Laindon High Road School
A good or bad school?
Having read many favourable comments about Laindon High Road School, I thought it might be interesting to reflect on my time there and perhaps hear the opinion of others. I attended the school between September 1962 and April 1966. My form teachers were, 1st year – Mrs S. Newton, 2nd year – Mrs M Griffiths, 3rd year – Mr B Cox, 4th year – Mr T Turner. Whilst I have happy memories of these times, my personal verdict is that it gave a pretty poor education. I left at 15 with no qualifications and probably barely literate. Much of this was probably my own fault as I was as always in trouble and rarely felt enthused by the lessons.
I have lost count of the number of times I was caned, many times 6 of the best on the hand and on one occasion 6 on each hand. This was for breaking a window with a football, which I think was rather harsh for an accident. It is often said that “corporal punishment never did me any harm“, this may be so, but I’m not sure it did any good as we were always going back for more. We also quite often got the ruler on the hand from form teachers. On one occasion a teacher laid me out with a right hook. I should think he would be sent to prison today. I accept that corporal punishment was the norm in most schools at this period but I personally think it was excessive.
My children have all achieved 12 GCSE’s, A levels and degrees. My youngest son has a masters degree and is hoping to do a PHD. This kind of academic achievement was unthinkable for anyone I went to school with.
I would be very interested to hear the opinion of others who attended the school during this period.