I was a school prefect during 1958-9 at Wickford Secondary Modern.
On Friday afternoons, last period, the boy prefects were tasked to get ladders out and climb onto the school roofs to collect children’s balls that had gone onto the roofs during break times. How would the current Health & Safety regulations view allowing 14 and 15 year old children to climb on roofs?!! It was a good skive off lessons.
Just before leaving school, at 15, I took a camera to school and photographed these three views. These pictures capture a time when Irvon Hill was an unmade road and the school children had allotments, to learn about growing their own food. Note – Wickford Secondary Modern School is now Wickford Junior School.