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Re: Leaving school

Post by SometimesSansEngine » Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:48 am

Left just after the turn of the century. Back then you did a leavers do (basically just a party in the school) and some celebration, then on to a coach to head into the city and go to a nightclub (assuming *cough* you were old enough to get in)

Nowadays my old school is locally famous for having a 'prom' including people coming to school with ever extravagant methods (vintage cars, on a tractor etc etc etc) and parents spending a crazy amount on 'prom dresses'. Barriers set up so other pupils can 'watch' them enter. All a bit silly and expensive, but each to their own.

Our eldest finished primary school yesterday and I will admit to feeling a bit sad that they couldn't even have a little party. They had a 'socially distanced' picnic on the school field.

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Re: Leaving school

Post by Tiggie » Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:54 am

@SometimesSansEngine They do the prom thing around here too. One of the girls at work (well, her parents) spent £800 on her dress etc :shock:
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Re: Leaving school

Post by S-Westerly » Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:03 pm

Yet another cultural import from the USA that we could well have done without.
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Re: Leaving school

Post by MarkW » Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:10 pm

Left school in 1989. Walked out of the front gate and didn't see any of them again apart from my best friend until 2011, when a few of us went to his funeral. Still had nothing in common with them, and haven't seen any of them since.
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Re: Leaving school

Post by XTreme » Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:27 pm

MarkW wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:10 pm
Left school in 1989. Walked out of the front gate and didn't see any of them again apart from my best friend until 2011, when a few of us went to his funeral. Still had nothing in common with them, and haven't seen any of them since.
Same here......except I left in 71.

Hated every minute of it!

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Re: Leaving school

Post by rob m » Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:48 pm

I left in 1985. Well I say left, I was 'suspended indefinitely' :lol: I still went back for the last day, we all got pissed in the park on Merrydown cider. My mate Evo set himself on fire and jumped in the lake.

Anyway, left on the Friday and started on the YTS scheme on the Monday doing motor vehicle tech. For the paltry £28.50 a week I got, I was on placement at a motorcycle dealer, went to college and learnt how to panel beat, spray paint, weld and rebuild a mini engine from scratch. It was great!

Sadly though, living in Hartlepool at the time, once the YTS scheme finished, I had 3 choices. Dole, army or move down south to find work, which is what I did. Still living down here 32 years later.

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Re: Leaving school

Post by fastbob » Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:30 pm

I never left . Sometimes I get arrested but mostly I just get told to go away .

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Re: Leaving school

Post by Fish » Thu Jul 16, 2020 3:19 pm

Left school in 87 and couldn't wait to leave. Back then we didn't have ADHD, ADD and any of the other symptoms, I was just a trouble maker. Told I would never amount to anything.

Within 6 weeks I had a job working with computers (not bad for a dunce), for my 18th birthday I took my family out to a posh restaurant and the careers teacher walked in. He was known to my family and was asking where I was working, what I was doing all the usual stuff, so I explained why we was there and where I was working, what I was doing and he didn't believe me, so gave him my business card and told him to phone me about arranging a visit.

He did, then a week later came up with a couple of kids as agreed and I had pleasure of showing them around and what I was doing.

When we was finishing off, I looked squarely at him and said not bad for someone who wouldn't amount to much! Then looked at the kids and told them to never listed when someone tells you that you cannot do something or that you wouldn't amount to anything useful.

I am still working with computers and worked one some big projects running my own teams.

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Re: Leaving school

Post by KiwiBob » Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:08 pm

I left in 1970! .. We chucked our school blazers in a pile in the playground and set fire to the lot!

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Re: Leaving school

Post by Swagman » Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:05 pm

I left in 1971 when I was 15 on the following Monday started work at a horrible chicken factory hated it, but we just left school after going in to the head master for him to wish us luck.

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Re: Leaving school

Post by Swagman » Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:07 pm

Stu wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:10 am
Bianco2564 wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:07 am
Just watching the news about kids finishing school today and made me think about when I did in 1980.
The kids on the news were having a social distanced party, no such things in 1980, just got egged on the bus.

When did anyone else leave and any memorable events?
Just to make you feel better

A year later I was born :lol:

1997 is when I left and it was eggs and flour thrown all over!
Both my kids are older than you, whipper snapper Stu. :D :D :D

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Re: Leaving school

Post by Stu » Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:54 pm

Swagman wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:07 pm
Stu wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:10 am
Bianco2564 wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:07 am
Just watching the news about kids finishing school today and made me think about when I did in 1980.
The kids on the news were having a social distanced party, no such things in 1980, just got egged on the bus.

When did anyone else leave and any memorable events?
Just to make you feel better

A year later I was born :lol:

1997 is when I left and it was eggs and flour thrown all over!
Both my kids are older than you, whipper snapper Stu. :D :D :D
I wont ask if they are single then :D



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Re: Leaving school

Post by XTreme » Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:54 pm

JRH wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:40 am
Bianco2564 wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:20 am
Stu wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:10 am


Just to make you feel better

A year later I was born :lol:

1997 is when I left and it was eggs and flour thrown all over!
Lol, just waiting for fastBob and Xtreme to comment and make me feel better :thumb:
1997! I’d been working for 26 years. Bloody youngsters of today. :wink:
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Re: Leaving school

Post by XTreme » Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:56 pm

Tiggie wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:45 am
i'm not actually that academically thick :lol:
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Re: Leaving school

Post by Snod Blatter » Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:05 pm

Richzx6r wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:09 am
I left in 2002 and nothing memorable from what I remember,
I finished my GCSEs in 2003 and it was the same, just finished the final exam and walked away. However, finishing A levels in 2005 did result in a "prom" and they were just about coming into fashion at the time. Obviously, being a crotchety unsociable bloke who hated all of school ever I wasn't best thrilled with the idea but got dragged along.. I think the best bit was getting a hug from Leanne from biology.

Who wants to spend extra time with these people you have been forced to spend so much time with already?? I feel the same about work events now :lol:
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