Saturday, January 21, 2012

City of Coventry School 1962 Brochure

Alison Rowland kindly sent me a copy of the 1962 brochure that I remember receiving when I started the school in 1962 but which I no longer have. It's an interesting read and has some good photos in it.

Sick Bay - Tidy beds

Science lab c 1962

Alison also contributed some other photos of  interest -

The Headmaster's Cottage

Mr and Mrs Chin and Bob and Barbara Rowland

Sports day 1st July 1962 Mr Rowland with Mr Chinn

Miss Richards (Matron) with Barbara Rowland

Alison added, interestingly, that  - 
" I find the whole social history aspect fascinating, particularly the development of a local authority version of a public school education. I think it was part of the whole post-war 'leveling' process, and something my father (Bob Rowland) was very interested in. He was from a very modest background, but had (I think) won a scholarship to Solihull School, and went on from there to build a successful academic career. He was passionate about learning (and couldn't pass a bookshop, whether new or second-hand, without buying something), and wanted a good education to be available to all, although I'm not sure, from some of his personal writing, that he was convinced that boarding was really the best option."

1 comment:

  1. Any visitor to the school must have looked in amazement at the array of different items sitting on the ridge tiles of the dormatories.

    Many of the lucky lads had crystal sets, which were a lifeline in keeping in touch with what was going on in the outside world. For these to work you only needed two connections, an ariel and an earth (no batteries). The earth was no problem inasmuch as you ran a wire from the crystal set to the water pipes that ran along the length of the dormatory, having firstly scraped off some paint so as to get a good connection, the more tricky bit was to firstly find a long piece of wire and then find something heavy to which you attach the ariel wire then lob it up and over the roof and pull it carefully to the top so as to get a good reception. This is where for us as school lads it was the norm to see all strange items running along the top of the roof, old shoes, bits of wood, pipe or what have you - suppose to the uninitiated it seemed a strange sight but for us lads it was a necessity.

    My Dad (long gone) made me a transistor set - this differed from a crystal set in that it was more powerful and needed batteries to operate - it was an awsome piece of kit and I remember the Thomas Bros, Ivan (waffle) and (forgotten his brothers name) together with Michael Edwicker stripping the set to pieces as soon as my Dad had returned to Cov to see what components where inside -

    After lights out those of us who had crystal / transistor sets where able to put our earphone on and listen for a while to the light programme or the home service and on a good reception night could pick up Radio Luxembourg. I remember listening in to Friday Night is Music Night - what a load of cr*p that was, but it was an escape from the norm.

    Recall one night must have fallen asleep with my earphones on and when Tanky Thorne came round to check we were ok, he took my headphones off my head (unbeknown to me) and in the morning at inspection he confiscated the transistor set and headphones for the rest of the term

    Sadly I heard that Michael Edwicker who was affectionately known as Mist (as he liked to wear his glasses in the showers and they misted up) died in a house fire some time ago. I heard on the grapevine that he was well into music and sound and that he once did some sound control for Status Quo and that due to the volumn of music involved his hearing had suffered

    Signed: The Original M28