McEntee Technical School Billett Rd, Walthamstow

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McEntee Technical School, Walthamstow

Who was McEntee?

Valentine McEntee
Valentine McEntee

Valentine McEntee (1871-1953) C.B.E was made the 1st Baron McEntee of Walthamstow in 1953.mHe was an Irish-born Labour Member of Parliament in the UK. He was born in Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire) near Dublin, the son of William Charles McEntee, a physician, and Kate, daughter of Valentine Burchell.

He was a member of James Connolly's Irish Socialist Republican Party. After a brief stay in the United States he moved to London and became a member of Social Democratic Federation (SDP), when he went on to help found the Socialist Party of Great Britain (SPGB) in June 1904, but he resigned in 1905 after he was nominated as parliamentary candidate for the Labour Representation Committee. After leaving the SPGB, he joined the Independent Labour Party.

By 1908 he was back in the SDF, being a local election candidate for that organisation in Walthamstow. In 1909 he published a short pamphlet Socialism Explained, a criticism of capitalism.

The following year he was a delegate at the Social Democratic Party (as the SDF had been renamed) Conference and was elected to its 1910-1911 Executive Committee. He became became a member of the Labour Party via the British Socialist Party, the successor to the SDF, which affiliated in 1916. During the later part of the First World War he was a member of the relatively large and actively anti-war North London Herald League. In 1920 he married Catherine Windsor and became a local councillor for the Labour Party in Walthamstow. He went on to become MP for Walthamstow West from 1922 to 1924 and again from 1929 to 1950, and served Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Works, George Hicks, from 1942 to 1945. He was Mayor of Walthamstow from 1929 to 1930 and 1951 to 1952. He was appointed a Order of the British Empire, CBE, in 1948. His impressive portrait is in the Walthamstow Town Hall annexe to the Council chamber.

(Text & picture kindly provided by Bill Bayliss)

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Daniel, I was one of the original pupils of McEntee, which was originally South West Essex Tec. I left in 1958. It was a very forward thinking school at that time.

David ROWE

Hi Daniel,

I was going through some old papers recently and came across a fairly comprehensive list of McEntee pupils who all started there in 1966 ( which makes us all 60 now!). Can I ask you to add them to the pupil list as it may jog a few more people's memories.

Jennifer Best, Hilary Bond, Veronica Breed, Maureen Brett, Lynn Clark, Kathryn Cook, Diane Crocket, Jacqueline Davies, Kathleen Davis, Gillian Dawson, Janice Edwards, Jacqueline Feltham, Christine Frisby, Anne Froud, Christine Ferguson, Christine Fulbrook, Christine Hammersten, Mary Henderson, Wendy Hiller, Mary Hurst, Margaret Jackson, Sally Jones, Susan Kay, Joyce Kimber, Susan Grice, Pamela Leonard, Susan Long, Patricia Milne, Georgina Mowbray, Gillian Nelson, Christine Nicholls, Dina Osborne, Jeanette Perrott, Christine Reeves, Jacqueline Smith, Yvonne Smith, Angela Stevens, Nancy Towler, Elaine Ward, Glynis Wastell, Andrea Wiles, Dawn Williams, Gillian Winter, Christine Woodward, Theresa Wootton, Maureen Young.

Boys Robert Allitt, Martin Anderson, Graham Atkins, David Bamber, Steven Blackwell, Howard Blair, David Butcher, Raymond Castle, Ronald Chapel, Dexter Coles, Tony Cooke, Roy Coombe, Robin Defoe, Nigel Barrett, John Dunham, John Edwards, Barry Forrester, Mark Garbutt, Tony Gilbert, Patrick Gill, David Glass, Ian Handley, Keith Hawks, Steven Hardcastle, David Harrison, Steven Heasman, Stuart Heasman, Geoffrey Hunt, Philip Else, Tony Driver, Roger Ingram, Trevor Ingrave, Eric Jackson, Ian Kirby, Philip Looker, John Mace, Stephen Malme, Kenny Mason, Paul Masse, Michael McSweeney, Stephen Moore, Tony Morse, Richard Nagle, John Nickelson, Stephen Padbury, Stephen Pearce, Ian Hill, Stephen Johnson, Michael Pitcher, Alan Pratt, Stephen Reynolds, Tony Richards, Alan Skinner, Jeremy Staley, Ronald Stringer, Kevin Taylor, Terry Tatham, Colin Wickers, David Warby, Stephen Wedge, Peter Williams, Stephen Young, Gary Vaughan, Inderjeet Singh.

This list was put together by several people back in the late 80's to enable a re-union to be organised so may not be complete, or have accurate name spellings.

Best Wishes, and many thanks for all you do on this site


This is one for all the former McEntee School pupils:

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McEntee Technical School - List of Heads (alphabetical)

Name Office Years Notes

McEntee Technical School - List of Staff (alphabetical)

Name Office Years Notes

McEntee Technical School - List of Teachers (alphabetical)

Name Office Years Notes
Adler, Mr. Reg Music 1960's Talented violinist
Butler, Miss English 1982-84
Heard, Miss History 1982-84
Jones, Mrs. French 1982-84
Smith, Mr. Business Studies 1982-84

McEntee Technical School - List of Pupils - Boys (alphabetical)

Name Years New Surname Notes/Lived at
Allit, Robert 1966-?
Anderson, Martin 1966-?
Atkins, Graham 1966-?
Bamber, David 1966-?
Blackwell, Steven 1966-?
Blair, Howard 1966-?
Butcher, David 1966-?
Castle, Raymond 1966-?
Chapel, Ronald 1966-?
Coles, Dexter 1966-?
Cooke, Tony 1966-?
Coombe, Roy 1966-?
Defoe, Robin 1966-?
Barrett, Nigel 1966-?
Driver, Tony 1966-?
Dunham, John 1966-?
Edwards, John 1966-?
Else, Philip 1966-?
Forrester, Barry 1966-?
Garbutt, Mark 1966-?
Gilbert, Tony 1966-?
Gill, Patrick 1966-?
Glass, David 1966-?
Handley, Ian 1966-?
Hawks, Keith 1966-?
Hardcastle, Steven 1966-?
Harrison, David 1966-?
Heasman, Steven 1966-?
Heasman, Stuart 1966-?
Hill, Ian 1966-?
Hunt, Geoffrey 1966-?
Ingram, Roger 1966-?
Ingrave, Trevor 1966-?
Jackson, Eric 1966-?
Johnson, Stephen 1966-?
Kirby, Ian 1966-?
Looker, Philip 1966-?
Mace, John 1966-?
Malme, Stephen 1966-?
Mason, Kenny 1966-?
Masse, Paul 1966-?
McSweeney, Michael 1966-?
Moore, Stephen 1966-?
Morse, Tony 1966-?
Nagle, Richard 1966-?
Nickelson, John 1966-?
Padbury, Stephen 1966-?
Pearce, Stephen 1966-?
Pitcher, Michael 1966-?
Pratt, Alan 1966-?
Reynolds, Stephen 1966-?
Richards, Tony 1966-?
Singh, Inderjeet 1966-?
Skinner, Alan 1966-?
Staley, Jeremy 1966-?
Stringer, Ronald 1966-?
Taylor, Kevin 1966-?
Tatham, Terry 1966-?
Vaughan, Gary 1966-?
Wickers, Colin 1966-?
Warby, David 1966-?
Wedge, Stephen 1966-?
Williams, Peter 1966-?
Young, Stephen 1966-?

McEntee Technical School - List of Pupils - Girls (alphabetical)

Name Years New Surname Notes/Lived at
Best, Jennifer 1966-?
Bond, Hilary 1966-?
Breed, Veronica 1966-?
Brett, Maureen 1966-?
Clark, Lynn 1966-?
Cook, Kathryn 1966-?
Crocket, Diane 1966-?
Davies, Jacqueline 1966-?
Davies, Kathleen 1966-?
Dawson, Gillian 1966-?
Edwards, Janice 1966-?
Feltham, Jacqueline 1966-?
Frisby, Christine 1966-?
Froud, Anne 1966-?
Ferguson, Christine 1966-?
Fulbrook, Christine 1966-?
Grice, Susan 1966-?
Hall, Linda 1984-? Later Letts
Hammersten, Christine 1966-?
Henderson, Mary 1966-?
Hiller, Wendy 1966-?
Hurst, Mary 1966-?
Jackson, Margaret 1966-?
Jones, Sally 1966-?
Kay, Susan 1966-?
Kimber, Joyce 1966-?
Leonard, Pamela 1966-?
Long, Susan 1966-?
Milne, Patricia 1966-?
Mowbray, Georgina 1966-?
Nelson, Gillian 1966-?
Nicholls, Christine 1966-?
Osborne, Dina 1966-?
Perrott, Jeanette 1966-?
Reeves, Christine 1966-?
Smith, Jacqueline 1966-?
Stevens, Angela 1966-?
Towler, Nancy 1966-?
Ward, Elaine 1966-?
Wastell, Glynis 1966-?
Wiles, Andrea 1966-?
Williams, Dawn 1966-?
Winter, Gillian 1966-?
Woodward, Christine 1966-?
Wootton, Theresa 1966-?
Young, Maureen 1966-?

McEntee Technical School - Reunions

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