Laindon Park Junior School

By Ken Porter

Laindon Park Junior School was the first Board School built in Laindon, it open its doors in September 1877. It was then called St Nicholas Board School. The opening followed the closure of the School at St Nicholas Church known as Puckles Charity School that had been in existence since the 1620s. It celebrated its centenary in 1977. Were any of you there and are you in the photographs?

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Laindon Park Junior School' page

Marion Flack

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Laindon Park Junior School' page

Marion Flack

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Laindon Park Junior School' page

Marion Flack

This page was added by Ken Porter on 07/01/2012.
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The more I look at this post, the more the memories come back to me. Although a long time ago, a very long time, I have recalled my first day at this school! I seem to remember that I, along with several others, cried at having been left there by our mothers. I also recall playing with coloured sand. Ring any bells to other new starters of this time? Amazing, isn't it? I remember this from so many years ago, but couldn't tell you what I had for dinner any day last week!

If my eyes don't deceive me, in the third photograph, is that another new building in the background, that has appeared since my time there - 1952-58? What is it?

By Donald Joy
On 14/12/2015

That's my sister 2nd from the left!! Jeanette Tanner (now Hersey). I remember this day.

By Gillian Pidler (Nee Tanner)
On 14/12/2015

I attended this school from 5 years old until moving on up to "big" school aged 11.  While there the building of the assembly/dining hall took place and I well remember one of the projects we undertook was to construct models of this new building.  They were made using matchsticks, lollipop sticks, paper, card and copious amounts of glue and as I recall some pupils' models actually resembled the real building. This new building also served as two separate classrooms with large folding doors to partition them. Despite my current age, many, many names come flooding back to mind, but putting faces to them is just too much for me.  What a brilliant place to begin ones schooling, I'm grateful for that. 

By Donald Joy
On 24/08/2015

Hi,  I spotted myself in that 1977 Laindon Park photo.   Brings back memories, happy days.

By Sharon Wheal
On 23/08/2015

I can see myself and younger brother smack in the middle of photo, Ivan with long hair and myself, Shane, stood to the left with a cap on.  Don't really recognise anyone other than Glenn Burton.

By Shane
On 19/05/2015

I started at this school in 1952. I remember the teachers mentioned in other comments. Mrs Hodgson was my favourite, and I later got to know both her sons when I met them at Palmers Grammar. There was no such thing as the "school run" in those days so us kids who lived the High Road side of Laindon had to trudge up and over Church Hill to get to school and home again as did our mothers. It kept us fit.

By John Rolph
On 05/01/2014

It is nice to see the celebrations that took place to celebrate the schools centenary. I had the pleasure in looking after the services in the school on behalf of Essex County Council at that time and remember the excitement of the staff and pupils in the preparations. 

I have passed the school on a couple of occasions recently and realise just how our society has deteriorated. The photographs show the school surrounded by normal low railings where as to day it looks more like a detention centre. What does this say for society and what impression does it give, to the children, that this is necessary?

By Ian Mott
On 15/10/2013

The boy wearing a peaked cap in the back row on the right of the first picture is my nephew Glenn Burton. He is standing just behind and a little to the right of a girl with very dark hair who is wearing a white mop cap. He was born in 1967 so would have been 10 years old in the photo.

As a matter of interest, this was one of the schools which took part in an experiment during the 70s to use the I.T.A. method to teaching reading which was thought to make learning quicker and easier. However, problems arose when the children were later required to transfer to the conventional method. They’d had to learn two different alphabets in their early years and many struggled with the transition. Therefore the system was phased out and is no longer taught.

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)
On 14/10/2013

I was in this group celebrating 100 years of a brilliant little school. Walking to and from school was a daily adventure, running through the long grass and feeding the horses and climbing the trees. Mr Lilly was headmaster during my time there. 

Myself and Alan Brooks were put in charge of tuck shop on one occasion, we ate most of the biscuits ourselves before the shutters even opened, penny a biscuit, not many pennies were made that day, terribly sorry but we were very hungry.

By Wayne Willings
On 14/10/2013

Mr Rand, Mrs Hodgson and Mr Stone were lovely teachers. Wasn't there a Mrs Card Infants Teacher and I seem to remember a Mr & Mrs Hughes. When I started at the school in about 1955 I was sat next to Jackie (Jacqui) Sheppard and we stayed friends through out school lives. I remember Linda Brazier, Keith English, Jill Strutt, (Averil Allen older than me), Pat Mayhew, Carol Hutchings. In my last year my Dad let me have a part and loads of people from my class came and Mrs Hodgeson and Mr Rand put in an appearance at the end - we all loved them. Memories......

By Jan Wright nee Smithers
On 30/07/2013

I've only just noticed here that Laindon Park School opened in 1877. This means incredibly that the little school was already 80 years old when I was there in 1957-1958. In the first photo my first classroom is on the left of the photo, I spent the first term, Autumn 1957 in there in Mr Stone's class. The views out over the playing field were good as this was the way home in the evening. Church Road is over on the left of the photo, this is where the bus stood if we decided to use it to go home. We also had windows looking in this direction as well. The flat roofed square building in the centre was the entrance lobby and the hip roof section was where I was in the second and third terms (Spring and Summer 1958) with Mrs Hodgson. The canteen and assembly hall are over on the right hand side, these were higher (you can see the retaining wall in the second photo) and had little steps leading up to the dining area where you could order roast beef, gravy, mashed potato from round serving spoons and semolina for afters mmm. The school plays were held in the hall and the recorder group would play at Christmas. I wonder where all my friends are from those days, certainly Valerie Boatwright was one - I know where she is, still within walking distance of the school !! I remember all of the childrens names from both classes I was in and still recall that they were all friendly and kind. Very happy days indeed !!

By Richard Haines
On 05/05/2012