Villiers Street Tech Prefects & Masters
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Photo sent in by Bryan Paxton from Aberdeen, with included text.
The photograph with everyone seated was taken in Villiers street facing the doors to the metalwork room.
The prefects and masters are from left to right:-
Mr. G. Stephenson, Assistant headmaster.
Bryan Paxton (myself), who went on to study Naval Architecture at King's College, Durham University.
Victor Petrie, who went on to study Electrical Engineering at the Sunderland Technical College.
George Russel, the head boy who studied Electrical Engineering at King's College, Durham University.
Harvey Bergson, who went on to study Pharmacy at the Sunderland Technical College.
Andrew Corkin, who went on to study Naval Architecture at the Sunderland Technical College.
Mr. S. Temple, the Head Master.
The head master Mr. S. Temple and assistant headmaster Mr. G. Stephenson were ably assisted by outstanding teachers in their various fields. Mr. Stephenson, physics, Mr. Rimmington, mathematics and chemistry, Mr. Pickering, engineering drawing, Mr. Hornsby, chemistry, Mr. Carr, mathematics, Mr. Brown, English, Mr. Campbell metal work, Mr. Bates (Basher Bates), woodwork, Mr. Bundred, geography, Mr. Liddle, building drawing. Mr. Thompson, carpentry and joinery. Mr. Winters, plumbing, Mr. Watt, physical training who ran the gym club which was well attended.
The school was a little shabby and lit by gas lighting in 1952. It was situated in a poor part of the town, but gave a good practical education and produced some fine future engineers and craftsmen.
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