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Kaga simpson
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1396 of 1421  Tue 28th Jul 2020 9:33am  
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Slim. You said, “James Brindley... never heard of the bloke”. Well, he was the only bloke in Coventry that became famous and had a statue because he got sacked!
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rufford155
Lytham UK and Madeira
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1397 of 1421  Sun 9th Aug 2020 4:32pm  
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On 27th Jul 2020 4:01pm, Number 1 Bus said:
On 22nd Jul 2020 10:23pm, Disorganised1 said: The number of free places had risen to 30 by the time I attended the senior school in 1965. Supplemented by 5 Governor's scholarships. Possibly my memory is letting me down on those numbers, but in the Alpha stream there were only 4 of us who did not bring in the little envelopes at start of term.
I don’t remember this at all. I joined a year later, and as far as I was always aware, the vast majority of places were free, and most pupils got in via the 11 plus. Maybe my memory is letting me down too, but my recollection is that the only fee payers at that time were pupils who didn’t get in through the 11 plus, but whose parents were prepared to pay for a place.
I agree as well. My intake was 1955 and myself and everyone I knew was 11-plus although there were a few fee payers. Edited by member, 9th Aug 2020 4:54 pm
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rufford155
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1398 of 1421  Sun 9th Aug 2020 4:53pm  
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I've not been on here for a while and most of the comments now are after my time (1955-1961). I am responding to post #1310 etc about Tramp Edwards. I thought he was a brilliant maths teacher who made the subject interesting and enjoyable. Our homework once was to determine the number of L's in "parallel"!!! Well he got me top grades in both O and A levels so maybe I'm biased. The new maths stuff like matrices and boolean algebra were maybe not in the syllabus but became useful later for technical bods when computing started to take off. I don't think the above was ever true but it still makes me laugh.
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Skybluethinker
South Cambs
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1399 of 1421  Sun 9th Aug 2020 5:13pm  
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I joined in 1967 via the 11+. It was my understanding that KHVIII had something like 90 LEA (free) places whereas Bablake had about 60. This is born out by the fact that I placed Bablake as my first choice and KHVIII second. As the 11+ tests placed pupils in rank order it’s my understanding that I was placed outside the top 120 but inside the next 30 boys so got a place at KHVIII. Both schools awarded about 5 governors scholarships, so the remaining intake numbers would be fee payers. Unfortunately I had sat the entrance exam for Bablake so had to sit the exam for KHVIII at a later date. Somehow I managed to mess up the exam and unfortunately started in 2D. This motivated me to work hard and I secured annual promotions to 3C, 4B and LVSc in successive years!
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Skybluethinker
South Cambs
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1400 of 1421  Mon 17th Aug 2020 12:23pm  
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Apologies for an error in my last post. I should have said I joined the school in 1960. 1967 was in fact the year I left. Senior moment I fear!
Alec Porter

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Slim
Another Coventry kid
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1401 of 1421  Fri 21st Aug 2020 9:14pm  
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On 9th Aug 2020 4:53pm, rufford155 said: I don't think the above was ever true but it still makes me laugh.
Certainly not while I was there. Sad
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Slim
Another Coventry kid
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1402 of 1421  Fri 21st Aug 2020 9:17pm  
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On 9th Aug 2020 4:53pm, rufford155 said: The new maths stuff like matrices and boolean algebra were maybe not in the syllabus but became useful later for technical bods when computing started to take off.
You've heard the quote: there are 10 types of people: those who understand binary, and those who don't.
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Slim
Another Coventry kid
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1403 of 1421  Tue 25th Aug 2020 8:57pm  
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On 9th May 2020 5:24pm, Exilium said:
On 9th May 2020 9:04am, Slim said: Fred Perry had a Morris Minor, first a Traveller, then a van. Jack Wrench had a new yellow BLMC sports car, an MGB, maybe Triumph. We thought it odd that a bloke of his age should get a boy racer’s car. Bob Griffiths had a little Mini and he, like me, was often the first one off the premises at 1600 hours! Kitty Fisher had a green Riley 1500, reg JJE 176.
Awesome recall of owners and their cars, Slim! D R Hughes, "Slug" to the initiated, had an Austin Maxi. The model name, no doubt, being his "buying signal". Jack Wrench, to further enhance his rakish image, used to don a flat tweed check cap before driving off in his MGB GT. Was the sports car a sign of a mid-life crisis?... No!... No!... Surely not in my own particular case!
Amazing how the human brain works. I have just had a flashback. Fred Perry's Traveller number plate was NUE 5F. At the time, UE meant Warwickshire (Dudley after 1974).
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bohica
coventry
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1404 of 1421  Tue 25th Aug 2020 9:31pm  
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IIRC, Fred lived at Napton? 'F' reg would be 67/8
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Slim
Another Coventry kid
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1405 of 1421  Tue 25th Aug 2020 9:58pm  
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He certainly did. Windmill Cottage, Napton on the Hill to be precise.
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Classicist
Coventry
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1406 of 1421  Sat 26th Sep 2020 10:45pm  
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To return to the topic of teachers' cars, I am astonished that no one has mentioned the two most prominent cars of my time - Wog Kolisch's red Volkswagen beetle (the same colour as the Oxo tin in which he kept his chalk) and Pope Harris's Ford Popular with the lollipop direction indicators.
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Slim
Another Coventry kid
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1407 of 1421  Sun 27th Sep 2020 9:37pm  
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Hello Classicist Dr Kolisch's red Beetle - was that before or after his red Skoda? I only remember his Skoda. Pope Harris never taught me; he was only there in my last year or two. I seem to recall a black car...? Lollipop indicators... do you mean trafficators, the ones that popped out from the side of the car?
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bohica
coventry
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1408 of 1421  Sun 27th Sep 2020 10:57pm  
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I remember Dr K's Skoda, didn't remember it being red though. Blush Pope had a Triumph Herald IIRC? I seem to remember an incident with him 'chasing' pupils around the playground in it.
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Vtopian
Hertfordshire
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1409 of 1421  Mon 28th Sep 2020 3:52pm  
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I remember Dave Barclay having a Morris Traveller. Many years later, during a discussion concerning the Morris Traveller, someone said that it was the kind of car a physics teacher would drive. I was immediately able to confirm this from personal observation! Dr. Kerr (Biology) drove a Mini - how he folded his statuesque frame into it should be an A-level maths problem!
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bohica
coventry
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1410 of 1421  Mon 28th Sep 2020 7:51pm  
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Geoff Courtois has passed away a short illness
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