23 thoughts on “Tilery School c1970

    • Dave Bolam, we were mates many years ago at school, we both lived in Swainby Road but your family moved to Portrack and for a time I would walk over to see you, also David Appleby, not seen you since those early days, last time of meeting a Bolam family member was when my uncle Franky (Casey) died 1973, your sister Betty came to mam & dads to express sorrow about Franky, Betty and other Bolam brothers were just the most lovely folks I’m proud to have known. So many of the Swainby lads I grew up with have passed away so its a joy to know you are still around.
      All the best David.
      Derek Casey (decca)


  1. This is definitely Tilery school. Looking down from Lucy Street you can see Headlam Street and my dad’s lorry with the bright orange wheel arches parked outside our house in Headlam Street


  2. I never went there but I think Tilery had infants and a girls and boys section. Schools tended to be segregated in those days. Does this correspond to the three buildings?

    Tilery was another ” Secondary Modern”, taking pupils who had completely failed the eleven plus with the teaching only going up to the age of 15. I don’t think there was any formal final qualification, so establishing a sensible curriculum must have been difficult for teachers and headmasters.

    Can anyone say what happened to them at Tilery?

    Portrack didn’t have a big “Secondary School” so about half the 11 plus failures (!!!!!) went to Tilery and the rest to Bailey Street in Bath Lane, which had a rougher reputation than Tilery.

    Stockton was slightly unusual in in having a Secondary Technical School level, at the Richard Hind complex, where there was a chance for people like me. This took children up to “O” level and brought of most us a good technical level in various subjects, enabling us to get into various trades and some professions. But as I have commented previously, within a few years of the 11 plus being introduced, pushy, middle class parents had worked out how the system worked and only an insignificant proportion of children from Portrack were going to Grangefield, Stockton Grammar and Richards Hind.


    • Too many buildings for St Cuthberts, I lived near to it and we used to play football in the school yard during summer holidays it was one large main building


    • John, you would remember Bob Smailes, Taffy Jones, Alan Cornforth and George Kennedy. All teaching at Tilery at least from 1955 when I joined the school as a pupil.


      • Hi Geoordie 78, I remember them well, most are dead now apart from Alan Cornforth. I was talking to him the other Wednesday in Billingham Social Club.


  3. Comparing with an aerial photo from the 1950’s and a map from the same period I’d say it’s almost certainly Tilery school, with Headlam Street visible behind the school. The shape of the buildings is absolutely spot on. It looks like its taken from the junction between Canning Street and Lucy Street, the demolition of old Tilery having progressed as far as Kingston Street.


  4. Tilery Road School, taken looking east along Lucy Street, difficult to tell but it could be from the junction with Canning Street or Cowper Street. The houses in the background are on Headlam Street. The streets already demolished include Lucy, Cowper, Temple and Jane Streets. On a 1951 plan Lucy Street had no number 10? but went “9” – “9 1/2” – “11”? Wonder what was wrong with number 10?



  5. It certainly looks like Tilery School. The junior/senior boys in the left hand building, junior/senior girls in the right hand building and the mixed infants in the centre building. A wall with a double gate separated the boys section from the girls. I attended this school from 1955 until 1959.


  6. Looks like the school at the top of Tilery certainly the right date for the area being demolished – rebuilding started in 1971


  7. Sorry, I haven’t a clue on this one but always try me. I lived in Stockton from 1947 to April 1963 and still have a reasonable memory having re-visited many times.


    • I don’t think it Tilery school, the house’s on right look a little modern, went to Tilery boys and all house’s in those day old terrace house’s, could be wrong though.


      • Segregation came to a end at Tilery School when Albany Secondary Modern was built. I think. That just left the juniors and infants at Tilery. I remember you had to go to a hut near the pathway leading to Portrack for school dinners.


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