Michael was a pupil at Wennington from 1948-56.  Here he talks about the different backgrounds of children at the school.



MB:  I can remember quite a lot coming up from London, in my era, there were a lot of lads who had a very troubled childhood, and came up to Wennington. Whether it was through social setup then, that they were sent to Wennington, 'cos Wennington had a lot of mixed pupils early on from all sorts of walks of life...


CF:  Right.


MB:  All sorts of walks of life really – I mean some of the cockney lads I can remember – they were – they were quite rough, you know, they were street-wise lads, you know, but they all seemed to 'gel' somehow, that's what thing I remember how Wennington is, that we were all equal, you know, because somebody was brought up in a nice house somewhere in Yorkshire, or wherever, and the cockney from the East-End, but they were all, they all moulded together somehow, and whether that was through, through the, the school itself and Kenneth, and his, erm, ability to, you know, deal with all these various different children I don't know, I never really, erm, never really understood how it worked, but it did work, yeah.


I'm sure he would have said that, had he been alive, that they had a lot of problems with some of them, I don't know, I mean, it never filtered down, did it, to the younger ones, but you never saw any, you know, everybody seemed to – and of course he a lot of people with different abilities as well, I always found that they brought some things to the school that some of us wouldn't have had, or maybe it's because they'd seen a bit more, you know, they'd been in the city and London, and seen more of life, in their short time, than we had, I don't know.




(Interviewed by Dr. Craig Fees.  Recording Ref:  HLF-WEN-013-OH) ©

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