A blast from the past… memories of Huxlow in the early 70

A former teacher, Mr Jerry Lane, who taught at Huxlow from September 1973 to December 1975 has been in touch and shared with us some of his memories and a staff photo from 1973-74:

“As I retired last week at the end of our term, I thought I would drop you a line to say that I have not forgotten my roots, as it were. I started in September 1973 as a first year maths teacher, under the watchful eye of Frank Gays and left in December 1975 to emigrate to New Zealand. I still have fond memories of Irthlingborough and Finedon Secondary Modern School, as it was then.

The school was obviously much, much smaller then. My years there coincided with the raising of the school leaving age to 16, so there were quite a few (mainly boys) who weren’t impressed that they were having to come back to school, and certainly weren’t too keen to learn the Maths I was trying to get into them!

Report afternoons were fun, as later in the evening the parents and teachers would traipse off to the Bell Inn where the real stories were told!

I recall that in December 1975, the school put on an Old Time Music Hall Production – I (back row, 7th from left) had the job of reciting “There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Kathmandu” while Pete Mellor (back row, 5th from right) did the arm signals, all the while getting a right old razz from the students in the audience.”