Memories of ...
Usworth Colliery Secondary Modern School (The Seniors)
- Books: 1948
- Athletics: 1957
- Football: 1951/52
- Gymnastics: 1958
- Netball: 1950
- 'Wackford' Whitfield
Usworth Colliery Secondary Modern School - The Seniors
Senior School on the left, next to Usworth Colliery Miners' Welfare Hall. Junior School on the right.
Mining communities loved their gardens / home-grown food, so Usworth Senior School taught gardening.
School Gardens behind Welfare Hall
Top Left Corner: Road to Don Gardens, Quarry Row and Single Row.
The Road passes under 'The Coal Depot', and the railway lines from Usworth Colliery (right) are just visible.
Usworth Colliery Mixed School.
Above Manor Rd: Coal Depot gone! - Usworth Scout Hut - Miners' Welfare - School Field - School Kitchens - Post Office (top)
Below Manor Rd: The Parkie's House - Bandstand - Play Park - St Michael's Church and Edith Avenue (far right)
[ Photograph courtesy of Washington History Society ]
The School Playing Fields.
Viewed from the Path running along the School Fields to Usworth Colliery Post Office.
[ Many Years Later ]
Usworth Colliery Secondary Modern School - Good Attendance, 1947/48
All the above pupils were awarded books for their good attendance and some of these books were of a very high standard, indeed. See below.
The inside cover of the book presented to Norma Copeman:
Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities
[Many thanks to Norma, who also supplied the pupils' names.]
Usworth Colliery Secondary Modern School - Athletics Team, 1957
Back Row L/R: John Hall, John Nicholson, -- ? -- , Billy Foster, -- ? -- , -- ? -- , Jacky Oliver, -- ? --
Middle Row L/R: -- ? -- , Avril Pescod, -- ? -- , Heather Finnigan, Carol Pescod, -- ? -- , Marion Fletcher, -- ? --
Front Row L/R: David Longstaff, David Goundry, -- ? --
Usworth Colliery Secondary Modern School - Athletics Team, 1959
Back Row L/R: K. Felton, M. Owens, -- ? -- , K. McGlen, J. Nicholson, D. Longstaff, B. Foster, E. Kelly, K. Marjoram,
D. Goundry, K. Hennage, J. Ashett, J. Williamson, -- ? -- , -- ? -- , T. Copeman, J. Jackson, B. Robinson
Middle Row (sitting) L/R: M. Fletcher, -- ? -- , A. Barron, C. Pescod, H. Finnigan, A. Pescod, -- ? --
Front Row L/R: -- ? -- , C. Ellis, -- ? -- , D. Surtees, N. McCreery, P. Hislop, J. Johnson, E. Heslop, D. Atkinson
Usworth Colliery Secondary Modern School - Football Team, 1951/52
[Thanks to Colin Hagan for this picture and for identifying the players.]
Usworth Colliery Secondary Modern School - Football Team, 1959
Back Row L/R: Keith McGlen, John Gordon, John Jackson (Goalkeeper), Harry Marshall, Brian Robinson, Wilson Hepplewhite
Front Row L/R: Eddy Kelly, Vince Holten, Tom Copeman, Allan McCreery, Derek McMann
Usworth Colliery Secondary Modern School - Football Team (season unknown)
[Usworth Colliery Welfare Park]
Usworth Colliery Secondary Modern School - Gymnastics Team, 1958
Back Row L/R: B. Simpson, R. Sweetman, -- ? -- , M. Lawton, L. Wilson, D. Goundry, K. Jonas, P. Ward, D. Williams, -- ? -- , E. Wilson
Middle Row L/R: M. Pestell, A. McCreery, M. Lambert, W. Hepplewhite, N. McCreery, A. Watson, Y. Stobbart, R. Forrest, J. Johnson, -- ? --
Front Row L/R: T. Copeman, F. Goscombe, J. Simpson
Usworth Colliery Secondary Modern School - Netball Team, 1950
Oliver 'Wackford' Whitfield
Mr Oliver Whitfield
Who remembers the Schoolmaster at Dotheboys Hall?
[ Charles Dickens Novel: Nicholas Nickleby ]