The school also
took part in the Town Sports in June 1960, and in the
same year the school’s football team played in the final
of the Knock Out Cup, loosing 1-0. The Cycle Proficiency
Tests continued to be held in the school playground. In
February 1964 nine children passed with marks ranging
from 87 to 94. Another test held at the school was the
Royal Life Saving Society’s Preliminary Artificial
Respiration exam. 35 children took the exam on the 30th
June, 1965 and every one passed.
One of the
highlights at the end of each school year was the school
trip, and the leaver’s trip, where the children visited
varied and interesting locations.
The school trips
between 1960 and 1967 were as follows:
6 coaches went to Southport.
The Royal Show at Stoneleigh Abbey.
leaver’s trips between 1960 and 1967 were as follows:
48 children visited Wollaton Park and Nottingham Castle
with Mr. Scart and Mr. Mayland.
36 children visited Blenheim Palace and Oxford.
Kedleston Hall and Alton Towers
Blithfield Hall and Alton Towers with Mr. Mayland, Miss
Cole, and Miss Cartwright.
Coventry and Drayton Manor Park.
Junior 4 visited Tamworth Castle and Drayton Manor Park
accompanied by Miss Jones and
in poor weather.
Alton Towers with Mr. Mayland, Mr. Butt, and Miss
also attended a number of concerts and plays. On the 14th
October, 1960 Junior 4 went to a concert at King
Charles’ School that was given by C. Dolmetch and Saxby.
On the 22nd February, 1962 the juniors went
to the Regal Cinema to see “Swiss Family Robinson” and a
Walt Disney nature film, and in February 1964 Junior 4
and Mrs. Jones visited Darlaston Grammar School to
attend an orchestral concert given by the Cardiff
College of Music.
were also given in the school hall. In July 1962 a
visiting theatre company presented their version of
Cinderella, and in June 1963 the Theatre for Youth gave
a performance of Rumpelstiltskin. In January 1967 Mr.
Jellings of British Rail gave the school a talk about
safety on the railways.
interesting event attended by children from the school
was the Festival of Queens that took place in
Wolverhampton Civic Hall on the 29th March,
1967. Those taking part included Maureen Hyde, who was
Queen, with her attendants Karen Benton and Janet
Prickett, and her purse bearer, Michele Morris. Mr.
Mayland, Mrs. Boddic, and Mrs. Patrick also attended the
event which was in aid of the Children’s Homes.
The school open
days in July continued to be a great success. In 1960
both the infants and juniors open days were well
attended, with Councillor Mrs. Wilkinson distributing
the prizes. The following year it was held as an evening
event with the prizes given by Councillor Sutton. Again
it was well attended, and would remain as an evening
event throughout the decade. In 1962 many parents
attended, inspected, and discussed the children’s work.
The prizes were presented by Councillor Mrs. Wilkinson,
Councillor Sutton, and Councillor Mrs. Hitch. This
continued to be a successful event as can be seen from
the attendance record for 1965 when about 200 parents
Christmas celebrations continued as in the 1950s, with
plays, a carol service, a party and the distribution of
presents and ice cream. The celebrations in 1966
included a nativity play which was watched by about 100
parents. At Easter, 1967 Junior 4 gave three plays to
all of the school, which they had produced and written
The school hall in the 1960s.
The school still
encouraged children to save their money. In 1961 a total
of 200 savers saved £2,000, a lot of money at the time.
In 1964 the total reached £1,175, and £1,200 the
following year. On 3rd
October, 1966 prizes were given at Walsall Town Hall for
the National Poster and Jingles Competition to mark the
anniversary of National savings. Prize winners from the
school were Kerry Watton, Mark Flowers, and Roy Jarvis.
also made for good causes. In November 1962 the juniors
raised £44.1s.4d. for the blind and in March 1966
£45.10s. was raised for Sunshine Homes. Mrs. Butler of
the National Institute for the Blind gave a talk about
the work of the blind in the school hall in January
1968. During the talk she appealed for funds, which
resulted in a total of £74.4s.3d. being raised for the
blind. Quite an achievement.
During the 1960s
the school managers attempted to get the school playing
field project underway. At a meeting in September 1960
they were informed that the purchase of the land was
progressing well, and could be completed when Darlaston
Council had re-housed the 4 families, who were still
occupying the houses that were to be demolished in
Moxley Road. Things moved extremely slowly and in
October 1966 the managers were told that the council
were still negotiating for the purchase of the land.
also attempted to improve the approach to the front of
the school. At the time the whole area was full of ruts
and pot holes, which would fill up with water. In 1961 a
request was made to the County Council to extend the
existing road as far as the school gates. They were
informed in October 1962 that work on the approach road
was held up because of a lack of communication with the
executors of the late Pat Collins, who owned the land.
In May 1963 the managers sent a letter recommending that
a Council Purchase Order should be made for the land in
an effort to make the executors answer their
correspondence. Sadly it all came to nothing in the end.
After much effort by the managers, a letter was received
from the County Council in January 1966 stating that
“some of the depressions in the approach road have been
filled-in with surplus tarmac from the resurfacing of
the playground. They hope this will bring about an
improvement in conditions.” Mr. Mayland summed it all up
in the school log book by stating that “This was an
unsatisfactory end to a struggle of almost 10 years.”