The Maltonian Web

Progress log

  • 20 January 2019 I have updated the current staff list and the staff leavers list to reflect changes over the last year. Looking at the 1971 staff list, when Malton School opened as a comprehensive, there were 42 teachers and 5 support staff - 2 secretaries, 1 science technician, 1 caretaker, and 2 cook supervisors. Today there are 61 staff who are "classroom based" (teachers, learning supervisors, special needs support) and 39 "support staff" (administration, pastoral, technicians, site maintenance). Of course many of these roles overlap between classroom and support, and these numbers are people in post, not full time equivalents. The major change today is that teachers by and large are concerned with teaching. Only a few years ago many teachers were doing pastoral and administrative jobs on top of or alongside their teaching roles.
  • 31 December 2018 I have added over 100 photos from 10 years ago, Christmas 2008. These include the Christmas concert acts and audience, the 6th form pantomime Sinbad the Sailor, and the senior citizen's Christmas party. I have also updated the index and file structure of the Christmas Show pages, 2000 - 2011.
  • 30 November 2018 And a few photos from Children in Need 2006
  • 29 November 2018 A little late to tie in with this year's event, but here are some Children in Need photos from 2005.
  • 17 November 2018 Following Nancy Lusby's visit to the school prompted me to update the Visitors page and include a photo of Nancy on her visit. It has been a while since I have had any photos of visitors (since I retired in fact).
  • 25 October 2018 Following a couple of recent emails with memories of the School, I have been updating the Memories section of the site.
  • 8 October 2018 It is ten years since a meeting at Ryedale Disrict Council voted against funding for the Malton Community Sports Hall (January 2008). Within weeks a "plan B" was paving the way to move forward, and by 2010 building was underway. Some photos of the construction of the sports hall are now on the site.
    The photo gallery of school buildings and other buildings has been restructured and tidied up.
  • 24 September 2018 The second edition of the Maltonian magazine, printed in July 1917, has been transcribed and is now available on the website.
  • 23 August 2018 I have updated the Sports Day records to take account of the 9 records broken this year. These include some long standing records - Richard Lawes 800m and 1500m has stood since 1993; Beth Young, Chloe Hill, Samantha Clay and Chantelle Burdett's records from 2004 and 2005 have all been broken.
  • 4 August 2018 More leavers' prom pictures, this time from the Year 11 2003 prom - the first one that Year 11 had.
  • 29 July 2018 A new house system introduced by The School this year commemorates Sheila Pratt. The house names have reverted to the old Grammar School names, with one addition: Carlisle, Fitzwilliam, Holgate, Tudor and Willoughby. Willoughby won the 2017-8 competition. Further information on this year's house competition and new Malton School House shields is available.
  • 8 July 2018 I am sure there were some school proms last month. Here are some pictures from the Year 13 prom 2006, held at the Feathers in Helmsley.
  • 7 July 2018 Returned from an enjoyable holiday sailing around the British Isles. Some amendments to the posters page, which was not loading the correct posters from links. Apologies to anyone who has been trying to look at the larger versions.
  • 4 June 2018 I have made a couple of additions to the index of archive documents, plus a little tidying up on the page.
  • 3 June 2018 I have put a set of 32 posters from 2000-2009 on the site. These were usually printed A3 size for display in school, and A4 versions were inserted into some newsletters.
  • 2 June 2018 I have added recent copies of the Maltonians newsletter - for Summer 2017 and Autumn 2017 - to the newsletter archive, for those who have not read them on the main Malton School website, or received a copy in print.
  • 20 May 2018 Work continues improving pages, making them more consistent, and filling gaps where required. I have added a page on Walter Brierley, the architect who designed Malton Grammar School. along with many other fine buildings around Yorkshire.
  • 9 May 2018 A handful of (fairly small) photos of musicians from 1999
  • 8 May 2018 Some more pictures from 1999, this time students using IT facilities such as they were at the time. I think these were taken as part of the fundraising initiative for the new library, which included transforming the old library into an ICT suite.
  • 27 April 2018 I have been doing quite a lot of work on improving file structure and sorting out redundant links on the website. Hopefully this has not resulted in any problems for anyone. Ideally no one should have noticed, but there have been some major changes to how the menus and links work. The work will continue for some time - with almost 600 pages on the site now it needs a good tidy, and each page needs to present a consistent design.
    I have also managed to fix the search routine so that people can search the site for names or topics. This has not worked for some months due to a change of service provider. Note the routine only searches web pages, it will not find names embedded in pdf documents that are on the site.
    If anyone comes across problems with the site, please let me know and I can give some attention to the matter.
  • 24 April 2018 Nicola also sent updates to the current staff list and the staff leavers list. These are now updated on the site.
  • 22 April 2018 School secretary Nicola Wise was kind enough to answer my request for school year group numbers for the past 10 years, in order that I could update and include here a table and chart of roll numbers 1971 - 2018. This shows the current year is the highest in the School's history, at 784. The lowest was 487 in 1994-5, when we had a 3-form entry. I believe this year is a 5-form entry, with a record 147 in Year 7.
  • 15 April 2018 Sorting through some papers I came across a Staff Notice from John Gresswell, October 1987. He gives some statistics comparing 'O' and 'A' level results of 1984-7 with those of the Grammar School 1966-71. He was responding to "forthright" comments from somewhere that said standards " are not those of the halcyon days of the Grammar Schools"
  • 15 April 2018 Some more photos from classes in 1999. This time English classes 1999.
  • 14 April 2018 A list of the staff of Malton School 1971, on its opening as a comprehensive school, has been added to the site. There is also an information letter issued to pupils and parents regarding the new school.
  • 13 April 2018 Some pictures taken around school in different classes - 1999
  • 21 March 2018 With Easter approaching I noticed that Malton School students were putting on a production of Fame before the holidays. I thought I would look back to Easter 2004, when we had two nights of music, dance, comedy and fashion with the 80s Night shows.
  • 12 March 2018 As we approach Sports relief day for 2008 (on Friday 23 March), I thought we might look back 10 years to the 2008 Sports Relief day: the mile, the tennis challenge Alex Carrie v Mr Williams, and the staff v Sixth Form football match.
  • 18 February 2018 I have been putting together photo galleries of scout and guide groups at Malton School over the years. In particular, I have added 33 guide photo from the 1920s, loaned to me for scanning back in 2003 by Phyllis Witty.
  • 17 February 2018 Some notes about the Malton Grammar School Hymn - Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round - and a midi file of the tune, have been added to the documents list.
  • 3 February 2018 Three photos unearthed on a folder, loaned to me by Mary Train some years ago. Any information on them welcome. The first has Kenny Wright, David Train and Steven "Tiger" Preston plus one other. The second I think is Gladys Morris with school cooks on her retirement in 1982. The third is a newspaper clipping of a fashion show at Malton County Modern, with Ann Train and others (all named).
  • 1 February 2018 In 1982 there was an attempt to revive the school magazine, and The New Maltonian was published, in a similar booklet format to the old magazine. I think 6 editions appeared between 1982 - 1984. A summary of the contents of issues 2, 3, 5 and 6 is now on the site. I have never seen issue 1 and 4 - does anyone have a copy?
  • 25 January 2018 Another two exam papers from Pat Lund, this time the first year of GCE A level - 1951 physics, and 1954 biology A level papers
  • 18 January 2018 Prompted by reading in the 1949 Maltonian about the impending change from School Certificate to GCE O-level in 1951, I have updated the timeline of educational events, with this and a few other major changes over the years.
  • 14 January 2018 Two School Certificate Examinaton papers from 1949, donated by Pat Lund. Arithmetic, and English. There are more to follow. Does anyone else have any old exam papers?
  • 9 January 2018 Pat Lund passed on her copy of The Maltonian, November 1949, issue number 97. After a number of hours I have finally scanned and transcribed its 36 pages and it is now available on the site.
    The idea of putting electronic copies of all the 126 Maltonians on the site may be fanciful - this one has taken much longer than anticipated. Although its pages were scanned using optical character recognition, given the faded small text, scanning has a habit of misreading some letters - particularly m for in, V/ for W, and 1 for I. A straight photocopy style image of the pages would not really suffice, as they are too difficult to read, cannot be searched, and take up a lot of space in file size. I will perservere with at least a few more copies. The first edition, plus one from the 20s, 30s and 40s are now fully transcribed and available.

Recent Contacts

Malton Grammar School classroom

Chloe Skinner sent two photos in December 2018.

Chloe's dad Howard died recently, and she has been looking through his photos. She sent a couple of photos of him in the Chariot Race at Malton Grammar School in the late 1960s.

Malton Grammar School classroom

Howard Campion forwarded two photos in December 2018

From the Woodhams-Stone collection, a postcard showing what was probably Room 5 (now room 35), next to the woodwork room, probably in the 1930s? Any information welcome. Howard also sent a photo of a postcard showing the front of Malton Grammar School, again probably in the 1930s.

Malton Grammar School group

Howard Campion forwarded a photo in December 2018

From the Woodhams-Stone collection via Jim Rooney, described as 1930s, though I think it is later, more like 1950s. A group on the field outside what was Room 5, (now Room 35) probably on a sports day or sporting event? Posted on the 1950s page until more information is forthcoming.

Nancy Lusby

Nancy Lusby visited on Thursday 18 October 2018

Christine Campbell emailed to say her aunt was visiting her, and would like to visit Malton School. She is an old Maltonian, mentioned in the Maltonians Memories by Doreen Smith (Wilkinson), her maiden name was Nancy Lusby and she is mentioned in the section about WW2 evacuees. Christine and Nancy visited the school for a trip down memory lane.

Malton County Modern Colts XI 1965

Keith Grice emailed on 14/10/2018.

Keith emailed to tell me a a little of his life at Malton County Modern School and beyond. He lived in Hovingham, and was a keen sportsman, especially cricketer. He would love to find out more about his schoolfriend Kevin Johnson - who he hasn't seen "since we walked out of the corridor in 67". I have put the memories from Keith in the Memories section.

Malton Grammar School outdoor play

Howard Campion emailed on 1/9/2018.

Howard sent a photo from the Woodhams Stone Collection, which he had spotted on the Malton and Norton Facebook page. Date unknown - but outside the Grammar School in the late 1920s or early 1930s?

A message from John Howard on 25 August 2018

John emailed to tell me that there will be a dedication ceremony for the new plaque at the War Memorial in Malton on Sunday 16 September 2018. Five former Malton School students are commemorated on the plaque - Sidney Brisby, Alick Dale, Louis Glynn, John Holliday, Mark Lupton and John Lupton. I have put the Order of Service on the site - I am sure all would be welcome to attend. Also a detailed history of those named on the plaque, which John has compiled.

A message from Howard Campion on 21 August 2018

Howard emailed to pass on news from Joan Loney (nee Schofield) that her friend Mollie Wright had died the week before last. Mollie was at Malton Grammar School 1946 - 1953.

A message from Kitty Grove-Stevenson on 6 August 2018

Kitty (Thackray) posted via Facebook to tell me that Moreen Eason (nee Sagar) died last month at her home in New Zealand. She was at Malton Grammar School 1943 - 1948.

An email from John Holden on 6 March 2018

John was at school 1980 - 1985, and wonders if any records or information about the school swimming championships in those years exist? I cannot find anything in our archive. Does anyone have any memories or information? John wants to prove to his children that he held some records.

An email from Alfie Abbott on 6 February 2018

Alfie had been "looking down memory lane", and spotted his first name missing from a 1961 photo of students on a trip to Rievaulx Abbey. "They were good days."

A flurry of activity on Facebook, 3 February 2018

The photo of the school cooks in the 1980s created a lot of interest on Facebook. Stephen Nolan, Caroline Dale, Pamela Round, Daphne Smurthwaite Julie Kidson, Lesley Milner, Shan Dale, Robert Annis Richard Annis, Deborah Langthorne, Julia Jackson, Dave Couthard, all helped provide some names for the photo, though no-one actually confirmed it is Gladys Morris's retirement that occasioned the picture.

John Howard emailed 18 January 2018

John Howard sent a list of those Malton pupils who died in World War I and II, from the Malton War Memorial Restoration Committee. Some noted in the school records do not appear on the Memorial, and the committee is seeking to add missing names. John is the author of a book, Malton Goes to War. The list includes details of service, and where people died, as far as can be traced. Any additional information would be very welcome, particularly for two men - Wilfred Sowersby and Edmund Taylor - where the Commonwealth War Graves web pages have more than one entry with the same name.

Olive White posted on Facebook 7 January 2018

I noticed that Olive had found herself on a Facebook Maltonians page copy of the 1952 whole school picture. She left Malton Grammar School in 1955.