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This little document was hand written by the head of the school, Mr Robert Terence Smith, at the time the new school was opened in September 1960 in Bowling Green Close. With 140 children on the school role there were 3 qualified teachers along with the head and one assistant. The qualified teachers were Ellen Mary Farmer aged 53, Ethel Meryl Hobbs aged 48 and Frederick Joseph Payne aged 37. The teaching assistant was Iris Gwendoline Anne Maud Pratt aged 51. After putting this item on to Memories of Bampton the following comments were added.
Richard Bovington - I was one of the 140; he was a very forward looking head.
Penny Ford - Miss Hobbs taught my son Steven he is 58 now (written in January 2019)
Jenny Scott - I was one if the 140 born in 1955.Great teacher's.Sing Greensleeves around the piano .with miss farmer or miss Hobbs.Miss Pratt was a hard task master.But I loved primary school.
Rae Evans - I remember them all! Funny to see their actual ages. They seemed much older. Interesting seeing Mr Smith's handwriting. We spent hours learning italics and I still get complimented on my handwriting ( although not my spelling!)
Karen Willet - That was to be my comment! We all had Italic pens and learned to do it. Mr. Smith also had us doing all sorts of arts and crafts and listening to great music. Lovely years and I remember all those teachers so well. Mr. Payne used to read us all the old Greek mythology stories. I am surprised he was that young as he had a shiny, bald pate!
Julie Evans - I don’t remember Mr Payne
Marion Paintin - I was born in 52 can't remember if I was at the new school for 1 or 2 years. Spent early years at the old school went to new one then 2 years back down the old school. When it was shut we all went to wood green in Witney.
Jenny Scott - Yes I can remember us having some lessons at the old school.And Mr Payne was a really tall man. Can you remember him Marion. Can anyone remember making are hat's for the Christmas party.
Julie Evans - Yes! Christmas hats and Easter bonnets
Marion Paintin - Jenny Scott yes I remember Mr Payne and making hats for the Xmas party.
Janet Rouse - The Horsa buildings in the old school in Church View were used again for a while in the mid to late 1970s when the school numbers were too large for the school in Bowling Green Close. Keith started school there in 1976 and I think had two years there.
Fenella Gray - I was taught by him (Mr Payne) for 2 years at the new primary school. He moved to Cirencester and I met him and used to send the Bampton Beam to him