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I note Mr. H.R. Tutt is not mentioned as Headmaster. He was certainly HM from my joining in 46/47 until I went to St. Johns as a senior.  I particularly remember the whackings I used to receive from him!

By Don Thompson
On 01/01/2014

Hi Don

Reginald Tutt is mentioned in the article. He became the headmaster in 1917. I know many people in Hadleigh remember him well.

By Chris Worpole
On 15/01/2014

My father was a pupil at Hadleigh School during Mr. Tutt's time as headmaster. My father Dennis Guy and his brother David both went to Hadleigh School. Then years later, my sister and I went to the school during Mr. Denton's time. Some of the teachers I remember are Miss Beneworth my first teacher when I was 5 years old. Other teachers were Miss Slow, Mr Smitham, Miss Hewitt. I enjoyed my time at Hadleigh School very much. I think Miss Allen was a music teacher at the time.

By Susan Wells
On 16/02/2014

My late father Dennis Guy did a lot of work helping flood victims in the floods of 1953. He worked for Dane Dye Works later known as Sketchleys in Hadleigh. He helped with lifting carpets etc, also curtains and other soft furnishings and taking them for cleaning. He helped with getting people from their homes to safety. He did a lot of rescue work on Canvey Island as well as other local areas. The recent floods reminded me of the stories my father had told me. Total devastation!

By Susan Wells
On 02/03/2014

I attended Hadleigh School from 1940 until the end of 1945 when H.R. Tutt J.P. was headmaster.  Some teachers were Charles Skinner, Miss Hadrell, Mrs Davies et. al. I'm drawing a blank on the name of the very nice lady teacher who taught Srs. 2A and who was killed during a raid on Rayleigh. Maybe someone can remind me?

I remember well the brick shelters and their surrounding allotments but although I remember air raid drills (complete with gas masks) I do not recall any serious use of the shelters during an air raid.  Perhaps the mind only recalls the good things of life.

I am now retired and live in Georgia, USA and would love to hear from anyone who can add to my recollections.

By George Sapsford
On 13/04/2014

I went to Hadleigh Junior School in The Avenue from 1948 until 1952.  I well remember Mr Stewart rapping us across the knuckles with rulers, probably well deserved, but my favourite teacher was Mr Layram who educated me far better than anyone else. My brother Ralph went to both the Infants (first teacher Miss Bennewith) and Junior schools five years after myself. Happy memories!

By Eileen Acreman (née Aldridge)
On 24/04/2014

Yes I was there at the same time. Mr Farrell used to send me to the shop at lunchtime to get his cigs, unbelievable! I started with Miss Bennewith with the sand pit in the classroom and ended with Mr Layram. He had a four foot cane and every week we used to cut an inch off, he ended up with just 12 inches which couldn't hurt you much, still laugh at that now.

By Roger Shinn
On 27/04/2014

I have mixed memories of attending Hadleigh School (1949-1955), my first few weeks in the infant class of Miss Beneworth was not a thrill, as being short in stature I was bullied daily until one of my friends, Malcolm Tyrie, put a stop to it. From the friendliness of the welcoming Miss Beneworth, in the first year, to the austere looking Miss Small in the last was, to say the least, a culture shock. My vague memory of her, sitting at the head of the class in a high desk with her hair tied back in a bun resembling a nineteenth century school figure, made me feel uncomfortable and I was glad to get in to the welcoming class of Miss Webb in the first year of the Junior School. I remember this tall lady with dark glasses as being very encouraging and working alongside pupils in a modern way. Unfortunately the next stage was the smoking Pop Stewart who kept two canes for unruly children; the Stinger and the Soother, that he used from time to time, often with a cigarette in his mouth. During my last year of the school Mr Layram was our teacher who when shouting at the class had eyes that would appear to pop out. He was quite a good teacher but also had a cane, that was frequently used. I recall with the help of a friend breaking the cane up into little pieces and leaving it on his desk: not a good idea. It was discovered that I was the perpetrator and reported to Mr Denton, the headmaster who gave me my first caning across the backside. My friend escaped because I would not reveal his name. My parents were notified and for weeks afterward I was in a state of 'being ashamed' as it was out of character for my behaviour. A valuable lesson I suppose; do not get dragged into other's plans without knowing the consequences of your own actions.

By Ian Brighton
On 15/08/2015

I remember Mr Farrell so well - I thought he was wonderful! I was in his class for two years from 1957 - 1959.

I also remember the white-haired lady music teacher who told me I could sing and changed my life! I wish I could remember her name!

By Hilary Smallwood (nee Pitt)
On 16/03/2016

Hilary, I think it was Mrs Mathyas. I remember her music lessons, I and a few others were ' non singers'. We just mimed.

By David Solomons
On 12/04/2016
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