Looking Back - King Edward Infants, North Shields, 1965

King Edward Infant School 1965.
King Edward Infant School 1965.

School photographs are always popular and the theme in Discover North Tyneside this month is ‘Back to School’.

Is your school photograph on display? Can you remember the names of your classmates and teachers? Do you have old school photographs to share? Originals can be copied and given straight back.

Often parents were unable to afford the annual school photograph and so sometimes people have not seen them since they were taken.

Teacher Doreen Rigby was in charge of this class of King Edward Infants in 1965, and some of the children have been named by former classmates visiting North Shields Library.

Doreen Davison married Arthur Rigby at St George’s Church in Cullercoats in 1951 and freebmd website shows they had two children, Richard in 1954 and Susan in 1956.

Arthur was born in 1926 to Robinson Rigby and Annie Perris, who married in Christ Church in 1916.

‘King Edward School: the first 75 years 1909-1984’, lists all the headteachers from its opening, and Miss Catherine May Blair was head of the Infant School in 1965.

The infants department, off Preston Avenue, opened to pupils in September 1908, with six classrooms leading off the main assembly hall.

The junior boys’ and girls’ departments opened the next year in the two-storey building, with boys downstairs and girls upstairs, each floor having eight classrooms and an assembly hall. There was even a separate cookery department.

After summer the juniors re-opened in September 1965 as King Edward Junior Mixed School.

If anyone has further information please ask for Discover North Tyneside at North Shields Customer First Centre on (0191) 643 5270 or email discover@northtyneside.gov.uk