Nora Bavin's view of the early years of WGS
1t was in April 1931, that the headmaster asked me to meet the governors, and so began my duty as secretary of the School.
The first few weeks were over-shadowed by the thought of the official opening. At last June 11 arrived. Boys took up their positions along the front drive, to await the arrival of Sir Michael Sadler. Mr Clayton broke the flag and Sir Michael unlocked the front door. The procession continued to the Hall, where the service was held. We were now officially Wellingborough Grammar School.
The first School concert had been held before my appointment but the excitement of the first play was yet to come. It was written by the boys themselves. The duplicating of copies of the script, journeys to Woolworths to purchase props and lighting effects, making costumes, etc. all became mingled with the work of the School secretary.
And so the School grew, each new term bringing new faces - boys and staff It was in 1937 that the originals began to leave, and among them was Mr Lay, whose departure closed the most exciting chapter in the School’s life. It had been established, and in many ways has carried on, in the traditions laid by Mr Lay.
Next came the war years. The arrival of other schools, the departure of members of the staff; their places being taken by mistresses all changed the course of things. During these years, the secretary‘s job included umpiring hockey matches between the two sixth forms in Eastfield Park and later at the High School.
Wellingborough Grammar School has progressed from 64 in 1930 to 520 in 1951. There are more “prefabs “, more lost property, more cut knees and broken spectacles, and more Old Boys taking coffee at the Lyric on Saturday mornings. The School is unique in the happiness which is enjoyed by everyone.