John Lea School from the bike shedsJohn Lea School from Doddington RoadJohn Lea School from the main steps near the car park
John Lea School - A Pictorial History by Trevor Jones -
Intro from Historian/Researcher

Trevor Jones

trevor jones 1957   
I attended John Lea School between 1956 and 1959. I moved to Daventry in 1967 and return to Wellingborough regularly to visit family. During a get together I learned the school was to be demolished. In 2001 I decided to research the history of school in the hope of building an archive and producing a book.

Sadly my enquiries revealed very few surviving official records. My thoughts turned to my time at the school. Did I enjoy my time there? Did the school help to shape me to any great degree? Were there any particular experiences to which I can relate and say that was something of a turning point? I wonder what happened to-----? You know the sort of things Iím getting at.

I took great inspiration from a friend who had published a book regarding his villageóa pictorial history. I felt I could do something similar--if I could find the material. Gradually my little collection grew, contributed by ex pupils former staff members and the organizations you will see listed.

I reached the stage at which was ready to go to print, unfortunately my publishing sponsor had pulled out by then. I didn't want to 'vanity publish' the book myself, and generally the initial costs of publishing a high quality pictorial book are quite prohibitive.

   Trevor Jones right, Paul Ireland left, Nov 2006
This led me to think of other channels to present this information, including a website, and luckily around the same time I was approached by Paul, a web designer and another ex-pupil of John Lea School, who had heard about what I was doing and contacted me via the 'Friends Reunited' site.

As for a future book, that's still a possibility, and any feedback or extra information you have on John Lea School is always welcome, since my research is an ongoing process.

I hope you find the information on this website as interesting as I found it when researching the material.

Finally I would like to thank everyone who has helped me with the archive, especially Mrs Elizabeth Groome (McLaughlan) for providing numerous drama production photos.

Trevor Jones

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