When Villiers Primary opened George V was king and Ramsey MacDonald was Prime Minister.
Britain granted independence to Iraq and Forest Mars produced the first Mars bar.
James Chadwick discovered the neutron and Elizabeth Taylor and William Roache were born. The first broadcast from the newly opened BBC Broadcasting House took place and local councils were encouraged to engage in widespread slum clearance.
FIRST PUPIL MRS OLWYN GREENWOOD RETURNS BACK TO SCHOOL
When Villiers Primary opened its doors in 1932, one name on the register was that of Olwyn Greenwood. She has continued to support the school for a number of years and has donated an award for children to win each year.
In a sign of how attitudes to healthy eating has moved on since the 1930’s lunch at the time was typically toast topped with dripping.
HEADS OVER THE YEARS
Villiers Primary has had only 8 Head Teachers through the years of its existence.
Mr Lenton, Mr Owen, Mr Slater,Mr Bailey, Mrs Lanni, Mr Cocker, Mrs Maskell and our current Head, Mrs Westwood.
THROUGH THE YEARS
The school’s log book from its earlier years provide a fascinating insight into some of the events which took place during the first half of its life to date. The content of each log book varies according to the head teacher compiling the entries, but, they also contain valuable clues to how things were done in the past.
FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED VILLIERS PRIMARY
Donald George Powell was born on the 10th of September 1946 in Bilston
as the second of four children of steelworker Walter Powell and wife Dora.
Siblings' names: Carol, Derek and Marilyn.
Don was educated at Villiers Primary School and Etheridge Secondary
Modern School for Boys. As a child he joined the Boy Scouts where he played the bugle before being offered to try out the drums. He also joined the local police force boxing club, fancying himself as a prize fighter, but had to leave in the end because of an ear infection. He then took up athletics for a couple of years as his main hobby alongside the Scout drums.
Don couldn't afford a drum kit at first so he practised on a borrowed one and word got around that he was good. He was offered to play in The Vendors, one of the popular groups in the area at that time, and had to have his dad sign an HP agreement for his first set of drums. The Vendors recorded a 4 track EP that was released in France only.
In the meantime Don had left school and done a college course in metallurgy at Wednesbury Technical College before getting a job in a foundry in Wolverhampton. He worked there for over a year before turning pro as a drummer with The 'N Betweens, the new name of The Vendors, who eventually became Slade.
Our School Rules
Work hard. Be kind.
Choose to lead.
Choose to learn.
Choose to listen.
Choose to look after.