77-year-old visits former primary school as part of history project

A 77-year-old has gone back to his former primary school to teach pupils about school life in the 1940s.

Old punishment book

Rob Harknett was a pupil at Roydon Primary School in Essex between 1945 and 1953, and shared pictures and anecdotes from his time at the school with current pupils during a history lesson.

His visit came as part of a school project exploring the school’s 140-year history: headteacher Michael Clark is now hoping to display a timeline through the corridors documenting the school’s past since it was built in 1877, along with stories from the community.

So far, the school has uncovered a punishment book from 1954, photos of generations of school football teams and log books to feature in the corridor display.

“Children today would not believe what life at their school was like back then. It’s amazing how different it is in such a small period of time, while some things are still the same, like the things we teach,” said Harknett, who still lives in the area.

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