Old Sunderland school photographs – are you in them?

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TODAY we go back to the blackboard for more of your class photos.

Among the gems featured here are two provided by Michael Dingwall, which feature the under 15 cricket and football teams from Seaham Comprehensive in 1980.

Redby Infants or Redby Juniors,  supplied by Mrs M Matthews, Millfield

Redby Infants or Redby Juniors, supplied by Mrs M Matthews, Millfield

“The football team was very successful, winning four trophies including the Durham County Cup,” said Michael, who played for both teams.

“The cricket team were also successful, winning two trophies including the major one for schools at that time, the Tyneside Senior Schools Shield.

“I think we may have been one of the few schools to win the major trophies for both football and cricket in the same year.” Other photos published today include Redby Junior, West Southwick Secondary Modern, Ryhope Street Juniors and Hendon Board School.

But perhaps the most iconic shows pupils from Sunderland School for the Blind rehearsing for their nativity play in December 1924.

Sunderland is believed to have been the first authority in the country to educate visually impaired children, setting up classes from as early as 1882.

Specialist courses were later held at Barbara Priestman School for blind youngsters, which won the praise of Sunderland’s Education Committee in 1935.

“Much can be achieved by teaching the blind to make the best use of those senses which can be made to function without the sense of light,” they reported.

“By teaching them craftsmanship, they can apply their knowledge and sense of touch to the construction of things beautiful and things useful.”

l Do you have any class or sports team photos you would like to share? Email sarah.stoner@northeast-press.co.uk