Tharston's seat of learning ...
Above is a photograph of the pupils of Tharston School in about 1933. If you know who any of them are please make Contact.
The photo below from a postcard is thought to be from about the same time - are are some similar faces in both pictures.
More recent pupils can be seen in the winter-time photo below, dated approximately 1951.
If you are one of those pictured or know any of those named, we would like to hear any stories of school life. If you would like a copy of the photograph please make Contact.
Rewarding good attendance
Just after the turn of the 1900s, Tharston School pupils were rewarded for good attendance and promptness with small cards depicting well known places, local and national, giving their name and the week of their success.
The above is an example of an award to Russell Durrant for the week ending 21st December 1905.
The picture of Salisbury Cathedral is numbered 85 in "Jarrold's Series". Additional two examples of the Pier and Promenade, Lowestoft and Postwich Reach, Near Norwich, are numbered 33 and 84, suggesting that there were quite a large number of different scenes.
In the Norfolk Archive Centre is an album with many awards to Russell Durrant - perhaps he was a model student! The 1901 Census gives Russell as living with his family who were farmers, aged 2. He was therefore born about 1899 and must have been 5 - 7 years old when given the above awards.
The School Log Book
All schools have to keep a log book, Tharston School being no exception. The school now being closed means the log book is now held at the Archive Centre. The Great War years were a special time and the relevant years have been transcribed to see how the shool coped with the war and what it did to help the effort. The 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 entries have been transcribed and can be viewed and downloaded from the Publications page. The entries are at best very sketchy but in general are very boring with little or no great detail. What a pity - I wonder what OfSTED would say about such record keeping!