As a schoolboy, Bill Pearson attended the South Shields Grammar-Technical School
for Boys from 1943 to 1950. Two years later, he went to Hatfield College,
Durham, where he read French (with Latin as a subsiduary subject).
He gained his BA (Hons) in June, 1956, and stayed on a year to gain his Diploma in
Education. During his degree course, he spent a year as an English Assistant at the
Lycée De Garçons, in St Etienne.
On leaving university, he joined the staff of the South Shields Grammar-Technical
School for Boys, as assistant French master, in September, 1957. In 1963, he spent a year on a special Ministry of Education Russian course, and on his return to the SSGTSFB, Russian as a subject was added
to the curriculum.
But Bill Pearson's interests went beyond languages - he was an accomplished photographer,
and ran the school's photographic society. He was also able to make learning languages
exciting, and he maintained a quiet discipline in all his classes. It was a great
loss to the school when, in July 1967 he left to take up a Senior Master's post at
a school in Reading.