I attended Cotteridge school from the age of 5 in 1925 until I was 14. Our school day started at 9am and we would have lessons such as reading, writing arithmetic and needlework. At breaktime you were allowed a drink of milk which you collected from the caretaker and it cost 1 penny (½ p).We would play games such as skipping, statues and whip and top. There were no school meals so we all went home for dinner.

The rest of the day would be taken up with lessons and we went home at 4.30pm. The school uniform for girls was a gymslip and blouse. No shoes were allowed in the hall, so each child had to change into pumps for assemblies and change back afterwards to go back to the classroom.

At the age of 11 the girls went to the annexe for senior girls and the boys transferred to Stirchley School. In the seniors we had a netball and swimming team which I was part of. My brothers and sisters also attended the school. Teachers were much stricter then and had to be treated with the utmost respect. My days at Cotteridge School were very happy and I was sad to leave aged 14 to start work at Cadbury’s.

My own children have attended the school as well as my grandchildren and my great-grand-daughter still goes there today, she is Jessica Keane in 5R. Four generations of my family have passed through Cotteridge School and all of them have had happy times there. I have seen the school go through many changes and it`s great to see it celebrate its centenary. I hope that it continues for the next 100 years and that the children enjoy their time there as much as I did all those years ago. I have very fond memories of my time there from 1925-1939.

Mrs Edith Morris
June 2000

2 Responses to “School in the 1920s”

  • Emma:

    What a lovely story.

    Six of my children have been there, two have since left for senior school and I have four still in there and one who will be joining her sibblings next year.

    It’s so interesting reading how it was like all those years ago.

    There is still all the old signs in the brickwork and indoors there are still the old gas lamps on some of the walls. A lovely peice of history.

    Thank you for sharing your story Mrs Morris.

  • Louise Smith:

    I went to school with Liza Keane, in the 70s. My mother Doreen Hill also went to the same school, and was there in the 1940s and was head girl. Netball was her game.

    Prior to that my Grandfather also went to the school he would have been there around 1915 and is in some of the pictures I see on here which is FAB as the later photos that I have are of WWII him as a sailor.

    My daughter has also attended the school along with my sister. The school has stood the test of time, with fond memories and a confirmation of how it has formed so many lives.

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