A full twenty years
ago in 1977, at the time of the amalgamation of
P.G.S. with P.G.G.S., Peter Barlow succeeded John
Weekes and Barbara Smith as ,Headteacher. His
baptism was truly one of fire for a great deal of
the St Helens Road buildings was razed to the
ground in two disastrous conflagrations only a
year after his arrival.
Generations of Old Prescotians will
remember Peter as their Head both in St Helens
Road and Knowsley Park Lane. In many ways they
will know him better than those who have met him
only at reunion dinners. Some of us have had the
pleasure of working with him, especially at the
time of the recent 450th Anniversary
celebrations. His enthusiasm concerning the
replacement of the war memorial and the
assistance which he afforded the committee of Old
Boys made its task most agreeable.
Now he retires, leaving behind him
an institution which has gained by his
leadership. Whereas he will be greatly missed at
the School by staff and pupils alike, we hope
that we shall be able to welcome him to many
future reunions. We wish him, together with
Carroll, many years of happy and healthy
retirement. Well done, Peter!
We asked the retiring Head whether
he had a message........he wrote:
IT'S THE last time I will be doing
this," is a recurring thought as I approach
retirement this summer. The thought is often
tinged by regret but other times by relief. There
will be other opportunities to explore these
Twenty years ago I read of thwarted
attempts to resurrect the Old Boys' Association.
No one appeared to have the drive, time or
commitment until Jim Taylor, Cecil Pickavance and
others started with a small annual reunion to
which my wife and I were always pleased to be
guests and Pat Bailie inaugurated the Register
and The Old Prescotian. It has been good to see
the Reunion become a major gathering of
Prescotians from so many years but I will always
recall with particular thanks the between former
students and the School as the 450th Anniversary
approach Like to thank again all those who by
their presence and support enhance events. The
long history of the School became a reality to
youngsters who disregard for their historical
I do hope our association flourishes
and that it, manages to embrace younger members.
'The Old Prescotian' is always a good read and,
while I will not be able my support as
Headteacher, I hope to remain in active contact.
Carroll, my wife thank you for your support.