As reported here back in June, Ken Gibson, Executive Head of our old school, has been awarded the honour of Knight Bachelor in the Queen's birthday honours list.
Today, he received his Knightood, but with a second (and perhaps unexpected) "honour" as Buckingham Palace.
Sir Ken had the honour of being the first person to be knighted by Prince William.
Once again, congratulations, Ken
(the picture is linked from the Daily Mail story, which made a somewhat embarrassing error in reporting "Sir Kenneth Gibson was the first person to be knighted by the prince for her services to education")
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
effectively a co-ed comprehensive with Technology College status.
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).
... and you may recognise the colour scheme for the site as being the school colours
- dark blue, light blue and gold.