As with the legendary Piranha Brothers,of Monty Python fame,most of the "teachers," I recall, were cruel,but fair.
Have just happened upon this link and it revived many happy ,and some fraught,memories.I was there from 66 to 71 and then,for further punishment,I was in the 6th. form until 73.
The most influential teacher and,indeed,mentor,for me,was Tony Hart,who taught Eng.Lit - he actually treated us as thinking people(big mistake!) allowing us to come to our own decisions re- interpretation of the classics,and the not so classic tomes.
He also shared our love of blues and would "confiscate,"overnight,any interesting LP's we had with us.
The following day,in Eng Lang,we would be set an essay on "Eric Clapton's vibrato effect is a direct copy of B.B.King - Discuss" = no wonder we thought he was great!
Gerry Corner was,indeed,a gent,who,bless him,would quickly fall asleep if naughty pupils had closed all of the windows prior to him entering the room! - apparantly,he had been gassed in the Great War,and wounded,and we,of course,made the most of this - a nice guy,tho
As regards Piggy Porter,the less said the better - given that he "taught" R.I. he probably is responsible for the increase of fundamentalism and atheism on his own.He was the most un-christian of men.
I must share a Kenny Wilde story for I was responsible for knockinghim out with a glancing headbutt whilst defending a corner! By accident,of course! As I was half-decent at footy,we used to get on ok(I avoided woodwork) ie. he tolerated me but,even so, the following "games" period,I received his studs down the back of my achilles,just in case it wasn't an accident!
His partner in crime was Les Jones who was a good laugh but lethal with the board duster!
Does anyone remember Harry Floods' habit of carrying huge tomes ,by A.J.P.Talyor,under his arm,only to place them on the desk,sit on them,and start opining on Bismarck and the like? I really respected Harry,even though I was on the wrong end of his "stick" a few times.
Another world,my friends,another world!