There were a couple of female teachers too - known as "mistresses".
I really enjoyed the careers convention in about 1962 when, to ensure that pupils and parents stayed in their correct station, there was a notice on the staffroom door saying "Masters, their wives and Mistresses only."
Marcus Stott(Maths) and Phil Croft (History) were great.
Bill Midgley (Woodwork) and "Charlie" Peach (Geography) were horrible.
"Stoker"Stockdale(Chemistry) and Harry "Blinks"Milton (French)were firm but fair.
"Spike" Rannard (History) was boring and Norman Olive (English)couldn!t keep control.
"Gilbert" Swift (P.E.& Games) could be a sadist at times.
"Basher" Braithwaite (Maths) was great when you got to know him as a teacher,but really frightening otherwise.
Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) Davchris@n3946.freeserve.co.uk
Nobby Olive was our form master - in our and his first year at KBGS. We thought he was an easy touch but he had a harsh side which seemed to work with youngsters who had not yet fledged. He taught us English - but during the year we had a student called Davy (christened Wavy Davy) who had a broad west country accent which was very tempting to us. We mimicked him and generally gave him a hard time. We wondered why Old Nick was turning up at regular intervals outside our classroom 60 on the cardboard corridor whenever we had Davy. On one occasion Ben Tren came out of the Chemmy Lab and blasted us for the din we were making - Davy looked on. Davy was definitely not one of our masters. I believe Nobby Olive moved on to higher managerial posts in secondary education. Anybody know more about this?
Another who didn't "master" us was Ickey Patterson, the RE teacher. He had a very pleasant sense of humour which we read to mean weakness and were often in conflict with him. All in all, the ultimate sanction that the school had was to remove you to the "unselected" secondary schools and few of us were prepared to push our chances to that length - either in the first year or later.