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Jim Adams | j1~DOT~adams~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi Guys - I was happy to attend under Fat Bill in 1961 - 68 we had a great time. Pam Pollard was my best teacher he knew his French!
Remember the days in the old school yard? Sounds a bit like at was there.
Wed 19-Aug-2015 21:49 - Durham
George Connett | georgejamesconnett~AT~googlemail~DOT~com
Hi Mike, interesting article about the Grammar School, I often go for a walk around that area, so next time I do Iwill report back on just what 1 Romilly Street looks like now, once again many thanks for the information.
Wed 19-Aug-2015 08:55 - Central Gdns SouthShields
Richard Wood | rw02~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi. I was at the school 1968 to 1974. I have a couple of old school photos from the earlier years. If interested drop me an email. I still get up that way occasionally.
Mon 1-Jun-2015 11:09 - Nottingham
John Ward | worjackienumber9~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Does anyone remember Stephen Cahalin from the mid sixties through to 1971 the year he left school? If yes have you any news or updates on where he is now.
Wed 6-May-2015 20:53 - Hebburn
Alex Patterson, 46 - 51 | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
Hello Mike,
Thanks for the clarification. Sir Ken seems to have the answer on the education front. Is he also "faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound."?
OFSTED reports like his are something to aspire to. Lucky students!!
Regards from a seasonal Montreal,
Alex Patterson
Thu 16-Apr-2015 01:47 - Montreal, Canada
Mike Todd | old~DOT~boys~AT~boyshighschool~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Alex - the title "Executive Head Teacher" indicates that the Head is looking after more than one school. Ken Gibson has been overseeing other schools in the area as part of a local remit to improve teaching standards. To say he has succeeded where others have failed is a bit of an understatement.

At Harton he oversees the main school, which has its own "Head of School" and the 6th form, which has a "Director of 6th Form".

As for Hart6n - it doesn't quite render properly in normal text, but it is part of the "branding" for the 6th form (youngsters seem to like to make num63r5 work for l3tter5 for some reason)
Wed 15-Apr-2015 23:14
George Connett | georgejamesconnett~AT~googlemail~DOT~com
Hi Alex, I know the feeling and I hope you didn't find the capitulation of Sunderland too painful yesterday.
Sun 12-Apr-2015 11:05 - Harton South Shields
Alex Patterson 46 - 51 | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
Hi Mike and George,
Ooooooops!!! Sorry George for accusing you of being a new name. Something was niggling me this morning, while watching Sunderland take a drubbing from Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace. The Toon Army should be careful what they wish for. Anyhow I decided to do a search on your (George's) name to see that you have been a frequent contributor. I can blame my advancing years...why not?
Alex Patterson
Sun 12-Apr-2015 01:34 - Montreal, Canada
Alex Patterson, 46 - 51 | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
Hello Mike,
Nice to see a letter from a new name, George Connett. By the way George, the Old Timers might include Shearer, Giggs, Beckham and Gerrard!!!
When I was in England last year, I took a drive up to the school and managed to take a couple of decent photos notwithstanding the locked gates and ubiquitous CCTV cameras. One of the photos was of the school as I remembered it, mainly by judicious cropping to cut out the new bits. Another was of the Ofsted banner, declaring the school, “Outstanding in Every Category” The categories were ‘Achievement of Pupils’, Quality of Teaching’, Behaviour and Safety of Pupils’ and ‘Leadership and Management’. Not bad things in which to be outstanding. So I was feeling quite proud of the my old school, particularly when accompanied by my daughter and two of my grandchildren. They all loved the older building...Mallory Towers and St. Trinians-ish and imagined it must have been fabulous to have attended such a school; for me it was.
One of the other photos I took was that of the school sign...Harton Technology College, Executive Head Teacher, Sir Ken Gibson, B.A.(Hons), M.Ed., NLE. I think it was Bruce who asked a while ago why it was “Executive Head Teacher”. I don’t remember seeing an answer. Is there an “Academic Head Master” or any other type of Head Master? Anyhow, “Congrats, Sir Ken and keep up the good work.”
Another part of the school sign read “hart6n, innovation & progression” and it’s not a misprint, it is a ‘6‘ instead of an ‘o‘ in the first word. What does it mean? My bam has never been so boozled.
The weather here is finally changing...we’re above zero...although I still have ice and snow in the garden, but the pouring rain today should help get rid of that.
Regards from a warmish, rainy Montreal
Alex Patterson
Fri 10-Apr-2015 18:58 - Montreal, Canada
George Connett | georgejamesconnett~AT~googlemail~DOT~com
Thanks Alex for reminding me about the old timers Good Friday match at Horsley Hill Stadium. I used to go with my dad, happy happy days , memories that will live forever in my heart.
Sat 4-Apr-2015 11:29 - south shields

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