||Kevin Campbell (1962-1969) email@example.com
I attended Heaton from 1962 to 1969 (in class 1c, progressed (just) to 2G - 5G and then lower and upper sixth science 1.
My main memories are of "just doing enough" to remain at the bottom of the top class. Many teachers predicted "you will come to no good!" (especially "pug" Weston Walker). I eventually gained 3 A levels (2 grade A, 1 B) and was awarded an A level results prize. I even had the cheek to return from university in Manchester to be present at the prize giving at the City Hall just to see their faces.
Teachers I recall were Tom Cressey "TC" (Chemistry), Mr Paterson (Chemistry), Bill Tunnicliffe (Maths), Mr Westwood (Physics), Mr Walton (Physics). As you will gather from this list I was (and still am) a scientist by inclination. Because of the abilities and dedication of these and other teachers I achieved 3 A levels and an honours degree in physics from UMIST.
I will never forget the moment when Bill Tunnicliffe (who taught my brother, Ian, two years above me) said to my parents "you mean he's his brother! But he's a mathematician!" He was horrified (I never was very good at maths).
In sixth form TC (Tom Cressey) allowed those who were interested in Chemistry to "play" with the chemicals in the chemistry lab at lunch times. Chris Hutchinson and I managed to completely fill the lab with a cloud of fumes just before the lesson was due to start. Chris passed his driving test on his 17th Birthday and bought an old (1940 or thereabouts) MG TB car. After we spent much time fixing it he then provided transport for the rest of us. I remember going to town (to a prize giving?) with at least 6 people in that 2 seater car.
After leaving school I went to UMIST, got a BSc (Hons) 2.2 in physics. Unfortunately I had intended to stay on to do a PhD but this required a 2.1. I then had to go into the real world and find a job!
I have been working in computing ever since and currently work for EDS (UK) Ltd at the DSS Longbenton.
I found this site after I found Wendy Wilkie (now Parker) (6th form, after the great change!) through a site called www.friendsunited.co.uk - worth a visit if you are looking for other contemporaries.
I remember all three of my year currently listed here (Ian Davison, Barrie Russell and Michael Chaplin). I am currently married with 2 children (8 and 14) and live in Bedlington.
David CANT(1960 - 1967) firstname.lastname@example.org
Info about the site was passed on to me by Neil Atkinson and Nick Lambert. It all seems a long time ago but I hope to attend the reunion in July.
My main interest at Heaton was acting - Jim Robinson's English lessons and Ron Cherry's enthusiasm for drama were great encouragements. Mind you, there were plenty of actors on the staff and among the pupils! Remember Weston Walker's history class?
I attended Sheffield University from 1967-1970, studying Law. I became a solicitor but had an early mid-life crisis and went off to theological college to prepare for ordination. I came back to the Diocese of Newcastle and worked in Newburn and North Shields before moving to Wylam where I am the Vicar. I suppose you could say that my experience in school plays prepared me first for the Law and then for the Church.
I know of two other Old Heatonians who are ordained: Tony Adamson and Bill Davage, perhaps there are others.
I am married to Anne and have three children: 26,24&21. I look forward to hearing from some of my old class mates and to renewing friendships in July
Michael CHAPLIN(1962 - 1969) Mnschaplin@aol.com
I came to Heaton
with the loud disbelief of my teacher at Sandyford Road Junior School
(his name has gone but his huge bell-bottom trousers flap wildly in the
memory) still ringing in my ears: "Chaplin lad, good God, you've
gone and passed your 11-plus!" The source of his amazement was my
constitutional ineptitude at mathematics, or sums as it was called in
those days. This plagued my childhood; indeed I left Heaton without an
O Level in Maths (failed physics an' all), but curiously has not blighted
adulthood. Years later, I became responsible for an annual budget in the
tens of millions and I was given an accountant to ride shotgun on my rickety
managerial wagon; it always amused me that I was quicker at mental arithmetic
than he was, so I suppose something got through in the bottom set.
John CHARLTON (1950 - 1957) email@example.com
I just scraped into
Heaton when the 11+ successes electing for private school pulled out.
I still remember the weeks of horrible anxiety whilst my fate was decided.
I have remained firmly against selection ever since. I recall that the
D streamers (where I was dumped) were considered failures and it is hardly
surprising that most of the school's behaviour problems derived from that
quarter. The label was particularly inappropriate considering that the
City only admitted 14% of the eleven year old cohort to Grammar School
annually. A completely unstreamed year group could have done much better
for all the 11+ successes. I managed to get out of the D stream by the
third year and was, I think one of only two C streamers who went into
the 6th form in 1955. (I think the other was Donald Handy)
Tom CHARNLEY (1964 - 1971) firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, Tom Charnley here, 1964-71. Left to work as Chemcal Tech, then into Post office telephones and later (74) to Newcastle University. Came out with a heavy engineering degree, parted with Post office and joined N.E.I Parsons. Saw the writing on the wall there and left to start teaching. I met my wife Tina when she was at the Poly, and moved down to sunny Warrington, where I am now Head of IT at Priestley College. Charley Bell told me of the site, we still keep in touch. My brother Rob '62-'69 unfortunately died two years ago, I wonder if any one in his form will get in touch as I didn't know many of his class mates except Robinson. I know his wife and 5 year old triplets would love to hear any tales from that era. Charlie and I tried to recall the class and did quite a good job.
Update January 2016: Left teaching in 2000 for a career as a technical trainer of Microsoft developers, left that in 2008 and worked as a developer, now at Nviron in Warrington. Still get my guitar out now and again.
David COLE (1963 - 1970) David_S_Cole@compuserve.com
I read the latest
version of the HGS website yesterday and thought the time had come when
I might make my contribution. Started in 1C under Mr Spink, then the "R"
forms (any survivors of the 2R Geography Room chalk fight of 1964?) and
through to the sixth form. Main recollections are of endless homework,
playing football for "The Scraps", stoking a hot forge for a
psychopathic metalwork master whose name I cannot remember, "Summer
Fairs", lower sixth chemistry being taught 'bonding' for a year,
when it meant something different .. Interested to see the names of several
masters I remember. No mention so far of "Doc" Henstock, who
taught spoken English to the 6th form ("You won't pass because you
can't pronounce your name"; I passed with a Credit , Ho Ho). After
Heaton, I went to Birmingham to do Biology, then Central London Poly and
MRE Porton Down for a PhD, then I joined the pharmaceutical industry and
worked for SKF, Roussel, now in the contract research end of the drug
industry. Living in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, married to Kath from Heaton
High, and with two boys who support Newcastle United despite being born
in Herts (something to do with the nearest football team being Arsenal?),
the eldest of whom is just about to leave for University himself .
Trevor CORBITT (1961 - 1968) email@example.com
I found the site
on a rainy Sunday morning with nothing better to do.
Peter COULSON (1949 - 1955) firstname.lastname@example.org
My main accomplishments...held the under 14 high jump record for about 20 minutes R U there G Atkinson ?!!! Choir member & played FIAMETTA in the Gondoliers, also part of the ladies chorus in the Pirates of Penzance ... looked like Linda Rondstat in drag!!! Left HGS to work with the Caledonian Insurance Company in Pilgrim Street. The Golden Tiger was across the street and was probably part of my downfall!!! I was lead singer with the PILGRIM SKIFFLE GROUP; 2 years in RAF-Boulmer, Acklington then worked at Clarkys, sang and played bass with the HILLCRESTERS-Hillfield club & TTTV's Young at Heart show. Joined an English band playing in France (TONY MCKANE COMBO), then formed a band (THE GRADUATES) and toured Europe for 12 yrs... now live near BOSTON USA still pickin, grinnin, and cookin theraputic cuisine. All is revealed here! C'mon guys DAVE, IAN & CO are doing a great job....support them ANY GOOD BUDDIES OUT THERE ??! Even if you are not an HGS old boy you might know someone who is and how about the STAFF? where are you now?
David COWANS (1958 - 1963) email@example.com
I joined the institution in 1958 in 1A in care of Mr Duckenfield. An undistinguished 5 years followed, memories being appearing in plays organised by Mr Spink for the junior dramatic society, and an intense dislike of sport probably brought on by my rotund build and thus difficulty in competing. My major achievements in the athletic field were gaining 1 point for my house in standard points and managing to avoid running anything longer than the 220 yards. It wasn't all negatives, however, and I still speak reasonable German acquired from Roy Davison starting in 2G in 1959.
After leaving HGS, bored to tears, in 1963, I moved to London in search of work. Later, I have often regretted that and feel that I should have done the 6th and gone to university. But it just wasn't possible - no way my mum (a widow) could have afforded that. Being interested in travel, I started with Thomas Cook as office boy in their Autotravel department (not automated travel - far too early for that - but people who were taking their car with them). An opportunity arose to work with British European Airways (BEA) in 1964 and I started working with computers in 1966 still at BEA. At BEA, I met my future and still wife (Jill) - we married in 1967. We now have two daughters (Amanda - 1973; Michelle - 1975) and, courtesy of Amanda and her husband Andrew, two grandchildren.
In 1969, I joined ICL - UK's answer to IBM - in Stevenage. In 1977, still with ICL, we moved to Cheshire but that proved short lived as ICL sent me to Australia for a year in 1979. Somehow the year has never ended, even though my association with ICL has (and, by now, so has ICL). Spent some time working in New Zealand and a little in Singapore before joining General Travel (GT) in North Sydney in 1991 as Systems Manager. My dream job but it all got to be too much so in 2003, I left and we bought a post office and some holiday units on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. GT asked me to do some support work for them - the old story, purpose built software with no documentation and all the knowledge of how it works in one person's head - and that woked well and was to everyone's benefit.
In 2009, we sold the business and built a house just over the road as our retirement location. I carried on writing software and managed a few databases for GT and also started driving the odd tour to show visitors Kangaroo Island's nocturnal animals. Now (2012), I have retired from GT but still do the tours and hope to do that for a few years yet.
Roy CULL (1954 - 1959) Roy.Cull@btinternet.com
My formative years
were 54-59 in 1B,2A,3B,4B,5B and then I left to become a Post Office engineer
and I am still in BT but as a Director of a company support division.
Academically my sojourn was unistinguished but I made up for it at Rutherford
College of Technology. I left Newcastle in 1967 and have been in several
locations but am now in Cardiff. Newcastle still calls from time to time
and I return to see the Toon.