History of the School

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  • Pre-war - The Junior Technical School
  • Roll of Honour in memory of those killed in action
  • Wartime memories of The Junior Technical School by John Whitmore, John Watts, Roy Billington

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  • Post-war changes
  • Memories of the school from 1951 by Alan J Jones
  • Memories of the school from 1953 by R Peter Bloor
  • Memories of the school from 1958 by David Moore
  • 1960 Official opening of the new school
  • Memories of the school from 1959 by Chris Horrobin
  • 1961 School Magazine Extracts
  • Late 1960s
  • 1968 School Magazine Editorial
  • 1970s - Change to Comprehensive School and loss of 6th Forms
  • 1980s
  • History of the Moorland Road building
  • History of the School Hymn

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    Pre-War - The Junior Technical School

    JTS Cap Badge - Click for a larger version
    The JTS cap badge

    JTS Blazer Badge - Click for a larger version
    The JTS jacket badge
    The Junior Technical School took its intake at 13+ in January of each year and each pupil stayed until December of the following year.

    This extract is taken from the "Official Opening" programme for the final move to the High Lane complex in 1960.

    The School was originally established in 1932 under the leadership of the late Mr. James A. Collinson as a Junior Technical School, in premises in Moorland Road, Burslem formerly used by the Haywood Hospital. Four forms were admitted in September 1932, and four more the following year, giving a total of 192 boys taking a two year course. The age of entry was 13+, and the school prepared boys for entry to craft apprenticeships in the engineering industries.

    By 1939, the school had become well established and there was a steady demand from industry for boys who had received their education there. Many of the Old Boys of the earlier years served in the R.A.F. and R.E.M.E. in World War II; twenty five Old Boys of the school died on active service. In the school itself, boys and staff produced small parts for tanks.

    The cap badge is in mint condition from 1950. Ray Bagnall explained that he lost his cap when he put his head out of a railway carriage while trainspotting. The replacement badge was never used.

    There is a Roll Of Honour Board in memory of those old boys killed in action in the Second World War located in the High Lane Assembly Hall.

    We have also collected a fascinating amount of information about the history of the Moorland Road school building.

    The 1933/34 Football Team at JTS

    JTS 1933/4 Football Team - use magnifier for larger picture

    Steve Hind says he, and his aunt, believe his father is in this picture
    1. He is the boy/man at the extreme right
    2. His name - Philip Hind
    3. He lived from 1920 to 1983
    4. We were both taught by Mr Howell and Mr Thomas

    Steve Hind STHS 1970
    Steve Hind
    STHS 1970

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    Wartime memories of The Junior Technical School

    These are John Whitmore's war time recollections of his time at the school (1940-42)

    "As my two year stint at the Junior Technical School (situated in the old Haywood Hospital in Moorland Road) was during the early war years many of the teachers left to "join up". The one permanency was the headmaster Mr James A Collinson a very strict disciplinarian but a very fair minded one."

    The teachers that I remember are

    Mr Mills....Chemistry.
    Mr Taylor...History/Geography.
    Mr Cooksie..Woodwork.
    Mr Kent.(Gus) Physics/Mechanics.
    Mr Howells. Technical Drawing.
    Mr Thomas. PT.

    and of course

    Mr Bill Potts for maths."

    John Whitmore as a cadet - use magnifier for larger picture
    John Whitmore in earlier years

    "I shall always remember that Mr Taylor's favourite comment was "I've taught you all I know and now you know nothing". How right he was, but he was a very good magician.
    I remember after playing football (where Port Vale now is) we all had a good hose down with a stirrup pump (full jet not spray) to get the thick of the mud off."

    ATC Sports Day - use magnifier for larger picture
    An ATC Sports day possibly taken on the "new" Port Vale Ground.

    "Mr Collinson was also leader of the ATC of which I was a member and we had many interesting trips to various RAF Stations, sometimes lasting for a week. I remember that we had delivered on old Fairey Gordon biplane which had a temporary home in the yard across the way. I never knew how it ended up, in bits I expect."

    JTS Moorland Road hall parade - use magnifier for larger picture
    This appears to be an RAF visitor to the JTS ATC
    This is the only picture in the archives showing the Moorland Road hall.
    There is a tantalising glimpse of the front door that was never used in later years. However it does not appear to have obvious wartime blackout precautions so is probably pre-war.

      Burslem JTS 236 Squadron ATC Large Group - Click for a larger version with names
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    Burslem JTS 236 Squadron ATC
    This picture comes from the same archive as others in this set discovered by John Whitmore. Several of the adults seem to correlate with the parade picture in Moorland Road hall.

    John Watts (1939-40) says
    "The photograph must have been taken in 1939 and it is indeed The Burslem JTS, 236 Squadron ATC. Looking at the Photo., I am on the left of the Cadet who is sat in front of Mr.Collinson. The Hanley High School Squadron was 235 and they later moved to their new school at Chell. The other Squadrons in the City were Stoke (237) and Longton (238). I don't know all the Senior Gents in the Photograph but one looks like Mr.Potts and another like Mr.Mills. The Photograph, if my memory serves me rightly, was taken in the playground of Moorland Road School, which is where we used to do our "square bashing"."

    Roy Billington (1944-45) says
    "I was at the school for the 2 years from January 1944 to December 1945. The normal school leaving age at that time was 14 and I started at the Tech 6 months before my 14th birthday when I would have left the elementary school and so the 2 years at the Tech was an additional 18 months of education

    On the web site you mention Mr Potts was Maths - he did not arrive/return until 1946 after I left, Mr Taylor (not Geography) was Maths, Mr Potts became Head after "Collo".

    Mrs Tucker I feel sure arrived early in 1945.

    At the age of 77 I can still recite most of the names of the boys in my year, it was the practice at each register-call starting with me, the earliest letter,

    Here goes :- Billington, Bowyer, Chadwick, Colclough, Cooper, Cooper, Davies, Deakin, Downing, Edge, Farr, Garside, Hargreaves, Heath, Jarvis, Lambert, Llewellyn, Lowe, Nut, Scragg, Scrace, Scriven, Smith, Tweedy, Wedgewood, Wood, Yates.

    During 1945 I was a member of 236 A.T.C. Cadets, however "Collo" sacked me for not attending an important Sunday parade in Burslem. I couldn't tell him that the reason was an older cousin, who occasionally let me put my hands inside her bra, had invited me to go to Trentham, expenses paid, I knew what that meant.

    I spent my National Service in the R.A.F. (S.A.C. Radar Mechanic)."

    Roy Billington as a cadet - use magnifier for larger picture
    Roy Billington in 1945

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