carry on the learning process at home. Needless to say, I had become an excellent reader by the time I moved up into The Junior School. I remember, Miss Burns, Mr. Howecroft, Mr. Mason, Mr. Cawthorn, and Mr. Jordan, in the Junior Section. Then there was Mr. Senior, Mr. Abrahamson, and Mr. Lester who taught in The Senior Section. The headmaster was a Mr. James. Is there anyone out there who remembers any of these teachers?

Date:
16-Aug-2012

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Anne.

Comment:
I attended this school in the early 50s.I started in the infants at the bottom part which is left of this photo.There was a short wall and a gate overlooking a street where a girl lived who used to go home for dinner.there was some toilets at the bottom too.I remember going home with sore knees on coke delivery days. It was piled up outside the infants .When i moved up to juniors(right side of photo)we went in a door which is just out of sight on right.The boys were seperate and were the other side of girls overlooking the park.I can only remember the name of the headmistress which was Miss Moseley.There was 2 ways we could gohome,out of the top gate,straight across the park,up some steps,right up Preston Parade,and up 2 streets to Parkfield Mt.Or out at top gate,right up through the park,passing tennis courts on left,then left past playground and a little nursery for toddlers,then right up the park and out up a small slope near some toilets and right up a street and left past a few street ends and home.Sounds a long way for a child.Nobody would let their child do that now.We also played in the park after school till it got dark.

Date:
21-Aug-2012

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Name:
Royboy

Comment:
To Mr Schofield, I too went to this school from about 1946/7 to 1953 and also remember Mr Howcroft, Cawthorne, Abramson and the head Mr James although in 1950 the Headmaster became Mr Clifford J Kemp also Mr Gamble (Woodwork), believe it or not I still have my term progress reports from these years.

Date:
22-Aug-2012

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Name:
Jimmy Sollitt

Comment:
Re; ANN & her comments Could this possibly be the Ann Dufton that lived in, I think it was Wooler Street? Isn’t it nice to know some of the older ones are still here? Cheers and all the best to all those who left in 1957-1958 It was a great school that held many silver cups for its sports.

Date:
01-Sep-2012

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zarzar@ntlworld.com

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Name:
Mr. J. Sollitt

Comment:
The small building was in fact the infant’s school… its top door faced the entrance to the senior school cellars, and the upper building in the picture. To the left of the inside of this door were the washrooms & cloakrooms (With lead lined sinks) To the left of this building was a house at the lower end of the infants playground, used upstairs as the cookery class for the senior girls, and the lower part was a metal & woodwork class for the senior boys. The larger seen in the picture was in fact the girl’s side of the senior school. The other side of this building, facing onto the park was: Looking at the door on the left was the junior boy’s side & the door to the right was the senior boy’s side. To the left of the playground shown were the outside toilets – Boys on the left & girls on the right side. The gates most used were at the end of Maud Avenue, above the school. The picture you have was taken from a ginnel, site of the school caretaker’s house & that ran from Harlech Road to the end of Maud Avenue & the gates to the park. At which stood an electric sub station. (Green in colour). Head teacher of the boy’s junior school 1947 was a Mr James. Paul Madley (ex Leeds United player) attended this school. As did Brian Gabitas (Hunslet Rugby team. Aprox 1945-1955. Pupils from this school later moved to the new school up Gypsy Lane, Beeston. This school was the removed. The schools sports day each year was held in the park from the tennis courts (near the upper gates & Maud Avenue, to its lower end by the underground air raid shelters (still there in 1990s & below the ground). I attended these schools from 1947 to 1957. Pleased to hear from any old school boys or girls. Jimmy Sollitt

Date:
05-Sep-2012

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zarzar@ntlworld.com

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Name:
anne

Comment:
What memories these comments bring back.Playing in the playground,school photo,s in the park,the smell of floor polish and sweaty pumps.To the left is a wall separating playgrounds with toilets either side and just further down is a gate which we used to use to go down to the annex.Just on the right behind a pupil in a red jacket was where we girls went into school.After school it was up through the park,report home,out again into park,late for tea,out again till dark.Happy times.

Date:
12-Sep-2012

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Name:
Jimmy Sollitt

Comment:
Re:Graham A. Schofield (Remember any teachers)! Oh yes, indeed most of them. But to me the one I dreaded most was Mr Mason (Music teacher I believe) A thin,hard faced man! Made you stand there and sing while he tried to play the piano, and even if you were tone deaf. lol

Date:
14-Sep-2012

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
With reference to Jimmy Sollitt's comment. Yes Jimmy, Mr. Mason was to be dreaded. Didn't we know it. He was our class-master in Junior 6 (I think it was). We all had to learn to play the Descant Recorder. What a din!!! He also made his own wind instruments out of bamboo, and one of them he used to use as a weapon of punishment on us all. However, one day he had his "come-uppance". He dragged a lad (Peter his name was), out to the front of the class and made him bend over the end of the table in readiness for the punishment. Brandishing the length of bamboo (it was probably about 4 cms. in diameter with a cork at each end), he then swung the thing in a wide arc with his usual force, but this time, and just before contact was made, Peter moved aside very quickly, and the bamboo smashed into the end of the table. The corks flew out and the bamboo split cutting into Mason's palm. It must have hurt, as he was jumping about in pain for quite a while. Of course the class was in an uproar of cheers and yells. When things calmed down, Peter was back in his seat,without suffering any further punishment. I have to say that at least with our class, Mason never used a bamboo on us ever again. But there was one guy who taught in the Senior Section of the school who was far worse. Occasionally, we, as juniors had to go, as a class for "writing lessons" to a Mr. Lester. The mere thought struck fear and dread into our hearts. We all had school pens with rather broad steel nibs, while the horribly coloured brown ink came from the an ink-well which was set into each desk. The thing was - - - YOU HADN'T GOT TO MAKE A BLOT. - - - If you did, you were punished. Mr. Lester would walk around the class, and order anyone showing blots to stand on the desk seat. You have to realise, that back in those days we all wore short trousers. Mr. Lester would stop at each standing boy, and thrash the back of his legs with his bare hand until they were red raw, and he more or less collapsed into his seat. I would think that most kids made blots - some more than others. Back in those days physical punishment in schools was the norm, and was to be expected, but obviously there would always be some teachers who were much more violent than others - many I think who would relish in it. Overall, I think that it is a good thing that corporal punishment has been outlawed in our schools. There are better ways of instilling discipline - respect is one.

Date:
13-Oct-2012

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
DEREK JEMPSON

Comment:
G. Schofield must be a little older than me 16/02/43 Mr. Mason always used the back of a wooden hair brush, and made sure the trousers were realy tight?? Makes you think?

Date:
25-Oct-2012

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sidjempo@gmail.com

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Name:
Frances Hainsworth (nee West)

Comment:
Oh happy days! I loved Cross Flatts both infants and juniors. I remember Miss Westcott who was headmistress in the infants particularly because on the day that I was May Queen (16 May 1956) she let me sit in her office to rest before the big event in the afternoon. Miss Bartle was headmistress of the juniors when I first moved up and she was replaced by Miss Moseley who terrified the life out of all of us and thought only about her beloved choir! Some of the teachers there in my time were Mrs. Latham, Miss Horton, Mrs. Jordan and Mrs. Rhodes who lived on Maud Avenue and whose son David was in the boys' school.

Date:
21-Feb-2013

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Name:
Mr Barry Hemingway

Comment:
I went to this school from 1945 until 1955 and remember all the teachers mentioned in other comments Mr Cawthorn used to take us on school trips. I was a prefect and went round th playground ringing the bell at the end of playtime and standing in line in the playground before we went up to the first floor all the class rooms were round a large hall when you started at one end and moved once a year round the hall one room at a time until you got to the other end and then you left and started work. I also remember marching down Harlech Road to an old chapel to do gym lessons the teacher was Mr Atkins. Happy Days

Date:
21-Feb-2013

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Name:
Brian

Comment:
There is a good selection of Cross Flatts School magazine in the Leeds Library 2nd Floor from the 1940's through to 1960's , even though I didn't go to this school I enjoyed going through them team photos , school trips etc . It might fill a few gaps in for those of you who are a bit unsure of teachers names etc , you might even see a picture of yourself . There is also a small collection of Cockburn High School for those of you who attended there .

Date:
18-Mar-2013

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Name:
Rochelle Ward (nee Morton

Comment:
I remember attending Cross Flatts in the 50's, first at the nursery in the park, then infants and then the juniors. In the third year of juniors, our class was in the annexe down Harlech Road, the teacher at the time was Mrs Brunskill. I remember Miss Bartle the headteacher, then Miss Moseley who took her place. Miss Moseley was also the singing teacher and I remember her making us put three fingers in our mouths, then however wide open your mouth was you had to sing like that, I dreaded her. I also remember Miss Horton, Mrs Latham, Mrs Jordan, and Mrs Coates. Have lots of happy memories attending there and playing in the park.

Date:
10-Jun-2013

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award54@btinternet.com

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Name:
Anne

Comment:
Rochelle.This is exactly how I remember it.I lived close to the park and attended this school at the same time.Some names I still remember.I played in the park all the time.swings,long boat,spiders web,2 slides,Miss Mosely,although quite small,i feared her coming near me and forcing my mouth open with her fingers. although it must have worked as i was in the choir.I remember having a school photo taken in the park. My world revolved around this park.I failed 11 plus and went to Hillside.

Date:
26-Jul-2013

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Name:
Richard Craven

Comment:
I attended the school from approx '54-'60 Miss wormald and Mrs Illingwoth taught me in the infants, then in the juniors it was Mr Flatley "Flat at" up in cardinal square, them back at the main school Mr Rees, who used to play the drums, then for the final two years Mr George Moody, who introduced rugby league to the school. Other teachers I remember were Mr Abrhamson " Abro", Mr Bryan, Mr Mason (music), and Mr Oliver the Headmaster.

Date:
15-Aug-2013

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craven391@btinternet.com

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Name:
David Palfreyman

Comment:
Both myself and my sister went to the school in the sixties.I left in 1971 after failing my 11+.Reading all these comments brings back fond memories and I can still remember my first day in 1965.When I went to the juniors my teacher was Mr Uncles.The Headteacher was Mr Bowles.They was a roumer among the pupils he had a wooden leg.

Date:
23-Aug-2013

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david.palfreyman@telenet.be

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Name:
Jean ashford formerly pearson

Comment:
I attended Cross flatts from the age of three with my twin brother Kenneth Pearson from approx 1943 untill we reached 15 yrs....does any one remember Miss Bartle the Head Mistress.. and Mrs Miller....and one Teacher who had a short fuse (which I cant blame her for with pupils such as us ?Miss Horton ?i look back now and i wish i could find a friends of mine from school ie Beryl Lister .was a special friend.....My Twin brother Kenneth Pearson had lots of friends also......if any one remembers us can you email please jashford07@btinternet.com x jean

Date:
26-Apr-2014

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jashford07@btinternet.com

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Name:
Rona Powell (nee Whiteside)

Comment:
I started Cross Flatts in 1952 and left in 1958. I remember all the teachers mentioned, Miss Bartle, Miss Moseley, Miss Horton, who used to frighten me, Mrs Latham, Mrs Jordan, Mrs Coates, Mrs Brunskill, who I didn't like, Miss Westcott and Mrs Rhodes. I can remember a lot of girls in my class. Barbara Franks, Carol Bedford, who lived across the wall at the side of the school, Anne Cromack, Vicky Sheville, Pamela Verity, Pat Aisthorpe, Linda Wilson, Linda Ramsden, Yvonne Walker, Sylvia Wilburt, Lynette Smiley. I lived across the park in the Barkly's. I remember crossing the park to school and going through the railings instead of the gate. There used to be a girl called Glenis Lovelock whose dad trimmed poodles. Pat Aisthorpe always used to get the cane. We used to go for walks in the park after school. I would like to hear from anyone who can remember me.

Date:
17-Aug-2014

Email:
rona_powell@hotmail.com

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Name:
David Brown

Comment:
I was at this school from around 1971 to 1980. There used to be an annex that was part of this school further up Cross Flatts park near the bowling greens. But that burned down while I was a pupil there. Teachers I remember... my first ever being Mrs.Fielding. Headmaster was Mr.Reed and others included Mr.Uncles, Mrs.Kirk (didn't like her much) Mr.Bigland, the later to be notorious Mr.Booker and Mr.Aspinal. You didn't mess with Aspi! He was the one teacher that commanded respect and woe betide you if you got on his wrong side.

Date:
29-Aug-2014

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