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This Site Was Last Updated on Sunday, 29 August 2010

Site Owner - Stephen Smith


Remember Mrs. Ruth Popple?


    Ruth in 1974

Ruth today


When did you teach at Priory?

1973 -1974



Who was your most unforgettable teacher?

Marie Gregory. She did a fantastic job making the school run smoothly and always seemed calm and even tempered. When I joined the staff in the middle of the school year she spent time explaining how everything worked and who was who, she made me feel very welcome.

Mrs Marie Gregory


Who were your best friends at school?

Barrie and Sue Day, Jenny and Jim Gervasio and Alan Alexander.


                                                                                                                               Jim and Jenny Gervasio



Who are you in touch with now?


Barrie and Sue Day


 Who would you like to trace if we could?

All the lovely people who were in my O and A level Biology classes


What's the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?

Taking my form to the top of Blue Mountain Peak in the night so that we could see the sunrise. It rained about 8 inches that night and of course there was nothing to see. My husband Tony and some other friends came to help and so everyone reached the top and to my great relief everyone got down safe and sound, if very wet and cold. It was all a bit chaotic and I suspect it all worked out due to chance rather than my organizational skills.



Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

You were all a bit delightfully crazy


Where do you live and what do you do now?

In the far far north of England in Cumbria, about 10 miles from Barrie and Sue Day. I have just retired. I gave up teaching many years ago and for the last 17 years was in National Health Service management. Now my husband and I are both retired and we're having a lovely time travelling and seeing more of friends etc.


Tell us about any significant others

Tony my husband who was a doctor at the University Hospital in Kingston when we were there. Our two sons Richard who is 28 and works in computer programming, and David who is 26 and is a doctor.


Tell us about your most unusual meeting with a Priory person

When I was turning out some cupboards recently I came across tape recordings I made of Calvin Blackwood, Cyril Bailey and Louise Anderson reading poems in patois, so I had a lovely time listening to them (with the noise of Priory breaktime in the background). Sadly this is the nearest I've come to meeting up with old students since leaving Priory 31 years ago.


                                                                    Calvin Blackwood           Louise Anderson


What do you think of the Priory site?

It's terrific. Keep it going.


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First published on the Priory Website in 2006

Updated 29th August 2010

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