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Banstead Village

Banstead Infants School
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Banstead Infants School

Banstead infants school, Avenue Road, in 1989. Photo by Peter Denton
Picture added on 20 October 2009 at 22:43
My old school - brings back such lovely memories!! Waitrose is there now :(
Added by Kathrine Hulley nee Ibberson on 26 December 2012
What fabulous memories of this little school. Miss Bates the headmistress treated each pupil to a little present on their birthday. The green hut was the dinner hall. My brother who is 4 years older walked me to school with my sister from our home, The Wheatsheaf Inn on the Brighton Road, sometimes we got a lift on the milk float with Tom the milkman.
Added by Jane Smith (nee Hill) on 08 April 2013
My first teacher here was Mrs Orchard , then Mrs Kirk who sent me up to Miss Bates on a fairly regular basis - I spent many a happy hour sorting out the birthday present box in her office ! Miss Bates was a very humane and kindly headmistress and knew all her pupils very well.
Added by Heather Purkiss on 19 June 2013
I too have such good memories of this school which I started in 1971. Would be lovely if someone has some photos of the inside of the school! I have posted my memories of the school in the Banstead History website.
Added by Tina Claydon (nee Watson) on 19 October 2013
Gosh - what instant recognition this photo prompts! I attended the school c. Easter 1967 -70. I lived next door but one - Laurel Cottage (Fern Cottage, adjoining us was the immediate neighbour). Thinking (hoping) that attendance was somewhat optional I remember asking Mrs Solesby (not so nice) if I could go to the toilet, getting my coat, and walking out to return home. Miss Bates whistled out of the window shown above (her office) and beckoned me back with a curled finger. She was lovely - gave me a boiled sweetie and took me back to class. Mrs Solesby spanked me and made me stand behind the blackboard easel for the rest of the morning! Miss McLaren was a scary dinner lady and made us finish everything on our plate. It made me very scared of dinner time. Nevertheless, I have really happy memories of my time there - Mrs Voice and Miss Eddows are other names I remember. And Mr Wyatt the caretaker (and our neighbour), who gave me ice creams in the summer. Mothers used to congregate on the high street pavement to coo at their children through the chain link fence. Miss Bates used to shoo them away! My Dad was a vocal part of the committee which opposed the Waitrose redevelopment, but alas, it went ahead. He made the point that the council proposed replacing a school with inside classrooms and outside toilets (a major plank of the developer's argument) for one with inside toilets and outside classrooms (huts up at the Horseshoe).
Added by Jan Burbridge on 11 April 2017
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