Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Back to School: A Century of the Classroom; THE CHANGING FACE OF PUPIL LINE-UPS ACROSS 100 YEARS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Back to School: A Century of the Classroom; THE CHANGING FACE OF PUPIL LINE-UPS ACROSS 100 YEARS

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Byline: NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East EMAIL: david.morton.editorial@ncjmedia.co.uk TELEPHONE: 0191 2016437 WRITE TO: Dave Morton, Nostalgia Editor, The Chronicle, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED @DaveSMorton Newcastle Chronicle - History

BACK in 1972, American rock star Alice Cooper enjoyed a number one hit single which joyously declared : "School's out for summer".

The start of the summer holidays have been celebrated as long as children have gone to school.

But now it's September, the nights are beginning to cut it, and kids and teachers are this week heading back to their classrooms.

But how were your school days? For some, the experience is characterised by years of rules, boring lessons, and petty punishments.

For many others, it's remembered fondly as a time of learning, making friends, and that relatively carefree period before the real challenges of adulthood kick in.

We've raided the Chronicle archive and dug out 11 classroom line-up photographs, reflecting the passage through the decades of the last century.

From the strict overtones of Newcastle's Coxlodge School in 1900, to the relaxed air of St Benet Biscop School, Bedlington in 1995, we see young faces in an everchanging world with unknown futures ahead of them.

Going way back, the story of education in Britain can be traced to the Anglo-Saxons settlement of England.

Then, during the Middle Ages, schools were established to teach Latin grammar.

By the the Later still, a reformed system of free grammar schools was established in the reign of Edward VI. …

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