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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

St James's School, Friern Barnet Lane, N20
The Friern Barnet Photo Archive
St James's School, Friern Barnet Lane, N20

This photograph was taken in the mid-1950s
Picture added on 10 December 2009 at 16:29
Behind and to the left a bit is Queenswell Primary School. There were also two football pitches, used by pupils from Friern Barnet County School (as it was called then). Access to the school was in Friern Barnet Lane, but this has now changed. Part of the Queenswell complex of huts was used by the Sea Cadets - TS Invincible. I wonder if there are any photos of Queenswell etc from the 50's?
Added by Shamus Dark on 19 July 2010
I was ‘educated’ at this establishment from 59-63. A particularly unpleasant teacher, Miss M..., still scars my memory, her classroom shown in the picture on the ground floor. The headmaster, Mr. Smith, aka ‘smutz’ had the pleasure to cane me on more than one occasion. When I was released, I made it to Woodhouse Grammar, a school for which I only have praise. (That’s not to say I enjoyed it!)
Added by Dave Roethenbaugh on 16 March 2019
Like Dave Roethenbaugh, I was educated at St Jame's School. I also remember Mr Smith the headmaster, who was always caning boys. Miss M, was my form teacher and a horror as well. They say your schooldays, are the best days of your life?

Added by Alan Barber on 03 April 2021
I seem to remember you Alan from my school days at St.James. I too remember Mr.Smith. My form teacher was Miss Marchington. Think I might have been in same class as you? I too was caned by the headmaster. Do you remember the caretaker we used to call Turkey for some reason. He was either strange or you know what as the boys used to sit on His knee in the boiler room. Didn't really sink in at the time. I remember some of my classmates - Jeff Blair, Steven Stammers, Alan Caxton, Richard Montague etc.
Added by Gary Nicholas on 07 April 2021
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