29 thoughts on “Fairfield Secondary Modern School 1960

  1. The second picture is of the lunch hall which was our home room (2A) with Mr Alcock in 1960. It is possibly Roland Clarkson on the right facing the camera. Third one looks like May Brown on the right. Fifth one, I think the girl in the right foreground is Tony Evans cousin, Pat.

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  2. I was there for a few months until I left school in July 1961, having spent the rest of my schooldays at a boy’s only school, it was quite a shock to be in a classroom with girls.

    I was helped out by another boy called David Gutteridge and we became good friends until we both departed the school to begin more than fifty years of working for a living.

    Those few months were the best years at school, the staff and fellow pupils were great and I wished I had been there earlier.

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  3. Thelma Reissue (Halfpenny). Do you have a brother called Raymond, if so I was at school with him at Oxbridge then Fairfield. If I remember rightly, I’m sure he became a welder at Waley Welding. Have never seen him since we left school in 1966. He will be retired now, hope he is still fit and well. I have memories of him breaking his leg whilst at Oxy juniors and getting pushed around on a Pram bogey.

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    • Ray Halfpenny did indeed work at Whaley welding as I was there at the same time, albeit slightly older than Ray. Ray was tall and thin.

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  4. Yes Frank Showell was a one off, I was sort of related to him he was married to my dads cousin. We used to stay back after school to play football in the yard and he would come out with a crate of left over milk, remember school milk? But first we would have to pick up as much litter as we could find then we got the milk, brilliant!

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  5. I was there the first year it opened, no swimming pool, but it was a very smart school, after Oxbridge School. I too remember Mrs Stellfox. It is great to see pictures of the school as it was back then. Thelma Reiss (Halfpenny)

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  6. I was at Fairfield Secondary Modern the first year it opened . Now back in the area first time in many years and wondered if any old friends are still keeping in touch. Charlie Turnbull.

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  7. I had no idea there would be any pictures of inside the school. I was here in early 60’s. How privileged we were to have such a brand new school purpose built with Swimming Pool, Gym, 2 Science Labs, (I worked as a Technician here, with a girl called Susan, in our break & free time), Woodwork Room with all the Tools, a room for Cookery with all the Cookers etc, even a small flat to help us Girls learn how to look after a home. I remember Mrs Stelfox was one of the Cooker Tutors, anyone remember Stelfox Pasties? (as she called them).
    We even had a sewing room. Nowadays, most schools have these facilities, but back then we were very lucky.

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    • Cracking pictures from a bygone age!!!
      I was at the school 65 to 70, the Headmaster was Frank Showell, what a great bloke ,He was really quite ill about the time I left and moved out of the area.
      The facilities were excellent, learnt to swim in what was the only pool in a school locally at that time.This was complimented by the woodwork & metalwork rooms, also a well stocked library The Susan in the Science lab I think you could have worked with was Susan Bamford, may well be wrong on that, she was certainly involved with Science when I was attending.
      Chris Stoddart

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      • Chris Stoddart I remember you. I lent you my football boots for the inter-house football tournament when we were both in York, can I have them back please!?

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        • Hi Stuart,
          I might have to search around a bit, moved quite a few times since then, apologies for not returning them at the time!!!! Not sure which Stuart you are, one or two in the school over the years!

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      • Thanks Chris Stoddart. Yes Susan Bamford, she was a lovely girl. Often think of her & wonder where she is now & what she is doing. We really enjoyed our Technician work in the Science Lab together.

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        • Fiona,
          Last time I saw Sue it was 1971/72, she was working as an office admin person for an old Garage firm called Chapmans right at the top of Stockton High Street (all demolished long ago) she was still such a sweet natured girl and devastatingly pretty. We caught up a bit about FSM, she is one of only 5 or 6 ex pupils I have seen since leaving the area, mind it was an very long time ago.

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