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(Being a list of many of the Teachers who have served in the Maghull Church Schools since their foundation, together with some biographical data in some instances. Though we have endeavoured to include all, this list is not necessarily complete.)

HEADMISTRESSES-Girls' and Infants' School, 1839-1887.

Miss Sarah Liptrot 1840-1845.
Mrs. John Jones 1845-1846.
Mrs. Wm. Bamford 1846-1851.
Mrs. Rd. Simm 1851-1856.
Mrs. Kayley 1856-1864.
Mrs. Jas. Thomas 1864-1867.
Miss Redman 1867-1869.
Miss M. Parry 1869-1876.
Miss H. Kewney 1876-1877.
Miss Jervis 1877-1881.
Mrs. M. Oxford 1881-1887.

HEADMASTERS. Boys' School, 1839-1887.

Mixed 1887-1938. Junior Mixed and Infants' School, 1938.

Mr. Geo. Whyte 1840-1845.
Mr. John Jones 1845-1846.
Mr. Wm. Bamford 1846-1851.
Mr. Rd. Simm 1851-1856.
Mr. Kayley 1856-1864.
Mr. Jas. Thomas 1864-1882.

J. ROBINSON. 1881-1919 (The G.O.M. of Maghull)

Native of Cumberland. Trained at Chester E Training College. After being headmaster of Holy Trinity C. School, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, was appointed headmaster of Maghull C.E. School, in October, 1881. Retired December, 1919. Churchwarden of St. Andrew's Church, for 17 years. Still a member of the Parochial Church Council. For 47 years, 1886-1933, Collector and Assessor of Taxes for the Aintree District. For past 45 years Clerk to the Parish Council. Manager of the Church of England School and Chairman of the Managers of Maghull Senior Council School. Trustee of the Parish Institute, the Burial Ground, the Pimbley Recreation Ground, the Conservative Club and the Odd Fellows.

MR. H. J. RECTON, 1920-1938.

Native of Liverpool. Trained at Borough Road College. London. Came via appointments in Liverpool to Maghull C.E. School, in January, 1920. During his period the Memorial School was opened in 1928 and the Central School in 1929. Has been Parochial Lay Reader, and later Ruri-Decanal Lay Reader for about 14 years. Is Churchwarden of St. Andrew's Church, member of the Maghull Parish Council and a Trustee of the Pimbley Recreation Ground. July, 1938, appointed 1st Headmaster of the Maghull Senior Council School.

MR. W. HIGHAM, 1938.

Native of St. Helens. Cowley Grammar School and Chester Training College. Came to Maghull via appointments at St. Helens, Newton -le- Willows, and Melling (Head), Vice-President of Ormskirk N.U.T. Association. Has served on many important committees in interests of Teachers and Scholars. Member of Lancs. County R.A. Was a candidate in recent years for the N.U.T. National Executive. Is Deputy-Chief A.R.P. Warden for the S.W. Lancs. R.D.C. area. Is an Hon. Licensed Lay Reader in the Church of England. Sport : interested in many branches of sport ; a Rugby football player of some distinction in earlier years, a moderate cricketer, tennis player and swimmer. Hobbies : free-lance journalism, having had a lot of matter printed under a non-de-plume, which he refuses to disclose ! Bee-keeping. Maghull School and matters appertaining to it occupy most of his time at present.


Edward Cropper. 1884-1886.

Mrs. Jessie Cook. 1886.

Miss Owens. 1887.

Miss E. J. Leeson. 1887-1889.

Miss Blamire 1889.

Miss E. Ball. 1889-1905. Native of Maghull. Became a pupil teacher for four years, under Mr. J. Robinson. Promoted Asst. Mistress by means of the qualifying examinations. Married Mr. W. Dagnall, of Christ Church, Aughton, in July, 1905. Was an active worker for School and Church.

Miss Burnett. 1899-1920. Died 1921. Interred in Maghull.

Mrs. Madgwick.

Miss A. Turner. 1896-1897.

Miss Jackson.

Miss E. Tyrer. 1904-1936. Native of Lydiate and began teaching career at Lydiate C.E. School under father (head). St. Mary's C.E. School, Bootle, for 5 years. Came to Maghull in 1904. Retired in 1936 but still takes great interest in all school activities.

Mrs. S. Cropper (nee Cropper). Born in Aughton, but educated in Maghull. From pupil at age of 14, became Pupil Teacher, and later in 1907 appointed Assistant Teacher. Left in 1917 to be married. Actively interested in the Church and School. Now lives in Melling.

Mrs. A. Cropper (nee M. E. Robinson). Born in Lydiate Attended Maghull C.E. School and became a Student Teacher under her father, Mr. J. Robinson. Passed necessary examinations and became Assistant Teacher until 1916, when she married Mr. Anthony Cropper. Still warmly interested in Maghull Church and Schools.

Mr. H. Barnes.

Miss A. M. Purcell.

Mr. F. Holt. Now head of a large Junior School in York.

Mr. J. T. Dean. Retired from teaching and at present farming near Rainhill.

Miss R. A. Gregory, B.A.

Mr. R. F. Hodges.

Mr. E. J. Griffiths.

Miss M. Shaw, 1932-1934. Native of Chester.Educated Lancaster Girls' Grammar School and Edge Hill Training College. Married Mr. W. K. Nash, November, 1934, and now living in South of England. Interests : Girl Guides, Cycling, Folk Dancing and Gardening.

Mr. W. L. Wilson, B.Sc. 1932-1936. Native of Barrow-in-Furness. Educated Lancaster Royal and Barrow Grammar Schools, and Manchester University. Left Maghull for St. Augustine's Senior School, Pendlebury, 1937-1938. Now. a Civil Servant in the Meteorological Office of the Air Ministry.

Miss D. Bolton. 1934-1936. Native of Gt. Harwood, Blackburn. Educated Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and Salisbury Diocesan Training College. At present at Western Junior School, Gt. Harwood. Hobbies : crafts and amateur dramatics.

Miss E. Turner. 1936-1937. Edge Hill Training College. Married Mr. W. Booth, Sefton Old Hall, 1937.

Miss A. Snape. 1936-37. Native of Skelmersdale. Ormskirk Grammar School and Warrington Training College. Now Infants' Mistress at Rufford C.E. Schools.

Mr. A. Nelson. 1932-1938. Native of Warrington. Educated Boteler Grammar School. Sheffield Training College. First appointment : Woodwork centre at Maghull and Halsall. Now Woodwork Specialist at Halsall and Formby Sen. Cl. Hobbies : Horticulture and Aviculture.

Mr. W. Ibbotson, B.Sc. Genuine Yorkshire. Tadcaster Grammar School. Leeds University. Degree in Physics and Mathematics. Maghull C.E. School 1934-1938. Aug., 1938, Maghull Senior Council School. Sport : football (Maghull 1st Association Football team).

Miss E. Lawrence. 1934-1938. Born Skelmersdale. Educated Upholland Grammar School and Brighton Municipal Training College. At present at Maghull Senior Cl. School. Interests : keep-fit movement.


Miss N. Holme. Native of Maghull. Pupil at C.E. School later serving as Student Teacher. Passed qualifying examinations and made Assistant Teacher. When resident in Maghull was an active Church Worker and Sunday School Teacher.

Miss F. Mallinson. 1918. Native of Liverpool. Pupil Teacher at Daisy Street School, Liverpool. Passed qualifying examinations and made Assistant Teacher. Came to Maghull in 1918. Active Church Worker in Walton.

Mrs. G. Stone (nee Smith). 1930. Liverpudlian. Waterloo Park School and Edge Hill Training College. Married Mr. L. Stone, October, 1936.

Mr. A. R. Evans. 1935. Welsh and proud of it! Welshpool Boys' County School and Chester Diocesan Training College. Sport : Rugby football, cricket and tennis.

Mr. T. A. Nelson. 1937. Born Heskin, nr. Chorley. Educated Leyland Balshaw's Grammar School and Saltley Training College, Birmingham. Sports : Rugby football, cricket, swimming.

Miss B. Lawrence. 1937. Born Skelmersdale. Ormskirk Grammar School and Brighton Municpial Training College. Interests : keep-fit movement, puppetry.

Miss E. Beck. 1937. Skelmersdale again! Educated Ormskirk Grammar School and St. Mary's College, Cheltenham. Personal interests : sport and books.

Miss D. M. Dobson. 1938. Preston born and bred. Preston High School and Mockerill College, Herts. Interests : keep-fit movement and outdoor pursuits.

Mr. R. Hough. 1938. Lancaster. Educated Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University. Sport Rugby football.



Rev. R. Loxham, Halsall Rectory.
Rev. Geo. Holden, Maghull.
Rev. A. B. Forde, Maghull.
Robt. Rigby, Esq., Liverpool.
Wm. -Mawdsley, Esq., Bootle.
John Formby, Esq., Bootle.
Thos. Harrison, Esq., Moss Side House.


1844.Rev. Rd. Leigh, Halsall Rectory.
1853.Matthew Forde, Esq.
1854.Rev. Lonsdale Formby.
 Robt. Mawdsley, Esq.
1869.Rev. J. G. Leigh.
1873.R. P. Wood, Esq.
 Benj. Pimbley, Esq.
 Rev. Canon Blundell.
 Edw. Whalley, Esq.
 Rev. J. F. Hocter.
1888.Samuel Atcherley, Esq.
 Richard Sumner, Esq.
 Benj. Pimbley, Esq.
1894.John Pimbley, Esq.
 Dr. J. F. Gordon, Esq.
1896.F. C. Holmes, Esq.
 S.J. Pilkington, Esq.
1898.Jasper M. Wood.


Rev. Canon H. Frazer, M.A.
J. Robinson, Esq.
R. Sumner, Esq.
J. H. Crocker, Esq.
T. Dumbill, Esq.
R. Burrows, M.B.



A few crowded months! That is my impression of the months which have passed since I became your Headmaster at Maghull. We have re-organised our School as a Junior Mixed and infants Department; I have made 140 admissions, and 80 children from our School have left the district; there was the international crisis in September last, when the School was temporarily closed in view of the grave situation; the new Senior Council School was opened ; another Council School is projected ; we are in our Centenary Year; a Sate of Work will be with us before some of you receive this souvenir!

I would not care to prophesy what changes there will be either made or contemplated when 1916 is here!

Nevertheless, I would be ungrateful if I did not acknowledge the sterling help and encouragement I have received from many sources. Firstly, the School Managers, that body of public-spirited men who willingly accept an honorary and onerous position. From them I have received nothing but encouragement and confidence.

Secondly, the Staff. It is inevitable that a new Headmaster should introduce new ideas and methods, and 1 can only express my appreciation of the loyal way in which the members of the Staff have supported all that we have undertaken.

Thirdly, the Parents. They are in many ways as big a problem for us as the children, but the many messages, the free and frank discussions, the kindly actions, and the numerous evidences of interest and friendliness, have all contributed to a feeling of belonging to one large and happy family.

Our Friends of the School deserve my mention, too. Often they have no children at school, but have some sentimental attachment, or are attracted to our work from a sense of good fellowship. Theirs is not the least valued link in a chain of happy associations.

I look forward to the future with confidence, and count myself fortunate to be the third of a trio of Headmasters of the Maghull C.E. School who are here in Maghull to-day, and 1 trust that when a future history of the school comes to be written my services will rank as high as those of Mr Recton and Mr. Robinson to-day.

Yours sincerely,


While we must of necessity be brief, doubtless many of our readers will be interested in this brief summary of some of the facilities now provided at school, for the days when the Three R's were of the only importance have passed away, and the multitudinous activities of the elementary school of to-day are apt to bewilder the uninitiated, and even the harassed teacher at times!

Let us take first of all the Time-table. In days of old, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic were practically the only subjects to be found. To-day, in addition to these three, we also find on the curriculum of our school such subjects as Art, Music, Hygiene, Handwork, Physical Training, Organised Games, Nature Study, Needlework, History, Geography, and Dramatisation.

Fifty years ago-yes, even fifteen years ago-who would have dreamed of milk in schools ? The Milk in Schools scheme came into operation in October, 1934, and under the scheme all school-children may buy one-third of a pint of milk for Ad. We estimate that in our Maghull C.E. School alone no less than 55,000 bottles of milk are consumed annually. A few halfpennies for the teachers to collect!

But this does not conclude our money-taking activities (we wish it was money-making !). There is the School Bank in connection with the Ormskirk Savings Bank, and each Monday morning the Teacher acts as a banker to encourage thrift. It is only fair to remark that both the Milk in Schools scheme and the Savings Bank are voluntary services rendered by the Teachers.

The Local Education Authority, in our case the Lancashire Education Authority, provides a Medical Service for all schoolchildren. Generally speaking, there are three full medical inspections during a child's school life, but in addition there are the even more frequent overhauls which sometimes reveal points needing attention. Reference to the Medical Service would not be complete without mention of the free immunisation against diphtheria given by Dr. Marsden, the Medical Officer of Health. This is a free service but is only given with the written consent of the parents. It is gratifying to note that many take advantage of it, but one cannot understand why some parents refrain. How they would reproach themselves if their youngsters did succumb to the ravages of the disease and if they had not done all they could ! Of 86,000 children in Birmingham who were treated, only 50 developed diphtheria, and of those fifty mild cases not one died.

The "Drill" of thirty years ago has given way to Physical Education, and in most schools, and certainly in the Maghull C.E. School, some part of every day is devoted to Physical Education. At this point we must thank the Trustees of the Pimbley Recreation Ground for the free use of the ground for Organised Games.


The subject of scholarships is one which exercises the minds of both parents and teachers, and is not one which can be fully dealt with in this small booklet. Nevertheless, it may be as Well to recapitulate some of the main issues.

Firstly, the Board of Education and the Education Committee strongly deprecate any special preparation for scholarships, and will not condone any deviation from the regular school time-table for such preparation.

True scholarship preparation commences at the age of five, and only by, regular attendance and application to work can the hope of a scholarship be justified. Too often, the school or the child is blamed, when the real cause of failure lies In irregular attendance between the ages of five and seven. These are very formative years.

The Review Examination, held in December of each year, is to stimulate scholarship entries, and does not affect the scholarship result.

Success in the scholarship examination does not necessarily mean free tuition at the Secondary School, as the family income is then taken into account.


To Present and Past Scholars, Parents and Friends :
It has been decided to make a Special Effort for these Schools to mark the Centenary Year.

An "Old Scholars, Parents and Friends Association" has been already formed and should function for many years to come.
A Subscription List has been opened and has already had a gratifying response.
It has been decided to hold a Sale of Work on the 26th and 27th May, 1939, our Centenary Year.
Suitable Celebrations will be made in the Centenary Year.

The financial efforts are mainly to provide for the future maintenance and improvement of these Schools, which, we feel sure, you will desire to see carried on efficiently and successfully for many years to come. The following Stalls are among those already arranged: Plain Sewing, Fancy Sewing, Grocery, Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables, Sweets and Toys, Crockery and Hardware, Refreshments, Side-Shows.

Coupons, 3d. and 6d., are now on Sale and may be obtained from the Stallholders or at the School. Weekly orders for coupons will help both customers and us.

Orders for goods, especially Plain and Fancy Needlework, will be greatly appreciated. (weekly or otherwise)

Gifts of Articles or Subscription will be heartily welcomed, and we hope you will not only give a little, yourself, but also ask your friends to help. It is surprising what can be done when each helps a little.

Part of this School is your War Memorial School-your Mother School is 100 years old-and it is not only your duty, but a privilege to help to keep it in a good state of repair and to secure additional advantages for the children. What can be done depends upon what our united efforts realise.

We look to all friends to rally round in this hundredth birthday year.
Thanking you in anticipation, we are,
Yours fraternally,

W. Higham (Chairman)                            I. Freeman
N. Holme (Secretary)                            L. Aspinall
A. R. Evans (Treasurer)                         D. Robinson
S. Armstrong                                    J. Morgan       The
S. Pimbley                                      W. R. Hough     O.P.F.A.
R. Cundliff                                     T. A. Nelson    Committee
C. Turner                                       G. Stone
R. Fairclough                                   F. Mallison



On behalf of the O.P.F.A. Committee and as Headmaster of the School, I wish to thank all those who have helped this Souvenir Booklet to achieve any measure of success and interest.

Our particular thanks are due to the advertisers for their patronage, and to Messrs. Evans and Nelson for their persistent efforts to ensure a worthy souvenir.

We would be ungrateful, too, if we did not acknowledge the goodwill of our printers, - The Ormskirk Advertiser,and also those people who have undertaken the distribution.

To our readers we would say, "Forgive our sins of omission and commission, and if you deem it a good effort and worthy cause, urge your friends to buy a copy."

To all, many thanks, and when our second centenary number is issued in 2039 may the compiler spare a thought for those who worked so enthusiastically in 1939.
W. H.