My Memories – Judith Marsden

I attended Rivington and Blackrod Grammar School from 1967 to 1972.

The school was quite small, just the older buildings with a wooden dinner hut at the front of the chapel. Everybody knew everyone as there was only a three form entry with a very strong house system, Holmes, Pilkingtons and Queens. The timetable was very traditional, Latin being taught throughout school, also the girls studied domestic science and the boys woodwork although I remember my sister made a coffee table, so she must have sneaked in with the boys somehow. My sister still has the table after 42 years!

Sport was enjoyed by all and we had very strong school teams in football, cricket, hockey, tennis and athletics.

I remember swimming in the outdoor pool, this wasn’t quite as glamorous as it sounds we had to remove all the wildlife first and it was very very cold.

I have happy memories of my time at Rivington and made some lifelong friends. In a couple of years my Grandaughter will hopefully be the fifth generation of our family to attend the school. I now hold the position of Chair of The Governing Body, which I would never have imagined would happen fifty years ago!

Judith Marsden ( nee Curzon)


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