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Dad holding sign at Robert Montefiore School c1925

January 26, 2013
by the gentle author

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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.

  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.

  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..(

  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@ Let me know.
    Many thanks,

  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
    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?

  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


  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

  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.

  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: 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.


  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

  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,


  52. sirajul HOQUE permalink
    July 19, 2018

    I attended from 1974—1979 i enjoyed every moment of my life. try link

  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 ( 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.

  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.

  67. Judith Legge /Hillocks permalink
    July 8, 2019

    I attended RM 1964/1969 lived in Valance Rd in the same class as Claud Magras jay Wagner Gary Allen Jackie Martin i used to go to her house her mother was wonderful lady i know all the other class mates mention THOSE WERE THE DAYS MY FRIENDS”i went on to embark as a fashion model and worked in the TV INDUSTRY GOOD HEALTH AND BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL

  68. Barbara Joan Brown permalink
    August 19, 2019

    I went to Robert Montefiore school from 1950 until 1954 , born in 1939, I travelled each day from Debden, Essex, I was told it was a Central school and that was why I had to get a tube from Debden Station to Mile End then change to Whitechapel Station.
    All my friends were from the local area I can remember some names of classmates and some teachers,
    Mr Nurse was headmaster, Mr Lloyd taught French, on one report he put Barbara is a very nice girl but her and French do not agree. The geography teacher used to aim the chalk wipers
    Skimming across the class at boys behaving badly, it was prudent to duck in his lessons.
    Does anybody remember me, if so will add more memories.
    Barbara Joan (nee Brown) now Wilson

  69. Maurice permalink
    September 18, 2019

    I was at the primary in Deal St and then went to the secondary from 1974- 1980.
    I remember Mr Martin and Mr Sokoloff. Does anyone remember Mr Carter, music teacher ?

  70. Maurice Nyman permalink
    September 18, 2019

    @Sirijul Hoque,
    I think I remember you. Did you live in Hanbury St?
    Anyone remember Curtis Lendor,Mohammed Nabi and Alan Lord( and his sister Debra) ?

    Used to love going to Gollops sweet shop.

  71. Frances Stapley wasLassman permalink
    September 29, 2019

    I remember Barbara Brown and have list of lots of teachers names and pupils. Was in mr Lloyds class. From 1950 to 1954

  72. Frances Stapleywas Lassman permalink
    September 29, 2019

    Some names of people in my class Doris Tonge Joan Morris Betty Smith Louise Sanders Gloria Camozine Mervin Ritter Brian Macarthy Gerald Eriera Frances DelmontDerek Free.Teachers I remember Miss Fagg, Mr Anderson Mr Arter Mr Lloyd Mr Levine Miss Cox I loved French and needlework had a prize presented at Toynbee Hall. My best friends were Joan and Barbara Gerber, identical twins Happy days?

  73. Sharon Finch wagner permalink
    October 11, 2019

    For everyone who has mentioned my brother Jay Wagner he is alive and kicking and lives in Sweden.

  74. Shanaz (Shanay) Randera permalink
    November 23, 2019

    I attened RM 1963_1969.
    I was briefly in Miss Bloors class, then another teacher, who’s name i dontt remember, I think she was a Thai teacher.

    Then juniors it was Ms Baynard, Mrs Pollock, Miss Ritchie and Mrs Shaw.

    I knew Michelle Baker, Elizabeth Cohen, Debbie Buttoner/Green and the headmaster was Mr Sokoloff.

    I also attened the Brady club and took part in plays and other activity there.

    Dont know if anyone remembers me, would be great if there could be a reunion.

  75. November 26, 2019

    Hello, my name is Marilyn and I attended RM primary school 1955 to 1957. We moved away from the area around 1957. I remember Miss Perry, Mrs Gosler, and Mrs Bloor. Mrs Gosler was my nursery class teacher and one day my mother forgot to pick me up from school! She was working away at her sewing machine and suddenly remembered! I recall walking with Mrs Gosler at the age of 4 up the road to see my mum running along and apologising! I liked RM school very much and was happy there. It would be good to reminisce with anyone who attended around that time.

  76. March 30, 2020

    I remember Lenny Crutchington, who lived in my flats on the Collingwood Estate. Jackie Williams, did you have a sister Carol?

  77. Lawrence shenker permalink
    March 30, 2020

    I am one off Rita Shenker was Jacobs son she is trying to contact one off he friends, her name was Susan Nyman, I saw that a Maurice Nyman posted on here and wonder if they are in any way related

  78. Lesley keeper permalink
    April 14, 2020

    Susan Nyman was my friend at school & used to live in the next street when I lived in cranberry street I am in touch all the time with her younger sister Betty nyman

  79. Lesley keeper permalink
    April 14, 2020

    To Alan Martin Daisy & Fred cruchington ha a son called Leneord who lived next door to me in cranberry street

  80. Brian Yeaman permalink
    June 19, 2020

    I attended Robert Montefiore Central School from 1950 to 1954. Mr. Nurse was Headmaster and our form teacher was Mr. Paddon (a great teacher). We were lucky to have him as our form teacher every year.
    Mr. Lloyd was the French teacher, I also remember Mr. Levy, Mr. Addison, Mr. Golstien, Ms. Hughes.
    My school friends were Eddie Button, Alfie Paxton, Tony Keefe, Derek Free, John Crowley, Harry Mendez.
    I remember going on many school holidays, Lake District a few times, Paris.

  81. August 20, 2020

    I attended RM Central school from 1952 until Dec 1956, our Head Master Mr Nurse and Form Teacher a Mr Goldstien. Can anyone out there remember our trip to Stratford upon Avon in our last term at school. I do know that some stayed on and went to ” Technical College “, some names that come to mind are Brian Reagan, Harry Hooper, Sylvia Day and Sally Levy

  82. Rajni permalink
    September 5, 2020

    My dad went to this school in 1970 I would like to find if there is any school photos

  83. Maurice permalink
    September 9, 2020

    @Leslie Keeper, I’m the youngest brother of Susan and Betty. I never knew the house in Anglesea St but I grew up in Ramsey St.

  84. September 9, 2020

    I lived in Valence road,also went to Deal st&RM secondary left in 1967 . Still in contact with Lesley Keeper &Sandra Pollock .good old days mr Boyce was Head &Mr Mitra deputy. I did go to the reunion some years back would be nice to have another one. Rebecca

  85. Yvonne (Buffman) Cheyney permalink
    September 21, 2020

    I was at Robert Montefiore Secondary School from 1953-1958. Headmaster Mr. Nurse, headmistress and French teacher Miss Abrahamson, French Teacher and shorthand teacher Mr. Lloyd, class teacher Mr. Castleton. He passed away around 1956 and we then had Miss Diamond. Math teacher – Mr. Addison who married the art mistress Miss Field. He also taught recorders to the boys. He didn’t think the girls should learn recorder. Caning was used on the boys, but not on the girls. Mr. Levine – history teacher. Mr. Reuben – chemistry and science. I stayed on to the 5th year and took GCEs. I still have my prefect badge ! I lived on Elder Street off Commercial Street. It was about a 15 minute walk down Hanbury Street to get to Vallance Road. I also went to Brady Street club. I moved to America in 1964 now living in Southern California. I was in touch for several years with Mr. and Mrs. Nurse (now both gone) and Miss Abrahamson (also gone). I have never forgotten my RM days. I really enjoyed my life at RM. I am in touch with one of my school mates who lives in Colorado – Patrick Crowley. He has been in touch with several RM’s. Please contact me if you remember me. The Gentle Author can give you my email address. We are so privileged to have this talented gentleman open our minds each day with his articles. Particular during these worrying times, we need plenty of “brain” food. I send best wishes to all the readers and “be safe.” Yvonne

  86. Anniemarie permalink
    October 4, 2020

    Hi my name is anniemarie may
    I used too go too deal st school RM
    And also the new building in Buxton st.
    I lived in hanbury st opp my infants school RM
    I remember lots of class mates. From late 60s
    Till we moved too the new building.
    I remember Curtis lendor . Kim mc Murray . Diana heard. Sandra Godfrey
    Kim Schroeder. The Abrahams. Conlans. Nymons
    So many more.
    Mrs Eaton lovely teacher. Mr Lucas
    Good old mr Blackmore headmaster
    Unfortunately I ended up in C/homes
    Tower hamlets school for girls
    Left before time
    The rest is history
    My name was Annie
    I had 2 brothers Danny
    Lots great memories from my school days
    Does anyone remember us
    And of corse gallops sweet shop
    Evenses Buxton st that was like dairy shop next too the pub
    Great days
    Be lovely too have reunion
    I in my 50s now
    Living on the south coast
    Please anyone contact who may know me
    Either call
    Me or email
    As follows
    Leave message no I will reply
    Re RM
    Annie xx

  87. Barry Silkman permalink
    October 17, 2020

    In answer to Rebecca Smith, I remember your dad Roger really well, he was a good footballer. I hope he is still with us and if so tell him Barry Silkman never forgot him and please send him my best wishes. Thank you

  88. Steven buttery permalink
    November 26, 2020

    Was at Robert montifiore until 1967 great memories
    A wonderful time to be in the area

  89. Brian hersey permalink
    January 14, 2021

    I looked up and seen on my phone
    I seen that my name was on
    this phone about October 2020
    Robert mote secondary school year
    1967 to 1968

  90. brian Smith permalink
    January 14, 2021

    School name was brian Smith
    Now changed Hersey

  91. John Morley permalink
    February 10, 2021

    Hi when to rm school from 1964 1969 mr Martin was a great teacher one of my best teachers my name is jJohn Morley any one remember me Alan Martin your dad was a great teacher mate if you are still looking for jay wager he’s in Sweden you can look him up on face book

  92. Alan Martin permalink
    February 12, 2021

    Hi John, thanks for your kind comments about my father. I was able to trace Jay Wagner through his sister, who heard I was trying to find him. I also went to R.M. for two years, 1969/70

  93. February 13, 2021

    My father went to RMS high school around 1956 I think, trying to track down anyone that may have known him! His name I believe then was Wayed ullah or butler but may have been known as Roy.

    He grew up in Bethnal green, mile end.
    Born in 1946
    Would love to hear any stories you may have and how you know him
    As he has fond memories of his childhood.

    Praying someone knows him!

  94. John Morley permalink
    March 2, 2021

    Hi Jackie goody I used to live at 9 cranberry street 4 doors from you I was in your class at r / m

  95. John Morley permalink
    March 2, 2021

    Hi Jackie goody I used to live 9 cranberry st 4 door down from you I lived their from 1964 to 1975 I was in the same class as you take care

  96. Jeff Ross permalink
    March 19, 2021

    Please drop me a line if you remember

  97. Michael McCarthy permalink
    April 2, 2021

    Hi Jeff, I do remember, when hope you remember me, went to RM and lived in flats next yours V House. I remember your Dad drove a Black cab. Moved to Milton Keynes. Do you also remember Stephan Ballam / Peter Holt?

  98. Kartar Singh permalink
    April 26, 2021

    Dear All,

    I attended the school in 1960 as a five year old. I lived in Peace Terrace. I left in 1963 as we moved to Bow E3. The teachers I have a vague memory of is Mr Baker, Ms Powell, Ms Howard and an elderly teacher Ms Terrence.

    I was in the same class as Roger Diss.

    I would love to meet up anyone who started school in 1960.

    I went back to the school a few weeks ago and was unable to recognise the place.

    I am Kartar Singh, I am 65 years young, I live in Ilford. Please contact me on 07725 514229.

  99. Nazma Islam nee Khanum permalink
    April 27, 2021

    Hi Maurice,

    I remember Mr Carter, Music teacher, he got me into Blondie because he had a thing for Debbie Harry lol and was always playing Blondie songs. I was at Robert Mont Secondary from 1978 – 1981 which was when my family relocated to Manchester. I remember some of the other teachers too: Mr Cleo (Maths) Mr Clarke (geog) Miss Johnson (history) Mr Abrahams (sociology) Mrs Jamieson (Librarian) Mr Lawrence (English) Mr Arbani (science), Mr Shivani, Mr Mitra (HT). They were the best days, and then we moved to Manchester and school went downhill after that!!!

    Also have fond memories of Gollops the sweet shop, was always there buying sweets and I remember the old couple who ran the shop.

  100. brian Smith permalink
    May 11, 2021

    I have seen my name their thank you
    But it a long time ago in 1967_68
    I was at Robert montefiore secondary
    School my story started in school
    one day i was in class with friends
    the teacher said to us for what
    I remember he kept us in class for
    Some time i ask the teacher can
    I go to the next class so he put has
    Hand on my head got my hair one side
    to a other i was not happy with this
    I was just 11 ages old so i walk away
    from him come and hit him then
    Hi hit me injury to my face i run to my
    home but i got a letter from the school
    as i can look at it now not to come back
    Robert montefiore school when i look
    at this now why didn’t the head teacher
    ask me to come and see him and talk
    about what happened that day their are
    too side to a story in that some year
    my house was called Richmond house
    colour red we one the football matches
    that year i never got my medal because
    of this for what happened to me it not right

    Kind Regards

    Brian Smith

  101. Suk Yee Wong permalink
    August 7, 2021

    Hello I attended RM primary in the mid sixties and found this site by accident. Reading the comments out of curiosity there were so many names I remember and or course several of the
    teachers. I have had a wonderful conversation with Alan Martin and to tell him what an inspirational teacher his dad was. Steve Harris if you pick this message up I have happy memories of you with my brother Alec (Siu Wing) Wong who is now living in HK.

  102. Siu Wing Wong permalink
    August 11, 2021

    @Jackie Williams (Goodey)
    I do remember you well and did wonder whatever happened after you moved to Aveley.
    Really pleased you remember me.

    Recall you and Tonia Ramsden were the two brightest in the class. Just to add my little
    memory of our classmates. Ian Walker, Peter Patel, Russell Shapiro, Paul Micalef, Steve Harris (my chess partner) Alison (can’t remember the surname) Jeff Ross, Jean Richardson.

    Link was passed on recently and only just managed to have a read, so apologies if somewhat late in
    adding my bit. Have fond memories of the last year and Seaford

  103. Alan Martin permalink
    August 19, 2021

    Hi, does anyone remember a teacher called Miss Muriel Gill, now Muriel Gutsell?
    I had a call from her as she taught at RM in the 1950s/60s. I have contact details for her if anyone would like her number.

  104. Alan Martin permalink
    August 29, 2021

    Hi again,
    As Suk Yee Wong said, we had a wonderful long conversation reminiscing. It is amazing how this site is connecting so many people and bringing back many memories after such a long period of time. I’m sure there are many other old friends that are unaware of this site. It may be worth mentioning this site on other social media sites to make people aware.
    It would be great to get in contact with our childhood friends again.

  105. Russell shapiro permalink
    August 30, 2021

    I wonder if there are class lists anywhere. It would also be nice to know what happened to our teachers. I thought about visiting the building last year on the 50th anniversary but I didn’t quite make it. I rarely get the chance to visit the east end these days and anyway it has no
    Doubt changed dramatically

  106. brenda blackman permalink
    September 5, 2021

    I was at Montefiore in Vallance road in 50s. Never found any old pals. I know the country. I live in Cornwall. My best mates were June Cheek. Anne Morrison, June Crow, Jean Last , deceased. Pauline Attlee. Love to hear from anyone.

  107. Edward Clarke permalink
    September 25, 2021

    Went to RM 1950-1954 I lived in Sidney St those days, my pals at school were Maurice (Moisha) Bloom, Bertie Read, Bob Russell, Ron Ashenden, classmates Ashley Rosen, Ronnie Bright, Alan Penn.
    Teachers – Mr Levene, Mr Lloyd, Mr Reuben, Miss Field, Mrs Goldstein Headmaster Mr Nurse.
    Miss Field married Mr Addison our PE Teacher.

    Remember going to Eltham sports ground and Fairlop to play rugby, Mr Addison loved rugby and each year we would go to Twickenham to see the Varsity match.

    Still keep in touch with Maurice Bloom, not many of us left now but Great Memories of those days.

  108. Mary Tabone permalink
    September 29, 2021

    Hi all classmates from 1964-1970. I have extremely fond memories of R/M school. It’s been a trip down memory lane to read all posts. Peer’s ames mentioned seem a bit vague. But teachers names I will never forget. Of course not forgetting Mr sokoloff and Mr Martin. Teachers names, Ms blore, Ms Perry,
    I also attended the Brady club and went on school trips. Does anyone remember my sister and I Mary and Jean.
    We have such fond memories (except for Ms Blore) in the infant’s. We would love to hear from anyone who remembers us… lol
    My sister had auburn hair, mine was dark. Does anyone have pictures. I’ve got some of times in the Brady club. Don’t know how to post them on this site though.

  109. Frances was lassman permalink
    October 9, 2021

    Left 1955/6 Remember Mr Lloyds class. Mervyn Ritter. Paul Deitch. Joan Morris Betty Smith. FrancesDelmont, Gloria Camozine. Doris TongeGerald ErieraBrian McarthyLouise Sanders Teachers we’re Miss Fagg Mr Bernstein, Mr Arter, Miss Buckley Miss Davies Miss CoxMr Anderson Mrs Chisolme. My best friends were twins Joan and BarbaraGerber.Headmaster was Mr Nurse. Mr Levine music teacher. Seems a hundred years ago. AHappy Days??????

  110. October 30, 2021

    ‘Old Boy’-1952-’57 Robert Montefiore Sec. Oh, happy days ! Well the memory softens with age !
    A.J.Nurse-Headmaster; Miss Diamond-who nourished an abiding interest in Eng. Lit.&c.
    ‘Jimmy’ Lloyd , Prof.Francais:Whom I later ‘bumpted’ into in an Essex Primary School-myself then on Teaching Prac. ,training to teach .
    Final mention for Mr.Levine,our History teacher,ardent Socialist,and,an inspiration ! At G.C.E. O Level we spent time at his flat(fed by his lovely wife),coffee & kichals !Busy revising for exams.
    Those were the days !!!
    Later in life,lived in S.W.France (18 years).Now U.K., Liverpool
    Hope to hear from anybody ? Que sera, sera !

  111. December 29, 2021

    was at rm deal st from 64 to 70 was in miss mareys class with robert smith and perry goldstein

  112. Karen (nee Groth) permalink
    February 19, 2022

    Hello Alan Martin, I have a group photograph of the school journey in Seaford in 1966, which includes your dad and some of the then children named on this webpage. If you would like me to send you the photograph, please let me know. I have noted your e-mail address as given on 30 March 2017. I left RM, Deal Street in 1967.

  113. Cope Arnie permalink
    May 7, 2022

    Is the school still there ?
    My mother went to the school
    Lily Bryman and left in December 1928
    She was head girl and also received the
    Montefiore Award voted by her school comrades
    I have the letter given to her and signed by
    M.C. King.
    Would love to get more information.
    She lived in Underwood Street.

  114. Barry Silkman permalink
    June 8, 2022

    Rebecca Smith I can’t believe your dad is Roger Patrick , I remember him so so well. He was tall and a good footballer. He was one of the people that inspired me to become a professional footballer. Unbelievable. I hope he is still alive and healthy, I will never forget him

  115. Maurice Nyman permalink
    July 15, 2022

    @ Nazma Islam,
    So sorry for the very delayed response. Only just see it today.
    You mentioned a few teachers that I actually forgot.
    I liked Mr Carter alot. A fine teacher and had some great taste in music.
    Will never forget Mr Mitra. Do you remember Mr Wallett who teaches Geography?
    Unbelievably happy days.

  116. Alan Golowicz permalink
    July 27, 2022

    I was at RM around 1953-56. The only memories I have is of walking across the bomb site from my home in Brick Lane (now the Indian “Aladin Restaurant”) to Deal Street and of the fence around the roof where we used to play. I have many photos in myself in school uniform during the weekends but only one taken in the school itself of myself as a soldier with 5 other classmates in the cast of “Rumpelstiltskin”. Now in Oz.

  117. Mohammed Akram permalink
    August 17, 2022

    Hi all,
    It’s really great to know that memories are kept alive of RM school. It was the best years of my life and great teachers. I was there from 1976 to 1980. The headmaster was an Indian by the name of Mr Mitra and he was strict! In my final years there I was in art class across the playground ( now demolished) I had a lot of friends and Bangladeshi friends. Even to this day I want to go back and walk the corridors of that school.We used to swimming lessons just off petticoat market and Buckfast street for the art classes in the beginning….oh I wish I could rewind the clock back.

  118. Maurice Nyman permalink
    August 20, 2022

    @ Mohammed Akram
    Who can forget Mr Mitra? He was quite strict but I got on pretty ok with him.
    The demolished building where they had art, drama and music lessons was the Underwood building. A real shame it isn’t there anymore.
    I remember the swimming lessons at Goulston St when I first started at the school in 1974.
    Great days and memories.

  119. Ian McGinn permalink
    March 19, 2023

    I taught P.E. at Robert Montefiore in the 70’s. Mr. Mitra was the headteacher. He followed Mrs Macdonald Murdoch. Rita Dash was the girl’s P.E. teacher. I took groups to Gorsefield. We introduced hockey, volleyball as well as playing all the usual sports. I started there as the new sports hall opened. Simply wonderful days. Hard but incredibly rewarding work. The morning swimming lessons at Goulston Street were great fun.
    Teachers who remain in mind were Messrs. Lawrence, McNulty, Philpott, Kitchener, Mrs. Rodgers. Mrs Garfinkle and Carole McQueen from the office. BrianVickery caretaker.

  120. March 24, 2023

    Does anyone have any memories or photos of the school’s production of The Matchgirls musical in March 1971?

    If so, please get in touch. You could help us in our work to raise awareness of the 1888 Matchgirls Strike.

    Please contact me at

    Graham Johnson,
    The Matchgirls Memorial

  121. Maurice permalink
    March 25, 2023

    @ Ian Mcginn
    I think I remember you. Did you have blonde hair? I left the school in 1980 after being a 6th former.
    Does anyone here remember Mr Carter who taught music?

  122. Yvonne Roberts permalink
    June 16, 2023

    @ Ian McGinn,

    Is it right to say that you played hockey at national level?

    I only attended RM school from September 1972 until March 1974 while Mrs MacDonald Murdoch was the head teacher and Mr Mitra was the Deputy Head teacher. She had great ambitions for the school.

    I remember Miss Dash for P.E. gymnastics and trampolining. Mr Hunt was the music teacher, I joined the under-stage singers for the performance of Oliver (even though I still can’t sing). He was very proud of the drum majorettes In the short time attending RM a trip to Gorsefield and skiing trip to Italy were also fitted in.

    Following a lead from Messenger, has given me the opportunity to look back at a brief period in my life.

  123. Danny reardon permalink
    August 24, 2023

    Hi my name is Danny reardon and I went to rm from 64/69 great memories

  124. Jude Legge permalink
    September 15, 2023

    Hi Alan Martin
    I attended RM 1964-1969 the Primary school I lived in Vallance Rd Head master was Mr Sokolof I trained as a Actress/Fashion Model I was very much a loner but went on to on to have an amazing life I remember Jackie Martin and her wonderful mother Claud Jay Gary Allen Sharon leach Denise Findley Sad times and Happy Memories Judith Hillocks Now Legge living in Worthig W Sussex Peace and Love to everyone x

  125. October 16, 2023

    I’ve just come across this thread about the school. My brother attended this school until 70s. The family name is veli and wonder if anyone would remember/recognise the name.

  126. Jackie barnett permalink
    January 15, 2024

    I am currently messaging for my grandma who left in 1948

    I used to live at Stamford Hill mansions London n16

    I was a very good swimmer and won certificates in June 1945.

    If you were at school during this time please send me a message on 07388091507

    or email me at

    I would love to talk to someone from here.
    I am 85 years old .

    Dears jackie

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