LUMB, Jean

Head of P.E. 1955 – 59

jean-lumbI wonder if anyone reading this started Moseley Modern as an 11 year-old in September 1955? about 200 new pupils did. That is when I, then Miss Day, joined the staff. We occupied beautifully bright form rooms with smart new furniture and naturally we took pride in our rooms. I remember the vases of fresh flowers and I had ‘flower monitors’! My form was 1D and we were in Room 7.

That September the building was not completely finished so disappointingly the whole school did not move in straightaway and for a while we were split between the new building and the old school at College Road.

At first we only had the block of 12 classrooms, one of which was used as a staff room, and the cloak rooms (coats were hung on pegs in those days!), the toilets, a couple of craft rooms and the dining room. The hall, gym, science block, staff rooms, offices and the head teacher’s room became ready for use during the first year and so eventually all the pupils from College Road moved up the hill to the new building and Moseley Modern School was established. the head, of course, was Miss Eileen Cohen. Mr Higgins and Miss Meggs, I believe, were deputies.

I can remember some of the pupils from those days, especially those who were in the netball and hockey teams. (I have some photos of them). I was at Moseley for 4 years in charge of girls P.E. My last form was 4Com. You were a lovely group. I have met two or three of you during the past 50 years. The last one was Barbara and we talked about our grandchildren!

Your ‘old’ teacher
Jean Lumb