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Memories Sought For Kingstone School Closure

Monday May 21 2012



A 'This Is Your Life' book is being written to mark the closure of Kingstone School and the authors need your memories.

The school will close in July as it merges with Holgate at the new Horizon Community College. Some stories, photographs and memories of school life have already been collected, but many more are needed before Friday.

Teacher and former pupil Louise O'Rourke said: "We'd like in particular to hear from anyone who knew pupils or staff who passed away while at Kingstone so that we can honour them in our pages of remembrance."

The book will also feature funny and light-hearted memories of teachers, friends, or events at the school, which opened in 1987. Contact Louise on l.orourke2@barnsley.org before June 1.

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Reply Posted by Michelle Johnson on Monday May 21 2012 at 10:23
i was at kingstone n left in 2001
it was a great school and i specifically remember my form tutor mrs whiteley n my german teacher mrs barnes. they were amazing tutors and i still miss them now 11yrs on ;-)

Reply Posted by Julielee1826 on Monday May 21 2012 at 10:47
I left kingstone in 2001 my form teacher mrs wragg sadly passed away so many memories from school we have a yeatr group on facebook for our year trying to organise a reunion this year I remember my dram teacher mr roberts lol he was cool

Reply Posted by Adrian firth on Monday May 21 2012 at 16:10
i left in 1986 when it was still broadway,looking 4would to the reunion at our school

Reply Posted by Sarah brown on Tuesday May 22 2012 at 21:56
i left kingstone all the way back in 1993 and looking back most of the teachers were quite nice. My maths teacher mr johnson scared the hebbies out of me but he was ok. It was sad news when mr richards passed on as he was an excellent head aproachable and knew the names of his pupils bad or good.

Reply Posted by Zoe Sharp (Szarvas) on Thursday May 24 2012 at 09:32
Mrs Wragg was my English teacher in year 7. Missed a lot by a lot she was such a lovely, kind hearted lady. My favourite teacher was Mr Gallagher who thought Religious Education! What a guy, no yawning or your in the naughty corner ;) some of my best memories are from The Kingstone School. That is all they will ever be.

Reply Posted by Mtemptress on Thursday May 24 2012 at 10:38
i didn't go to the school buy they held wicked craft fairs

Reply Posted by Emma 'Emski' Richards on Thursday May 24 2012 at 21:09
Mrs Crossland - the reason I became an RE teacher myself! Definatly had a massive effect on me and how my life has turned out.

Reply Posted by Zcad81 on Thursday May 24 2012 at 21:16
I left in 1997 and was a pupil of the T form - Had Mr pearl for Maths who always used to fall asleep & leave us a maths test book which had the answers in the back! Classic!

My form tutor was Miss Coopland very lovely lady and had to have a lot of patience with some of our lot.

My Gallagher was my Fave teacher, I remember him always asking myself and Lisa Seddon to sing when we had R.E with him great fella!

Great school, great bunch of teachers and some very fond memories thanks Kingstone xx

Reply Posted by Janineingham on Thursday May 24 2012 at 21:32
I left in 1993. I have fond, wonderful memories of my time at kingstone school. It makes me feel quite sad that it's the end of an era. You never forget your school years. Can't wait for the book xx

Reply Posted by Charl_leyne on Thursday May 24 2012 at 21:34
I went to Kingstone school from 2002-2007 I had miss cherry has a form teacher and miss Vidal as head of year. Miss cherry sadly died then I went In to form T. I got done for everything . My favourite teachers was miss pettitt but she left in 2008ish and mr milburn what a legend! And there are lots of other teachers that helped me miss WILSON AKA Dinsdale :) & mr Roberts & mrs cheethAM for English :) amazing time of my life and I will never forget. Mrs tibble who I had for maths a few years who sadly passed away. Not to forget the all time man MR MEARA :) I must say the teachers was amazing and my god how did they put up with me :) best time of my life <3

Reply Posted by val dootson on Sunday January 19 2014 at 19:09
Please read my post further down @ charl-leyne. Thank you for your kind words about Milly Tibble.

Reply Posted by Abby Glover on Thursday May 24 2012 at 21:34
I left Kingstone in 2008 had a number of form tutors originally had Miss Cherry a well respected French teacher who unfortunately passed away while I was at school. Despite having numerous form tutors since, Kingstone was a great school especially enjoyed school shows and the sleepovers for them. Favourite was the year 11's last "We will rock you" performance which for a lot of us was emotional but awesome. It's true it's the best years of your life!!!!

Reply Posted by Sexi_haylix on Thursday May 24 2012 at 21:53
I left kingstone in 2008 miss cherry was my first form tutor she always used to Tell me Off for having my tie undone or my shirt not tucked in . Wen i first started mr Richards was the head but he left shortly after then Mr Milburn took over best head ever always understood my moods i was a big pain but he always let me off ;) top guy grown up abit now like my favorite lesson was english with miss coleman bt my worst had t be with o connell and everyone who went kingstone nos why but we were kids bet shes really nice out of work lol kingstone will be truely missed wish a could go back !!!! :'(

Reply Posted by Trish on Friday May 25 2012 at 19:07
I went to Raley but did 6th form at Broadway in !977. I remember mr Richards (basha)! Mr Nolan was the head. What was the music teacher called?? He was crazy! lol

Reply Posted by Denise on Saturday September 1 2012 at 09:07
..Mr Marshall..it amazed me how he played the organ in assembly . I was there from 69 -76.

Reply Posted by Malcolm on Sunday January 19 2014 at 18:34
Sounds like Mr Marshall - pleasant guy but there was also Mr Whitney (who taught physics but was a mean keyboard player, and Mr Willis (who always reminded me of Dr. Beaker from the Gerry Anderson "Supercar" series. Always remember the big organ at the bottom l/hand corner of the hall (as you looked the stage) - this had gone by July 2012, althought the two flimsy looking sets of steps either side of the stage remained!

Reply Posted by Kingstone sucks on Friday May 25 2012 at 19:12
I went to kingstone.. although the rampant homosexuality amongst pupils and teachers was offputting.. I left and went to Holgate.. where men are men and women are glad of it. 

Reply Posted by Adrian firth on Friday May 25 2012 at 19:24
mr marshall

Reply Posted by Jps 1974 on Friday May 25 2012 at 21:46
I went to kingstone my form tutor was mr chambers who also was a science teacher. maths teacher was mrs smith. both great teachers. enjoyed my time there while i left in 1991. cannot believe its the end of it

Reply Posted by Themusicgeorgesawdon on Saturday May 26 2012 at 20:23
I left in 2008 Mrs Atkinson and Mr Tye  were the best of teachers. I was also fond of Supply teacher Mr Pearson and Mrs Vidal.

Reply Posted by Lausibo_annepursley on Sunday May 27 2012 at 23:03
i was at kingstone, i have some fond memories of it, we lost a good teacher miss tibble to diabetes and although its sad, so many pupils turned up to her funeral, she was an honored teacher, i had an awesome form tutor he was like a second dad to us he was amazing he was gutted the week we were leaving though bless him Mr Doran he cried he didnt want us to go, he was so lovely, i've done some amazing shows and i'll never forget the people i met along the way xxx

Reply Posted by val dootson on Sunday January 19 2014 at 18:50
What a lovely post @Lausibo. Miss Tibble (Milly) was my sons partner,mum to my beautiful grandson.
She really loved her job at Kingston, and put all she had into it. She went that extra mile for many of her pupils that were struggling. As a family we miss her,especially that mad laugh! It was very emotional to see so many of her pupils at the funeral,its something that we,as a family appreciated and will never forget. Thanks again.

Reply Posted by Laura on Sunday July 8 2012 at 22:58
when is the closure for the school and the reunion thingi xx

Reply Posted by jake on Saturday December 22 2012 at 23:13
Wow kinstone was a hell of a place lots of nice people
Do regret some things but will always remeber lot aswell .
Will miss everyone but not o connall (devil woman)

Reply Posted by Russ on Sunday March 10 2013 at 08:51
I went to Kingstone from '86 - '88, also went to Rockley Mount next door. I remember the tachers Mr Marsden (English), Mr Tye (?), Mr Harris (Maths), Mrs Evans (History), Mr Gallagher (RE) and I was mates with a lad called Ian Kaye. I'd like to have gone to the reunion but only just come across this sadly.

Reply Posted by Paul on Thursday April 11 2013 at 21:34
You must av been there when I was

Reply Posted by Shaun on Tuesday March 26 2013 at 13:22
I couldn't wait to leave, not I'd love to go back. I had so many laughs and it was a shame to see it knocked down. I was there from 2004-2009, Mr Ellis, Mr Buckley, Ms Shaw Ms Mann all class teachers!

Reply Posted by Paul Dudley on Thursday April 11 2013 at 21:27
I went to charter until it became kingstone I loved it up there dose anyone remember me

Reply Posted by Kane Ibbotson on Sunday June 9 2013 at 09:53
I left kingstone in 2007 was a great school really do miss the times I add with my friends never fort add see it close my head teacher miss crossland died not long after I left

Reply Posted by Warrior on Sunday January 19 2014 at 18:59
School is big part of life hope all your jigsaw pieces comes together

Reply Posted by Jack Bayliss on Wednesday April 9 2014 at 14:57
Well Kingstone... What An FAB place to be I was in the Class 2008-12 I was in the Special Needs Unit and I felt safe and for the first time in my Educational life I believed I belonged somewhere. This was Largely down to the tremendous work of people like Mrs Pawson Mrs Fallis Mrs Hague and All the other support staff I worked with throughout the Time I was at Kingstone. Lastly I met undoubtedly one the nicest people you could ever wish to meet and this person Was Joel Mayberry,

Reply Posted by tony rotherham on Saturday June 14 2014 at 04:09
Anyone remember Mrs salmon at Charter ? I remember her slipper putting some colour in my cheeks....both sets ! happy days hanging round the coffee machine.

Reply Posted by tony rotherham on Saturday June 14 2014 at 04:09
Anyone remember Mrs salmon at Charter ? I remember her slipper putting some colour in my cheeks....both sets ! happy days hanging round the coffee machine.

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