Bow Boys Remember

Bow School recently held a heritage day at the school in recognition of  the 100 years of its existence.  It was a celebration of its past and of its future  – this year  it moves to a state-of-the-art new school building  in Twelve Trees Crescent.


Up to two hundred past and present students turned to enjoy the day.  You can see pics and quotes from the day in the school magazine.


OurBow and the Geezers were on hand to video  some of the ex-students about their memories of the school, and over the next few weeks we will be posting these videos on the site.


We are starting with Alex Stratton who was at the school from 1946-1950 .  After school Alex started work as an indentured apprentice, and after further study, finished his working life heading up a 14-strong team of work study officers in a London Borough.








  1. I was there 1960-5,I remember the big boys hanging science teacher Mr Smitar ? Out of the window. Not all good memories but met my oldest friend there.Left early even though in A alpha got a job never looked back.

  2. My husband who died recently,
    taught at Bow Boys School 1959 to 1965
    His name : Norman James Walklin.
    Subjects English, math, Geography
    Sailing at weekends.
    He was inspired by the students to qualify in Mal-adjusted children
    Were love was not enough.
    His life was dedicated to this role both in England and New Zealand.
    Congratulations on your anniversary
    Best wishes
    Judith William’s Walklin

    1. I remember the head was a mr Williams when I was there in the 70s his deputy was mr stickings a very apt surname but l

    2. How lovely to hear from you, thank you Paul.
      I hope you have had a very happy and productive life, inspired through good teachers and friends.
      May I wish you and yours a wonderful and joyous Christmas and a Covid free 2022.
      I look forward to hearing more about you Paul if you wish
      Kind regards,

  3. Brilliant ,school, Loved it ,made me the man i am today , the teachers were hard but fair . David Black 1966 to 1971 .

    1. Hello David,
      Thank you for taking the time to reply.
      I was the Public and Community Health Nurse at 68 East India Dock Clinic, and met Norman when he brought a group of boys from Bow Boys School. We were married 12 months latter.
      Several lads turned up at the Greenwich Registry Office of their own volition. A wonderful time being had by all !!
      I also did the school medicals at Bow which probably accounts for the lads dressing our little
      standard 10 van up with a large nurses cap, a very large home made stethoscope going into the bonnet and a bucket on the roof with a long tube plugged into the the exhaust pipe for an enema. A Large map of the world taped on the window screen with very humerus comments about were we might like to go!!
      Their English would have passed UE standards!!
      I would love to hear about your life David if you have time
      May I wish you and yours, every happiness for Christmas and a blessed 2022 sans Covid.
      Kindest regards,

    1. Was there in the 70s remember them all but mr stickings rearly was the teacher with a very apt name all good though

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