What did you enjoy most about the School?
Most enjoyed the ambience of the
school, the marvellous sports field, the upper gallery above the
Assembly Hall. Every pupil was treated as important. Teaching staff
cared about their charges.
Were there any memorable incidents that you can remember?
I remember well the PE teacher 'Vince' Hawkins (I think!) who could
not wait to emigrate to Canada. He drove along the New Birmingham
Road from Wolverhampton every day and had never seen what lay
beneath the fog of smoke & dirt. I remember a boy named Bevan
being expelled, it was quite dramatic. I remember Alec Marshall
scoring 75 not out against Silhill, at Edgbaston in the Docker
Shield. I remember most being a 'New Bug', having the ritual in the
cage, going home and crying silently having to return. I
remember the tears of sadness having to leave after the examinations
in 1952. Those tears are still there, all bottled up.
Which teachers do you remember?
Levett, 1A from teacher, day1. 'The Beek', 'Piggy' Hindle, 'Froggy'
Flloyd (French), 'Daddy',
'Pop' , 'Ron', 'Herr',Mr Cauldwell. Mr 'Gee Gee' Gallop, took
us for History and I still remember
waking to the '1815 Corn Laws', when he belted me over the head, which
the desk top, with the thick text book,after I had fallen asleep.
know more about the 'Corn Laws', now, than he ever did.
'Vince' Hawkins (I think, PE), Mr Rowe (RE), Mr Love (Music) and
of course, everyone's
favourite 'Killer' Cole.
What do you think the School gave you?
Those teachers were probably back from the war and they certainly
knew more about life than the 'namby pamby' gels of today, who have
only known school and University and probably 'Dope'. You must
smile, it is not meant that seriously. Thank Goodness there was not
too much P.C. in those days. A fiercesome blow of chalk from 20 feet
was good discipline.
Did you take part in any School production, competitive
sports or club visits?
KNGS Football, Cricket and Athletics were excellent in
that era and the late 1940's and 1950's and produced some
star players. I might not have achieved the recognition then,
because the class of competitor was very high.
What was the Headmaster like at the time?
We hardly ever heard, or met 'The Beek', other than at Assembly, or
Speech Day, except at very occasional lessons. He used the cane
adeptly, even though rarely. I received 6 of the best, for smoking on
a tram, and not wearing my cap on a trip to Ward's in Selly Oak, for
a career day. Tug Stevens was on the same tram. Dave Manton, Reg
Boddington, Laurie Grey and I tossed up outside of his office, for
who went in next. Waste of time really, he called us in by name.
What was discipline like?
Discipline was not too severe really...the
bang on the head was deserved, the detentions and lines were
bearable, the stick was used by 'The Beek' when needed, but the
worst discipline was given out by 'Piggy' Hindle...Standing for what
seemed hours looking at a blank wall, all that was needed was a
dunces cap. It hurt physically and mentally and was dreadfully
humiliating. It worked...Bring back the birch, I say.
How did national and world events affect your time at
a political debate (1950/51) I was the only member of the school I
think, who supported
Labour. I spoke
for twenty minutes on the benefits of the 'Ground Nut scheme'. Oh,
was I ever
embarrassed? I was harangued from every quarter, including the
teaching staff. However, I
stood my ground.
In later life from 1989-to date I represent my Council
constituency as a
Conservative, in a locality that would and do vote for Carrots if
they have a Labour tags on
Kings Norton Grammar School for Boys was a wonderful and so
memorable experience. I am so
proud that my
election tells everyone, which school I attended for a magical 5
years, in an