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I joined this excellent Web site last night and have already spent several interesting hours perusing the many topics on Sheffield's recent history. It's been a fascinating look back and I thank Neil for administering the wealth of information on the site.

As an ex-pupil of Sheffield's Firth Park Grammar School (pupil from 1965 - 1970) I set up a school site some years back. We've been slowly building up details of the building, teachers, pupils and school life over about five years and are always glad to receive information and photos from anyone who was once a pupil at the Grammar School or the later Firth Park School from 1970 onwards.

Contact details are at: https://firthparkgrammarschool.wordpress.com/. for anyone has anything to submit or if you just want to have a little look around to see what went on there all those decades back!

We're always happy to hear from you - Steve

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Welcome to the site Kubernaaut and hope you will be a regular visitor. I went to Firth Park via the amalgamation with Hatfield Comprhensive and was at the "Brushes" between 1970 -72 so we probably crossed paths at some point. I have visited your site and was very impressed with it. Keep up the good work.

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Welcome to the site Kubernaaut and hope you will be a regular visitor. I went to Firth Park via the amalgamation with Hatfield Comprhensive and was at the "Brushes" between 1970 -72 so we probably crossed paths at some point. I have visited your site and was very impressed with it. Keep up the good work.

Many thanks, Mick. The intake of pupils after the Brushes ceased to be is rather loathed to write anything about Firth Park School after it ceased to be a grammar school. I'd be glad to add something on the FPGS site if you'd care to write something.

As far as our paths crossing, I guess that you started school in September 1970 just as I was starting working for a living... in the Sheffield Trustee Savings Bank, 102 Surrey Strret. It was more like a glorified post office in those days... I think that the building (listed, I believe) is still in existence although I'm not sure whether it is still a bank. Perhaps someone could confirm this, and maybe even send me a photo of it as it is today. However, not to worry as I'll probably look the place over (as I shall the City Centre) on one of my infrequent trips to the UK and to the Shiny Sheff. My next planned visit is for mid-November this year.

Steve

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Thanks for that... some good photos!

Steve

Yet again the search for pub pics leads me to a few pics from earlier threads. Firth Parkers may remember this...if they're old enough!

Pictures: http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=m00078

http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=m00079

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Welcome to the forum! I was a pupil at FPGS from 1957 to 1964.

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My older brother went to FPGS from about 1950. We lived about 100 metres from the school gates in Horninglow Road and he was always late for school! His nemesis was Mr Chapman, the Headmaster, a real martinet by all accounts.

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My older brother went to FPGS from about 1950. We lived about 100 metres from the school gates in Horninglow Road and he was always late for school! His nemesis was Mr Chapman, the Headmaster, a real martinet by all accounts.

I always thought Chapman was OK, although I think he left in my second year. His successor was Mr Wilson. Now there was a brute!

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Welcome to the forum! I was a pupil at FPGS from 1957 to 1964.

Did you know Andrew Taylor? He was a pupil there from 1955, his dad was the manager of Sheffield Wednesday. W/E.

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Did you know Andrew Taylor? He was a pupil there from 1955, his dad was the manager of Sheffield Wednesday. W/E.

I don't think so. There were a couple of Taylors in my year but Andrew doesn't ring a bell. But then, it was a long time ago!

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Did you know Andrew Taylor? He was a pupil there from 1955, his dad was the manager of Sheffield Wednesday. W/E.

Was that as in Eric Taylor W/E?

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I was at Firth Park Grammar from 1954 until 1959...Eric Taylor's son was a year or so younger than I... but, because of his father, well known...if not a little notorious. I was also a member of the Old Boys Association for a few years...We were known not as 'Firth Parkers' but rather as ' Firparnians'...which was also the title of the school magazine..on which I had occasion to do some research a few years ago.

A splendid school with several very notable old boys...one of whom ( Gerald Brooke) was caught by the Russians spying and exchanged for a real Russian spy! :)

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A splendid school with several very notable old boys...one of whom ( Gerald Brooke) was caught by the Russians spying and exchanged for a real Russian spy! :)

I always understood that FPGS was one of only a handful of schools at the time that taught Russian. I wonder how it came about?

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Boris Haywood was the Russian Master and during the chilliest parts of the Cold War delegations of Russians were shown around the school...As a young '***' in the 'Special Choir' I remember singing a selection of English songs to a bunch of hard looking Russians ...who returned the favour by singing ( in Russian) the Volga Boat Song. I have no idea how it became the only school outside of London to teach the language.

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Boris Haywood was the Russian Master and during the chilliest parts of the Cold War delegations of Russians were shown around the school...As a young 'fag' in the 'Special Choir' I remember singing a selection of English songs to a bunch of hard looking Russians ...who returned the favour by singing ( in Russian) the Volga Boat Song. I have no idea how it became the only school outside of London to teach the language.

Anyone got a copy of Spike Johnson's book about the history of the place? I wonder if it's in there?

Don't know if you've seen this, 1926, FPGS at extreme left. Almost didn't recognise it, no Art block!Is that part of the garden or the footings for the labs?

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Yes, I have a copy of Spike's little book and, No, it isn't mentioned as far as I can recollect. The aerial shot is of the development of the Brushes and allied Council estates and shows the 'Oval' quite nicely. FPSS( it became FPGS somewhat later) moved from its first home in Abbeyfield to the Brushes which had been the German steel entrepreneur ,Kayser's, home. It was he who had the tower built ( to remind him of home) and it was he who said, when asked why a German had made his home in Sheffield..." Home is where one does well"...and he did really well!

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