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Sharron Report 10 Sep 2013 22:17

Savoury stodge, savoury stodge with some sort of green herb in it, red jam stodge, red jam stodge with coconut, chocolate stodge, ginger stodge, lemon curd stodge, orange curd stodge, plain stodge with lemon sauce, plain stodge with orange sauce, sultana stodge, currant stodge, raisin stodge.


Annx Report 10 Sep 2013 22:10

Adding to my previous post, we didn't have ANY boys.......considered distracting! No pocket in our knickers either. I'd forgotten all about the science coat and hockey boots were a nightmare to clean!! We had culotte style shorts too worn with a square neck 'Aerotex' blouse. Our hats were sailor style and had a bow that the school badge was above. The hat had to be worn with the bow and badge over the right ear, but everyone wore it differently! :-S For gym we had bare feet and black satin knickers with your team stripe colour tape sewn down each side. No stockings were allowed until the 6th form and then had to be worn with your laceups. No nail varnish either. Everyone had to go outside at break and lunchtime and stay in the school grounds unless you went home for lunch.

No choices at lunch either! No chips, it was mash or lumpy mash and the cabbage was always soggy. In fact the dining room seemed to always smell of cabbage. Unlike my friends I quite liked the liver and onions so always got a second helping. There seemed to be a lot of steamed sponges we called stodge that had a way of clinging to the roof of your mouth and always served with lumpy custard with a skin on top. I remember liking the chocolate tart we had but hated tapioca!

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 10 Sep 2013 20:26

Grey and blue were the main colours for us.
Grey garberdine raincoat nigh on flapped around one's ankles in the 1st year, as it was bought to grow in to, I had the same coat for all the years I was there.

Lower school wore grey 6 gore flannel-like skirts, but 6th formers had box pleats. Our blouses were bold blue and white stripe that dazzled Mum's eyes when they needed ironing. Jumpers were plain grey, often hand-knitted to help save on the expense of buying one from the pricey outfitters. No tie.
Our hats were a sort of beret, but had a band and raised sides with the circle of material forming the crown. They were French navy, with a school badge sewn on. It was impressed on us that we should wear them with the band not tucked in and the extra material of the hat should be pulled down towards the back, so that the badge was in full view ...'Like halos, girls...Like halos'
If we were caught going to or from school without our hat, there was one warning, then if caught again we had to wear it all day in school so that everyone could see how we had flouted school rules.
Knickers were grey interlock and worn with just a pale blue polo shirt for gym, but outdoors we wore grey 'divided skirts' which I guess equates to Maggie's culottes. The wind used to whip across from the sea, but we were seldom allowed to wear jumpers.

Summer dresses were grey checked with pale blue, pink, yellow or pale green. We could choose.
We had dark blue science overalls, but had to make our own art overall and cookery apron and cap ( with forename emblazoned across both in best chain stitch) once we had finished making our shoe bag ( also embroidered ) in needlework lessons.
Shoes had to be changed on entering and leaving the school building, but once in a while, if the weather was good in the summer, we were allowed to wear our outdoor sandals indoors.



GinN Report 10 Sep 2013 09:36

I deliberately flunked the eleven plus exam in 1959! I didn't like the look of the horrid old fashioned grammar school, and wanted to go to the lovely new secondary modern school just up the road! No regrets, though I did have to get my O and A levels the hard way!


GlasgowLass Report 10 Sep 2013 09:17

I started Secondary School in 1970, and even then, our gym kit had to be the regulation, navy blue gym knickers.
Girls and boys were in separate classes until 3rd year!
We had no sports field in the school, and we girls were marched across the road to use the local sports ground... in our gym knickers and white t shirts

This was no grammar school, just the local comprehensive!

Hayley   Empress of Drama

Hayley Empress of Drama Report 10 Sep 2013 08:17

we had bottle green for 4th yr as well, yr 123 we wore Grey by 5th year still should of been bottle green I changed mine to kharki green much more fashionable ....I left 30 yrs ago ;-)


Guinevere Report 10 Sep 2013 07:56


Bottle Green everything except a blouse, even the stupid hat.

All had to be bought at stupid expense from just one supplier and the school got a cut (as they do today).

Skirts no more than 4 inches above the knee. No boots, even in the coldest weather.

Gym kit, games kit, hockey boots, pumps, hockey stick, lacrosse stick, tennis racquet, badminton racquet .....

Lab coat, pinny for cooking.

Hated it from day 1.

Chris in Sussex

Chris in Sussex Report 10 Sep 2013 07:50

46 years ago :-0 Where has the time gone?

Navy blue gymslip. blue and white stripe shirt, white socks, blue gaberdine raincoat, school scarf and a natty navy hat with school badge and ribbon 'tail'....Navy knickers!

Navy blue skirt for 'dance' and summer PE, navy tracksuit for winter.

Navy science overall and one for cookery.

Indoor and outdoor shoes.

Summer dress blue and white check, navy cardigan and navy blazer, straw boater!

Leather satchel and cotton gym bag.

This was a state grammar school but buying the uniform from the John Lewis group nearly bankrupted my parents :-( No second hand school uniform shops back then.



SylviaInCanada Report 10 Sep 2013 01:11

I forgot

we had a green Kangol beret which we had to wear all the time when travelling to and from school.

.......... it became a matter of pride if you kept the little "tail" longer than a month :-D

The boys had a green cap with a visor


SylviaInCanada Report 10 Sep 2013 01:10

:-D :-D :-D


maggiewinchester Report 10 Sep 2013 01:08

Definitely think we wos robbed not having a pocket in our knickers - my mum had one! :-0


SylviaInCanada Report 10 Sep 2013 00:58

62 years for me!

navy blue gymslip, white square-necked short sleeved blouse, bottle green v-neck sweater with the stripe for your House in the V ribbing, green, red and white striped blazer, navy raincoat, black lace up shoes for outside, black slip-ons for indoors, navy bloomers (no pocket), shorts for outdoor sports otherwise in bloomers, white ankle socks in summer with navy knee socks as an alternative in winter

The boys had dark grey of nay trousers or woollen shorts, white shirts, green, white and red striped tie

That was the uniform for the first 4 years.

In form 5 (GSE year), girls wore a navy blue V-necked pinafore. The rest of the uniform stayed the same.

Length had to be 1-3" above the floor, measured when kneeling down

If you stayed on into the 6th form, it was a navy blue 8-gore skirt, white short-sleeved shirt blouse, green,red and white striped tie. Otherwise identical.

They did change the colour of the blazer to plain bottle green when I was in the first year 6th form ................... some one finally realised how stupid 17/18 year boys and girls looked in the striped ones.

Unfortunately, Mum had just bought me a new blazer the previous year, and we couldn't afford another new one.

Proper hockey boots, white plimsolls or tennis shoes for tennis or netball, bare feet in the gym.

Boys had to have proper soccer and cricket boots.


maggiewinchester Report 9 Sep 2013 23:52

.......AND we had to wear proper hockey boots.
Most of my uniform came from the school second-hand shop.
Just as well, as I gave up all sports in the second year. :-D


UzziInSunshine Report 9 Sep 2013 23:44

Eck Sharron and I thought you was younger than me :-(


AnnCardiff Report 9 Sep 2013 23:28

thick knockers - like it :-D :-D

culottes for hockey - posh or what!!! we had to play in our gymslips


maggiewinchester Report 9 Sep 2013 23:04

46 years for me. Grey woollen gymslip for first 2 years, bottle green blazer and matching thick knockers - sorry typo - knickers (we had to wear 2 pairs for gym). The boys didn't wear 2 pairs of pants for gym - they were allowed to wear shorts!!
We never had the luxury of a pocket in the knickers!!
Woollen culottes for hockey


Sharron Report 9 Sep 2013 22:58

No pockets in mine. That seems to be something that changed in the few years between us.

I missed out on gymslips too. The only reason I had a beret was because I happened to get hold of one.


AnnCardiff Report 9 Sep 2013 22:51

knickers were fleecy lined with a pocket!!!!


MR_MAGOO Report 9 Sep 2013 22:45

Carefull you ladies you'll get norty PM's if you keep describing your underwear....... :-S

Not from me i might add........ ;-)


Sharron Report 9 Sep 2013 22:27

Green science overall.

Everything stocked exclusively at the dearest shop in town.