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     MANOR PARK GRAMMAR SCHOOL

NUNEATON         1950 - 1977

Last Updated 17 July 2024   

 

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60 years ago

Individual forms were photographed in September 1950, including the 1st years, the first forms of the then technical school. Form photographs, the choir and the staff were photographed in the quad, that a few years later became the swimming pool, just before the Easter holidays in April 1957.  For the first all-school photograph, around 700 pupils, teachers and other staff assembled on the lawn at the front of the school on a September day in 1964, "when one or two lessons were missed".

50 years ago

At the start of the autumn term 1974 the reorganisation of schools came in full effect as, rather than staying at Manor Park for their A-Level studies, 25 students transferred to what was now King Edward VI Sixth Form College, where they joined girls from the High School as well the the KEGS boys and students from other secondary schools across Nuneaton.  To make room for them the younger KEGS boys joined the younger High School girls at the High School premises that became 'Etone School'.

At Manor Park the last upper sixth began their final year.

Still Standing

The 'Coventry Evening Telegraph' of 3rd July reports, "A demolition plan has been revealed for a large part of a former Nuneaton secondary school. It will see much of the last remaining parts of Manor Park School bulldozed to pave the way for new housing and a care home."

But this is at least the third such plan for the science block and the surrounding classrooms together with the 'new' school hall,  since Manor Park was closed in 2011.  These parts of the school were built between 1955 and 1975 when asbestos was a go-to building material.

Should the plan go ahead, the "last remaining parts" will be still standing and in use.  The classrooms around the quads and the old school hall were refurbished in 2015 to become 'Discovery Academy' for children with 'special needs'.

 

 

"Great book good work. Love it."

"Great book. Brings back memories of my time there"

"We are enjoying reading it."

"really enjoying the book can’t put it down"

Following the success of the first edition, some 80 pages of additional stories, memories and photographs have been added to produce
 

'A Short History' 

Second Edition

300 pages, hardback

Available here or at

Nuneaton Heritage Centre

 

 

Not a Third Edition.    

As promised when the second edition was published there will be no third edition of 'A Short History', but items continue to come to light, often as a result of memories being jogged by the book.

1957-58

Pupils took it in turns to prime with powder (it was a black powder but not gunpowder) musket ball and wadding, then fire, check and/ or clean and repeat, the flintlock musket in Mr. Mason’s history lessons, studying the various Franco-Prussian wars and the lead up to the alliances which caused the First World War. It gave the class an idea of how little fire power there was if one person was doing the loading and the firing, a slick operator taking about 30 seconds to load, prime and fire. Meanwhile Mr. Mason would count down the yards the enemy soldier was away. Treatment of musket ball wounds and the havoc caused by misfires was also covered.

1962-63

Mr. Siddall, a gentleman of the old school of teachers. After presenting ''The School for Scandal'' in Roanne’s theatre a group of the players were strolling back through the empty lamp-lit cobbled streets of the town to the hotel, hand-in-hand with girlfriends. A remark was made about how romantic it was and with feeling George Siddall said ''At least you've got your girlfriends with you. I had to leave my wife at home.''

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70 YEARS AGO

 

 

 

 

 

60 years ago    

News of Old Scholars

Towards the back of most editions of ‘the Wheel’ there would be a page or two under the above title with news of marriages, graduations etc. In the strawest of polls the last chapter of the new edition of "A Short History" records what a few of Manor Park's nearly 3000 old scholars got up to.

Various groups of old scholars meet up (ir)regularly.

The "Class of '66" group continues to grow with over 50 now in touch and meeting for the occasional lunch.  If you "qualify" (ie 1st year in Sept 1966 or 6th form 1971) and would like to be put in touch contact us here.

A reunion in 2024 for old scholars who started at Manor Park in September 1964 has been proposed

Contact us to publicise your event here or to be put in touch with any of these groups or individual old scholars. In the interest of data security we can't send out email addresses etc. but we can, on your request, forward your contact details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Verse                   No joy in petty victories deriving –

Smug satisfaction, envy, greed and spite –

We’d rather lose with honour in our striving

Than triumph in a cause that is not right.

Grant patient hand and eye, that we may ever

Find skill in work that brings its own reward

Despite the false and ugly and endeavour

To labour for the glory of the Lord!

 

And so to school  - in Darjeeling

After the Covid shutdown Roseberry School has got back into its routine.  And there has been good news from their old scholars who have gone onto secondary education with success and have now taken up places in colleges with aspirations to enter the professions.

The school was set up by former head girl Helen Jones (nee Goodburn) in 2007 to establish and run a school, for disadvantaged children. Starting in little more than a shed the school has grown to nearly 200 pupils occupying a purpose built, four storey building. 

The school is now partially self-sustaining, but still relies on donations to continue to provide for the most deprived youngsters.  For more information and/or to make a donation, regular or otherwise, contact Helen by clicking on the picture right.

 

 

LINKS               Warwickshire County Record Office

                               www.shoreditchcollege.org/pages/history.html

                              Nuneaton and North Warwickshire Family History Society

                              Nuneaton Heritage Centre

Facebook and Youtube

                             There is now a facebook page 'Manor Park Grammar School Friends'   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1697762690440002

                             and Milly Millington has made a video of the school, past and present,  www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb2Lebor3U8