Memories of St Luke's
A number of our graduates will have attended St. Luke’s College in the days before integration with the University. We welcome any news or stories they may have to share with their former colleagues.
Some of our alumni have shared their memories below. Submit yours to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also join alumnus Simon Whitehead's Facebook Group.
I was at St Luke’s Church of England Teacher Training College in Exeter as a student from 1961 to 1964. I took Physical Education as my main and English as my subsidiary subjects, with compulsory English, Mathematics and Religious Education for all students.
In September 1956 a large group of young men arrived at the St. Lukes’ campus to begin their two year teacher training programme. Most of them were in their early twenties and well used to being away from home, having just completed two years in uniform on National Service duty.
I began my four year junior middle course in 1984 studying Mathematics and PE with the legendary Mr Dave Edgecombe, Mr Brian Bolt and Mr David Hobbs. We had such small groups it was like a close knit family and we were nurtured well by our lecturers.
Back in 1970 my year group was one of the earliest to be allowed to take the extra year in order to sit the B.Ed exams. On passing we were required to rehearse for the great day when we graduated. Mounting a platform and receiving a scroll was not something to be left to chance!
Exeter 1976 seems like a world away now as I look back on a career in education that has stretched over 40 years. I can honestly say that my time at Luke’s was about the happiest of my life and I am left with so many rich memories.