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Happy school days!

23 January, 2020

Cookery class at Gospel Oak school in 1953

• I WAS a pupil at Gospel Oak Primary in the mid-1960s, some years after the time covered in Jim Dwyer’s Gospel Oak Primary School Memories 1952-1956 (Review, January 16)and have many happy memories of those days.

Ron Lendon was a really good headmaster; he believed that the kids in the council flats nearby had as much right to a good education there as those living in the more affluent surrounding streets.

I remember Mr Williams as a kindly, funny, teacher rather than the caning “Whacker” Williams remembered by some former pupils. We had a school orchestra, a school magazine, French lessons and put on some great productions… Happy days.

Mr Dwyer says he is going to revise the book with later memories at some point – so all your little acorns out there who have grown in to mighty oaks, dig deep for memories and photographs!

Finsbury Park


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