Front Row: Jimmy Summers S class, ?? , Eric Barnes S Class, June Ford Form 4A, ?? S class.
I know that Jimmy Summers and Eric Barnes went on to become teachers with Jimmy making Head Master of a Teesside School but dying very young. I am sure some of our correspondents will be able to fill in the missing names on the photograph.
The S class referred to was a special class for those failing the 11 plus exam to go on to further education at a later date to stay within the Education Department net. Where others who left school at 15 years in some cases went on to study at Night School to further their education, mainly in the Technical field resulting in some eventually getting their Engineering degree or their Higher National Certificate or City and Guild full technological certificate, or National Certificate Diploma. Many Teesside youngsters benefited from this Night school education and many were allowed a days leave per week to gain their qualifications. I wonder is a similar situation still in progress on Teesside now as I would think that with the loss of all the large Engineering Firms from Teesside it may not be the case, to the detriment of the local youth of Teesside.
Photograph and details courtesy of Ben Brown.