Form & School
School Staff photograph from 1907. Note just how few there were
Faces to be recognised are: top row: Miss H. L. Howell, A. Leonard
Stapleton B.A., Miss E. Glaisyer, George Alston Watson B.A., 2nd
row: Miss F. Geeson, James F. Baker B.Sc., Mrs. F. R. Arundel,
F. Rivers Arundel - Headmaster, Mrs. Wright – Housekeeper,
Sophia Wells, and Mrs. Florence Legge – Nurse.
|This photo is of the staff taking tea on the Terrace (you can just see the Teachers Bridge in the background) is from the same period as above and many of the individuals there are as captioned. The photo file was e-mailed by Fred Wyatt in Canada who found it in his family archives. He is a direct descendant of the Crake family - there were five of them, four boys and one girl who were at Ayton collectively between 1902-09.
the time this photograph was taken in 1915 Frank Rivers Arundel
had retired and Herbert Dennis appointed as Headmaster. He is
seen middle right with Muriel, his wife and daughter of Ralph
Dixon, on his right.
Also in the picture - centre back row -
Leonard Stapleton, James Lancelot Baker, Sophia Wells, and
Mrs. Wright, Housekeeper.
and lots of new faces - second row LHS - George Cons, who was
later an AOSA President; centre left
- Herbert Dobbing, and 2nd from the right - Bernard Coates.
On the front row Sophia Wells sits to the right of Herbert Dennis,
with Muriel Dennis on his left - who appears to be enjoying some
1920s fashion. Leonard Stapleton has been joined by Marjorie,
presumably his wife.
Note how the staff numbers are rising.
Staff 1939-40 - quite a lot
more new - now familiar faces: Top row: extreme left- boys'
Matron - Dora Paton; Miss Bishop (Art); John Reader;
Miss Stikney (Games); Kenneth Goom; Miss Storey (Matron); Mr. Hugh M. Ross. Middle
Bernard Coates; Doctor Murray; Poppy Hall (Domestic Science); Sister
Marjorie Wallis; Robin Pedley; Marjorie Wright (Music); Mr. Clayton;
and next to him Mr. Wallace. On the front row: Louise Robinson;
Herbert Dobbing; Evelyn
Nicholson makes her first appearance; Herbert and Muriel Dennis;
Stapleton; and Edith Wilkinson.