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  1. It is good to see old photo’s of Brackenhoe, though it puzzles me why it is always listed as formerly Bertram Ramsey? It was originally Brackenhoe Technical School,( boys only) and only became Bertram Ramsey when it merged with Bertram Ramsey following the death of the headmaster (Mr Fish if memory serves) I was at the school from 1964 to 1969 and remember it fondly. The pictures of Mr Heseletine in the metalwork shop bring back good memories,as do the time spent doing tech drawing. Not so fondly remembered though are the memories of standing outside Joe Grierson’s office in the school entrance lobby for the cane. No surprises that there is no sign of Mr Bagley in the chemistry lab!

    • Hi Malcolm, I was in the same classes as you and also have some fond memories of the school. You are right about Mr Bagley never being in the classroom.

      • Hi Malcolm. I’m sorry but I can’t recall you from my school years, but I can only really remember about 6 lads I was in class with. Surprising really when I spent 5 years with around a class of 30 which remained constant throughout.
        Classmate names that come to mind are…..Ronnie Cuthbert, Tom McLellan, Ray Thomas, Andy Thomson, Terry Cassidy & Brian Snaith.
        Teachers I recall are Mrs Hodgkinson (English) Twizzle? ( Geography) Mr Cockerill/Sudron ( sports) Mr Shakespear (History) Mrs Batty ( music)
        It was a good school, & despite getting the whack a few times over the years it gave me a good grounding for the future.

        • I remember the classmates you mentioned apart from Terry Cassidy. Also remember Peter Sharp (Ena), Brian Kirkham, Geoff Williams. You may remember me as Monkey.

        • Hi Malcolm , Ronnie Cuthbert here , just found your message as I was trawling through the net looking for Brackenhoe stuff. This is first time on this website. I won’t type to much as I’m not sure if you will receive this reply being as it is about 20 months since you posted your message.

          Terry Cassidy I’m sure should read Castleton , I remember all the names you and Malcolm ( Monkey) Chambers mentioned plus a few I can add – John Culley ( sit next to him at the Boro match) , Tony Harkin , John Whittaker,Alan ( Ernie) South ,Phil Thompson , Richie Lawson , Colin Pearce , Denis Hill,
          Ian Cattermole ……Hope you get this message .

    • 100% correct Malcolm on every count. In fact I think I recall you? Dave Roffey, Dave Nelson, Mick Ruse are other names that spring to mind.

      • Mick Ruse? Big lad? Think he went on to become a draughtsman. He was big mates with my uncle John (Waland) fromTurford Avenue, Micks nana and mine were next door neighbours.

  2. You are partly correct Nick, Bertram Ramsey merged with Brookside around 1983 to become Brackenhoe secondary.
    My earlier comments are correct, Brackenhoe Tech was around long before that, my father and uncle both attended there before me & prior to it moving onto Prissick base. Joe Grierson made the comment when I turned up in his class “Oh god, not another one!”
    In 1968 my father’s cousin became a teacher at Brackenhoe Tech & later went on to marry a teacher from Brookside

  3. I went to Brackenhoe Tech in its first year after completion. Prior to that we were in Middlesbrough ajoining Hugh Bell School.

  4. I was there from 61-65. I agree with Malcolm and his comments. Bagley & Grierson were teachers to fear. The top photo is Mr McPherson the Tech Drawing Teacher, Twizzle was Mr Armstrong and he taught Geography. Mr Kitchen was RI but was easily distracted if you mentioned stamps.

      • Remember Mr. Armstrong for geography, he was an artist at drawing maps on the blackboard and could hit you at 50 paces with the blackboard duster if you were not paying attention.

  5. I was born September 1945 in 50, Cargo Fleet Road. I attended St. John the Evangelist School from 1950 to 1960. I left to go to Brackenhoe Technical School as it was known then. I left school at 16 years of age to join the workforce. I would very much like to communicate with anyone who can remember me.
    Awaiting a reply.

  6. I remember the names of Mr Fish (Headmaster), Joe Grierson (Deputy Headmaster) Mr. Armstrong (Geography) I remember him throwing the blackboard rubber from the front of the class to a student at the back of the class. He didn’t miss him. The Tech drawing master was Mr. McPhearson, I think he was a former commando. If it was him, he thought I was the one talking and he hit me with the palm of his hand on my face. My face was so red and it stung for ages. He then found out it was not me and could not apologise enough. I can remember Mr. Bagley.
    I also can remember a Mr (Rev) C of E Priest Tedd Appleyard teaching R.I. and maybe english

  7. I attended Brackenhoe ’63 – ’68 and have very happy memories of that school. I remember that the discipline was very strict and was a real eye opener for a young lad joining the first years from junior school. I’ll never forget getting the cane on my first day, after being hauled to Mister Fish’s office by a prefect, for standing on the flower borders…never did it again! I also remember Joe Grierson, a fearsome physics master, who told us what the translation of the Latin school motto (Ad Finem) meant, “Until The End”, he looked at us all in his class with his steely eyes and said “And believe you me, you will all work until the bitter end”. Genuine thanks to Brackenhoe for my formative years.

    • I was there then too, my intro on the first day was a kick in the Crown Jewels from a yob who I asked “where’s the Geography room please?”
      It set the tone for the next 3 years until I learned to look after myself.
      Low point of that year was the final day of Summer term 64’, there was a rumour going round that there was going to be trouble and I begged off school that day. Found out later that there’d been a riot, school was smashed up and Mr Fish the headmaster died of a heart attack. So sad, he was one of the good guys.

  8. I was there 63/68, First day Mr Bagley asked ” anyone got brothers in the school? ” I proudly raised my hand and gave my name, he replied, sit down here in front of me, I’m going to keep my eye on you laddie!!!.

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