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Dad holding sign at Robert Montefiore School c1925

January 26, 2013
by the gentle author

Dad holding sign at Robert Montefiore School c1925

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  1. Judy Stern permalink
    January 29, 2013

    I am wondering how old the kids in the school photo are. My mother went to that school and I am wondering if she is in the photo. She was born in 1920. I now live in Canada but subscribe to Spitalsfield Life.

  2. sheila butt permalink
    April 28, 2013

    My mother also went to the said school she was born in 1923 and I still have her royal jubilee prize she got in 1935

  3. steve harris permalink
    May 31, 2014

    I attended this school in the 1960s. I would so love to trace the whereabouts of a teacher – Jean Ritchie -I owe her a word of thanks as she helped transform my life. Would anyone know of her?

  4. Kim Davies permalink
    July 5, 2014

    I attended this school in the 60′s loved mr Martin and the head mr sockoloff xx

  5. Shirley Day permalink
    July 18, 2014

    My mum, born 1913, attended the Robert Montefiore School, starting at age three. She used to say that she ‘was ‘thrilled to see toys when the teacher opened the cupboard door’. She lived in Stepney Green (the poor Jewish East End) and had little in the way of toys at home, so the school was obviously a wonderful place to be in those days.

  6. Richard Greenslade permalink
    August 29, 2014

    I was also at the school in the 60′s and remember the same teachers and all the laughs everyone had, a great school in it’s day

  7. September 30, 2014

    How interesting, I have just discovered my grandfather was the headmaster of the school until 1933

  8. jacky Blanks permalink
    December 27, 2015

    I went to Robert Montefiore primary from 1965 to 1969. My mum was also a classroom assistant there. When I first started on the infants the headmistress was Mrs Gosler who happened to be my mums teacher many years before at Scrutton Street school. Steve Harris I was taught my Miss Jean Ritchie who was great. I know she married and was then Mrs Jeffries. Mr Sokolof my the headmaster.

  9. steve harris permalink
    February 28, 2016

    @Jacky Blanks. Thanks for the information related to Jean Ritchie. I remember her so well. She is probably retired now. If you have any other information on her e.g. what other school(s) she went to or notable achievements then this would help me locate her; or should you have friends who have information I would love to know of it.
    I also remember Mr Sokoloff – he gave me a severe dressing down once for misbehaving !!

  10. steven harris permalink
    March 1, 2016

    I have just noticed the banner picture for spitafields life. It shows a crowd of people milling about – I think in Brick Lane market (can’t be quite sure). But the woman to the extreme right (with the bouffant blond hair) is, I believe, my Aunt Joyce (otherwise the spitting image of her). Sadly she passed away in 1993 but we always got on well. So good to see her picture – revives memories of her and the market days, not to mention the daft things I got upto!

  11. steven harris permalink
    March 1, 2016

    I’ve also just noticed the name of one of the commentators – Richard Greenslade. Richard, did I know you? I lived in Great Eastern Buildings and your name rings a bell.

  12. Martine Kaufman nee Bluestone permalink
    March 4, 2016

    I was taught by Miss Ritchie too. She was wonderful

  13. steven harris permalink
    March 5, 2016

    Martine, do you know any more of what happened to Jean Ritchie?

  14. ming cheung(man on ) permalink
    May 22, 2016

    I was studying there in 1972, but now retired in Hk. Would love to get in touch with my old classmates

  15. steven harris permalink
    May 31, 2016

    @Ming Cheung. I am currently based near Shanghai. I frequently travel to HK. Though we were not classmate would be good to speak with someone who was of the same era at Robert Monte. Problem is this site doesnt allow us to leave email addresses so not sure how we can communicate.

  16. Alan Martin permalink
    July 5, 2016

    My father was Harold (Harry) Martin, who was acting head after Mr Sockoloff retired. I also went to Robert Mont. I remember Jean (Jenny) Richie as well.

  17. July 13, 2016

    Hi, I am currently a teacher at Thomas Buxton school, Buxton Street E1 and am researching the history of our school. As I understand it, The Robert Montefiore School left Deal Street in March 1973 and moved into new premises round the corner in Buxton Street,

    At some point, in the late 1970s, the school’s was split into separate infant and junior schools and renamed Thomas Buxton. The school remains in Buxton Street. Can anyone tell me more about this part of the school’s history?

  18. Alan Martin permalink
    July 28, 2016

    Hi Sasha, I have a lot to tell. Please call me on 07542 257342 for information.
    Alan

  19. Alan Martin permalink
    August 18, 2016

    Trying to contact Jay Wagner. He would now be 59/60 years old. If anyone knows him or knows how I can contact him, please let me know. We were at both Robert Montefiore Schools together and in the same class and were very good friends. Lost contact with Jay after my parents moved to North London.
    Thanks
    Alan

  20. Stellios Papi permalink
    August 22, 2016

    Hi All.
    I was a pupil at Robert Montefiore Sec School from 1969-1975 (lower 6th).
    Age is not a helper in remembering names ,but would dearly love to hear from anyone who remembers me (or my last sister-Christine).Thanks to all..(n249sp@yahoo.co.uk)

  21. Shanaz permalink
    September 16, 2016

    My dad mentioned this school a few times. I’m assuming he attended during 1970s. Il have to ask him for more info. He also said this school is now known as Thomas Buxton.

  22. Miriam Sholaim permalink
    October 8, 2016

    Hi Alan I remember the name Jay Wagner. Didn’t he go to Brady Club?

  23. Alan Martin permalink
    October 16, 2016

    Hi Miriam, We both went to Brady Club and we both went on the 20 mile walk to Skeet House.

  24. November 15, 2016

    Alan – I have only just noticed your response to my request from the summer. Is it still ok to ring? My email is selliott@ thomasbuxton.towerhamlets.sch.uk. Let me know.
    Many thanks,
    Sasha

  25. Mary Tabone permalink
    November 29, 2016

    Hi everyone who attended R/M I attended the school in the 60′s and have some very fond memories and some not so fond ones. Unfortunately I don’t recall any of your names from your messages, but would be interested to know if anyone remembers me, lol.
    It would be great to have a school reunion. I would love to meet up and reminisce about the old times/good Timesheetportal would love to hear back

  26. Mary Tabone permalink
    November 29, 2016

    Hi All
    Did anyone attend R/M secondary school. I did for a couple of years 71-73

  27. Susan nee Dorras permalink
    December 23, 2016

    Alan, your dad taught me, a lovely man and a super teacher, he got me through my eleven plus. I can remember him bringing you and your brother Frank into school one day. I did send you a text as your mobile appeared on this site, fine to call me if you wish.
    Susan Richardson nee Dorras.

  28. Alan Martin permalink
    March 30, 2017

    Hi Susan and Sasha, sorry about the delay in replying. Yes, it’s ok to call me 07542 257342 or email me alanmartin58@hotmail.com
    You have a good memory Susan, my brother is Frank. Looking forward to hearing from you both. Best wishes. Alan

  29. Colin Piper permalink
    May 15, 2017

    Hi All
    Over a glass of red wine tonight with Steve Kay reminiscing about Robert Mon, tapped into this site. We both remember lots about the Deal Street school. We both left in ’66 me to Daneford and Steve to RM in Valence Rd. names: Tony Purse, Frank Greenslade, Dave Josephs Lata Patel, John Alexander, Roger Diss, Gary Tabner, Carol Goody, Steven Beager, Alan Tucker, Debbie Forbes, Michelle Carver, Hazel Green, Tony Viles, Janice Brewer, Eddie French and Lorraine Kay.
    Teachers: Mr Paddon – Head, Mr Baker. Mrs Braham, Mrs Tanner, Mrs Powell, Mrs Ritchie, Mr Martin, Mr Grodzinski. Good times, good school.

  30. Frank Collings permalink
    June 2, 2017

    Hi All
    Does anyone have any news on Carol Briggs? She attended Robert Montefiore Primary and went on to Robert Montefiore Secondary in Vallance Road from 1966 to 1971. Thanks

  31. deborah roberts permalink
    June 11, 2017

    My Gran attended the school in around 1930/1939 she has a photo of the school and still remembers all their names. She is 92 now and used to live in Buxton ..her name then was Shirley Pearlman. Is there anyone around who knows anything from those times?
    debbie

  32. Alan Martin permalink
    July 22, 2017

    Hi Deborah, does your Gran remember Beatrice Solomons? This was my mother who lived in Buxton Street in the early 30s/40s. Alan

  33. jude legge permalink
    November 20, 2017

    HI ALAN
    I WAS ALSO IN THE SAME CLASS AS JAY WAGNER LOVLY BOY WELL A MAN NOW I WILL BE 60 IN JUNE I AM SURE IT IS THE SAME JAY NO CONTACT BUT I REMEMBER SO MANY PEOPLE OF THAT TIME GREAT SCHOOL DAYS AT R M BEAT WISHES JUDE MY NAME THEN JUDITH HILLOCKS

  34. Lesley keeper permalink
    November 26, 2017

    To frank collings. , Was carol Briggs the younger sister of Jennifer briggs

  35. Ming cheung permalink
    December 2, 2017

    Hi steven harris. Sorry to reply late , you can contact me on 00852 53422410 hk or email to mingcheung45@hotmail.com

  36. Alan Martin permalink
    December 5, 2017

    Hey Jude, we’re you in the same class as Jay at the primary or secondary School? I was in Jay’s class at both Schools.

  37. Frank Collings permalink
    December 10, 2017

    To Lesley Keeper: it is possible she had a younger sister although I did think it was a brother. Carol lived in a block of flats on Commercial Road.
    Thanks

  38. January 16, 2018

    Message for steven Harris, I saw your question asking if Richard Greenslade lived in Great Eastern buildings, I remember a Marion Greenslade from there who now lives in Poplar East London. I assume she must have been related to Richard. I lived in Grey Eagle Street and went to Robert Montefiore Primary until we moved to Hackney in 1965. I was ten years old. Mr Padden was the head teacher then

  39. Sunahwar Ali permalink
    January 24, 2018

    Is there is possible to get information about school records during 1973-1977..

  40. steven harris permalink
    January 31, 2018

    @Angela brown. Thanks for leaving the comment Angela. I would love to speak with you about those days if possible. Almost certainly Marion would be sister to Richard and I remember Grey Eagle street – the pub and Leon’s very well. Don’t remember Mr Padden, but certainly Mr Sokoloff – a scary individual!

    If the Gentle author would be kind enough to allow my email: hrs177@aol.com. Please do get in touch.

  41. Nazma Islam nee Khanum permalink
    March 25, 2018

    Hi All
    I attended Robert Monte from 1972 until 1978 when I moved over to Robert Montefiore Secondary. Those were the best and I have the fondest memories of those days especially the summer of 76! I remember the following junior class teachers Mr Smith, Miss Furness, Mr Murray, Miss Buckley and Mr Jones (headteacher). I remember the infant teachers Miss Green, Mrs Tavvy, Miss Banks, Miss Hanky and deputy head Mrs Bloor. Loved the school and cried so much when I had to leave to start secondary. The teachers were some of the best and I don’t think I will ever forget them. Hope someone out there was in my year/class and remembers me.

  42. Jackie Williams permalink
    March 28, 2018

    Hello all

    I went to Robert Montefiore infant/junior school between 1965 and 1970 – my name then was Jackie Goodey. I remember Mrs Gosler, Mr Sokoloff and Miss Ritchie. I also remember Miss Mary? She had short black hair and wore beautiful sari? That’s what we called her but looking back now I am pretty sure that couldn’t have been her proper name.

    Others in my class were Sui Wong, Stephen Ballam, Susan Conlan, Maureen Worrell, Patience Black. I lived on Cranberry Street, right at the end by the shunting yard gates, backing onto the underground.

    My family moved to Aveley in Essex during final year of juniors and I travelled up to RM for six months so I could finish the year and take my 11+

  43. Sally Caplan permalink
    April 8, 2018

    I am trying to find out about my dad’s teaching career – Harry Reuben.
    He taught science.

    Any information woudl be gratefully received – we do not where else he taught, ad soule love any iformation.

    Hopefully
    Sally

  44. April 9, 2018

    Does anyone have memories of coming up Gorsefield the old house and gardens in Stansted Essex. I presently run the centre on behalf of Tower Hamlets. A photo or 2 would be fantastic.

  45. Nita Guz permalink
    April 27, 2018

    Does anyone have any memories of being evacuated to Stretham in Cambridgeshire in 1940
    Nita

  46. Sue Fox permalink
    May 1, 2018

    My late father LEW Goddard (Goldberg) born 1920 lived in Princelet Street. went to Deal Street school. I believe he is in this photo and is the little boy at the end of the front row on the right. I have another photo from 1931 with him holding the board with the name of the school. If anyone had any memories of him I’d love to hear.

  47. Anthonias comwillis permalink
    May 25, 2018

    Hi my name is anthonias comwillis i attended Robert Montefiore from 1971-1976. I was very involved in the music & drama department.

  48. Anthonias comwillis permalink
    May 25, 2018

    I have some pictures of gorsfield which Gavin Gynn might like. I remember Patience Black, Steven Balam were in the year above me. Anyone remember Rufus Clark and his brother’s, Mr hunt in music department, Bella nassau, Mr Abrahams. While I was there we put on plays, we did events with the drum majoreets at old people’s homes and so forth. Here’s my number 07956659388 get in touch if you remember any of these details I listed.

  49. Claud Magras permalink
    June 24, 2018

    Hi All
    A name in a newspaper today (Sokolof) inspired me to look up Robert Montefiore, and I came across this site. I lived in Greatorex Street and attended RM in Deal St (1964-69), as did my four younger brothers. I have fond memories of my time at RM, and remember a few class-mates including Steven Harris (who helped me learn to swim in Goulston St Baths, yes I remember you!) and his brother Kevin (in class with my brother Kenneth), Gary Beager, Gary Allan, Jackie Martin (I also remember your mum as a lovely lady), Michelle Mowlem, Sharon Leach (lived on the same landing as us in Greatorex Hse), Rosemary Navser, Cynthia Bretao, Anthony Proc, Jay Wagner, Michael Flood and David Schroeder. I also remember David Baker and Michael Conlan as we all left RM and attended Central Foundation Boys School from ‘69.

    Mrs Shaw was the teacher who made the major difference to my life (my parents still mention her in conversation), and I remember Mr Martin, Mrs Bloor, Mr Sokolof, as well as Miss Ritchie and Mr Hickman. I am sure somewhere I still have a couple of photos from the annual trip to Seaford. I also spent time at the Brady Club during those years, and joined trips and camping holidays arranged by Derek Cox.

    Nice to see others also have fond memories of RM.

    Regards, Claud (Claudius) Magras

  50. Joe moses permalink
    June 26, 2018

    Hi everyone, I attended r/m till Feb 1970…
    My name is Ezekiel moses…mr boyson was our headmaster. I now live in los Angeles where I’ve been for the last 35 years.
    Anyone remember me??….

  51. Alan Martin permalink
    June 28, 2018

    Hi Claudius, I was in you class and remember some of the names you mentioned, including my dad, Mr Martin. I remember Jay Wagner, my best friend, Gary Allen and Michael Flood.
    Obviously I remember all the teachers you mentioned. I also remember going on “School Journey “ to Seaford.
    Did you ever go to Skeet House, or do the sponsored 20 mile walk to Skeet House?
    Keep well,
    Regards

    Alan

  52. sirajul HOQUE permalink
    July 19, 2018

    I attended from 1974—1979 i enjoyed every moment of my life. try link https://vimeo.com/71008102

  53. July 29, 2018

    To jackie Williams nee’goodey- I lived in cranberry st next to the gates at the end. Lived next door to daisy & Fred cruchington & the michell family lived opposite my name is Lesley Keeper .i was about 13 when I moved from there I am now 70

  54. Jackie Williams permalink
    July 31, 2018

    Hello Lesley, do you remember the huge fire in the rail yard?

  55. Sharon Marney permalink
    October 11, 2018

    I attended from 1970 to 1974. I am living and working in the US now and need to find someone from the school to verify that I attended. Any assistance would be much appreciated.

  56. November 11, 2018

    Came across this website by accident wow!
    I recognise some names here! I went to RM with my sister Shelly Jones, we lived in Bloomfield house old montage street, We left in 70/71
    Claud I remember your brothers too
    Would like to hear of any reunion happening
    Best days My school life attending RM

  57. Steve Morpurgo permalink
    November 19, 2018

    Alan Martin, i remember your dad, he was my teacher at Robert Montefiore. Everyone i went to school with remembers him with great affection, a really wonderful man.
    I was a Brady member and then manager and also did the Skeet walk. I was also the cook at Skeet for a while.

  58. Alan Martin permalink
    December 7, 2018

    Hi Steve,
    I’m pleased you have good memories of my father. I recognise your name but can’t place you.
    As went to Brady, do you by any chance remember my mother, Beatrice (Betty Martin) nee Solomons? My mother was manager at Brady for many years. She was also a teacher at Harry Goslin, Redmans Road and Stepney Jewish Schools.

  59. Maggie Linton permalink
    February 4, 2019

    I went to RM, started in the nursery, then on to the primary. I left in 1968 and went to Central Foundation Grammar school for girls. My maiden name was Zihni. My favourite teacher was Mrs Shaw, who played the clarinet if I remember, or was it something else? I also recall Miss Ritchie, she scared me for some reason, so much that I sat and wet myself in her class!! And when I was a lot younger there was a lovely lady called Miss Miller, who unfortunately got pregnant and had to leave. I remember playing on the roof playground, buying biscuits with my biscuit money, and the lovely school dinners. The library with windows up to the ceiling where I used to lose myself in their books. The prize givings, and the music lessons, where I learnt to play the glockenspiel. Many fond memories of Mr Sokaloff, who I met again many years later when I was in my twenties, and he lived in the Downham area then. He was lovely. We lived in Greatorex Street, and I remember going camping to Minehead once. I cried for weeks when we came home, my home life was not happy and I loved being at school.

  60. Alan Martin permalink
    February 25, 2019

    Hi Lesley, do you know if Fred and Daisy had a son called Victor? I went to school with a Victor Cruchington.

  61. Rebecca Smith permalink
    March 3, 2019

    Dear all
    My parents Roger Patrick and Sandra Patrick (nee Sankey) met 1966?? and married (1969) while working at Robert Mont. They were both geography teachers. They have amazing memories of that place and I (as a teacher now) love hearing about the “good days of teaching”
    Anyway in a month it’s their Golden wedding anniverary and if any one at al remembers them and would be willing to send me an email (rcsmithpatrick@outlook.com) with some words or even better a video comment with your memories I would be so grateful. Thanks in advance Becky

  62. Alan Martin permalink
    March 8, 2019

    Hi Becky, as a matter of interest, did your parents teach at the primary school or secondary?
    If they were at the former, they may have known my father, Harold Martin. If they were at the secondary, I may have known them, although I don’t recognise their names, or they may have known me. It would be interesting to know.
    Thanks

  63. Russell shapiro permalink
    March 30, 2019

    I went to Robert Montefiore from 1965 to 1970. Names are now a blur but I was in the classes of Miss Ritchie and Miss Mary. I have fond memories of the school and certainly remember Mr Martin and Mr Sokoloff. Had a fun time at Seaford. I lived in Vallance Road near the senior school but went to JFS at 11.

  64. Alan permalink
    April 6, 2019

    Hi Russell, your name sounds familiar to me. I also went to the Junior school around those dates. Do you remember Jay Wagner, he also lived in Vallance Road?

  65. Russell shapiro permalink
    April 7, 2019

    Honestly I do not remember Jay. Did he live in Hughes Mansions. It has been a long time and in those days we never kept records. It would be lovely to have a class list form somewhere. I recall Shui Wing Wong and Steven Harris and Bradley Vancliff. Unfortunately I lost contact with everybody. Jeffrey Ross was with me at JFS. I cannot recall any of the girls names maybe there was a Tania Ramsden but I could be wrong.

  66. Alan Martin permalink
    April 22, 2019

    Hi Russell, Jay lived in Valance Road a a few hundred yards up from the secondary school. The only name I remember of those you mentioned is Jeffrey Ross. Never mind, I’m sure someone will recall those names.

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