Former Doncaster deputy head and Kes movie school headteacher dies

A former Doncaster deputy head and who was headteacher at the school where classic Yorkshire movie Kes was filmed has died.

By Darren Burke
Friday, 26th February 2021, 1:08 pm

John Bramley, who was born in Bentley and lived most of his life in Old Denaby, before recently moving to Bessacarr, died on February 10 at the age of 80.

Mr Bramley was former head of science at Wombwell Comprehensive and deputy head at Armthorpe Comprehensive.

Before his retirement, he was headmaster of Edward Sheerien School in Barnsley.

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The classic movie Kes was filmed at Edward Sheerien school where John Bramley was headteacher.

The school, previously St Helens Comprehensive School, was where large portions of the Yorkshire-based movie Kes were filmed in 1969.

The movie, directed by Ken Loach and based on the 1968 novel A Kestrel for a Knave, written by Barnsley author Barry Hines, tells the story of Billy Casper and his bond with his pet kestrel.

The film’s iconic football match scene was filmed at the school.

An obituary said: “John will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”