School Memories 2

I was one of those pupils who enjoyed going to school. I will say that the standard of teaching there is amazing and I honestly believe I can attribute my current success to all who taught me. I chose the Science route after much deliberation as I was unsure what to do with myself back then, namely because I enjoyed a number of subjects. I had a number of science teachers, but the ones I mainly came into contact with were Mrs Hesford, Mrs Harris and Mr McGeogh. For my other subjects, I was taught mainly by Mr Dickson, Mr Weems, Mrs King (French), Mr Tighe, Mr Struthers and Mrs Hughes. I want to thank them all and any I forgot to mention for my current successes as I wouldn't have been able to do it without them.

Fiona Yip (Stout) 1993-1999

I enjoyed physics classes with Mr Leech and my Chemistry lessons with Mr Dodd. (Mr Dodd was the first person who suggested a career in medicine to me.) I also took part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award organised by Mr McPartland. I was senior prefect and deputy head girl in year 13.

Lucy Trevor 2003-2010

The smell of the chemistry lab, and the always-present danger of losing a finger (or worse) in the tech block. The chicken soup from the vending machine. Double games last thing on a Friday. Mr Lawrence's Lada, which he traded for a Sierra Cosworth one summer. Mr Dickson trying to convince us that Narnia was real. It wasn't, and I've never really recovered from the disappointment. The skeleton in Mrs Athey's office, which would on occasion take itself down to visit the headmaster, presumably to be disciplined for some osteological hi-jinks. Mr Kilby's store cupboard, ad the way he would tell us to 'Hush a bit! If you are going to play silly beggars - vanish! Go play in the sand pit!' Far too often in all likelihood. The shabby, old sixth form common room, and the delusion that we were adults by the time we were allowed ti use it. Getting the coach to Newton Road for guitar lessons with 'Uncle' Alan Arthur. But mostly, laughing endlessly at countless childish, churlish, and quiet possibly crude jokes and pranks; a habit I've never quite managed to lose. I met a lot of great people there, students and teachers, and many I still count as friends. And I like to think I learned a lot, though popular opinion may differ on that subject.

Jason Kenny  1983-1990

I was very academic and loved learning. I loved Mrs Digweed. I didn't realise it at the time but now I know I was forming friendships that would last into my adult life.

Roshene McCool 1983-1989

I did not enjoy my years at Urmston. I didn't feel I fitted in. The one shining light from my time at Urmston was an English teacher, Miss Ganley, who I loved. She taught a subject I loved and was good at - that made the difference I suppose.

Jane McNulty 1967-1972

I did enjoy my school days, although the human mind has a capacity for "forgetting" the pressures of homework, exams etc.I was fortunate, however, in the upper 6th, in that I had only needed an 'E' in A-Level in my best subject (Biology) in order to secure the university place that I had decided I wanted. We had been allowed to sit Chemistry a year earlier, so while my friends were under pressure to get their grades, I was in a position where it would have been hard to fail. I think globally the think I enjoyed in particular was the opportunity to take part in so many extra-curricular activities. I joined loads of clubs and societies and seemed to be regularly at the Head's office with notices for a whole range of meetings that I was involved in organising. I wasn't particularly athletic but I keenly took up judo when it was introduced during my latter years at school. I was hopeless at running but got involved in marking out the Cross Country course, even attending away events assisting the officials. There were clubs / societies for Natural History, Chess, Christian Discussions, Debating etc. etc. Again I had no acting skills but there were a number of behind the scenes jobs I was able to get involved in, in connection with the school play. One year we borrowed Judy Lowe from the girls School and later Matthew (David) Kelly took a leading role. Many teachers were willing to give up their time to help us, showing films & organising walks to interesting places like Malham and Ingleton. A couple of us went on  a trip to Paris (not with out own teachers but facilitated by our school). We were taken to some theatrical performances and my first visit to a Chinese restaurant (in the days when Manchester only had two) was down to amember of staff taking a group of us to the Ping Hong. The Sixth Form had added interests, learning responsibilities as Prefects and in connection with House roles. I think we possibly pioneered the 6th Form Review. I was cast as one half of a take-off of Sonny and Cher. Urmston wasn't just a results factory but a community with lots of opportunities to get involved.

Paul Sherlock 1959-1966 

My favourite thing about Urmston was the countless laughs I had, with many different people. Whether it was at a time I should have been paying attention, or on a Friday whilst running from lessons to be first in the chip line, I wouldn't change any of those times if you paid me. I made some memories and met some people at school that I'll never forget.

Pharroh Gordon 2007-2012

I was there in possibly the most turbulent time in the School's history. What with the teacher's strikes of the mid eighties, the migration from O'Levels to GCSEs and the re-merger of the two single sex schools it certainly made it an interesting time to be there. It was a great place to learn though. I still blame the merger for a slight drop in grades at the vital time. I also enjoyed the extra-curricular activities and in particular Mr Herbert carrying on with the cross-country despite his being part of the strikes at the time. That along with the 'computer club' which was basically putting your name down to use the school BBC computer or Sinclair Spectrum in a room the size of a broom closet upstairs in the North Block. The school didn't get PC's until after the merger when I finally got to use one for the first GCSE Information Technology exam which I took in addition to me A-Levels in the 6th form.

Colin Surrey 1984-1991

I enjoyed how every member of staff was welcoming and friendly regardless of their role within the school, the success of some of the sports teams I participated in and the academic achievements I left Urmston Grammar with. 

Conor Lydon 2009-2016

I loved geography with Mr Tighe and Mrs Lyons. Both really encouraged me to go further with it.

George Boneheyo 2003-2010

It helped me to settle in Manchester after moving from Cardiff. There were Welsh connections at UGS and Wellecre (where my brothers and sisters attended) that also helped. I was introduced to the English Language and Literature (no pun intended)that was much more enjoyable and enriching than I had experienced in Howardian High School, Cardiff. One member of staff that did this was Bill Dixon. I remained in contact with him until about two years ago and a member of staff called Daz, who was incredibly encouraging about literature and poetry and I shall always be grateful to him for that. A maths teacher called Humphries (I think) who joined us in 1964-65 term and whom I owe a debt for getting me through maths O'Level. A PE teacher called Head-Rapson who was a pain and who I found to be a bully; we disliked each other on first sight. An art teacher (name escapes me) who rubbished my art work from the off an helped determine that I would not attend art school! I did help form a Judo club with Paul Sherlock and the Head Boy, (Drogan was his surname)I remember the spring-heeled Head, Babb and Owen Lewis, the Deputy Head, who seemed to have their fingers on the pulse. I maintain contact with a couple of friends.

Malcolm Howells 1965-1967