School day memories

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This picture was taken of the fifth form at Ernest Bailey Grammar School in Matlock in 1953.

Sheila Ramsden, of Wingerworth, found the snap while looking through her old things.

Prior to getting married, Sheila’s surname was Loxley.

She said: “It was a mixed form – boys and girls.

“Most of my classmates came from Darley Dale.

“I think this was taken shortly before we left.”

One of the boys in the picture was called Philip Sellors, whose father was the caretaker of the school.

As it was a grammar school, the pupils had to have passed their 11 plus exams in order to attend.

After leaving school, Sheila went into secretarial work for Derbyshire County Council.

The building, in New Street, started out as one of the town’s many famous hydros.

It became the school in the 1920s - which closed down in the 1980s.

The building is now the Derbyshire Records Office.