Notes:- We have two photographs in this section.
The first has been supplied by Margaret Irwen (nee Barker) who was one of the first batch of 50 Students to join the College in February 1947, they should have joined the previous term, in 1946, but the rooms were not ready and they were sent home with assignments until the building was finished. The photograph was taken at the end of the summer term, probably in June 1947.
In the front row are:- starting with 3rd person from the left:- Miss Stockdale, Housekeeper, Mrs Reed, Art, Miss Joachim, Vice Principal & History, Miss Wingate, Principal, Brenda Hands, Senior Student, Miss O'Sullivan, Geography, Miss Cantor, English, Miss Fosdyke, Secretary, Miss Furness, Biology.
The second Photograph has been supplied by Audrey Gaunt (nee Downes) who became a student at BP in 1949. She found it when clearing out a room in the Mansion attic after some students had left. It is inscribed "Balls Park Training College, November 1947". It shows the very first set of students together with the second intake. Blazers seem to be now the order of the day!
The photograph has some bad cracks, some of which I have 'repaired'. The lecturers are seated in the second row from the bottom, and are:- from the ninth person from the left, (remember to allow for the overlaps on the sections):- Miss East - Art & Craft. Miss Roy - Music. Miss O'Sullivan - Geography. Miss Cantor - English. Brenda Hands - Senior Student. Miss Monica Wingate - Principal. Miss Joachim - History. Miss Fordham - PE. Miss Finch - Education. Miss X - Health Education. Miss X - Secretary. Miss Mathews - Education. Mrs Reed - Art.
For students from later era's I have included enlargements of Miss Wingate, and also of Miss Finch who according to Audrey was the bane of students lives, I have assured Audrey that nothing changed over the next 25 years!. Mrs Reed was also still lecturing well into the 1970's
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1st Photograph, The first intake
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2nd Photograph, first & second years intake
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Miss Wingate. Principal 1947-1968
After she retired, she married and became Mrs Shaw-Zambra