The daily school routine had by this time become totally familiar - and in fact didn't change significantly the whole time I was there. Start time was 8.55: despite the fact we only lived just round the corner in Beauchamp Avenue (or maybe because of it) I struggled to make it in on time and was late for school on numerous occasions, but fortunately avoided being caught most of the time. Apart from Fridays, the day started with Assembly in the Hall: we sat in our Form groups, and stood up as the Head or sometimes the Deputy Head - Mr 'Bunny' Austen, of whom more later - swept in through the side door and up onto the stage. The first part was a hymn and prayers, chosen I believe by one of the staff on a rota basis. At the halfway stage the door at the back opened and those pupils whose parents had opted them out on religious grounds, together with the latecomers, trooped in from Room 18 just opposite. All the administrative bits and pieces (notices and whatnot) were then dealt with and we all stood up once more as the Head swept out again. On Fridays all this was replaced by a "Form period", given over to such chores as collecting dinner money. Since at that time we lived so close by, I was a little bit miffed that my mother refused to let me go home, but made me stay for school dinners instead although I'm sure it didn't do me any harm. The first two periods were 9.25-10.00 and 10.00-10.40, followed by Break.
As it is now: Front entrance seen from Binswood Avenue
The winter sun reflecting harshly back of the white facade and boards, concealing all the old secrets of the School Secretary's office. The Headmaster's study was just to the left, off the picture. To the right there is the front entrance door which I scurried through every morning, going down a corridor and thence to the classrooms
We all got turfed out into the playground at Break except when it was absolutely teeming down with rain (and sometimes even then). This was still in the days of free school milk and the crates were kept by the toilet block, and you were supposed to put the empties back in the crate when you'd finished. There was also a thriving sale of buns: my mother never gave me any money to buy one, though in all fairness to her I don't think I ever bothered asking. Periods 3 and 4 were then 11.00-11.40 and 11.40-12.25.
My school reports: Form 2L 1960-1961
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