Early Memories of Peartree Spring School
Peartree Junior in the 1950s
By Sally Walker Née Copeland
I moved with my family to Stevenage (Leaves Spring) in July 1955 and started at Peartree Spring juniors in the September. Well, I say Peartree but at the time various classrooms at Peartree were still in the process of being completed and so some pupils had to go to Heathcote for a short time.
Unlike most newcomers to Stevenage, we did not move from London but from very rural Northamptonshire. The little Victorian village school I attended in Northamptonshire had approximately 50 pupils in total and so at the age of 8 having to go to Heathcote was terrifying. At the time Heathcote was majorly overcrowded in its own right and so with us little ones from Peartree plus the whole of the Girls’ Grammar school (waiting for their school to be built) there was probably two thousand plus pupils at the school. We had lessons in a corridor, in the dining room and at Broadhall Community Centre.
I don’t think I went to Heathcote for long, probably only half a term, before we moved to our new classroom at Peartree, which I remember smelt strongly of new paint. I was in Schweitzer house (blue).
As I mentioned, I lived in Leaves Spring and I remember you Christine Burwell née Banham, you lived in the same little cul-de-sac as me. I believe you lived at number 90 and we were at number 82.
I did not attend Heathcote School after leaving Peartree in 1958 (a few months before Tony’s panoramic photo was taken); instead I went on to an all-girls school in Hitchin.
It’s nice to reminisce.