Raymond Thompson has shared his memories of what was then the Norwich Junior Technical School.
Preparing for Junior Technical School life……
Raymond’s story began before he joined the Junior Technical School!
Having failed his 11 plus exam at the North Earlham Junior School, he proceeded to go to the Henderson School on Bowthorpe Road. Whilst there, Raymond joined the school choir (until his voice broke), had a trial for Norwich City Juniors Hockey Team, represented Norwich Juniors in swimming, passed his Bronze Life Saving.
Additionally, he helped paint the Thetford Bridge Railway Station. Another fond memory was a two week walking holiday in the Yorkshire Dales with the Youth Hostels Association.
Raymond passed the entrance exam for the Junior Technical School and recounts some memories of his time there.
“I remember riding my bike to school with two others, (one being Duncan Campbell), along Gipsy Lane.
One morning the roads were wet and we approached the roundabout on Earlham Road. Two of my mates trapped a guy on a bicycle between them. I was riding just behind them, swept down the middle and collided with the trapped guy!”
Raymond also recalls being taught about the different types of wood in his woodwork class and was able to identify trees from the shape of their leaves!
Raymond also remembers smaller details of his time at the Junior Technical School. These include having lunch in the canteen and playing rugby on the field next door.
“The house I played for was called Scott, I believe we never lost a match!
I played in the second row of the scrum on the right hand side.
Our captain appeared to me at that time to be at least 6 feet tall with blonde hair. In truth he was probably much shorter than that but at the time he was head and shoulders above the rest of us! This was great when it came to the line out.”
Moving on to Lowestoft
After Junior Technical School, Raymond and his family moved to Lowestoft. Whilst there, he took the entrance exam for the RAF Apprentice scheme and joined in 1958.
Raymond would like to have included photos of his time at the Junior Technical School, however he explains “We only had one camera in the house and it was one of those pull out lens types with a corrugated cover. There was a slight split in the corrugated section that let light in, meaning every photograph had an area that was white.”