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Ashton Technical College (Hegginbottom School for Boys?)

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tonyf9:
Hello to everyone,
I am a new member and this is my first post, so I hope someone can help me with some information.
I was a pupil at the Tech College in the same building as the Library and Art School on Old Street during the years 1952/57, and I have no idea if the posts I have read in the forum are referring to the same place, particularly those indicating a different spelling.
The only teaching staff names I can recall were Mr Horrocks (School Principal), who took History, and Mr Williams who took Geography, and they both wore gowns. Others who took Maths, French, Science etc were not so formally dressed.
Prior to my leaving the college we went on a trip to Spain, and this was included with the Girls School, but I am so vague where everyone came from.
I joined Mather & Platt as an Engineering Cadet after leaving school, and moved to Australia some 12 years later.
As a start, I am trying to find out when the school ceased to operate, and any advice as to where info may be got from.

I am enjoying reading the forum on all subjects, and I will be pleased to receive any comments you may have, or questions of me.

Tony

Fudge:
The Archives and Local Studies  that is a new building joined to the Library will have the info you want I can't remember it still being a School in 1962 when I left the girls school. If you look on the TMC web site and go on A scroll down to the Archives and there Email address will be on it. Fudge

Martin:

--- Quote from: tonyf9 on April 10, 2013, 01:15 PM ---I was a pupil at the Tech College in the same building as the Library and Art School on Old Street during the years 1952/57, and I have no idea if the posts I have read in the forum are referring to the same place, particularly those indicating a different spelling.

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Hello Tony. Yes, it was the same place and the spelling is "Heginbottom".

You can see it here on the Google Street View that shows the words "Heginbottom Technical School and Free Library" on the wall facing Oldham Road.

The Heginbottom Girls' School was in the former Mechanics Institute at the junction of Church Street and Warrington Street.

tonyf9:
Thank you for the response, and I can continue my search in the areas of interest.
A further query I have, is on the way or method of selection, that either boys or girls, became Heginbottom students. I recall sitting an exam prior to joining the "Tech", but does anyone know if this applied by invitation, or requested by parents?

An interesting recollection I have, is that our Principal was a fierce supporter of our school, and what it stood for.
One day at the morning assembly, he indicated that after the routine address he normally gave, he had some serious business to impart on us all. Apparently he had travelled to school that day and overheard a group of boys from the Grammar School, conversing with a group from our school, with the overall topic of discussion being the suggested superiority of the Grammar School. His frustration was that our boys accepted an argument supporting the claim, and he went on to point out the achievements of our school in education, and as he knew who the offending boys were, he was going to get them together and educate them in the required input they had to contribute to change that perception.

Tony



Fudge:
For the Girls school we sat a test to see what stream we would be in A or B the school its self was a Secondary School and you just applied like you do today. For Fairfield Girls Audenshaw Boys and Ashton Grammer you had to sit your 11plus exam and pass to get in one of them Fudge

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