Favourite teacher documents his life

An 85-year-old man who used to teach at two schools in the Eastwood area is writing a book about his life.

Norman Langley taught at both Greasley Beauvale Primary School and Brinsley Primary School and was hugely popular with the pupils, particularly those who took sport.

Thanks to Mr Langely, Brinsley School had a new football pitch and new football and cricket teams were formed.

The children who he taught, and the boys in his sports teams described him as a ‘breath of fresh air’ and their ‘number one’ teacher.

Billy Haslam said: “He was like a breath of fresh air to Brinsley School. We’d never had anything like it. He changed everything sports-wise. He brought everything to the school. It was marvellous.

“He was number one with us footballers and cricketers.”

Now, aged 85 and living in Kent, he wants to document his experience as a teacher and recall stories about the pupils he taught.

Mr Langley said: “My eldest son said ‘you want to put something down on paper’ because he thought I had lived an interesting life and had a lot of stories to tell about schools and pupils,” he said.

Back in the 50s Mr Langley taught PE and games at Greasley School for four years, before moving on to Brinsley Primary for three years, where he became deputy headteacher.

Mr Langley was also the secretary of Eastwood and District Football Association and the secretary of Eastwood and District Sports Athletics.

He left the area in 1962, moving around the country teaching in different schools, and went on to become a school inspector for a local authority.

The ex-teacher recently submitted three photos to the Advertiser to be used on our memory lane pages.

We printed the pictures of his local football teams last week, and received a massive response from past pupils, who said they had ‘fond’ memories of him.

Mr Langley was born in Codnor in 1928 and married a girl from Ripley.

The pair lived in Shipley. He also taught at Granby School in Ilkeston before moving away in the early 60s.

John Willetts said: “He was a nice fell. You remember the horrible ones and the ones that are decent to you.