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Greet Primary School

KDGreet

New Member
Hi everyone,
I'm a teacher at Greet and I'm hoping to start a History project with the children looking at how the school has changed over time. If you have any photos, stories or anecdotes to share, please let me know.
Many thanks.
 
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Ogri

knowlegable brummie
Hi KDGreet & welcome,if you search top right for " Greet primary school",there is quite a bit of information on the forum already,i left there in 1959 so a lot has changed since then.
good luck
Ogri
 

KDGreet

New Member
Thanks. Wow, it really has changed since 1959- there have been a multitude of changes in the 15 years I've worked there! I've had a look at some of the information already on here, I'm keen to know more as the history of the school and surrounding area is really interesting. Do you have anything from your time there? We have the original "punishment books" which make for interesting reading!
 

Gibbo

New Member
Thanks. Wow, it really has changed since 1959- there have been a multitude of changes in the 15 years I've worked there! I've had a look at some of the information already on here, I'm keen to know more as the history of the school and surrounding area is really interesting. Do you have anything from your time there? We have the original "punishment books" which make for interesting reading!
Hi there
I attended Greet school from 1967-1973
In my last year there I went on my first foreign holiday and it was the best school trip ever, we went on a two week cruise of the Mediterranean and it cost my parents a whole £77 Which was a lot in those days.
I can’t really remember the teachers names but
The headmaster was Mr Carroll and the caretaker was Mr Painter and I think you may find my name a few times in those punishment books.
 

BrummieGeoff

Sparkhill Lad
KDGreet : this response is probably too late for your history project, but ....
I went to Greet School 1960-67. I lived in Thornhill Road, at the other end of Percy Road.
The headteacher was Mr Baynes for most of that time, but Mr Carroll took over c1967.

Here's a few photos ....

#1 Aerial view 1935 (Credit English Heritage) : the nextdoor building on Percy Road was an old Mission Hall where we ate school dinners, that were also cooked there. The school site was much smaller than it is now.Greet School June 1935 (2).jpg

#2 School Cricket Team 1967 : Headteacher Tom Carroll wearing glasses.Greet Cricket Team 1967.jpg

#3 Mr Harbird's Class 1963
Greet Primary School (Mr Harbird's top class) 1963.jpg

#4 May Queen c1960
Greet School (May Queen) c1960.jpg

#5 Sports Day 1961
Greet Primary School Sports Day 1961.jpg

#6 Attendance Certificate 1907
Greet School Certificate 1907.jpg
 

David Greet

New Member
My mother, Lilian Powers, attended Greet School from 1912 to 1918. The attached picture is of her class from around 1915. (She is front row, third from left). She always told me that the girls on the front row were there because they had shoes or boots, many of the other children didn't. (She was was a working family but had two older sisters working in armaments and they spoiled her, hence the fancy boots). The teachers name is Miss Mason. When she was in her late 80's, Mom was asked to visit the school on a couple of occasions to talk to the pupils about school life in the 1910s which they found fascinating despite sounding a little horrific. Mom died in 2011 at the age of 103.

I followed her to Greet School in 1949 (nursery), I remember class 3 with Miss Meadows 1953/4, a strict Victorian style but a brilliant teacher. From there to Class 1 in 1954/5 where Mr Carroll was then a teacher. Again, a brilliant but strict teacher who I remember teaching us Irish Dancing.

One other memory, although I was never in his class, class 2 was the province of Mr Dingley. He wore glasses and could see reflections of the class whilst he was writing at the board. Seeing any bad behaviour, he would swing around from the board and aim his solid wood board rubber at the offender and was an excellent shot. You could see the offenders for the rest of the day sporting a chalk oblong on their clothes.
David Law.
Greet School Class 4 1915-16.jpg
 
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BrummieGeoff

Sparkhill Lad
It's interesting that the 1915 class photo shows about 50 girls, and no boys. I wonder if children were divided into single-sex classes then ?
 

David Greet

New Member
I have a (not brilliant) picture of the nursery class from around 1911 in which there are both boys and girls but they are separated. Mom never mentioned having been in class with boys. Certainly when I attended in 1949, classes were mixed, but each year had two classes then, I seem to remember based on 'ability'.
 
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Oldgreetboy2

proper brummie kid
Hi everyone,
I'm a teacher at Greet and I'm hoping to start a History project with the children looking at how the school has changed over time. If you have any photos, stories or anecdotes to share, please let me know.
Many thanks.
Hi KDGreet, I attended the school between 1962 - 1968 and have nothing but very fond memories of my time at Greet. I have two Certificates of Regular Attendance (found them on eBay) the same as that pictured in image number 6 above. I would like to donate them to the school, so if you would like them, drop me a line and I will post them to you (I live in Devon). Best wishes.
 
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