After a hiatus of almost three years, during which my old school lay empty and deserted, the rebuilding work is evidently progressing in earnest. Today I came across a further set of photos, apparently taken over the weekend. Although the science block has now been demolished, and everything else is covered in scaffolding, I spotted this photo of my old form room!
Although now stripped of furniture and fittings, Room 12 of Leamington College for Boys is just as unmistakeable as it was nearly fifty years ago. Our desks were in rows across the room parallel to the beams of sunlight shining through the bay window, facing the blackboard on the wall at the right of this photo. The photographer was standing in the doorway, and I sat on the far side in the front row, probably just this side of where that ceiling beam is. I was 15, in Form 5A and taking my O levels.
Looking at it now - I'm glad once again of the opportunity to do this bit of reminiscing. It's something I never expected to see again, and I'm thrilled to have found it - and to have discovered it was all just as I'd remembered it. It's been quite sad for me seeing the old school steadily crumble and disappear: I have very happy memories of those seven years, and I guess that's why probably why I remember the detail as well as I do - though I never imagined at the time that I'd be sitting here, five decades later, writing all about it!