Peartree school was the first school in the newtown and was opened in 1956. My two brothers (Roy and John) and myself were one of the first in the school. Each year we would have this panoramic photo taken in the school playground. The camera was motorised and would rotate 180 degrees taking about 30 seconds to complete. Sometimes (but not in this one) a boy (or girl) on the end would run round the back as the photo was taken and would appear on both ends.
You can download the full size picture from this google link [This link no longer active due to cessation of Google+. Ed.]
When loaded, click on the picture, then select options at the bottom of the page to Download full size.
Let me know if you have any problems.
[You can also see a poorer quality copy of this picture with some names added by Fred and Chris Gormer at Fred Gormer’s post on ourstevenage here (click). Ed.]