Yenton Primary School, Chester Road, Erdington, Birmingham

Chester Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B24 0ED
Email: enquiry@yenton.bham.sch.uk
Tel: 0121 464 6588

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Previous Guestbook Comments

Sylvia Tarver
14 May 2017

I was at the Yenton between 1954 to 1958 I was really happy there and am sure my first teacher was Miss Davies and the headmaster was Mr Schillito. My maiden name was Churchyard. It would be so lovely to hear from anyone who remembers me (email Sylvia here).

Rating: Excellent

Linda Crowe (Bassett)
13 May 2017

I left in 1970 to go to Hodge Hill Grammar School. I remember having Mrs Davies in years 1 & 2, Mr Lofthouse in year 3 and Mr Cross in year 4. I never saw eye to eye with Mr Cross. Mr Jackson was the head teacher who was fair but strict. I also remember Mrs Organ from the infant side and Mrs Prue the sewing teacher. I have some fond memories of Yenton. I went on to be a junior and secondary school teacher of maths. I have just taken early retirement.

Rating: Excellent

Derek Tylden-Pattenson
15 Aug 2016

Amazing to see how little the school site has changed. Was there from infants up to age 11 in 1969. Fondly remember headteacher Mr Hawkins (who sadly died), school trip on the Uganda to Norway, and to Paris. Lunchtimes spent watching the wrecking ball demolishing the orphanage (the tower of which I could see from my house). Went on to Marsh Hill Boys' Grammar-Tech and owe much to the great start Yenton gave me. Thank you!

Rating: Excellent

James
14 Mar 2016

Left in 2008, I have many great memories of this school and it helped me a lot. Funny to see how things change.

Rating: Excellent

David Bott
11 Mar 2016

I was an 'inmate' of the Orphanage from 1940 to 1951. I have fond memories of both the Orphanage and the primary school, forerunner of the Yenton. The education was superb and I managed to pass my 11 plus, going on to KEGS Aston.I particularly remember Mr Shillito, the headmaster, although not entirely without alarm! My subsequent life has been enriched by the Orphanage upbringing and the standard of the school's education.

Rating: Excellent

Simon Mckeown
08 Dec 2015

I spent 5 very happy years at Yenton in the 1970s, taught by Mrs Mason, Mr Wood, Miss Gallagher, Mr McDowell and Mr White. I remember hide and seek in the cloakrooms, kicking my football through a window, school productions, playing 'Pirates' in the hall, class v class football matches in the playground, the haunted stairwell and Mr Jackson's pump (plimsoll) or Spangles, depending on why you were sent to his office! I always regret not getting the opportunity to teach their after 25 years as a primary teacher in Birmingham. Happy, happy days.

Rating: Excellent

Millie Smith
01 Dec 2015

I have just left yenton, I'm now in year 7 and the school is the best. All staff are very kind friendly and funny I thought it would be great to leave yenton for year seven but I was wrong... Yenton is the best school in the whole world!

Rating: Excellent

Angela Lovsey
16 Nov 2015

I lived in Orphanage Road and went to Yenton in the 1950's. I recall Mr Brooks took his life, Mr Ted Morgan was my teacher and Hawkeyes Hawkins the head Master. I was better than the boys at football. I went on to Erdington Grammar.

Rating: Excellent

Tony Batchford
31 Oct 2015

1960-61 ish. If it wasn't for Mrs Organ and her ruler i'd be writing left handed!

Rating: Very Good

Valerie Smith
18 Jul 2015

I attended the school in 1952-1956. Mr Shillito was my head strict but very fare, my name was Valerie Webb. I had friends by the name of Janet Spurrier, Janet Renolds, Ann Legget.

Rating: Excellent

Martin Conlon
15 Jul 2015

I attended from 1953-56 (I think) starting in JS. I remember the great playing fields and making slides in the snow in the JS playground. Favourite teacher was Mr Pullen in my last year, who had a car and used to pass my bus stop at Aston Cross when I went onto KEGS Aston and give some of us old Yentonians a list into Erdington. I remember the climbing frame and that one boy fell from the top rail trying to do a 'butcher's hang'. Can't remember what happened to him though. Also one lad who shall remain nameless who had his mouth scrubbed with soap in front of the whole school because he was reported by someone for swearing out of school. Bet they wouldn't get away with that these days! Is the current head Mr Cadwallader any relation to the sister and brother who attended in my time?

Rating: Excellent

Miss H M Gray
08 May 2015

My son John P Gray came to your school from about the age of 8-11 yrs, we then moved out of the area. I wonder if anyone would remeber us. John's now 26!

Rating: Very Good

Anita Kavanagh
20 Feb 2015

I attended Yenton infant and junior school in the 70's and have very fond memories of the school. The school offered so many opportunities. I remember camping over night in some near by fields where we held our athletics competitions every year. We used to do a big school productions, the last one was Alice in Wonderland. Mr Jackson was a fantastic head teacher. You could guarantee that if you were up to no good he would be close by to catch you out. I remember the big staircase with the sweeping wooden banister. I would run to the top of the stairs from my classroom and slide all the way down. Mr Jackson's office was at the bottom and always knew it was me sliding down and would call out 'Anita, how many times have I told you not to slide down the banister?' Until one day I ran to the top of the stairs and little round studs had been attached to the bannister to stop me. Mr Jackson standing at the bottom of the stairs looking up at me smiling. I can honestly say I was so happy at Yenton school.

Rating: Excellent

Mary Hayes
16 Jan 2015

I attended Yenton from 54-60, then went on to Erdington Grammar School. Would love to see some old school photos. Mr Edwards was my last form master.

Rating: Excellent

Bronwen Simpson
10 Jan 2015

I have found this website so interesting and it has brought back so many memories. My brother Clive Bosworth attended Josiah Masons but I Bronwen Bosworth then, only did one year there before moving into the new Yenton Primary School. I remember the assembly hall in Josiah Masons and playing lots of playground games at lunchtime with the playground assistants. I also remember climbing the iron staircase. In the new school the head was Mr George Shillito and he saw pupils at a desk in the hall at playground. Usually it was because you had done good work and you got a bluebird toffee. I didn't get many! I also remember Mr Pullen and Mrs Eagles. The dining hall was always full at dinner time and Mr Shillito would pick on someone to say Grace. He was a stickler for good table manners and using your knife and fork properly. I did not pass my 11+ but went onto Fentham Road School for Girls where I had another very strict head Miss Vaughan. I have just come across my school reports and had the following teachers. 1953/4 M. Rosbrook, 1954/5 M.R.Reeve, 1955/6 D.L.Brooks, 1956/7 Mrs Cawthra and Mrs Eagles. They were wonderful teachers and got me from 40th in class to 2nd. Last year 1957 Mr Morgan. Head Mr Shillito.

Rating: Excellent

Vicci Gubbings
17 Nov 2014

I attended Yenton school back in the 70's I left in 1980. I have the fondest memories, such a wonderful place to be! I was delighted to welcome existing pupils to my workplace a couple of weeks ago and there are still so many happy, smiling children. I hope their memories of the school are like mine.

Rating: Excellent

Michael Thompson
09 Aug 2014

I have fond memories of Yenton as i attended the school in 1956/1957, I remember the large climing frame in the playground, with the sports field behind it. I cannot remember the teachers names, but happy days.

Rating: Excellent

Ryan
27 Jul 2014

My daughter likes Yenton. She is also excited about her new class 4g she has been at Yenton for 5 yrs now.

Rating: Excellent

David Clark
10 May 2014

Hi I was at school there from 1967 to about 1975. Like to hear from anyone from that era. I remember mr lofthouse. What a great school thanks.

Rating: Excellent

Pauline Feltham, nee James
23 Feb 2014

I went to yenton school 1956 but also remember lessons in josiah mason orphanage and the wrought iron staircase and being told that there were ghosts in a dark passage that we were scared to enter. After my 11 plus I went to fentham road secondary school for girls.

Rating: Excellent

Jacqui
02 Feb 2014

Love the new website. Looks great! My son in year 7 now but I still like to keep up with what's going on at Yenton.

Rating: Excellent

Gaynor Langham
12 Dec 2013

What a fantastic Ofsted Report, we always new that we had sent our daughter, Chrystal Roe, to the right school from the start.

Rating: Excellent

Gul Saddique
26 Nov 2013

Yenton school has had a very positive impact on my children, the obvious physical changes help my child interact with the school playground more.The teachers have become more approachable and are always willing to help. Excellent communications from the headmaster.

Rating: Excellent

Lynette Avery
21 Nov 2013

Great to see a website which is regulary updated and easy to navigate around. My son joined reception September this year and he loves it. I have no negative comments about this school. They have so much going on to support the children and local community. The children seem to really have fun whilst they are learning. I am kept up to date on everything that is happening with letters, newsletters and regular texts. The teachers are always available to listen to you and give you the time you require to discuss anything. You get a warm and friendly welcome every day when dropping off your children and collecting them. With what I have experienced with the teachers, they are teachers that really care and good to see strong leaderhip too.

Rating: Very Good

Ciara Sweeney
09 Sep 2013

I was a pupil until 2007 when I left to go to secondary school. I enjoyed my experience whilst at Yenton. My sister Mia-Jaye is starting in reception and I'm sure she will enjoy it as much as I did.

Rating: Excellent

Toni Wood
03 Aug 2013

Hi I was a pupil at you school in 1996? 97? and I was really close friends with another pupil Juanita her sister is called Denise and I believe her mum is called Debbie. I lived in the Laburnum house flats and so did they. im trying to get in contact with them im wondering if anyone can help me please even if you can jog my memory and let me know there surnmane. Thanks miss wood.

Rating: Excellent

Jenny M
22 Jun 2013

Yenton is a great school. They can help you. The website is very good. The website shows what its perfect about.

Rating: Excellent

Lucas
29 May 2013

Great website, i've read comments and would like my son to learn in yenton. So many positive opinions. Hopefully some day he will write something nice about his experience.

Rating: Excellent

Jan Lomas
02 Dec 2012

My work brought me back to my old Junior school, and the more often I visit, the more memories are evoked. My most vivid memory is our leaving Barn Dance, and my best friend Jane and I arguing who wanted to dance with Mr Rockwell and Mr Rodwell, two NQT'S back in 1961/2. I love the way that the old, and the very modern are blended into the New Yenton.

Rating: Excellent

Alex Reid
23 Sep 2012

Former pupil in 2008. Seeing myself in the 11-a-side football team (in whiteboots, left, 2nd from the bottom) brings back alot of good memories, amazing school!

Rating: Excellent

Maddie Bradley
13 Aug 2012

I was a pupil from reception to the very end. yenton is amazing and all the teachers are great and i wish i was still there, but can't wait to do work Experience so i can see everyone again. i miss you all.

Rating: Excellent

Rachel
08 Jul 2012

Former pupil, started in reception, but left in year 5 , had a great time. And looking forward to doing Work Experience at Yenton in a weeks time.

Rating: Excellent

Leisl Badham
18 Apr 2012

As an ex pupil (1973-79) I just wanted to say how lovely the school is looking! Some bits seem to have hardly changed whilst others are unrecognisable. Mr Jackson was headteacher when I was at Yenton and we all had a great time - happy memories. I hope everyone at Yenton today will look back with similar fondness on their time there.

Rating: Excellent

Molly Bennett
31 Mar 2012

I was a pupil at yenton school from reception all the way to year 4. i loved the school and all the curicular had to offer and the website shows that. there is still an piture of me having fun in the playground. i have lots of funny memories of yenton as like throwing wet spunges and the teachers faces.

Rating: Excellent

Louisa Gaines
29 Nov 2011

I am an ex pupil started in '78 in Mrs. Boynden's class and it would be absolutely fabulous if as a part of your website, the school would upload any photographs they have of the pupils throughout the years. I hope like most schools that a copy of each year is kept.

Rating: Excellent

Harry Gill
13 Nov 2011

I miss this school. I left in 2009. I've just found out that a lot of my favourite teachers have left. I had a lot of good memories there. Everything has changed. I guess it's just a part of life!

Rating: Excellent

Mr E Forbes
01 Nov 2011

Excellent, user-friendly and informative site - as a designer myself, these are the cornerstones I always watch out for! I can say from experience that our lad is having a grand time learning here, so much so that he sometimes actually wishes the school hols were shorter!

Rating: Excellent

Debbie Powell
22 Aug 2011

I used to be a student at the Yenton 32 years ago and I just happened to look the school up through facebook. Seeing how things have changed really takes me back in time. I now live in the United States and I have resides here for almost 30 years. I left England when I was 14 years old. Before I left England I went to Erdington Girls Secondary school after I finished the Yenton. I remember the headmaster of Yenton being Mr or Mrs Jackson. I still have my old report card book from 1976-1979. I am now in the education industry and I see the differences between the U.S and the U.K. Thanks for the educational foundation.

Rating: Excellent

Cariee
26 Apr 2011

I left Yenton in 2004, Im now doing my A Levels and have secured a place at Uni next year. I have a part time job and served an old teacher from Yenton in the shop I work at, so I looked on the website brings back memories of all the photos from around the scool, even one of my old classroom. Was an excellent school, would love to come back and visit sometime, as I see a lot of my teachers are still teaching.

Rating: Excellent

Ruby McKain
11 Mar 2011

I went to yenton primary school from sep 2003 until july 2010. i loved attending yenton primary i will always remember yenton forever.

Rating: Excellent

Keith Buckland
09 Jan 2011

I was at Yenton from 1955 to 1961. Such happy memories. My very first class room was in the old orphanage and I remember that you accessed it from the assembly room and up a flight of old metal stairs. I seem to recall a Mrs Davis being our teacher. Then we all moved to the newly built infant school.

Rating:Very Good

Clive Sprawson
15 Dec 2010

Was at Yenton from 1950-54. Mr Shillito was headmaster and Mr Pullen my form teacher. It was a happy school and one which gave me a good foundation for the grammar school and university. I wish all the present staff and pupils every success in the future.

Rating:Very Good

Ian Gorin
19 Jul 2010

I watched the new infants school being completed in summer 1953 from the orphanage, and attended it in september as our school shut down then. We had to enter via the old orphanage day school entrance I think. I remember it as a huge wall. In fact I was a prefect in the juniors, mainly I think because the headmaster felt sorry for me being from the orphanage. I remember a Mrs Williams who was very kind to me.

Rating:Very Good

Scott Jenkins
16 May 2010

Good website. Nice to see my brother making bread!

Rating: Excellent

Nicola Thorne
09 Apr 2010

The children all look very happy! Lovely playground and staff look very friendly too!

Rating: Very Good

David A Young
14 Mar 2010

Nice to see my old school, back from 1957. I attended as they demolished the orphanage. Perhaps if possible you may recall for me the head staff back then as the memory dims. Paget Road secondary school was my next stop that launched me on to a great career, with a good education from both schools behind me i have become successfull in my chosen profession. Kind Regards from Devon.

Rating: Excellent

Isobel Hall
05 Mar 2010

Good website, funny to see my sisters photos on here! brings back good memories.

Rating: Excellent

Richard Franklin
03 Mar 2010

Loved your website, it brought back many memories of Yenton School going back to September 1953 when I started at the age of 7 being an inmate of Sir Josiah Mason's that used to be your immediate neighbour. Yenton was run by the fearsome Mr George Shillito in those days, fearsome because he was a whacker of naughty children especially those from SJMO. The school gave me the opportunity to pass the 11+ and escape from SJMO, at least during the day, to attend Lordswood Boys Technical School in Harborne. Unfortunately SJMO closed in December 1960 curtailing my education at 15 years and one month just a year short of GCE exams and perhaps a different future - but the future I had was, in many ways, quite acceptable. Since moving to Cyprus on early retirement in 2002 I have written down for my children how my early life progressed, Yenton School gets a large mention, I also have two school reports from those days that inevitably say: 'could do better' Best Regards to you all at Yenton.

Rating: Excellent

Janet Manning
20 Feb 2010

I attended Yenton Primary from 1956 and remember climbing up the wrought irons stairs in the old orphanage. Miss Barton i remember and dancing round the maypole on May Day. My mother Mrs Andrews taught in the infants at that time. She is living in Tamworth and i think still has some photos from that era. I will have to ask her to have alook.

Rating: Excellent

Martin Thompson
07 Feb 2010

I believe that I was one of the first students at Yenton Primary School. I remember quite clearly starting at the old orphange and moving accross to the new school buildings when they opened. I think the Head Teacher at the time was a Mr Shillito. Do you hav an old students club or anything like this? I now live in londaon after living in Africa for most of my life and am retired. I would very much like to visit the school sometime if this is possible. Please let me know. Kind regards.

Rating: Very Good

Mrs Elaine Forbes
02 Dec 2009

A very parent friendly and informative website. Everything that a parent would want to know about the school is available. I like the transparency.

Rating: Excellent

David C Hickman
16 Nov 2009

I attended both the Infants and Junior schools from 1955. Miss Barton ran the infants school and Mr Shillito and then A B Hawkins the juniors. It was a happy time and I'm glad to see the school is still thriving.

Rating: Excellent

Sally Wilkinson
21 Oct 2009

Feeling all nostalgic, I looked up my old primary school and was delighted to find such an informative web site. I attended the school in 1967 -1973 when Mr Jackson was Headmaster and Mr Arkinstall was Deputy. (My elder brother and younger brother also attended.) I can honestly say they were incredibly happy times and I especially remember the change over to decimalisation, very confusing at the time! All the trips we had, even a school cruise on the Nevasa - wonderful. My maiden name was Bate. I wish the school all the very best and keep up the good work!

Rating: Excellent

Loren Wilson
19 Sep 2009

This is really good, i miss yenton as i have just left this year and i really want to come back and visit. i would like to thank all the teachers for helping me get such good marks in my sats and make my mom so pleased with me.

Rating: Excellent

Alex McLarney
29 Jul 2009

This website is great and i love the pictures. I came to this school 1999-2006 and i see some of the pictures are of people in my year. Luckily none of me! The pictures bring back alot of memories and it's nice to see nearly all the teachers i had are still at the school. Now i am living in Australia.

Rating: Excellent

Naomi Williams
22 Jul 2009

I noticed your website and it lookes very nice. I saw myself on it and i think i am embrassed of people seeing me! happy days and memories.

Rating: Excellent

Stuart John
22 Jul 2009

Your excellent site revived fond memories for me. I was a pupil in 1954-'55 when Mr Shillito was the Headteacher and Mr Edmond was in charge of the football team. I left the school to attend King Edward VI, Aston.

Rating: Excellent

Mrs Fowler
09 Jul 2009

Excellent web site really useful information both for my two boys and myself. Can't wait for my boys to start in sept 09.

Rating: Excellent

Chris King
12 Jun 2009

Noticed you were website of the week on BGFL and as an ex pupil many moons ago I had to have a look. Fantastic site - found the history really interesting. I attended the juniors for two years in the early 60's and have a graphic memory of watching the demolition of the old orpanage as we all stood in the playground. What would H&S make of that now! I remember Irish dancing with Mr Cummins, playing skittleball in the playground & one particularly lovely carefree day down at the playing fields returning with bunches of wildflowers. Happy days & lovely memories!

Rating: Excellent

Scott Jay
09 Jun 2009

Nice to see my picture on the web site. Played in goal for the winning team.

Rating: Excellent

Rachel Perry
05 Jun 2009

I love the site and the pictures are very good.

Rating: Excellent

Mrs J Johnson
01 May 2009

Great web site, I didn't know so much was going on in school. It will be very useful as a reference for all the different school dates.

Rating: Excellent