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Glenhow School

Glenhow private school for boys, opened about 1884 and was previously two houses; it was briefly again used as a private residence between 1893 and 1901. The exact date it became Glenhow School is uncertain, it was visited by HRH Princess Anne 21st February 1986 and finally closing in 1992. By the time of closure in 1992 girls were also pupils at the school. Today it still stands and has been converted back to private housing.Mike Wilson writes: ”I attended Glenhow as a border in 1949-1950. The headmaster then was a Mr Percy Sykes. The school continued in operation into the 1970s under the jurisdiction of Mr John Amos (I think)and his wife Barbara. Sadly Mr Amos passed away just before my son, Miles Wilson, started there as an infant in 1978 under the headmastership of Mr Anthony Petgrave-Johnston. We migrated to Australia in 1982 and so lost touch with the school. We now understand that Glen Howe has closed down. If there are any ex-pupils that remember me or my son Miles I would be glad to hear from them.” Whilst Richard Gowing tells us: ”I attended Glenhow from 1944, when it was evacuated to the house in Helmsley which was the Bishop of Whitby’s country residence and now the HQ of the national park. We were rather crowded there but it was great fun, in a lovely location. After the war we returned to Saltburn where I remained until 1948 when I moved on to Oundle. Percy Sykes was a great headmaster and formative influence; among other things he gave me a love of music which I enjoy to this day. My other great teacher was Miss Margaret Grinyer; a schoolmate whom I particularly remember was Bruce Tulloh who later achieved fame as a barefoot runner. Happy memories! It was sad to learn from the web that the school later closed, but good to see that the building survives, as I saw when I visited Saltburn recently.” Andrew Scott reports: “Bruce’s passing was reported in the Telegraph Obituaries”. Chris Holmes also tells us: ”I went to Glenhow school as a boarder, in 1972 the headmaster was Mr Amos; I owe that man everything as he was fantastic. What a school, great days!” Sarah Sumner (Williams) tells: “I went to Glenhow school in the 1980s. I have so many happy memories, and meet friends for life. I have moved back near Saltburn-by-the-Sea and plan on going back to visit”. Ruth Smith advises: ”Just read that Robert Shaw the actor was a teacher at this school. (See Wikipaedia)”.

Many thanks to Mike Wilson, Richard Gowing, Andrew Scott, Sarah Sumner (Williams), Chris Holmes and Ruth Smith for the updates.

Saltburn Towers School

Saltburn Towers School

An early view of Towers School none of the verdant vegetation to be seen today along Glenside.

Bedrooms again

Bedrooms again

Pupils bedrooms at the Towers obviously included dolls cots for the younger pupils; carefully lined up beside the fireplace.

Gymnastics anyone?

Gymnastics anyone?

A further view of the gymnasium at the Towers School, although yet again the appropriate dress seems to be skirts. Surely this would have been a problem with the parallel bars? We presume this was a posed image perhaps for a school brochure.

Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

Towers School pupils enjoying bathing in the swimming pool in Saltburn baths. The sea water for the pool was changed once a week and the water was officially described as ‘tepid but we suspect that would mean cold! These sessions would be non-public and for the sole and exclusive use of the pupils of Towers school.
Information courtesy of ‘Saltburn-By-The-Sea Revisited’.

Sketching Class

Sketching Class

Towers School pupils enjoying reproducing nature, imagine lugging a stool and those easels any distance. Perhaps they had a school porter? I hope he was strong?

Kindergarten

Kindergarten

We presume this was a quiet session for the younger pupils of Towers School. Was this an obligatory afternoon nap or they did not want to look at the wallpaper which resembles spiders?

Tuning Up

Tuning Up

Perhaps for a concert or school assembly at the Towers. We particularly like the harp. Not an instrument for street musicians!

Forty Love

Forty Love

This image is at slight odds with the records which we now have available to the Archive. Despite showing the young ladies enjoying tennis in the lower valley at Saltburn, it is understood that the school had purpose-built tennis courts on the what is now the site of the library on Windsor Road. However Callum Duff explains: ”I would imagine that Towers School used these tennis courts for competitions and their own for lessons. The land on either side of the valley offering the opportunity for pupils and staff to spectate as can be seen here.”

Many thanks to Callum for resolving our uncertainty.

Music whilst you read!

Music whilst you read!

A further view of a Towers School sitting room, which obviously doubled up as the practice room for music.
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