Who’s who: R-S
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Having left King James's School in 1980 I continued studying at Greenhead College for 1 year before beginning a career in retail locally; then since the birth of my 3 children from 1988-1994 I worked part time firstly in retail then in school catering & cleaning dept. In 1999 I returned to King James's School to work as catering assistant in the Dining Room then in early 2000 transferred my skills to the classroom as Teaching Assistant for special needs pupils for 6 years in total. I am pleased to say that at present I am still working at my former school, King James's but have recently switched my role and am now employed as reprographics & administration officer based in Dorm 4 above the Old Dining Hall. I truly enjoy my role especially as I am located in my former form room.

It's such a pleasure to still be a part of King James's and I can truly say I very much feel at home there and however long it has been since being a former pupil I often feel like I'm still a student ....... having to remind myself I no longer have to call my former form tutor (Mr O'Brien) Sir!
I now live in Ilkley where I can regularly be found walking with my energetic Labrador on the moors. Since my retirement I have added the hobby of painting to my many other activities. In order to keep my mind active I embarked upon a MA course in Victorian Studies and completed it successfully this year. Currently I am doing some work on the school archives, hoping that they will be in good order for 2008. What memories as I look at photos or read through the detention book!
I am married with two children. I have been working for the same company for 17 years! J.L.A. are the largest supplier of commercial laundry and laundrette equipment in the world. I has been in sales for over 10 years before becoming the company buyer. I enjoy hill walking, gardening and watching Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield RUFC.
Since leaving the school in 1986, I married a fellow Old Almondburian in 1991. We have one daughter who started at King James ’s this year. For the last five years I have been working as a bus driver, which I really enjoy.
After gaining a degree in physics at Manchester University in 1956, I trained as a teacher at King's College London. I then taught electronics in the RAF as an Education Officer at No 1 Radio School, RAF Locking in Somerset for three years. This was followed by teaching physics at Colfe's Grammar School in London for five years, ending up as head of science. For four of these years I studied for a degree in psychology in the evenings at Birkbeck College, University of London. On graduation I accepted a post as lecturer in Experimental Psychology at the college and lectured there for five further years while completing a doctorate.In 1971 I became the first Head of Education at the newly created Huddersfield Polytechnic with responsibility for the training of school teachers. Following the development of new courses in psychology and sociology I moved over to become in charge of a Behavioural Sciences Department. I was then appointed to a Readership with mainly research responsibilities and since the 1980s have directed a series of nationally funded research projects mainly in the field of special educational needs.I was appointed as one of the first Professors at the then Polytechnic and became Director of Postgraduate Programmes at Huddersfield University in 1990 and led a Masters Course in Social Research and Evaluation. I retired from my full-time post in 1995 and was honoured as an Emeritus Professor of the University in 2002.In semi-retirement I acted for ten years as chief consultant to a major international project on the education of children with disabilities, learning difficulties and social disadvantages under the auspices of the Centre for Research and Innovation of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. This was followed by a consultancy with Eurostat, the statistical arm of the European Community on the same topic. I also continue an involvement in the supervision of research students and writing books on carrying out applied social research. My wife Pat and I celebrated our Golden Wedding anniversary some years ago. We have two children, five grandchildren and a great-grandson. While in Huddersfield we lived for over thirty happy years at Kirkroyd in St. Helen's Gate, built on the site of the chantry which was moved down the hill to form the original grammar school. We moved eleven years ago to Bath to down-size and be closer to family.
My Life - Edited Version: 1930s Born; 1940s WWII & Junior School; 1950s AGS & Work; 1960s Marriage and parenthood; 1970s University & Ordination (Methodist); 1980s Boarding School Chaplain and Teaching; 1990s Boarding School Chaplain and Publishing; 2000s Grandparenthood and Retirement; 2010s To be arranged.
Student at University of Cambridge 1962-1968. Taught History at University of Cambridge 1968-1972. Taught History at University of York 1972-2004. Retired, now Professor of History, University of York.
After leaving school, did two years apprenticeship with Timothy White’s Taylor, then two years at Bradford and qualified as a pharmacist. Worked in Low Moor, Huddersfield before becoming area manager in Kent. After merger with Boots in 1968, managed shops in Gloucester and Bristol. Left Boots in 1984 to manage a Rest Home for our church in Stockport whilst ‘keeping my hand in’ by doing odd locum work around Southport. Retired in 1996 from rest home but carried on pharmacy work until 2006. Now completely retired!
After leaving KJGS went to Cambridge to study natural sciences, captained cross country and ‘Blue’ in cross country and athletics. Married Shirley, who I met in 1971 on a school holiday to France organised by Pete & Liz Heywood, joint trip including KJGS and Holme Valley G.S. After moving to Doncaster to work for Yorkshire Water, took up orienteering and mountain marathons. Then an unsuccessful move to East Anglia and a life-changing decision to study medicine at Sheffield. Was captain of orienteering club and started skiing. Now a general practitioner in Haslingden, Lancashire. After several successful mountain marathons, partnered by brother Martin, had to give up running due to knee problems (does Jack Taylor remember having to carry me off the football pitch in 1973 with a locked knee??) Not wanting to concede to age and infirm, I still mountain bike, ski with a brace and am secretary of our local sub-aqua club. My two sons are 21 and 19, both play rugby union (backs) and Paul the eldest is a 3rd year medical student at Sheffield. Thanks to Ken Ireland, Dave Bush, Jack Taylor and ‘Bill’ Chapman for getting me into sport and Pete Heywood – I’m still happily married to Shirley.
I am 84 and I live only a few hundred yards further from the school. And whilst I did not cycle from Hinchliffe Mill every day, I did walk from near the Waterloo end of Fleming House Lane. Whilst never achieving the kudos of writing an excellent history of Woodsome Hall I did become Britain ’s youngest municipal transport manager, before joining the 5500 employee Ribble company as Assistant General Manager in 1957. Then I gave up horizontal transport for vertical (as some wag put it when they began putting the adjective “reverend” before my name). My last parish was Heddon-on-the-Wall in the delightful country of Northumberland – but on retirement the attractions of Almondbury proved too much!
From school studied at Manchester University and graduated in Electrical Engineering 1957. Seconded to defence research work in lieu of military service until 1962. Worked in industrial automation at GEC and Thorn Electrical Industries until 1975. Involved in the Fire Protection Industry from 1975 based at the company Gent in Leicester. Managing Director for 6 years then Business Development Director for a group of associated companies worldwide until retirement from full time work in 1995. Continued involvement in British and European Trade Associations for a number of years. Still active as a trustee of the Fire Service Research and Training Trust. I am a fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology, a Freeman of the Company of Firefighters and a Freeman of the City of London. In 1959 married Muriel, a Greenhead pupil who I met on the No. 30 trolleybus on the way to school. We have two children and three grandchildren. Retirement hobbies are canal boating and race horse ownership in partnerships with fellow old boy Ian Shaw.
1952 - 1955 RAF including 2 years '53 to '55 at RAF Habbaniya, Iraq. On return to "civvy street" worked for Ambassador Radio and Television, Brighouse; followed by a short stint with the BBC, a few years with L. B. Holliday & Co.and several years with Hopkinsons at their Birkby works. Got married in 1957 to Nita and we have two sons. After Hops I went to St. Johns College, York (part of Leeds University) and did a three year teacher training course. Taught at a couple of schools in Devon but in 1972 answering a call from Victoria, came to teach in Australia. Taught at three schools ending up as Senior Teacher. I taught till I was 72 and since retirement in1975 have been working on my golf handicap.
After leaving KJS in 1996. I studied at Greenhead College. I then spent two years in the world of work before attending Roehampton University in Surrey, where I gained a degree in Humanities. I then spent some time travelling around the west coast of Canada and America, a beautiful and amazing part of the world. Then it was back to university, this time in Huddersfield to do my teacher training. I met my husband on a school trip and spent some time in his home country – Australia, when my training was complete. I now teach History at Colne Valley High School and married in May of last year.
Nickname at school was Jaz. Graduated in Pharmacy at University of London. Joined University of Bradford, School of Pharmacy 1966 as Assistant Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and retired in November 2005 as Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, almost 40 years of UoB. Three children, Carolyne, Andrew and James. Enjoy supporting Huddersfield Town AFC in spirit, watching cricket in summer, gardening, walking and travelling.
Left in 1974 and served an apprenticeship with British Gas, handing my notice in the day I passed my City & Guilds. Started as an insurance agent the next day where I remained for 22 years. Gained a few promotions along the way until along with over 2000 others was made redundant. During this 22 year period, I served as a Special Constable for 5 years, owned a newsagents shop in Almondbury for 6 years, created the largest introduction agency in the North of England and played drums semi-pro with various groups, supporting Shawaddy Waddy on numerous occasions, amongst others. Upon leaving financial services I started an interior landscaping business, importing tropical plants and supplying them to hotels and offices etc mainly in the South Yorkshire area. We have two fantastic children, Amanda who is studying Ceramics at Wolverhampton University and Robert who is at Greenhead College considering a career in Drama and Music  ...well drumming!!
I have just moved from my post at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital to become Medicines Procurement Specialist Pharmacist for the South West Strategic Health Authority. In these days of increasing NHS bureaucracy, I have discovered the pleasures of working in a team of 1 and working from home!! My son James is a professional musician, currently touring with the UK production of Godspell as well as running a 20 piece swing band and my daughter Caroline is at theatre school in Essex. My peers at KJGS will appreciate that they don ’t get their genes from me! My brother Richard (1972-1977) is now a Commander in the Royal Navy and is currently stationed at NATO somewhere in darkest Scandinavia.
There were four Sykes boys in my year (A.E., I.M., J.M. and R.I.) and I’m the J.M.! After leaving School I did National Service in the RAF for a couple of years before reading Forestry at Oxford, the result being a First Class honours degree and a few prizes after the 4-year course. Susan Pearson (Royds Hall) & I were married in 1960, three days before leaving for Canada where I had a one year Beaverbrook Fellowship at the University of New Brunswick. This resulted in a Master’s degree and then a job with the Ontario Government working on various forestry research projects. We stayed in Ontario for three years, after which we returned to the Forestry Dept in Oxford, with our small son, where I did research on tree physiology and Sue produced a daughter. After three years, a job offer at a Research Station in Grange-over-Sands (a town of which we had never heard) with the Natural Environment Research Council led us to the fringe of the Lake District, where our second son was born and where we have lived happily ever since. I was involved in ecological research and research management, travelling to many parts of the world, as well as singing in choirs, playing golf, gardening, walking, running a local charity, and enjoying life. Now thirteen years into retirement everything is much the same, except less work and less money.
For any friends from my schooldays who want a few lines of update since I retired:*I have been secretary of the local village hall for 7 years hard labour!*Wraxall and Failand Councillor for 8 years, Chairman for the last two.*Steam railway enthusiast, building locomotives, helping to maintain and run a passenger hauling railway, working two days a week plus Sunday Open Days in summer - anyone visiting Bristol will be guaranteed an enjoyable time, we take an average of 2000 passengers a day.Such is the retired life of an ‘old engineer’, but it is rewarding to explain and demonstrate the power of steam propulsion to a very much younger generation.