Was there not a Watthey-inspired paragraph inserted into the constitution of the School Council where he could overule any decision taken by this supposed 'radical school body'. In other words, Watthey was claiming to be a visionary educationalist but at the same time ultimate power remained with our dear florid-faced headmaster. I also believe criticism of any master was also not permitted by the constitution. It was really just a theatrical performance by Watthey to boost his esteem with would-be future employers and no doubt enhance his status with the Headmasters Association, of which he was secretary. As Shakespeare noted: 'Oh what a wicked web we weave, when first we practise to deceive'.
The only two I recognise in the photo are John Laycock and Richard Cowie (Silsden lad, now a GP in Manchester). Possibly a certain W Bracewell to Dr Cowie's left. Disappointing, that. I always had Bill down as something of an iconoclast. Unless, of course, he was merely taking the minutes. . .