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If you are an ex-pupil or member of staff and would like to share your experiences, memories or photos of your time with us here at Drapers Mills, please e-mail your comments to and they will be published on this page.

Thank you to Maxine Turner for providing these photographs. Her late mother, Mrs Johns, is the teacher. If you in any of the photographs, please let us know by sending an e-mail to the above address.

* I had the good fortune to be a pupil at the School between 1953 and 1959 when I was so lucky enough to have Mr. Towes as Headmaster and the very kindly Mr. Paterson as my teacher. 

I look back very fondly on those days, although some of my best memories relate to food! I enjoyed my frequent visits to the tuck shop on the ground floor of the Mill and also really enjoyed my school dinners. The only bad habit I am left with is eating too fast - I soon learned that if I ate quickly enough there was a good chance of getting seconds! 

I still have vivid memories of learning my tables and academically the School did me proud as I passed my 11-plus. 

My only regret is that I never went back to thank Mr. Towes & Mr. Paterson for all they did for me and now, of course, it's much too late, but I shall never forget them or my many happy days at the School. 


Kind regards 
Brian Whitehead 


* My name was Nellena Marsh and I was a pupil at Drapers Mills from 1952 - 58. It was a fantastic school. I was in Mrs Nottcutt's class in the infants and in the 4th year of juniors ( year 6) was with Mr Patterson. They were both great teachers .

* Thank you to Mary Brown nee Hyde, for these photographs from 1960/61.