Aylward Infants and Junior Schools

(Updated May 2010)


Alyward School 1975 - from the playing field

Aylward Infants (on the left) and Junior schools in 1975.  The oak tree was struck by lightning early one evening in about '61 and lopped about five years later.  A bench has supplanted Mrs Stafford's rabbit-hutch 'on legs'.


The genesis of Aylward was the hut-based school at the north-end of Merrion Avenue overlooking the Bakerloo line's sidings.

The name was believed to have derived from 'Aylwards' an estate 300m to the north of Green Lane, Stanmore.

"I did go to The Huts during 1949/50s.  I do remember it quite well.  The boxes we kept our pencils and paper in, which had to be put away each night as the room was used by adults.  The boiler in the middle of the room in the winter.  Also people still lived in the other Huts near our playground, bombed out in the war I supposed.  We sat outside in the summer, over looking the railway line.  I walked back and forward to school by myself, even though I was five" - Janet Woodford.

The two huts, comprising two classrooms each, remained in use through the 50's providing extra class room accommodation.  Sunday school was held in the huts too.  Who can forget huddling around the pot belly stoves?

The Pangbourne Drive site, housing both infant and junior schools, was designed by Cecil Stillman and built in '51.


Early Members of Staff




Miss G WorthingtonJnr headWorthington was too handy with the cane/ruler.  I think it was rather apt that she ended up in the mental hospital at Shenley. - G.C.
Miss Butler Inf head Butler suffered from favorititis - if she did not like someone, you really found out about it.  My mother complained to her about something that happened to my brother and as a result I was automatically marked down. - G.C.
Mr ReynoldsCaretaker  
Mrs WeymanNursery
Miss Gillies Nursery
Mrs Hobbs   Son David born '51
Mrs Chalk Inf  
Miss EmmettInf  
Mrs TurnerInf  
Miss ThomasInf  
Mrs Stafford 2nd Inf  
Miss B Elias 1st Jnr D-E Unrestrained disciplinarian and gratuitous purveyor of corporal punishment. - Colin Poyton (59)
Miss B Bester 1st Jnr  
Ms Claire1st Jnr Needlework Mrs Claire used to complain that my stitching "puckered". - Carolyn Brooks ('60)
Mr R Sheppard2nd Jnr C He was young, handsome and crew-cut - his bright coloured, day-glow socks dazzled. - C.P.

Mr Sheppard was a student teacher.  He came to school on a scooter but broke both legs in a road accident.  He didn't return to Aylward after that. - Glenys Roberts.
Mrs Middleton 2nd Jnr  
Mr Coe3rd Jnr, 3/1Subsequently Head at Vaughan School - N. Harrow

At Christmastime (2002) his daughter Shelagh Coe replied to my query.  At that time Mr. Coe was 89 and in good health.  He retired to Yatton in N. Somerset about 25 years ago. - Brenda Hegan ('58)

Mr Coe I remember with a level of dislike.  Not a man to fall foul of, as I recall. - G.C.

Mr Coe was a good teacher.  Once when Mr Coe needed to leave the room he told the class that no one was to leave their seat - however, after a while a few of us did... but he returned and caught us.  All those caught out-of-their-seat were given 100 lines - but fortunately it only comprised the word "obedience".  Which was fortunate as I only got home 30 minutes late - in time to go to the cinema with my Dad to see "Calamity Jane".  Jon Richardson
Mrs H S Fraser3rd Jnr C, 1/1 As twins, Marilyn and I were 'close' - always doing things together.  Rather bizarrely however, Mrs Fraser thought she could 'correct' this behaviour by tying us together with a rope for the whole of a play-time… - Glenys Roberts ('59)
Ms Hemsley?  
Mr MailhamJnr 
Mrs H Roberts3rd & 4th Jnr B 
Mrs Patricia R Brown4th Jnr B, 2/1 & 4/1I remember Mrs Brown catching wasps and bees with her bare hands and releasing them out of the window! I wouldn't even do that now! - Paul Spearman (1962-69)
Lived in Old Church Lane, married Charlie Brown, she came from St Brendans, Marsh Lane in '53.  Very popular with pupils.  Died in ’98. - Colin Poyton ('59)
Mr Hopkins 4th Jnr Mr Hopkins was a great teacher - i remember him having a son of about our own age who got leukemia and died.  It was so tragic, he talked of his death in school - the first time many of us had experienced it even "second hand".  But he was inspiring to us kids.  I think that was the year I excelled academically. after that every thing went 'down hill'.
I do remember the coke experiment (observing a tooth erode in a soft-drink bath).  What an eye opener especially as I brought my tooth in for the class experiment! - Sanna Bradbury ('59)
Mr Bennett First in and first out - in about ’54.  But beware the store-cupboard - he was allegedly rather too fond of his girl pupils.
Mr Whitaker We used to follow him walking back to Stanmore station - he walked very fast!  He told us that he wrote scripts for Dr.Who?!?! – Stuart Farleigh (’63)
Miss BanisterMusic 
Mrs KingPianist 
Mr Alan Davter   Went on to Chandos in late 60s.  Married Maureen, 16 years his junior.
Miss Fox    
Miss Rees Headmistress she liked to air her rendition of the Welsh National anthem to us! - Paul Spearman
Mr Smith  I remember Mr Smith as the nicest, kindest most patient teacher at Aylward School. I was often in trouble with some of the teachers, namely Mrs Middleton and Mrs Brown but Mr Smith went out of his way to be helpful and kind. I was constantly teased at home for having a crush on "Sir"!!! A very positive influence to balance the more negatives punishments often received (by a ruler or a slap) - Jackie Gilmore ('68)
(Mr Tompkins?)   - Bobby Ward ('61)
Stella Rooke Infants School from '64 - still lives in Stanmore (2003).

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Anecdotes of Aylward

Has Aylward still got the swimming pool?  I recall taking home a 'begging letter' for my parents from the school, requesting financial donations for the building of the pool.  I was one of the first pupils to use the pool and took part in the opening ceremony.  I seem to recall my classmate Jacqueline Chan's father making a substantial donation.

Miss Rees was our Headmistress, I recall she liked to air her rendition of the Welsh National anthem to us!  My first teacher at Aylward was Miss Fox.

I remember watching important news events at Aylward in class on TV, for example Sir Francis Chichester returning to Portsmouth from his round-the-World sailing trip.

Last day of term we were allowed to bring board games to school.  Playgroung games were football with a tennis ball, playing 'dropsy' with tea-cards, flcking tea-cards nearest the wall, the girls played 'jacks', skipped and jumped rope and played jumping elastic stretched around two pairs of ankles! Oh and cats cradle too.  Not forgetting conkers also, no HSE to worry about then, and not a handheld battery operated game in sight! AND WE WERE NEVER BORED.....!

The uniform was grey with a blue trim, shorts and a vee neck pullover (usually hand-knitted by Mum or an Aunt) blue tie, long grey socks and a funky elastic belt with a 'snake' buckle, (i can hear people saying 'wow, I remember them').

Apart from School dinners and country dancing, I liked junior school best of all my schools.  "Hello" to all who remember me! - Paul Spearman 1962-68.