31 thoughts on “Education Centre / William Newton School c2004

  1. I attended William Newton from 1955 until 1959 then went to ‘Billy Tech’. I remember Miss Potts head teacher who was ‘old school’ but good. Maths teacher was Mrs Lee who was strict but fair in fact she inspired me to do better as I didn’t have much confidence. She lived in Station Road, Norton.! English teacher was Miss Gaunt, history Miss Spencer who I wasn’t keen on as she only taught us dates of battles and Kings and Queens. Nothing from 1900. In fact I’m more interested now particularly in local history which I’ve taught myself through reading library books. I can’t remember the name of the geography teacher but liked her. Ditto with the PE teacher who taught me to swim when we got bussed to Billy baths once a week. I was in the first year to sit a then new ‘Northern Counties School Certificate’ where we had to sit at least four subjects two of which had to be maths and English. I failed art which I never liked. I have nil arty talent! Miss Wood was sewing teacher. She didn’t like people to look at her left arm (I think she must have had polio as it was stunted). However she coped well with it. We had a separate embroidery teacher who I think also taught cooking and gardening. I also liked biology but can’t remember the teachers name. I was rubbish at chemistry – it still goes in one ear and out the other! I have a photo from 1959 when some of us returned for Speech Day to get our certificates if we’d passed and I think we all did. I’ll upload it – although the quality isn’t good as it’s from a newspaper.

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  2. I attended from 1962-1966. Name them was Valerie Morgan. Miss Potts was the head then. Would love to hear from anyone else in my year.
    I remember the 3 Barbara’s – carol mandevillle , Pat Hundmarsh. Elsie Cook, Rhoda Rees, to name a few.

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  3. I knew Violet Coburn and she was in our year at school, not in our class. They moved people in other classes and for some time we were all together in same class.

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  4. I went to William Newton from 1965 to 1970 and remember Miss Potts, she was a really nice person. I also remember the change of Headmistress when Miss Nicholson came from Mill Lane School along with some of the pupils. Fond memories of some nice teachers, Mrs Heald being one, she made you feel you could achieve anything. Still keep in touch with friends from them days, we catch up most weeks, even go on holidays together. Remember many girls from my class. Wendy Little, Shirley Brewis, Morag Cuthbert, Valerie Smithson (sadly no longer with us) and Janette and Wendy the twins to name but a few.

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  5. I went to William Newton from Freddy Nat in 1965 – 1969. Our headmistress was Miss Potts, her hair used to fasinate me, it was soooo long that she used to plait it and wind it around her head. Miss Spencer taught History and quite often threw the board rubber at us. Miss Thompson taught Geography, unfortunately for me she also taught my mother. Miss Allison (Biology) she was lovely. Mrs Wright (Art and PE) she also trained us for the gymnastic team and I have to say that we did rather well in the County. I think she eventually married Mr Davies who was our Drama teacher and very dishy. I agree with the comments regarding Mrs Melrose and Miss Woods. SUZANNE JONES, Mrs. Gardner taught Embroidary, I was at school the same time as you but can’t recall your name. Fond memories of the week, (we as 4th formers) had to spend in the flat, cooking, cleaning and inviting a few teachers for lunch & afternoon tea. Loved swimming day, travelling on the bus to Billingham Baths, and then eating egg mayonnaise sammies upstairs on the bus on the way back to school.
    VERY FOUND MEMORIES OF SOME SPECIAL TEACHERS (MRS. WRIGHT (still have the reference she gave me when I left school)- MR DAVIES & MISS ALLISON)

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  6. I went to William Newton in 1962, most of the teachers were really good, but there were some who I was terrified of. Miss Wood, who took us for needlework, locked us all in the room at recess because of a lost spool which we eventually found on the floor. Mrs Melrose, math teacher, reeked of cigarette smoke and was quite fond of giving you a hard slap for the least little thing. I did like our Headmistress, Miss Potts, she travelled from Durham everyday I believe, the days we had Domestic Science we would take in her coffee on a tray with cream and brown suger dressed in our white aprons and silly white hats with our names embroidered on them. The podium and table on the stage were made by the mouseman in Kilburn named I think Thompson. It was a well built school, beautiful library and quadrangle with a fish pond in the middle. On the whole some very fond memories of William Newton.

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  7. Are you the same Judith Douglas that used to go to St Johns Youth Club in Alma Street with Margaret Clarke when Terry Iceton used to be the Youth Leader.

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  8. I attended William Newton Sec Mod school from 1952-1955 after leaving Frederick Nattrass. I remember the Head who was Miss Potts and she always had her hair in plaits at the top of her head. Mrs West was our gym teacher and Mrs Spencer the history teacher who used to throw chalk at us if we did not attend her rambling on. Mrs Wardle was our art teacher and I still have a painting of hers that she did and signed in my autograph book. My favourite teacher was Miss Tompson our English teacher. She lived in the house next to the priory fish shop. I now live in Queensland Australia but always remember William Newton school with such happy memories.

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    • I went to William Newton school 1950 to 1955. I remember Miss Potts headmistress, Miss Gaunt English teacher, Miss Thompson and Mrs Atkinson music teacher and who could forget Miss Wood, she scared me to death. It was a great school, I remember Ann Mudd, Dorothy Parkinson, Joan Walker, Margaret Kirton, Kathleen Thompson

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  9. I attended William Newton School, from 1965-1969. I remember Mrs Melrose who also used to frighten me to death. Miss Wood the needlework teacher, there was also Mr. Davies who was my P.E. Teacher, Mrs. Smart who was my music teacher, Mrs. Gardner – I can’t really remember what she taught, Mrs Ashton who was Art Teacher, Miss Allinson who was Biology teacher. When I first attended William Newton school the Head Mistress was called Miss Potts, then she left and we got Miss Nicholson.
    If anyone Has photographs I would love to see them. Some of my friends were Lynn Steel, Linda Lake, Linda Fish, Vera Muldowney, Kathleen Burdon, Linda Gardener, Pauline Brooks & Sharon Eland.

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  10. I attended William Newton school after leaving fredrick nattress. I remember Miss Woods, Miss West, Miss Smart, Miss Endezby, Miss Nicholson (head teacher), Mr Hall and Mr Langton.

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  11. I was one of the class of 40 during 1957 to 1961 and remember June Dowd, Glynis Dagg, Barbara Bingham, Angela Parsons, Elaine Bonney and many more. Yes I remember my hand aching when in Miss Spencers english class.Has anyone any photographs please, as I would love to see them

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  12. I have lived in Australia for the last 36 years but clearly remember being terrified of Miss Woods with the little arm and also Miss Melrose who kept me riveted to my seat. My mother also attended there and was scared of Miss Woods . My cousin Susan Rowlings also went there . What memories.

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  13. I attended William Newton 1967-1972, Head teacher Miss Nicholas any old school friends please contact me through the PictureStockton team

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    • Hi. I attended the same time, I came from Mill Lane School, along with a lot of the teachers. Is Auton your maiden name?
      Kind regards
      Hazel

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  14. I also attended William Newton Girls School, back in the late 1960″s early 1970″s after attending Fredrick (Freddy Natt) Nattrass.

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  15. I forgot to add some names of the people in my class Pat Nugent Barbara Gales Regina ? Jean Craig Christine Bailey where are they now Janette Outhwaite Bates

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  16. I attended William Newton from 1954-58 and really enjoyed my time there We had some exellent teachers Miss Dixon for drama and music apreciation Miss Potts the Headmisteress Miss Farnaaby for cooking i loved it she gave me areal apreciation for cooking. I remember we got to spend a week in the flat and cook our meals there. Mrs west our PE Teacher how I hated going to the baths but I loved Field Hockey. Are ther any other students out there and does anybody know of any reunions Janette Bates

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  17. I attended William Newton School from 1957 to 1961. My first form teacher was Mary Whittingham she was also a P.E.teacher. Anyone remember Miss Spencer who continually wrote on the blackboard throughout the whole of the english lesson,and we then had to copy. Then there was the frightening Mrs Melrose who was a maths teacher. She used to scare me to death.Other classmates i recall were Glyns Dagg, Judith Drummond ,Angela Parsons, Barbara Bingham and Elaine Bonney.only a few out of our class of about 40.

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    • June Dowd, I vaguely remember you, my first form teacher was Miss Whittingham. My name was Dorothy Annakin, before William Newton, I attended Roseworth Primary School. I also remember Miss Potts the headmistress and definitely Miss Spencer. My best friend back then was Carol Granger, I also remember Judith Drummond, Angela Parsons and Elaine Bonney. I only attended the school for the first year, after which my parents moved to Middlesbrough. We then emigrated to Western Australia in 1963 and I have lived here ever since.

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  18. Teaching at William Newton was my first teaching position in 1959. Classes were large – I had 44 girls in my 2D class. But the playing fields were wonderfully large. My last day there before I was transferred to Mill Lane Girls was spent counting and disinfecting several hundred pairs of black gym shoes. I left at 6pm having tossed the last fifty pairs into the cupboard without spraying them! Facilities were “state of the art” but wildly overcrowded at that time.

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