Barry Holmes - pupil
These photos were sent to us by Barry Holmes, a pupil at Drayton Park Primary School from 1952-1958. The photos of Barry show the school tie, light blue lines on navy blue, and the school blazer, light blue “DP” on a navy blue blazer. Barry’s particular friends from his class were Derek Figgins, George Patmore and Tony McNess, he also knew Susan Wadley. Barry was also friends with another school pupil, Pamela Hyde; it was at Pamela’s home in Bryantwood Road that Barry first ever watched a television. Barry was one of only three in his class to pass the 11-plus exam and went on to Holloway County School, losing touch with his school friends. He would go on to a career in microbiology and eventually have named after him the bacterium Bordetella holmesii.
Barry’s brother Derek Frank Holmes attended Drayton Park Primary School before him, from 1943-1949. He is shown in the group school photo (middle of front row). His school friends included Alfie Watson, and he knew a David Jacobi. Derek also passed the 11-plus exam and went on to Holloway County School.
The names of the teachers in the pictures above are as follows:
Middle Bottom Picture:
- Front (left to right): Miss Tomkins, Mrs. Dawes, Miss Johnston, Mrs. Powely, Miss Maynard
- Rear (left to right): Mr. Brereton, Mr. Morgan, Mr. Robinson
Bottom Right Picture:
- Front (left to right): Mrs. Dawes, Miss Johnston, Mrs. Powely
- Rear (left to right): Mr. Robinson, Mr. Chester, Mrs. Smythe, Mr. Morgan, Mr. Brereton