Woolwich & Districts
Mount School has been in Purrett Road, although once under a
different name (Purrett Road School) since 1887.
Mount School is a non selective primary school is South east
London on the borders of Kent. It is situated near the top of
the hill which over looks Gallions Reach across the Thames,
thus being called Gallions Mount. When founded it was initially
an all girls' school, but since being rebuilt (in 1977) it now
accepts girls and boys. (Wikipedia)
Mount School - 1947 Photo: Alan Putt.
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a picture of, I think, Form 3b in 1947. This was the year that
one left the school to go on to whatever your eleven-plus results
had got you to.
remember too many names but on the far left front is David Edwards.
Behind him is Dorothy Robinson, fifth from the left in the back
row is Stewart Manley. I am third from the left in the front
row and Roy Catton is immediately behind me. Anyone recognise
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of the Gallions Mount school play. Taken around 1955 (I think).
Sorry I can’t identify anybody other than me (middle of
back row above crossed swords) - Terry Byatt
is an extract from a story by Jennifer Mellor (nee Batcock)
Up In Plumstead During The War Years'.
Once I reached
seven years of age I started going to Purrett Road School, now
called Gallions Mount. I have a feeling that we either went
for just mornings or just afternoons. I can’t remember
who the Head teacher was then; whether it was a man or a woman,
I haven’t a clue; but I do remember some of the teachers.
Mr. Paton, who had his favourites, but I do remember he used
to read to us “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry
Finn” and made it sound so exciting that it instilled
in me a love of books and reading that has lasted all my life,
so I am grateful to him for that. Another teacher I remember
was a Mrs. Murgatroyd, who was a bit formidable. I particularly
remember Miss Stephenson, who was strict, but fair. Gallions
Mount School was in those days (I don’t know if it has
been rebuilt now) a large Victorian building with big classrooms
with very high ceilings, and the floor was staggered with wide
shallow steps in rows where the desks stood. The naughty boys
always used to sit at the back and if any of them were behaving
badly and didn’t take any notice of her first warning,
Miss Stephenson would march to the back of the room, drag the
offending boy down to the front by his ear, and bash his head
against the blackboard. She wouldn’t get away with it
now; she would be sued by the parents and probably be dismissed.
In the basement
of Gallions Mount School during the War years was a Rescue Centre
set up to shelter the people who had been bombed out of their
homes. I don’t think it was called a Rescue Centre then,
the proper term evades me, but that is what it was. There were
lots of mattresses and blankets there, and I believe refreshments
could be obtained. I do remember us all taking shelter there
when there were air raids. The girls’ playground seemed
huge to me then. On one side there was a very high brick wall,
and believe it or not, there was a farm the other side. I don’t
think there were animals, but there were orchards. The toilets
in the playground never failed to freeze up every winter.'
Gallions Mount School class photos 1958-65 wanted
I am true
Plumstead born and bread. I was born in 1953 and went to school
at Gallions Mount Primary School, in Purrett Road.
was also at this school as well, we had a very good 50th reunion,
with 12 of our class friends.
recognised each other, even after so many years.
a few pictures of each other, but we are trying to find
a class picture from the time we were there, from 1958 to 1965,
but with no avail.
have spoken to one of the teachers who came on the school journey
with us to Broadstaires in Kent. He took a video of us all,
but this was lent to a parent and never returned. We are desperate
for some help to locate these pictures and the video.
can help in locating any photo(s) and or the video, please contact