Beatie SMITH writes:
I am now writing about the four very happy years I studied at Gilmour Secondary Modern School, Duncombe Road, 1948 to 1952.
I don’t remember the doorway with Domestic science over it. During my time at the school domestic science was held in Banks Road County Primary school. There were five hundred pupils in the seniors and it was very overcrowded possibly because Banks Road senior school had closed and the school leaving age went up to 15 in 1947. In my first year I was in a class of twelve pupils who were crammed into a staff meeting room for the three Rs. We went to Springwood infant school for art and the Congregational church hall, Garston Old Road, for some of our other subjects. I cant remember which. Miss ELKINGTON was the form teacher in 1948. She was tiny and wizen and appeared ancient. I think the science teacher was also the art teacher, a Miss HUGHES. She was excellent. I wrote to Miss BALDWIN, the retired headmistress, for some advice a few years after I left school. She invited me to tea in her home in old Speke.