Photographs – staff

Last updated: 3 June 2009 (redesigned and updated April 2016 when transferred)

 

If you prefer, there is a list of teaching staff, in order of appointment.

Click on any photograph that has a light grey background to go to a page about that master

th_st_nopic Allerston, Sgt S

  • 1924 – 1941
  • PT and groundsman
th_st_anderton Anderton, Norman G (“Happy”)

  • Deputy Head
  • History
  • 1962 – Dec 1965
 th_st_nopicf Arton, Miss M

  • Subject ?
  • ? – ?
 th_st_ball46 Ball, Mr J N

  • English
  • Present 1945/46
 th_st_baptistsmith Baptist-Smith, Mr Harry

  • Geography and Economics
  • June 1965 – ?
 th_st_basten Basten, Mr John W

  • Geography
  • pre 1961 – 1969
 th_st_nopic Batson, Mr J

  • Subject ?
  • ? – ?
 th_st_nopic Boyce, Mr John S

  • Subject ?
  • Sep – Dec 1933
 th_st_bradley Bradley, Mr Ivor

  • Woodwork
  • 1961-1995
 th_st_burhouse Burhouse, Mr Ken

  • Mathematics, German
  • pre 1961 – c1965
 th_st_nopic Burkin, Mr K W

  • Subject ?
  • ? – ?
 th_st_childs Childs, Mr Sidney

  • English
  • ? – ?
 th_st_clark_s_60 Clark, Mr S (“Nobby”)

  • Maths
  • late 50’s
 th_st_clifford Clifford, Mr John (“Buz”)

  • History
  • 1961 – 2009
  • Pupil 1949-56
 th_st_coatham Coatham, Mr Fred  (“Camel”)

  • Latin, French
  • 1926 – 1930, 1932 – 1965
 th_st_nopicf Coleman, Miss L I D

  • Subject ?
  • 1943 – 1944
 th_st_nopic Coombes, Mr H

  • English
  • 1930 – 1941
  • Left to take up writing and part-time lecturing.
 th_st_nopic Cutler, Mr Percy J (“Joe”)

  • Physics, Mathematics
  • 1929 – 1934
  • Left to take up medicine
 th_st_davis  Davis, Mr Edwin (“Ted”, “Dagger”)

  • English, Chess
  • on 1956 photo
 th_st_dearne  Dearne, Mr Derek W (“Ben”)

  • Biology
  • pre Sep63 – c1965
 th_st_denman Denman, Mr J G (“Dan”, “Blossom”)

  • History
  • on 1956 photo
 th_st_nopicf Drake, Miss P

  • Music
  • ? – ?
 th_st_nopicf Duijts, Miss S

  • Subject ?
  • 1944 – ?
 th_st_ede56 Ede, Mr J F (“Ghandi”)

  • History
  • 1929 – 1963
th_st_edwards Edwards, Mr Ray J (“Peanut”)

  • Spanish, French, Latin
  • Sept 1965 – ?
 th_st_ellis Ellis, Mr W C (“Eli”)

  • French
  • pre1962 – c1966
 th_st_nopic Enon, Mr E M

  • Mathematics? Physics?
  • ? – 1965
  • Moved to Dudley Boys’ Grammar School
 th_st_evanson Evanson, Mr Arthur C

  • Mathematics
  • 1924 – 1930
 th_st_freemanjones Freeman-Jones, Mr G

  • Deputy Head
  • History
  • c1965 – 1967
  • [Staffroom photo, c1967]
 th_st_nopicf Gibbons, Miss M E

  • Subject ?
  • ? – ?
 th_st_nopic Gill, Mr G

  • Physics
  • Late 40s
 th_st_goodwin Goodwin, Mr G J

  • Physics
  • c1966
 th_st_goodyear Goodyear, Mr M (“Satch”)

  • Physics
  • on 1956 photo
 th_st_hatcher56 Hatcher, Mr Percy

  • Second Master from 1931
  • Deputy Head from 1945
  • Geography, Chemistry
  • 1925 – July 1962
th_st_nopicf Helliwell, Miss G

  • Art
  • 1940 – 1944
 th_st_hey28 Hey, Mr William R

  • History
  • 1926 – 1929
 th_st_hillaby Hillaby, Mr J G

  • English (and History?)
  • ? – ?
 th_st_nopicf Holden, Miss H J

  • Subject ?
  • ? – ?
 th_st_hollingsworth Hollingsworth, Mr A D

  • German
  • late 50’s
 th_st_nopicf Hollins, Miss E M

  • Latin and French
  • 1941 – ? ;1945/46
 th_st_hopkins Hopkins, Mr Ken W G (“Gammy”, “Foam”)

  • Chemistry (and Physics in early days)
  • 1941 – 1968
 th_st_nopic Horne, Mr J W (“Honkey”)

  • Subject ?
  • 1940 – 1945
 th_st_hughes Hughes, Mr R B

  • Physics
  • c1966 – 1970
 th_st_hunt Hunt, Mr Wilf (“The Rat”, “Ike”)

  • PE, German
  • pre 1961 – post 1970
 th_st_hutchinson Hutchinson, Mr R A

  • Biology
  • c1967 – ?
 th_st_nopicf Jackson, Miss P J

  • Subject ?
  • ? – ?
 th_st_johnson Johnson, Mr Harvey (“Chalky”)

  • Physics
  • pre1963 – c1966
 th_st_nopic Jones, Mr Albert

  • Geography
  • ?pre1961- July 1963
 th_st_jones Jones, Mr T E (“Jonah”)

  • History and Geography
  • pre 1963 – c1966
 th_st_jordan Jordan, Mr Alf (“Jughead”)

  • Geography
  • ? – ?
 th_st_kent Kent, A (Tony) V

  • German, French, English
  • pre 1961 – 1965
 th_st_kipping Kipping, Mr C S

  • Headmaster
  • 1924 – 1957
 th_st_nopicf Koenig, Mlle Michelle

  • French assistante
  • 1966 – 1968
 th_st_ladkin Ladkin, Mr Jim

  • English
  • 1947 – 1967
 th_st_lees Lees, Mr Timothy M

  • Music
  • June 1965 – 1968
 th_st_legge Legge, Mr Alan D

  • Art and English
  • 1936 – post 1970
 th_st_nopic Lemaire, Mr J S

  • English
  • late 40s
 th_st_mangan Mangan, Samuel D (“Sam”)

  • French and Russian
  • 1929 – c1968
 th_st_mantle62 Mantle, Mr Bryan

 th_st_masonjm Mason, Mr J M (“Creep”)

  • Biology
  • ? – July 1963
 th_st_nopic McLure, Mr John W

  • Physics
  • Sept 1965 – died in service Dec 65
 th_st_nopicf Naylor, Mrs I

  • Subject ?
  • ? – ?
 th_st_nopic Nicholls, Mr John O

  • History
  • 1924 – 1926
  • A History graduate of Lincoln College, Oxford. Left after two years to go into the Church, and after training and other appointments, he became Vicar of St Paul’s Church, Wednesbury.
 th_st_paynea Payne, Mr Alan E

  • French
  • c1966 – post 1970
 th_st_nopic Peckham, Mr Dennis H

  • Subject French
  • 1934 – ?
 th_st_nopic Pickering, Mr S

  • Subject ?
  • 1939 – ?
 th_st_pickston Pickston, Mr Dudley A

  • General Science
  • ? – ?
 th_st_powell Powell, Mr Ernest (“Plug”, “Slug”)

  • Mathematics
  • 1942 – 1968
 th_st_rae Rae, Mr C (“Colin”, “Bugsy”)

  • Physics, Geography
  • on 1956 photo
 th_st_nopic Raybould, Mr T J

  • Subject ?
  • ? – ?
 th_st_nopic Reinach, Mr F

  • Subject ?
  • ? – ?
 th_st_nopic Rigg, Mr D A

  • Subject ?
  • 1940 – ?
 th_st_riley Riley, Mr R C

  • English
  • c1966 – c1970
 th_st_rimmer Rimmer, Andy K P

  • Mathematics
  • Sept 1965 – post 1974
 th_st_nopic Roberts, Mr William Gower

  • Latin
  • Jan 1931 – July 1932
  • BA (Wales). Had taught previously at prep schools in Rugby and Clifton, and at Adams Grammar School, Newport in 1930. Replaced by Mr F Coatham.
 th_st_nopic Russell, Mr W J

  • Subject ?
  • Jan – Jul 1934
 th_st_rutherford28

1928 photo

Rutherford, Mr Richard Victor

  • French
  • 1924 – 1929
  • A Modern Languages graduate of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. Had served in the forces as a Lieutenant (1917-19), and had obtained Class II Part I, and Class I Part II of the Modern Languages Tripos. Had previously taught for a year at Plymouth College (1923-24). He left to take up a post at Merchant Taylor’s School, Crosby. Replaced by Mr S D Mangan.
 th_st_nopic Sayers, Mr R G (“Tom”)

  • Subject ?
  • 1960 – 1962
 th_st_nopic Scrivener, Mr J T

  • Peripatetic art
  • 1931 – 1936
 th_st_nopic Shooter, Mr Arnold

  • Mathematics, Physics
  • 1934 – 1937
  • Replaced Mr Cutler and was replaced by Mr Wainwright.
th_st_smith Smith, Mr F Les G (“Smudger”, “Smic”)

  • Originally “junior subjects”; French, RI
  • Jan 1931 – c1969
 th_st_smyth Smythe, Brian M

  • Music
  • on 1960 photo
 th_st_swale Swale, Mr W R

  • English
  • 1926 – 1930
 th_st_taylorc Taylor, Mr C E

  • English and History
  • 1942 – ?; 1945/46
 th_st_taylor1964 photo Taylor, Mr J A (“Tats”)

  • General Science, Physics
  • Sept 1962 – c1965
  • …the chemistry teacher whose experiments always went wrong. (Roger Best)
 th_st_nopic Tennant, Mr N

  • Art peripatetic
  • 1924 – 1931
 th_st_nopic Thomas, Mr J H

  • Subject ?
  • ? – ?
 th_st_thomas Thomas, Mr W George

  • Deputy Head
  • History
  • 1967 – March 1970
 th_st_toddwhite Todd-White, Miss E Wendy

  • German
  • Sept 1965 – c1968
 th_st_trundle Trundle, Mr R J (“Rubbergob”)

  • German and RI
  • pre1962 – July 1963
 th_st_turner56 Turner, Mr Alan B (“Joe”)

  • Mathematics
  • 1927 – 1959
 th_st_nopic Turner, Mr A M

  • Subject ?
  • ? – ?
 th_st_nopic Vale, Mr Corwyn P

  • Subject ?
  • 1941 – ?
 th_st_wainwright46 Wainwright, Mr Frank T

  • Mathematics; Physics
  • 1937 – ?
 th_st_walters46 Walters, Mr Humphrey A

  • English? History?
  • 1934 – ?; 1946/47
 th_st_watkins Watkins, Mr Alan H

  • English
  • Jan 1963 – c1970
 th_st_boyd1964 photo Watt-Boyd, Mr Robert (“Dicky-Boyd”)

  • Music
  • pre 1961 – c1964
  • Sang in Lichfield Cathedral choir
 th_st_nopic Wharton, Mike J

  • Physics, Maths
  • c1966-67
 th_st_witcombe Witcombe, Edgar C

  • Headmaster
  • Mathematics
  • 1957 – c1975

 Ancillary Staff

 th_ast_Tonks46 Tonks, Miss M

  • Secretary
  • present in 1946

WBHS School Staff, May 192

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From Ian M Bott’s excellent book Wednesbury in old photographs, published by Alan Sutton Publishing Limited of Stroud (ISBN 0-7509-0816-5)


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Press cutting from the West Bromwich News.


Wood Green High School Staff, 1968-69

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Sadly this is the only picture of the full staff that I have, taken during the first year of the new Wood Green High School, but still showing many of the old WBHS staff.

Left to right:

Back row:

1. Mr Westley, 2. Mr Michael Lowe, 3. Mr John Clifford, 4. Mr J Whistance, 5. Mr Roberts ?, 6. Mr J Jackson, 7. Mr R B Hughes, 8. Mr Andy Rimmer, 9. ?, 10. Mr John Ranford, 11. ?(obscured), 12. ?, 13. ?, 14. Mr G Simcox, 15. Mr R Edwards

Middle row:

1. Mr Alan Payne, 2. Mr Riley, 3.  Mr R A Hutchinson, 4. Mr Ivor Bradley, 5. Mr S R Reed , 6. Mr Mark Adams, 7. Mr Alan Legge, 8. Mr Harry Baptist-Smith, 9. Mr David Payne  10.  Mr R (Dick) Moon, 11. ?, 12.  Mr Wilf Hunt, 13. Mr Alan Watkins

Front Row:

1. ?, 2. ?, 3. ?, 4. ?, 5. ?  6. ?, 7. Miss Margaret Hiscox, 8. Mr W G Thomas (DH), 9. Mr Edgar Witcombe (HM), 10. Mrs Joan Bull (DH), 11. ?, 12. ?, 13. ?, 14. ?, 15. ?

(Sorry, ladies!)


 

I am sure that we can all pick out teachers who have had a profound effect on our lives. We can probably recall key phrases from our mentors, even after 50+ years! A sobering thought for all those of us who are, or have been, teachers ourselves.

In a future update, I will tell you about those from WBHS who inspired me. Perhaps you would like to e-mail your similar experiences to share with the other visitors?


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