Hawkridge, John (Part 10 of 28). Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy
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Hawkridge, John (speaker, male)
Smith, Richard (speaker, male)
Bennett-Gibson, Leona (speaker, female, facilitator)
Part 10 (Tape 6 Side A): Easter 1957, John moved to Potternewton, Leeds, Special School. Preparation for 11+ exam. Not allowed to leave school, if disabled, till 16. Teacher Miss Graham. Teaching handwriting. Nature studies with Miss Clark who also ran cub pack. Senior teachers Mr Tempest and Mr Perry ran Scout group. John sat 11+, but didn’t gain place at high school. Operations on legs and left ankle. John went in walking and came out in wheelchair. Potternewton’s new head, Mr Pagdin ran stamp collecting club. Pupils with wide range of disabilities such as muscular dystrophy, heart conditions, polio. Physiotherapists included Miss Winter, who later became Mrs Johnson. John’s life-long interest in cricket and Rugby League. Annual swimming gala against other Leeds special schools. Annual cricket match between pupils and teachers. Woodwork classes. School was polling station during elections. Memories of staff at Larchfield. Headmistress Miss Hogarth became good friend.
Interviewed for the project 'Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy'; a project conducted by Scope in partnership with the British Library, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund