An Appeal for Speech Day programmes
One of the most useful resources for fitting christian names to surnames in school photos has been the collection of Speech Day programmes. I have most of these, but I am missing the 1960, 1965 and 1951-1956 editions.
If you have any of these, or know someone who has, please contact me. I'd be most grateful.
2015 was a busy year for the site, with 184 new school photos added, a host of updates to improve the quality of existing photos and the introduction of the admissions database (which now contains nearly 12,000 names).
The school's archive of form photos starts in 1955, with photos mounted in albums, and I currently have most of the albums up to the 1978/9 school year.
As you'll see from the table, some years are missing (although they may yet be found at the school) and for these I rely on contributions - if you think you can help, please get in touch before sending me photos in case I already have them.
The table shows the progress to date, with the numbers in brackets showing the number of (form) photos on the site for that year. It can take anything from 10 minutes to 2 hours to complete a photo, depending on the photo's quality (some are truly awful) and how much research is needed on names. With 300 or so still to be done, so it's going to be a while before I'm finished!
|1955 Completed (31)
||1961 Completed (36)
||1967 Completed (39)
||1973 Completed (41)
|1956 Missing (12)
||1962 Completed (33) note 2
||1968 To Do (27) note 3
||1974 To Do (11)
|1957 Missing (17)
||1963 Completed (42) note 1
||1969 Missing (15)
||1975 To Do (9)
|1958 Completed (34)
||1964 To Do (25)
||1970 Completed (41)
||1976 To Do (2)
|1959 Completed (34)
||1965 Completed (38) note 2
||1971 Completed (41)
||1977 To Do (1)
|1960 Completed (36)
||1966 Completed (39)
||1972 Completed (41)
||1978 To Do (2)
|note 1: some photos are particularly poor quality and I'm looking for better versions
note 2: although completed, some photos need uploading at higher resolution
note 3: amost complete, but some forms still need to be uploaded or improved
Whether you, or perhaps other members of your family, went to the South
Shields High School for Boys, the Westoe Secondary School or Westoe
Higher Grade School, South Shields Grammar-Technical School for Boys, Harton School,
or Harton Technology College (or you're a student or member of staff
there today), this site is for you.
The present-day school at Harton started
life as the South Shields Boys' High School in Mowbray Road (founded in
1885) and the Westoe Secondary School (founded in 1890 as Westoe Higher
Grade School, itself founded in the Ocean Road Schools Arts and Science
section in 1887) - they both combined in 1936 to form the South Shields High
School for Boys in a custom-built building in Harton.
In 1953 the name
changed to the South Shields Grammar-Technical School for Boys, and then
in 1974 it became Harton Comprehensive. By the end of the 70s it had become
co-educational and became Harton School. It is now called Harton
effectively a co-ed comprehensive with Technology College status.
is for anyone who went to or taught at any of these schools, but I also hope that
it will prove useful for those researching their family history (as several genealogists
have already discovered).
I was at the school (South Shields Grammar-Technical
School for Boys, hence the dominance of that name on the site) from September
1962 to July 1969, and have very fond memories of my time there (although there
are a few things I'd rather forget). So I decided to put together this site about
the school, from its founding to the present day. It was launched in December
2001, and re-launched with a new design in December 2002 - by June 2003 it had
attracted almost 3 million hits!
Almost everything you see has either been
sent to me by Old Boys from the school, or has been taken from the school's archives.
If you have anything at all to offer, whether it's just to
correct or add a name or two to the photos, or if you have old photos that aren't
on the site, old ATOMs, Speech Day programmes or anything else of interest (or
you just want to let me know what you think of the site), please email
me (but please contact me first before sending any material, as you
may be about to send something I already have waiting in the wings).
... and you may recognise the colour scheme for the site as being the school colours
- dark blue, light blue and gold.