Heathcote School adding machine experiment

Heathcote School pupils using an experimental adding machine

By Pauline Maryan

Heathcote School class
Stevenage Museum PP1449

Mr Kay demonstrates an experimental adding machine to a class at Heathcote School.

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  • Mr Kay was a very good Maths teacher, scary, but I think most students in his classes did very well. I did pass my Maths GCE as the subject was very interesting and he taught it well. However, woe betide if you asked again for further information about the sum, then it was, ‘you’ve had the same instructions as everybody else’. So, you just had to get on with it. He was one of the best teachers I ever had.

    By Vera Swallow (Selby) (03/06/2019)
  • Immediately recognised this teacher – Andrew Kaye – a first class maths teacher. I have much to thank this man for – without his teaching skills I do not believe my career path as a qualified and successful engineer would have been achieved.
    Andrew Kaye died some years ago and my eternal regret was not knowing in enough time to attend his funeral.

    By Martin B (26/05/2018)
  • most pupils were justifiably too frightened to learn. Oh yeah all the above names are familiar

    By Ian Clements (19/10/2015)
  • God I remember Mr Kay, the only teacher who frightened me, but I did get O Level so he must have done something right

    By Derek Cripps (02/06/2013)
  • I remember Mr Kaye very well and I do remember him throwing chalk and board rubbers at pupils. Good teacher though and I passed a GCE in Maths. Ruled by fear as I remember. I managed to keep on the right side of him though.

    By Alex Ward (05/02/2012)
  • I also remember Mr Kaye! not with fond memories however. I often had the board rubber thrown at me, I suppose looking back I deserved it but he was not my favourite teacher!!. If anyone remembers me I would love to hear from you as I have a very bad memory and have forgotton my old school friends!!

    By jennifer howard(was EATON) (20/11/2011)
  • I don’t remember the adding machine experiment but I have fond memories of Mr Kay. he liked to throw the board duster or rap you across the knuckles with a ruler if you mis-behaved. He did motivate me enough to get a GCSE grade 1 in maths.

    By Ian Macleod (01/11/2011)