Thomas Lawrenson started his education at Stanhope Road
Council School in 1908. At the age of 12, he entered the
South Shields High School for Boys, which he left in
1922 to go to Christ Church College, Oxford.
In 1926 he was awarded his BA (Hons) in Pure and Applied
Mathematics, and he completed a year's post-graduate course
to gain his Diploma in Education. When he left Oxford, in
1927, he taught Mathematics at Bromsgrove School for
just over a year, moving to Wolverhamptom Grammar School
in January, 1929. In January, 1932, he moved to London to
teach at the Sir Walter St John's School, in Battersea,
where he stayed until December, 1956.
In January, 1957, he returned to South Shields to be with
his sister, who was in ill-health, joining the staff of South
Shields Grammar-Technical School for Boys where he remained
until his retirement in 1963.
Tom Lawrenson was one of three cousins (Andrew Lawrenson
and Bill Hunter being the other two) who taught at the SSGTSFB,
and several of the following two generations continue in the