David Albin Scholey

I have attached a photograph that my father had in his files of what we think is his first year class at Nether Edge Grammar School in 1947.  My father’s name was David Albin Scholey and he is the first student on the left in the first seated row from the front, wearing glasses.  He was born on 4th October 1935 and lived in the Woodseats area of Sheffield.  He attended Nether Edge under a scholarship from 1947 to 1954.  He said the name of his 1st year teacher was Harry Taylor but I cannot find a Taylor in the list of teachers.  He is not in the 1954 panorama of all of the school students, so that suggests that he finished in the summer of 1954.


My father had a friend who was the first student allowed to drive a car to school.  This was because he lived further than 3 miles from the school.  If a student lived within 3 miles of school they had to walk.


My father passed away on 31st August 2011 aged 75 years.


Before he died I found your website after I had asked my father about where he went to school.  I showed him the website and list of teachers, many of whom he could recall, some fondly, some not so.  My father had a piece of paper in his files of the school emblem.


My father became a teacher himself.  His eulogy gave the following references to his school and teaching years:


“Contrary to his father’s working man expectations, David won a scholarship to Nether Edge Grammar School in Sheffield, which he attended from 1947 to 1954.”


“David’s teaching methods were seen by some as being unconventional.  His strong feelings about educational methods were a subject that he continued to write about, well after he took early retirement in 1990 with at least one editorial published in the Shropshire Star. He always showed intense compassion and caring for those who needed that extra bit of help, and always gave it.  Countless encounters with past pupils evidence this, as well as their fond memories of the many school summer camping trips that he organized in the 1970s to Shell Island, Wetton Mill and the Waterfall.  It is through these trips that his children, and hopefully those of those he taught gained an appreciation of and a longing for the beauty of the countryside and pursuits that can be enjoyed in the open air.”



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