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Carlin How School

The new school Carlin How opened in 1907, the ceremony was performed by Colonel Legard; Chairman of the North Riding Education Committee. The builder was J.G. Porteus of Guisborough. Bill Kitching tells us: ”I attended Carlin How School when I was three years (Friday afternoons for one hour) then Baby Class at age of five years in 1927. I passed the eleven plus examination in 1933 to go to Guisborough Grammar School. The Headteacher was Miss Keen,  Baby Class teacher was Miss Richardson, Class 2 was Miss Birtwhistle, Class 3 was Miss Hall, Class 3A was Miss Stanlake and Class 4 (top class!) was Miss Thompson. Wonderful teachers!” Whilst Derick Pearson tells us: ”I left the same year as Bob but I too remember another teacher who may have left a year or 2 before. Her name was Miss Keen who Bill said was there in 1933, But I did not think she was Head Mistress, I’m certain Lena? Thompson was. .Did Miss Keen step down? Somethings at the back of my mind about her going to Africa perhaps. Can anyone remember? Miss Keens class was same side and up the Hall from Miss Thompsons, Miss Potters was opposite side and Miss Garners was in the main hall too. Miss Tweddle who came much later was along the corridor in the Annex if I remember correctly. Did she take Miss Keens Place perhaps?”

Bob Doe tells us: ”Miss Thompson was still Headmistress when I left in 1957. Other teachers then were Miss Garne r(Class 3), Miss Potter (Class 1) and Miss Tweddle (Class 2) I do also remember the classroom set up as Derick described.”

Ian Wilson tells us: ”According to the school logbook Miss Keen took over as Temporary Headteacher on January 6th 1914. Her appointment was confirmed on February 1st. She left on 31st October 1935. During the First World War Miss Keen made many references in the logbook to Zeppelin air raids . On the 6th of April 1916 she recorded ” About 2:30am there was an air raid in which the school was badly damaged by a high explosive bomb. The two front cloak rooms and the headteacher’s room were almost demolished and other serious damage done which rendered the school unfit for occupation” It remained closed until May 10th 1916.”

Alan Pearson adds to our knowledge with: ”Miss Thompson retired in 1963, succeeded as Head by Frank Whithers. Miss Potter was still there when I left in 1965.”

Photo courtesy of Pat Bennison, with thanks to Bill, Bob, Derick, Alan and especially Ian Wilson for the fascinating updates.

7 comments to Carlin How School

  • Bill Kitching

    I ATTENDED CARLIN HOW SCHOOL WHEN I WAS 3 YRS.{FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOR 1 HOUR THEN BABY CLASS AT AGE OF 5 [1927} PASSED 11+ IN 1933 TO GO TO GUISBOROUGH GRAMMAR SCHOOL. HEADTEACHER WAS MISS KEEN. BABY CLASS WAS MISS RICHARDSON.CLASS 2 WAS MISS BIRTWHISTLE, CLASS 3 WAS MISS HALL. 3A WAS MISS STANLAKE, AND TOP CLASS 4 WAS MISS THOMPSON.WONDERFUL TEACHERS.

  • Bob Doe

    Miss Thompson was still Headmistress when i left in 1957. Other teachers then were Miss Garner(Class 3), Miss Potter(Class 1) and Miss Tweddle(Class 2).

  • Derick Pearson

    I remember another teacher Miss Keen, but at the time she was NOT headmistress as she had been in Bill’s day. As Bob said Miss (Lena) Thompson was; however Miss Thompson had the room at the bottom left of the main hall and Miss Keen was in the room further toward the boy’s school entrance and cloakroom. Miss Garner was as Bob said also there, and Miss Tweddle was along the corridor toward the annex. Miss Potter as I remember was on the opposite side of the school hall (the side where the Girl’s entrance and cloakroom was)with the infants. I can for certain though remember Miss Keen, and something at the back of my mind tells me she left and went to Africa (or had been to Africa and returned for a short while). She had I believe a bun in the back of her hair as I believe Miss Garner had at one time.

  • Bill Kitching

    Re Derick referring to Miss Keen, I wonder if there were two Miss Keens? My Miss Keen was Head Teacher in the 1930s. Miss Lena Thompson was from Loftus, where her father was a builder. She played badminton in the Club Hall at Carlin HOW and her boyfriend used to come to the school on a motorbike and sidecar.

  • Derick Pearson

    The Miss Keen I remember would possibly be 60 or so when I refer to her in 1955-56. Could Miss Keen have been 35 year old in the 1930s. If so then I feel it must be the same person. If Miss Keen was much older then it was obviously someone different. A great coincedence if it was as Lena Thompson would have known both.

  • Ian Wilson

    According to the school logbook Miss Keen took over as Temporary Headteacher on January 6th 1914. Her appointment was confirmed on February 1st. She left on 31st October 1935. During the First World War Miss Keen made many references in the logbook to Zeppelin air raids . On the 6th of April 1916 she recorded ” About 2:30am there was an air raid in which the school was badly damaged by a high explosive bomb. The two front cloak rooms and the headteacher’s room were almost demolished and other serious damage done which rendered the school unfit for occupation” It remained closed until May 10th 1916

  • Alan Pearson

    Miss Thompson retired in 1963, succeeded as head by Frank Whithers. Miss Potter was still there when I left in 1965

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