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Rivington Infants, Juniors & Seniors / Comprehensive / High - Rivington Road




Juniors 1961/2

Rivington was first opened in 1907 as a school for infants (later juniors) and separate senior boys and girls. Its original uniform was brown. In 1965 the primary school moved to Tennis Street North. In 1968 the boys and girls classes were merged to become a mixed secondary school and the uniform became black. Circa 1968/69 it became Comprehensive, with an option of 13+ to go to a grammar school. However, this was short-lived because the remaining grammar schools in the borough soon became comprehensive.

School 'houses' were named after the old townships, Windle, Sutton, Eccleston and Parr.

The school closed in 1991 when it merged with Grange Park to become Broadway High (using Grange Park's buildings). Much of the old school has been demolished, with a part of the remainder housing Queen's Park primary school.

Members who attended this school (hover pointer to show years):

13 saints, aged traveller, BarbaraC, booky, cranker, Dan Gleebitz, Dave, Dicky D, gogsy, jade2fran, johnnysed, jone, Joo, Jwood60, Olliebeak, ozziew, pam frodsham, Pam39, Pamela Steen, Pennyarcade, Rita Beardsmore, SinedA, SMELTZER46, stew46, teepee, tillypop, tinman, Vanwall, vido, woodsman,
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15616 posts
Tue, 15 Feb 2011, 16:05.

I only attended the first year at the infants building that you knew, because after that we were off to the new school at Tennis Street North. The feacher of the first yeat infants was Mrs Hunter (who had been there since the early 1940s when my mum attended) and she retired the same year. Miss Goodwin who taught the following year came with us to the new school but she retired a few years later (replaced by Mrs Case). The head mistress was Miss Staveley - who retired circa 1968.

Does anyone remember the dinner lady Mrs Houghton? She'd hold your hand and squeeze so tight you thought that she'd crush it!


1 posts
Thu, 17 Feb 2011, 16:01.

I started Rivington Nursery school at Easter1942 and finished in 1946. Children then had to leave Rivington Road and go to another school. I went to Knowley Road school till I was eleven,and then onto Central Modern till I was fifteen.


15616 posts
Fri, 18 Feb 2011, 0:18.

When I started at the senior school in 1969 (black uniform) the tie was diagonal striped amber and blue. Was it different when the uniform was brown?

An image of a badge would be good to have....


4 posts
Fri, 23 Mar 2012, 14:00.

when i left in 62 tie colours were blue and yellow stripes...........houses were leavers at xmas easter and summer ..............would chase catch and throw first year boys in the spoggy....................which was the river behind the canteen................................


0 posts
Mon, 23 Apr 2012, 21:00.

The original colour of uniform was brown with a gold diagonal stripe girls also had to wear berets. The color then changed to blue with a gold diagonal stripe, if my memory serves me it changed because of the school becoming comprehensive, I also think that only the final year students could wear black. (I stand corrected if I'm wrong). The Head at this time was Mr Garner, Miss White and Mrs Cameron were English Teachers, Miss Cole - Science, Mrs Hale - Maths, Mrs Fox - Geography, Mr Yates - History, Mrs Hickman - Music


0 posts
Sat, 29 Sep 2012, 17:48.

I went to the high school from 76 to 82- we got there by Ashton's Coaches from Clock Face.
Head was Mr Garner but he left a year later. I remember Mr, Mantle as he scared me to death on my first day as he was so big and loud. Mr. Yates met us all in the boys pen on the first day and told us all where we needed to be. Mrs. Howard was in charge of the girls- I remember her coming into assembly shouting about dying your hair and wearing earrings! Mrs.Mellor was the geography teacher, Mrs.Liptrot- maths, Mr. Cash -science, Mrs Moore-English, she took an instant dislike to me! We used to go and get a Pimbletts pie and chicken soup at lunch times and used to loiter in the park until it was time to go back. Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Ratcliff were PE teachers, Mrs. Timms and Mr. Buckley history.
Does anyone remember Mr. Livesey- he was my first form tutor? A lovely man.


2 posts
Mon, 22 Oct 2012, 8:14.

I started in the infants in 1945, it was in a pre-fab type building behind the junior school. I remember a big stove with a huge fireguard round it and the teacher putting coal on the fire from a tall coal scuttle. We had a nap on the floor each afternoon and lay on oval jute rugs. I remember learning to write my name making spaces in between each letter with my finger......and using small sea shells to learn how to count......very high tech!


417 posts
Sun, 16 Dec 2012, 9:54.

Attended of and on between 1949 to 1960. Memories range from the afternoon kip in the pre fabricated tiny tots section, lugging those small milk bottles and handing them round the class, two of us to a crate girls where not allowed to carry them. Puppet shows in the hall once in a while as a treat, Xmas parties when everyone brought something, be it a jelly or sandwiches. A trip out to Blackpool on a steam train. Teachers, Miss Livesy, Mr Metcalfe and of course the regular visits of 'Nitty Norah the bug explorer' . Seniors school, woodwork, metalwork, smoking, the cane, bullying, and probably the most hilarious and in a way exciting, learning to dance with the girls who where schooled upstairs and came down into the boys section for dance lessons. Enjoyed the infants, hated the senior school.


5025 posts
Sun, 21 Jul 2013, 7:03.

Reply to Dave's query about the colour of the school tie:

When the uniform was dark brown - the tie was brown/gold. At least it was when my younger sister went there.


3 posts
Sun, 31 Jan 2016, 19:36.

@ Iggybucket

My wife attended in 1961 to 1966 and is trying to find out if there was a canteen in the school and where it was situated can anyone help

bill harrison

0 posts
Tue, 2 Feb 2016, 17:59.

@ gogsy

i was the original 'harrigogs' you followed from me......your big brother in canada

Dicky D

1653 posts
Mon, 30 May 2016, 20:24.

@ Dave

Amber and blue were the colours when I attended in 1957-61, although uniforms were not compulsory and I never worn it. Amber and blue was also the rugby kit colours. The senior girls worn brown.
The pocket badge was a spread eagle and was designed by the late Ken Tranter art master.

Dicky D

1653 posts
Mon, 30 May 2016, 20:26.


The canteen was a prefab situated at the top of the yard on the right just past the woodwork room.


4 posts
Wed, 5 Oct 2016, 23:25.

I attended Rivington from 1967to 69 after St Mary's closed down in 1967 on Keswick St,I cant remember any of my teachers,I know I excelled at sports and cooking and maths,I am trying to find people who remember me from my school days,I was known as Joane Wood/Brackley ,as I lived with foster parents Ethel and William Brackley,we lived on Moss Bank rd 189 ,I left school early as I moved away from my foster parents,but I have absolutely no school photos,or any photos from when I was younger,so if anyone remembers me,please get in touch,I also used to play netball for the school and swim as well


15616 posts
Tue, 13 Mar 2018, 23:25.

A picture from 1957/8 - sent in by ozziew. Click the thumbnail for the bigger picture. 
ozziew wrote:

Help fill in the blanks please as everybody on this picture will have been born 70 years ago by the end of August 2018. If I have made any mistakes with the following names - apologies!

Back row: Michael Harrison - Don't know - ? Tabern, Philip Macdonald - Austin Whiteside - Arthur Bate - Brian Musgrove - Don't know

4th row: Carol Measures - Don't know - Don't know - Don't know - Ian Woodyer - Geoffrey Davies - Eric Glynn - Gillian Cottom - Linda Thomas

3rd row: Lesley Mason - Don't know - Linda Bridge - Gillian Ensor - Don't know - Susan Shenton - Don't know - Carol Cook - Susan Buckley

2nd row: Don't know - Elizabeth Holden - Judith Whittle - Don't know - Don't know - Don't know - Helen Prescot - Helen Noddings

Front row: William Flood - David Sumner - Michael Pendlebury - Christopher Pickering - Stephen Gilman - ? Critchley - Paul Conqueror

Best wishes to all of you,


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