Staff and Governors

When I looked at my Report book yesterday I had to laugh at the kind remarks as the teachers tried to make my scores look not too bad. It looks as if I was better at Science and Maths before English Literature became a passion, thanks to Mr Johnston. In the 6th Form he inspired us to read more widely. This meant reading some novels which were completely new to a miner's daughter from Fitzwilliam. We had kind, clever teachers who cared about us and we should be grateful for what we had. 

Juliet Parker (HGS 1948-55)


Teacher Year Group Photos
Senior Staff
Teaching Staff
Non-teaching Staff
Staff 1920s (2 groups) 
1923 and 1925-26 only.
Alderman Flavell 
Staff 1930s (2 groups) 
1936-37 and 1939-40 only.
Gabriel Price 
Staff 1940s (7 groups)
1941, 1942 and 1943 are not available..
Staff 1950s (10 groups)
Staff 1960s (7 groups)
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Mr. Hamilton retires (1967)

"I am not against non-selection. I am personally in favour of it, but within the non-selection scheme we must make certain that our youngsters have as good a chance as they had under the old system." said Mr. Hamilton (headmaster) at a meeting of the Governors of the Hemsworth Grammar School on Thursday.

Mr. Hamilton, who was attending his last meeting of the Governors before his retirement, thanked them for their gift of a silver tray, which was handed to Mrs. Hamilton by County Councillor Mrs. D. Kenningham, vice-chair of the Governors. Mrs. Kenningham said the school had been a very happy place under Mr. Hamilton's headship during the last 30 years, and Mrs. Hamilton had played a great part in making it happy. She hoped they would have a long and happy retirement. Mrs. Hamilton said that her life as a headmaster's wife had been most enjoyable and she had been extremely happy at Hemsworth. Mr. Hamilton recalled that when he was appointed to the school he told the Governors that by their decision they had fulfilled one of his life's ambitions and he assured them that from then onwards everything he did would be in the best interest of the school. He had always found the Governors a very happy set of people with whom to work.

Referring to the forthcoming re-organisation of the school, Mr. Hamilton said he had never expressed himself publicly on the matter except to say that he was in full agreement with the idea that selection at aged 11 was far too severe. Most teachers in the country agreed that selection at 11 made mistakes. It selected children for a grammar school type of education who should never have had it, and left in the other schools children who ought to have been at a grammar school. The maintained grammar school had been regarded as the place where the children of the working man could compete on equal terms with those from wealthy homes whose parents could buy the best education. About 1930 the bulk of the scholarships to the two main universities, Oxford and Cambridge, were going to the products of public schools, but by about 1950 the maintained schools were catching up and in some cases passing them, showing that there were in the maintained schools boys and girls of the calibre that could match anything the public schools could produce, provided they were given the opportunity. "The new system which would replace selection at 11 was going to be a tremendous challenge," said Mr. Hamilton. "They must see to it that the boys and girls who had the ability were not held back, and at the same time they must see that the academic type of children were not denied opportunities." Mr. Hamilton said that as a result of a collection amongst the pupils a shield bearing the school badge had been purchased and would be placed on a wall in the Geography room as a memorial to the late Mr. J. Leonard, a master at the school, who had designed the badge.