Posts by, or about, teachers at the boys school
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I read with some sadness about the death of Stan Frankland. I knew him in three stages of my life. As a child, seeing him serving in Symonds Sweet shop in Oxlow Lane, Dagenham. Then, when I was in Albion Road Primary School in 1947 he took over the football team for a while. Then, when I started teaching at Mayfield in 1963, he was a colleague. I shall always remember his keen attitude and his infectious smile and laughter. Continue reading →
I taught at Mayfield from 1961to1964, then moved to the west country where I continued my music teaching and eventually crossed the ‘corridors’ of power to later retire as Head Teacher. I have wonderful memories of Mayfield School school. It was my first appointment and I was so fortunate to be part of a tremendous Staff, conscientious and all so involved in making the school a great success. I now live near the sea in North Devon and can’t quite believe that I’ve been retired for 15 years. I busy myself daily, walking the coastal path, cycling with a group and involving myself with sixty geriatrics who just like to sing, the Barnstaple Male Voice Choir. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me from my time at Mayfield.
As well as teaching at the school in many capacities I was the Warden of the Youth Centre for about 15 years from 1961 to around 1976. I have many fond memories of the school and Youth Centre and am pleased to see mention of some them in correspondence you have received. If ex-pupils such as Peter Wademan, Jimmy Crittenden, John Scales or anyone of that time get to hear of the Mayfield Memories Website I hope they will make contact. Continue reading →
This is a snap of Doug Shaw taken I believe, in the late autumn of 1967. It’s a scanned copy of a photo I took 44 years ago on a pretty basic camera, time has deteriorated the print, nevertheless looking at this photo, those with long memories will remember Doug, hopefully as I do, as an exceptional teacher. Continue reading →
An exceptional teacher and music master
Died 13th June 2008
With great sadness my wife and I opened a Christmas card singularly signed, ‘Love Joyce’. A foot note explained; ‘My dearest Doug died of a heart attack in his sleep on 13th June’. Continue reading →
I was at Mayfield for seven years. It was my first teaching post, after some time in industry and commerce, and the experience I gained was very good indeed. Charles Hicks was the best head with whom I ever worked. I retired as Deputy Head of Chepstow Comprehensive School in 1991.
Letter from Harold Cutting
Thank you for your kind letter. I apologise for not replying sooner but I am getting old and recently my health hasn’t been very good.
I was very interested in your website project and hearing about it triggered a great number of memories – about the premises in Goodmayes Lane and the staffing of Mayfield Boys School. I can even remember staff prior to World War Two as I was appointed in 1934 when the school opened. I well remember the first headmaster, Mr. James Hack, MA. He was very interested in sport and selected staff of a like mind, which was how Mayfield became ‘tops’ in athletics, football and swimming. Continue reading →
Letter from Harold’s daughter 27th April 2009
Thank you for your letter with enclosures from members of your website. We found it very interesting and I am glad my father left some scientists behind as well as sportsmen. Continue reading →
This photo of me with a pupil working at an easel was taken by Roland Shaine’s studio, Goodmayes in 1950. Regrettably, I can’t remember who the pupil was or why the photo was taken. Continue reading →