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School in Goole was cool. The school system was revamped in 1990, when the Grammar School was renamed as Vermuyden School and the four middle schools became primary schools. Of course, for the older surfers, there used to be the old Secondary Modern School (now Goole College and previously Bartholomew Middle) and the Grammar School. Here is a brief description of the four old middle schools and the Grammar School.

Goole Grammar School was described in a book, 'Puppets in Yorkshire', as 'Here in Goole has risen a most beautiful academy built in the best tradition of good greystone architecture and yet consistent with modern requirements. A dignified, inspiring building, well set among lawns and garden beds of bright flowers. It was an education in itself to pass the school'

Pupils belonged to Tudor, Windsors, Normans or Stuarts houses when it came to inter-class competitions. The highlight of the academic year was Presentation Evening where old pupils came back to collect their exam certificates.

The highlight of the sporting year was the annual cross-country run to Airmyn and back. Many runners took shortcuts across a field near Boothferry Bridge, until the teachers started inspecting boots. Anybody with muddy boots had to do it again.

The school is now called Vermuyden School and a lot more metal fences have appeared around the building in recent years.

GGS Sports Hall GGS New Block and Science Tower The old Boothferry Road primary school

The old Bartholomew Middle School Kingsway Middle School Pasrkside Middle School

Visitor Comments

Posted by Russell Teale at 16/12/2000 08:35
Another claim to fame for Parkside School is that a Lancaster Bomber was found while they were building it!!!!
Posted by MEE!!! at 31/08/2005 15:57
I will update you the new houses going in this year aer:Air, Fire,Earth and Water
Posted by Richard lemon at 20/12/2005 11:00
What about the old schools What has happened to Alexander st Primary and the nursery next to it. Brings back fond memories of my days in goole!!!
Posted by pedro at 15/02/2006 23:39
How about the Catholic school in old Goole ST Thomas What a dump I learned more after leaving this place in 1950.
Posted by Greg at 19/03/2006 14:04
What about Pasture Primary school?
Posted by georgie at 08/06/2006 18:42
escuse me but im 11 and where is bothferry primary in goole im about to leave but is the best school in goole according to the council and im on the school council i want boothferry ere now !
Posted by Kez at 16/06/2006 22:06
Where's St Joseph's? Aww.. Put St Joseph's on! I loved that place.
Posted by k-lee at 28/06/2006 18:54
i used to go to kingsway primary school and i thought it was brilliant i loved all my teachers especially miss suggit and mrs buter field.mrs jones was ace. she left while i was in year 4 i think but she always would come back and take supply lessons i had her as my teacher when i was in year 3 and 4 she was a brilliant teacher and me and my best friend emma would always go and see her every breaktime and sometimes dinner just to help her with a few odd jobs. miss suggit was my gymnastics teacher she was brilliant she helped me so much that i was the first student to earn a gold medal in gymnastics.i really miss my primary school i loved it. i remember when we had a 50s week to celebrate the school being open for 50 years that week was really good we even had like a garden party where all the pupils and teachers had a tea party in the playing field.Then i left kingsway school and now go to vermuyden school which i dont like as much because every time you leave or enter the school theres kids smoking and it awful because i just dont see the point.when im walking around vermuyden school people just barge into you whereas when i went to kingsway i knew just about every one and used play with all the little kids and people would open the door for you. i wish i could go back to kingsway primary school as i loved it and i am only in year 8 at the minute so i only left kingsway 2 years ago so im sure it wouldnt have changed my younger brother and sister go ther now and i know they enjoy it so i wrote this letter to say that KINGSWAY PRIMARY SCHOOL IS A BRILLIANT SCHOOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by emma at 03/07/2006 12:50
i used to go to kingsway primary school and i think it was good me and my mate k-lee used to be in all the same classes. my favourite teacher was mrs jones. she was really cool we used to do odd jobs for her. i loved my old school. me and kayleigh were stuck together like glue and would complain if we got split up. even though we used to fight about everything 1 time we even had a fight over a green pencil.i now go to vermuyden school and me and k-lee are still best mates. i liked kingsway better than vermuyden.
Posted by Bill at 15/08/2006 21:44
K-lee & emma, interesting comments but your education seems sadly lacking in the punctuation and grammar department. Maybe I'm getting old.
Posted by Robert Ward at 17/09/2006 17:44
Ivan - please would you email me - I'm interested in Tasker family history.
Posted by Emma Lee at 07/10/2006 23:37
Where's Boothferry................Best school in Goole

Vermuyden Sucks!!!!!!!!!Knock it Down, don't bother rebuilding it!!!!!
Posted by charlotte at 12/10/2006 14:21
where is boothferry primary???!!! it is the best primary school like ever!!!
Posted by Brian Thompson at 13/11/2006 18:05
I attended GGS from 51-56. I was in Stuart House.I was keen on Gymnastics and was in the Display would be nice to know if any one else was in class 5D.
Posted by Barbara Hudson at 18/12/2006 22:36
and there was me thinking the science block was newly built & modern!
Posted by jadeycakes at 24/12/2006 15:38
you sure vermuyden 'sucks' i'm pretty sure it doesnt ive been there for five years [im in year 11 now] and yeah ok it has its bad points but lets face it ... so does every other school! most of the teachers there are great and if you work at it you'll get really good grades... last year there was a pass rate [A* - C] of 55% now in my book thats an achievement!
stop slagging it!
Posted by Stan at 23/01/2007 20:42
Good grief! I remember the science block being built!!
Posted by Gail at 19/02/2007 16:28
I haven't any kids so I can't really say what the Vermuyden (Grammar) School is like now, but I'm delighted it's just done so well in the national league tables. I'm sceptical about league tables, but if we have to have them we might as come in the top 5%, which is what the Vermuyden's just done!
Posted by Bill Stewart at 19/03/2007 19:30
Does anyone know if Mr Teed (headmaster GGS late '60's) is still living and if so his contact details? TIA
Posted by Karin Ronis at 20/05/2007 06:59
Is there any where I could find the admission registers for schools in Goole around the early 1900's
Darwin Australia
Posted by Sarah at 29/05/2007 12:09
Beverley Archives at the Treasure House in Beverley have admission registers for some Goole schools but not sure what date they are. They have an online catalogue on the east riding council's website.
Posted by I. Tasker at 13/06/2007 10:50
Karin, I have a cousin in Darwin, he was born in Snaith near Goole.
Posted by Janet T at 26/07/2007 19:26
Mr Teed was my headmaster in the late 60's, Mrs. Williams was the girls headmistress. I visited the old school in 2001, I did not like what had been done to it...there is something in the saying, "The Good Old Days."
Posted by charl at 05/09/2007 16:45
Where, may I ask, is Boothferry Primary School? By far, it is the best primary school in Goole. It has been voted the best by the council on numerous occasions. Honestly! Put Boothferry on this page, please? It wasn't 'chav-ridden' either.

Posted by John C. Wraith at 25/09/2007 06:03
I attended Kingsway School for two years,before going to Goole Grammar School,in the latter days of Mr. Latimer and the early days of Mr.Teed.What a contrast!As I left the school,I was told that I would be a success in life,but not in the academic world...I have been a Headmaster in three different school,all in the Philippines,working in a university,etc...

Maybe a late developer? Maybe playing was more fun at school? I should love to hear from any old school mates....
Posted by Alan Anderson at 14/01/2008 22:34
Ref.Bryan Thompson,13.11.2006. Hello Bryan, Did you live in Carter St. in your school days? I think I remember you although my memory is fading by the day!!!
Posted by Mr A M Shaw at 07/03/2008 20:27

GGS 57-60: As mentioned in the intro 'McMix' was the date of construction and not builder...
Posted by Rod Lumley at 15/04/2008 18:17
I was fascinated to watch the video of Boothferry Road School Sports Day 1962. As a teacher at the school, it was my job to organise that event & I remember to this day, the wonderful support from fellow teachers & parents and the great friendly competition among the pupils. How sad that this type of competition is so frowned upon nowadays!!!

Rod Lumley
Posted by Graham T at 11/07/2008 16:28
Re: Janet T msg on 26 Jul 2007. I too went to GGS (70-75) then went on to serve in Army (75-04). Looking back GGS was a great time and progress over time has changed the look of the school at the back, but the frontage remains the same and should do forever. The sight of GGS makes me think that wiothout that school Boothferry Road/Goole would not be the same. I had a sis who went to leave in US of A in 70ish! Do you remember old Mr Smith the History teacher, fine man or what? Mr Hall the Physics teacher, I found he had a short fuse one day, my last day in his Physics class!!
Posted by john howard at 28/08/2008 22:06
re capstan street opposite vermuyden old goole i lived there in early sixties with my parents old coal yard was opposite i used to get under gate in winter and get coal for my mum in a bucket and leave a trail in the snow to our door i was cheeky to a worker and he put me in his jcb bucket lifted me up and went for his lunch i wasnt cheeky anymore has anyone got any photos of this area around these dates 60s 70s thanks
Posted by Alan Anderson at 11/09/2008 23:15
Ref. John Howard and Capstan St. I have a map showing Capstan St. and a photo of Bridge st. in it's heyday. I can send them to you. Yours,Alan Anderson.
Posted by Miss !!!!!! at 06/10/2008 18:44
why isnt reedness primary school on there ?
Posted by john howard at 21/10/2008 02:33
cheers alan would be much appriciated mate please send to thanks again
Posted by M Roberts at 29/01/2009 14:29
Is that the Alan Anderson, who'll now be approaching late 60s and once lived opposite Shorts' Greengrocers?
Posted by Alan Anderson at 30/01/2009 22:30
Ref.M Roberts.29.1.09.
Michael Roberts, is that you from over Cheshire way,used to stay with your Grandma in Colonels Walk.??????
Posted by Alan Anderson at 12/02/2009 12:54
Hello Stuart,reference M.Roberts,"Is that Alan Anderson".If he contacts you again will you give him my E-mail Add. please,I would like to contact him again after 50yrs or more.Your 'Site' 'Keeps doing the Business!' Well done!
Posted by Alan Anderson at 14/02/2009 19:32
Thank you G O T W.I have made contact with Mike Roberts after approx.53 yrs. Great.
Posted by Kevin Whiteley at 21/02/2009 20:14
Alan Anderson did you work for Servis years ago and live or lived in Marshfield Road?
Posted by Alan Anderson at 22/02/2009 20:44
Hello Kevin,Yes thats me.I'm retired now and live at Reedness.I take it you are THE KW .Electrician and Fridge Engineer.Do you still live in this area? Alan.
Posted by bethany at 24/06/2009 18:33
I go to kingsway primary school and I'd just like to say THANK YOU KINGSWAY FOR BEING THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Tracey Worswick at 18/08/2009 16:20
When did Goole Grammar stop been an actual Grammar School?
Posted by Robert Ward at 24/08/2009 18:48
It became a comprehensive school around 1970, not sure of the exact year but it was around then. It retained the Grammar School name for some years after that though.
Posted by Graham at 24/08/2009 21:35
GGS remained a GS until September 1975, after that it converted to 'Comprehensive' status but retained the title GGS and quite rightly so too. GGS was 'the place of learning' in the area and had some fantastic teachers who really had a passion for education; ie Bongo Smith, Higgins, Gurdon, Hall, Marshall. Tweed, Heath, Hardman, Watson, Mrs Thompson, Miss Potter and the classroom assistant in Metal and Woodwork who's name I forget etc etc
Posted by John C. Wraith at 04/10/2009 10:09
That terrible metalwork shop!I used to block the fire with clinker,fill the room with smoke and be banished,yet again,to the woodwork shop!Mr. Ibbotson was very tolerant-split wood in all directions and lots of failed dove tailed joints!Needless to say,I have never been able to be practical,in the slightest-except if it involved a hammer...The beeswax was always cooking in the woodwork shop-whenever I smell a candle I think of dear old GGS.
Posted by Ian Grant at 14/10/2009 12:44
1973 ggs turned comp, us scruffy gits were first to go.
Posted by william calvert at 07/11/2009 11:48
Just seen the grammar school staff picture on the site. What happened to Miss Smith the girls sports mistress?
Posted by Sue Pinkerton at 28/11/2009 17:15
What happened to the letters after Nov 7th? Is there a second page somewhere, I can't see any links.
Posted by Stuart (Webmaster) at 28/11/2009 19:58
Sue - try looking in the Schools page in the 'Your Memories' section
Posted by kev howard at 05/01/2010 10:13
kev GGS 70-75 here.Re; Graham 70-75 Its been a long time since we spoke mate,same class an'all.Must admit I was not a great school fan at that age but by god its true what my nan used to say about being the best days of your life,you only find this out as you get older.Good old bongo eh,not many teachers let you have a cig in there lessons now.looking back there was some good guys,Joe Higgins,Coxy and Gwen,Heathy,Grossett, Pete Hardman,Mike King,Ma Thompsom.Had a swipe off most of em but there you go.Nice to see you in print if nowt else.
Posted by kevynne at 31/01/2010 00:14
My great aunts Beatrice and Cecille Lee were teachers at Boothferry road school in the 1920,s .Does this school still exist and where would I find photos.
Posted by Claire at 31/01/2010 17:19
Posted by Raymond Porter at 06/02/2010 20:19
I attended Goole Grammar School from 1938 to 1943. It was a fine school. The headmaster was Mr Latimer <called Rattlesnake >by the boys, as he had the reactions of one. The Phys Ed teacher was Jack Ellis, who had played Rugby for England ,and the staff were all very fine people. During the war, there were air raid shelters covering the part of the playing fields, and some of the senior boys took turns sleeping overnight at the school, doing fire watch duty. At that time, you were in school either on a scholorship or your parents had to pay, I think that the fee was about three pounds a term. Our School Magazine was "The Viking " Have lived in Canada for the past 50 years or so, and am still enjoying life . Hello to all !!
Posted by Raymond at 08/02/2010 16:51
I can't believe how stupid I was. I always thought that MCMIX was the year 1909, when the school was built, and now I see from the Introduction to this Web site, that it was the name of the Scottish architect !!! Roman numerals were not taught in our Latin Classes !!
Posted by Graham at 09/02/2010 22:34
Hello Kevin, Long time, no see matey. I left school in 75 and left Goole that year too. Spent 29 years in Army and have now settled down in Bonny Scotland. Would be good to see all the old class of 5T (75) and the other Forms S,N and W and catch up. Maybe one day someone will pull together a reunion! What you been doing with yourself since leaving school? Are you still living in Goole? I pop down now and then to visit my sister, place has changed quite a bit since we were kids. All the best.
Posted by karen neville. nee white at 09/04/2010 03:09
goole grammar school in the 196o's
Posted by bob at 23/04/2010 12:49
goole high best
Posted by david teed at 09/06/2010 01:49
Just found this site, Bill Stewart. I went to GGS 71-78 and my dad was headmaster which had its pros and cons. He retired in 1984 first to Bristol and then to Cornwall. He is still alive if a bit doddery at 85. Personally I was very proud of what he did during his tenure at GGS 1964 to 84.
Posted by Bill at 17/06/2010 00:13
For David Teed. Some time ago I posted a message seeking contact details for Mr Teed. I simply wanted to give him my belated thanks for something he did for me. Once when I had committed some misdemeanour, can't remember what it was-possibly not attending some cultural event, your Dad summoned me to his study. I was expecting a good telling off. Instead after expressing his disappointment in my behaviour he gave me a load of books to read by American authors- James Baldwin, J D Salinger, B F Skinner, Kerouac etc. Some of it quite racy stuff for a 16 year old in Goole! Anyway I read them and the experience engendered a life long interest in American literature which has given me much enjoyment. I wanted, belatedly, to thank your Dad for that. I would appreciate it if you would pass this message on to him. I thought he was an excellent headmaster.
(Bill Stewart,GGS 1959-1967)
ps webmaster, wouldn't it be a good idea to amalgamate the two separate School sections
Posted by John Jessop at 23/06/2010 23:12
The other morning on the TV news there was a comment that the English were not producing high class tennis players because of a lack of facilities available to the young. It struck me as unfortunate that the tennis courts at GGS are now taken over as a car park.
Posted by Celia Galloway at 22/09/2010 15:30
I've been doing a little bit of research - it's been great to read some of the comments - I became a teacher eventually and now live in Dubai - still doing some teaching - very civilised here. Was at GGS from 1960-1967. Well done to John Wraith - headteacher indeed !!! Look forward to hearing from some old friends.
Posted by Bob Carson at 27/04/2011 20:25
Can anyone remember Patrica (pat) Carson at school in 1953+.Any info would be most greatfull.
Posted by Brian Lockwood at 07/05/2011 17:52
We had some great and memorable teachers at GGS, including Elvis, Test Tube and Boilerhead. I was in the Senior Sixth when Mr Teed joined as headmaster. He invited a few prefects to his home one Saturday evening. It happened to be my 18th birthday, so, to say the least, I attended reluctantly. Two of the girls were opera fans and asked Mr Teed to play his records of Verdi's "Othello". This seemed to drag on for hours. To make the evening even more memorable, I caught chicken pox from one of Mr Teed's children. Happy days!
Posted by Megan at 28/05/2011 09:17
Where's Boothferry Primary? I'm a Yr 6 from there and for me it's the best school in goole! I have just taken my SATs and they treat you extremly well. So please put Boothferry on!
Posted by steve hunt at 04/06/2011 10:21
Re Mr P.L.Teed. If anyone could pass on warmest of regards to him I would be very happy.The older I get the more I realise
just what a remarkable Headmaster he was. My elder brother, also a GGS boy, was killed when I was in the lower sixth. Mr Teed had a chat with me in his office which was simply inspirational as well as very practical at that sad time. He joined the school when I was starting in the second form, he was years ahead of the rest, most of whom now appreciate what he was about.
Posted by Stewart Orange at 26/06/2011 23:22
Am I the only one but there was no such school as Parkside Middle. Surely it was Parkside First School and the Middle school that was built on the site was called Boothferry Middle School, that it certainly my memory of the site when I was there from 1980
Posted by Graham Cowling at 19/11/2011 21:09
Sally Anne Richardson, you broke my heart in 68..... and i aint got over it yet!!! LOL
Posted by Billy ligg at 11/12/2011 23:06
went to GGS in 1977 to 1980 what a great headmaster mr teed was he was a true gentalman give him my regards thankyou
Posted by Jan townend at 16/06/2012 20:29
To stew Orange.sorry this is a late post but you are perfectly correct. It was Parkside first school and Boothferry Middle because I Taught you at Boothferry Middle. I was mrs Townend after I was mrs Roffey. Dont remember which name I had when you were there. I directed many productions there. Do you remember any of them?
Posted by Samantha Simms at 21/06/2012 22:31
Eww.... Dad..... (graham cowling) x
Posted by jill binnington at 21/12/2012 00:47
I went to GGS until 1977, but wanted to know if anyone went to Alexandra Street school in late 60s and remembers a teacher called Barry Shipley. Is he still alive? My favourite teachers at GGS were Mr Renee(German/Russian) and the classical studies teacher whose name I cannot remember, she was so enthusiastic about her subject.
Posted by Keith at 23/12/2012 15:17
I think its time the front of the Grammar School was tidied up it still looks a disgrace. Nice advert for a academy.
Posted by Graham at 19/02/2013 20:59
Favourite teacher at GGs during period 1970 - 75 was Julian Gurden in pottery. He was well laid back and a great teacher too.
Posted by Patsy Gill at 27/03/2013 13:22
Agree with Keith about the front grounds of what was GGS. It is an eyesore and has been like that for some months - possibly over a year.
Posted by James Poulton at 04/07/2013 22:08
My dad is from Goole (Allen Poulton age 55) I am not sure of the dates that he went to school but some of the names of people in his class/school year are Robert Cockin, Wayne Buck, David Calver, Steve Moore. If anyone knows my dad feel free to contact me at
Posted by Roy Fletcher at 01/10/2013 21:47
I attended GGS from 1943 to 1948. My nickname there was Flicka. My special pals were Peter Jackson from Lime Tree Avenue and Ken Penistone from Rawcliffe. Teachers-J L Latimer (Head), J A England (Latin) Miss Hargreaves (French) D Turner (Art) "Bandy" Burroughs(Metalwork) "Serge" Wright (P.E.) J A E Hart(Maths) and Miss Brindley (Geography) are who I remember. Senior pupils included A K Temple, Malcolm England and Alec Burton. Is there anyone still out there from those days? Would like to hear.
Posted by Patrick Dickinson at 08/11/2013 13:13
I went to Kingsway Juniors then Goole Secondary Modern or Goole high School as it became I was in York house became a musician at the north eastern FOLK & blues club and a supporter of Goole Town in that era. Have been around the mill a bit and am now a born again Christian and live in Bradford.
Posted by Norman Roberts at 27/04/2014 17:36
I went to Goole modern school always at the back of the classroom the teachers had no time for anybody who was slow to pick things up stuck at back of the classroom.
One teacher would walk up and down the rows of desks if someone said something he didn't like his cane would come down on your desk at rocket speed you had to get your hand out of way prity quick ,another teacher Called Yule we called him Japhead couldn't say anything nice about him less said the better, Bob Reavelie he had no time for me I spent the lesson in the store room he also used to forget I was there,

I've also had to climb out of the window.
We had some very nice teachers Mr Watson he would stop after time to teach us how to play chess, Mrs Moncaster was also nice she must have drown the short straw to get our class she was good to us,the Head teacher Rouse I felt his cane many times across my hands and backside he once had me and Tommy Tune on stage in front of the hole school to give us six of the best all we did wrong was dig up the chicken rung we didn't no they had grassed it,we thought we would let the chickens have a good feed on worms I bet they enjoyed the worms better then we enjoyed the cane.
A good old friend Tommy R.I,P. I've never forgot you.
Hope I haven't board you all,I was only a modern school lad.
Nice to have a chat Regads NR.
Posted by Jo at 10/05/2014 22:39
Hi Does anyone have a picture of Dunhill Road Primary School that was actually located on Boothferry Road. I believe my grandfather attended the school in the late 1920/30's would love a pic to put in his scrapbook. I believe the school is now The Gate
Posted by Anon Old Codger 70 Plus at 03/07/2014 10:32
Hi Jo regarding you wanting a photo of Boothfery Road School,if you go to Goole on the web welcome you will see at the start of the page a photo of the Shcool, if you want a up to date photo I will gladly take one for you if you put your details of your web so I can E/Mail you.
Regards Anon Old Codger 70 Plus.

Anon Old Godger 70 plus
Posted by Anon Old Codger 70 Plus at 29/08/2014 10:37
It's a shame that Goole Modern School has only one listing on this page, my time at the school was 1954 to 1958, we had no girls to look at they must have thought that girls needed protection from us the nasty boys, the school was separated by locked doors we only got to the girls end was when we had gardening I wonder if the girls had a peek at us as we did at them, I didn't see the girls on way home me and the lads walk home down the back lanes so we could have a fag which we bought three woodbines and a match for sixpence.
Regards Anon Old Codger 70 plus
Posted by Keith wilson at 22/09/2014 21:02
Yes I remember been segregated even on the sports field during the breaks we were not aloud to mix, and the boys and girls lay looking at each other over no mans land. Fortunately I was a prefect who's job it was to walk up and down making sure the two did not mix. How times have changed.
Posted by margery miller was jarvis at 07/05/2015 20:47
I went to goole modern school 55-59 I remember the headmistress miss alburn she was a dragon, she thought boys were despicable that's why we were not allowed to mix with the boys. my favourite teacher was mrs greensitt , I was glad to leave school and travelled the world but now retired and live in Lincolnshire.
Posted by Terry Matthews at 22/07/2015 16:13
Hi. I have just found this site. I was at GGS 1965-1971 and have many memories. I was glad to see a reference to Mr. Smith who was simply one of the best teachers I have ever encountered and gave me a what has been a life-long interest in History. Mr. Teed I saw mentioned - Headmaster who taught British Constitution -lovely man and glad to see he is happy in retirement in Cornwall (where my family originate). I moved away from Yorkshire in the early 70's and never returned to Goole but I loved my time at school -if I did not pay enough attention I can now say sorry! Windsor House was always the best - at simply everything!
Posted by Liam at 02/02/2016 04:39
I went to Kingsway 94-97 left in the middle of year 3 and I must admit, that I missed it from that day forwards. It was such an amazing school.
Posted by Priscilla Laybolt. (nee) Shadwell at 22/02/2016 17:50
Hello Rod Lumley, you posted back on 15/04/2008. if you see this please let me know are you related to Eunice Lumley? She was my maid of honour when I married back in 1945. I would love to know if she is still around. hope to hear from you, you can write me at my e-mail addy.
Happy days to you.
Sincerely Pat.
Posted by Rode Lumley at 01/04/2016 19:13
Hello Priscilla Laybolt.
I have no recollection of a Eunice Lumley.
From the dates you mention she would have been more my dad's era. Unfortunately, he is no longer alive to make the enquiries.
I do know there were a number of 'Lumleys' living in Old Goole at that time.
Posted by anon at 14/06/2016 21:26
Looking for linda e fitton nee meiningen
Posted by john howard at 03/07/2016 20:29
hi alan Anderson could you send me photo,s of capstan street in its hey day not been on site sorry
Posted by Alan Knott at 03/11/2016 10:56
I wish I had found this site earlier - so many familiar names of staff and pupils (Bill Stewart in particular - we were good friends in the days when trainspotting was the thing to do). Steven Hunt as well - I was in the same class as his brother Vernon and I used to go to Airmyn to ride on his scramble bike and I think we were all proud of him when he became a pilot and so shocked when he was killed). For myself I married Janet Major - also of GGS (still happily married) eventually became a chemistry teacher and then University lecturer - now mostly retired but still do some work for the OU. Still go back to Goole because Janet's mum still lives there - and I still go and watch Hull City (but I'm not sure how much longer that will last!)
Posted by Ivan Tasker at 02/03/2017 19:36
Looking for Gerald Brooksbank who has posted on here in the past. He attended GGS 1954-59.
Posted by June Moore at 07/06/2017 16:01
Looking for memories and school photos of parr mount secondary school from 1968 to 1971
Posted by Bill at 10/06/2017 10:02
Re Alan Knott's post yes I remember Vernon Hunt's scramble bike. A 350cc Royal Enfield. I also remember riding it into a barbed wire fence, which he and I were not too pleased about.
Posted by Tom hardman at 17/07/2017 17:12
Many memories here about GS very little of the modern school circa 60-65 maybe not so surprising the school failed most of the pupils. Some staff would not make the grade as street cleaners never mind the teaching profession Me. Well apparently a failure. 4f level. Still just retired from teaching after 30 years and 16 in the RAF Two degrees and a bag full of coaching quals no thanks to messers leggot revel and co. Still they taught me what it means to teach properly and with real enthusiasm and to never give up on anyone. What about the others who graced the same time as me
Posted by tony Hollerbach at 23/07/2017 19:41
Hi Tom,
was at the 'modern' 1960 - 1964 my nickname was 'plug' ha ha, given to me by 'fanta' Whitely, my last class was 4c ( I was in c stream all through ). I agree fully re most of the 'teachers' being not fit for purpose, my view is that we learnt in spite of them not because of them. Refresh my memory, I cannot recollect any 11 plus exams being taken, my thoughts are that they were not offered to anyone outside the top classes?? Anyway I went on to study outside of school when I left and became a food quality auditing manager in food manufacturing in spite of it all. Tony
Posted by Corby Bunting at 24/07/2017 17:07
Hello Tony. It was about your era that a good friend of mine was classed as dyslexic .Not many knew the meaning of the word.He is now a top class sculpture with world acclaim.
I spent my time in forms 1B,1A,2A,3A and 4A.I was already installed in 1B when I should have been sitting my 11 plus..I was not alone
Posted by Bill at 25/07/2017 16:20
Hi Tony and Corby, your comments are interesting and disturbing. My sister went to the Modern school and left 'qualified' to work as shop assistant. In later life she went on to get a degree and become head of department in a large secondary school. So much potential talent was lost as a result of the iniquitous 11+ system and the poor quality of teaching in many secondary modern schools.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 25/07/2017 21:40
Hello Bill.I cannot complain about my education.For me it was adequate.I took a trade. Although my apprenticeship took six years. 'Present day apprentices seem to get by with only three years.So, is this progress?
I have said many times why I and others like me were not allowed to even sit.Simply because it was deemed that children of one parent families.Plus families of a non professional parent Would be unable to afford the school uniform! My father was a dock labourer. My mother died when I was eight.I was eleven in 1945
On a lighter note it was said that it was done to create a super race!! Well, a gentleman attempted that in 1939.What did he achieve?
Posted by Keith at 03/08/2017 15:19
Hi Corby, I don't understand when you say you were already installed in class 1B when you should have been taking your !!+?
When I took my 11+ I was at the Alexander Street school and if you passed you proceeded to the Grammar School if you did'nt then it was the Modern School. But I think at that time there was quite a bit o nepotism with regard to which school you ended up at.
Posted by Keith at 03/08/2017 15:21
Hi Corby, I don't understand when you say you were already installed in class 1B when you should have been taking your !!+?
When I took my 11+ I was at the Alexander Street school and if you passed you proceeded to the Grammar School if you didn't then it was the Modern School. But I think at that time there was quite a bit o nepotism with regard to which school you ended up at.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 03/08/2017 18:01
Thank you Keith for your interest When the penny dropped for me was when in my second year at the Modern School I had progressed o 1 A Charlie Greensides Geography teacher was telling the story about a boy that had gone home. his father asked him what he had learnt. The Equator ,answered the boy. An Imaginary line around the world. What the boy actually said was...At that point Charlie asked me to stand up. Because he said. I have told you this before The year previous whilst I was in 1B.The boys answer was A menagerie lion running around the world ! I was 10 years old the previous December 1944. Considering that the 11 plus started that year Of.But learned the case was common place also later discovering the real truth Re. Assuming my school uniform course my dad asked questions from WRCC Wakefield By that time,too late. I was also previously at the Alex.
Posted by Keith at 04/08/2017 14:24
Charlie Greensides was a favorite teacher , could be quite hard when he wanted , he was my form master too.
Posted by Paul at 05/08/2017 16:08
Keith. You mentioned Charlie Greensides. I left Boothferry Road Junior School in 1955 (year before 11+) to live in Hull. As I recall my form master was the same person. Did he move to the Secondary Modern School after 1955? Also from recollection if you didn't pass the 11+ there was a way after 2 years to transfer to the Grammar School. An examination/recommendation?
Posted by Corby Bunting at 05/08/2017 20:57
Keith/ Paul 1955 was the year I ended my 6 year apprenticeship I joined the RAF the following year I knew of the second chance scheme. It came too late for my generation But like I said. I have no regrets
We all have to play the cards we are dealt in life
Posted by Keith at 06/08/2017 15:18
Paul,Charlie was my form master in 1951, so he was at the Modern School then.Head Master Mr Rowse he had just joined the school. Corby would have had a different head. Mr Fell another teacher, Mr Moody, Mr Oliver ( another great teacher ) could name many more.
Posted by Keith at 06/08/2017 15:27
Paul, yes we did get a chance to take the 11+if your parents could afford it.unfortunately not many could but as Corby said you made out the best you could. Having a Modern School education didn't hold me back and I am happy with my lot.
Posted by Keith at 06/08/2017 15:47
Paul , just had a thought I think Charlie left the Modern School and joined the staff of Boothferry Rd around 55. But could be wrong possibly some one could throw some light on it.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 06/08/2017 16:15
Hi Keith.i remember the names of teachers who caned me. Birdy Fell.Pop Northey, LaLa Moody and Charley Greensides who named his cane Paddywack all others very vaguely Although the English teacher Who I thought was named Houghton I liked.He went to great lengths to teach Poetry To explain in fine detail the true meaning of the written word. One piece in particular. Which is still etched within my brain Was from Othello." The value of a good name "
Mr. Rouse took over from Mr.Firth. chalk and cheese. I recall being grilled by Mr. Rouse and a police officer. I had been accused of stealing a bicycle pump. I was entirely innocent but this was a prime case of bullying by those that should have known better
Posted by Paul at 06/08/2017 17:57
Keith and Corby thanks for your replies. I think Mr.Greensides must have joined Boothferry after the Modern School.I had two years in the year before the 11+ because I started when I was 3,nearly 4, in !948 so I had to lose a year along the way.I don't recall having Mr Greensides in the first of my two years only the second. Only started school so early because the Modern School wanted my mother back teaching there.Lived in Jackson Street and then Clifton Gardens so not far to walk and dinner at home or grandmas also in Jackson Street.Really enjoyed the school,teachers and fellow pupils.
Posted by Keith at 07/08/2017 08:08
Corby , I remember Ron Houghton even though he never taught me . The only time was when party time came round, and we A formers were going to Thorne girls . Ron took us for dance tuition , but no one could dance, he asked me to join him in the center of the hall . When I said I couldn't dance he said right lad stand on my shoes and off we went . I certainly learned to dance after that experience. Needless to say we were mostly wall flowers at Thorne.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 07/08/2017 13:22
Hi Keith. You had us in stitches here.your description of the dance lessons. We recall Charlie with the boys, his wife with the girls.Re. the dancing it was always ne'er the twain shall meet. Not long afterwards at the Baths Dance Hall They couldn't keep their hands off one another
I am sure it was Ron that I knew . He had away of coaxing out the best in his pupils.
Posted by Keith at 31/08/2017 15:26
Hi Corby, glad you enjoyed my dance discription I didn't I can tell you. You talk about the baths hall dances ,big bands came to Goole fantastic. But getting back on track each week we were escorted to the baths ( in Summer) for swimming lessons and certificates. My favourite lesson ,but schools don't seem to do this now , don't think learning to swim matters much any more.
Posted by Keith at 09/09/2017 08:16
Another lesson now dropped from the school calendar, Horticulture I remember gardening taken by Mr Hutchinson at the far end of the school field. There were also animals . Again I remember feeding the pigs in the summer hols. Anyone else remember?
Posted by Corby Bunting at 09/09/2017 14:30
Hi Keith. Still flying the flag for the other school. Mr. Day told horticulture in my time Mr. Hutchinson must have been out of his comfort zone in that job. Being a sportsman. Mr. Reveley taught metal work. Then I believe was a woodwork teacher. Multi talented I think. I cannot remember my Woodwork teacher but as I ended up working in wood and I always got good marks at school so he helped pointing me in the right direction
Posted by Keith at 09/09/2017 15:38
Hi Corby, possibly your woodwork teacher was Mr Richardson, Mr Revely was mine not a very likeable teacher but he got the job done. Mr C B Fell maths, another firm teacher threw many a pupil's maths book out of the window. Mr Oliver metalwork, another favourite teacher.
Posted by Linda Holliday (Brewins) at 13/09/2017 07:17
I stumbled on this site when I was looking for some information. I was lovely to see names from the past...John Wraith....was only speaking about you yesterday....couldn't believe it when I saw your posts. Well done! bet you are a much liked headmaster. Also Celia Galloway.... took me back.... best wishes to you
Posted by Dina Hutton at 26/09/2017 03:26
I live in New Zealand but in the early 1970 I bought an interesting piece of pottery from an open evening at GGS.
The only clue to its' maker are the initials PM on the side.
It is so well made and unusual that I expect that this person is still happily Potting for a living. Have always been curious about its' origin, hope someone can help.
Unable to add a picture but its a head with huge eyes, large green teeth, black mustache and a hole in the back where there is a painted tree. Sounds gruesome but so well made and coloured that it is most interesting.
Posted by Keith at 15/03/2018 09:00
The Front gardens to the old Grammar School seem to be taking some time to re-enstate.
Posted by PAT BLEE ,,,,,,NEE,,,,, PAT ECCLES at 07/04/2018 10:50
Posted by Tom Hardman at 16/06/2018 16:20
Linda Holiday could this be the same as the one I have a photo of us both at the fun fair in a bumper car dressed in what looks like pyjamas aged about 4.
Posted by Melanie Chase (nee Fisk) at 13/10/2018 10:40
My Dad went to Goole Grammar school Dad David Fisk he is 70 years old this month, does anyone remember our family in Goole / Swinefleet ? Bert & Betty Fisk (my grandparents) Mary Fisk (now Cox) and My Dad David Fisk. My Grandma Betty was an Oldridge before she married my Grandad Bert (Herbert William) Fisk who owned and ran JG & HW Fisk & Sons Painter and decorators and painting supplies, 77 Swinefleet Road Old Goole. My Grandma used to live at Goole Hall as a child, not sure if any connection with the Oldridge Butchers mentioned in shops & shopping posts? I know the Oldridges were in farming.
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 24/10/2018 16:19
Last week's Goole Times has 2 great old photos of GGS sports teams - the rugby and cricket teams - from 1953. Just a bit before my time, though I do remember one or two of the the sporting heroes shown. I certainly remember the three school masters pictured: Gus the art master, Priscus the Latin master, and JLL the Head. When I was there almost all the teachers seemed ancient, though on these photos both Gus and the Head now seem quite young-looking! I think Priscus may have been cut from marble. For some reason JLL seems to be scowling at the camera. He must have had his moments, though I don't recall him being a bundle of laughs.
Oh, happy days of yore!
Posted by Bill at 25/10/2018 12:39
Mention of school masters at GGS reminded me of one in particular. I regret I can't remember his proper name, he was not one of my main teachers but I did meet hem once or twice after I left school. Possibly he taught history - his nick name was Bongo. He was a pleasant, intelligent, sympathetic and civilised man with some physical disability. I fear he was often teased and treated unkindly by pupils. The last I heard was that he committed suicide but I cannot vouch that this was accurate information. If so it was a tragic end. Does it ring any bells with anyone.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 25/10/2018 15:37
Hi Bill.As you know I have no right to comment on this school
You asked if it rang any bells with anyone
I hear loud and clear. The word Compassion
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 25/10/2018 21:01
Hi Bill, I remember Bongo, though I didn't attend any of his classes. My history lessons were with Bill Petch and Ma Bell. I think his name was Smith, and he joined the staff in the late fifties. He knew his subject very well, and by all accounts his lessons were quite entertaining, if a bit unruly. He was however seen as a figure of fun, though I do hope this was nothing to do with his pronounced limp, and looking a bit like Phil Silvers. I never saw or heard of him after I left GGS, and it is desperately sad if his troubles did lead him to take his own life.
Posted by Tom Owen at 31/10/2018 16:41
Mr Smith was one of the History Teachers at the GS. He was a wonderful Teacher and a very kind man ( unlike one or two other members of staff in the 1960's ). I owe Mr Smith and Mr Petch a great deal as they helped me pass my exams. Unfortunately Mr Smith had an artificial leg, I heard he lost it in an accident, however it could have been the War. I guess he was in a good deal of discomfort walking, but he was always cheerful. I was very upset to hear that he had taken his own life.
Posted by Geoff Cooper at 03/11/2018 16:03
Hello Tom.
Tom, are you the Tom Owen who lived on Alexander Street.
Posted by Tom Owen at 06/11/2018 12:31
Hi Geoff,
Yes, afraid that is me, ex Goolie, now residing in Lincoln, that's the closest Iv'e been for 40 odd years. Recently found this great site which brings back many memories (seen Geoff Eastwood is a Contributer which remind me of our Cricket Club days).
Great to see your message, hope all is well with you. My e mail is if you would like to get in touch. I will keep a watching brief on the Website as I am well retired and not fit for much else.
Posted by Geoff Cooper at 07/11/2018 14:08
Hi Tom
Thanks for your reply. Though my name is listed on the reply to your first posting, the person who remembers you from Alexander Street is my wife, who then was Josephine Coolledge and lived at number 60 Alexander Street. She will contact you via email if that is ok with you. By the way, l originate from Snaith.

Posted by Tom Owen at 08/11/2018 09:10
That's fine Geoff, will be great to hear from her. The only person from Alexandra St I am still in contact with is Margaret McGurk and
she recently sent me a photo of all the Street Kids lined up across the street and Josephine is one of us.Guess it would be the late 50's. I will make sure she gets a copy.
Cheers Tom
Posted by Geoff Cooper at 10/11/2018 10:35
Hi Tom
Great news. Josephine will be touch with you when we get our new email address up and running.

Posted by History Man at 13/11/2018 15:32
No doubt we all have our own recollections of Bongo Smith. He was indeed a kind and helpful teacher. I seem to remember that as well as his slow walk and pronounced limp he was small, wore glasses and a hearing aid and had a slight West Country accent. We didn't always behave well towards him. When annoyed he would call us "you people", and some would try to goad him further into losing his temper when he would go rigid in the face and bite his front teeth tight together, and then after holding this for several seconds he would relax and carry on as if nothing had happened. He was a modest man - he once said "Mr. Hall can understand my subject but I can't understand his."

He was Ivor B Smith, and googling him pulls out his name on pass lists for his BA and Dip Ed at Bristol in 1943 and 1944, and his photograph, presumably in the 1950s, on the staff page of the web site of Waterloo Grammar School Old Boys Association (Liverpool) where it appears he was known as "Whiss". He was however at GGS by the late 1950s and lodged near Mr Latimer in Centenary Road. I believe he moved to Guiseley near Leeds in the 1970s and was found in his car on the moors around 1973.
Posted by Sailor at 08/01/2019 20:14
Hi you ex GGSers remember Bongo came when I was in 3rd or 4th form. While on nicknames here's a few to think about start with J.L.The Boss, Priscus , Uncus, Fritz, Boilerhead, Tacky, Angus, Sticky, Minnie, Ma Cog, Joyce and Betty last two were their christian names
Posted by Thomas Hardman at 28/02/2021 14:16
I hear that Goole college is closing leaving the young of the town no local further education establishment within 25 miles of the town. This should not be happening. What are the council doing about this. This will result in more leaving the town. The onset of the new industry of train building should ensure a local college able to deliver engineering skills apprenticeships to support that work force. It will also require business skills secretariat skills and catering amongst others. The young people of the town need to be trained in these skills or they will go to people from outside the area. Council wake up
Posted by Keith at 01/03/2021 10:20
Agree entirely Tom
Posted by Corby Bunting at 02/03/2021 12:45
Well said Tom
Posted by Corby Bunting at 04/03/2021 11:14
To Thomas Hardman. You may remember Pedro who used to grace these pages He and I used to speak direct. After aa carreer at sea he travelled world wide working on power stations With a Catholic schools education he did well He often spoke of his youngest daughter. He was delighted when she had a placement at Thorne Academy Some time later I spoke to Pedro's eldest daughter and asked her how her younger sister was doing. Very well was her reply but we now do not see her!
My education at Goole Modern was adequate but I was not allowed to sit my 11 plus spending a year in 1b and the second in 1A
The light at the end of this tunnel ws an English teacher Bob Houghton He spent time to explain things.Like The value of a good name from Othello. I am so proud of that school. As I never liked the colour Yellow any way
Posted by Keith at 04/03/2021 11:33
Hi Corby, Did you mean Ron Houghton ?
Posted by Corby Bunting at 04/03/2021 12:20
Well spotted Kath. Yes
Posted by Keith at 04/03/2021 16:43
Hi Corby, Think I must have changed sex ?
Posted by Bev Saunders at 25/07/2021 16:25
I went to Kingsway and loved it. I remember some of my teachers! Mrs Burrows, Miss Hall, Miss Brydon and finally Mr Robinson. I'm talking some years ago now as I'm nearly 61.
Some of my fellow pupils?
Susan Lovell
Colette Goodison
Kathryn Maine
Julie Elfin
Julie Smith
Elaine Clarkson & Carol Chisholm.. Anybody any info on their whereabouts
Posted by Pedro at 03/09/2021 14:29
Just found out the ex superintendent of greenawn childrens home died last year hugh percy meiningen. Rest in peace super
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Keith, I share your feelings. But I fear that these awful ads are machine generated without human intervention or consideration. Our only hope is for the webmaster (Stuart?), if he still exists, to clean up the site as has been done in the past.
Posted by Goolie-Gone at 13/01/2022 09:47
Keith - well said, you speak for those of us still posting here, though I'm sure Bill is right about how they originate. Some time-wasting idiots must be behind the postings, but some bot or alien form does the issuing.
Let's hope that Stuart can reappear to delete all the crap that stinks out our site.
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Posted by Bill at 15/05/2022 20:46
Hi Bev,
Kingsway County Primary School. What years are you thinking of? I was there 56 to 59 when the teachers I remember were Miss Cowling, Miss Furnace and Mr Millward (?). In those days the gates were always open and the low wall was all that separated it from the road. Last time I walked by it was fenced in like a prison.

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