Ravensdale School.

By Alan Curtis

Ravensdale School.
There was a plaque in the hall commemorating the opening of Ravensdale School in 1934...The school was opened in that year by the Mayor of Mansfield . Mayor German Abbott, who lived on Carter Lane, about three doors away from Carter Lane School.Teachers who taught at Ravensdale School in the 1940's and 1950's were:    

Mr Ely, the Headmaster, who I believe taught at Rosemary School prior to his move to Ravensdale.

Miss Wright, Miss Boole, Miss Sharpe, Miss Robinson, Mrs Stubbs, Miss Smith, Mr. Tucker, Mr. Price, Mr. Daniels, Mr. Boot, Mr Hatfield, Miss Rice, Mr Davies, Mrs Morton and Miss Weddle who went to High Oakham Girls School as Headmistress .

There was also Mr Dallison and Miss Kerry.

Ravensdale was a fine school, It produced many fine pupils who were extremely good at sports.

Alan   

This page was added on 22/06/2012.
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I too attended Ravensdale school between 1976 and 79 as did my mum before me. It was a fine school and was a no-nonsense school strictly ran by the head master at that time Mr Tuchler.

Mr Hans Georg Tuchler was born in 1916 Austria and fled the Nazis to come to England. He became the head master of Ravensdale and was awarded an OBE. He was only a small man but ran an extremely "tight ship" and anyone who dared to step out of line would have to wait outside his office and await his wrath. His deputy head was a giant of a man named Mr Squires and he too was equally as strict as Mr Tuchler. Infact most of the teachers there had full backing of the head master to be firm. Saying all this, it was one of the best schools I attended and if only all were ran like this today, we would have a more respectful society.

The school had a large hall where everyone was made to listen, be quiet and behave before singing hymns and prayers every morning in assembly. Adjacent to the hall was the quadrangle, a lawned area surrounded by the main class rooms. There were concrete prefabs too where the craft and cookery classes were based. Mr Simpson was the music teacher, Mr Carter science, Mr Moseby biology, Mrs Baker art, Mrs Beelby cookery, Mr Ryan woodwork, Mr Basford maths, Mrs Lunnon and Mrs Ball english, Mrs Walker french, Mr Castle history and Mr Cooper the PE teacher. I enjoyed my time there and in particular enjoyed anything to do with craft of art work. The school dinners were excellent too. Mr Tuchler died in 2001 and I'm sure will be remembered by many as a fair but firm man who did his best always. Despite feeling his cane more than once , I still have top respect for him and it did me no harm.

By Simon Leivers
On 23/06/2012

I too attended Ravensdale School and you are correct in saying that it was a tight run ship the teachers were firm but they stood no nonsense. The time I spent there was quite a good one, all the teachers I remember and I still see MissWilson at times. My brother also attended some years before me then his daughter and then my daughter. Do you remember Mrs Clark she was only small but she was mighty. She had been headmistress for a number of years till she retired. Mr Hammond was a good bloke he used to have a rubber like sole from a shoe he used to call it prudence you had to watch out for that and the blackboard rubber, many a time I've seen that flying accross the room. Joking aside they taught us well, I like to think that it gave us values and made us good people and schools today need some of the old style of teaching. 1971 to 1977

By mandy warren (nee beresford)
On 20/07/2012

Thanks Simon Leivers for remembering the teachers names. I am also an ex pupil of the school & had many a fine time with good friends. I remember a lot of times I spent in the quadrangle, sewing!! Happy days. Once I saw them, it all came flooding back. A strict head was the best deterrent, we don't seem to "do" it like that any more, soft Britain eh? If only we did, maybe the teens of today would behave differently? Thanks Simon, your memory is finer than mine!!

By Catherine
On 23/02/2013

I went to Ravensdale 1951 to 1953 before going to the art school. Teachers all seemed to have nicknames - Prigger Price -Daddy Hatfield but he always seemed to stick a book in my hand to read to the class! Was he history? Sid Sadler metalwork Was it Reins woodwork in the prefabs? Daniels P.T. and science, his white slipper liked me! He used to hang me from the wall bars as punishment I enjoyed it. Never had Sally Smith but heard she was a bit strict, Miss Rice I knew her. She lived above us in Oak Tree Lane and taught our Jack ten years before. My two pals Jack and Mick ended up in Shane Fentons group, they were in my class. At least Jack was, Mick maybe younger. Happy days nice to read the memories. D.W.P.

By D.W.P.
On 10/08/2013

I too was in Byron house with the famous Mr Hammond a great teacher and a man I will always remember he was fair but firm and woe betide you if you got on the wrong side of him (I know to my cost re big berther and prudence) he was a navigator on a sunderland flying boat in the war and he used to talk for ages to anyone who wanted to stop after class to listen. I was late for my tea many times as was the rest of the class. He was forever getting on the wrong side of Fritz (sorry Mr Tuchler) for nipping for a pint at the Ravensdale hotel at lunchtime, Happy Days and very much missed

By mike wilson
On 08/01/2014

I went to Ravensdale school   and so did my husband David Kendrick. I would like to know if anyone has any class photos that they could share with us.

By Karen Kendrick was Clarke
On 01/04/2015

I attended Ravensdale from 1968 to 1972. Many happy memories of Mrs Revill cookery teacher. I still have my old school recipe book which I still use today. Miss Wilson, Mr Huffen I will remember you all with fond affection. Happy days.

By josie price nee moss
On 27/08/2016

We had groups 

Arkwright, Portland 

Baron and Trent 

Anyone know our school motto or song? 

By Veronica SheffieldI
On 22/07/2017

Attended '56 to '58, left at 15 years of age - Headmaster Mr Spolton, maths teacher Mr Fareham, I knew two Mr Tuckers (father and son), both teachers. I believe Miss Paxman was the Biology teacher. Not a bad school, I was at St. Johns prior to that..Both decent schools and good teachers in general. Had a paper round in those days in Ravensdale area, came close to being late for school a couple of times due being a little behind with the paper deliveries! All that for two bob a week or thereabouts..

Rgds Steeve

By Steeve Cee.
On 09/09/2017

I attended here 1963/67 remember daddy Hatfield (maths) dinky Dyon (pe) Nellie Clark,(RE) she was my form teacher,she must have been close to retirement Mr Bates (metalwork) with his large rubber slipper,Mr Martin (Deputy head) high pitched voice,sounded like a woman..Mr Dyton (PE) Miss causer,his girlfriend..Dam good school though..very fond memories.....

By keith buttery
On 29/09/2017

Good old ravo wasnt there long 1960/61. Miss Clark (Nellie Rice) taught me, Mr Martin, dep head,  Carter, science, Brooks pe. Daddy Attfield maths , the head was Victor , cant remember his surname.

By Michael sims
On 02/10/2017

I too went to this school 1976 to 79. I loved it here. It was my favourite school and the only school where I can also remember and name most of the teachers. I can't recall one from my final school. I especially remember staying on for badminton club. I recall how Mr Moseby carried me home when I sprained my ankle jumping down the steps on the playground. I also have very fond memories of Miss wilson and Mr Radford both of whom had a positive influence on my life. I was sorry to read that this school no longer exists. 

By Gail Carroll
On 12/10/2017

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