eldest brother, Martin started at Little Heath on 6 November 1944
In December 1948 Mr (Francis) Huxter joined the school from Coventry
training college and was to remain there, as the only male teacher,
until after I had moved on to Secondary school in 1958
I started at the school there were 259 pupils on the books. This was
September 1952. Miss (Elizabeth) Byrd joined the staff at the same
time. I believe that Miss Hardie was my first teacher and I moved
down to the "big school" the following year into Miss Bryd's
class. My other brother, Keith, had been at school for two years before
me and so looked after me. Martin left the term before I started.
I escaped being in Mrs Jenkin's class but was fortunate to be in Mr
Huxter's class for the last two consecutive years. Being joint woodwork
monitor with Eric Shelly was a high point in my junior school life.
Miss Wiggin's left the school on 20 July 1954 after 29 years as head
teacher. She was followed by Mrs (Margaret) Turner who proceeded to
make significant changes to the running of the school. New equipment,
"apparatus" and desks appeared and the side playground was
Eric Shelly and myself were "commissioned" to construct
a lectern on which Mrs Turner stood to take prayers in the school
hall. The source of the timber was from some of the old desks that
languished in the covered area of the front playground. In my final
year Miss Davies married and returned to work as Mrs Watts.
think it was 1966 that the old school premises were closed and a new
school built on what we had called "Rouse's Field" over
the canal bridge further down Old Church Road and on the corner of
Spring Road. At the time I had left King Henry VIII School and, still
unsure as to what to do in life, had stated work at Thomas Bates Civil
Engineers at Kenilworth. One of the first jobs I was given was working
in the joiners shop where we were making prefabricated sections for
many of the new schools that were being built in Coventry and Warwickshire
at that time. I particularly remember working on the units for the
new Little Heath School. If they leaked you can blame me.
old school main building was taken over by the City Council Building
Services Department and remained as such until fairly recently. I
was, however, disappointed when, on visiting the area in 2002 to take
photographs, I found that the school building had gone and houses
had been built in its place.
was a very large hall with a stage attached to the school room at
the "British School" and this was used for many years as
a hall for the Congregational Chapel. My mother was a member of the
Women's afternoon Guild that met in hall each week. Apart from singing
in the choir and being the regular pianist, she was also involved
in the "amateur dramatics" that took place for a number
of years. My father was usually drawn into this as "Scenery maker"
and I remember being back stage on the odd occasion rattling a metal
sheet to imitate thunder or generally getting in the way.
the Congregational Church became unsafe and was demolished the hall
was used for church services and today is the Foleshill United Reformed
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