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I was a pupil at Pakeman starting aged 5 left at 11 in 1972. On the whole it was a very warm experience.
At the end of my last year at Pakeman Primary School 1972, I went on a week long school trip to Boulogne, France. It was my first ever holiday so was very memorable. Would anybody be able to give me the address of where the group stayed? I know we had dormitory accommodation in a building. I would also be interested to know of the names of any of the other students that went. The staff included Mr Chambers/Hedges? and a youngish Mr Paul Ross not Jonathan’s brother I’m sure. And lastly and this is a long shot anybody know of a then pupil by the name of Tim Cox I believe from Liverpool from another school who also accommodated at the same dormitory.
Another clue may be that a girl by the name of Tracy or Debbie who was also in my class of the formidable Mrs Lacy in the juniors 4th and final year at Pakeman, same year also a Stephen? Quigley.
Mahandra – Hi!
Did you by any chance have a brother called Surrendra?? (I’m not sure if I spelt it right) but his surname was Roopchan and he was in my class 🙂
A second comment I wish to leave is that during my school career? at Pakeman, periodically a photographer would come and photograph the students. These would then be made available to the families to buy.
With the exception of the odd one, the photographs that my my parents bought have either been sent abroad or lost.
Would you have any information on the photographer(s) and the firm(s) who would have taken the photographs. Even if the photography studio(s) in question are no longer in existence, I suspect that the negatives are and are being archived somewhere.
Understand I am only interested in new copies of my childhood school photographs if possible.
Mr Mahandra Roopchan
A third comment, if I am successful in securing new copies of my school photographs, you are more than welcome to post some on the Pakeman Primary School website.
I attended the school from 1968 to 1973. Looking at some of the old photos that you have posted brought it all back to me. I can still remember that old playground and tearing the skin off my knees and hands. I wish that I could find a picture that was taken of the Headteacher, Mr Hayes, a girl I think was called Nicola and myself. We were planting a new rose that was called “Yellow Pages”. The Islington Gazette took a nice photo and published it. The memories from the school are all good ones. I hope that the students that attend now will look back in 40+ years time and also have good memories of the school!
Found this site while having a nostalgic moment. I attended from Easter ’69 at the age of 5 till my family moved out of London the summer of ’72. Mr. Hayes was a lovely head teacher & very popular. I too would love to see a photo of him. I also remember a girl called Nicola. She had a friend called Helen & they were 2 years older than me but I hung around with them a bit in my last year of attendance. Mr. Hayes however only started at Pakeman (probably) in the last year I was there, ’71 to ’72. Prior to that there were two heads, Miss Cross (& she was a lot!) for the infants, (is it still called that?) the first two years of primary. Mr. Fairgraives for the juniors (everybody older, we were called 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th years). I didn’t have any experience of him but my older siblings liked him. Anyone out there remember my last teacher Mrs. Coatup who preferred us to call her Gill?
Good to see the pictures – I was disappointed not to see some from the mid-fifties when I was at Pakeman Street – Miss Hatton was head mistress and she taught ballet.
Incidentally, I do have some photographs of the period if you are interested – a holiday to Belgium, saw the Worlds Trade Fair 1958.
Barbara Underwood – what was your maiden name? I too went to Pakeman school and went to Ostend in 1958, a trip that Mr Chambers organised. My maiden name was Gardner.
A quick reply to Mahandra. There was certainly a Stephen Quigley. I vaguely remember him, I think my older brother Michael (usually known as Micky or Mick) was friendly with him. I’m not sure if my brother was in your class but he was in the same year of school as you. Stephen had a younger brother who I think would have been in 2nd year of juniors, but I don’t remember his name. Hope the school can dig up more old photos for this section of the website.
Hey Felicity, just to tell you the younger brother was called Simon Quigley, and he was in my class 🙂
I was a little younger than you guys, and attended from 1971 – 1977 or ’78. 5-11.
Mr Hayes was awesome, and now as an adult I appreciate him even more. A true ‘teacher’, and a great man.
I would love some photos of those years too – I think the sports day pic was from my years, and I can definitely name the teacher in the picture dated 14th June 1980. It’s Mr Simpson – from Australia. He taught us the ‘best’ songs – my kids sing them now at scouts etc.
Pakeman was one of the best schools in London at that time, and we were very lucky to have attended. I also remember the dinner lady 🙂
My happy memories of Pakeman from 1963-1965,we moved into Holloway.
I lived in Berriman Road,before going to Shelburne.
Miss Lacey and Miss Hatton taught me and I learnt a lot from both of these great teachers.
Anyone out there remember me?
Oh and of course I remember Mr Chambers! He not only taught us French, but Country Dancing!!!!! He was also an amazing man.
I went on a school trip to St Malo (with Mr Chambers and Miss Babaneau) and also to the Isle of Wight!
Pakeman was truly a pioneer in Primary education – the very best!!!
Hi Maria, are you Chrystalla’s (Christella’s?) older sister? If so I think I remember you spending some time with us in our classroom one day, I’m not sure why you were there. It would have been the school year of ’71 to ’72 & Chrystalla & I were in Gill Coathup’s class in the 1st year of juniors. Chrystalla, myself, Joan Gordon (who lived in Berriman Rd. too) & my best friend Sheila Deodat had been a little group of friends since starting school. I do remember my 7/8 year old self thinking you looked very grown up & pretty! I don’t recall a Miss Hatton & I’m not sure if Miss Lacey was still there by that time but I’d heard of her reputation for being very strict!
Like you, I was disappointed not to see photos of the 40’s or early 50’s. I so loved this school, and it was certainly the basis of all my learning for the rest of my life. What I would have done without the learning undertaken at Pakeman Street, I just don’t know. I remember particularly Miss Hatton, a wonderful teacher and ballet teacher (and person). Just wish I could have attended her evening class held locally after I had left. I remember Mr Philips, Mr Kendrick, Mr Chambers, Miss Shepherd, and others whose names escape me at present. Miss Neville was also head for some of the time I was there – she was also a lovely head. I left probably in 1950 to go to senior school. I remember so many of the class from this time and wonder what happened to them.
Hi Georgina, I was in your class along with Simon Quigley, Tracey Hicks, Sharon Dicks, Mark Pursey and I thought “John” Yainni…Felicity was he your brother and did your mum work in a clothing factory at the bottom of Sussex Way?
So from Shelburne Rd infants we all went to Pakeman Street Junior School ( 1957-1960 ) What a great school, Mr Faregrave the headmaster who would keep us enthralled with his stories at assembly. I remember Miss Lacy and Miss Hatton, just the best ever! Our class all loved them, Miss Lacy did indeed have a fearsome reputation but she was really great, just behave yourself!
Miss Hatton an absolute fantastic teacher. Pakeman Street was an ordinary school in a quite poor area, but because of the very dedicated teaching staff, punched well above its weight, I will always have a lot of love and respect for this school. It did it’s very best for us kids.
I also remember going to Ostend with the school with Mr Chambers and his wife for a week or so after we did our 11+
Nostalgia brought me to this website. I attended Pakeman Street from 1943 until 1947 when I took the 11+ exam and went onto Parliament Hill School. When I was at Pakeman Street we were still receiving V1 and V2 weapons and the windows of the ground floor of the school were sandbagged up and during emergencies the whole school was evacuated downstairs to this area. I was somewhat alarmed by this as I thought it was the last place to go because in the event of a ‘hit’ the whole school would come down of us!! Miss Neville was the head teacher and Miss Hatton would give us ballet lessons and we performed at Islington Town Hall. The other teachers I remember were Miss Lilley and Mr. Dinmore. After the war was over there was great excitement in the school when a newly trainer teacher, Mr.Bullimore, joined us. Despite everything going on around us Pakeman Street was a happy school.
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