The front of the school from 1936 South Shields Grammar-Technical School for Boys
Westoe Higher Grade School & Westoe Secondary School
South Shields Boys' High School
Harton School & Harton Technology College
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A collection of memorabilia

An Appeal for Speech Day programmes

One of the most useful resources for fitting christian names to surnames in school photos has been the collection of Speech Day programmes. I have most of these, but I am missing the 1960, 1965 and 1951-1956 editions.

If you have any of these, or know someone who has, please contact me. I'd be most grateful.

School Photos

2015 was a busy year for the site, with 184 new school photos added, a host of updates to improve the quality of existing photos and the introduction of the admissions database (which now contains well over 12,000 names).

The school's archive of form photos starts in 1955, with photos mounted in albums, and I currently have most of the albums up to the 1978/9 school year.

As you'll see from the table, some years are missing (although they may yet be found at the school) and for these I rely on contributions - if you think you can help, please get in touch before sending me photos in case I already have them.

The table shows the progress to date, with the numbers in brackets showing the number of (form) photos on the site for that year. It can take anything from 10 minutes to 2 hours to complete a photo, depending on the photo's quality (some are truly awful) and how much research is needed on names. With 300 or so still to be done, so it's going to be a while before I'm finished!

1955 Completed (31) 1961 Completed (36) 1967 Completed (39) 1973 Completed (41)
1956 Missing (12) 1962 Completed (33) note 3 1968 Missing (27) 1974 To Do (11)
1957 Missing (17) 1963 Completed (42) note 1 1969 Missing (15) 1975 To Do (9)
1958 Completed (34) 1964 To Do (25) 1970 Completed (41) 1976 To Do (2)
1959 Completed (34) 1965 Completed (38) note 2 1971 Completed (41) 1977 To Do (1)
1960 Completed (36) 1966 Completed (39) 1972 Completed (41) 1978 To Do (2)
note 1: some photos are particularly poor quality and I'm looking for better versions
note 2: although completed, some photos need uploading at higher resolution
note 3: almost complete, but some forms still need to be uploaded or improved

Mike Todd, Rothbury, 10th January 2016

Whether you, or perhaps other members of your family, went to the South Shields High School for Boys, the Westoe Secondary School or Westoe Higher Grade School, South Shields Grammar-Technical School for Boys, Harton School, or Harton Technology College (or you're a student or member of staff there today), this site is for you.

The present-day school at Harton started life as the South Shields Boys' High School in Mowbray Road (founded in 1885) and the Westoe Secondary School (founded in 1890 as Westoe Higher Grade School, itself founded in the Ocean Road Schools Arts and Science section in 1887) - they both combined in 1936 to form the South Shields High School for Boys in a custom-built building in Harton.

In 1953 the name changed to the South Shields Grammar-Technical School for Boys, and then in 1974 it became Harton Comprehensive. By the end of the 70s it had become co-educational and became Harton School. It is now called Harton Technology CollegeThis links to an EXTERNAL site which is completely independent of this site effectively a co-ed comprehensive with Technology College status.

This site is for anyone who went to or taught at any of these schools, but I also hope that it will prove useful for those researching their family history (as several genealogists have already discovered).

I was at the school (South Shields Grammar-Technical School for Boys, hence the dominance of that name on the site) from September 1962 to July 1969, and have very fond memories of my time there (although there are a few things I'd rather forget). So I decided to put together this site about the school, from its founding to the present day. It was launched in December 2001, and re-launched with a new design in December 2002 - by June 2003 it had attracted almost 3 million hits!

Almost everything you see has either been sent to me by Old Boys from the school, or has been taken from the school's archives.

If you have anything at all to offer, whether it's just to correct or add a name or two to the photos, or if you have old photos that aren't on the site, old ATOMs, Speech Day programmes or anything else of interest (or you just want to let me know what you think of the site), please email me (but please contact me first before sending any material, as you may be about to send something I already have waiting in the wings).

Oh ... and you may recognise the colour scheme for the site as being the school colours - dark blue, light blue and gold.

Mike Todd

Site last updated: 28-Mar-2016
(excluding this page)

  Major additions to Admissions database

  5 school photos added (total now 745)

  15 school photos added (total now 740)

  10 school photos added (total now 725)

  21 school photos added (total now 707)

Historical update log (2003-2015)

  Improved quality of numerous existing photos
  Numerous photo name updates
  Added searchable database of pupils
  Added 163 school photos (total now 686)

  Improved quality of numerous existing photos
  Numerous photo name updates
  Added WWI memorial pages

  20 school photos added (total now 523)
  Improved quality of numerous existing photos

  77 school photos added (total now 503)
  Improved quality of numerous existing photos

  2 school photos added (total now 427)

  8 school photos added (total now 425)

  11 school photos added (total now 417)
  3 private photos added

  13 school photos added (total now 406)

  33 school photos added (total now 393)
  First admissions transcript completed

  8 school photos added (total now 359)
  Email address is changed
  Added 1 edition of The ATOM (total now 42)
  First admissions (expanded to the first 156)
  Added 1966-73 Spring/Summer Concert programmes

  31 school photos added (total now 351)
  New section Contact Register
  Access also via
  Added appeal for Sports Centre
  Added photo to sports section

  11 school photos added (total now 320)
  New section Guestbook
  Added Aerial Photos (1963-2004)
  Added 15 editions of The ATOM (total now 41)
  Added Photos of 26th SS Scouts
  Added 12 candid staff photos (1960s)
  Added 3 News Stories
  Revised all ATOM page scans

124 school photos added (309)
  New section The first 37 boys
  New section School News
  New section School reunions
  New section School trivia
  Added 12 News Stories
  Added 1 edition of The ATOM (total now 26)
  Added 1908 Scholarship Exam Papers
  Added Mikado photos
  Added Sporting moments (1933-49)
  Added Famous Old Boys
  Added The school at war
  Added photo galleries
  Added "Virtual tour" of school today.
  Added & updated staff biographies
  Updated First boys
  Upated Story of the school
  Moved site to new provider
This links to an EXTERNAL site which is completely independent of this site indicates an external site - therefore I have no control over the content
It is acknowledged that copyright exists in most photos on this site, however many show no indication of the photographer, let alone who owns the copyright (although in the case of the school photos, the copyright almost certainly belongs to the school who commissioned them prior to 1989). Photographs are reproduced here in good faith, and if anyone is concerned about the copyright status of any particular photos, please let me know.
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