Bond Street 1900 Staff

The complete Burton Grammar School staff in 1900 was as follows:

Rev. T.W. Beckett (Spongy) – Headmaster
Taught Maths and History. He was sometimes assisted by a Mr Cole who left at the same time as Mr Beckett.
“Awe inspiring with a very strong presence”.

W.T. Jeffcott (Piggy) – Second Master
Taught Latin, French and Shakespeare (yes, a subject on its own!). He also took ‘New Testament Gospel’ for the first half hour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
“A good teacher but very sarcastic. Prone to dozing off in his chair at the end of the afternoon”.

H.T. Walker (HT)
Taught English, History and Geography. An Oxford M.A. and a gentleman but clearly disliked being a teacher.
“A very nice man and good sort but very poor teacher”.

W.H. Walker (Blue-blood)
Taught English, and covered for a number of other subjects. He left in 1902.
“Known for wearing disproportionately large collars and cuffs. Very prententious and artificial. Not very popular”.

J.W. Mackay (Black Devil)
Taught Form II (second year) for most subjects and also took Elementary Latin.
“Very severe and dour. First formers dreaded becoming second formers”.

J. Mills (Nitty)
Taught Middle-School Maths and History. He also took ‘Old Testament Religion’, alternating with Mr Jeffcott, first thing on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
“Very conscientious, a good teacher and very precise”.

G.H. Storer (Strongy)
Taught Chemistry and occasionally, Nature Study lessons.
“A keen teacher and very interested in spending time with pupils”.

Stevenson (Tommy)
Took Form I (first year) for all subjects.
“Very easy going and kind with his first formers”.

R.T. Robinson (Dickie)
Succeeded Mr Beckett as Headmaster in July of 1900 and he took over the teaching of Maths and History.
“Excellent mathematician and maths teacher with a number of characteristic mannerisms. Keen on History of old monasteries. Very sharp and very admirable”.

W.H. Robinson (Taffy)
Soon after R.T. Robinson joined in 1900, Mr Mackay left and was replaced by Mr Robinson’s brother. In addition to taking over Form II (second year), also taught more advanced Latin and helped some of the senior boys going to Cambridge with their compulsory Greek.
“Very loud, and so were his classes, but very willing to help pupils”.

Imminent changes
In 1902, Classroom ‘E’ was extended to make a Physics Laboratory about the same size as the existing Chemistry Lab. and J.W. Ramshaw joined as Physics master. He issued the introductory textbook, Edser’s ‘Heat for Advanced Students’, with a title that scared the life out of pupils at the time.

In 1904, J.W. Ramshaw left and was succeeded by A. Rigby who came from Leeds University. Around the same time, Mssr. A. Pecquinot arrived from France to teach French and introduced the very first French Oral examination.

J.W. Ranshaw
Slightly feared with a new subject (Physics)
“A good and interesing teacher. Very energetic and hard working”.

A. Rigby (Theta)
Arthur replaced Mr Ramshaw to teach Physics.
“Very keen but not at all inspiring and not as good as Mr Ramshaw who he replaced”.

A. Pecquinot (Pecky)
Came from France close to the Swiss border.
“A good teacher and very friendly”.


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