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  1. Mike Edwards says:

    There from 1961-1965.

  2. Mick Carter says:

    Hello, anyone. I have lots of photos to post but cannot see how to. Can anyone help. At Greenmore Bristol Road till 1962.

  3. Anne Furness (nee Edwards) says:

    Hi, I went to Greenmore not long before it closed and I remember it as a place of happy days. I have been to two reunions, one in 2008 and one in 2010, but I live in Derbyshire so it is a long way to travel. I was only at Greenmore for two years, 1969 to 1971. Happy to receive emails from anyone who was there around that time, I remember Elisa Stanley, Hajudge and Dankani (brothers) Christina and Fodula (Fofi) (sisters) Julia Smith and her friend Roberta, Mrs Savage, well its early morning, might remember some others at a later date, a boy called Derek who was a bit of a joker and prankster…….

  4. Keith Evans says:

    Had sad news recently that one of my contemporaries at Greenmore, 1967-69, Shell A and 3 A, Arnold Cadd, passed away in 2010 aged 54 – heart attack. His family were of German origin, dispossessed from former East Prussia, and had family catering business. Reminder to us all to make the most of everything while we can.
    Its 50 years since I first entered Greenmore – (sends a chill up y back thinking of it) one indelible effect on me was the elocution given by Miss Sadler – banished my Brummie accent and put a plumb in my mouth! LOL. Contemporaries included David Samuel ( we were on ITV Junior Showtime in June 1969), Robin Brown, Richard Hadley, Paul Lambda, Christopher Mole, Isaac Mendelson, Philip Adams, Julian Wolverin and Chris Price. By reading the comments I’m glad to be reminded that our excellent geography teacher was Mr Oliver – could not recall his name – old age! Good luck to one and all Greenmorians.

  5. Keith Evans says:

    Had sad news recently that one of my contemporaries at Greenmore, 1967-69, Shell A and 3 A, Arnold Cadd, passed away in 2010 aged 54 – heart attack. His family were of German origin, dispossessed from former East Prussia, and had family catering business. Reminder to us all to make the most of everything while we can.
    Its 50 years since I first entered Greenmore – (sends a chill up y back thinking of it) one indelible effect on me was the elocution given by Miss Sadler – banished my Brummie accent and put a plumb in my mouth! LOL. Contemporaries included David Samuel ( we were on ITV Junior Showtime in June 1969), Robin Brown, Richard Hadley, Paul Lambda, Christopher Mole, Isaac Mendelson, Philip Adams, Julian Wolverin and Chris Price. By reading the comments I’m glad to be reminded that our excellent geography teacher was Mr Oliver – could not recall his name – old age! Good luck to one and all Greenmorians.

  6. Robin Bird says:

    Helen,
    Are you still in contact with Pete Oliver and his wife for if you are can you pass on my regards to them and say that I would like to make contact with them. I still live in the West Midlands but lost contact with Pete after I left Bournville College of Further Education in 1971.

  7. Robin Bird says:

    To Kay Ealing.

    Hi Kay its Robin Bird 4G 1967-1968 then 5G 1968-1969. Pete Oliver what a superb and inspiring teacher. He left when I did in 1969 and also went to Bournville College of Further Education in 1969 as a Geography Teacher. I had the great pleasure of being taught by him at both Greenmore and at Bournville and it was thanks to him that I got my first A. Level this being in Geography. He was at Bournville College of Further Education for many years and I understand was a very well regarded teacher. If you or anyone else can find out where he is now I would love to make contact with him.

  8. Robin Bird says:

    I think that the teacher – he taught Maths and was my Form Teacher 1967-1968 was Mr Fryer. He drove an old Austin A30 car. I believe that he had Polio when he was a child and that is why he walked with a limp.
    He was a teacher that lots of pupils made fun of but to me he was always totally fair. I am biased when I say this as I too have stood in front of numerous classes ( mainly teaching History) and with my surname being Bird know that I have had a range of nicknames.

  9. Kay Ealing says:

    Hello Helen I remember you. We used to go on Geography field trips. We actually had to share a bed in Andorra. Oh so long ago
    I live in Adelaide South Australia I moved there in 1973. I have two Grandchildren. I became an Early Childhood teacher have retired but still do some relief teaching. K

  10. Kay Ealing says:

    Hi Colin. Not sure I Rememberyou. Did I give you the nickname of Dicky Mint? Or was that someone else. I live in Adelaide South Australia. I was in the Uk this year for a short visit after a cruise in the Baltic. I became an early childhood teacher and I am now semi retired with two Grandchildren.

  11. Guy Worrall says:

    Alan fancy seeing those names re the old school love to hear from you we could try to remember some more

  12. Alan Withey says:

    I have just looked at this site and saw your name. It would be good to exchange stories from all those years ago. Alan Withey e/mail alanlwithey@hotmail.com

  13. Phil Hogg says:

    I remember you lol

  14. Alan Keeling says:

    Hi Ivan, Yes, I remember you very well, my name is Alan Keeling, I think I was in the same class. Last time I saw you was in a pub in Solihull with former pupil named Somerfield. Best Regards.

  15. colin horton says:

    To kay ealing iam colin horton you may not re member but i went togreenmore withyou on the train.i got on at marston green.i hope you are keeping well and if you get thismessage would lov e a reply thank you

  16. Robin Bird says:

    Do you remember Robin Bird as if you do you will recall that we were both in the same class for at least part of the two years I was at Greenmore 1967 -1969.
    What are you doing now? I am retired but for my sins, many of them I eventually as well as doing a range of other things, became a Teacher of History and taught at various times in some pretty tough schools in the Black Country.

  17. Jacqueline Cartwright says:

    Hi all, my name is Jacqueline Cartwright – my brother Paul Cartwright and I both attended Greenmore from approx 1963 until 1972… I remember Susan Edwards, Pamela Measey and Sarah Dalton-Radley who were all my age.. teachers.. I remember Mrs Hughes, Mrs Millard, Mr & Mrs Velacott and Mrs Horton. Mr Allison, the Principal’s daughter was in my class as well. I would love to hear off anyone who remembers me..

  18. RICHARD WAINWRIGHT says:

    Yes Harri I have just visited the Website and saw your message. I would be interested to see photos. Many thanks.
    Could I e.mail you to give you my address. Any photos you send will be copied and returned to you.
    Many thanks.

    Richard Wainwright.

  19. Derek Plummer says:

    Hi Alan
    Sorry for late reply I’ve been travelling around a bit & living in Germany for 3 years and also spent time in Europe and the Middle East on business but now retired up here in Northumberland and now catching up on everything. I remember Tony & Peter well but I’m afraid my hair has now mostly gone and what’s left as turned grey

  20. Derek Plummer says:

    Hi Chris
    Sorry for late reply – just got a new PC and updating now.
    I am fit, well & married with 3 kids and 2 grandchildren. I remember you and Eileen well I hope you both keeping well. Janet is well and living in Essex after travelling around the world a few times I’ve also travelled a bit lived in Germany for 3 years and spent time in Europe and the Middle East on business now retired up here in Northumberland – – I remember Liz I hope she is well please give her my regards. Please keep in touch

  21. P A TOWNSEND says:

    I need to contact me butler who was a teacher from 1956 to1960.

  22. Chris Mitchell says:

    Hi Derek – How’s life ? Years ago I was a Greenmore as well . The last time I saw you you were going out with Liz Osborne ! ! I married her sister Eileen , I expect you remember. What became of your sister Janet ? I remember seeing her on TV many years ago on a news feature. Let me know where you are.

  23. Roger Bull says:

    I was born in Birmingham in 1946 and attended Greenmore during the period 1957 to 1962, starting at Hamstead Rd, Handsworth, I recall being taught by a very charismatic Mr. Hamilton, an Irishman, who had lived in America and would regale us with wonderful tales of his time there. Fellow pupils I remember were Guy Worrell, Alan Withey and Andrew?? I wasn’t there long before transferring to Bristol Rd.
    Plantagenet House, shell a1, the Masters at that time being Bob Horton (Headmaster), John Burgum, Mr.Vellacot, Mr. Kenny, Mr. Butler, Mr.Tomlinson, Mr. Langston, Miss Bury, Mrs Woods, Miss Amerson and of course Gil Merrick.
    Some of the pupils I remember are Roland Hill, Tony Hicks, Pete Betts, Malcom James, Ian Leavesley, Richard Trevorthick?, ??Mansell, Wilfred Sewell and lots of faces I can’t put names to at the moment.
    I was part of a school trip to Innsbruck, Austria travelling by rail, I also remember visiting Paris and the Costa Brava in Spain, not sure if these were separate trips ? I also had some fun times as a proud member of the Army Cadet Corps, ‘Royal Warwicks’.
    It all seems so very long ago now, it’s strange to think it’s all gone and sad that many have passed on.

  24. Robin Nichols says:

    0Hi kevin , my name is Robin Nichols from the Bahamas . I went to greenmore during the years of 1971-74 . Have many fond memories – persons such as brothers Nasser,adel , Emad and Ali fawaz .. Mr. Johnson , Miss Bury off course Mr. Burgum Mukesh Ravji and so many others that hope whom ever reads this can refresh my memory . My email : Bazel_n@yahoo.com. . All the best to you all

  25. ivan parry says:

    Anyone remember me ivan parry 1966 1969 headmaster Horton teachers I recall Mr pye body painter friar Mrs Perkins cook berry

  26. ivan parry says:

    any one remember me ivan parry i left in 69 headmaster mr horton teachers i remember pye body painter cook berry fry bergum

  27. rosemary Gibson nee pedvin says:

    I remember Jeremy mason. He was idolised by many girls. He did drama and later I remember he was in crossroads for a short while. I have often wondered if he carried on acting.

  28. Kay Ealing says:

    Hello Barry, Would like to contact Pete Oliver, he got me through my A level Geography, went on lots of field trips with him. I have been living in Adelaide South Australia for 42 years and have just retired from Teaching.

  29. Dave Jinks. says:

    Reading the comments of fellow green morons has brought back distant memories from my childhood as a scholar in the late fifties. What stands out in my memory are the eccentric teachers. One particularly springs to mind a Mr Gaydell ( not sure of spelling ) a French teacher and his cardboard clock and particularly his habit of littering the pink order mark sheet with ticks such that no one in the class escaped Saturday detentions, fortunately for all concerned he employment at the school was faily brief and he was replaced by the gloriously delectable Miss Rollson ( spelling questionable) she had a lot of devoted young admirers sadly her stay was also very brief, I also recall being Roman Soldier in some production which was staged to celebrate
    the opening of the new hall. Can anybody recall the name of the Canadian teacher who in his spare time wrote stories for ‘Dr Who’ I understand he died very young. I also fondly recall the Friday Night Youth Clubs, the evening ending with a riotous trip into Brum on the 1A bus and a visit to the Firebird or Stagedoor Expresso bar with hopefully a young lady on my arm. It’s strange how memories of nearly sixty years ago can still be so vivid. Does anyone else recall similar episodes.

  30. RICHARD WAINWRIGHT says:

    Hi Harri,
    I remember you well and also Fred Kropp who has recently been in touch with me. It is 52 years ago that I was at Greenmore. (A long, long time!!).I drove around the area in the early 1970’s and the school had been demolished and some very smart and expensive looking 3 storey blocks of flats have been built where the school stood.
    I have been retired since 2009 after working for 39 years at the Airport Authority at Gatwick Airport and in the Head Office in central London.
    Receive a final salary pension which is great!!

  31. susan whitty (was then) says:

    I went to greenmore college from 1953 to 1958. My friends were Pamela Haycock Jennifer Rooke Malcolm Rhodes and Colin Bentley.Are they still around I remember Mr vose chucking his blackboard cleener over his shoulde into the class if he heard a noise. Mr morriss and of course mrs perkins.and so many more.

  32. Michael Floyd says:

    those were my years as well, it all seems a long long time ago

  33. michael floyd says:

    Afternoon ., I attended Greenmore between 1961 and 1966 , doubt though that I left any ‘footsteps’

  34. edward Lee says:

    Hi Mahamood,

    I was at Grenmore around that time you were there. Yes i remember Sir Harry’ pub!!! Its our favourite place back then. Were you a boarding student like me at Pye House or in the hut?? I now live in Melbourne Australia.

  35. Helen Evans (now Delamere) says:

    I was at Greenmore between 1967-1969, and boarded there at 222 Bristol Road.
    Staff I remember were Mr Allison, Mr Horton, Mr Bergam, Mr Boddy, Brother Martin (chemistry), Mr Pete Oliver (I’m still in contact with him and his wife). I can’t remember the name of the female teacher who took us for A level biology.
    Students: John Schollar, Dave Edmunds, Kay Ealing, Colin Belton,
    Karen Roccocciolli (?spelling!), Chris Wilkes, Jaya Patel, Rosita Edwards.
    Boarders: Gill Hiley, Gigi Atalla (in contact with both), Candy Harrigan, Janet Bethune, Geraldine ?, Linda Mumford, Pornpridi?
    After I left Greenmore, worked as research technician at Univ. of Birmingham. Now my husband and I both retired, living in Birmingham and Welsh border. We have 2 sons.

  36. Barry D. Varley-Tipton says:

    I am a Varley-Tipton and am researching my ancestory. My father’s father was a maths teacher in a private school in Birmingham. He lived in the Calthorpe Road area perhaps. Is the Dr Varley-Tipton referred to by Warwick Palmer in comments above my grandfather? In my memory he died around 1954/55. Varley-Tipton is a rathre rare name. I would really appreciate any help. Thanks

  37. Keith Evabs says:

    Hello Mahamood; only just revisited the Greenmore site to read your message. Article on the school in late 1960s early 1970s is likely to have been published in the Birmingham Post or Evening Mail.
    Don’t think there are digital copies going urthe back than 1994 – so it means a series of visits to the new Birmingham Central Library. Do you live in Birmingham or nearby? Unless I’m mistaken I recall you in the year below mine – we briefly met in a soccer game at the school s sports ground Bristol Road. If you want to get in touch e-mail: kjevvv@aol.com
    All the best to you and yours. Would be good to know how you are getting on. I left in 1969.
    I live in wild west Wales.

  38. I’ve been looking for you for a long time, let’s catch up on news Harri. It’s Toni, the one who you mentioned in your message. I still see Barbara and met up with Fred Kropp in Germany .

  39. keith avery says:

    hi kevin,how are you. remember trip to germany great fun.first player on photo mick sutton alan quarterman worked for local paper for a while, then became teaching golf pro at harbourne.have not heard of any others.david allison and i played cricket against each other many times .living in hagley by kidderminster .

  40. keith avery says:

    hi kevin,how are you. remember trip to germany great fun.first player on photo mick sutton alan quarterman worked for local paper for a while, then became teaching golf pro at harbourne.have not heard of any others.david allison and i played cricket against each other many times .living in hagley by kidderminster .

  41. Edward Lee says:

    I was at Greenmore College from Jan 1971 to June 1973 for my O levels and A levels. Pye House was where I stayed and i still remember Mr & Mrs Pye had a nice dog called Bulla . Mr Allison the principal, Mr Horton and Mr Burgen and Mr Beech were a few of the teachers i remember. That was so many years ago when we had quite a few Malaysians at the college. Many many good memories i cherish still.

  42. Keith avery says:

    Just found site by chance. Remember many names. There from1962-67 . Sport my thing captain cricket and football. Happy days

  43. Mahamood Yousef says:

    Hi Keith Evans.Please excuse me for writing to you out of the blue.I am an ex-student of Greenmore College (68-72)and I have been trying to get hold of an article in Birmingham’s local paper which was about the type of students who attended Greenmore and their visits to Sir Harry’s Pub on a regular basis.But unfortunately I can not remember the name of the paper or the date!It could have been the Evening Mail 69-72.
    Taking into account your profession as a journalist,I wonder if you could help me with the search.It would be highly appreciated.
    Kind regards.

  44. Richard Duployen says:

    I was born in Birmingham in 1947 and we lived in a small house on the Bristol Road near the old cinema.

    I should imagine I was at Greenmore College c. 1951-1953 when I remember celebrating the Coronation. Soon afterwards we moved to Solihull.

    Was it the kindergarten, as far as I remember, on an island in the middle of the road, quite near Cannon Hill Park?

    I can’t remember the teachers. There was a large cast-iron? external staircase descending to the playground? where we once learnt the Highway Code from the Police. We drove toy cars.

    I’m an actor/singer.

    Richard Duployen, Oxford.

  45. ian shaw says:

    well well ! you have brought back momouries for me ” ian shaw ” im still incontact with “dave felton” was his best man many years ago ! hope all,s o.k with you ! what ever happened to elisa stanley and odette rose ?

  46. Denise Hallifax says:

    I attended Greenmore, from ’68 to ’72. First class being 2a in Mr Coles’s class. Thats the classroom opposite to where the donkey lived. My favourite teacher was Miss Sadler, who taught elocution lessons and english literature. She was able to read toMs Sadler’s the class a story with such passion, it made you feel as though you were actually there in the book. Three Men in a Boat and the 101 Dalmations, can only be listened to by her dulcet tones. I remember lining up outside the assembly hall in the mornings with Mrs Perkins & Mr Burgum making sure everyone was wearing the appropriate uniform. My least favourite lesson was ‘double’ swimming first thing in the morning,please! Mr Body who taught french was the ‘hot’ teacher of the day. Mr Pye, the p.e. teacher, was able to throw a blackboard rubber across a crowded classroom, which in turn, would connect with the head of the offending student, with such skill it was frieghtning!! Mrs Perkins, taught english language and was the p.e. teacher for the girls. I once hit her across the knee cap with my hockey stick. I loved the field events at school, especially high jump and attended many events at the sports days in Wigston, Leicester. Mrs Hodgkiss taught the girls sewing. Whilst Miss Bury, taught history and english language. Does anyone know why the school was pulled down. 201 Bristol Road, the main building was such a beautiful building with the main sweping staircase in the main hallway. Looking back, I have fond memories of my time at Greenmore. I was able to meet students from not only different areas of the UK but internationally as well. If anyone would like to contact me, please do. In my school days I was Denise Flaherty, now Hallifax with 2 LL’s. I now live in Ontario, Canada, my email is – denisehallifax@sympatico.ca Bye!

  47. fredric kropp says:

    Hi Hari – Hope you are well. Would enjoy seeing the pictures. I also can update you on some of the people you mention. Regards, Fredric

  48. Harri Ignatius says:

    Hi, I am Harri Ignatius, from Finland. I was a boarding student in Green More college in 1960-62. I was first in Vellacot house and the following year in Allison house. I have some unforgettable memories of the school time in Greenmore. I remember also some names who attended the school those years. After returning to Finland, I lost contacts with friends, mostly because I was too lazy to write any letters and I started work. Some names: Bruce and John Clargo from London, Ian Moore, David Corbet, Mike Koslowsky from Switserland, Fred Krop from USA, Arnaldo Zippoli from Italy, Toni Otten(Allison) and David Allison, Barbara Onions.
    Remember well Mr and Mrs. Vellacot, Mr and Mrs Allison, Mr Horton.

    I have some pictures of that time, if you are interested. I can send them by mail to be copyd.

    Would be nice to be abele to get in touch with the ones who can remember me from those days.

  49. What ever happend to the Head Boy (1957-1959?), Jeremy Mason, I belive his father was Edward J.mason onetime BBC producer/director of The Archers(?)

  50. Alan Keeling 1964-1969 says:

    Hi Derek, were you a friend of a fellow named Maher, his brother Peter sat next to me in the 1st year during 1964/65. I seemed to remember that you were blond haired.

  51. Ramsey Atalla says:

    Nabil Mrs Savage Married Abdul Qureishi and they have a beautiful daughter they own a company for industrial material I need the email of Luigi Ann Harper calls herself Anna Her Son Rashid is in Canada I dont know where Bijan Kashani her X is How is Nazih? Best Wishes

  52. I see that my brother, Roger, also found this site and made his comments. I was a couple of years before him and came to Greenmore from Farnborough House which was just down the road and situated on the corner at Pershore Road. My memories of Greenmore are a little vague (time will do that). I remember my first crush on a pretty young girl named Janet Simpson. memories of attending classes across the street in another house from the main college area. The only teachers name that I can recollect now is Mrs Curtis, who I believe was Miss Firminger before marriage. I will post when the old grey matter stirs.

  53. Nabil Karam says:

    My name is Nabil Karam. Went to Greenmore from 65-68. Loved your website. Brought back youthful memories. I remember all the teachers some mentioned in that era. Got caned by Mr. Allison a couple of times. I also remember Mrs. Savage(she gave us our weekly pocket money for us boarders. Anyone remember Miss Heatther Williamson? my email is pokerwood@hotmail.com if someone remembers me and wishes to write

  54. William Woolley says:

    Hi I attended Greenmore between 61 and 64

  55. Derek Plummer (Plum) says:

    Hi All
    It’s been a long time but I’ll be interested in contacting anybody around during my years 1961 to 1966

  56. ali ahmed says:

    i remember that the very 1st prize that i won at the junior school Bristol for arithmatic was the Thomas the tank engine book presented to in the Townhall by Mr Morris and Mr Butler in 1955
    and the B’ham associated colleges gold medals and cups for Athletics given @ Lickyhill club and not forgetting to dig up the swimming pool area and removing the brickwork for Mr Burgum at the back of 206 building and some boys in the 4th and 5 th year turned his mini upside down.
    It is funny now when some old freinds meet and not funny at the time when you would have the 6 of the very best from Mr Horton and supension from the college.

  57. David Lucas says:

    I remember Ken Vose my hands are still stinging
    from his wacker tests if you did not give the right anser you did not escape.

    Mr Horton seem to remember he maid you stand in the corner or kneel in crushed chalk, used to say he could have shot hitler.

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