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Kindred Spirits goes back to school in Ipswich

17:41 02 September 2015

Playtime fun at Clifford Road, School, Ipswich, in March 1974. What playtime games do you recall? (Photo by Paul Nixon/Archant)

Playtime fun at Clifford Road, School, Ipswich, in March 1974. What playtime games do you recall? (Photo by Paul Nixon/Archant)


Schools soon begin another term and proud parents will be filling Facebook with first day at school photos.

To mark the start of the autumn term, David Kindred has taken a look this week at what life was like at some of Ipswich’s schools in past decades.

Desks with ink wells, a bottle of milk for pupils every morning, blackboards and clouds of chalk dust, were once a way of life in a time before computers – and any idea that pupils would have their own phone in the classroom was something from science fiction.

If the school’s heating failed you were told to put your coat on in class. Teachers lived near enough to make it in whatever the weather and most children walked or cycled with few parents involved in the school run.

Do the photographs featured this week remind you of your school days? Send an email to Kindred Spirits


  • Went to an all boys school in the east end of London,1959-1963.everyone walked to school, they certainly didn't close cos of snow (remember '63?) and discipline was strict,if you had the cane from the headmaster your name went in the book. (mine didn't,never had it!!!!!) got the ruler across the knuckles a few times!! and the parents sided with the teachers in those days,you got it from your dad went they got home!!!!! I won't say good old days,I never did like school,but got the job I wanted to do and went to college, and because I was doing the job I wanted to do,I enjoyed the college work,served me well for nigh on 50 years!!!!!

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    Thursday, September 3, 2015

  • in the war time we were told the nearest to our school we were , if the air raid siren sounded we go back home or to school.i have been in the school play ground and still went home.

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    Thursday, September 3, 2015

  • You mention when the heating failed. When I was at St Matthews 1939 - 1945 the only reason the heating would fail is if we ran out of coal! All we had in the very large class rooms was a coal fire in the corner of the room in front of which the teacher used to stand to warm her derriere

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    Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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