Pupils at Walton Primary and Secondary Schools in the 1950s were privileged to be taught by Douglas Barrett better known as ‘Basher’, although I’ve no idea why he acquired this nickname – he was not at all violent.
He was a man who taught by a hands-on approach to education. There were of course no computers or other electronic aids, but we learned more by simple things such as sticks and the shadows cast from them.
I have just uploaded to my Walton Archive more than 130 photos in which Douglas recorded many of the school activities during his time teaching at both Walton Schools.
You can see them all at http://www.putmans.co.uk/OW_School_Index.htm if you scroll down towards the end of the index. I have not added names of pupils, although I can name many of them as these were taken during my time at the Primary School.
Here are just a few to whet your appetite:
Secondary School slow bicycle race. Sadly Jimmy Claxton who is in the lead did not understand that the winner would be the last cyclist to complete the course and he shot off at some speed. Douglas Barrett is the teacher in the background.
Pupils armed with home-made measuring devices before heading off for a Saturday morning extra-curricula adventure measuring heights, gradients and distances at the Naze
Surveying the school playing field
P.E. in the playground with a minimum of resources.
Pupils created their own support positions for an astride vault.
I am most grateful to Mark Barrett for allowing me to copy and restore all of his father’s collection of Walton School photos.