Welsh Medium Secondary Education and the Groves School

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    Watcher it is incredible how much the numbers and intake have gone down. Back in the 90s when I was there St David’s had around 1,100 pupils there and our year 7 intake when I started was 7 forms – so about 210 pupils. There were some years above with 8 full forms.

    It’s quite surprising even with the merger into the 2 super schools that the intake had already dropped into a 5 form system. Parents must have already been diverting their pupils elsewhere.

    Alun, I actually chuckled thinking about the times back in school when we’d have the mixed ability class for various subjects – seeing that 1 really naughty crazy bastard kid strutting in expecting a round of applause just for turning up. Getting shouted at, doing whatever the latest fad was – such as shining laser pens at the teacher, singing offensive songs, thrown out of class to stand in the corridor only to be seen 5 minutes later strutting behind the hut on the field for a fag. ‘Sir, sir he’s on the field!’ Teacher has completely lost it at this point, apologises tells us to do work from a text book – leaves the class to find a teaching assistant to retrieve the kid, fetches the most senior member of staff currently not teaching then we all listen to a 10 minute bollocking in the corridor, teacher all red faced and stressed, kid sent off to isolation. End of lesson.

    Teacher relieved that the next several lessons the kid hasn’t bothered to turn up to school – until the wag man forces them to make an appearance. Rinse/repeat.

    Back then as a kid you’d love the whole spectacle seeing your geography teacher etc… being put through the motions, the deputy head actually having to do some work. Not quite being able to work out how some children get away with everything without being expelled. It’s only now I feel sorry for the whole lot.


    Council Watcher

    Discipline in Grove Park Boys was interesting with boys actually making wooden coshes fir Eric Earnshaw who would then promptly use it in you for being cheeking = bonkers when you look back.

    Or the teacher who could aim a blackboard duster with more accuracy than a top international darts player, or another who could pull out a rubber bunsen burner tube from his batwing gown so fast that your legs could move you fast enough to escape the swipe across the legs..

    Good old days or just a case of variations on corporal punishment. Most important you did not go running home to tell your parents for fear of a clip around the ear for miss behaving and being told you deserved it.


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