As a long lost contributor to this site when Isaw this topic I had to add my recollections. This topic brings back quite a few memories as I attended from the mid 50's until me and my friends moved to Myers Grove.
Mr Oakes - Headmaster and also music teacher,choir master- brilliant - introduced me to classical music by playing it at assembly. 'Air on a G string' seemed to be played a lot. As choir master he took us to Elsecar for a choir competition and we won!! we sang a song about Hans old Mill. Apparently we gained extra marks because we 'looked like a choir' in our white shirts and red ties. This was something as most of the children were from not well off families . I myself lived on Martin Street where the slums were knocked down to build more slums which wer knocked down.Our old house is now the corner of a maisonette or something.
Mrs Oliver- my memories of her was of her make up with bright red lipstick,dark hair and eye brows like Alma Cogan , Also for her lessons we had to go across the road to St Nathanials Vestry Hall .Always remember the lights there hanging on long chains from the high ceiling. We also used St Nats hall just behind the vestry hall as a gym kept getting splinters from the cabby wooden floor. I think this is now a car park
Mr Breckan - I think the spelling is Breckin, however, taught us how to write using joined up writing and ink. He also had a reputation for having a cane with wire wrapped round for any miscreants however one day I was asked to go to the front of the class and confirm that this ' wire' was infact the glue from sellotape used to bind the cane t stopp it splitting
I have wonderful memories of this school non more so than my final visit . We had broken up for the 'Six weeks Holiday' after which would be my first day at Myers Grove. I realised that I had left my cartridge pen in my desk so on the Saturday I went to the caretakers house next to the lower school to see if he would let me in. He duly did so ,I retrieved the pen and walked out through the play ground which was situated underneath the school which was supported on large columns in the playground ( flew round them a few times playing English and Germans at playtime). I can still recall the quietness of the place as I left.
I now stand to be corrected here but I believe that Mrs Hattersley and Mrs Copley were in fact from Myers Grove. Mrs Hattersley was deputy headmistress and was the wife of Roy Hattersley along side a Mr Munden deputy headmaster. Mrs Copley was I believe the chemistry teacher .