Bolton School Former Pupils

Marion Smith (nee Grundy, 1931-1945)

Marion was unable to attend the recent 1940s and 1950s Afternoon Tea, and sent her  apologies along with her memories of School:

"I was at Bolton School for my entire schooldays, starting at Beech House at five and leaving in 1945 after three years in the Sixth Form.

"I remember the clock in the entrance hall at Beech House (standing under it was a punishment) and marching round the main room to a piano playing In a Country Garden.

"Aged eight, in Form 1, I was chosen to present Lord Leverhulme with his rose buttonhole and I remember asking the teacher how I would know which man to give it to.

"I painted feathers for the Indian headdresses in Hiawatha and played the tom-tom in the production.

"Other memories include:

  • Music demonstrations and chairing School Council meetings in the Music Room.
  • The bottle of milk and sticky bun in the Lower Playground.
  • Queuing up in the Library at Prizegiving.
  • The sound of typing to music from the Secretarial Room.
  • Running through the showers.
  • The Historical Society costume soirées.
  • The orchestra, the singing, the sports and Lever House.

"I won the red Gym girdle, but the Deportment one always eluded me, to my chagrin.

"I remember standing in the street (Deansgate?) with all the School to wave at King George and Queen Mary on their Jubilee visit to Bolton.  We had to take off our coats so the King could see a block of pink!

"I remember the week’s detention for being on the other side of the road when some girls threw the hat of the Headmistress’ niece into a front garden.

"I still know the poem by heart that we had to learn! And I still have my Mallinson Music and Simpson Art prizes.

"It is easy to remember these events, but the main value was the quality of the teaching staff.  I could give you fond anecdotes of nearly all, from Miss Jepps (Form 1) to Miss Varley (Head in 1945).

"I have just completed an Open Degree with the Open University and my enjoyment in learning goes right back to Bolton School. For me,  it was the best of experiences."