Staff at St. Patrick’s School, Thornaby c1960s

t15153Probably taken in the early 1960s… These teachers taught in ‘the huts’, the secondary school of St Patricks
I don’t know why Vin Martin isn’t on this one. Front row from the left; Kath Fllyn, Margaret Ahbrams? Marjorie Kilcoyne (my mum), ? Dalton Headteacher, Chris Laird, ??, ??, ??.
Back row from the left: Art Teacher ? Mick Spain, Woodwork Teacher, Len ?, ??, Frank ? and ??

Photograph and details courtesy of Lesley Wilson.

43 thoughts on “Staff at St. Patrick’s School, Thornaby c1960s

  1. I think this must be year 1968. I have a photograph year 1 of 1. Mrs. Armitage was our teacher and she is wearing the same dress in the class photo. I wonder if the photo was taken the same day. I really enjoyed my school days.

    Like

    • The teachers on the back row L to R, Art teacher Mr Valentine, Mr Spain, (Mr ? Woodwork Teacher) Len Burke, Mr ?, Mr Gunn, Geography teacher, Mr Pybus (replaced Mr Dillon, as science teacher)
      Next to Kath Flynn, Mrs Charlton Needlework teacher, Mrs Kilcoyne (a wonderful teacher!), Mrs Howard, Not sure about the next two ladies (could be student teachers) between Mr Laird (Inspirational man) and Mrs Armitage. It was about 1968.

      Like

  2. I was at St. Pats from 1953 – 1963. I think the photo was taken in the late 1960s, Vin Martin left in the early 60’s to teach at St Anthony’s in Middlesbrough so that’s why he isn’t on the photo. He was a good teacher and a gentleman.
    I met Vin about 35 years ago, he was playing snooker with my father-in-law Basil Goult in the Middlesbrough Conservative Club. Basil and his family lived in Barker Road, Thornaby in the 1940s/50s. I had many a drink and a few games of snooker with Vin over the years until he sadly passed away.
    Chris Laird one of the other teachers was also a very good teacher. I got talking to Mr Laird at Cochrans Club on Hall Drive, Acklam approx 18 years ago, I was playing bowls at the time and he came over to watch. After the game I introduced myself to him and surprisingly he remembered me from school. While I was talking to him, I kept on calling him Sir and being the age I was (50 years old, married with 4 children) he found it funny, but because I’d always respected him I couldn’t stop myself.
    Mr Martin, Mr Laird, Mrs Kilcoyne. RIP

    Like

  3. I attended St Patrick’s secondary school from 1959-63. In that period all pupils were based in the ‘huts’ on Thorntree Rd. The buildings were pretty rudimentary- made of pre-fabricated concrete.
    Those days are still retain a fondness in my memory. Before I get too nostalgic, I just wanted to add a little more information to the published photo of the teaching staff at St Pats.
    I’m assuming that the lady who uploaded the photo, Lesley Wilson , is was formerly Lesley Kilcoyne?
    I think the teacher in the front row on the left is Kath Finn. Lesley correctly identified the Woodwork teacher, his name was Daley, whose nickname was Dan, after the Hollywood actor/dancer. Just one more little bit of info. On the back row 2nd from the end on the right, this teacher was called Gunn, he also had a nickname of Ben, from the Robert Louis Stevenson in Treasure Island.
    It was wonderful to come across this photo, but saddened to read in The Gazette about the passing of my old Geography/Music teacher, Mrs Kilcoyne.

    Like

      • Before he went to St Pat’s he taught in Whitby and the family home was in Sleights. You are correct about the motor bike. His eldest lad Stephen has about 6 at the last count so the love of motor bikes has run in the family.

        Like

    • He taught me in about 1957. A lovely man. He would read to us, My first introduction to Grimms fairy tales
      Les Wilson (Kilcoyne)

      Like

  4. Judging from the attire, especially the long haired gentleman top left, I’d be surprised if this was as early as 1962. It looks more like early 70s. I like the Pope in the background “photobombing” the picture!

    Like

  5. Love the photo Lesley my aunty lived next door to you, have you got any more photos of pupils, my sister Jackie hasn’t any and would love one, thanks

    Like

    • Sorry I haven’t found any yet but will post if I do. Who was your aunty and are you talking about Barker Road or Tweed Avenue?

      Like

      • Hi Lesley it’s Eleanor Cartwright nee Riley its great to see these pics. I’ve lived in Norfolk since 1978 and don’t see anyone from school but great memories.

        Like

  6. Back row: Art teacher took over from Miss Saunders. Mr Spayne, Mr Dailey, Mr Burke, Mr Duffy, Mr Gunn, Science teacher?
    Front row: Miss Finn, don’t know, Mrs Kilcoyne, don’t know, Mr Dalton, Mr Laird, don’t know, don’t know, don’t know.

    Like

  7. Lesley if you read this would love to hear from you. You and your family lived next door to me in the 50s in Tweed Avenue.

    Like

    • I was very young in Tweed Ave though Paddy or Fran will remember. She in Germany. What was your surname, Otterson? or Tonks?

      Like

      • Just realised you told me Otterson. Not familiar with all this.
        I’ll email Paddy. I was only about 3 or 4 but I know your name so well. I have an abiding memory of playing in the road where the road widened in front of our houses:??

        Like

  8. This Photo was taken outside the ‘New’ School on Baysdale Road I left St.Pats in 1962. (from the School ‘Huts’) therefore this photo dates from after circa Sept 1962.. only teachers I knew on this photo, were. MR DALTON / LAIRD / SPAYNE / GUNN / DAILY & MISS. FINN / MRS KILCOYNE

    Like

    • Derek we left the Hut’s July 64. The new school was opened Sep 64.. Lesley I have fond memories of coming to Birthday party’s at your house. My sister Maureen was at school with Paddy.. Maureen O’Hara. How lovely that your mum is still with you please send her our love.

      Like

    • I left the Pats in 1956 but do remember most of these teachers. Really fond memories of Mr Laird [hard but fair]. Also when you mention Mary Howard do you remember her assistant Rhoda Hills [my mam]. Great days at school and lovely to see these pictures. Best regards to all. Mervyn Hills.

      Like

      • Hi Merv, Remember me? We played against you, I was outside left for Arthur Head school, don’t want to mention the score!!! I am in touch regularly with Bob Wesson, he lives at a place called Appleby Magna not far from Coventry and he’s quite well and works for a garden centre near to where he lives (part time). His wife is not in the best of health unfortunately. I will mention you to him when I speak to him. Kind regards John Vincent.

        Like

        • Hi John Vincent,
          My mum is Robert Wessons cousin and is trying to trace him,his mobile number has changed and he isn’t at the pub now after Janet passed away.
          If you have any info my mum would be very grateful .
          Kind Regards
          Paula J

          Like

  9. Did Lesley Wilson have a brother called Douglas who attended Primrose Hill school on Durham Road in 1964 to 1967 as I would like to trace him, thank you from Dave Jones formerly of Hardwick now in Essex.

    Like

    • I left “the pats” in 1959. Only 4 of teachers in this picture taught in “the huts”. Mr Spayne (Spanner), Mr Daley (Dan), Mrs Kilcoyne and Mr Laird. Sj Dalton was the head whose office was in junior school over the road. Other teachers I remember from the “huts” were Mr Martin and Miss Preston (Beryl I think). This photo was taken outside new school on Baysdale Road.

      Like

  10. Hello Lesley, thank you for posting this picture. The second from right at the back is Frank Gunn. Is your Mum still with us? Such a lovely lady, one of the very few teachers I have fond memories of.

    Like

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s