Press cuttings

Last updated: 12 May 02

With apologies for the poor quality, but most of these pictures are scans of newsprint, or of photocopies of newsprint, or scans of photocopies of photocopies!

 Bryan Mantle’s death, 10 October 1966


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Schoolboy strikers stop the show (11 July 1966)

Express and Star:



Daily Mirror:



The school’s new statue, May 1966

A shot from the West Bromwich News, which did a photographic feature on the school (more from which in a later edition):

“Seen with statue modelled by one of the School’s old boys (Martin Wolverson) is Mr A D Legge, Art Master, and the Head Boy, Graham Fry. The statue was commissioned by the School and bought with money raised by the Parents’ Association.”

Did anyone ever understand what it meant to be??


Wood Green High School’s new staff room takes shape

Headmaster, Mr E C Witcombe, taking a look at the new building work now under way at Wood Green High School. (c1970):


School Open Day (date ?)

Richard Handy aiming for the hole in the prize putting – watched by a large “gallery” of spectators (including, second adult from left, History master, John Clifford).


A bit of discipline:

Express and Star, Sept 1967



Requiem for Mr McLure

Express and Star



School Lab Destroyed

Express and Star, 17 Sept 1966

A small wooden shed used as a biology laboratory at Wednesbury Boys’ High School, St Paul’s Road, was destroyed by fire today.

Prompt action by firemen from Wednesbury and West Bromwich prevented the blaze from spreading.

Mr Witcombe in his study

An item from a “photo special” done by the West Bromwich News in May 1966:



“The headmaster, Mr E C Witcombe, is seen in his study, which was once part of the kitchen of the house where the school was started.”

 More bad publicity!