The characters I recall include Mr Fox our form teacher in the Maths Lab. He wrote a book on mathematics. Next door was Mr Pollard in the Physics Lab who was handy at aiming the blackboard rubber. Along the corridor with Miss Leavens was the Biology Lab in which a fire once broke out. Out buildings housed the woodwork and metal workshops. Mr Miller was the headmaster who wore a traditional gown. Mr Watters was the deputy head. Mrs Wager was a Department Head Teacher. Miss Toley caught me hiding in the Library at playtime and got me the cane. Mr Mills was the PE teacher who called me ‘boy’ and rapped his keyring on my head if I didn’t get a move on. There are other names I vaguely remember, please click here.
Vincent School aerial view (Google maps)
Ex-pupils on Vacation (Photo Friendsreunited)
After leaving Vincent, I went on to Ealing Technical College & School of Art following which I joined the University of Life and now the University of the 3rd Age (U3A) !
I remember four highlight school outings. The first was to see see Uri Gagarin the cosmonaut when he visited Earls Court, London for the 1961 USSR exhibition. Before that in 1959 we were taken to see the film Ben-Hur. The third outing was to Bledlow Ridge in Buckinghamshire to introduce the basic skills of orienteering. I also vaguely recall a visit to the Ford car plant in Dagenham.
My first day at Vincent was a bit scary after hearing a rumour that the older Vincent pupils carried out initiation ceremonies on new arrivals. Luckily they were just rumours and I survived to leave in 1962 after taking my GCEs.
A new school meant a visit to the outfitters Abernethies in Ealing for a school uniform and badge. A new pupil an a smart new blazer!
There was a pride throughout Vincent School projected from Mr Miller down through his staff to the students themselves In return there was an inbuilt respect for the teachers. Students came from all walks of life with the majority from Northolt Park Estate where young families took a pride in their environment. I was shocked when in 2005 whilst filming Gareth Malone’s ‘The Choir’ a member of staff described the the school as being located in a ‘deprived area’. How and when did the authorities allow this to happen. In our day pride in our school was reflected in our magazine ‘The Eaglet’ with articles about school life and outings.