|Jane Armitage Newton (nee Graham)'s Contribution|
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I still have nightmares about my time at High Storrs. I had a really long journey to get there; the catchment area idea not being in existence. I was tired before we started lessons! The careers advice was not worth mentioning and I got myself into college. Miss Furtado, when asking me about my future and how glad she was I had a 'place', was disgruntled when I explained I had found my own place. She said imperiously 'and what colour are those tights?' and after I had made lined curtains in my own time for her room! At least I gained an education in English language and lit. Scripture as it was then called, and Latin which is invaluable. I also learned that if daddy wasn't a professional you weren't much cop. My nightmares are about being in the cloakrooms and changing rooms they are horrible and happen when I am stressed! I wonder if the staff realised what pupils went through? I also have horrors about being made to stand up and recite a French poem. I am 62 now and had a successful career but I was let down by the part of my education involving relationships and consideration of adolescents' feelings and emotions. Yes HS went from bad to worse with the comprehensive system but perhaps 'comprehensive' involved treating children as individuals. No; that is also a joke!
Hope you all had a better experience of High Storrs than I did. I do try to maintain relationships I made but I wish I had put Girls High on my 11+ form because I was told I had passed for there. Not enough input from school when making choices . It was expected parents could advise but they could not all do this.
|School Years: 1959-1964||Contribution Submitted on: 1 Jun 2010|
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