151 thoughts on “Ian Ramsey Church of England School

  1. Can anyone remember the English teacher’s name (lady) who taught at Stockton Grammar School in the years 1972-1974? She had a son aged about 6, and lived in Hartburn? She inspired me regarding my continuing love of literature… Max Underhill was a family friend, and the loveliest man – and, in addition to being a great artist and teacher, was a great jazz drummer!

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  2. Hi All
    I attended SGS from 1965 to 1970 and have many memories of the school especially going to a multi storey school from the ground floor junior school of Holy Trinity which I always remember and think they were the best teachers as they nearly always got 30+ pupils to SGS, GGS and the remainder to Richard Hind each year.
    Some great teachers, Max U, Piggy Cardno, Froggie Collins, but not Slug Swift ( who couldn’t teach music or maths) Wilf History teacher who got me a Grade 1 O Level. Of course who can forget Teagues Est always wafting you across the back of the head with his gown.
    The Bully Boy teachers Hodgson and Berriman always bullying and critiscising us non athletic pupils with ridiculous cross county runs and adding extra distance for those of us who walked through Upsall Grove area.
    Class of 65 included Andrew, Barratt, Me, Buckley, Butler, Cairns, Clarke, Collins, Harris, Greig (had a year in Bahamas) Landing, Fulton, Hays, Iceton, Palfreman, Marsh,
    Only class member I have seen in the 10 or 20 years is Ian Hays either in a pub in Stockton High Street or the Golden Lion Sedgefield.
    Saw Piggy in Stockton High Street 3 years ago when he was organising a bus and coach group who were visiting and he hasn’t changed at all and even remembered me.
    Drop me an email if you remember me.

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  3. Great to see a few names I recognise. I went to Ramsey from 78 to 83.
    Would love to hear from anyone who recognises my name.

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  4. Hi folks’ I was a pupil of Ian Ramsey School in its first year of amalgamation with Stockton Grammar for;Boys. My name is now Judy Adler, formally, Judy Tamakloe. I have bitter sweet memories of that time, particularly so, because I was the first mixed race female student to survive The Fairfield secondary modern school which amalgamated with Ian Ramsey circa 1991/1992?

    I left around 1994/95 to attend Stockton Tech and at 18 joined Cleveland Police force for 12 years and then later did my BA at the Prestigious Chelsea College Art & Design in London (in Spatial Design)

    I have, studied, taught and lived in London & The Essex for the last 31 years.

    I am happily married and have two sons, the eldest of whom is 22 years old and a University Graduate….what a different world we live in now ( but then again, not so much) my youngest is 19, is in his second year at Uni.

    One of my best friends from school is Caroline Skaife (formally) Burton. I have not attended a school reunion to date, but, after over 30 Years away from Stockton-on-Tees, feel its time to catch up with old school friends and enemies, as so much water has passed undress the bridge.

    Anyone from my era, now aged 60/61 still alive and kicking?

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    • Hi Judith, (that’s as I recall) I remember you very well. My name is John Willimott and I am alive and kicking. I went to Ian Ramsey (not a lot) & Stockton Sixth Form & we were there at the same time. I seemed to know that you had joined the Police, somebody must have told me. I remember Caroline too. You were a stunningly beautiful girl and I was a spotty, shy boy who pretended not to be so. We had brief conversations but I’m sure you’ll struggle to remember me.

      It surely is a different world now, even more so over the last couple of months. I seem to have some time on my hands which is why I was fortunate to stumble upon your post.

      I don’t know how these messages get to you, if they do but I hope this one does.

      I am very happily married too (30 yrs) and I also have 2 boys, one still at Uni and the other my eldest (25) working in London.

      I have worked in Mining, Telecommunications and latterly in Health where I got my degree. I am self employed & not likely to retire for some time. Although pretty soon a form of retirement may be forced upon me.

      I’m glad that you’re alive and kicking too. I hope you & yours are well and keeping safe.

      Take care

      John

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    • Hi Judy

      Your dates of 94/95 for leaving Ian Ramsey school threw me a little? I’m thinking that it must have been more like 74/75, as I served with you on Cleveland Constabulary’s Special Operations Service 82/84’ish.?
      Glad to hear that you’ve fulfilled new ambitions in Essex; sounds interesting?
      I transferred to Dorset Police in 1985 and completed my 30 years police service there. Happily enjoying retirement here close to Ringwood on the Dorset/Hampshire border. Regards.

      John Trattles

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  5. I was part of the first SGS intake at the new school in 1963. I sang at the consecration of the chapel and was surprised at the vandalism of the iconic mosaic by the current school. I can’t believe that an attempt wasn’t made to incorporate it into the new building. The mosaic was a memorial gift to the new 1963 building. I believe that it was on 3 concrete panels which I’m sure could have been salvaged
    Is the old school bell from the original school still about?

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    • Hi George,

      The destruction of the mural was an unbelievable act of vandalism. The school initially claimed that there were plans to save it and (somehow?) incorporate it into the new build, and it was only at the last minute (when it was too late to fund raise to have it removed) that we found out it would be demolished. https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/ian-ramsey-school-chapel-mural-8182211

      The response of the school (or lack of response) to my inquiries earlier in the redevelopment programme was somewhat evasive. I think they just didn’t want to admit that it would be thrown in a skip. Still, had people known earlier that there were no funds to remove it, I am sure we could have done an international fund raiser for it. After all, thousands of former students could have been contacted and I am sure many would have contributed. I have been trying to find out more information about it since (online, as I don’t live in Stockton now) but have drawn a blank about the artist.

      I did find out that local people donated funds for its original creation and the fact that it was a memorial makes it doubly insulting that it was lost in the demolition.

      I wrote about it on my blog at the time. http://susanbriscoe.blogspot.com/search?q=ian+ramsey

      The school’s headmaster claimed that they were going to have postcards made of it and would send me one, but nothing ever materialised. Supposedly there is a photo of it hanging inside the new school somewhere, but as neither local people nor former students seem to have been invited to see inside this fortress, I have absolutely no idea.

      The new school is an ugly slab of a black box. Residents in Lealholme Grove who were concerned about it ruining the view from their homes and overshadowing their gardens were fobbed off (my dad, now deceased, went to an early planning meeting about this where residents were told it would only be 2 stories high, but I think it is higher). The school now sits behind high metal fencing. Such a different image from the more welcoming 1960s building.

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  6. I remember Max Underhill from Stockton Grammar, in 1960 where he did a few lessons on art appreciation as part of the General Studies lessons. This was a concept that was quite fresh, the idea to bridge the gap between the sciences.

    Max was full of praise for the then new Council Offices, where the Library now is. He especially liked its clean and straightforward appearance.

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  7. I went to Ian Ramsey from 1973 – 1978. We were the first “Ian Ramsey” students in 1972, as we were the first to not take 11+. We went to the newly-combined Stockton Grammar and Fairfield Secondary Modern. I have been trying to find details of social networking groups for students of this period, but to no avail (found one for class of 1979, but not 1978). I have lived abroad for 20 years but am now back in the UK. I would really like to contact people from my school years!!

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  8. I went left Ian Ramsey in 1982, some good memories. There is a class of 82 Facebook page and we have some reunions now and again arranged via the group.

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  9. Our son attended the Ian Ramsey school for a while, one year he got a very poor school report from his teachers that contained comments such as: “Does not try, “Shows no interest in this subject”, “Very poor performance, “Highly disappointing”, and the old teachers standby “Could try harder”. At the bottom of this report form his teacher had added her comments which were equally as bad, if not worse!, In the parents reply section I wrote “Our son is without doubt the cleverest boy in this school, and I can only imagine that he must be bored stiff with the work given, and the teachers are unable to engage with him, or to interest him (in any way).” Unknown to the form teacher years earlier, we had got a school report from a private school in Leeds that said “When you first meet XYZ (our son) you will not appreciate how talented he is, and you will be totally unaware that behind that boyish smile lurks one of the most impressive minds it’s been our privilege to teach.”
    Following Ian Ramseys receipt of my parents comments we were asked to attend the school to speak with his form teacher, who on our arrival quickly adopted the attitude that being the boy’s parents we were overestimating our sons abilities, and for good measure added that she had been teaching for years and knew her job and that the report was fair, correct and accurate. When I informed her “that XYZ (our son) was a genius” she laughed as if to say “I know best and you’re son is way below average and won’t ever amount too much in life.”
    Needless to say: After he left this school and a few years later he was offered a place in a prestigious University to study Physics, 3 years later he completed a PhD thesis making him a Doctor of Mathematics, following on from this he was sponsored by the Royal Navy to investigate ship propulsion problems, afterwards he represented the UK at an international conference held in the United States on mathematical problems relating to propeller design and damage thereto. This conference was attended by major representatives from Boeing Aircraft Coprn, Seattle and McDonnell Douglas, with both companies seeking him to join them (he was head hunted by them to join their aircraft propeller design teams) I suspect that in British schools similar mistakes to this are occurring each year.

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  10. Hi, I am trying to contact anyone who went to Ian Ramsey from 1977 to 1982. I would love to hear from you .
    I have lived in Australia since 1988 and I am planning a holiday home next year.

    Kind Regards,

    Julie Hasel (McConnell)

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    • hi Julie

      I did not go to Ian Ramsey but my sister did so I was looking on this site for something for her. However I think you maybe Barbra and Eddies daughter? If you are, just thought I would say hello, how are you? My sister would have been your sister-in-law when married to Keith McConnel? I remember you from visits when they lived with you after the birth of her daughter Suzanne. If you are not the right person, apologies, please ignore but if you are, I thought it would be nice for you to hear back from someone in the UK who remembered you.

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      • Hi, yes it is me! Please contact me on FB. My married name is Julie HASEL.
        How is Julie, Suzanne and John-Paul, how old are they now ?
        Can you ask them to contact me please.
        Julie Hasel

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  11. Hi, I attended Ian Ramsey Comprehensive School as it used to be known 1977 – 1982 and just had a desire to look up my old school when I found the last post I made 10 years ago. I would live to hear from anyone that remembers me as I often think about old friends now I have teenagers if my own. I emigrated to Australia in
    1988

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    • Hi Julie I remember you we were good friends in our teens. At school you should remember me as Sharon Murgatroyd we last saw each other 31 years ago when my first daughter was born I was 18 at the time I remember you had just come back to Stockton after living in Hartlepool. Would be lovely if you could see this post and get in touch either through Facebook (Sharon Yearwood) or email take care love Sharon xx

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      • Sharon, I hope you see this. I cannot believe I have found you. I just happened to have another look and see if I could find anyone, as I have also been trying to trace nurses I trained with at North Tees General, but it is so difficult as most will be married and have another name. I would absolutely love to corrospond with you. I actually have thought about you over the years but has no idea what your married name would be. Or old are your children?
        I have 3 children, Joshua will be 21 in April, Olivia is 19 and Lily is 5 years old!
        My Facebook name is Julie Hasel.
        Please contact me. I would also love to know who else you are in touch with.
        Love Julie xxx

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  12. Max Underhill did indeed pass away on 15th March aged 89 years. He was stalwart of the old Grammar School and a much loved teacher. He taught Art & Woodwork. His funeral is at St Hildas Chapel, Teesside Crematorium next Friday (27th March) at 1.45pm.

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    • Since I left SGS in 1956 I kept up an intermiitent correspondence with Max. He was a memorable teacher, sharply professional but also witty and sympathetic. Besides teaching art and woodwork he taught technical drawing, and was a practising painter himself. In one exhibition his starkly expressionist paint ‘The Black Madonna’ led to the press dubbing him “l’enfant terrible of North East artists,” which he took as a compliment. He instilled in me a lifelong interest in art, and – along with Geoff Corrin, still alive and well enough in Newcastle – a skeptically critical approach to national affairs. Max was certainly “one of the good guys” at SGS.

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    • Sad to read this. I was looking for information about the chape mosaic. Max was one of the few teachers that I really respected. I had him for woodwork and appreciated his high standards. I spent many weeks French polishing a toast rack!

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  13. So sad to hear that Max Underhill the old woodwork teacher has died on March 15th as announced in The Evening Gazette. He was a very nice man. I often used to see him even twenty five, thirty years after leaving Ian Ramsey School, he remembered me and he would spend a few minutes to chat. Such a shame. He must have been a good old age.

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  14. I went to sir Ian Ramsey 1973-76
    Mr Bliss was headmaster a fantastic man he had twin daughters Shirley and I had a lovely meal with his family one Xmas time I remember Mr Palmer woodwork that room was our registration room,I also recall the PE teacher we called him the pink panther. Can anybody recall Bobby and Jackie Charlton visiting,The Indian summer was my exam year spent most of that summer sunbathing and revising.

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    • I remember the pink panther. Also a wonderful French and German teacher – Mrs Haslam. Mr Llewellyn for Biology. Mr Kinsman for maths in lower school was a character, as was the English teacher we called Previn although I can’t remember his real name. His colleague Mr Alcock was a bit stiff, so moving on to Previn who really brought English to life was a relief. I left in 1978 -not such a hot summer but still plenty of time to lie out on the sports pitch by the roller.

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    • Like you, I started in what was then the third year, in 1973, and left in the long hot summer of ’76. I remember my tutor, Mr. Ingram, the senior mistress Mrs. Dixon, Mesdames Myers and Byres, the home economics teachers, Mr. Hanrahan, P.E, and Messrs Dodsworth (maths) and Glasper (english), both of whom I see regularly My friends at the time were Louise Almond, and Elaine Brannigan.

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    • Hi Amy. Bobby and Jackie came to the school because their nephew Geoffrey Charlton was in the school and in the football team. Do you remember Geoffrey?

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  15. I just heard from my brother, who lives a few doors along Fairfield Road, that it is being demolished. After only 51 years. The mosaic wall onthe chapel was dedicated to someone whose name I cannot recall, and his family paid for the chapel/hall of which it forms part, to be built. I wonder how they feel about it?

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    • I believe the mosaic (and the wall it’s attached to) is to be retained as part of a new remembrance garden. The school was replaced due to parts of it being unsafe and subsequently condemned. A multi-storey block of portable class rooms had been in use for the previous year. Shame about the loss of the swimming pool.

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        • So the mosaic (The Holy Spirit) has gone, the school says…

          “Unfortunately, the school was informed that the cost of keeping the wall and the mosaic in situ would be prohibitive and, due to health and safety issues, nor would we be able to create a fenced area outside the new build.”

          ahhh but…

          “We are delighted to announce that the mosaic has been reproduced digitally on vinyl and has been replicated in almost life-size form and is now on show in our Main Hall In the new building. Postcards are available from our Community Reception should you wish to have a souvenir copy. ”

          …well I guess that’s something.

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          • Quite frankly it would appear there was never any real intention to keep the mural. http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/ian-ramsey-school-chapel-mural-8182211 I asked about the mural in 2013 and got no reply from the school. I emailed the school again in October 2014 by which time the demolition had been authorised. The headteacher said they would send me a postcard when printed but I never got one. There’s some photos of it on my blog – http://susanbriscoe.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/a-new-design-for-sashiko-panel.html

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            • My father Mr. F.W. Cain was headmaster of Stockton Grammar School for many years..
              When the old school in Stockton closed he was involved in a massive fund raising effort for the new school building at Fairfield in 1963.
              I’ve recently been looking for information about the Grammar school and find that it no longer exists! Very saddening is the news that the wonderful mural on the outside of the building wasn’t retained…. a travesty! If I remember rightly the piece was designed by my art teacher Miss Shires (spelling?) who taught at Queen Victoria High School in Stockton whilst I was a pupil there.
              My father sadly died in 2010, and the reason I’ve been looking through the archives is that my father kept a scrapbook documenting the money raising progress and building work through photographs, newspaper clippings, etc.
              The family would like to donate this record to an interested party and would be grateful for the contact details of anyone concerned with the school’s legacy
              Kind Regards
              Barbara Stephenson (nee Cain)

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  16. We had some good times and some bad, but I will never forget any experience because it has made me who I am. Throughout my time there I saw two heads, two tutors and two heads of year, let’s just say not all of choices were the best, but that’s Ramsey! I worked hard and got some excellent exam results, some of which I couldn’t have done without the teachers. I’m looking forward to what the future holds for me. I hope that I can take a gap year after college, go to Australia and volunteer in Africa before moving to London to study medicine.

    At times I hated you Ramsey, but I could not have got where I am today without you, so thanks and I’ll see you again someday!

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    • Stockton Grammar 1969 – Ian Ramsey 1973.
      My abiding memory was the shock I got as a working class kid from Oxbridge Juniors confronted with teachers (masters) in gowns, older boys with beards and sideburns and having to learn the school song in latin – I can still sing all the words now but still don’t understand what they mean. I remember playing cricket for the school in the annual match against Durham Clergy and bowling out Canon Wardle-Harper for a duck. The school had pretensions of minor public schooldom I think never quite achieved it with scruffs like me being allowed to attend. I think the grammar school gave some working class kids the chance of a good education but never did me much good. I would have been happier at the secondary modern school or a comp.

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  17. I attended Ian Ramsey from 1969 – 1974. I would love to hear from anyone who attended during those years, but I’m particularly interested in trying to find Linda Smith (lived on Rimswell estate when we were in school – Fairwell or Fairville Avenue as I remember), and Carol Blakemore (now Spence I believe). Carol used to live on Windsor Road, Oxbridge. I’ve had no luck on several tries. I would be very grateful if anyone had any info on either of them, or could point them to this site. I loved my years at Ian Ramsey, particularly fourth and fifth year…I would have gladly stayed if we had been allowed.

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    • I remember you Kathleen Dixon. My brother Chris Hessing lived in Windsor Road in the 70s with Valerie Wetheral. Chris died this year.

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  18. I was at Fairfield Secondary Modern from 1967 to 1972. The headmaster was the legendary Frank Showell. He was replaced upon retirement by Derek Bliss in 1971. Deputy Head Frank ‘Killer’ Kinsman.19/03/2012 23:25:53

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  19. Left ramsey in 1986/87. Used to hang about with Kelly Shepherd, Lynn Powell, Gordon Mcquinney – lots of people, too many to name. Don’t really see many now although bumped into Debbie Jeffcot at xmas, great to catch up. Sometimes see Donno (John Donaldson), Lisa Murray, Lisa Mason. So yeah left with some good memories but also some not so good memories.04/01/2012 20:36:54

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    • I was there from 1963. Was taught science by the ghoul, then piggy, then ’embassy’ Ron. Had some good times but felt much better as soon as I had left.

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  20. There is a logbook in the care of Stockton Borough Council’s Museums service. The last I heard of it was that it was in store at the old Billingham Art Gallery.

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  21. I attended Ian Ramsey from 1972- 1977, I joined just before we merged with Stockton Grammer we were classed as the last of the Fairfield mob. Mr Bliss was Head, Miss Dixon and Mr Dawes were Deputy Heads, my tutor was Miss Myers other teachers I remember were Mr Wright, Mr Mcfall, Miss Reid, Mr Clarke, Mr Judge. Wish I was back there – life was less hassle. Memories of good times will always be imprinted in my head.

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      • She must have been 50 when I was there, or at least she looked that old to me. I left in 1985, over 30 years ago – I dreaded geography with her.

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        • Me too. She was part of the reason I didn’t take geography at O level. Lots of great teachers at Ian Ramsay that helped me get some good exam results. But a few duds as well.

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    • Hi susan I attended Ian Ramsey the same year as you. I remember the teachers that you have mentioned my name is Debra Metcalfe I was in Mrs Chadwick’s class for assembly

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  22. Yeh, Ian Ramsey is awesome. I’m going into Y10 now and I’ve taken lots of opportunities at Ramsey. My Dad went to Ramsey too and broke the Tech Block window in his day (He’s 50 now)

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    • Hi, I have just turned 50, and I went to Ian Ramsey school, so I must have been in the same year. I am trying to find old school friends, my name is Julie Hasel (McConnell when I was at school) Can you ask your dad to reply if he remembers me?
      Thankyou.

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  23. I attended FSS and left in 1969, I loved every minute I was there, except the caning of course!! I remember Mr McDonough, Ms Marshall, Mr Allcock and of course our sexy swimming teacher, who I think everyone has a crush on, Mr Appleby. I have not been back to England in 40 years, having left to go to Australia, but am intending to come this year, 2010. It would be great to catch up with anyone that remembers me. The school as I see it now on the Internet has not changed greatly since I was there but at least it got to include more ‘BOYS’ (our neighbours, at my time, of course!). The memories of my school days are forever imprinted in my head and would love to catch up. Please leave details for contact.

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    • haha Olly you did catch up with me when you came back and you came to stay with me. I came to stay with you in Australia too…

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  24. Apparently Miss Read only retired last year..! Its 28 years since I left, and still think of the place.
    A group of us Ex Ian Ramsey pupils are organising a Class of ’82 Leavers Reunion for later this year… I remember you Julie McConnell and John Downes – please ask the Picture Stockton Team for my email address if you would like to contact me.

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    • Hi Jackie, I doubt after so long you will get this reply but I would love to
      Contact anyone who went to Ian Ramsey between 77 & 82 !
      Please email me if you receive this,

      Julie Hasel (McConnell)

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  25. I went to Ian Ramsey from 1977-1982, great school and have got some great memories – just shared them with some old school friends after 28 years – scary how time flies.

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  26. I attended Ian Ramsay Comprehensive from 1971-1976, my first year was at Fairfield Secondary Modern. The next year the 2 schools merged becoming Ian Ramsay. It was a great school. Some of the teachers I remember were – Mrs Dixon(English), Miss Salisbury RE, Mrs Chadwick PE, Mr Walker Physics, Mrs Grenfell French, Miss C Reid/ Mrs Lustard History, Miss J Reid Geography, Mr and Mrs Alcock both English, Mr Ingram Chemistry, Mr Howard Maths.

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    • Don’t forget John Mcdonough!! (he taught history i think) he was a very good listener and had lots of patience esp with me!!!

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    • I went to Ian Ramsey from 1973 when we moved to Stockton, to 1976 = you probably don’t remember me; I was scared of my own shadow and just tried to be invisible. Sad to say Mrs Alcock died of dementia several years ago.

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  27. I went to Ian Ramsey 1977-1982. I have lived in Australia now for 21 years, and often wonder how my class mates are, I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. If you went to school the same time as me, please post a message on this web site. Heres to good memories !

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  28. I am a current pupil at Ian Ramsey school. I think its a great school to go to and there are so many oppertunities! So far I have been to Richmond with Miss reed which was a great day out. I have been to France in year seven and I thought it was a great experience. I have been offered the chance to go skiing and to do an exchange with a dutch student and cant wait for the next one! I learn French and also Latin, which I find really interesting. I have joined many lunchtime and afterschool activities and I really enjoy doing them. Mr Davidson is a wonderful headteacher and I think Ian Ramsey is the best school ever!

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  29. I also went to Ian Ramsey from 1974 to 1978. I moved to Stockton from Canada. It was a modern school and I made some good friends there at the time.

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  30. I attended Fairfield Secondary modern as it was then from Oxbridge lane junior school, I think it was from 1968 to august of 1969, when due to compulsory purchase orders, our street”s were knocked down. Alexandra Street, Mary Street, Lightpipehall Rd, Sheraton St etc. So out of the catchment area I had then to attend Hardwick Secondary modern when we moved away. I remember some of the teachers as Mr Riley, Mr Gibson, Mrs Harrison, Mr West. I also sang in the choir under the direction of Mr Gibson. Some of my school friends names: Trevor Wilson, Geoff Cook, Colin Pearson, David Thew, Paul Siddel, Trevor Morris. Mr Showell was still Head I think, Iremember once getting six of the best, having been caught with a ciggie in my pocket.

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    • Were you in the same class as Keeler? Christine Jenkins was also at that school and she left to go to Hardwick too. Do you remember a girl who had a horse which she kept in the field next to the school?

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  31. I started Ian Ramsey in 1982, I only stayed for two years as my Dad got a job in York so we moved away. It was the best two years I had at school, I made some great friends and really enjoyed bring there. Very very sad to leave! Mrs Allcock was a fab teacher! School was never the same after we left!

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  32. I was at stockton grammar and then at Ian Ramsay. I remember Max Underhill (art), “Ben” Britton (gen sci), Hanrahan, Miss Close (french), Mr Ellis (geography), Berriman (biology) and still have (somewhere) one of those “wide” panoromic photos of the entire school pupils and staff (when we had to stand still for 10 minutes or so as the camera scanned around). Great memories. I am now in Florida USA.

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    • Hello Andrew, I left SGS in 1959. It was on the old and run-down Garbutt Street site then, and R E Bradshaw had just taken over the headship from the grimly authoritarian Thos Ridley. I still correspond with Max Underhill, and with Geoff Corrin. Max set up my lieflong interest in art, and Geoff started me off with literature for my teaching and publishing career. I hope Florida keeps you well.

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      • Let me correct an error I made. I left SGS in 1956 (not 1959). My year included Tom Nossiter, David Stoddart, Alan Kennedy, Alan Medd. My sixth form teachers were ‘Mick’ O’Donnell (Latin), Ray Collin (French)’ and Geoff Corrin (English literature). Geoff became, and remains, a good friend; Mick and Ray remain good memories.

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  33. I finished IRS last year after my GCSES come out with excellent grades too! I have to say I enjoyed my time there and the teachers are fantastic. It”s just one or two of the pupils which make it a bore really.

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  34. I went to Ramsey 82-87, i enjoyed the school and remember Mrs Hanrahan as my tutor and then Mr Clark in the last few years. I knocked about with Debbie Jeffcott and Emma Sheraton, and work with Emma now. My son goes to Ramsey now and will leave in 2010 and my daughter starts there this September. I still see Sue Hawes, Mark Cook and Claire Dunning.

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  35. I went to Ramsey 81-86, what can i say they were the best years, I have great memories of the whole five years. Had been given many bad reports having five brothers in the school before me,,and a hell of a reputation to uphold,i am sure i did an excellent job either way hahah..From Mrs Woods in lower school to the great Mr Bliss and Mr Dawe in the upper school,, all the teachers were fantastic even them whom you dreaded to meet…I did have the pleasure of Miss Read for five years also was my tutor for three years, she was absolutely fantastic,,Miss Hunt Fab My clarke Mr Lindley, Mr&mrs Hanrahan..Mr walker.Mr Cheeseman..OH Mr Riley cant forget him, never,,my nephews both went there and both had a name already but hey loved it just as i did,,,Sometimes wonder what happened to all them who in school with you? I have really enjoyed reading everyones comments…And Thanks to Ramsey for a good start in Life,,,, Michelle Doherty

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  36. I left Stockton Grammar School in 1962 when the new building was under construction. After taking GCE “O” level exams, I and a classmate, Robin Lowery were given the task of making a model of the new building from architects drawings, to occupy us in the few weeks before end of term. Max Underhill was the woodwork teacher who supervised the project, and he instilled a lifelong love of all things wood. I went on in later life to be the founder of Teesside Woodturners.

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    • I also left the Grammar school in 1962 to take up a position at W Rowntree and Sons department store in Scarborough as a Student Trainee in the Display Department (very happy days). Jonathan was one of my best pals at school along with Graham ‘Basher’ Marshall who I am still in contact with. Sadly I lost contact with Jonathan at the age of 16 when I went to work in Scarborough.
      I must say I was very sad to hear about the death of Max Underhill as he was one of the few masters I greatly admired. It is no coincidence that the subjects he taught were also the ones I excelled at,in fact probably the only ones!
      It is amazing to think that the replacement school to the Norton Road Grammar has now gone, that makes me feel quite old, As it happens the old Grammar had been condemned for 30 years before it was finally pulled down.

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  37. I was at IRS for a couple of years “78 to 80 I think. Not a happy time cos i was such a bad lad! I remember Mr bliss and the great swimming pool. Also what was the name of the female geography teacher? Short in stature but not in voice!

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