Brunts 1980s

My experience of Brunts Upper School started in 1982. Initially based at The Park for our first year, we still had some lessons based at Woodhouse Road and had to use our break to quickly walk between sites.

I recall having to get changed for PE, usually freezing cold in the old pavilion. Assemblies in the gyms at both sites and for me and a group of friends (Paul Hilton & Tim Leal), our first taste of using one of The BBC micros during lunch breaks; a good start to me eventually becoming an IT manager in Sheffield for the NHS.

Teachers I can remember:
Miss Butler teaching French and telling us we wouldn’t get to the Moon if we didn’t listen – I don’t think I listened because I’ve not been to the Moon yet and was once told to “Stop speaking French” by a Frenchman.
Miss Harness teaching English and Latin. “There’s better words than ‘Nice’!” sticks to this day.
Mr Parker for physics
Mr Giles teaching geography, his holiday snaps around Europe used to demonstrate what he was teaching.
Mr Blyth (I can’t remember with or without an ‘E’) First name Gordon; the scotsman teaching Chemistry, I believe he moved to the States. He tormented us for two years trying to figure out what his middle name was, apparently it was his grandmother’s name and as promised told us just before we finished fifth year. For those who weren’t there for the unveiling, it was Spencer – Gordon Spencer Blyth(e?).
Mr Kinnard the chemistry teacher always with test-tube holders attached to his lab coat and food stains on his tank top forcing him to wear it inside out.
Mrs Tyers the Maths teacher.
Mrs Chambers the music teacher.
Mr ‘Herr’ Trundell taught German in my third year, his lessons were interesting, no English spoken, just German and actions; driving a car sat on the floor or going to sleep lay on the floor were the more unusual demonstrations.
Mrs ‘Ma’ Trundel taught English and also kicked me out of her English Literature class for saying Northanger Abbey was a boring book with no storyline.
I can’t remember the younger Math teacher’s name, there were rumours going around that she had secretly got engaged to Mr Blyth, both were asked and both remained tight-lipped further fueling the gossip. In the end no truth at all and just kids making up wild stories.
Mr Campbell-Lamberton taught RE
Mr Hayley I believe was the Deputy Head and in charge of the Park site.
Mr Miles Carter was the Head. I can remember him sweeping into assembles wearing his black gown like something from a Harry Potter story. He also had a crazy red setter dog which he Brought to school.

There’s not much left of the old school now, a business centre has been built on the site. Have not been back to The Park since leaving in 1986, I guess it’s unrecognisable now.

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  • I was taught O and A level physics by Mr Parkhouse at Brunts (1974-81) and have had a physics career, as a Medical Physicist in the NHS since 1985. Had Mrs Bradley (was never in Mr Morris’ class) for A level biology.

    By mark richardson (19/07/2021)
  • Thank you Mr Morris for the correction and apologies to Mr Parkhouse, should know his name, he taught me Physics.

    By Richard Ward (09/07/2021)
  • The Physics teacher was probably Steve Parkhouse, not Parker. I taught at Brunt’s from 1978 to 1988 as Head of Biology and then as Head of the Science Faculty. I remember all of the colleagues mentioned in Richard Ward’s account; some of them taught my wife when Brunts was still a selective Grammar school!
    It was a great day when we no longer had to commute between the original Woodhouse Road site and the Park.

    By David Morris (08/07/2021)

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