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Mick Strong
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271 of 315  Thu 26th Nov 2020 9:37am  
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On 1st Nov 2020 12:57pm, Kimbo said: Only just noticed this too. Colin took me for Art in the third, fourth and fifth years (1967-on). I think it fair to say (no disrespect) that we never saw eye to eye! Sorry to belatedly learn of his passing though.
Should your "eye to eye" comment not refer to a teacher I remember called Flitcroft (cannot remember his first name)??
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272 of 315  Thu 26th Nov 2020 9:50am  
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Flitcroft was also an Art teacher, and taught 'Social Studies' (a modicum of History and Geography)!
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273 of 315  Thu 26th Nov 2020 11:03am  
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On 26th Nov 2020 9:37am, Mick Strong said:
On 1st Nov 2020 12:57pm, Kimbo said: Only just noticed this too. Colin took me for Art in the third, fourth and fifth years (1967-on). I think it fair to say (no disrespect) that we never saw eye to eye! Sorry to belatedly learn of his passing though.
Should your "eye to eye" comment not refer to a teacher I remember called Flitcroft (cannot remember his first name)??
I think his first name was Eric?
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Mick Strong
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274 of 315  Thu 26th Nov 2020 11:11am  
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Don't really remember, as a kid it was always Old Flitcroft!!
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Mick Strong
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275 of 315  Fri 27th Nov 2020 9:46am  
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On 22nd May 2014 11:49am, Woodlands Escapee said: . . . I was in Stringer house, where the Housemaster was Jock Edney (later to become some kind of spiritualist minister) and his deputy Clive 'Batman' Bentley, a former Head Boy who just couldn't leave... or get the underarm stains from his shirts, ISTR. . . .
The former Head Boy who just couldn't leave was Jack Naggington. He was in Spencer house (went on to be Ellis House).
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Mick Strong
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276 of 315  Fri 27th Nov 2020 9:49am  
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On 22nd May 2014 11:53am, Woodlands Escapee said: BUT....does anyone remember Sue Underwood? - 1st female teacher at Woodlands . . .
I do not think that Sue Underwood was the first female teacher at Woodlands. There was one female teacher when I started in 62, she is mentioned in a previous thread, but cannot remember her name??
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CliffB
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277 of 315  Fri 27th Nov 2020 8:59pm  
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A Sue Underwood tale. One dark winter night I was helping collect jumble for the 21st scout group in Eastern Green, a few of us were going door to door in Hockley Lane and I found myself at the flats in Garrick Close. Imagine my surprise when one door was answered by Sue, after getting over my embarrassment I managed to explain why I was there. Sue recognised me as one of her maths pupils and invited me in while she looked something out, I was there about 10 minutes before she gave me a box of single records. I was quite the hero next Monday at school. PS, I never did hand the records in and still have some in the attic including ‘Hey girl don’t bother me’ by The Tams, IIRC.
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Mick Strong
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278 of 315  Mon 7th Dec 2020 5:09pm  
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Just finished reading through all of the Woodlands posts, do not know if I have missed it, but cannot find any mention of B cubed, the dreaded games master. Also, who remembers playing football on the pitch with the permanent wave?
Mick Strong

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279 of 315  Mon 7th Dec 2020 5:58pm  
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Known as the Municipal Field. Spent several evenings after school in the company of Lofty Lee litter picking off that field as a punishment for talking just as House assembly was about to start. I can still see him standing on the wooden platform at the front of the house with a scrap piece of paper and pencil, saying he was looking for volunteers for lawn cleaning after school Detention!!!!
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Mick Strong
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280 of 315  Mon 7th Dec 2020 6:13pm  
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Forgot all about detention. But now that you have mentioned it, I can remember being offered one wack of the stick instead of serving detention
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Mick Strong
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281 of 315  Sat 12th Dec 2020 1:20pm  
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I was in Stringer house at Woodlands. Also in Stringer was Bobby Arthur jnr, at that time he was a schoolboy boxing champion. I was in the first year as he was in his 4th. Being a cheeky chap, I gave him some lip one day over something and therefore got a battering. Unbeknown to me, this was seen by the Riley twins (Mick and Dave), they were 5th form prefects. Needless to say, they sorted out the bullying in their own way and then took me under their wing for the rest of their time at Woodlands. They lived in the railway house that was next to Canley crossing, and we remained friends for many years.
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Kimbo
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282 of 315  Sun 13th Dec 2020 10:00pm  
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On 26th Nov 2020 9:37am, Mick Strong said:
On 1st Nov 2020 12:57pm, Kimbo said: Only just noticed this too. Colin took me for Art in the third, fourth and fifth years (1967-on). I think it fair to say (no disrespect) that we never saw eye to eye! Sorry to belatedly learn of his passing though.
Should your "eye to eye" comment not refer to a teacher I remember called Flitcroft (cannot remember his first name)??
No, definitely Colin Dick. I recall Flitcroft by name, but never in one of his sets.
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Mick Strong
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283 of 315  Tue 23rd Feb 2021 12:21pm  
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On 13th Jul 2013 9:23am, Suitably Chastised said: ...I remember Tony Pratt, he was in 5O with me in 69. He lived in Mount Nod and we hung around for a while. I remember him arriving late for maths one morning and sobbing with pain after being caned by Morgan who took great delight in inflicting maximum pain by striking his victim just at the top of the legs. What a bully.
Hi SC, reading your old post on Woodlands and your mention of Tony Pratt. Did he live on Broad Lane in a bungalow opposite Masseys Club. The Tony that I knew, his dad Jack worked at Dunlop and his mum Muriel worked at Wickman, she had an artificial left arm.
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Mick Strong
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284 of 315  Tue 23rd Feb 2021 12:56pm  
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On 21st Jul 2013 9:53pm, Kimbo said: Mr Rollason was also a Cresswell man, and was almost painfully pious. I remember once during a RI lesson, after a particularly long period of some weeks when we hadn't seen the sun, when it actually decided to show its face. He pointed to the windows behind us and said 'look boys, God is smiling on us'. Bit cringeworthy that - and it didn't impress many of us!
I too had Rollason for RE during my time at Woodlands. Just wondered if anyone ever got anything but "satisfactory" on their school report. I think he had a rubber stamp made to save on the writing.
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Ken Dickson
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285 of 315  Tue 23rd Feb 2021 3:45pm  
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Mick, Reading your post prompted me to dig out my secondary school reports. I had a year at the Coventry Technical School before moving to Woodlands when it opened in September 1954. You are correct, during my 4 years at Woodlands, 12 terms, Mr. Rollason gave me a satisfactory for RE. Looking at my 3 terms at the Technical School, I received a 'Fairly Good' in my first term, followed by 'Satisfactory' for the two remaining terms. The first and third terms were taught by the same master and the second by a different master. I do not recall their names but none were Rollason. I think the second term may have been Mr. Long. Looking back at my reports brought some great memories. I was one of those, perhaps in the minority, who enjoyed my schooldays despite many corporal punishments from my Housemaster Mr. Burdett, Headmaster Fred West and Deputy Head Mr. Jones. I had much respect for both Mr. West and Mr. Burdett, not so much for Mr. Jones.
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