Home > Memories > Ushaw Moor Infant School

Ushaw Moor Infant School

Now that the Infant School has sadly gone and is about to be built on, i thought i’d share some memories of going to said school!

I would have gone around…’87-’90 ish time.

I have mostly fond memories, my teachers were (in order i think) Mrs Leader, Mrs Hulloch (sp?) for a time, Miss Jackson and Mrs Welding and Mrs Farrell (  i think she was a support teacher?). Did anyone else go around the same time or remember the teachers? Mrs Kernohan was also there but she took the other class to mine, so i rarely got her.

We always had to sing ‘we’re going home, sshhh shh (fingers on lips)” at the end of each day in Mrs Leaders class, it was embarrassing then, never mind now!

I remember Miss Jackson used to play the guitar, she used to get us to sing Puff the Magic Dragon near hometimes.

‘Numberland’ books, they were the thing to have! You got a higher number book the futher you progressed, i remember it was quite competitive, or at least to me it was, i never had the highest number in the class sadly.

Playing in the yard, the yard at the front overlooking the valley was much bigger, used to play hopscotch, hide and seek etc, not much more to entertain us then but it seemed to be enough! I remember there was a wooden/brick building to the side of the school in the side yard area, we were never allowed to go into it, it was always locked. Does anyone remember what it was? It must have previously been used for something but i don’t know what.

One day myself and Gary Collinson and 2 others (i can’t remember who) went outside of the school gates as bizarrely there were shells on the path down the road and we wanted to get them, i remember we were briskly sent down to Mrs Jarvis room, we all thought we were going to get ‘the cane’ although i think it had been stopped long before then! We just got a good telling off but it was scary at the time!!

I remember Mrs Jarvis room being really neat, dark wood, coal fire, nice and cosy, quite different to elsehwere in the school.

Another thing i remember…is the school had discos, and i’m sure older kids used to go…i.e i don’t remember them from the school but they were there at the discos. The big thing at the time was the strobe light and the new song that i remember playing was “i’ve got the power” (1990).


Mr Clough was the caretaker and he and his wife lived close by in Cooks Cottages, possibly even the adjoining house.

The school closed a few years later. I think by the time my sister went to school in 94, the ‘lego’ Junior School had become infants and juniors.

Who else went to the Infant School (or what i’d call the infant school, i know it wasn’t always just infants!)

As an aside, i noticed Gleeson homes had the site advertised as White House Court to start with…mustn’t have done their research! It would have been confused with Whitehouse Court where i now reside! Temperance Court is more like it, although why didn’t they just call is School Court?

Categories: Memories
  1. Dave Clarkson
    August 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    How about these teachers, can anyone remeber them, Mr Trotter (Head) The Bailes sisters, Mr Spence, Mrs Forrester, Miss Lewis, John Wilkinson, Mrs Ross, Mrs Hankey and here’s to you Mrs Robinson?

    Or how about playing football in the yard (Front of school tarmac area) with white wood posts and geen metal bases, girls playing netball in the top yard.
    Did you know that in 1965 the school football team won the county league (under 11s) with all team members being presented with a small silver cup and the school a large shield.
    (I have a photo of the team with Current County Councillor John Wilkinson who was the team manager (and teacher)

    • linda smith ne fullard
      March 30, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      I remember miss hankey and miss of them still alive tRobinson from 1962to 1964 are any of them still alive to day dose any one know???????????????????

    • Enid Cavallaro (nee Greenwell)
      March 31, 2014 at 1:54 am

      I remember Mrs Hankey, she was my first teacher and when my family left Ushaw Moor in 1967 Miss Bailes was my last teacher. Mr Trotter was head and I remember maths classes sitting in his office crowded around the fire. I do remember playing rounders in the big tarmac yard.

    • frank clarke
      March 31, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      I remember them all Dave Alan Spence who married Miss Marr lived near the entrance o the Johnston school therefore I saw quite a bit more of him after I left Ushaw Moor Junior school Hope you are keeping well Regards, Frank Clarke.

    • June 16, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Mrs ross that ruby red lippi and dark hair miss lewis she married someone from ushaw moor one of the looneys lremember mrs Hankey the head mistress she lived in farm at pitthouse loverly lady remember my first day like it was yesterday

  2. August 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I didn’t know that about the football team…but i do remember Miss Lewis from the Junior school when i went in the 90’s. I think she retired when i was there and sadly died a few years ago now.

  3. dawn bottoms
    November 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

    my son’s Michael, Craig, and Graham Bottoms all went to that school in and around that time frame

  4. lsmed385
    February 18, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Dawn, I was in the same year as Michael (born 1982) and have fond memories of the schools and the infamous baked bean which was stuck on the dining room ceiling and painted over many times……it was still there when i did work experience there – im sure it probably wasn’t a bean but it made for a better story!

  5. Val Pearson
    February 19, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I remember all theses teachers Dave, i was at the infants around 55/56 before going to Ushaw Moor secondary modern. Good times, remember always having to put the sports things away after playing with them….my job!! Val Pearson.

  6. marjory McAlpine(nee Spirit)
    February 19, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    i remember mr trotter the missis Bailes etc well went to school with Rita hutchinson Edith Elliot Verna wingfield and kathleen duthie to name but a few. My sons also went there when Miss Hankey was head but went to the new junior school

  7. Sharon Lewin
    February 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    The building on the side yard used to be the library (and was first year juniors teachers classroom) when I went there in 1978.

  8. February 20, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I recall being part of a group of four lads who had misbehaved, my heart sank when Mr Trotter said sternly “there are 4 boys in this assembly, you know who you are, who are to stay behind when everyone else has gone” the four of us glanced at each other and acknowleged it was us he was referring too. On discussiing our hienious crime our punishment was to be the cane, unprecedented, as he said in all his year in teaching he had never given anyone the cane before “this is going to hurt me more than it does you” he told us. Well i,m sure he got the last bit wrong, six of the best and boy did it hurt. Mr T was a great head teacher, the staff and School were fantastic and when people look back and refer to Schooldays as the best in there life, I for one know what they are on about.

  9. Kate Clayton (nee Kathleen Sayer)
    March 31, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Hi Everyone, I started the infant school in 1953, it was then an all age school until the new modern school was built. My year were the first to go there in1959. I remember many of the teachers already mentioned and some of the pupils. I loved the lessons when we listened to the music and movement programme on the radio, in the hall, and joined in the activities. I remember a big rocking horse in the reception class. I remember Miss Cane (by name and nature), I was a slow reader because I was so scared! I remember doing times tables by rote in the Juniors and knitting dish clothes! We read The Waterbabies with Mr. Tonks who is still alive. Many teachers moved to the Modern Sschool when it opened I think. I am in touch with Barbara Hutton who was in my class and some photos taken on the last day I was there.

    • frank clarke
      March 31, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Hello Kathleen I too started in 1953 in your class. I would list my classmates but Margaret Browns memory is so much better than mine. If she reads this and replies I think she could name everyone. You are correct in that we all enjoyed the method of teaching and all had a favourite teacher, mine being Miss Bailes.

      • Margaret Thompson (nee Margaret Brown)
        March 31, 2014 at 4:50 pm

        Frank I do not believe my memory is better than yours, after all your great comments on the Ushaw Moor sites. (I read them all, you are still a charmer). Should Kathleen read this, HELLO it’s lovely to find you on here after so many years. My favorite teacher was Miss Bailes, she taught me how to sew, my times tables backwards which has come in handy in my working life doing accounts. Does anyone remember Miss Wright, she also read books to us I remember one in particular “Over the Rainbow”. Kathleen I also remember Miss Cane and her high chair which came in handy when she used the cane! Some of the people in our year were – Judith Parfitt, Beryl West, Lilian Richardson, Linda Dent, Margaret Kirby, Barbara Hutton, Anne Lewin, Frank Clarke, Derek Thompson, Ronnie Thompson, Howard Deighton, Pearl Clarkson, my cousin John Hutchinson. I am sure there must be a few more but the memory cells are aging. I would be interest in knowing what happened to Barbara Hutton, we lived next to each other in Maple Park and have lost touch.

  10. Gillian
    March 31, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Hi to you all, I started infant school in 1974/5 my first Teacher was Mrs Smithers and thought she was the best teacher. I remember I was in the last year of infant school and my classroom was in the building in the yard I think the teacher was Mrs Lawson we used to sit on the round carpet and had to stand up to say our times table. I remember the class been in turmoil because a large black dog came running into the classroom barking and it was scary although I love dogs. Mrs Hanky was the head teacher.

    I went into the Junior school and Remember Miss Lewis. Mrs wood. Mrs Knight and Mr Angus who was a lovely Headmaster. I remember the Libary prefab and the school discos lol.

  11. Colin Looker
    June 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Hi everyone especially Kathleen sayer. I cant believe I am hearing names from 1953. I went to the infants school with most of the names mentioned. Think it was a few years later I had a crush on Kathleen. I left Ushaw moor in 1958 so never went to the sec mod. Did your dad (kathleen) have the empire picture house or am I dreamin after all this time. I loved Ushaw Moor my sis Christine has just moved back there after 56 years. Good grief
    Colin looker

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s