Hackney Downs School was founded in 1876 as “The Grocers’ Company’s School at Hackney Downs”, It was the only School to be founded by the City Livery Company, The Worshipful Company of Grocers, in its Corporate right but was, sadly, made the subject of a gift to the Government by 1906 when its new title became “Hackney Downs School (formerly The Grocers’ Company’s School.)”
Apart from the carved stone Coat of Arms which was built in to the brickwork above the front entrance, and the Company’s Arms cast above the front gates, little now remains of the original building which was badly damaged by fire in 1963 and subsequently demolished when the new School was completed during the latter part of the 1960’s That School is now also closed as the processes of change, sometimes, or so it seems, for change’s sake, have overtaken the Borough of Hackney.
Prior to its reincarnation as a Comprehensive, in the late 1960’s the School had first been a minor Public School (though a founder of the Public Schools Association) and, following the 1944 Education Act had become a “County Grammar School”. There were thus four distinct periods in the School’s Life; the original foundation, the post-Grocers years (still fee-paying), the County Grammar and the Comprehensive.
Little is known of the successes of pupils from the first of these periods (with some notable exceptions) but boys from the second and third periods, though different, established a fine record of achievement in many fields. These range from Transplant Pioneers, a physician to the Monarch, leading Actors and Playwrights, several senior Government Scientists, Lawyers and so on.
These boys from pre-war middle class homes and post-war working class homes were taught by teachers of distinction, many of them giving their whole careers to Hackney Downs when they might have achieved even greater things had they themselves moved on. A number of staff from the 1950’s and 1960’s later transferred to Higher Education, taking doctorates or becoming Professors like many of those they had taught.
This booklet is a record of those men and women, gleaned from the School Magazine and elsewhere. The early archive is unfortunately incomplete and we can only guess, from a numbered record, and attempt to allocate names to the early period when one comes to light. There is a similar deficiency in the later years also when the Council’s records became computerised and no thought was given to the archive value of written or printed lists. This incomplete record is our tribute and The Clove Club would welcome anyone who is able to add further information. The numbers in front of each name are taken from the Staff Register which replaced an earlier volume, apparently destroyed, but giving, at least, an indication of the number of teachers employed.
“No’s. 1- 95 also in Old Register.” The “New” Register appears to start around 1934.
Coe, Temp porter died in service. Newby retired through ill-health , Fensom appointed all reported in 68 CHRISTMAS 09
Herbert Courthope Bowen Rev. C.G.Gull 1882-1905 Reported in Review 61 Oct 1907. The Rev.C.G.Gull, who met with a serious accident near Bournemouth during the holidays, is now, we are glad to announce, convalescent. He has been offered the vicarage of Hounslow by the Bishop of London and will probably accept,
Britten C.Hammond F.Pickford S.C.Green, Inter. Arts Dublin, F.I.P.S. (quals in 1926 Kellys) W.Jenkyn Thomas 1905 – J.A.Worthington
Mr.Chappell became Ll.B. reported Easter 1908 Staff appointed Feb 1906 Review 53 Feb 1906 Colin D.Cooke – “Mr.Cooke is a B.Sc of Durham and comes from the Headmaster’s old school at Aberdare” plus LC DICE and TR DAVIES. Cooke mentioned inNo.66, Easter 1909 as having given advice on a portion of Twelfth Night having been produced for the monitors (advice also from HM and Britten) PLUS Messrs. P.F.Condon, C.Phillipson, B.A. and W.H.J.Willcock B.Sc have been assisting temporarily this term”
Review 57 Dec 1906 Mr.E.C.Chappell is an M.A.Dublin. He was Senior Master at Roan School, Greenwich. Mr.C.J.Cruse came from Mile End P.T.Centre Mr.H.Perrett, B.A.(Lond.), has the Art Master’s Certificate and came from the Municipal Secondary School, Manchester
Review 61 Oct 1907. Welcome two new masters Mr.W.E.Tubbs, A.R.C.Sc., A.M.I.M.E.; (on staff Kellys 1926) Mr.H.Benbow, M.A.Cantab on staff Kellys 1926)
67 Summer 09 Dr.Chappell LEAVING “is also leaving us, and, although sorry to lose him, we heartily congratulate him on his appointment as HM of Spalding Grammar School, Lincolnshire.”
Plus “The Monitors desire to thank the School for their hearty response to the appeal for subscriptions to a testimonial for Mr.Pickford. The sum of £5 10s. was collected, and a handsome set of silver spoons was presented to him from this fund. Mr.Perrett magnanimously gave his time, and spent great care on designing and executing his designs in silver. He is a metal-worker by hobby, and we are deeply indebted to him for enhancing the value of our present, and helping to surround it with what we are sure will be pleasant memories for Mr.Pickford.
Death of HCBowen
Testimonial to F.P.
68 Christmas 09 Mr.Jones “We are pleased to welcome Mr.Jones, Dr.Chappell’s successor on the Commercial side. Mr. Jones was educated art Manchester Grammar School and Christ’s College Cambridge; while at the University he took both the History Tripos and the Economics Tripos and was awarded the Diploma in Theory, History and Practice of Education. Before coming to us he was at King’s College School, and he has already shown great interest in the athletic side of school life.
Perrett took over Sing-song when Pickford left (1910)
Review 70, 1910”Those who remember our former Headmaster, the Rev.C.G.Gull, will be interested to know that he has left the Vicarage at Hounslow, having been appointed to the living of Handford, Yeovil. We wish him all health and success in his new sphere of work and we know that wherever he is we will never forget him.
No.73 Summer Term 1911 Mr. Jones and Mr.Dice returned from illness which kept them away for part of term Note re Mr. Britten illness
75 Easter 1912 It was with much regret that we received at the end of last term the news of the retirement of Mr.Letch. One of the oldest members of the staff, Mr.Letch has been with the School for 25 years, and his absence will be greatly felt. A Testimonial Fund raised by the Monitors has been utilised, at Mr.Letch’s request for the purchase of an Astronomical Telescope, which was publicly presented during the term. We hope that Mr.Letch will receive our best thanks (which, however, are wholly inadequate) for the work he has done for the School, and also our sincere wishes for the best of health and happiness in his well-earned retirement.
76 Summer 1912 We have to chronicle the loss of another member of the School Staff. Mr.Jones, who has been with us for three years, has already taken up his duties as Headmaster of the Holloway County School. He had gained a firm place in the affection of us all, and in token of their appreciation, the Commercial side presented Mr.Jones with a barometer and a clock, as a parting gift. We offer him our sincerest congratulations on his appointment, and hope that the cordiality of his reception in his new school will be as great as our regret at losing him.
Mr.Jones’ place has been filled this term by Mr.A.R.Burnett-Hurst, B.Sc. (Economics), Lond. Mr.Hurst, however, leaves us this term to take a special post as Demonstrator in Statistics at the London School of Economics.
77 Christmas 1912 C.Davenport takes over from Burnett-Hurst (from Sheffield where he was head of Comm. Dept.
78 Easter 1913 We have to welcome Mr.C.L.Druce, M.A.(Cantab), who is temporarily filling the vacancy occasioned by the death of Mr.G.Britten, M.A. (Oxon). Appreciation of GB appted1885, 2nd Master, 1888
79 Summer, 1913 We extend the heartiest if welcomes to Mr.E.A.Woolf B.A. (Lond)/(Incl. in picture at front!) He is doubly welcome because of the great interest he evinces in every branch of school life. He takes a hand in cricket, swimming and shooting, and he promises to be an invaluable asset to the football XI’s. He comes to us from the County School, Ramsgate.
Also an honour for WJT recorded. Plus Literary events for Doughty and Richards (see prev. number for list of works
Miss Watherstone (DCSS) served with HDS for “several terms in the First War”
Miss Dorothy M F Watherston
Dorothy Margaret Fell Watherston, the daughter of Alexander Law Watherston and Emily Mary nee Fell, arrived at Dalston County Secondary (Grammar) School for Girls, Colvestone Crescent in 1908 to teach English. Her father, Alexander L. Watherstone, who had been born in Kensington, was a Church of England clergyman and a school master. The birthplaces of his children indicate that the family travelled around the country until finally settling in Hinckley, Leicestershire. One child was born in Sedburgh, Yorkshire, two in Shenfield, Essex, two in Bowden, Cheshire and five in Hinckley.
1881 Census for Echo Road Off Firs Road, Bowdon, Cheshire RG11 Piece 3505 Folio 31 Page 17: Alexander L. WATHERSTONE Head M 36 Church Of Eng Clergy No Appointment Schoolmaster born Kensington, Middlesex Emily M WATHERSTONE Wife M 29 born Clapham, Surrey Edith F. WATHERSTONE Daughter 8 born Sedburgh, York Charles F. WATHERSTONE Son 6 born Shenfield, Essex Edmund F. WATHERSTONE Son 4 born Shenfield, Essex Dorothy M.F. WATHERSTONE Daughter 2 born Bowdon, Cheshire
Hinckley Grammar had been re-founded in 1877 in a building built in 1820. At that time the building was lit by gas lamps and was heated by a tortoise stove. The division of the large area into classrooms was effected by means of a partition which was operated on cogs and was moved by means of a handle. The intake was small and by 1891 had 50 pupils. The DCSS school in Colvestone Crescent was probably little different. The 1901 Census for Hinckley, Leicestershire shows that Edith Fell Watherston, who appears on the above census, was 28 and a school governess possibly in her father’s school which started taking in girls at about this time. Charles was working as a Higher Division Clerk in the War Office and Edmund was employed in a Silk Warehouse. Both were living in Chelsea. There were also additional children in the household by 1901 and all, apart from Mary, were born at Hinckley, Leicestershire. Mary Kathleen Fell Watherston had also been born in 1881 at Bowdon, Cheshire. She was a school mistress in 1901 and she died the following year at Hinckley aged 22. Geoffrey F Watherston had been born 1884. In WW1 he was a Captain in the Uganda Police Service Battalion and died in East Africa on 20 November 1916. He was buried in the Kampala Cemetery, Uganda. (Kampala contained a Base hospital.) Arthur George was born in 1886 and died at Hinckley in 1903 aged 17. Olive had been born in 1889. Robert J H F was born 1891 and died on active service in WW1 on 3 December 1917. He was a Second Lieutenant in 1st/5th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment and wais buried at Cambrin which is a village about 24 kilometres north of Arras in France. Christopher, the youngest, was born in 1893. By the time of the 1901 Census Dorothy Watherston, now aged 22, had left home and was a Teacher in Queens College School in Harley Street and was living in St Marylebone, London. This school had been established by Frederick Dennison Maurice (1805-72) and a small group of tutors from King’s College, London in 1848 as a training school for teachers. In 1910 Miss Sexton took a photograph of the staff at DCSS (this was reproduced in the Jubilee Edition of the school magazine on 1955). Among them is Dorothy Watherston. In 1916 she was ‘lent’ to the Grocers school to replace a master who had rejoined his regiment. Miss Rich wrote of this event “During the War several mistresses expressed their willingness to be transferred to Boys’ Schools, but Miss Watherston alone was called upon to do so. In 1916 she went to our neighbour the Grocers’ School, and when 1919 came, very happy we were to welcome her back.” The school magazine noted “It was a great blow to everyone – especially to her own Form, and to the girls who play games at Egerton Road on Fridays, and we shall miss her very much in all sorts of ways. But it is one of the troubles imposed upon us by the war, and has to be borne with equanimity by all concerned. We understand that, so far, Miss Watherston’s new pupils have not usurped the place of the old, in her affections, and when the war is over, we hope that she will return to us with as little reluctance as we shall find in welcoming her back. In the meantime, she is still ours, though Grocers’ School may claim a bit of her.” A few months later, in November 1916, one of her younger brothers died followed just over a year later by the death of another younger brother in December 1917. At the end of the Summer Term 1936 Miss Watherston, who had taught at the school since 1908, retired with 24 years service. She had been a popular teacher treating her pupils with kindness, sympathy and fairness. Miss Maud B Rich, the first headmistress of DCCS wrote in the May 1937 issue of the school magazine. “I heard of her from Miss Trotter (our first English mistress), who had, at one time, been teaching in her father’s School at Hinckley, though I discovered later on that we had nearly met years before at Bath High School – I as a mistress – she as a pupil.” “Her work at Dalston was chiefly among the younger girls and her good influence on them proved of inestimable value to the whole School. The atmosphere of her classes was delightful as the girls realized they would meet with kindness, sympathy and fairness, and also have many a happy laugh together. Especially in her English lessons was it a case of mistress and pupils sharing the good things that were being studied.” “How ready she was to help with Games and other activities and how we enjoyed the end-of-term acting and recitations of her pupils, and admired the dolly (so abundantly clad!) which her Form at one time sent annually to the Christmas Tree at the Metropolitan Hospital.” “We are glad she is settling in the country not too far from London, and we want her to know that our thoughts often travel to her, laden with good wishes for her happiness and with gratitude for all she has done for the School.” “My own gratitude is deep – for Miss Watherston’s good temper, sound commonsense, and unfailing
loyalty have helped me more than I can say, and I am glad she didn’t leave before I did.” Miss Margaret Griffith, the second Headmistress wrote “My first recollection of Miss Watherston is that of hearing from my young sister of a new mistress at my old school. I was told that she was a good sport, ready to play games on Saturdays. Naturally I was delighted when I came to Dalston to find that I had this link with one of my new staff, and through these years of work together I have had good cause to agree with my sister’s youthful verdict. One could rely on finding Miss Watherston unvarying interest, understanding, and sympathy, and readiness to share fully anything that was a foot.” “Long ago she bought a piece of land near her brother’s home in Sussex, and on the edge of it put a “sweet and lovely wall” low enough to sit on and look over the fields to the distant sea. Now she and a young architect have planned a cottage on the ground and soon she hopes to be able to move in.” She had a lengthy retirement of 32 years which allowed her to “look over the fields to the distant sea” and died on January 1 1968 aged 89 years old. (Her name is sometimes reported as Watherspoon, but Watherston or Watherstone is correct.)
Red and Black Tickets Referred to in Spring 49 review p26 – p-u with W Jenkyn Thomas and staff memories on p27
H.G.S.Batten, M.A. (Oxon) reported in The Review number 163 (OB Notes) as having been once “for many years on the Staff of the School.” Quals per Kellys 1926
W J Perry referred to on p36 of spring 1939
C.F.Gunther, B.A., B.Sc. |Lond (Snr Science Master) quals in Kellys 1926
Review – Summer (Sept) 1948
We regret to announce the death, EARLY LAST TERM, OF Mr.C.F.Gunther, who for thirty-five years was at the Head of the science Department. Thnough he retired as far back as 1933, Mr.Gunther went back into harness during the Second World War and did yeoman service at Epsom College.
The hundreds who benefited by his brilliant teaching, and all past and present members of Britten’s House, will join us in proffering to Mr.Gunther’s family, the expression of profound sympathy.
Review Summer (Sept) 1948
Mr. G M Bennett B.A.Lond retired from the Bec School Tooting in Summer 1948 having left HDS some 20 years earlier. (On staff 1926 per Kellys 1926)
B.C.Orme M.A. Cantab on staff per Kellys 1926 as Senior History Master
A.W.G. Edwards MA Oxon on staff 1926 per Kellys 1926
W.E.Coxall (typewriting) on staff 1926 per Kellys)
7. Charles James Cruse Charles Cruse was born on April 6th, 1876.
Details of his early schooling are unknown but he was trained from 1895-1897 at St.Marks’ College, Chelsea, where he gained a 1st Class B.of E. Certificate, before taking up an appointment at the City of London Day Training College (Cusack’s) in 1897, a post which he held until 1901. From then until 1906 he was at the Essex St. P.T. Centre. In 1906 he joined the staff at Hackney Downs School.
Also in 1906 he gained a B.Sc. at London, 1st Class, in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics.
The Register notes that he “Rejoined after the War”, Feb. 1919. 8. Thomas Robert Davies (on staff per Kellys 1926)
Thomas Davies was born in North Wales on March 23rd, 1879 and seems to have been educated at the Friar’s School (Grammar School), in Bangor. The register rather curiously records his dates here as 1902-1907 making him a rather mature student but, at the same time, cutting across dates of his University course.
At the University of Wales (University College of North Wales, Bangor) he gained a B.A. (in 1902) and an M.A. (in 1904) with his Thesis “Le Globe et le Romantisme”. His was a Second Class Honours Degree with a Certificate of Proficiency in Spoken Language, with subsidiary Lat, Greek and Philosophy.
From August 29th, 1902 until March 4th, 1906, he taught at The Foundation School, Whitechapel Road, E.1. and was appointed to H.D.S. from March 5th, 1906 becoming Senior French Master from 21st September, 1936, teaching at the NELESS from March, 1940
Under “Particulars of residence abroad” it is noted that he stayed in Paris from June – October, 1901, went on various holiday cruises and stayed abroad most Easter and Summer Vacations.
He retired on 21st September, 1946. The Review No 53 Feb 1906 quotes “Mr. Davies holds the degree of M.A. from the University of Wales, and is a specialist in French.
9. Leonard Charles Dice
Mr.Dice was born on 28th June, 1881 and educated at Palmers’ Endowed (Grammar) School, Grays, from 1894 until 1898 when he went up to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (1898-1901) where he gained a B.Sc (“Special”) in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry having previously taken an Inter B.Sc. at London, in the same subjects, in 1899.
He taught at Bishop’s Science Schools, Salisbury (January, 1902 until January, 1903; County Schools, Welshpool (January, 1903 until July, 1905); King Edward VI School, Chelmsford, (September, 1905 until December, 1905). From January, 1906 he took up his appointment at Hackney Downs School. He retired on 28th February, 1942, his last attachment being at the NELESS from March, 1940. (on staff per Kellys 1926)
He died on 13th October, 1957
The Review No.53 Feb. 1906 “Mr. Dice is also a graduate (B.Sc.) of the University of Wales and joins us from the King Edward VI School, Chelmsford.”
10. Edgar Penrice Doughty 1904
Mr.Doughty was born on 22nd April, 1880 and educated, between 1889 and 1899, at Great Yarmouth Grammar School and for the following three years, until 1902, at Pembroke College, Cambridge. At Cambridge he qualified in Classics in Classical Tripos I (Class 1, Division iii).
He first took a temporary post at Oundle School, from January to July, 1903 followed by a few weeks at Loughborough Grammar School from September to November 1903. The news of his M.A. was announced in The Review No 56 in July, 1906.
Doughty arrived at Hackney Downs School in January 1904. He became House Master of Greens House and retired from H.D.S. on 19th September, 1943. He did, however, carry on part-time at the HDS Tutorial Classes from 22.9.43.
20. Samuel Alfred (Ret’d 28.2.36)(1902)
Mr.Richards was born on 6th March, 1872 and was first educated at The Grocers’ Company’s School from 1884 until 1889 followed by two years of private tuition.
From 1891 until 1892 he taught at North Tawton School, and from 1892 until 1893 at a Private School in Hungerford. In 1894 he held two short term appointments, at The “Beaern” in Sevenoaks and Crypt Grammar School, before moving to Clyde House in Hereford until 1895. In 1896 he took post at Wesley College, Sheffield, finally taking a position at The Grocers’ Company’s School from 1902 until his retirement on 20th September, 1936.
In 1895 he obtained a B.A. in Greek, Latin, English, French and Mental & Moral science and
He had also taken further qualifications resulting in the Diplome de Français, dyze Superieur, mention très honorable (Universite de Caen) in 1901 and the Certificat d’Etudes phonetiques (Paul Passy) in 1908. He had made much use of his regular holidays on the Continent.
In 1912 Richards gained his M.A. at London University in French Literature, Philology and Oral Exam, his Thesis being recommended for publication.
He retired on 20th September, 1936. He became Senior French Master. (post reptd Kellys 1926) 24. Philip Henry LRAM F.I.S.C. (choir master per Kellys 1926) (1902)
‘Pip’ Henry was born on 17th November, 1876. He was educated at The Grocers’ Company’s School, leaving in 1892. He was a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (teacher of Singing) and a Fellow of the Incorporated Staff Sight-Singing College. His status on the Staff was ‘visiting’ and he held two appointments – from 1902 he taught singing at H.D.S. and from 1910 also at St.John’s College, Finsbury Park.
The Review for Christmas, 1946, recorded in its editorial: “Mr.Philip Henry, the Music Master of the School will resign his post at the end of this term, having reached the retiring age. His reminiscences, grave and gay, – the latter more numerous than the former – have been a happy link with the early days of the headmastership of the Reverend C.Gull, for Mr.Henry was then a boy at the School, and with the period from January 1902 onwards, when he was appointed Music Master. It is difficult to picture the School without Mr.Henry after his long association with it. An appreciation of him will appear in the next number of the Review: here, with feelings of deepest gratitude for his long and valuable service, we wish him a long and happy period of retirement.”
He retired on 21st December, 1946.
The Spring Term, 1947 edition of The Review contained, as foretold in the Christmas 1946 edition, a full tribute to Mr. Henry:
“There is in the Reference Library a vast Register of Admissions (now in Hackney Archives), whose scope stretches back from the later Gull period to those dim semi-mythical days when Courthope Bowen ruled the school. Turn to p.162 and you shall find the entry: – 1890, January 16, Henry, P.A.
It is hard to believe that, with one short break, Mr.Philip Henry has been connected with the School for so many years. Still harder is it to find sense in the harsh age-rule that has snatched him from us; hardest of all to take pleasure in a Common Room that knows him no more.
Common Room, note well; for the ‘Pip’ of the classroom, whose subtle magic has transmuted so many scruffy urchins into quiring cherubim is but one aspect of our many faceted Philip; if he is a fellow of infinite jest, he has also that infinite variety which age cannot wither, nor custom stale. Those boys who have joined his famous choir at St.Olave’s know a little more of him; those of us who have marvelled at his virtuosity when he has broadcast or played at City dinners or great Masonic functions, yet a little more, but it is we, his colleagues, who savoured most fully the rich quintessence of him.
Alas! That we cannot, for one reason or another, tell all we know. There was an Elizabethan pursuivant once, who boasted that his skilful racking had made a certain priest “six inches longer than God made him.” If long-continued and fiendishly ingenious leg-pulling had the same physical effect, some of our Philip’s colleagues would be even as herons on stilts. How
many a newly-joined French assistant, nervously hoping on his first day to pass unperceived in a crowded Common Room, has found himself confronted by a grave unsmiling Unknown, and heard himself addressed in a language whose words were French, whose syntax English, whose meaning recondite? ‘Quel applaudissement, mon vieux coq moineau!’ said the Unknown ‘j’espere que vous êtes allant sur tout droit.” The hapless Gaul paled, b;lushed, smiled nervously, ne savait où se fourrer; then, as the grave harangue continued, as he caught references to Monsieur Comment Bien and Monsieur Rencontrai Veau, realised delightedly that he was the present victim and future friend of one of those rarest spirits among the mad English, those who are sealed of the Tribe of Shandy.
One more anecdote: this to illustrate his uncanny skill in the composition of such lesser verseforms as the Limerick and the Clerihew. A temporary colleague, whose stay among us was all too short, rashly challenged P.H. to make a Limerick, or even a single rhyme, upon his own unusual surname. Swift came the deadly riposte:-
I said to my friend, Mr.Hollingworth, ‘Pray, what do you reckon your calling worth? For the room where you teach (That’s a figure of speech) Is much less a class than a lolling-berth’.
But one could multiply such anecdotes; it is some small consolation to those of us who have known him longest and now mourn most his departure that we have the greatest share of them.
Not that we can, or need, be content with memories. Though we have lost latterly too many rare spirits, yet there are times, Speech Days, Sports and the like, when they revisit us: W.J.T. and A.J.M., T.R.D. and E.P.D., S.D. and F.J.S., men of whom Jesus, the Son of Sirach wrote in his Chapter XLIV. Not least will shine among these welcome guests he whom mortals know as Philip Henry , but the gods as Pip.
25. Arthur James (1905)
Arthur Marley was born on 16th august, 1875 and took his First Class Army Gymnastic Certificate at Aldershot on 1st July, 1895.
Review 51 Nov 1905 “The Committee (of the Clove Gymnastic Section) have engaged the services of Instructor Marley, late Instructor of the 1st Yorkshire Light Infantry, who holds the Gold Medal of the All-Ireland Military Athletic Meeting, and who was a prize-winner at the Royal Military Tournament in 1901.”
He was appointed to the Staff at Hackney Downs School in 1905, retiring on 13th October, 1939. (kellys 1926 physical exercises)
27. Thomas Chilwell Sharrott.(1909)
Thomas Sharrott – known as ‘Patsy’ – was educated at Nuneaton Grammar School from 1884 until 1890 and at Mason College, Birmingham from 1891 to 1893. From 1893 until 1897 he was at the Royal College of Science where he became a Chemistry Associate in 1896 and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry, also in 1896. He graduated in Classics at Trinity College, Dublin in 1903 (B.A.) and 1905 (M.A.). Also A.R.C.Sc, F.I.C. (Kellys 1926).
He began teaching with six months, from January 1898 until July, 1898, at Southwell Grammar School, followed by some years at Bovey Tracey Grammar School (from May 1899 until July, 1908).
He was appointed to H.D.S. in April 1909, retiring from there on 28th February, 1936.
29. Alexander I. Johnstone (1912)
Alexander Johnstone was born on 22nd June, 1880. He was educated at Harrow Green Elementary School, Leyton from 1885 until 1905 and, from then until 1908, at Wanstead P.T.Centre. From 1899 until 1901 he underwent further training at Borough Road College, Isleworth passing “1st class, in both divisions” in 1900 and again in 1901.
From 1901 until 1908 he taught at Kirkdale Road School, Leytonstone, meanwhile studying for his degree which he gained (B.A. Honours, First Class, London) in 1907 in Physics with Mathematics subsidiary. (B.S.c. Lond reported Kellys 1926)
From 1908 until 1911 he taught at George Green’s School Poplar and, in 1912, was appointed to Hackney Downs School. During his service at the School he became Senior Science Master (in which post he was succeeded by Mr. J.F.Tucker).
In 1926 he took his M.Sc. in History and Principles and Methods of Science, again at London.
He retired on 21st September, 1943.
31. Charles Davenport
Charles ‘Davvy’ Davenport was born on 25th August, 1883 and educated at the King’s School, Worcester from 1894 until 1899. He went up to Cambridge (St.Catherine’s), taking a B.A. in Theology in 1905. He also took various vacation courses in Geography at both Cambridge and Oxford, as well as Commercial , Royal Society of Arts and Chamber of Commerce Courses.
He taught at Atherstone Grammar School from September until December, 1905 moving to Colfe Grammar School, Lewisham from January, 1906 until December, 1908.
For three and a half years, January, 1909 until July, 1912, he taught at King Edward VII School, Sheffield before transferring to Hackney Downs in September, 1912.
In March 1940 he was transferred to the West London Emergency Secondary School, resigning on 31st August, 1943. He then moved to King Edward VI School, Birmingham.
C.Davenport reported resident master in Kellys 1926.
60. Thomas Bertram Barron
Mr.Barron was born on 8th August, 1886. From 1898 until 1900 he was educated at the De Aston School in Market Rasen and, from 1900 until 1904, at the Kingswood School, Bath.
He had passed Matriculation in 1903 and, following teaching experience, took his B.A. at London in 1914, studying Latin, English, Economics and History.
He taught from September 1904 until July 1905 at the Wesley College, Sheffield and, from 1905 until 1907, at the High School in Trowbridge. He became an “Emergency” Master at the King Edward VII Grammar School in Sheffield from September 1907 until December 1912 becoming “Temporary” from January 1913 until July, 1913 and again from January to July, 1914. He returned to King Edward VII School after War Service (from 1914 until the end of 1918) and served there from January until April 1919 when, in May, he transferred and was appointed to Hackney Downs School.
He became Senior Master in 1934, Richards House Master from September, 1936 and was transferred to the South London Emergency Secondary School in September, 1942 subsequently becoming the Master in Charge at the Hackney Downs School Tutorial Classes from May, 1943.
He retired in September, 1949.
66. William Edward Griffiths Howell
William Howell was born on 5th August, 1893 and attended School, from 1904 until 1910, at the County School, Ebbw Vale, from where he proceeded (in 1910) to the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, graduating in 1913 with a Second Class Honours B.A.(Wales)(Kellys 1926). He had studied French (Honours), Latin (Ordinary), Maths (Ordinary) and History (Intermediate).
He taught first at Burnaston College, Etwall, Derbyshire, from October 1913 until April, 1914, transferring to the Warehousemen, Clerks and Drapers’ School, Purley, where he taught from April 1914 until May 1915. He must then have seen service with the Armed Forces. His next service is recorded as with Rhondda Intermediate School, Porth, from September, 1919 until December, 1919 and he transferred to H.D.S. on 1st, January, 1920.
At Hackney Downs he was promoted to Senior French Master in September, 1941, and to Second Master in September, 1949. He retired on 22nd December, 1953.
67. Edmund Clarence Pressnell Edmund Pressnell was born on 25th January, 1892 and, from 1897 until 1906, attended the Wilson Marriage School, Colchester.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs on January 6th, 1920 and retired from there on 20th December, 1957.
70. Thomas Francis Fox (Ret’d 12/58 as recorded but ought to be 1957?)
Thomas Fox was born on August, 1891. He first attended the Sir William Laxton Grammar School, and then Oundle School itself, from 1902 until July 1910. From 1910 until July 1913 he attended St.Marks College, Chelsea (Training College), and Battersea Polytechnic until July 1914.
He received his Board of Education Teaching Certificate in 1912 and this was endorsed in 1913 on completion of his 3rd Year of Training. He obtained a 2nd Class B.A. in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics at London University. (B.Sc. per Kellys 1926)
He was attached to the L.C.C. Mina Road, Walworth Central School (Boys Dept.) from August 20th, 1913 until April 19th, 1920 and these dates incorporated his War Service. From April 20th 1920 until his retirement on 31st August 1958, he taught at Hackney Downs School.
71. James Ellis Medcalf (Ret’d 12/56)
James Medcalf was born on 1st November 1891. He attended Cowley Grammar School, St.Helens, Lancs. From 1900 until 1903, then St.Helen’s School, Southsea ( a proprietary School recognised by the Army for Sandhurst) from 1903 until 1909.
He obtained a 1st Class Honours (External) B.A. at London University, having studied both French and English.
His first teaching post was at St.Edwards, West Malvern, Worcs. From January 1910 until July 1910. From 1910 until 1919 he taught at the Cheltonia College, Streatham, which included Military Service from February 1917 until January 1919. He then returned to his roots and taught at Wigan Grammar School from 1919 until 1920. On April 20th, 1920 he was appointed to Hackney Downs School. He remained at the school until retirement on 21st December 1956.
He was appointed House Master of Pickfords in September 1937 and was attached to the Hackney Downs School Tutorial Classes from September 1943. From September, 1947 he became Senior English Master in addition to his duties as School Librarian
72. George Matthew Coombs (seconded to R.A.F. 1.9.36)
George Coombs was born on 7th May 1886. He attended the Finsbury P.T.School from 1901 until 1905, the Borough Road Training College from 1905 until 1907 and the Evening School of London University from 1908 until 1912 (and again in 1920-23 and 1930-34). He gained his Board of Education Teachers’ Certificate in 1907.
He passed at B.Sc. (1st Division) at London University in 1907, taking Pure & Applied Maths with Physics and subsidiary Chemistry. He gained a second Degree, B.A., in 1912, passing in English, Latin and (again) Pure and Applied Maths. He also took a supplementary B.A. degree in Geography 1932. In 1927-1928 he participated in an Australian exchange, where he taught at the University High School, Melbourne, returning via New Zealand and Canada. For good measure he took the Final Examination of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries in 1929.
He taught first at the Great College Street L.C.C. Schools (from 1907 until 1912), the Borough Polytechnic (1912-1914) and then was on the L.C.C. “Unattached” Staff at the Northern Polytechnic and Central Schools from 1914 until 1920, these years incorporating his War Service as a Captain, R.A.O.C.
From 16th September 1920 he was appointed to the Staff of Hackney Downs School. He was seconded to the R.A.F. from 1st September 1936 until 31st August 1939, returned to L.C.C. Service from 1st September, 1939 and enlisted almost immediately in the R.A.O.C., from 21st September 1939. By June 1941 he was teaching at the South London Emergency Secondary School.
He transferred to the L.C.C. Divisional Pool on ill-health grounds from September 1947, and was succeeded at Hackney Downs by Mrs. Irene Lyons. The Autumn Term issue of The Review contained this note:
‘Early in the current term, Mr.G.M.Coombs, through ill-health and the strain of the long journey across London, resigned his post on the School Staff and joined the general teaching staff of the L.C.C. Divisional Officer at Streatham. Mr. Coombs was appointed to the Staff in September, 1920; he taught in Australia for the year 1926-27 (sic.), was seconded to the Education Service of the Royal Air Force from September, 1936 to September, 1939, when he rejoined the School at Upwell only to be recalled to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps – his unit in the First World War, in which he served until 1941. He taught for four years in Emergency Secondary Schools and rejoined the Staff of the School in May, 1945. To our thanks for his long service to the School we join our good wishes for a speedy restoration of good health.’
73. Michael Henry Edward Augustine de la Feld
Mr. de la Feld was born on 14th August 1888. He attended Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire from 1899 until 1902, and St.Joseph’s College (in South East London) from 1902 until 1907.
He spent 12 years in the Argentine, teaching (from 1909 until 1910) at the Catholic International College, Buenos Aires and, for the next nine years, until 1919, at the “Carlos Pellegrini” National College in Argentina.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School in 1920 and served until retirement in 1953. His overseas qualifications were accepted by the L.C.C. as equivalent to an Honours Degree.
From September 1942 he was attached to the West London Emergency Secondary School and to the H.D.S. tutorial Classes from May 1943. He taught Spanish
75. George Walter Young retired 18.9.36)???? (On staff 1926 per Kellys 1926)
George Young was born on July 8th, 1872 and was educated at Pirton (Herts.) Elementary School from 1877 until 1886 and, from 1889 until 1891, at Ealing Grammar School. From 1908 until 1911 he attended the London School of Economics where he gained his Intermediate B.Sc (Econ.), passing in Economics, Economic History, Geography (Economic), Accounting, Banking & Currency, Law (Industrial & Commercial), Logic, etc. In addition, he took courses in )Political Economics, Bookkeeping, Shorthand, Business Methods, and advanced Banking & Currency.
He died in service ?????? on 18th September 1936.
77. Harry Gillett Nicholson (B.A. Cantab) per Kellys 1926)
Harry Nicholson was born on 24th March 1884. He was educated at Chesterfield Grammar School from 1896 until 1899. From 1902 until 1905 he attended the Borough Road Training College He served with Liverpool Education Committee from 1905 until 1907, transferred to Shipley from 1908 until 1915, and joined the LCC in 1921 when, in September of that year, he was appointed to the staff of Hackney Downs School in due course becoming Head of Higher Commercial Side (per Kellys 1926)
Between 1915 and 1921 he had attended Cambridge where he was gained a Double First awarded Honours Economics Tripos, Class I in 1920 and again in 1921 when he took Money, Trade & Prices, Labour & Distribution, Public Finance with European, American Colonial Economics and History.
He retired on 10th January 1944 after serving with the North London Emergency Secondary School from 1940
78. Thomas Prosser Thomas B.A. Wales
Tom Prosser Thomas was born on 27thAugust, 1890 and educated at the County Secondary School Ystalyfera (Glamorgan) from 1903 until 1908 and at University College, Cardiff from 1908 until 1911 where he gained his B.A. taking Special History with Ordinary Economics, Geology, Latin and English, at the same time being awarded the Board of Education’s Certificate in Theory and Practice at Cardiff.
He taught first a Callington County School (Cornwall) from 1912 until 1921, serving with the Army between 1915 until 1919). He was appointed to Hackney Downs School in September 1921, retiring from there on 7th September 1952. 79. John Ferry Tucker
John Tucker was born 17th November 1883. He trained at Westminster Training College from 1902 until 1904, gaining a 1st Class Teachers Certificate, and at Chelsea Polytechnic, from 1906 until 1911, where he gained a 3rd Class B.Sc (Internal) Honours, in Botany with Chemistry subsidiary.
He taught first in Walthamstow (Elementary Service) from 1904 until 1921 and from August 1921 until July 1922 at Bloomsbury Day Continuation School. He joined Hackney Downs School on 21st July 1922. He served with the North East London Emergency Secondary School from August, 1940, transferring to the Hackney Downs School Tutorial Classes from August 1943.
For much of the summer term of 1947 Mr. Tucker was on sick leave and underwent surgery. His duties were covered by Mr. Beurle. He retired on 30th April 1948.
The Review, in Spring Term 1948, wrote:
At the end of the current term Mr.J.F.Tucker will retire from teaching after twenty-six years’ work at the School. Mr.Tucker was appointed to the Staff soon after the end of the first World War to re-organise the Biology Department, a task which he carried out with complete success. Many Old Boys, and particularly the “Medicals,” will look back with gratitude to the help and inspiration received from him. Mr. Tucker went with the School to King’s Lynn at the outbreak of war, and returned in July, 1940, to the North East London Emergency School, where he later became responsible for Biology and General Science. He joined Mr.Barron at the School in September, 1943, and undertook the organisation of the science course in the war-time classes. Despite the difficulties of war-damage, of occupation of the laboratories by other schools and other services of the Council and of an acute shortage of equipment, apparatus and books, Mr.Tucker restored the School Certificate course in Chemistry and Physics. He then began the preparations for the restoration of the Higher Certificate courses against the re-opening of the full school in September, 1945. Courses in Biology and Physics were provided for those who needed them at the beginning of the Autumn term: the full Chemistry course was available by September, 1946. In July, 1947, the General School Certificate candidates from the School took the papers in General Science for the first time, an object for which Mr.A.I.Johnstone, his predecessor as Senior Science Master, and he had worked for many years. Mr. Tucker now feels that he can lay down his office in the knowledge that much of the ground lost during the war has been recovered.
To this very inadequate appreciation of his long and valuable service to the School, we join our best wishes to Mrs.Tucker and to him for many pleasant and happy years of leisured retirement.
The Review of Spring Term 1948 also contained this more length appreciation:-
Mr. Tucker has imprinted over 25 years of sterling service on our tradition. This gain is the fruit of seed scattered some200 years ago from Luneray in Normandy. The persecution of French in the middle of the XVIIIth century caused an ancestor, commemorated by the central initial, to settle within the City of London and engage in the wool trade.
Our colleague is a worthy descendant: is tenacious of a rigid conception of right, generous to a fault, full of mental and physical energy. He delights to probe the alcoves of the Temple of Science, where dwell cycads, chiff-chaffs, nitric acid, venturi-tubes and Belemnites.
Many have acknowledged their debt to Mr.Tucker for giving perspective to some corner of the vast panorama that is Natural Science. The write is almost certainly major-debtor and offers grateful tribute – seeking pardon for occasional; obstinacy.
To a student overlooking a valley near Caterham appeared the revelation of pattern in Nature – the linkage of water supply, rock strata, plant distribution, human habitation and industries; the pledge of the missionary scientist had been redeemed handsomely.
Boys liked the lively lessons, with things ‘always happening’: “I’ll always remember ‘starch’ sir, though I perish with hunger.”
Lament for trains that might be lost is armour for any traveller to Chingford, especially when attention to laboratories often makes the train a late one; yet how easily pierced by a boy sobbing in the back play-ground – victim of a daylight frogspawn robbery – the pessimist returns and dispenses joy into a jar and boy. The God of Travel was also good.
Traditional friendship of France and Scotland was a happy omen for Mr.Tucker’s marriage: the children – an executive Civil Servant, a Ph.D., an M.B.B.S. and a B.Sc., reflect credit on a parental Biologist and his charming wife.
We in the Common Room shall miss you deeply and your provocative contributions; but we cans speak less warily of that underworld of teachers – painting and decorating – now one expert critic is not listening.
We wish you and Mrs.Tucker God speed, not in retirement, but in whatever variation of activity you may choose.
The Review for Summer Term 1948 also contained a reference to Mr.Tucker:
“On April 16th at a full Assembly, the School, through the Head Monitor expressed to Mr.J.F.Tucker, Senior Science Master, its high appreciation if his long and valuable service and its good wishes for happiness in his retirement. As a mark of affection and esteem L.Illis presented to Mr.Tucker on behalf of the School, some additions to his biological library which he had long wished to have.”
83. Frederick James Swan
Frederick Swan was born on 27th September 1892. From 1905 until 1911 he attended Davenant Foundation and from 1911 until 1914 he was at King’s College. He attended the “Four Year Course” at London Day Training College from 1911 until 1915, the course being partly concurrent with his studies at King’s.
He gained a First Class Honours B.A. in Pure and Applied Maths in 1914. From 1930 until 1933 he attended Evening Classes at Queen Mary College gaining a General B.Sc. in Physics (excused Maths.) and taking his M.A. in Mathematics in 1933. (BA London reported in Kellys 1926 and Senior Mathematics Master)
He began teaching at Rydal School, Colwyn Bay on 1st September 1915, remaining there until 31st March 1921 when he took up an appointment with Polytechnic Secondary School, Regent Street, W.1. He stayed there until 31st August 1925 when he took post at Hackney Downs School. He resigned form H.D.S. on 31st August 1945 when he became Vice-Principal of Camden Emergency Training College for Teachers and shortly afterwards, Principal of the recently-opened Wandsworth Training College. Subsequently he became Principal of Borderop Training College where he chanced upon Leslie George Mitchell and recommended that he should apply for a post at Hackney Downs.
84. Charles Adrian Gee
Adrian Gee was born on 12th July 1903. From 1915 until 1921 he attended The Brunts School, Mansfield. In 1921 he went up to Nottingham University College and in 1924 transferred to Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, gaining a 2nd Class Cambridge University Teachers Diploma.
He gained a 2nd Class Honours B.Sc. Degree in Botany with Chemistry subsidiary in 1924, adding Honours Zoology, 1st Grade in 1929. On staff per Kellys 1926)
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School in 1925 and remained there until retirement in July 1961. He was appointed Senior Science Master on 1st May 1948.
89. Norman Penistone Sutton
Norman Sutton was born on 7th May 1893. He attended East Ham Grammar School from 1905 until 1913. He attended Pembroke College, Oxford from 1913 until 1914 and again from 1919 until 1920 gaining an Ordinary M.A. (War Degree) in 1920 in Classics, History, with Divinity.
He taught at Highgate School from 1921 until 1922 and at Oxford Municipal Secondary School from 1922 until 1927.
He took up his appointment at Hackney Downs on 1st September 1928. During August of that year he had completed a Vacation Course in the Theory and Practice of Teaching at Oxford University.
He went to the Royal Artillery in November 1939, returning from War Service on 1st September 1946.
He died on 5th April 1951.
92. Richard Woods Buckley
Richard Buckley was born on 15th October 1903. He attended Liverpool Institute from 1916 until 1922, moving on to Liverpool University until 1925. He gained an Honours B.A. in German Language and Literature. He was the University Prize Scholar in 1925. In addition to his university course he spent one month in Marburg in 1925, 3 months at Heidelberg University in 1923, 1 month on research in Berlin in 1925 and gained a certificate at Freiburg University in 1925 with a further period at Strasbourg University in 1926.
He started his teaching career at the County School for Boys in Gillingham, Kent where he served from 1925 until 1928. In 1928 he transferred to Hackney Downs becoming responsible for the teaching of German. In 1936 he gained his Certificate in Education as an External Student at London University.
During the Second World War he was seconded to the Army Intelligence Corps (from 7/42), returning to the School in March 1946. In October 1946 he was again seconded, this time to the Control Commission then governing Germany, and in July 1947 he resigned from the School in order to remain with the Commission.
The Review for Christmas 1946 recorded “The German in the School and the Junior Football XI’s were already showing the effects of his control: we hope that his work in Germany will prove to be congenial and satisfying”.
Joseph Fowler was born on July 20th, 1886. He attended a variety of schools beginning with Victoria Council School, Workington (from 1890 until 1898) followed by the Higher Grade School in the same town for one year, until 1899 when he transferred to the Secondary School until 1901. For four years, until 1905, he attended the Pupil Teachers Centre Workington then completing a further two years at the Borough Road Training College, Isleworth (until 1907). He gained a Board of Education Teachers Certificate in 1907 and a Diploma in Shorthand in 1931.
He taught at the Council School, Whitehaven from 1907 until 1908, and the Council School, Workington until 1911 when his fortunes once more saw him transferring to London. From 1911 until 1913 he taught at the Mina Road LCC School, moved to the Reddins Road LCC School until 1922 then the Walworth Central School until 1927 followed by a term or two at Camberwell Central School until his final short term appointment at Loughborough Central School. He also held an evening teaching post, at Goldsmith’s College (New Cross) from 1911 until 1914. He transferred to Hackney Downs in 1928.
In 1920 he gained his B.Sc. at London University qualifying in Maths, Applied Maths and Physics.
He served at the South West London Emergency Secondary School during the war and retired from teaching at Hackney Downs, after twenty years service, on 30th September 1948.
The Review for Summer Term, 1948, contained within the School Notes the following paragraph:
“On July 30th at a full assembly the School expressed to Mr.J.Fowler its sincere and deep gratitude for his long and valuable service. Most boys since 1928 as they moved up the School, spent some time in Mr.Fowler’s mathematical classes: members of the old Comm.V received through him their introduction to the symbols of Pitman’s shorthand system. All will remember with affection and with gratitude Mr.Fowler’s sympathy, his courtesy, his
cheerfulness, his keen interest in their games and other activities and his insistence upon a high standard of work. The Head Monitor presented on behalf of the School book tokens which afforded to Mr.Fowler the pleasure of adding to his collection of English classics. We hope that many years of happy leisure await Mr. and Mrs. Fowler.”
Mr. Fowler also figured in a special tribute in the Spring Term, 1949, of The Review:
It was for a very special reason that there was chosen for our frontispiece a photograph of those members of the Staff who were here before the War. Theirs is a rapidly dwindling band; every term seems to make a new gap in its ranks; and this photograph was taken because it was their last chance before they lost in the person of Mr.Fowler, one who has long been very dear to them all.
The hackneyed Shakespearean lines are as true of the pedagogic as of any other profession; for our own purposes let us set them down thus: that some are born to the limelight, some achieve it some have it thrust upon them. This man leads a House to victory; that one drives a Department to academic distinction; yet another directs one or more of the many school activities; and when one of these reaches the age of retirement it is felt that his place can never be filled.
That is exactly how all who knew him feel about Mr.Fowler. Yet he falls into none of the classes mentioned above, and he has always resisted most sedulously any attempt to bring him into the limelight. Shy and self-effacing almost to a fault, he has always contented himself with doing his appointed job with meticulously conscientious care; his colleagues have always known that they could count on his generously given aid in their undertakings, but they have soon found that to thank him, or to attempt to push him into prominence was fatal.
We have found in him, these twenty years past, but this one fault of diffidence, and even that is but an excess of the all-too-rare grace of humility. For the rest we know that none of his colleagues, and we are pretty sure that none of his pupils, has any but the most fragrant memory of him, or can remember his ever saying or doing anything unworthy, unkind, or unjust. It is no mean epitaph.
94. Spencer Sydney Moody
Spencer Moody was born on 26th October 1898. From 1908 until 1916 he was taught at the private Modern School in Salisbury before going up to Christs’ College Cambridge where he read History – Honours B.A. in 1922, M.A. in 1926 (History Tripos Cl.II Div I, Parts I + II).
He taught first at the Downs School, Colwall, Malvern (Preparatory) from 1922 until 1924 then spent five years, from 1924 until 1929, teaching at Oundle School and Laxton Grammar School before transferring to Hackney Downs in January, 1930.
He gained a London Teachers Diploma in 1934 and, finally, left Hackney Downs on 30th June, 1947 to take up a post with the Ministry of Education Inspectorate.
The Review for Summer Term, 1947 records Mr. Moody’s departure from the School in its School Notes:-
Mr. S.S.Moody, who since January, 1930, has been Senior History Master of the School, resigned his post on June 30th on his appointment to the Inspectorate of the Ministry of education. Very many boys, particularly those who have been members of the VI. Arts, will
look back with pleasure and gratitude to the years spent with Mr.Moody. His scholarship in History and in English and his personal influence did much to strengthen and maintain the Arts Course in the VIth. His breadth of outlook, his unfailing tolerance, his sense of humour, and his impartial judgment fitted him well for his work as VIth Form Master; his coolness, his versatility and his sense of duty made him a tower of strength in the difficult evacuation years. As House Master of Britten’s he maintained in the house a strong house spirit despite its small numbers. He did much with Mr. Prosser Thomas to establish the Cadet Corps on a firm basis. Mr. Moody will be much missed in the School. We take this opportunity of expressing to him our sincere and deep gratitude for his valuable and wholehearted service to the School and our best wishes for happiness and success in his new and important work.
Mr. Moody’s own article appeared in the same edition of The Review:-
In the old fashioned stories the Prefects, who have spent their lives in cursing the School and breaking rules without being found out, always attend School Chapel for the last time with tears in their eyes and sobs in their throats, so deeply have they become attached to the old place without having previously realized it. I cannot honestly say that I am weeping at the moment, but I can honestly say that I am extremely sorry to leave you all. My new job may have its compensations, but it cannot provide the constant human interests and friendships of a school.
If one comes from the country, as I did, one’s first impressions of Hackney Downs are not entirely favourable. The walk from the station – through the paper-strewn passage and past the strange archway industries of Andre Street – resembles the setting of ‘The Dead End Kids’ rather than the stately avenues of St.Winifred’s or even of Narkover. The English spoken in the precincts is not always of the purest. The absence of a school uniform has its advantages, but no boy would be allowed to show up an exercise book in the state of dirt and disorder in which a few members of the School show themselves up every morning. But of course the material background is only a part of what really counts. People are more important than places. And when it comes to people, where can you find better than at the Grocers’ School?
No master in a big school can know all parts of the School equally well. It was one of the advantages of being at King’s Lynn that out smaller numbers made us into more of a family party. At Hackney my work has been chiefly with Britten’s House, with the Cadets, with all the matriculation forms in their annual contests with external examiners, and with sixteen successive ‘years’ of the Arts VI., so many of whom have continued as Old Boys the friendship they begun at School. To them and to you all I say goodbye with my very best wishes, and with a distinct sense of gratitude to you for not having given me more trouble than you have done. I am going only to the Surrey side of London, so I hope you will welcome me back on Speech Day and other state occasions.
Many schoolmasters have characteristic phrases, which they repeat unconsciously and perhaps to often. I am quite conscious of having repeated some whole speeches. There is almost a traditional one to the Arts VI. and another to Britten’s House. In some forms I not infrequently begin with the question, ‘Which is the best form in the School?’ The answer varies with the form room. But to the question, ‘Which is the best school in England?’ there is only one answer. This one is.
Some wit has said that the present motto for education is Faith, Hope and Parity. I am not quite sure that Parity is an entirely satisfactory ideal. Fancy a House relay race with everybody starting on the same line and no one allowed to get in front of anyone else. In any
case, as far as the other schools in England are concerned it is a futile idea. They couldn’t catch us up if they wanted to. When the others get to where we are now we shall be far ahead. So, in the future, wherever I go, I shall look for those in the lead, because I know that there I shall see again the boys, past and present, of Hackney Downs. S.S.M.
A further tribute to Mr.Moody, penned by Henry Woolf, then of VI Arts, also appeared in the Autumn 1947 edition of The Review:
In Mr.Moody the school has lost more than a master, it has lost a fine man whose innate goodness and humour had become part of the school he taught in. Only after his departure when our loss comes full home to us do we realise how truly he symbolised all that was best in the school.
Whatever his sphere of activity the magic touch of Mr.Moody’s personality was always evident. His fertile imagination was always ready to bestow an aura of excitement and interest on any subject and he had the unique power of making the dullest task seem like an adventure. What boys who have been in the Upper Fourth form when Mr.Moody was formmaster will ever forget Newton Wonder, the form ghost, who was liable to appear in any of Mr.Moody’s lessons, or those riotous termly pantomimes about him which were all the products of Mr.Moody’s versatile mind?
Outside the classroom as well, Mr.Moody as organiser of training for the cadets worked hard to make the cadet programme interesting as well as instructive and no better testimony to the success of his methods need be sought than the result of the cadet War Certificate A examination which the cadets sat for.
Mr. Moody’s fine qualities were never more in evidence than during the period of evacuation in King’s Lynn. The school as it was then, cut off from its own building, steadily dwindling in size and dependent to a large extent on the charity of others had a keen sense of its isolation and turned to itself for company and amusement. The small staff of masters was the only link the school had with its home-building and past traditions. All the boys who were evacuated will remember that small but brilliant constellation of masters who stayed with the school right through evacuation. Throughout that period Mr.Moody was always ready to give of his time and energy for the benefit of the school and the immense pride and interest he felt in school affairs served as a constant reminder that we did really have a school of our own.
Perhaps the greatest of Mr.Moody’s qualities lay in his sense of humour. He had a perfect sense of the mock-heroic and his soul-stirring exhortations to his forms, invariably so serious in aspect that no one could take them seriously, were unforgettable.
With the departure of Mr. Moody, the school has suffered a loss which can never be fully made good, it is only partially lessened by the host of happy memories that this great man and master has left behind him. H.WOOLF, VI Arts
95. Harold Washington Benson No’s 1-95 also in Old Register
Harold Benson was born on the 11th of August 1888. He attended Sandbach Grammar School from 19i00 until 1903. From 1904 until 1906 he attended Middlesborough P.T. Centre and
then Redditch P.T. Centre from Sept.1906 until July 1907, these two centres covering his Preliminary Certificate Examination.
He commenced teaching at the Reigate British School for Boys (1907-1910) when it appears he may have attended Leicester Municipal School of Art for two years.
He recommenced teaching at Loughborough, Rosebery Street School from 1912 until 1914 when he again returned to training, this time at the Royal College of Art (from 1914 until 1915 and again from 1919 until July 1922 (gaining an Associateship in Design in 1921). Although his file does not say so it must be assumed that the period from 1915 until 1919 was connected in some way with War Service. In 1927-8 he attended a Board of Education Course in ‘Principles and Methods of Teaching’ at Leeds College of Arts and Crafts.
In 1922 he took up teaching again, this time in Barnsley, at the Holgate Grammar School, until 1931 when he transferred to Hackney Downs School, remaining there until his retirement in August 1952.
97. Edward William Brown
Edward Brown was born on 25th July 1899 and was, from 1910 until 1916, educated at the Coopers Company’s School followed, from 1916 until 1920 by attendance at the School of Engineering at Battersea Polytechnic (but with war service between 1917 and 1919). He gained a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering at London University in 1920 and a First Class Pass in the City & Guilds Examination in the same year (following up with a similar pass in C&G Handicraft in 1928).
His first appointment was a temporary one in the Engineering Laboratory at the Regent Street Polytechnic from 1920 until 1921 followed by 5 years (until 1927) as a Warranted Naval Schoolmaster in the Navy Technical Branch. From 1929 until 1932 he taught at the King Edward VII School, Kings Lynn.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs in 1932 and left in July, 1937, transferring to St.Dunstan’s College, Catford.
98. Percy Edwin Coffin
Percy Coffin was born on 30th December 1890 and, from 1900 until 1907, was educated at the Bishop Wordsworth School, Salisbury. He read Economics and History at Birkbeck College from 1919 until 1920, transferring to the London School of Economics from 1920 until 1923 when he gained an Honours Degree in Modern Economics, History, Economics and Public Administration.
In the two years after 1909-1911 he took a course at St.John’s College, Battersea, gaining a Board of Education Certificate with distinction in Music.
He taught at St.James’ C.E.School, Gravesend from 9.10.11.until 18.4.12, then at the Greencoat School, Camberwell Green until January 1920 (apart from War Service from 1.11.15 until 6.1.19.) In January 1920 he transferred to The Friern LCC School, Peckham Rye, transferring in March, 1922 to Walworth Central School where he remained for five years until 1927 when he transferred again to the St.Marylebone Day Continuation School, W.C.2.
During World War 2 he served at the NELESS from 15.8.40, transferring to HDSWTC in September 1943.
After a further five year period he was appointed, in September 1932, to Hackney Downs School, a post from which he retired in April, 1952. 99. Donald Gordon Farrow
Donald Farrow was born on September 23rd, 1908 and commenced his education at the Loxford Elementary School in 1913, remaining there until 1920 when he transferred to Bancroft’s School leaving in 1927 to attend St.Catherine’s Society, Oxford. He achieved a Second Class Honours B.A. in Modern History in June 1930 and gained his M.A. in August, 1934.
He taught, for two years, as an Assistant Master at Cirencester Grammar School (1930-32), transferring to H.D.S. in 1932.
With the outbreak of War he was transferred to Liskeard County Secondary School in October 1940, leaving in September 1941 to enter the RAF.
He was subsequently appointed to the post of Deputy Director of Education in Great Yarmouth but the date of this appointment is not known.
100. Herbert Daniel Wing
Herbert Wing was born on 25th August 1904 and received his secondary education at Hackney Downs from 1916 until 1923. He went to University College from 1923 until 1925 (gaining a First Class Honours B.Sc. (Chemistry main, Physics subsidiary).
He completed a year at the Institute of Education (gaining a teachers diploma) before taking post at Barnsley Grammar School in 1926, remaining there until 1931 when he transferred to St.Marylebone Grammar School for two years. In 1933 he was appointed to the staff of his own old School, Hackney Downs. In the same year he gained an A.T.C.L. certificate in Violin.
His time at Hackney Downs was cut short by the war when, in December 1940, he entered the RAF as an Education Officer. In October 1945 he took up an appointment as Senior Lecturer in Science and Education at Newland Park Emergency Training College for Teachers. By December, 1946, The Review was reporting his appointment as Principal of the Burdrop Park Training College near Swindon.
101 Harold Wade Bowen Bray
Harold Bray was born on 23rd November 1899. He was educated at Cardiff High School for Boys from 1911 until 1917. The record shows a gap, which may be presumed to be war service, from 1917 until 1921 when he entered Caerleon Training College, leaving with a Board Of Education Teachers Certificate, in 1923.
He gained a City & Guilds Certificate 1st Class in Woodwork in 1924, following with Metalwork in 1926. He added an R.S.A. Certificate in Typewriting Stage II in 1934 and Stage III in 1936.
A number of teaching posts followed his training. He spent three months in 1923 at the Day Continuation School, Bristol, the first eight months of 1924 at Cork Street LCC School,
Camberwell, then Globe Road LCC School, Bethnal Green until 1925, Smeed Road LCC School, Bow until 1926, Ecclesbourne Road LCC School, Islington until 1927 then Stoke Newington Central School, N.16, until his appointment to Hackney Downs on 3rd October 1931.
He left HDS on 29th July 1936 but his subsequent career is unknown.
A.C.Scott, whose names are not known, was born on Dec.3rd., 1909. He attended Leeds College of Art from September 1927 until July 1931, and the Royal College of Art from September, 1931 until June, 1934, gaining a Diploma (A.R.C.A.) in 1934.
He was awarded the Owen James Medal for Industrial Design in 1930, gained the Board of Education Certificate (Industrial design) 1931, and the R.C.A. Certificate (Lithography) 1933.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School in September 1934, leaving on 31st August, 1939. His subsequent career is not known.
103. Thomas Oscar Balk
Thomas Balk was born on 18th November 1889 and attended Oxford High School (Secondary) from 1900 until 1908 when he went up to Wadham College. He read History gaining a 2nd Class Honours B.A. in June 1911 and achieving his M.A. in August, 1925. His Board of Education Certificate was gained in 1911.
He taught first at King Charles I School, Kidderminster from September 1911 until December 1913. The first six months of 1914 he spent at the Sorbonne. On return to England he took post at King Henry VIII School, Coventry from September 1914 until August 1915 when he is presumed to have been engaged on War Service.
His teaching career re-started on appointment to Bradford Grammar School in September 1919. In August 1925 he transferred to a post at Andover Grammar School which he left in April 1929 when he moved to Henry Mellish County Secondary School, Bulwell, remaining there until August, 1935 when he was appointed Headmaster of Hackney Downs School with effect from 1st September, 1935.
“T.O.B.”, as he was affectionately known by all who knew him, coped with the difficulties of the Second World War, when the School was evacuated to Norfolk, and with some of his staff seconded to other schools, but remained a driving force in the Old Boys Association, The Clove Club, with a prodigious correspondence keeping many former pupils in contact throughout the world.
He retired on 31st August 1952 and died on 1st October 1970.
Herr Gaupp’s file is notably empty and his date of birth along with his Christian name are lost. He joined the School on 1st September 1935 as German Assistant having been educated at Munster University from 1925 until 1930. He taught, from 1932 until 1935, at the Stadt Oberrealschule, Soest. He returned to Germany on leaving the School on 29th July 1936.
105. Jean Mounolou
Jean Mounolou joined the School as French Assistant on 1st September 1935. His education is listed as Professeur Suppleant a l’ecole normale de St. Andre de Culyas ‘Gironde’ and the attainment of L-ès-L at the University of Bordeaux. He had been awarded “une course de sejour en Angleterre pour l’annee scolaire 1935-1936”. He left the School on 31st December 1936.
106. Raymond Capela
Raymond Capela joined the School on 1st January 1936 as French Assistant, replacing Jean Mounoulou. He was accredited L-ès-L at the University of Bordeaux and served at the School until 23rd July 1937.
107. Joseph Kershaw
Joseph Kershaw was born on 10th April 1893. He attended Hulme Grammar School, Oldham from 1806 until 1812 when he went up to Trinity College, Cambridge. He gained a B.A. (Part I Maths, 3rd Class, Part II, History, 3rd Class) in 1915.He held a succession of teaching appointments commencing with Norwich School from January 1916 until April, 1917.
From May 1915 until January, 1919 he served as a Commissioned Officer in the R.G.A.
He returned to teaching at Ludlow Grammar School (1919-1924), followed by another Grammar School (1924-1928) (Stand Grammar School, March?), Chichester High School, where he was also Second Master, (1928- April, 1933), Rye Grammar School for 1 month only (Jan-Feb 1934), Kings School, Canterbury (April-May, 1934), Bec School (Jan-Apr 1935), King’s School (May-Aug, 1935), Denstone College (Sept. 1935).
He joined Hackney Downs School on 3rd March 1936 and left, on 23rd July 1937, when he was appointed to Woodhouse Secondary School, Finchley.
108. Stanley Day
Stanley Day was born on 11th September, 1901. He was educated at Portsmouth Boys Secondary School from 1913 until 1917, followed by Portsmouth Municipal College from 1917 until 1920. He gained a 2nd Class Honours B.A. at London University (English with French subsidiary) becoming M.A. some time thereafter.
He taught first at Gosport County Secondary School from 1920 until July 1921. His next appointment was to the Royal Commercial Travellers School at Hatch End, Middlesex, from January 1922 until April 1923. He next served at Bablake School, Coventry, from 1923 until 1927, then the Grammar School, Dudley from 1927 until 1936.
He joined Hackney Downs School on 1st September 1936 as Senior English Master, gaining an Oxford University Vacation Course for Teachers Post-Graduate Diploma the same year. He remained on the Staff at H.D.S. until December 1946 when he was appointed to a senior Lectureship in English at the Trent Park Emergency Training College in Enfield. The Governors appointed Mr.J.E.Medcalf to succeed him.
The Review for Christmas 1946 recorded “Since he was appointed Senior English Master in September, 1936, Mr.Day has completely reorganized the English Department, he formed and has maintained in a flourishing condition the Literary and Debating Society, was responsible for the School Dramatic Society and its 1938 and 1939 productions “Twelfth Night” and “Escape” and for the maintenance of the dramatic activities of the School in King’s Lynn. His own experience and skill as a player and as a coach proved of inestimable value to school
football when he assumed control of this in the Autumn of 1937 and his methods and his enthusiasm were speedily effective. He increased the School fixture list, adding to it “Under 14,” “Under 13” and “Under 12” matches because of his firm belief in the value of beginning early a boy’s methodical football training and of giving him experience of inter-school games. For their appreciation of the English Language and Literature, for their introduction to the fascination and pleasure of play-acting and play-production, for their appreciation of the value of training, planning and serious practice in football many past and present pupils owe very much to Mr.Day. To its warm thanks for the great service that he has rendered, the School joins its best wishes for an equal measure of success and happiness in the responsible work which he is to begin in January.”
In the same edition of The Review (Christmas Term, 1946, No. 160), the following article appeared, written by Mr.Day:-
The Editor has asked me to write a valedictory message for the ‘Review,’ and I am glad to do so, for, although the work to which I am going will be over in four or five years, it is by no means certain that I shall be sent back to Hackney when it is done; and, even if I am, by that time the great majority of you will have left. To most of you, therefore, I am now saying goodbye – an unpleasant business, about which it is difficult not to get sentimental.
Since the greater part of my ten years’ service with the School has been rendered under war conditions, it is natural that, on looking back, I should think rather of King’s Lynn than of London. It would be foolish to describe those six years of exile as entirely happy ones – the national background was too dark for that. But in spite of the troubles that war brings even to the non-combatant – bereavement, anxiety, nervous and physical fatigue, and a frustrating sense of helplessness – there were many compensations, not the least of which was the way in which the corporate life of the School flourished, to the benefit of staff and pupils alike.
During that period, in the propinquity of evacuation conditions, we really became what a large school in a great city never seems to be – a community. That meant that links of a much closer kind were forged between us than had existed before, and I know that friendships that grew up during those years, both with colleagues and with boys (most of them now ‘old boys,’ of course) will bind me to the School, long after I have left it.
Evacuation brought its problems, of course, but I felt that in staying and helping to solve them I was contributing to the life of a community if which I had really become a part. Even today, when we are back in our old home, the fact that we are still sailing in troubled waters makes it difficult for me to resist a guilty sense that in leaving I am evading a responsibility.
The cynical may legitimately ask why, in that case, I am deserting a school for which I profess so strong a regard. The answer, I suppose, is twofold. First, I shall be rather better off financially, a consideration which only the affluent or the abstemious can afford to ignore; and I am in neither category. Second, I have had twenty-five years of secondary school teaching, and I feel that I am growing stale. A few years devoted work of a rather different character will bring me back to the classroom with a renewed freshness, and I welcome the change all the more because it takes me into a sphere of adult education, in which I have always been keenly interested.
Perhaps, after all, this is only ‘au revoir,’ for I have a feeling that I shall not be able to keep away altogether from my old haunts. And if, occasionally, a once-familiar figure appears in the Common Room. At a meeting of the Literary and Debating Society, at a rehearsal of the
School play, or, most likely of all at Lower Edmonton, I hope there will not be wanting one not two old friends to bid me welcome. S.DAY.
In The Review for Spring Term, 1947, there appeared a further tribute article, unfortunately unsigned:-
A TRIBUTE TO S.D.
We had been at it for weeks, sweeping, sweeping, sweeping. We would anchor in the middle of the Adriatic at night, the minesweepers and danlayers in the middle of the ‘leaguer’ (to borrow a Boer-War term, revived by the immortal Eighth Army) the M.L.’s in a circle around us, ever on the lookout for E-boats, U-boats, or German aircraft. We would up-anchor at dawn and continue sweeping a channel up the Adriatic for the merchant packets to take supplies to the advancing Allied Armies. The only break we had in the tedious monotony of it all was a short trip at intervals of a fortnight or so to our base at half-ruined Ancona, to the south, where we would load stores and refuel at all speed and return to the dawn-to-dusk sweeping, day after day, day after day.
On land the Eighth Army was advancing rapidly, we all knew it was the final ‘Big Push’ (for hadn’t General Alexander himself told us in an Order of the Day issued a few weeks ago?). Then one afternoon, at three o’clock, I heard the glorious news. The war was over and the Eighth Army were in Trieste! (although apparently Marshal Tito of Yugo-Slavia doubted their right, but I didn’t realise that until later.)
However, our work was not yet over, we had to continue to clear the sea-lanes, and this time we knew for certain that Trieste was our immediate goal, we were to sweep our way in. After another tedious week or so we finally entered the port, only to find that a British cruiser had beaten us to it. She was anchored in the harbour, ready in case of any trouble between the ‘Kiwis’ (New Zealand 2nd Division) and Marshal Tito’s troops.
I was disappointed. I had not expected the band out, or cheering crowds, but I had expected some peace and a quiet run ashore, a welcome relief from the previous tedious and hot weeks of work. But the tension between the two ‘allies’ was a trifle high, and one could see the signs in the town. New Zealand tanks were at every strategic point and Yugo-Slav partisans marched through the port armed to the teeth. It looked as if my peace was not to be forthcoming.
I wandered around the town rather aimlessly, exploring, until I noticed a series of steps up a t, and for want of anything better to do I mounted them. When I reached the top a welcome sight met my eyes. I found myself in a park, a memorial to the dead of the city and the harbour, everything seemed quiet and at peace, the two opposing armies were out of sight and forgotten.
I was enchanted by it, it was what I had waited for for weeks. I sank down on the soft grass. Peace at last, it was wonderful.
Then I began to think of similar beauty spots in England, and to my mind came a poem, one which I had almost forgotten during the years, but of which certain passages came back to me now. The poem was ‘Grantchester,’ by Ruper Brooke. ‘Grantchester, ah Grantchester,’ I said to myself, half aloud. ‘And there is peace and quietness there.’ I lay back, smelling the cool, scented air, dreaming of the cool babbling streams, the green grass, and the shady trees mentioned in the poem. ‘And there is peace and quietness there ….’
And if I never thanked Mr.Day for his tireless tuition, I thank him for it now, for it was he who brought the poem to my notice and made me appreciate it. -o-
Stanley Day died on 18th January 1957 following a further period of service as Principal of the Dalston and Stoke Newington Literary Institute.
109. Robert Joseph North
Robert North was born on 18th May 1913. From the age of 13 he attended Sir George Monoux Grammar School, Walthamstow (1926-1932) going from there to King’s College (1932-1936) where he read French and History. He gained a First Class Honours Degree in French with History subsidiary. He attended King’s College Education Department in his last year gaining a London University Diploma in Teaching in July 1936. During his University studies he had stayed for three months “en famille in Caen” and for 4 months as student at the British Institute. He gained a Diplôme de Phonetique de l’Institut Pedagogique International and a Diplôme Superieur de langue et de litterature françaises at Caen.
He joined Hackney Downs on 15th September 1936, staying for one term only, before joining Central Secondary School, Sheffield.
110. William George Stephens
William Stephens was born on 31st December 1890. From 1902 until 1904 he was educated at Latimer School, Edmonton.
He passed the Final Examination of the Society of Incorporated Accountants and Auditors in November, 1919. He became ‘Accountant Lecturer or Instructor’ at Upper Hornsey Institute (1930-1931), Westminster Commercial (1931-1932) followed by concurrent appointments at Highbury Commercial (from 1933), City of London College (from 1935), Westminster Technical (from 1936) and Hackney Downs School (from 24th September, 1936). He left the School on 31st August 1939.
111. Henry C.T.Kernot
Henry Kernot was appointed to the School on 30th September 1936. He was educated at Kings College, Wimbledon.
He had taken the examinations of the Incorporated Secretaries Association (A.I.S.A.); the London Association of Accountants; the London Chamber of Commerce Examinations in costing, bookkeeping, accounting, commerce, finance, economics and typewriting; Royal Society of Arts company law, typewriting and advanced typewriting, and commercial law; and a London County Council course in Pedagogy.
He left the School on 31st August 1939.
112. Frederick Joseph French
Frederick French was born on 26th June 1913. He attended Hitchin Grammar School from 1925 until 1931 then going up to Queen Mary College, London where he gained a 1st Class B.Sc (Special) in Mathematics, achieving a Mark of Distinction in Advanced Maths.
He had spent one year (1931-1932) as a student teacher at St.Mary’s Hall, Hitchin. His first full-time teaching appointment was at the North Manchester Municipal High School (19351937). He was appointed as a Mathematics teacher to Hackney Downs School on 1st September 1937, leaving on 31st October, 1946 when he took a position as Senior Lecturer in Maths at the newly-opened Wandsworth Emergency Training College for Teachers. He had returned to the School in February, 1946 following war service with the R.A.O.C. and had rendered valuable service to the School during his tenure.
113. Charles Normington Mitchell
Charles Mitchell was educated at Fairfield School Bristol from 1920 until 1927 when he went up to Bristol University to study German and English during which time he spent 8 months in Germany. He gained a 2nd Class B.A. in 1931 and was awarded his Teaching Diploma in 1932.
His teaching practice was at the City of Bath Boys School in February and March 1932. Following training he was appointed, in September 1932, to a position at the County School for Boys, Sidcup, Kent, staying until August, 1937. He was appointed to Hackney Downs with effect from September 1937. He stayed until April 1939 when he was appointed as Senior German Master to the Woodhouse County School, Finchley.
114. Herbert Reginald Keys
Herbert Keys was born on 7th June 1905. He was educated at All Saints Elementary School, Chester from 1912 until 1920. He attended next the School for Science & Art, Chester until 1924, followed by a year at the Municipal Technical College, Liverpool until 1925.
There is an unexplained gap in the record which shows him training at the Birkenhead School of Art from 1929 until 1930 when, at the same time, he was teaching at the North Corporation Manufacturing Instruction Centre in Liverpool. At this time he was awarded the City & Guilds of London Institute 1st Class Certificate for Woodwork and 2nd Class in Metalwork (1930) and a National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. From 1930 until 1937 he taught at High Pavement Secondary School, Nottingham. He was appointed to the Handicraft Department of Hackney Downs School on 1st September 1937. During his appointment he was attached to Hackney Technical Institute (from August, 1940) and to the North East London Emergency Secondary School form October 1941.
On leaving on 31st October, 1946 he transferred to Wandsworth Emergency Training College for Teachers as Senior Lecturer in Handicraft. During his service at Hackney Downs an almost complete reorganisation of the Handicraft Department had taken place and The Review for Christmas, 1946 records that he “had developed in the members of his classes high ideals of craftsmanship and of accurate workmanship”. He subsequently held an appointment with the Inspectorate of the Ministry of Education.
115. Andre Blanc
Andre Blanc was born on 12th March, 1912 and attended the Lycee Lamartine Maçon from 1923 until 1930 when he transferred to the Lycee du Parc, Lyon (1930-1932) He attended Universite in Lyon, becoming Bacheleur-es-Lettres, Licence-ès-Lettres, Diplome d’Etudes superieures de langues et literatures etrangeres vivantes in 1934.
During his university course he taught for short periods at Sutton County Secondary School (1932-1933) and Battersea Grammar School (1935-1936). He was appointed to Hackney Downs from September 1937.
116. Hans Gerhard Röhl
Hans Röhl was born on 14th March 1908. He was educated in Vienna (1926-1927), Giessen (1927-1928) and Berlin (1929) with the period from October 11930 until June 1931 at Exeter University (2 terms student, one term as a teacher). At University in Rostock he qualified as Dr. phil magna cum laude Staatsexamen Pädagogische Prüfung.
He taught at the Realgymnasium Rostock, the Oberrealschule Rostock and at the FliegerhorstKommandantur. He was appointed to Hackney Downs School in September 1937, leaving on 22nd July, 1939. His fate during the Second World War is unknown but his son is understood to have held a post with Sussex University.
117 Stephen Forrester
Stephen Forrester was born on 28th November1913 and was educated at Manchester Grammar School from 1925 until 1932 and Manchester University from 1932 until 1935. He gained a 2nd Class Honours Degree in Zoology with Geology and Maths and received his teaching diploma, following further training, in 1936. He taught first at Wintringham Secondary School, Grimsby in September 1936 and for one year (1937-1938) at Leek High School. He was appointed to Hackney Downs School for one term only (to cover the absence of Mr.C.A.Gee on sick leave) and left on 31st December 1938 when he transferred to Wolverhampton Grammar School.
118. Joseph Brearley
Joseph Brearley was born on 13th July 1909 in Batley. He attended Batley Grammar School, leaving in 1927 to attend University at St.John’s College, Cambridge from then until 1931.
He gained an Honours B.A. in 1931 (Part I Tripos, Class 2 Div.2 and Part II Tripos, Class 2 Div.2). He gained a Cambridge University Certificate in Education in 1932 and became M.A. in 1938. He spent several summer vacations in Germany.
His first teaching post was at Collyer’s School, Horsham, from September 1932 until April 1939 when he was appointed to Hackney Downs School. From March 1940 he was attached to the West London Emergency Secondary School and served with the R.A.F. from October 1941 until Ma, 1946.
He returned to Hackney Downs School, after War Service with the Royal Air Force in the Middle East, at the beginning of Summer Term 1946 and became Second Master in 1953, from which post he retired in 1972.
During the Spring Term of 1950 he attended a course of study at the British Drama League and Mr.F.H.Rand deputised for him.
He lived in Germany until his death in 1979. (??????)
119. Edwin Dolman
Edwin Dolman was born on 20th September 1914 and was educated at Staveley Netherthorpe Grammar School from 1925 until 1931. He then attended University College, Hull, studying Mathematics, gaining a First Class Honours B.A. in 1934 and being awarded the University’s Certificate in Education in 1935.
He taught first at Rugby College of Technology & arts (from December, 1935 until August, 1940) and was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st January 1941. He left H.D.S. on 31st August 1943 on transfer to Swaffham Grammar School.
120 Phyllis Mary Buckley
Phyllis Buckley was born on 14th December 1902 and was educated at The Queen Mary High School, Liverpool, from 1914 until 1921. She read German, with French, Latin and English at Liverpool University gaining her degree in 1925 and a Diploma in Education in 1926. She attended vacation courses in Freiburg (1927), Strassburg (1928) and made several vacation visits to France and Germany along with attending a vacation course in Grenoble.
She taught at the Florence Melly School, Liverpool, from 1926 until 1927, and Ramworth Square School, Liverpool from 1927 until 1929. She then taught at Dalston Central School, E.8, in 1934 and 1935.
She was appointed to the staff of Hackney Downs in September 1942 and left in July, 1945.
121 Joseph Kelly
Joseph Kelly was born on 10th May 1900 and was educated at St. Bridget’s School Egremont, Cumberland, from 1905 until 1914. From 1914 until 1918 (and again in 1920-1921 following service with the Armed Forces) he was engaged in gaining “Practical Industrial Experience” following which he moved to St.Luke’s Diocesan Training College, Exeter where, after two years residential study, he passed the Board of Education’s Certificate Exam (1923) “in the usual professional subjects”, plus Geography (Credit), Maths, Elementary Science and Art.
He went to Birkbeck College on three separate occasions; from 1926-1930 when he gained a B.A. in Geography, Economics and English (failing in Latin); from 1933 until 1936, gaining a 3rd Class Honours B.A. in Geography with Economics and from 1938 until 1943, attending an M.A. Course. At the same time (1937-1939) he was a Lecturer in Geography at Westminster Commercial Institute.
He taught first at L.C.C. Boys School, Shadwell, E.1 from 1923 until 1930, moving on to The Oratory R.C. Central School for Boys as Geography Master until May, 1943. He was then appointed to the Hackney Downs Tutorial Classes, leaving on 31st October 1945 to return to The Oratory School. He was succeeded by Dr. J.B.Gregory.
122. Harold Thomas Lyons
Harold Lyons was born on 25th June 1908. He attended Hackney Downs School from 1920 until 1924.
He started University in 1929 at Reading, gaining a Second Class Honours B.A. in Geography in 1932 and a Diploma in Education in 1933. He became M.A. at the Institute of Education and gained a second Geography Degree (B.Sc.). His university career was marked as continuing as of 10th May 1943.
His teaching career commenced at Northwold Road Boys in 1933 and he was appointed to Hackney Downs from May 1943 when the war-time classes opened, becoming permanent on 1st April, 1946. He left (together with his wife) on 30th July 1948 on transfer to Northern Rhodesia for duty with the Rhodesian Education Service.
123 David Nathan
David Nathan was born on 12th February 1887. He was educated at Elementary School in London until 1901 when he enrolled at the Mile End Pupil Teachers Centre (1901-1905) followed by King’s College London and London Day Training College (1905-1908).
He read Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics, and was awarded a B.Sc. followed by a Teacher’s Certificate in 1908.
He taught at an Elementary School from 1908 until 1942 and from October 1942 until May 1943 at Hoxton Central. In May 1943 he was appointed to Hackney Downs Tutorial Classes, became permanent on 1st May 1947 until his retirement in August 1949.
124. Francis John Spanton
Francis Spanton was born on 10th June 1889 and attended elementary School from 1894 until 1903. He gained a First Class Physical Training Certificate (Army System), Physical Training HQ Aldershot in December 1912.
He taught at the Royal Military College, Canada (1917-1919), at Deptford Men’s Evening Institute (1920-1944), Day Continuation Schools (1930-1939), P.T. & Games Organiser for Rescue Service) (1939-1942). In regular teaching he was appointed to Highbury County school and elementary Schools (January – July, 1943) when, on secondment from L.C.C. Service, he was appointed to Hackney Downs School from 1st September, 1943. He left on 15th March, 1948 on return to the L.C.C. as a P.T.Instructor and his place was taken by Mr.L.G.Mitchell.
The Review for Spring Term 1948 records:
Mr.Spanton, who joined the Staff at the opening of the war-time classes in May, 1943, did much in those difficult days before the end of hostilities in Europe to raise the standard of physical training and to renew inter-school matches. Shortage of floor space, of equipment and of suitable gear never discouraged him, and his enthusiasm and energy have been an inspiration to all who have been in his classes.
On Friday, March 11th, at a full School Assembly, the Head Monitor expressed to Mr.Spanton its gratitude for his valued services and presented to him an engraved wristwatch and a pair of sleeve-links as a token of appreciation.
The Spring 1948 edition of The Review also includes the following tribute:
As I write these lines of farewell to a much esteemed colleague I have before me two newspaper articles signed by well-known sporting journalists and both, describing the work Mr.Spanton has for many years carried on at a Deptford evening institute. One, it is true, calls him “Mr.Fred Spanton,” while the other maintains that his name is Frank; but they agree very heartily on their estimate of his gifts. “One of the finest instructors I’ve seen,” says one; “ a P.T. expert in the last war and one the D.C.M.; at 57 he can give many younger men a start in physical fitness,” says the other.
Except that they do not mention that he was once P.T. expert at the Canadian Royal Military College, these two experts have given the outstanding points of Mr.Spanton’s career. They have hinted, too, at some of his many gifts. But we of H.D.S., who have for five years worked with or under him; we who can say in the words of the old regimental march “We lived and loved together;” we can tell them a great deal more. We have learnt to know and
admire in him a man who can make anything, from a lady’s handbag to a suit of clothes; a cheerful philosopher who in the darkest days of doodlebugs and rockets never lost his contagious happiness; a teacher whose pupils enjoy every minute of his lessons and profit abundantly by them.
There is not one of us, boy or master, who does not feel a real sense of loss at Mr.Spanton’s departure. We hope that he will often look in on us, his friends, and that on Sports Days and such occasions, we may rejoice to see, not only the martial moustache and the far-famed bowler of the great R.S.M. Marley, but also the cheerful smile of his not less loved and honoured successor, Mr.Frank Spanton.
125. Samuel Schlessinger
Samuel Schlessinger was born on 17th March 1891. He was educated at Elementary School from 1897 to 1902. His Secondary schooling took place at Eppingen, Baden and Karlsruhe until 1910.
He attended University at Heidelberg (1910-1911 and 1912-1914), Munich (1911-1912 and 1919) and Geneva (1926). He spent time away from his native Germany in London (1913, 1924, 1927, 1930, 1936), Paris (1925, 1928, 1931, 1932), and Geneva (1926) on each occasion spending approximately 10 weeks away.
In 1919 he passed the State Examination at Karlsruhe for teaching languages to University standard (passing in German, English, French and Latin).
He taught from 1920 until 1935, holding posts in Eppingen, Mosbach, Mannheim, and Karlsruhe. He joined Hackney Downs School on 20th September 1943 and left in July 1945.
126’ William Gerard Woods
William Woods was born on 10th February 1910 and was educated at the Elementary School in Preston, Lancs, from 1905 until 1913. His Secondary schooling was split between Preston (1913-1918) and Roehampton (1918-1921).
His University training took place at Loyola University, New Orleans (1921-1925) where he gained a B.A. and (1925-1926) when he became M.A. He undertook further training at Gouraga University, Spokane, Washington. His subjects were Classics, English and Philosophy with subsidiary Science and, for his M.A., Latin and Philosophy. He was awarded a Diploma by the State Department of Education in Alabama (1929) and Louisiana (1930).
His teaching appointments were at the Jesuit High School, New Orleans (1926-1928), Spring Hill High, Mobile, Alabama (1928-1919), H.Stanislaus, Bay St.Louis, Mississippi (19291930), Belmont Abbey school, Hereford (1931-1933), Belmont Preparatory, near Dorking (1933 for one term), Ratcliffe College, Leicester (1934 for two terms), Macaulay House, Cuckfield (1934-1935), and St.Joseph’s College, Dumfries (1935-1941).
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 27th October 1943 and appointed to the permanent staff from September 1946. He left Hackney Downs on 31st December 1946 when he was appointed to Perivale Grammar School.
The Review of Christmas Term, 1946, recorded: “Mr. W.G.Woods, who joined the Staff of the Wartime Classes of the School in October, 1943, was responsible for Latin and taught also general form subjects. To him, as to his colleagues, who, under Mr.Barron, successfully developed this ‘home’ section of the School, warm thanks are due. When the full School assembled in September, 1945, he became responsible for the Latin of the School and this term he has had charge of the newly-formed Junior Debating Society. We wish him success in his work as Latin Master in the Greenford School.
127. Irene Ethel Alice Lyons
Irene Lyons was born on 16th August 1912. She was educated in London, at Winterbourne Road J.M. School, Thornton Heath (1917-1922), Mitcham Lane J.M. School, Streatham (1922-1923) and the County Secondary school, Streatham (1923-1930, before going up to Reading University (1930-1934) where she read Pure Mathematics, Physics and Botany, graduating in 1934 with a Teacher’s Certificate and in 1936 with a B.Sc.
She taught first at South Road School and West End School, Hemsworth, Yorkshire from 1935 until 1936, Sidcup Central School (1936-1941), Rye Grammar School (April, 1941 – December, 1941). She joined Hackney Downs School on 29th February 1944, staying until July, and she returned again in November 1947, succeeding Mr.Coombs and staying until July, 1948. She left to join her husband with whom she had been transferred for service in Northern Rhodesia.
128. John William Dorling
John Dorling was born on 21st June 1900. He was educated at Holborn Grammar School from 1911 until 1916 and Holloway County School from 1916 until 1918.
At University he gained an Honours B.Sc. taking Special Chemistry with Physics subsidiary, later qualifying in Chemistry, Physics and Pure & Applied Maths. He attended the London Day Training College (later called the Institute of Education) from 1923 until 1925, gaining a Teaching Certificate.
He joined the LCC Teaching Staff in August 1925 and was seconded for short periods to a number of schools, namely: St.Mary Magdalene, Paddington (1925-1928), The Laycock (S.B.) (1928-1930), Barnsbury Park (Nov.1930 – Mar.1931), Thornhill Road (1931-1938), South Hackney Central (1938-1942), William Ellis School (then evacuated to Leighton Buzzard) (1942-1945). He joined Hackney Downs School on 17th September 1945, taking charge of Physics and Chemistry, until August, 1946 and then moved to the Junior Technical School of the School of Photoengravure and Lithography as Principal.
Mr.Dorling had done much to re-equip the Physics and the Advanced Chemistry Laboratories.
129. Bernard John Burgess Redding
Bernard Redding was born on 12th February 1922. He was educated at the College St.Bertin, St.Omer from 1925 until 1929, and at the Lower School of John Lyon, Harrow-on-the-Hill (1933-1939)
He read English, French, Latin and History at University gaining an Inter-B.A. in 1940. He transferred to the University of Wales gaining a B.A. in English and French in 1943 and a further B.A.(Hons.) in French in 1944.
He gained a Diploma in Education in 1945 together with certificates in Hygiene, Music and P.T. He taught at Hackney Downs School from September 1945 until August 1946 when he was appointed to teach French at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Mansfield.
Mr. Redding’s musical talks and recitals were much sappreciated by the many who heard them.
130. Dr.John B Gregory
John Gregory was born on 23rd November 1896. He attended Edinburgh University from 1914 until 1921 (War Service 1915-1919). He gained an Honours M.A. in English Literature and Language in 1921 and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1931.
He taught at Crewkerne Grammar School from 1923 until 1925 when he returned to training in Edinburgh for one year to gain his Teaching Certificate. He returned to teaching at Hebden Bridge Secondary School (for two months) and was then appointed to Mercers School, Holborn (1927-1933), the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe (May-Aug. 1934), and the Egyptian Government School (Sept. 1935 – Aug. 1936). He became an Evening Class Lecturer from 1936 until 1939 rejoining H.M.Forces (1940-1945).
He was appointed temporarily to the staff of Hackney Downs School from October 1945, replacing Mr. J.Kelly, until April, 1946 when he, in turn was replaced by Mr. J.D.E. Hollingworth.
131. Jack Donald Edward Hollingworth
Jack Hollingworth was born on 7th May 1910. He attended Cambridge University earning a B.A. History (Tripos, Pt.I, Class II, Div. I), (Tripos Pt.I Class II) English.
He taught at Brentwood School, Essex from 1931 until 1934 then Central Foundation from 1934 until 1941. He served in the R.A.F. from October 1941 until April, 1946 and would, on demobilisation, have returned to Central Foundation (where he was Senior English Master) save for one term’s secondment to Hackney Downs (May-Aug. 1946) when he replaced Dr.J.Gregory.
132. William Norris Littlejohns
William Littlejohns was born on 12th May 1915. He was educated at Heaton Grammar school, Newcastle from 1928 until 1930 and Plymouth Corporation Grammar School from 1930 until 1933.
He attended Queen Mary College in 1933 gaining an Honours B.A. in French (English subsid.) in 1936. He spent three months in Brussels in 1935 and three months in France in 1936 including a summer course at the Universite de Nancy. By 1937 he had received a Teachers Certificate.
He taught for one year (until 1938) as Senior French Master at Wimbledon College and transferred as Modern Language Master at Sloane School, Chelsea (1938-1946). He saw war service in Italy, the Middle East and Germany.
On demobilisation in 1946 he undertook a course of advanced study at King’s College, London at the same time being appointed to teach French at Hackney Downs School. He
succeeded Mr Moody as second-in-command of the School Cadet Corps in the Autumn Term of 1947. He left in April 1948 on appointment as Assistant Divisional Educational Officer, South Hertfordshire.
133. Hugo Thomas Edmund Miles
Hugo Miles was born on 10th December, 1912. His schooling took place at Chatham Technical School from 1925 until 1928 and the County Grammar School, Gillingham from 1928 until 1931. He attended Southampton University, reading English with German subsidiary, gaining a Second Class Honours B.A. in 1934 and a Teaching Certificate in 1935.
He started teaching at Stuny (?) Central School, Canterbury (1935-1938) and Coventry Technical College (1938-1946) seeing War Service from 1940 until 1946.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School in September 1946 to teach English, leaving in March 1948 to become Senior English Master at Monoux Grammar School, Walthamstow.
The Review in Spring Term 1948 also wrote:
School Societies – Literary and Debating, Dramatic, Theatre-going – and School Games, particularly those of the fourth and second years and the Under 13 XI, have had the advantage and stimulus of his experience, interest, guidance or active participation.
Mr.Miles was also celebrated in a full tribute, also in the Spring 1948 edition of The Review:
A full-dress valedictory article in these pages is something like a Royal Salute of twenty-two guns; a compliment that one does not pay everyone; a tribute reserved for masters of many years’ service. Mr.Miles has been with us but five terms, but that short space has been so packed with useful and ungrudging work, so memorable to those who have had the pleasure of being his pupils or his colleagues, that there can be no question of letting him leave us with but a few lines of farewell in the School Notes.
We knew, of course, when he had been with us but a few weeks that we could not hope to keep him very long; a man of such personality, a teacher of such quiet thorough efficiency was marked for early promotion. The Monoux School is fortunate, and we envy them; but we warn them that their good fortune will be as transitory as ours has been.
As we have said, he has been with us but five terms. There can be no ambiguity when we say that it has seemed longer: he has put so much into those terms, has done so much for the School and Staff and boys that we feel now that we are parting with a very old friend. It is something that he is not going very far way, however. We gather that he is going to be in charge of games at the Monoux school: when they come to play us at Edmonton we shall take it very ill if he sends and underling and does not come himself.
134. Arthur Marfleet Mitchell
Arthur Mitchell was born on 7th June, 1906. He was educated at Fairfield Grammar School, Bristol from 1918 until 1924. He attended Bristol University from 1924 until 1928 reading Physics (Maths subsidiary) gaining a 2nd Class Honours B.Sc. and a Diploma in Education. He enrolled for further study as an External Student at London University, gaining a Third
Class Honours B.A. in Mathematics. He taught at Lucton School, Herefordshire for the whole of 1929 and at the John Lyon School, Harrow, from 1930 until 1940.
He was released for service at H.M.S. “Vernon”, Portsmouth from April, 1940 until September, 1945. On demobilisation he joined Finchley County Grammar School, Sept. 1945 until August, 1946, when he was appointed to Hackney Downs School to teach Physics. His appointment lasted until July, 1949 when he was appointed Headmaster of Shoreditch Central Secondary School.
135. Robert Grey Bevan
Robert Bevan was born on 20th June, 1896. He was educated at Gowerton secondary School from 1908 until 1914. He went up to the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth, reading Chemistry with Physics and Mathematics, gaining an Honours B.Sc. and earning a Teachers’ Certificate in 1923.
From January until August 1924 he taught at London Fields Boys School, then Eleanor Road S.B. School from August, 1924 until January, 1942. He served at the South East London Emergency Secondary School from February, 1942 until July, 1945 and St.Marylebone Grammar School from September, 1945 until July, 1946.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School as a Chemistry teacher for one term from September until December, 1946 when he transferred to Stoke Newington Secondary (Central) School.
136. David George Howell
David Howell was born on 13th December, 1921 and was educated at Newport (Mon.) High School for Boys from 1933 until 1940. He attended Loughborough College from 1940 until 1942. In 1939 he had been awarded or passed a London University Inter–Science, in 1940 City & Guilds Handicraft 1st Exam, and a Board of Education Teachers Certificate in 1942 (Handicraft (Woodwork, advanced: Metalwork: advanced).
He saw War Service in the R.A.F. (1942-1946) reaching the rank of Flight-Lieutenant and seeing service as a Night Navigator, Station Adjutant, Camp Commandant and Group Staff Officer for Education and Vocation Training Scheme.
He joined Hackney Downs temporarily to deputise in the Handicraft Department (from Loughborough College) in October 1946, leaving in December when he was appointed to St. Olave’s Grammar School.
137. Cyril Corner
Cyril Corner was born on 11th November 1917. He attended Guisborough Grammar School from 1928 until 1936. He studied French and Latin at Reading University from 1936 until 1939, obtaining a 1st Class Honours B.A. and the University’s Teaching Diploma in 1940.
During his University career he spent three periods of study in France; at Auxerre in 1937, Lyons in 1938 (where he became L-ès-L) and Paris from July to September 1939.
From July 1940 until February, 1943 he served with the Royal Artillery and from 1944 until September 1946 with the 2nd Durham Light Infantry. He was commissioned in 1941 as Captain and Adjutant. He became a Prisoner-of-War of the Japanese, witnessing and experiencing many horrors, of which he was known to speak publicly only once.
He was appointed to teach French at Hackney Downs School from 1st January 1947 and was welcomed in The Review in Spring Term, 1947. Sadly, in May 1964, his life was cut short when he died as the result of an accident.
138. Jonathan Goodspeed
Jonathan Goodspeed was born on 27th August 1904. He was educated at George Green’s School, London from 1917 until 1922 when he went up to Queen Mary’s College, leaving in 1926 with a 2nd Class Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry (Pure Maths subsidiary) and after 1 year of research work.
He taught at the County High School, Wanstead from September 1926 until December 1946. He was appointed as a teacher of Chemistry to Hackney Downs School (becoming Senior Chemistry Master) on 1st January 1947 and was welcomed to the School in The Review of Spring, 1947. He left on 30th July 1948 to take a post as Lecturer in Chemistry at Borough Road Technical College (Borough Polytechnic).
139. Charles Godfrey Hawes
Charles Hawes was born on 5th July 1914. He was educated at the County Secondary School, Sandown, Isle of Wight, from 1926 until 1933. He went to the University of Southampton to study Maths, obtaining a First Class B.Sc. Special (including an Optional Advanced Maths paper, followed by Teacher Training at the University.
He started teaching at St. Helen’s College, Southsea in 1937 (for two terms) before transferring to Elmhurst County Grammar School, Street, Somerset where his attachment was from September 1937 until December 1946.
During World War 2 he was first attached as a Civilian Forecaster in the Air Ministry, followed by appointment as Flying Officer (1943) and Flight-Lieutenant (July, 1944), seeing service in North Africa, Malta and Italy.
He stayed at Hackney Downs from 1st January 1947 (and was formally welcomed in The Review for Spring Term 1947), teaching Mathematics until 31st August 1955 when he left on appointment as a Lecturer at Kingston College.
140 Joseph William Hill
Joseph Hill was born on 17th December 1912. He was educated at Carlisle Grammar School before going up to St.John’s College, Durham, where he read Classics, obtaining a 2nd Class, Div. 1 B.A. in 1934, a Diploma in Teaching in 1935, becoming M.A. in 1939.
He taught first at Bandon Grammar School from 1936 until 1939 and served in the RAF during World War II.
On demobilisation he taught for one term at Newport Grammar School, Isle of Wight, before being appointed to Hackney Downs as a Latin teacher on 1st January 1947 being formally welcomed in The Review of Spring, 1947. He stayed until 31st August 1947 when he was appointed Latin Master at Thornbury Grammar School.
141. Frank Stanley Horsman
Frank Horsman was born on 12th November 1919. He was educated at Bellevue Grammar School, Bradford and University College, London (1938-1940) obtaining a 2nd Class Upper, Honours, B.A. in German, with French, in July 1940.
He then saw military service spending, at one point, three months in Vienna, before being demobilised and attending the Institute of Education in 1946 where he earned a Teaching Certificate. He was appointed to Hackney Downs School as a German teacher on 1st January, 1947 but left at August to take up a post as Senior German Master at Bishopshalt Grammar School, Hillingdon, Middlesex. He was succeeded by Mr. Claydon.
142. William Henry Warburton
William Warburton was born on 25th January 1912. He was educated at the City of Bath Boys School from 1923 until 1929. He attended a City of Bath Education Committee course for training handicraft teachers from 1929 until 1933 which included 6 months full-time teaching and during which he passed London City & Guilds 2nd H.C. Examination in Woodwork (1932), later taking Metalwork (1935). He also passed the Union of Educational Institutions Senior Examination in Practical Woodwork Drawing and Solid Geometry. His other qualifications included Oxford University General School Certificate (1928) and London Matriculation (1931).
He taught first at Bath Technical College and City of Bath School (April-July, 1933) as Assistant Woodwork Master. He moved to the Alexandria Boys School, Wood Green (19331934), Lordship Lane Boys School (1934-1939) and participated in the Evacuation and Homework Scheme from 1939 until 1941.
He saw War Service in the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman (2-11/41), Able seaman (11/41-2/43), Sub-Lieutenant RNVR (2/43 – 6/45) and as Lieutenant (6/45 – 2/46) this latter appointment being as Divisional Officer i/c Ratings Training, R.N. Barracks Portsmouth. Part of his service was seen in Corvettes, notably the “Geranium”.
On demobilisation he returned to Lordship Lane Boys School (from April until December, 1946) before being appointed as Handicraft teacher at Hackney Downs School on 1st January 1947. The School at Lorship Lane changed its name to Wood Green Modern Secondary School according to the report in The Review of Spring Term, 1947.
143. Henry J. W.Miller
Henry Miller was born on 23rd October 1895. He was educated at Royal St.Anne’s School, Redhill and the Royal Academy of Music. He was qualified A.R.A.M. and held various appointments including one at Bombay Catholic High School.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st January 1947, replacing Mr.P.Henry as Music Master. He left on 20th December 1948 to take a full-time appointment at Santley Street Secondary School.
144. Aubrey Colin Beurle
Aubrey Beurle was born on 16th November 1925. He was educated at Caterham School (1943-1946) and the Royal College of Science (1943-1946) where he obtained a B.Sc Special in Chemistry with Physics and Maths. He was appointed to H.D.S. as a temporary replacement for Mr. J.F.Tucker (who was on sick leave). On leaving in July 1947 he is understood to have left the teaching profession.
145. Henry Arthur Shearring
Henry Shearring was born on 16th May 1923. He attended Hackney Downs School from 1934 until 1941. He attended Queen Mary College for one year, resuming his studies after war service, when he went to St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He served two periods at his old School: July 1947 as stand-in for Mr.S.S. Moody and two weeks in April 1948, standing in for Mr.H.T.E.Miles. (Died 2014)
146. Cyril Francis Claydon
Cyril Claydon was born on 18th October 1920. He was educated at Southend High School from 1931 until 1939 and attended Magdalene College, Cambridge from October 1939 until June 1942. He read French and German, obtaining a B.A. From September until December 1947 he was appointed to H.D.S., succeeding Mr. Horsman as German Master but leaving on 31st December to take up private teaching. He was, in turn, succeeded by Mr. J.Meltzer.
147. Kenneth Arthur Hooton
Kenneth Hooton was born on 18th November 1913. He attended Brentwood School from 1923 until 1932 followed by Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he studied History and English, gaining an Honours Degree. He gained his Teaching Diploma following a year at the Institute of Education (1936-1937).
He started teaching at Earls Colne Grammar School (January 1938 – October 1940) but his career was interrupted by the 2nd World War. He served in the Royal Navy from October 1940 until June, 1946, first as AB Leading Radio Mechanic, from June 1943 as Warrant School Master and, for the last two years as Instructor Lieutenant.
On his return to teaching he served for one year at the County High School, Wanstead before taking up his appointment at Hackney Downs as Senior History Master from September 1947. He left on 31st December 1954 to take post as First Assistant at West Norwood School.
148. Christopher Dixon Pritchett
Christopher Pritchett was born on 21st December 1915. He was educated at the Royal College, Colombo from 1925 until 1933. He attended University College, Colombo where he gained a B.A.(2nd Class) in Latin, Greek and Philosophy with a final year (1938-1939) at University College, London.
He served in the R.A.F. from July 1940 until May 1945 when he was demobilised. Following a term at Essendine Road School (London, W.9.), he undertook Teaching Training at the Institute of Education, receiving his Diploma in July 1946.
His first teaching assignment, which lasted only two days, was at Huntingdon Road School (London, W.9.) followed by re-assignment to Westminster City School where he taught until
August, 1947. He then transferred to Hackney Downs School, succeeding Mr. Hill as Latin Master and where he remained until August 1950, leaving to take post at Harrow County School.
149. Norman Reginald Mackinlay
Norman Mackinlay was born on 19th January 1899. He attended Wallasey Grammar School before serving during the First World War in the Pembroke Yeomanry and the R.A.F. being released from service in May 1919. From September of that year until May 1919 he undertook training at Liverpool University.
He taught in Preparatory Schools from April 1921 until July 1926 before attending St. Boniface Missionary College, Warminster, as a Tutor Student from September 1926 until February, 1928 when he was appointed to St. George’s College, Buenos Aires. He stayed until December 1928 then returned to Preparatory School teaching until December 1940. For six months in 1941 he taught at Merchant Taylors’ School, Great Croby, and for three months at Wycliffe College, Stonehouse. From 1942 until December 1945 he taught at Alsop High School, Liverpool returning to teaching in Prep. School until July 1947. From 6th October until 31st October 1947 he took a temporary position at Hackney Downs School, retiring on health grounds, which may give a clue to the reason why his career was punctuated by periods of absence.
150. Leslie George Mitchell
Leslie Mitchell was born on 29th December 1914. He attended Mardy Junior School from 1921 until 1925, and Ferndale Grammar School from 1925 until 1932.
He taught in Junior Schools in South Wales having gained a Further Education Teachers’ Diploma in Physical Education – First Class, 1935, from Glamorgan Education Committee. On joining the Forces at the outbreak of the Second World War, Leslie Mitchell’s strengths were recognised and he quickly gained a Royal Air Force Physical Education Diploma – First Class, in 1940.
He taught briefly at his old School (Ferndale) from January to July 1946 and at Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Salisbury from July until December 1946. He underwent training at Borderop Park Teachers’ Training College for the whole of 1947 when, upon the recommendation of his College Principal, he applied for a post at Hackney Downs School. He gained a Ministry of Education Teaching Diploma (Advanced P.E. and English Language and Literature) in 1947. He joined the staff of Hackney Downs School in January, 1948, replacing Mr. Spanton.
His further qualifications were: F.A. Referee’s Certificate 1946, W.R.F.U. Referee Certificate, 1946, R.L.S.S. Teachers’ Certificate and Silver Cross, 1947 and a St. John’s Ambulance First Aid (Advanced) Certificate.
He remained at H.D.S. until April 1960 having succeeded to the position as Head of Department.
On his departure from Hackney Downs he was appointed Principal of Hackney Commercial and Technical College, where he remained until his retirement.
150A. Joseph Meltzer
Joseph Meltzer was appointed to the Staff on 1st January 1948. He had been a pupil at Hackney Downs, where he completed the Higher School Certificate in English, French, German and Latin, and had completed his National Service in the Mines. He completed a course at University College London, qualifying him to teach.
He succeeded Mr.Claydon in teaching German and, on leaving the Hackney Downs in August 1948, took up an appointment at Leyton County High School.
151. Walter Alleyn Lewes Hill
Walter Hill was born on 7th April 1899 and was educated at the Pannal Ash School, Harrogate, from 1907 until 1917. He saw service in the First World War as a Lieutenant in the West Yorkshire Regiment He attended Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1919 until 1922 gaining a B.A. in Natural Sciences and Chemistry.
He taught at his old school, becoming Senior Science Master, Senior Master then Head Master, from 1922 until 1938. He held administrative posts in local government from 1938 until 1941 (e.g. Chief Organising Officer for Civil Defence, London Borough of Wandsworth), before serving as an Intelligence Officer in the Middle East with the R.A.F. (from 1941 until 1944).
He took up teaching again at Tonbridge School, from 1944 until 1946, where he served as a VIth Form Science Teacher. He moved next to the post of Head Master at the Royal Merchant Navy School, Wokingham. He came to Hackney Downs, replacing Mr.Tucker, at the beginning of the Summer term, 1948, leaving to take a position at King’s College, Wimbledon at the end of the same term.
152. Linden Charles Huddlestone. D.o.B 11.3.24 English
Linden Huddlestone was born on 11th March 1924. He was educated at Mercers’ School from 1933 until 1941, Queen Mary College (where he gained an Honours B.A. in English with French) from 1941 until 1943 and at the Institute of Education from 1947 until 1948. His education was interrupted by War Service with the Royal Marines in which he served as F.A.A. (Air Mechanic), W.O. School Master, and Instructor Lieutenant, R.N., the latter post being at the Depot School, Chatham and the Royal Marines Depot, Deal.
He had three months initial teaching at his old school in the first quarter of 1944 and was appointed to Hackney Downs School on completing is course at the Institute of Education in 1948. He came to the School at the beginning of Summer term 1948 when he replaced Mr.Miles. He left in August 1949, when he was appointed to Wilson’s Grammar School, Camberwell.
153. John Henry Green
John Green was born on 13th June 1920. He was educated at King Edward VII Grammar School, Sheffield from 1930 until 1932, then High Storrs Grammar School, Sheffield from 1932 until 1939.
He gained a B.Sc. in Maths and Physics at London University and was awarded his teaching certificate by London University in April 1947. He had commenced teacher training at Borough Road T.C., Isleworth in 1939 and 1940, completing training in 1946-1948. Details of his war service are not known.
He joined Hackney Downs as a Mathematics teacher in September, 1948 and left on 31st December 1952.
154. Alan Ralph Hall
Alan Hall was born on 11th April, 1927 and was educated at the Commonweal School, Swindon from 1937 until 1942 and the Headlands School, Swindon, from 1942 until 1944, before going up to Kings College London (1944-1948) where he earned a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics and Maths. He completed one month’s teaching practice at his old school (Headlands) in September and October 1947.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School in September, 1948 to teach Physics and left on 31st December on appointment to the post of Senior Physics Master at St.Dunstan’s College.
155. Eric Hargreaves
Eric Hargreaves was born on 22nd June 1922 (as recorded, although this date is suspect). The record shows him attending University College, Nottingham from 1932 – 1935, gaining a B.A.(Hons) in German in 1935, and being awarded a Cambridge University Diploma in Teaching by UCN in 1936.
He taught at Rothwell Grammar School Leeds from May to July 1937 and Johnston School, Durham from March until July 1938. He is recorded on the staff of South East Essex Technical College, Dagenham from September 1938 until August 1948. He was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st September 1948 as Senior German Master and left on 31st August 1952 on appointment to Morecambe Grammar School.
156. Llion Wyn Owain
Llion Owain was born on 9th February 1922 and was educated at Caernarvon Grammar School from 1933 until 1939. He saw war service but details are not known.
He gained a Ministry of Education Teaching Certificate in 1946 (44/5056) and Proficiency Certificates in Principles and Practice of Education; Health Education; English Language. He took Course at Ordinary Standard in History, Welsh (with Credit) and Drawing, and Courses at Advanced Standard in Physical Training and Geography (with Distinction).
He taught for four months in 1946 at Caernarvon Junior School before being appointed to Dury Falls Secondary School, Hornchurch (until August 1948). He was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st September 1948 as a Geography and P.T. teacher and remained until 31st August 1955.
J.A. Richards was born in 1918. He was educated at Brockley County School in South East London from 1928 until 1936 whence he attended Kings College, London from 1936 until 1940, gaining a B.A. in English, French and History.
He saw war service with the Royal Artillery from 1940 until 1946 before concluding his training at Kings College (1946-1948). He served for only three months at Hackney Downs as an English teacher, from September until December 1948.
He left to become an Assistant Principal at the Ministry of Education.
158. Peter Newman Wilson
Peter Wilson was born on 4th May 1927 and was educated at Hamond’s Grammar School, Swaffham from 1936 until 1944. He attended University College, Nottingham from 1944 until 1948, gaining a B.Sc. Sp. 2nd Class in Chemistry with subsidiary Physics, and a teaching certificate from the Institute of Education, Nottingham.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School in September 1948 as a chemistry teacher and remained until August, 1952 when he took up an appointment as Senior Chemistry Master at King Edward VI School, Chelmsford.
159. Ronald Ernest Ewell Woods
Ronald Woods was born on 26th November 1916 and was educated at Wanstead County High School from 1928 until 1935 followed by three years at University College, London (19351938) and one at the Institute of Education, London (1939). He graduated with a B.Sc. General (1937), taking Pure Maths, Chemistry and Physics, and a B.Sc. Special (Chemistry), 1938. In 1938 he also gained a certificate in Vocational Guidance from the National Institute of Industrial Psychologists and a Physical Training Certificate from Loughborough Summer School. He qualified M.A. (Education) in 1952.
He taught first at Drayton Manor County School, from September 1939 until July, 1940 when he was appointed as a Scientific Officer at the Ministry of Supply, which position lasted until 1947.
He recommenced teaching at East Ham Grammar School, from September 1947 until August, 1948 when he was appointed to Hackney Downs School as Senior Chemistry Master. Concurrent with his service at East Ham he also taught for various terms at South East Essex Technical College, Acton Technical College, South West Essex Technical College and East Ham Technical College. He remained at Hackney Downs until December 1954, when he was appointed to William Morris Technical School, Walthamstow.
160. F. Hugh Rand
Hugh Rand was born on 4th April 1906 and was an Old Boy of Hackney Downs School, where he attended form 1919 until 1922. He served at two separate terms at Hackney Downs and his career was a colourful inventory of appointments mixed with further study.
He commenced teaching at Regina Normal School, Saskatchewan (1925-1926), Rural Schools in Saskatchewan (1927-1928), Albert College, Belleville, Ontario (1929-1930), and Baron Byng High School, Montreal (1930-1932).
The record shows that he left Queens University, Kingston, Ontario in 1930 (B.A. First, French & English) followed by McGill University, Montreal (M.A., 1932).
From 1932 until 1936 he taught at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, and from then until 1938 at Waterloo College, University of West Ontario.
For one year, from 1938 until 1939, he attended the University of Paris (D-ès-Lettres) following which he was appointed to a lectureship at the British Institute in Cairo (until 1940),
followed by a year at the American and Fouad University, Cairo and, from 1941 until 1946 at the Farouk I University, Cairo. He held temporary appointments at Grammar Schools in England in 1946 and 1947, followed by one year (1947-1948) at the Department of Education, Hong Kong.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs from 1st January 1949 (leaving on 31st August) and again on 16th January 1950, leaving on 27th March when he was appointed as English Master to the Grammar School in Spanish Town, Jamaica. During this second appointment he deputised for Mr.J.Brearley who was engaged in a course of study at the British Drama League.
R.Z.C. Harding attended Tewkesbury Grammar School and undertook teacher training at St.Mark’s & St.John’s Training College from September 1939 until July 1941, gaining his certificate in July 1941. During World War 2 he served in the R.A.F. as Air Crew.
After the War he took a Degree at Keble College, Oxford, graduating with an Honours in French in 1948. His first teaching post was as English Assistant at the Lycee Bernard Palissy at Agen (Lot et Garonne) from October, 1948 until April 1949.
He was appointed to fill a temporary vacancy at Hackney Downs School in May 1949 and left, three months later, on 31st August 1949.
162. Douglas Eustace Stanley Ball
Douglas Ball was born on 17th May 1922 and was educated at St. Mary’s School, Stoke Newington, from 1927 until 1933, followed by the Stationers’ Company’s School, Hornsey from 1933 until 1940, and two years at Reading University, 1940 until 1942, graduating with an Honours B.A. in French.
War Service followed from March 1942 until March 1947. During this period he was an Officer Cadet, Commissioned on 13th February 1943 in the 1st Middlesex Regiment (War Office att. A.E.C.)
He returned to Reading University from 1947 until 1949 to study Aesthetics, undertaking teacher training at the same time and gaining his teaching diploma in 1949. From February to August 1947 he attended the University of Dijon.
Doug Ball was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st September 1947 and remained until July 1958 when he left to take post as Senior Modern Languages Master at Tottenham Grammar School.
163. Arthur Dicker
Arthur Dicker was born on 3rd December 1890 and attended Beaminster Grammar School, Dorset, from 1903 until 1909, followed by the University of Bristol from 1910 until 1912.
He taught for one month (September 1912) at Cromwell Road School, Weymouth and for two months (1.10.12 – 8.12.12.) as a Dorset County Council Supply Teacher. He joined Easton Council School on 9.12.12, remaining there until 30.6.15. He spent the year from July 1915 until July, 1916 attached to an L.C.C. Boys Home at Milborne St.Andrew, Dorset, then becoming attached to the L.C.C. Supply organisation until December 1918 when he took an appointment at Monoux Grammar School, Walthamstow.
From April 1919 until March 1946 he was attached to the Royal Navy Education Board and from then until April 1949, he was an Interviewing Officer at the Appointments Office in Winchester. This was followed by a two-month appointment at Toynbee Road Secondary School, Eastleigh.
An interesting side to Arthur Dicker was the course he undertook at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, in 1928. The course was designed for 7 months but he passed the final tests in the sixth month with 75% and was promoted to commissioned rank. He had also taken the London Matriculation, passing in the First Division in June 1917. In addition to all that he was a Naval Interpreter in German.
On 1st September 1949, he was appointed to Hackney Downs School, the post from which he retired on 27th July 1956.
164. John Maclean
John Maclean was born on 7th March 1887 and attended Inverness Academy from 1900 until 1905, followed by five years, until 1910, at Aberdeen University. He graduated from Aberdeen in 1909, M.A.Honours, in Maths and Physics, and B.Sc., Chemistry in 1910. He also received the Diploma of the Aberdeen Provincial Committee after attending their course from 1905 until 1908.
From April 1910 until November 1911, he taught at Fraserburgh Academy. He progressed from there to Wilson College, Bombay where his appointment lasted from January 1912, until December, 1946. A number of short term appointments followed; Preston Manor County School, Wembley; Northampton Polytechnic; Goldsmiths Training College; Chelsea Polytechnic; Saltley Grammar School, Birmingham; Thorne Grammar School, Doncaster; Harrow County School.
From 1st September 1949, he was appointed to Hackney Downs School and he retired on 8th March 1952.
165. Leonard James Marr
Leonard Marr was born on 13th April 1918. He attended Les Vauxbelets College, Guernsey from 1930 until 1934 and St.Martin’s and St.John’s Training College from 1936 until 1938. He took an External Degree in Economics at London University (Economics, Economic History (Modern) Government, Political and Social Theory, Constitutional History (Inter. Geography and French.).
He served in the Second World War in the R.A.S.C. and the A.E.C. as a Sergeant-Instructor (from October, 1939 until June, 1946.)
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st September 1949 and retired from there in the 1980’s.
166. Philip Lawrence Poel
Philip Poel was born on 12th September 1922 and attended Brentwood School from 1933 until 1941. He taught briefly at a Senior School in Essex from September 1941 until March 1942.
During World War 2 he served with the Royal Navy as Radio Mechanic in a Research Establishment attached to the Pacific Fleet (following service at a Telecom Research Establishment at Malvern College from April, 1943 until September, 1944.).
Following release from service he attended Oxford University, graduating with a B.A. Hons in English in December, 1948.
He taught for seven months (Jan-Aug. 1949) at Shrewsbury School and was appointed to Hackney Downs School in September 1949, leaving in December, 1952 to take an appointment as Senior English Master at Ludlow Grammar School.
167. William G.Boyd
William Boyd was born on 15th August 1907. He was educated at Bede Collegiate School, Sunderland from 1916 until 1922 but did not attend University until 1926 where, by 1929, he had gained an Honours B.A. and, by 1930, a Teaching Diploma from King’s College, London.
“Sir William”, as he was fondly known by his colleagues in the Staff Room, served in the Royal Navy as a Telegraphist Special from October, 1941 until September 1945.
He taught at the County Grammar School for Boys, Gravesend from 1930 until August, 1950 when he was appointed to Hackney Downs School, retiring from there on 31st August, 1970.
168. Thomas Kennedy Wheeler
Thomas Wheeler was born on 22nd May 1928 and was educated at St.Edward’s School, Oxford. He saw War Service as a commissioned officer in the Irish Guards and took a special shortened Honours B.A. at University College, Oxford in 1949-1950. He took a course at the College of Lasalle of Santander, Spain, during July-September, 1949.
He was appointed to a temporary post at Hackney Downs School from 12th February until 22nd March 1951, leaving to take a post with the Ilford Film Company.
168. William John Campbell Number duplicated
William Campbell was born on 5th January 1922. He attended the High School in Dunedin, New Zealand, followed by University in Otago where he graduated B.A. in 1946 (English, Maths, Psychology) and M.A. in 1948 (Psychology of Philosophy). He received a Diploma in Education from Otago University in 1948-1949 and again, from 1949-1950, from the Institute of Education in London.
He taught at Southlands District High School, New Zealand and was Head Master at Canterbury Primary School, N.Z. There followed some supply teaching in L.C.C. Schools culminating in a temporary appointment at Hackney Downs School, from 1st May 1951 until 31st August 1951. After this he returned to New Zealand.
169. Henry Malkin
Henry Malkin was born in 1920 and was appointed to Hackney Downs School for one term from 28th April until 31st August 1952 (in place of Mr. P.E.Coffin).
He had previously been attached to the Devonshire Education Committee Supply Department and had graduated B.Sc.Econ. (Economics, Economic History, Geography, British
Constitution) at London University in 1949. He received his Certificate of Teaching at the University College of the South-West in 1950.
170. Keith Harold Hatherly
Keith Hatherly was born in Australia on 10th April 1923. From 1928 until 1934 he attended the Gardiner Central School in Victoria, in 1935 the Adwalton Preparatory School, Victoria, and from 1936 until 1940 the Melbourne Grammar School, Victoria.
From 1941 he attended Trinity College, University of Melbourne but the record is silent on his war service. He graduated from the University with an Honours B.A. (Maths, Physics) in 1949 after teaching at the Metropolitan Business College, Sydney (from March to August, 1946) and the Crocker Coaching College, Sydney (August 1946 until March 1949).
He taught at Melbourne Grammar School from January 1950 until December 1951 when he came to England, taking a post at Acton Technical College from January until March 1951. He was appointed to Hackney Downs on 7th March 1952 and left on 31st August 1953.
171. Vernon Barkway Pye
Vernon Pye was born on 12th August 1900 and attended Keighley Grammar School from 1910 until 1913, King Edward VII Grammar School, King’s Lynn, from 1913 until 1916 and Lincoln School from 1916 until 1918. He attended University at Selwyn College, Cambridge from 1918 until 1922, graduating B.A. (Hons.) in 1921 (History), Ll.B. in 1922, and M.A. in 1925.
From 1st September 1922 until 31st August 1925 he taught at Bradford Grammar School. He held an appointment, briefly, at Clifton College, from May until August 1927 when he was appointed to The Nautical College, Pangbourne from September, 1927 until August 1929.
He then transferred to Portsmouth Grammar School with effect from September 1929, retaining this appointment until August 1946, apart from War Service from 1939 until 1945.
He returned to teaching at Central Foundation Boys’ School from 1st September 1946 until 31st August, 1952 when he took up his appointment as the Fifth Headmaster of Hackney Downs School. He retired on 31st August 1960 and died in 1989.
172. Albert Reginald Calland
Albert Calland was born on 20th April 1928 and was educated at Kirkham Grammar School, Lancashire from 1938 until 1945. He attended Birmingham University from 1945 until 1949, graduating B.A. (Hons.) in July 1948 in Geography (with History and Geology subsidiary), receiving his Certificate of Education at the Birmingham Institute of Education in 1949.
He commenced teaching at the City of Norwich School from September 1949 until August 1950, then Chorley Grammar School, Lancashire, from September, 1950 until August 1952.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st September 1952, leaving in August 1961 to take post as Head of the Geography Department at Eltham Green Comprehensive School.
173. Roy Sidney Dunning
Roy Dunning was born on 23rd October 1927 and educated at Wood End Park J.B. School in Hayes from 1933 until 1939, followed by Acton County School from 1939 until 1946.
He graduated B.A.Hons. (German with French subsidiary) from University College in 1951 after a four year course, and received a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education at the Institute of Education in 1952. He spent six weeks in Paris in 1946 and six months in Munich in 1950.
He started his teaching career at Hackney Downs School in 1952 and spent the academic year 1961/2 in France as an Exchange Teacher. Following this he took a second French Degree at Birkbeck in 1964.
174. Douglas Rackley Fry
Douglas Fry was born on 14th February 1914 and was educated at North Harringay School from 1919 until 1925. He attended the Stationers’ Company’s School, Hornsey from 1925 until 1930 and Hornsey School for Arts & Crafts part-time from 1930 until 1938 while he was employed in industry.
He was enrolled at Trent Park Emergency Training College from 28th January 1947 until 21st February 1948, finally obtaining his Intermediate Certificate in Arts and Crafts in 1950.
He taught at Albany Secondary Modern Boys’ School, Enfield from February, 1948 until August 1952 whilst simultaneously undertaking part-time work at the North London Literary Institute, North-East London Branch. He joined Hackney Downs School in September 1952.
175. Stanley Glenny
Stanley Glenny was born on 7th July 1926 and was educated at Clifton (Without) Elementary School, York, from 1933 until 1937. His secondary schooling was undertaken at Archbishop Holgate’s Grammar School, York, from 1937 until 1939 and Doncaster Grammar School from 1939 until 1944.
He taught first at Woodlands Secondary Modern School, Doncaster for six months and at Bentley Boys’ Secondary Modern School, Doncaster; both for short periods in 1948
He attended St.Cuthbert’s Society, Durham University, from 1948 until 1952, graduating in Latin and Music, and receiving his Diploma in Education in 1952. He joined the staff of Hackney Downs School in September 1952, leaving in August 1955 to take a post at Leek High School, Staffs.
He lived for some years in Windermere and died, after a protracted illness in 2000.
176. Malcolm Cyril Jacobs
Malcolm Jacobs was born on 12th May 1927 and attended Sigdon Road Junior School from 1931 until 1938. His secondary schooling was interrupted by the war but started at Hackney Downs (1938-1941) followed by the North East London Emergency School, Bethnal Green (1941-1945) and a second spell at Hackney Downs, from September, 1945 until February 1946.
He graduated B.Sc.Gen. in Botany, Zoology and Chemistry, from London University and received his Post-Graduate Diploma in Education at the Institute of education in July 1952.
He commenced teaching at Hackney Downs School in September 1952, becoming Head of Science in 1961 on the retirement of Charles Adrian Gee.
177. Alexander Charles Patrick
Alexander Gamble was born on 11th March 1921 and was educated at Mourne Graupe, Co. Down. from 1933 until 1934, followed by Marlborough College, 1934 until 1939. He went to Wadham College, Oxford in 1940-1941 and again, following War Service, from 1946 until 1948. He took a B.A. in 1945, graduating in History, took a second degree in English (B.A.Hons.). in 1948, becoming M.A. in 1952. He had completed the Department of Education Course in June 1950.
He had already taught at the College Moderne, Toulouse in 1948-1949, and had had three months teaching practice at Mercers’ School in 1950. His first full-time appointment was at Loughborough Grammar School from 1950 until 1952. He joined Hackney Downs School in January 1953 until August 1954, when he left to take an appointment at the Lycee Français in London.
178. Philip William Peter Browne
Philip Browne was born on 29th December 1926 and was educated at Reedham Council School from 1932 until 1937, followed by Great Yarmouth Grammar School from 1937 until 1944. He attended University College, Nottingham from 1944 until 1945 and Nottingham University from 1948 until 1951, followed by Trinity College, Dublin from 1951 until 1952.
He graduated B.Sc.(Hons), 1951 from Nottingham in Mathematics, Pure and Applied. He received a Higher Diploma in Education in 1952.
He took part-time employment in Crumlin Technical School, Dublin in the last quarter of 1952, joining Hackney Downs School for two terms in January 1953. On leaving he transferred to Pound Lane Secondary Modern School.
179 Anthony Erskine Money
Anthony Money was born on 25th July 1920. He was educated at Peterborough Lodge School, Hampstead, from 1927 until 1934 and Radley College, Berkshire, from 1934 until 1938. He graduated M.A. (Hons.) in History from Trinity College, Oxford in 1940.
He taught first at Haileybury & I.S. College, Hertfordshire, in the first half of 1950 and, from April 1951 until July 1952 at Rosenberg International College, St.Gall Switzerland. He joined Hackney Downs School in January 1953, leaving in March of that year to take a post Rossall School, from September, 1953 although his first destination was Paris, to prepare for the appointment.
180. Frederick William Chapman
Frederick Chapman was born on 17th January 1908. He was educated at Timaru Boys High School, New Zealand from 1922 until 1925 and at Canterbury College, University of New Zealand from March, 1927 until January, 1929 with further study extra-murally until 1941 (although the record shows that he also studied at Christchurch Teachers Training College from 1927 until 1929 gaining a New Zealand Teachers ‘C’ and ‘B’ Diploma) He graduated B.A. in History and Economics with further studies in English, French, Education and Philosophy
He commenced teaching in New Zealand in February 1929 holding various posts until he was appointed as Assistant Teacher at Timaru Technical College, the post lasting from April 1942 until January, 1953.
He took post at Hackney Downs in April 1953 and returned to New Zealand at the end of December in that year.
181. Francis Stuart Huss
Francis Huss was born on 3rd January 1917 and educated at Leyton County High School for Boys from 1928 until 1934.
He worked for his father’s import/export company from 1935 until 1938 which job entailed frequent visits to France and Germany. During World War 2 he served from 1942 until 1944 as an interpreter with the British Army in Algeria.
Following his war service he attended a training course at Trent Park Emergency Training College, qualifying in February 1948. He then took an extra-mural Degree course at Birkbeck College (from 1949 until 1952) graduating B.A. in French with Spanish subsidiary.
At this time he was teaching at Enfield Selective Central School (1948-1952) and at Theobalds Park Secondary Modern School (1952-1953).
He took post at Hackney Downs in September 1953 and left in July, 1958 to take a position at Harlow School, Essex.
182. Cecil Maurice Collins
Cecil Collins was born on 22nd February 1929 and was educated at Sir George Monoux Grammar School, Walthamstow, from 1940 until 1947. He attended King’s College, London, graduating B.Sc. in Pure and applied Maths with Physics, followed by a teaching course at the Institute of Education in 1952-1953.
He taught at Hackney Downs School from September until August 1954, leaving for a post at Regent Street Polytechnic.
183. David Heaton
David Heaton was born on 23rd August 1929 and educated at Brockenhurst County High School, Hampshire (Grammar) from September 1940 until July 1947. He attended the University of Southampton from October 1947 until July 1950 gaining a B.Sc. (Special) (London External) in Mathematics. From October 1952 he attended the University’s Department of Education, gaining his certificate in June 1953.
He taught at Hackney Downs School for just one year, from 1st September 1953 until 31st August, 1954.
184. John Kemp
John Kemp was born on 4th April 1929. He attended St.Michael’s Junior Mixed School (C. of E.) in London, N.22 from 1934 until 1940, then Trinity Grammar School, N.22 from 1940 until 1947.
He attended King’s College, University of London from 1947 until 1953 gaining an Honours B.A. in 1950, receiving his Post-Graduate Teaching Certificate in 1951 (having undertaken Teaching Practice at Owen’s School, E.C.1.), and becoming M.A. in December 1953. His subject was English.
John Kemp’s first teaching post was at Minchenden Grammar School, from September 1953 until December 1953.
He transferred to Hackney Downs School from January 1954 and stayed until his retirement in 1989, having become successively, Head of English (1956) and the seventh Headmaster in 1973.
185. Neil MacGregor
Neil MacGregor was born on 16th August 1926. He attended Gretna Township School (Primary) from 1931 until 1936, Springfield School (High Wycombe)(Primary) from 1936 until 1937, the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe from 1937 until 1939, and the Morgan Academy, Dundee (Scottish Secondary), from 1939 until 1943.
He attended University College, Dundee, from 1943 until 1945, studying Maths and Physics with subsidiary Chemistry and Applied Maths, gaining his B.Sc in 1945.
He served in the Royal Navy from July 1946 until 5th January 1954, attaining the rank of Instructor-Lieutenant, before joining Hackney Downs School on 11th January as an Assistant Master, teaching Physics. He left Hackney downs on 9th April 1954 to become assistant Radar Engineer at Decca Radar Company in Surbiton.
186. Walter David Thomas
Walter Thomas was born on 18th October 1909 and was educated at Hibernia school, Holyhead (Primary) from 1914 until 1919, then Trearddur House Preparatory School, Anglesey from 1919 until 1923. For five years, 1923 until 1928, he attended Wrekin College Public School, Wellington, Shropshire before taking a place at Brasenose College, Oxford where, in 1931, he obtained an Honours B.A. in Modern History.
He then taught for three years at the Cathedral School in Wells, Somerset before attending the Education Department of the University of Leeds, from 1934 until 1935, when he received his Diploma.
In 1936 he joined Haileybury College where he stayed for only one year. There is then a break in the record. Walter Thomas next appears for a short appointment in 1953 at William Penn Secondary School from October until December 1953 before joining Hackney Downs school in January, 1954, staying only until 23rd July of that year.
187. Robert Clive Champeney
Robert Champeney was born on 1st April 1928. He attended Lawrence House School, Winchmore Hill from September 1933 until July 1939. He was evacuated to Yorkshire for the duration of the Second World War and attended Giggleswick School from September 1939 until July 1946.
He went to Bristol University, obtaining a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics in 1949, followed by National Service. He qualified as a Teacher at Bristol in 1952. From September that year he
joined Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham Boys School, leaving in April 1954 to join Hackney Downs School.
He left in November 1960 to take post as Head of Department, Science, at Woodberry Down Comprehensive School.
188. Frederick Christopher Hayes
Frederick Hayes was born on 28th January 1918 He lived in Austria from 1918 until 1934 and was educated at a Grammar School in Vienna from 1924 until 1934 followed by two years at a school in St.Gallen, Switzerland. He was resident in Switzerland for two years and then moved to Prague where he attended University qualifying, in 1938, in Pure & applied Mathematics with Physics and Chemistry subsidiary.
On returning to the United Kingdom he was found unfit for military service and was sent as a teacher to Green’s College, Newcastle-on-Tyne, from October 1941 until May 1943. He then taught for seven months at Jarrow County Grammar School and on 1st January 1944 took post at Yardley Grammar School in Birmingham until August 1947. In September that year he transferred to Birmingham University (until October, 1950) and, from April 1951 until April, 1952 to the University Tutorial College. In April 1952 he moved to the North London Day College, staying there until 31st August 1954 when he moved once again, with effect from 1st September 1954 to Hackney Downs School. His appointment at H.D.S. last only until 5th April 1955 when an administrative ruling by the Ministry of Education found that he was not a Qualified Teacher which would have meant a great reduction in his salary, to avoid which, he returned to North London Day College.
189. Charles Douglas Juckes
Charles Juckes was born on 15th March 1929. He was a pupil at Marlborough College from October 1942 until June1947 followed by National Service until October 1949 when he went up to Pembroke College, Cambridge.
He gained an Honours Degree in History in 1952. He taught at the Lycee Jacques Decaux in Paris, from October, 1952 until July, 1953, then the Lycee Champollion, Grenoble until June, 1954.
He took post at Hackney Downs for one year only, 1st September 1954 until 31st August 1958 before transferring to a post at Cheltenham College Preparatory School.
190. Norman Allison Pass
Norman Pass was born on 19th April 1928. He attended Church Street School, Stoke Newington, from September 1932 until July 1939, then Dame Alice Owen’s School, Islington for one year, until September, 1940. He was evacuated to Yorkshire and attended Batley Grammar School for two years, until September 1942, when he returned to London attending the North London Emergency Secondary School (later William Ellis School) at Parliament Hill Fields until 1946.
From 13th April, 1947, until 30th April 1949 he carried out his National Service as a Ground Radar Mechanic, R.A.F. Rank A.C.1. His service was almost entirely spent on the instructional and maintenance staff of No.2 Radio School, R.A.F. Yatesbury.
On release from the R.A.F. he went up to Durham University (St. Cuthbert’s Society), and, in 1953, qualified B.Sc. in Mathematics with Physics subsidiary. In 1954 he gained an
education diploma at the University and, in September that year, he joined the staff of Hackney Downs School. He was a keen swimmer and had also gained an Advanced Level Teachers’ Certificate from the Amateur Swimming Association.
He left on 20th December 1957 to take post at a school in Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham
191. Richard Griffith Williams
Richard Williams was born on 2nd September 1924. He attended Oswestry Boys’ High School from September 1936 until December, 1942. From January, 1943 until June, 1953 he was attached to the Naval Division of Edinburgh University, seeing service between June 1943 and October, 1946 as S.A. in Royal Navy Ships and shore establishments.
He attended the University from 1946 until 1951 when he was appointed M.A., having majored in Philosophy with subsidiary History and Political Economy. He was also appointed Skirving Scholar in Moral Philosophy at the University in 1951. He took a PostGraduate Certificate in Education and a Diploma in Divinity at Westminster College in 1953.
He taught first at Orpington Crofton County Primary (Junior) School from September 1953 until August, 1954 when he was appointed to the staff of Hackney Downs School. His appointment lasted until July 1959 when he left to return to Training College.
192. James William Saunders
James Saunders was born on 28th July 1930. He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academic Institution from September 1943 until June, 1946 and Sale Grammar School for Boys from September, 1946 until July, 1949.
He went to Nottingham University from 1949 until 1953 gaining and Honours B.A. in Geography with subsidiary History and Economic History, followed by his Certificate of Teaching, in June 1954.
He taught at Hackney Downs School from September 1954 until December 1957. On leaving he transferred to Holgate School, Barnsley.
193. Graeme Molyneaux Holmes
Graeme Holmes was born on 13th February 1921 and attended Purley County Grammar School for Boys from 1931 until 1937. He attended King’s College, London from 1946 until 1950 with a break from June, 1940 until June 1946 when he saw service with the Royal Air Force.
On return from war service he completed his studies, gaining an Honours B.A. in History in 1949 and a Teachers’ Diploma in 1950.
He taught first at March Grammar School, Cambridge, from September 1950 until July 1952. From then until 1954 he taught at Barnsley & District Holgate Grammar School, Yorkshire. He was appointed to Hackney Downs School in January 1955 and remained until December 1956 when he left to undertake missionary work in Africa.
194. David Bryan Weston
David Weston was born on 5th February 1952. He was educated at the Church of England Schools in Earl Shilton, Leicestershire from 1937 until 1941, followed by Hinckley Grammar School until 1945 and Mill Hill School until 1950. He attended Nottingham University from 1950 until 1954 gaining an Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry, with subsidiary Physics and Mathematics followed by a Certificate in Education.
He taught first, for one term, at Wandsworth School followed by his appointment to Hackney Downs School in January 1955. He remained until August 1964 when he transferred to Hackney Technical College.
195. Edgar Thomas Abbott
Edgar Abbott was born on 20th July 1918. He was educated at Holborn Road Elementary School, Plaistow, E.13, from August 1922 until July, 1929 followed by Plaistow Grammar School until July, 1934.
There is a gap in the record until July 1941 when he is noted as serving with the R.A.F. He served in the United States of America from November 1941 until May, 1943 and remained in the Air Force until December, 1945 becoming a Pilot and achieving the rank of FlightLieutenant.
He attended Wandsworth Training College from January 1948 until February 1949, gaining a Ministry Teachers’ Certificate. He taught at Cassland Secondary (Selective Mixed) School from February 1949 until July 1955 but was released from September to December 1949 to attend a Ministry Course in Physical Education at Blackpool Technical College, becoming qualified to teach with full apparatus.
Among his qualifications, he gained a Speech Training Certificate, the amateur Swimming Association Teacher’s Certificate (Advanced), becoming an Examiner for the A.S.A. Teacher’s Certificate (Practical), an Examiner for the Royal Life Saving Society, holding the Lawn Tennis Association Coaching Certificate, being a Qualified Football Association Referee and holding a St. John’s First Aid Certificate.
He joined Hackney Downs School in September 1955 and left in December 1962 to take a post in Somerset.
196. Daniel Joseph Bradley
Daniel Bradley was born on 18th January 1928 in Londonderry. He was educated at Browof-the-Hill Primary and Technical Schools from 1933 until 1942 when he transferred to complete his education at St. Columbs College, Londonderry from 1942 until 1945.
He then enrolled at St. Mary’s Training College, Belfast and received a Ministry of Education for Northern Ireland Teachers’ Two-Year Certificate in 1947.
He commenced teaching at Long Tower Boys School, Londonderry, from September 1947 until September 1953. At the same time he enrolled as an External Student at London University and gained a B.Sc. in Mathematics in 1953.
His career in teaching took him, from September 1953 until August 1954 to St.Michael’s College, Hitchin. For the next year he was attached to the LCC Divisional Staff at Henry Compton Secondary Boys School, Childerley Street, London, S.W.6. and, in September 1955, joined the staff of Hackney Downs School. His appointment lasted until January 1956. In
1955 he had succeeded in Part 1 of the final examination for a B.Sc. in Physics at Birkbeck College.
197. David Arthur Evison
David Evison was born on 15th December 1926. He was educated at St.Saviour’s School, Hitchin (1932-1934), St. Mary’s School, Hitchin (1934-1937) and Hitchin Boys’ Grammar School (1937-1944). He went to University at St. Catharine’s Cambridge, reading German and French, and gaining an Honours B.A. in 1947, the University’s Certificate of Education (1950), following service in the R.A.F. (1947-1949) and becoming M.A. in 1954.
He taught first at Haberdasher’s Aske’s Boys School, New Cross from September 1950 until August 1955 when, in September of that year, he was appointed to Hackney Downs School.
During the reorganisation of the School as a Comprehensive the decision was taken to rename the Houses. The original Houses had been named after masters at the School; David became the first Housemaster of Evison House.
198. John Charles Laird
John Laird was born on 23rd July 1932 in Portsmouth. His primary education is listed as having taken place at “various primary schools” from 1937 until 1943, followed by secondary school at Portsmouth Grammar until 1950.
He attended Sheffield University obtaining an Honours B.A. in the Classics (Latin & Greek) with ancillary History and Biblical Studies (at intermediate) and Philosophy and Greek at finals. He became M.A. in 1954 and followed with a post-graduate certificate in education at King’s College London in 1955.
He commenced teaching in September 1955 at Hackney Downs School, leaving in July 1956 to attend Theological College, subsequently being ordained as a minister of religion.
199 Kenneth Ashe Payne
Kenneth Payne was born on 9th March 1925 in South Africa being educated at Durban High School until 1939 and at Torquay Grammar School from January, 1939 until April, 1940. His education continued by correspondence course and coaching with a Mr. A.L.D. Stimmer in Torquay, prior to two years (September, 1941 until July, 1943) at St.Olave’s Grammar School, which had been evacuated to Torquay.
He went up to King’s College, London, from October 1943 until June 1945, and was awarded his B.A. (Hons.) in Pure Maths, Applied Maths and Physics (with Radio – Physics and A.K.C. (Theology)) in June 1945.
King’s College arranged teaching practice for him at Selhurst Grammar School and he had been accepted by both the Institute of Education (London) and King’s College Education Department but attendance was prevented by his becoming attached to the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough from September 1945 until February 1946.
On release from National Service he taught, from March 1946 until April, 1951 at the Royal Warehousemen’s, Clerks and Drapers School, (Russell School), Ballards, Croydon. There followed a term (Jan-Mar, 1952) at Strand School, Brixton and one month (June – July 1955) at Holloway Grammar School.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st September 1955, became Head of Music in April, 1961 and left the School in May, 1964.
200 Sydney Percy Weekes
Sydney Weekes was born on 8th March 1955 and was educated at Haberdasher’s Aske’s School, Hatcham, from 1936 until 1939 and at the South-East London Emergency Secondary School, at Colfe’s Grammar School, Lewisham from April 1940 until August 1943.
He saw service in the Royal Air Force as a Navigator from August 1943 until July 1947 and then resumed his education at Imperial College of Science and Technology from 1947 until 1950 taking a Second Class B.Sc. Degree in Mathematics (and becoming A.R.C.S. at the same time). He qualified as a teacher at London University in 1950-1951.
He taught at Owen’s School from June, 1951 until 1953, King Alfred School, Plön, B.A.O.R. 6 Germany, (British Army of the Rhine), from June, 1953 until August, 155. He joined Hackney Downs School in September 1955 and left on 31st August, 1962 to take post as a senior Lecturer at Kingston-upon-Hull Technical. During his stay at H.D.S. Sydney Weekes lived in The Lodge.
201. Robert Bell (Divisional Staff)
Robert Bell was born on 6th October 1926. His secondary education took place at Holyhead Grammar School from 1938 until 1945. He served in the Royal Navy from March 1946 until August 1948 as a Writer and then as an Acting Leading Writer (Temporary) from November 1946 until August 1948.
He attended Queen Mary College from 1948 until 1952 being awarded an Honours B.A. in English in 1952.
He taught at Wellington Way Primary School, E.3. for one month (Mar-Apr. 1954) and at Marner Primary school, Devas Street, E.3 from April 1954 until August 1955 when he was appointed to Hackney Downs School, his appointment lasting until July 1956 when he left to take up a post at Buckhurst Hill County High School.
202 Henry Ernest William F Shepherd
Henry Shepherd was born on 28th April 1922. He attended William Street Elementary School, London W.14, from 1927 until 1934, West Kensington Central School until 1939 and Westminster City Secondary School until June 1941.
He attended the Royal College of Science from 1941until 1942 obtaining a special pass in Mathematics. He was then attached, from 1942 until 1946, as an Experimental Assistant at the Signals Research Development Establishment (Ministry of Supply), Christchurch, Hants.
His studies were resumed, from 1946 until 1948 when he attended University College, Southampton where he obtained a B.Sc. in Physics with Pure and Applied Maths.
He started work at E.M.I., Hayes (1948-1949), Redifon Ltd. (1951-1952), Johnson & Phillips (1953-1954) and M.O.Valve Company (1954-1956). His experience was wholly industrial when he was appointed for one term to Hackney Downs School in the first quarter of 1956.
203. Eric London
Eric London was born in Australia on 7th March 1922 and he was educated at Sydney Technical High School from 1934 until 1938 followed by a Teaching Course, during 1939 and 1940 resulting in the award of a Teachers Certificate.
He served in the Royal Australian Air Force from 1943 until 1945 (Flying Officer 433322), followed by Sydney University, from 1946 until 1951, where he obtained a B.A. in History with subsidiary subjects including Psychology, Maths, Education, Economics and Economic History.
He held numerous teaching appointments in Australia during the period 1941-1956. He served for one month only at Hackney Downs School, from March to April 1956.
204. Roger Adlam
Roger Adlam was born on 10th August 1924 and was educated at Blackmoor C of E School from 1929 until 1936, then Churchers College, Petersfield, from 1936 until 1943.
He served in the Royal Air Force from 1943 until 1947 (Acting Sergeant, 1945; Radar Branch and Education). He went to Bristol University from 1947 until 1951 graduating B.A. (Hons.) (English) in 1950 and a Teaching Certificate in 1951.
He taught first at Astor Avenue Secondary School, Dover from October to December 1951. He then taught at Letchworth Grammar School from September 1953 until December 1953, the High School for Boys, Wellesley Road, Colchester, from 1954 until 1956 when, in September of that year, he was appointed to Hackney Downs School.
205. Ronald David Leslie Bushell
Ronald Bushell was born on 3rd November 1927. He was educated at Seventh Avenue School, Enfield (later Bush Hill Park Primary School), from 1932 until 1939 and at Edmonton County School from 1939 until July, 1946.
He served in the Army from March 1947 until September 1953 holding a short service commission (for 4 years) in the Royal Signals, and later R.E.M.E., attaining the rank of Lieutenant (acting Captain). From January 1950 until August, 1953 he served in North-West Germany. During his service in the Army he also studied at Plymouth Technical College and became a graduate of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.
From 1953 until 1955 he studied at the South-West Essex Technical College, obtaining a Second Class Honours B.Sc. (General) Degree in Physics, Chemistry and Pure Maths in 1955, qualifying as a teacher, with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, at Westminster College, London in 1956.
He joined the staff of Hackney Downs School in September 1956, becoming Head of the Physics Department in November 1960. He resigned and left the school in 1960.
206. Dudley Mangles Cary Elwes
Dudley Elwes was born on 10th June 1919. He was educated at St.George’s School, Windsor from September 1928 until December 1933, and at Bedford School from 1934 until July, 1938.
He went up to Clare College, Cambridge in October 1938 but stayed only until June, 1939 when, upon the outbreak of war he was called to do National Service, serving with the Army from December, 1939 until April, 1946 and being posted overseas from May, 1942. On release from the army he resumed his academic studies at Clare College, graduating in 1948 with an Honours B.A. in Classics with subsidiary Philosophy.
He taught first at University College School, from 1948 until July 1951. He then transferred to Fourah Bay College (Durham University), Freetown, Sierra Leone where he taught from October, 1951 until May 1956.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st September 1956 and remained until August, 1962 when he left to take an appointment at the Douai School, Wolverhampton.
207. Kenneth McRobert Evans
Kenneth Evans was born in Australia on 29th July 1930 and was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne from February 1945 until December 1948. He studied at Melbourne University, qualifying with an Honours B.A. in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics in 1952, receiving a Diploma in Education in December 1952.
He taught first at Melbourne High School, South Yarra, Melbourne from February 1953 until December, 1955 when he left to come to England.
In England he taught first at Christopher Wren School, Kensington Church Street, from April to July 1956. He was appointed to Hackney Downs School from 1st September 1956, leaving to return to Australia on 20th December 1957.
208. Geoffrey Wallace Green
Geoffrey Green was born on 19th January 1931. He was educated from September 1941 until July, 1950 at The Kings School, Grantham. He went up to University College, London, studying Special Physics with Ancillary Mathematics and obtaining a B.Sc (Hons.) in 1953.
He carried out three years research in Atomic Physics and was due to submit his thesis at the end of 1956.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st September 1956. He remained for just one year, until July, 1957, when he left to pursue a career in Canada.
209 Leonard Chester Smith
Leonard Smith was born on 21st October 1917. He was educated at Shepshed Council School, Leicestershire from 1922 until 1928, then Loughborough Grammar School from 1928 until 1936.
From 1936 until 1939 he studied at Jesus College, Cambridge obtaining an Honours B.A. in History in 1939. From September that year he served in the Army, remaining in the service until May, 1947 with his final year being on secondment to the Malayan Civil Service.
On his return to civilian life he attended Cambridge University Department of Education, gaining a University Certificate of education in 1948.
He taught first at Holloway School, Hilldrop Road, N.7. from September, 1948 until December, 1956. In January 1957 he joined the staff of Hackney Downs School.
210 David Bruce Ogilvie
David Ogilvie was born on 14th October 1930. His secondary education took place at Hackney Downs School from September 1942 until July, 1949.
He was called to National Service and, in January 1950 was posted to the Highland Brigade Training Battalion at Inverness. Thereafter he served (from June, 1950) with the 1st Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) in Berlin as a Lance Corporal English Instructor in the Battalion Education Department, until his release in 1951.
He went up to St.Edmund Hall, Oxford obtaining, in 1954, an Honours B.A. in English Language and Literature. In 1952 he passed the Oxford University First Public Examinations in French and Spanish.
His first teaching assignment was in Scandinavia where he became Resident English Teacher of the Finnish-British Society of Lappeenranta, Finland from September 1954 until 31st May 1956.
He taught first at Northampton Secondary Technical School, London, E.C.1. for the winter term, 1956. In January, 1957 he was appointed to the staff of Hackney Downs School where he remained until his appointment to Training College in September 1965.
211. Adrian Max Michael Potter
212. Leonard Robert Edwards
Leonard Edwards was born on 20th January 1900.
He served with a number of East London Authorities beginning with West Ham in 1928-1947, Ilford, 1948-1951, East Ham 1952-1956. He joined the L.C.C. in January 1957 and in January the following year was appointed to Hackney Downs School where he remained until his retirement at the end of January 1965
213. Michael Brian Vaughan
Michael Vaughan was born on 20th October 1936. He attended the Bec School from 1947 until 1954 when he went up to Imperial College graduating B.Sc. Special in Mathematics (and becoming also A.R.C.S.) in 1957.
His teaching practice took place in the winter term of 1957 at Quintin School and, on 1st January, 1958 he was appointed to Hackney Downs School. He left on 26th July 1960 to take post at Sutton County Grammar School, Surrey.
214. George Carney
George Carney studied at Townsley Memorial School from 1926 until 1930, then Freshfield College from 1930 until 1934. For two years he studied at Burn Hall, Durham before becoming a student of Philosophy in Holland (1936-1939) followed by a Theology Course from 1939 until 1942. From 1942 until 1946 he studied at Christ’s College, Cambridge,
graduating B.A. Hons (Geographical Tripos) in 1945 and receiving his Certificate of Education in 1946.
He taught at the University College of East Africa, Kampala from 1946 until 1954 and was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st January 1958. His stay was of short duration and he left on 31st August 1958 to take up an appointment in the Bahamas.
215. Donald Charles Martin
Donald Martin was born on 19th January 1933. He was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham Boys’ School from 1945 until 1951, spent a year at Woolwich Polytechnic (10/51 – 6/52) before going up to Exeter University where he graduated B.Sc (Hons.) in Chemistry (with Pure Mathematics, Physics and science German) in 1957.
He taught first at North West Kent College of Technology, Dartford, as an Assistant Lecturer for one month prior to being appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st January 1958. He remained for one year, leaving on 31.12.58. on appointment to Roan School.
216. Evan Selwyn-Smith
Evan Selwyn-Smith was born on 20th December 1919. He was educated at Smethwick Technical College from 1932 until 1936 and, for three months only (1/46 – 3/46) at Cardiff University College. He attended the City of Birmingham Training College from 1946 until 1948 receiving his Teachers’ Certificate in 1948.
He taught first at Collycroft School, Bedworth (7/48 until 8/49) transferring to St. Monica’s School, Cardiff in September 1949. He remained in Cardiff until December 1950 and moved to Egerton School, Knutsford in January 1951. In September 1952 he took post at Southfields School, Gravesend remaining there until August 1955 when he again transferred, this time to Cray Valley Technical High School. He moved, yet again, to Alexandra County School, wherehis appointment ran from September to December 1957.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st January 1958 and left on 2nd April 1958.
217. John William Bradly
John Bradly was born on 21st November 1934. He was educated at Eltham School (Public School) from 1944 until 1953 when he went up to Queen Mary College, graduating in Mathematics in 1956.
He appears not to have held teaching posts prior to his appointment to Hackney Downs on 23rd April 1958. He left HDS on 23rd July 1959 on transfer to Tottenham Grammar School.
218. James Anthony Stuart Dossett
James Dossett was born on 19th May 1933. He was educated at St.Bede’s Grammar School, Bradford from 1944 until 1952, and at the University of Sheffield where he graduated in Mathematics, with subsidiary Physics and Geology, in 1955. He received a Diploma in Education from Sheffield University in 1956 and a Certificate from the University’s Institute of Education in the same year.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st September 1958 and left on 26th July, 1960 to take a position at Hornchurch Grammar School, Essex.
219. David John Edwards
David Edwards was born on 26th June 1933. He was educated at St.Olave’s and St. Saviour’s Grammar School, S.E.1. from 1944 until 1951 and attended King’s College, London from 1951 until 1955 graduating B.A. (Hons.) in French with German subsidiary, receiving a postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University in the same year.
He trained also at Strasbourg University from April to July, 1951 and, during National Service, had been posted to Kiel (Germany) from November 1956 until June 1957.
He taught first at St. Francis’ Primary School (6/57 – 10/57). then Durham Hill School, Bromley (10/57 – 12/57) followed by two terms (1/58 – 7/58) at Chiswick County Grammar School before taking post at Hackney Downs School. He remained until August 1962 when he left to take a position as Lecturer at Crawley Technical College.
220. Ormond Leyton Uren
Ormond Uren, aged 24.
Ormond Uren was born in Boulder, Western Australia, the son of a Presbyterian Minister and the family moved frequently as a result. They lived in Victoria, Dunblane in Scotland and Hayle in Cornwall. Ormond Uren’s date of birth has not been recorded but appears to have been in 1919. At the age of 11, he attended Ackworth School (a leading Quaker Boarding School), near Pontefract, Yorks. (from 1930 until 1934) followed by George Watson’s Academy (another private School), Edinburgh from 1934 until 1936. He attended Edinburgh University, in 1936-1939 and 1948-1950. He graduated M.A. Honours in French with subsidiary Spanish. He lived in France during 1948-1949 and 1950-1952. At the age of 18 he had an affair with a Hungarian Countess, spending a year with her on her estate and picking up fluent Hungarian. When war broke out in 1939 he enlisted and was soon commissioned – as a Captain in the Highland Light Infantry. His knowledge of Hungarian brought him to the attention of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) into whose Hungarian Section he was recruited. As with many others at the time, Ormond was interested in the Communist Party, where contact with a Soviet Agent (Douglas Springhall) lead him to betray some minor organisational secret (although he later resigned his membership of the Communist Party, along with many others, in protest at the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary). He was arrested in June 1943, court-martialled , cashiered and sentenced to seven years, penal servitude, but seems to have served only four or five (among inmates with him were Ivor Novello and William Douglas-Home!). His arrest came four days before an operation in which he was to have been parachuted into Hungary to make contact with the opposition, though he thought the exercise was probably doomed anyway. His arrest, however, placed him on a British Government blacklist which closed off access to what had been set to be a brilliant academic career
By 1949, following release from prison, he went to live with Rose Goldblum* in Paris (they had met when she was visiting a friend in Edinburgh), but returned for university terms. They were married in Paris in the same year. He engaged in sundry interpreting jobs in Paris, including for the World Federation of Trade Unions which was based in the “red suburbs” of Nanterre. The blacklist found him and he was summarily deported to England in 1952. Rose was qualified as a dentist and also moved to London. His nephew described subsequent teaching jobs as unsatisfying. He taught first at Arnold House Preparatory school from 1952 until 1955, Hackney Free & Parochial School from 1955 until 1958 and was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st September, 1958. At Hackney Downs he caused quite a stir tall, dashing and driving a Jaguar XK140 which made him the envy of many a would-be James Bond among the boys, and even of the Head of Department ‘Kit’ Corner. Although the details of the termination of his army career had been kept confidential, something of an air of mystery attached to him whilst he was at Hackney Downs and caused much gossip among his charges. As part of his teaching he would use popular songs by Georges Brassens – some even a little risqué – many remembered to this day by his pupils! He left teaching in August 1964 to take a Linguistics Course at Birkbeck College, London University, where he subsequently became a part-time lecturer in the French language until his retirement in 1983. He was a well-respected member of the department. He remained active, however, and published a paper entitled “Declarative, interrogative and imperative, in French” (with a colleague, Rodney Huddlestone) with his address as The University of Reading, in 2002. Fluent in four languages (French, Spanish, Russian and Hungarian), and a voracious reader, Ormond continued to practise yoga and to ski into his 80s (finally giving up at the age of 84). He was also a classical guitarist and loved tango music. His death, at the age of 95, was reported in July 2015. Both Ormond and his wife had had their lives blighted by being caught up in politics and world events, but had nonetheless later become successful in their respective fields.
* Rose Goldblum had escaped Nazi persecution during World War Two by riding her motorbike across the Pyrenees to Spain, later returning to France and joining the Resistance. She died in 2005, predeceasing Ormond by ten years.
This article was prepared using School records, published obituaries, and the book “The House of Twenty Thousand Books” by Sasha Abramsky, and other published sources.
221. Leon Bremner Piper
Leon Piper was born in New Zealand on 22nd July 1924. He was educated at Hutt Valley High School until 1937 and Auckland Grammar School from 1938 until 1939. He transferred to Hutt Valley Memorial Technical College for 1940-1941.
His education is presumed to have been interrupted by National Service but he is recorded as having graduated B.Sc. from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand in 1950, his subjects being Chemistry, Pure Mathematics, Physics and Biology. He gained a Teachers’ Certificate from Wellington Teachers Training College in 1951.
He taught at Northland Primary School (N.Z.) during 1951 and at the New Zealand College of Pharmacy (1952-1953). He held positions at Whakatane High School (1954-1955), Wellington College (1956) and Wellington Technical College (1957) before coming to England
He was posted to Walworth County Secondary School in September 1957, remaining there until July, 1958 when he was appointed (with effect from 9.9.58.) to Hackney Downs School. He left on 23rd July 1959 to return to New Zealand.
222. Ian Victor Sage
Ian Sage was born on 10th November 1931. He was educated at Christchurch West High School (N.Z.) from 1945 until December 1947, and Wairarapa College (Multilateral State Secondary Schools (from 2/48 until 12/48). He attended Canterbury University College (N.Z. from 1950 until 1954 graduating B.A. in Geography, with History and Maths (in 1952), M.A. in Geography (in 1954). He attended a 1 year Graduate Course at Christchurch Teachers Training College in 1954 followed by 1 year’s probationary teaching, becoming Certificated by the N.Z. Secondary Teaching Service in December 1955.
He taught first at Taumarumui High School, New Zealand, from February 1955 until August, 1957 when he undertook further study at the University of Wisconsin Graduate School, until 1958.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 7th January 1959, leaving in July that year to return to New Zealand.
223. Denis Albert William King
Denis King was born on 12th September 1935. He was educated at Ystalyfera Grammar School, Swansea, from September 1946 until December 1954, and Neath Grammar School from January, 1955 until July, 1955. He attended Manchester University from 1955 until 1958, graduating B.Sc. in Physics and Maths (with Geology) in June 1958.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 7th January 1959 and left on 23rd July 1959.
224. William Montgomerie Lamont
William Lamont was born on 2nd February 1934 and was educated at Priestmead School from September1945 until July, 1952 when he went up to Queen Mary College graduating B.A. Hons. (History) in 1955. He took a Post-graduate Certificate in Education at the Institute of Education (London University) (with Distinction in Theory) in 1956.
He taught first at St.Paul’s School, London in September 1956, remaining until December 1956, and again from May 1958 until July 1958. A portion of his service was part-time.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School from 1st September 1959 and remained until August 1963, leaving to take an appointment as a Lecturer at Aberdeen Training College.
225. Eric McDonald
Eric McDonald was born on 29th February 1936. He attended Rainford C.of E. School, Lancashire, from April 1941 until July 1947, and Upholland Grammar School, Wigan from September 1947 until July, 1955 when he went up to Kings College, London. He graduated B.Sc. (Hons.) in Chemistry, with subsidiary Physics, Mathematics, Biology and German, in 1958. He became qualified as a teacher at the Institute of Education, London University in 1959.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School in September 1959 and left on 31st August 1967 to take post as Head of Department at Myers Grove Comprehensive School, Sheffield.
226. Stuart Theodore Parker
Stuart Parker was born on 8th June 1929. He attended King Edward Vi Grammar School, Aston, Birmingham, from September, 1941 until July, 1944 then Dudley Grammar School (Sept.1944– July 1945), Audenshaw Grammar School (Sept.1945 – Nov.1946) and Devonport High School (Nov. 1946 – July 1947). He went up to University College, London in 1947 and graduated B.Sc., in Mathematics, in 1950.
He taught at Highbury School from April until July 1959 and was appointed to Hackney Downs School with effect from September 1959, remaining until August 1962 when he left to take a position as an Assistant Master at Grange Hill Grammar School, Edgware.
227. Anthony Norman Wibberley
Anthony Wibberley was born on 13th April 1936. He was educated at Mellor Street Primary School, Leicester from 1942 until 1947 and the City of Leicester Boys School from 1947 until 1955. He attended Kings College, London, from October 1955 until June 1958, graduating B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geography with subsidiary Geology and Biology. He took his teaching certificate at the Institute of Education (London University) in 1959 and was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st September 1959.
He remained at Hackney Downs until August 1969, leaving to take a position as Head of Department at Plymouth Secondary School.
228. John Robert Ilson
John Ilson was born on 27th October 1937 and was educated at Larkfield Primary School from 1942 until 1948, Snodland County Secondary School from 1948 until 1950, Maidstone County Technical School from 1950 until 1954 and Maidstone Grammar School from 1954 until 1956. He attended the University of Leeds from 1956 until 1959, graduating B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics, with subsidiary Physics, in 1959.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School on 1st September 1959 and left on 31st August 1961 to attend Theological Training (C.of E.).
229. Alexander Ernest Williams
Alexander Williams was born on 8th July 1914. He was educated at Kingston Grammar School from 1924 until 1932.
He was a graduate of both Cambridge and Oxford Universities. From 1932 until 1935 he attended Fitzwilliam House, Cambridge, graduating B.A. (Hons.) in 1935 (Classical Tripos Parts I and II) and his M.A. followed in 1946. At Oxford he attended the Honour School of Theology at St. Catherine’s Society from 1935 until 1937.
He saw service with the Royal Air Force (Leading Aircraftman Williams).
He was an Assistant Master at St.Olave’s Grammar School from 1946 until 1956 and Head of Archbishop Temple’s School, Lambeth from 1957 until 1960 when he was appointed as the Sixth Headmaster of Hackney Downs School.
230. Stanley James Gunter
Stanley Gunter was born on 10th November 1930. He attended William Morris Technical School form 1942 until 1946 and Sir George Monoux Grammar School from 1946 until 1947.
He served in the Royal Navy during 1949 and 1950. He trained as teacher at Newland Park College, receiving his Diploma in July 1956 and at the Carnegie College of Physical education where he received his Diploma in 1957.
From 1957 until 1960 he was Head of P.E. at George Mitchell School, Leyton and was appointed to Hackney Downs School in September 1960.
231. Ronald Conrad Fairchild
Ronald Fairchild was born on 7th November 1931. He attended Trinity Grammar School from 1943 until 1950 and Battersea Polytechnic from 1950 until 1953. He graduated B.Sc. (Hons.) in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics. And undertook a postGraduate course at the Institute of Education, receiving his Certificate in 1956.
He taught at Woodhouse Grammar School from 1956 until 1960 and was appointed to Hackney Downs School in from 1st September 1960. He left on 31st August 1968 to take a position at Cheshunt Grammar School. 232. Peter John Dossor
Peter Dossor was born on 3rd June 1937. He was educated at St.Patrick’s College, Silverstream, Wellington, New Zealand from 1951 until 1955 and at Canterbury University, New Zealand from 1955 until 1960. He took Maths and Physics, with Law but there is no record of his degree.
From 1955 until 1958 he was a part-time Territorial soldier in 5 Independent Field Squadron, New Zealand Army, where he attained the rank of second Lieutenant.
Despite his apparent lack of qualifications and training in teaching, he was appointed as a visiting teacher from 1st September 1960 and remained until July 1962 when he left to return to New Zealand.
233. Alan James Reader
Alan Reader was born on 6th March 1935. He was educated at Wisbech Grammar School from 1940 until 1948 and at Highgate School from 1948 until 1954.
He went up to Magdalene College, Cambridge from 1954 until 1958, graduating B.A. (Hons.) in June 1957 taking Physics, Chemistry, Geology and Maths, and in 1958 obtaining his Certificate in Education in 1958.
He undertook National Service as a Conscientious Objector in a Hospital from September 1958 until November, 1960 before being appointed to Hackney Downs School with effect from 15th April, 1960, leaving in July 1961 to take up an appointment in Africa.
234. Roland Kelk Harris
Roland Harris was born in Australia on 9th October 1935. He attended Canberra Grammar School, Canberra A.C.T., from 1945 until 1952 and St.Paul’s College, University of Sydney from 1953 until 1956.
He graduated B.Sc. (Hons.) in 1956, his subjects being Mathematics and Physics.
He taught first at The King’s School, Parramatta, New South Wales, from 1958 until December 1959, then at John Howard School, Laura Place, London, from March until July, 1960. He was appointed to Hackney Downs with effect from 19th October 1960.
235. Eugene Frederick Chee
Eugene Chee was born in the U.S.A. on 9th May 1928. He attended Berbice High School from 1944 until 1949 and the University of Dayton (Ohio) from 1951 until 1955, graduating B.Sc. in 1955, his subjects being Physics and Maths.
His first post in England was St. Katharine’s C.E. School, N.18 from September 1959 until 1961. He was appointed to Hackney Downs School from 1961 until 1963 when he left to take a post in Canada.
236. Donald Filby Clark
Donald Clark was born on 10th March 1936 and was educated at Bancroft’s School, Woodford Green from September 1947 until July 1954. He attended Chelsea College of Science and Technology qualifying B.Sc. (Hons.) in Zoology and Botany with Subsidiary Chemistry. He taught first at Ilford County High School for Boys, Barkingside, from September 1959 until July, 1961.
He joined the staff of Hackney Downs School in September 1961 and left in August 1965.
237. Derek David Harris
Derek Harris was born on 3rd February 1930 and was educated, from October 1943 until July 1950 at Highbury School, his previous schooling, under wartime conditions, having taken place at a number of different schools.
His National Service, from 1950 until 1952, was undertaken in the Army. He attended Goldsmiths’ College from 1952 until 1956. Whilst details of any degree are not available he was awarded a Certificate in Education covering Maths and Physics. From 1960 he undertook further training through Birkbeck College.
He taught first at Holloway School, from 1956 until 1961 before joining Hackney Downs on 1st September 1961.
He taught Science at HDS from 1961 to 1972.
238. George Alistair Beldam
George Beldam was born on 24th March 1930. He was educated at Edgeborough Preparatory School from 1939 until 1943 and at St. Edward’s School, Oxford from 1943 until 1948, followed by Guildford County Technical College from 1950 until 1952.
He spent two years in Eritrea during his National Service with the Army where he started with the Royal Hampshire’s (1948, Junior Leadership Course, Coldstream Guards) and (19481950) with the Royal Berkshire’s, Signals.
From 1952 until 1956 he studied at University College London, qualifying B.A. (Hons.) in German and French, subsequently being awarded his teaching certificate by the London Institute of education in 1957 (with teaching practice at Hackney Downs).
During his University training he stayed in Germany, from October 1954 until June 1955, teaching at the Melanchthon-Schule, Steinatal ü. Treysa, Hessen, Germany.
On qualifying he taught first at the Christopher Wren School, Shepherd’s Bush (1957-1960), for one term at Tulse Hill School and two terms at Battersea County School before joining Hackney Downs School in September 1961, staying until September 1962.
239. John Bernard Francis McWilliams
John Mc Williams was born on 20th September 1918. He was educated in New Zealand at the Marist Brothers School, Wellington, from 1925 until 1931and at St. Patrick’s College, Wellington, from 1932 until 1935.
He studied at Victoria University of Wellington from 1937 until 1939 and was awarded a Wellington Teachers’ Training College Certificate in 1938. He held a number of Primary School teaching positions in New Zealand during 1939 and 1940.
His progress was interrupted by the Second World War, during which he undertook National Service in 1940 and 1941 followed by Overseas Service “2 N.Z.E.F.I.P” in the Solomon Islands from 1941 until 1944.
He returned to Primary teaching in New Zealand between 1944 and 1948 at the same time continuing work for his degree, becoming M.A. (Geography) in 1948 and qualifying subsequently as Dip.Ed. in History (1954).
From 1949 until 1957 he taught at Hutt Valley High School, New Zealand, from 1949 until 1957 coming to England in that year. He taught for at Palmers Grammar School, Grays, Essex, from 1957 until 1958.
In the years 1959 and 1960 he lectured in Geography at the Pius XII University College, Roina, Basutoland working at B.Sc. and B.A. level with the University of South Africa. At the same time he undertook individual research, which lead to the writing of three articles (which were awaiting publication at the time of his application to join the staff of H.D.S.) on the topic: “Pleistocene Chronology in South Africa and the Dating of the Australopithecinae”. When he applied to join Hackney Downs School he was then also studying for a Ph. D. at Birkbeck College on “The Political Geography of South Africa.
His service at H.D.S. was from July1961 until August 1962.
240. Ronald Gowing
Ronald Gowing was born on 8th June 1921. He was educated at The Central School, Cambridge from 1931 until 1936.
He came to teaching after the War in which he served as a Sergeant in the Royal Corps of Signals (1941-1945) and the Education Corps (1945-1946), serving in Europe and the Middle East.
He qualified as a teacher at the Gaddesden Training College in July 1949 having already taught at Millfields Primary School (1946-1947) and Upton House (1947-1948).
He taught at Daubeney Primary School from 1949 until 1952 during which time he qualified B.Sc. in Pure and Applied Maths and Geography (1951). From 1952 until 1962 he taught at Owens School, qualifying B.Sc. (special) in Mathematics in 1956.
He joined the staff of Hackney Downs School in September 1962 staying until 1969 when he left on appointment to Avery Hill College of Education.
Ron Gowing died in early October, 2014.
241. Brian Gee
Brian Gee was born on 19th December 1939. He was educated at Leeds Central High School from 1951 until 1958. He attended Goldsmiths’ College from 1958 until 1962 qualifying B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics and Physics, with ancillary Chemistry, in 1962, in which year he was also awarded his Teaching Certificate.
He taught at Hackney Downs School from 1962 until 1968.
242. Colin Harris
Colin Harris was born on 6th April 1937. He was educated at Dr. Bell’s Primary school, Bristol from 1944 until 1948 and at Cotham Grammar School, Bristol from 1948 until 1956. He attended Bristol University from 1956 until 1959 qualifying B.A. (Hons.) in Geography and receiving his Certificate in Education in July 1960 (this latter receiving the comment that his teaching practice was outstanding.).
His teaching practice took place at Yeovil School from January until April 1960 and on qualifying he took post at Shoreditch School, Falkirk Street, N.1. from June, 1960 until July, 1964.
He taught at Hackney Downs School from September 1962 until August 1964 when he left to take a post in Ghana.
243. Michael Robert Lake
Michael Lake was born on 26th December 1936. He was educated at Thatcham Council School from 1943 until 1948 and at St.Bartholomews’ Grammar School, Newbury from 1948 until 1956. He attended Reading University from 1956 until 1959, reading Classics, qualifying B.A. (Hons.) in 1959. He received his Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the Institute of Education at London University.
He taught at Hackney Downs School from 1962 until December 1968 when he left to take post as an Educational Psychologist.
244. Alan Philip Cullen
Alan Cullen was born on 24th June 1939 and was educated at Hackney Downs from 1949 until 1956. He attended University College, London, reading French with subsidiary Italian, and qualifying B.A. (Hons.) in 1959.
He attended the University of Paris in for one term in 1957, and taught for one year as an Assistant at the Collège d’Annemasse in the Haute-Savoie, France from 1959 until 1960.
He was appointed to a temporary post at Henry Thornton Grammar School, Clapham, from 1961 until 1962 and joined Hackney Downs School in September 1962.
From September 1968 until July 1969 he undertook a Russian Language Course.
245. Harry Nigel Saint (4 days week)
Harry Saint was born on 19th July 1928. He was educated at Ingram Road Infants School, Thornton Heath, from 1933 until 1936 and at Beulah Road Junior School from 1936 until 1939. His Secondary schooling was disrupted by evacuation measures during World War 2 and he attended successively John Ruskin School, Croydon (1939-1944), Selhurst Grammar School, Croydon (1944-1945) and Weymouth Grammar School (1945-1946).
He studied Physics, Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at Exeter University from 1946 until 1948 qualifying B.Sc.
From 1951 until 1954 and again from 1955 until 1957 he attended the Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto, Canada. From 1957 until 1962 he worked for Rolls-Royce.
He was appointed to Hackney Downs School in September 1962, leaving in August 1963 to return to industry and appointment in Canada.
246. Edward Aaron Alexander Bullmore
Edward Bullmore was born on 6th July 1933. He was educated in New Zealand, first at Balfour Primary School (1938-1946), then at Christchurch Boys High School (1947-1950).
He attended Canterbury University College of Fine Art from 1951 until 1955, graduating with a Fine Arts Diploma in 1954 and an Honours Diploma in 1955, the subjects covered being Life Painting, Figure Composition and Life Drawing. He undertook a Post-Graduate Teachers Training Course in Auckland in 1956. He underwent compulsory military training in New Zealand, between 1952 and 1956.
His first teaching appointment was at Tauranga Boys College from February 1957 until July, 1959 and he came to England in 1960. At some stage he completed a 6 months stay in Italy.
In England he taught first at Sidcup School of Art (from September 1961) and Sutton and Cheam School of Art (from September, 1962), taking up a part-time appointment at Hackney Downs School from 1962 until July 1964.
247. Bruce William Crisp
Bruce Crisp was born on 7th June 1934 and he was educated at Bishop’s Stortford College from September 1945 until December 1952.
From 1953 until 1955 he undertook National service in the R.A.F. as a Senior Aircraftman Clerk.
He attended Queen’s College, Cambridge from 1955 until 1958, studying French and German, graduating B.A. (Hons.) in June 1958 and becoming M.A.(Hons.) in February, 1962. He taught at Hackney Downs School in a part-time and full-time, but temporary, capacity during 1963 and 1964.
248. Brian Eurus Richardson
Brian Richardson was born in New Zealand on 23rd October 1937. He was educated at Marist Brothers School, Timaru, from February 1942 until December, 1949 and at St.Patrick’s High School, Timaru, from 1950 until 1953.
From 1956 until 1958 he attended the University of Otago, Dunedin, N.Z. graduating with a Diploma in Physical Education. In 1959 he qualified as a Teacher following further training in Christchurch Teachers Training College.
For most of 1960 he taught P.E. and English at Hamilton Boys High School in New Zealand and was a Social Group Worker attached to the Kensington Youth Centre in Dunedin during 1961. In March and April 1962, on coming to Britain, he taught P.E. at Sir John Marshall Secondary School, Glasgow. In the period October to December 1962 he taught at Tripton’s County Secondary School for Boys, Dagenham before being appointed to a temporary position at Hackney Downs School from January until August 1963. He is thought to have moved to a post in Henley-in-Arden on leaving Hackney Downs.
249. Alan Halibard
Alan Halibard was born on 28th December 1938 and was educated at Avigdor Secondary School from 1950 until 1956. He attended Sir John Cass College from 1960 until 1963, graduating B.Sc. (Special) in Mathematics in 1963.
He joined the staff of Hackney Downs School in September 1963 and left in August 1966 to take up an appointment in Technical College.
250. Gerald Watson Crompton
Gerald Crompton was born on 12th April 1941 and was educated first at Plodder Lane county Primary School from 1945 until 1951 and at Secondary School in Bolton from 1951 until 1959. He studied History at Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1959 until 1962, receiving his Certificate in Education in June 1963.
He taught at Hackney Downs for one year only, September 1963 until August 1964, before returning to Cambridge to undertake History Research.
251 Peter Alfred Chatwin
Peter Chatwin was born on 24th October 1941 and was educated at Hardwick School, derby, from 1949 until 1953, and at Derby Grammar School from 1953 until 1960.
He trained at Borough Road College, Isleworth, from 1960 until 1963 achieving his Teacher’s Certificate in Physical Education together with certification in History.
His other qualification included M.C.C. Young Cricket Coach; F.A. Referee; A.A.A. Coach, R.L.S.S. Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Award of Merit and Instructor; A.S.A. Personal Survival (Gold); A.S.A. Teachers (Practical); E.T.T.A. County Umpire; Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Gold) and Derbyshire Table Tennis Badge.
He joined Hackney Downs in September 1963.
252. Vidya Sagar Sehgal
Vidya Sehgal was born on 3rd August 1931. He was educated from 1942 until 1945 at the D.A.V. High School in Shahpur City, West Pakistan, and from October 1945 until March 1946 at the Government High School at Bhakkar, West Pakistan.
His tertiary education took place at a number of establishments: Government College, Tyalpur (until July, 1947); Government College, Hoshiapur, India (until November, 1948); Ahu College, Rewari, India (until April 1950); P.U. Camp College, New Delhi (until April, 1952). He graduated B.A. (English, Maths. Urdu) in 1950; M.A. (Maths, Applied Maths, Pure Maths with Statistics) in 1952; and B.Ed, from Delhi University in 1954.
He held five teaching appointments in New Delhi from 1952 until 1958. On coming to Britain he studied for, and obtained, his Certificate in Education at the Institute of Education London University, before taking an appointment at Brixton School of Building for two months in 1963. He joined the staff of Hackney Downs on a part-time basis in July 1963, becoming full-time in September 1966.
253. Peter Charlton
Peter Charlton was born on 23rd March 1935. He was educated at Balby Primary School, Doncaster, from 1940 until 1946, and at Doncaster Grammar School, from 1946 until 1951.
He undertook National Service in the Army from 1953 until 1955, (Army Number S/22922067) in the R.A.S.C., attached to H.Q. Allied Land Forces Central Europe.
He studied at Trinity College of Music, London University and at the Institute of Education, from 1957 until 1961, graduating (G.T.C.L.) in 1960, subsequently becoming L.T.C.L. (Licentiate) and L.R.A.M. (associate of the Royal College of Organists.
He taught first at Mount Grace School, Potters Bar, from 1961 until 1964, before being appointed to Hackney Downs School in September 1964, leaving in August 1968.
254. Peter Henry Orrell Snow
Peter Snow was born in 1941. He attended University College, London, from 1960 until 1963 graduating B.Sc. (Hons.) in German (with subsidiary French) in 1963. He undertook language courses in Salzburg (1958), Nice (1959), Geneva (1960) and at Vienna University (1961).
He taught first at Central Foundation Boys’ School from October 1963 until July 1964. He was appointed to a temporary position at Hackney Downs School in September 1964 but left in December 1964, having decided to abandon teaching as a career.
255. Roger Charles Symons
Roger Symons was born on 29th November 1935. He attended Beverley Road Infants (W.4) from 1941 until 1943, Hogarth Junior School from 1943 until 1946 and Chiswick Grammar School from 1946 until 1954. He went up to St.John’s College Cambridge reading History, graduating B.A. (Hons.) in 1957.
He undertook his National Service in the Royal Signals from November 1957 until September 1959 and followed this by two years residence in Hong Kong before training as a teacher at Avery Hill Training College, receiving his certificate in 1964, following teaching experience at Greenholme J.I. School in Birmingham.
He commenced teaching at Hackney Downs School in 1964.
256. John Luigi McLaren
John McLaren was born on 25th February. He attended Kingsgate Road Junior School from 1942 until 1947 and Harben Secondary School (N.W.6.) from 1948 until 1952.
He studied at the Camberwell School of Art from 1960 until 1964 graduating with a National Diploma of Design following a course in Painting and Fabric Printing.
He taught at Addison Evening Institute (attached to Wormwood Scrubs Prison) and maintained this connection concurrently with his appointment to Hackney Downs School from September, 1964 for four days weekly, reduced to 2 days weekly from September, 1970
257. Brian Caton Brian Caton was born on 5th July 1938. He was educated at Great Yarmouth Grammar School from September 1949 until June 1956. He then undertook his National Service in the R.A.F. until 1958.
He went up to University College (London) from 1958 until 1963 reading Geography (with subsidiary Geology) graduating B.A. (Hons.) in 1961 and becoming M.A. in 1964 when he also became certificated as a teacher.
He joined the staff of Hackney Downs School in September 1964, leaving in 1968 to take a post at Birmingham College of Education.
258. Alan John Sprunt
Alan Sprunt was born on 22nd January 1935. He was educated at Purbrook Park County Grammar School from 1946 until 1954.
In 1954 he undertook National Service in the R.A.F. as a Ground Wireless Fitter (J/T) before attending the College of St.Mark and St.John, Chelsea, qualifying as a teacher in 1960. Following a further one year course at The Polytechnic, Regent Street he graduated B.Sc. (Hons.) in 1963 in Zoology with subsidiary Chemistry.
At the same time he had commenced teaching at Sir Thomas Abney J.M. School (from 1960 until 1964) before joining the staff of Hackney Downs School in September 1964, leaving in December, 1966 to take a post at Southampton Technical College.
259 Pierre Regnard
Pierre Regnard was born on 18th August 1938. He was educated at the Collège Moderne to Nancy from 1950 until 1954 and at the Ecole Normale d’Institutions de Nancy from 1954 until 1959.
He then attended the Faculte des Lettres de Nancy from 1959 until 1962. Following his baccalaureat he obtained a number of French qualifications and included a year (1961-1962) at Hackney Downs School as French Assistant. He returned as a visiting teacher between September 1964 and July 1965.
260 Maurice Clement Elston
Maurice Elston was born on 28th March 1930 and was educated at Battersea Grammar School from 1942 until 1947 and at University College School from 1947 until 1949.
He then undertook National Service, becoming a Corporal in the Rifle Brigade. On release in 1951 he went up to University College, London, graduating B.A. in 1954, having read French with Italian subsidiary.
He taught first at Strode’s School (for nine months in 1957), for two terms at Holloway School and for two years at the European Educational Centre. For two years he taught at Emmanuel School before joining the staff of Hackney Downs School in January 1965.
261 Geoffrey William Johnson
Geoffrey Johnson was born on 10th August 1922. He was educated at The Durham Hill School, Bromley, Kent from 1933 until 1936. He undertook National Service in the R.A.F. from 1946 until 1948 and then undertook a course at Shoreditch College culminating in the award of a Teacher’s Certificate in Metalwork (First Class) in 1951.
He taught at Page Green Secondary Modern School, Tottenham for two terms in 1951, transferring in September to Down Lane Central School where he remained until December 1964 having in the meantime undertaken further qualifications in Woodwork and Machine Shop Engineering.
He joined the staff of Hackney Downs School in January 1965, remaining until December 1966 when he left to take a post at Shoreditch College of Education.
272. Laurence Harvey Kershook
Laurence Kershook was born on 17th May 1946 and was educated at Hackney Downs School from 1957 until 1964.
He joined the staff at H.D.S. as a visiting teacher for two terms in 1965.
263. Gordon Stuart Gledhill
Gordon Gledhill was born on 15th June 1942. He was educated at Heath Grammar School, Halifax, from 1953 until 1961.
He attended King’s College, Cambridge, from 1961 until 1964, reading English With French subsidiary and graduating B.A. (Hons.) in 1964, qualifying as a teacher at the Institute of Education, London, in 1965. He was also an Associate of the London College of Music.
He joined the staff of Hackney Downs School in September 1965, leaving in August 1969 to take a position at Minchenden School.
264. Chandra Krishnasamy (or Krishnsamy)
Chandra Krishnasamy was born on 25th April, 1931. He attended Monk’s Hill School, Singapore, from 1946 until 1948, followed by the Anglo-Chinese Boys’ School, Singapore from 1948 until 1952.
He attended University in Boston, U.S.A. (Mount Union College) from 1953 until 1958 graduating B.Sc. (Biology and Chemistry) in 1956 and becoming M.Ed. (Educational Psychology) in 1958.
He taught at Pooles Park Junior Mixed School, Finsbury Park, from 1958 until 1971, Caterham Valley County Secondary School, Surrey, from 1961 until 1965, then joining Hackney Downs School in September, 1965. He remained until August, 1968 when he transferred to Hackney Technical College.
265. Martin Jacobs
Martin Jacobs was born on 11th August 1939. He was educated at Parmiters’ School from 1950 until 1958.
Details of his University are not recorded but he gained a B.Sc before teaching at Burbage J.M. School, N.1, whence he transferred to Hackney Downs School in September 1966.
266. Abraham Colin-Russ
Abraham Colin-Russ was born on 8th January 1898. He was educated at Old Castle Street Elementary School from 1903 until1908 and at Davenant Grammar School for Boys from 1911 until 1915.
He attended University College London from 1915 until 1918 graduating in 1917, B.Sc. in Chemistry with Physics subsidiary (and becoming Ph.D. in 1926)
He did not train formally as a teacher and only entered the profession in 1958 following a career in industry. During World War 2 he was appointed Gas Identification Officer for the Decontamination of Food Stores, as Deputy to the Public Analyst for Northamptonshire (1943) and his work with the Research association was accepted as being of national importance.
In 1946 he was Lancastrian Frankland Society Lecturer. He had gained the F.R.I.C. Diploma by examination (then Organics Branch, now Biochemistry). He spent 26 years as Head of the Chemical Department of the British Boot Shoe & Allied Trades Research Association , 7 years with Permutit Ltd. All this experience was accepted by the Chief Education Officer for Middlesex in 1958 as approved external service.
He taught first at Chiswick County Grammar School, from January until March 1958, at Hendon St.Mary’s C. of E. (Mixed) School, from April 1958 until April 1959. From May to December, 1959 he held a temporary post at Peckham Manor Boys’ Comprehensive, and from January to August 1960 at Hillside School Finchley. He settled for four years at Willesden Secondary and Technical Engineering School for Boys from 1960 until 1964. He served at Archbishop Temple’s school from January, 1965 until August 1966.
His service at Hackney Downs School ran from September 1966 until August 1967.
267. Raymond Michael Roberts
Raymond Roberts was born on 14th February 1941 and was educated at the Royal Masonic School, Bushey, from 1949 until July, 1959.
He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1964 and taught, part-time, at Hackney Downs School from 1966 until 1967.
268. Alan Edward Thompson
Alan Thompson was born on 22nd June 1938. He was educated at Princess May Road School from 1943 until 1949 and at Oldfield Road School from 1949 until 1951. He attended Northampton Secondary School from 1951 until 1954 followed by Hackney Technical College from 1954 until 1959.
He was called for National Service between 1960 and 1962 attaining the rank of Craftsman in R.E.M.E. and being attached to the Royal Military College of Science; R.A.O.C. Bicester and 36 Regiment R.A. (with whom he spent six months in Germany.
He undertook courses in Machine Shop Engineering following a 5 year Toolmakers Apprenticeship and 2 years as a Toolmaker.
He commenced teaching at North Paddington Upper School in 1964, leaving in 1967 to join Hackney Downs School.
269. Bernard John Law
Bernard Law was educated at Hackney Downs School from 1941 until 1947. Following National Service he attended University College London, graduating B.A. in English in 1954.
He taught in Germany, at the Rudolf Koch Realgymnasium, Offenbach ((1956-57) and at the Lice Mercalli, Naples (from 1957 until 1958). He joined Hackney Downs School in June 1958, remaining until1969 when he left to take a post at Worth School.
270. Peter Fisher
Peter Fisher was born on 6th October 1942. He was educated at Skinners’ School, Tunbridge Wells from 1953 until 1961. He attended Queen Mary College, London, and graduated B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1965, becoming a qualified teacher in 1966. He joined the staff of Hackney Downs School in January 1967, as Chemistry Master, becoming Head of Department in September of that year. He left the School in July 1970 to take up an appointment in Newfoundland, Canada.
271 Robert Paul Hellen
Robert Hellen was born on 6th April 1946. He was educated at Gayhurst Road Primary School from 1951 until 1957 and at Hackney Downs School from 1957 until 1964.
He attended King’s College, London, from 1964 until 1967, graduating B.Sc. (Hons.) in 1967 having read Chemistry with subsidiary Physics and Maths, and qualifying as a teacher in
1969. He undertook teaching practice at Hackney Downs from September 1967 until August 1968.
272. Marjorie Ann Lueck
Marjorie Lueck was born on 11th June 1939 and was educated at a Dominican Academy in the U.S.A. from 1953 until 1957. In America she attended Trinity College from 1957 graduating B.A. in 1961 (taking Maths and Education) followed by Brown University from 1965 until 1966. She passed M.A.T. in 1967.
She taught at Queen Elizabeth’s School in Nigeria, from 1963 until 1964, St. Andrews’ Secondary School in the U.S.A. (as part of her teacher training) during 1965 and 1966, Potomac Senior High School, Maryland, U.S.A. from January 1966 until January 1967 and Somerset School, London from January, 1967 until December 1967.
She joined the staff of Hackney Downs in January 1968 and left in August of that year to travel to India.
273 Raymond Schofield
Raymond Schofield was born on 10th February 1943 and was educated at Farnworth Grammar School from 1955 until 1962. He attended Nottingham University from 1962, graduating B.Mus. (Hons.) in 1965, and becoming a certificated teacher in 1966 after training at the Institute of Education, London.
He taught first at South-East Essex County Technical High School from September 1966 until July 1968, joining Hackney Downs in September 1968.
274. Angela Rosamund Green
Angela Green was born on 7th October 1918 and was educated at the Froebel Education Institute from 1923 until 1929 and at the Challoner School, Queen’s Gate, from 1929 until 1934. She attended Newnham College, Cambridge, graduating B.A. (Hons.) in 1939 having studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages (French and German).
During World War 2 she was engaged at the Ministry of Supply (Leather Control) from 1940 until 1941, the Ministry of Economic Warfare (1941-1942), and at B.S.A. in Birmingham (1942-1944).
She came late to teaching, qualifying at the Institute of Education, London in 1964, having held various supply posts in the period 1961-1964. She taught at Mitcham County Boys’ School from 1964 until 1968 and joined the staff at Hackney Downs School from September 1968 until August 1969, leaving to return to Mitcham.
275. Alan John Merrett
Alan Merrett was born on 23rd December 1943 and was educated at Braintree County High School from 1955 until 1961. He attended South-West Essex Technical College from 1961 until 1965, graduating B.Sc. in 1964 having read Chemistry with Pure Maths.
He taught at Holy Trinity Primary School from 1965 until 1967. He gained a teaching certificate at the Institute of Education, London, in 1968. He joined the staff of Hackney Downs School in September 1968.
276. Gary John Elvin Hall
Gary Hall was born on 4th October 1938 and was educated at Port Colborne High School (in Canada) from 1952 until 1957.
He trained in teaching at McDonald College, McGill University in May 1960 and then attended Sir George Williams University, Canada, from 1961 until 1968, graduating B.A. in May 1966, having read Geography and Economics.
During his education he also held two teaching posts. He taught first under the auspices of the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal from 1961 until 1967, joining Hackney Downs School in September,1968.
277. Alain Alcide Sudre
Alain Sudre was born on 27th March 1940. He was educated at the Collège Franklin Roosevelt from 1951 until 1959.
He attended the Ecole Superieure d’Agriculture de Bureau, Toulouse, 1959-1962, the Ecole du Louvre, Paris, 1963-1967 and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne), Paris, 1964-1967.
His qualifications included: Concours d’entrée dans le cycle superieure d’etudes, 1962 (Agronomie et sciences connexes); Diplome d’Ecole du Louvre, 1967, Arhaeologie indienne, Histoire generale de l’art; and Titulaire de la Vème section, Histoire des Religions, E.P.H.E., 1966.
He had travelled in India, Germany, Yugoslavia, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Turkey and Italy, also giving lectures for the Musee Guimet and the Ecole du Louvre on the subjects of Indian art and anthropology.
He joined the staff of Hackney Downs School as a visiting teacher in September 1968.
278. Hameed Ahmad
Hameed Ahmad was born on 25th November 1940. He attended the Faizul Islam High School in Rawalpindi from 1951 until 1954, the Government College in Rawalpindi from 1954 until 1957, Gordon College, Rawalpindi, from 1957 until 1959 and the University of the Panjab, Department of Physics, Lahore, from 1961 until 1963.
He graduated B.Sc. in 1961 after reading English, Physics and Mathematics, becoming M.Sc. (Physics) in 1963.
He taught first at Gordon College, Rawalpindi from September until November 1963 and at the Government College, Jhang, Pakistan from 1963 until 1967. He joined the staff of Hackney Downs School in 1968 and left in July 1969.
279. Sydney Conway
Sydney Conway was born on 21st April 1923. He was educated at Davenant Foundation from 1934 until 1939 and at Tottenham County School from 1939 until 1941. He attended Exeter College, London, graduating B.Sc. in 1943 after reading Physics, Pure Maths and Chemistry.
He was engaged at the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research from 1943 until 1945 and took his Diploma in Education at Leeds University in 1945.
He was Head of Physics at Acton County Grammar School from 1945 until 1950, Head of Physics and Chemistry at Tollington School, N.10, from 1951 until 1959, Head of Physics, Highbury School, N.5, from 1959 until 1966, and Head of Physics at Wanstead High School from 1965 until 1969
His dates of appointment at Hackney Downs School have not been recorded.
280 Robert James Batchelor
Robert Batchelor was born on 27th April 1936 and educated at Purley County Grammar from 1947 until 1954. He undertook National Service with the R.A.F. between 1954 and 1956.
He attended Manchester University from 1959 until 1962, reading History with subsidiary Economics, graduating B.A. (Hons.) in 1962. As part of an evening (internal) B.A. in Psychology he passed subsidiary sociology in July 1967.
He taught first at Harrow County School for Boys from 1967 until 1969 and joined the staff at Hackney Downs in September 1969.
281 James Craig
Whilst a record sheet exists for James Craig, no details have been recorded.
282 Beatrice Florence Snell
Beatrice Snell was educated at Millfields School from 1919 until 1925 and at Lady Elanor Holles School, E.8, from 1925 until 1931. She entered teaching later, undertaking training at Borthwick Training College, S.E.1, from 1947 until 1948 when she qualified.
She taught first at Sir William Burroughs Junior Mixed School, E.14. from 1948 until 1952, McMillan E.S.N. School, Bradford from 1952 until 1953. In 1950, after studying part-time she gained a certificate from the National Froebel Foundation. In 1954 she studied at Birmingham University gaining a certificate in the teaching of E.S.N. children.
In 1955 she taught for seven months at Ramsdale Park, Nottingham, and from September 1955 until April 1957 at Packwood Special School, Warwickshire. Then, until August 1965 she taught at Ditton Place School, Sussex. As the result of a further course at Edge Hill College of Education she gained a certificate in the teaching of immigrant children. From 1965 until August 1969 she held posts in Seven Sisters and Wood Green, Haringey and joined Hackney Downs’ staff in September 1969.
283. Frances Magee
Frances Magee was born on 29th September 1943 and was educated at Croydon High Street (G.P.D.S.T.) from 1955 until 1962. She attended university in Hull qualifying B.A. (Hons.) after reading English with ancillary Aesthetics.
She taught first at Ely High School, Cambridgeshire from 1965 until 1969 and joined the staff of Hackney Downs in September 1969.
284. Julia Margaret Schilt
Julia Schilt was born on 3rd September 1946. She was educated at Downer School, Edgware from 1957 until 1964. She attended Liverpool University during 1964 and 1965, transferring to Homerton College, Cambridge, from 1965 until 1969. She graduated B.Ed (Hons.) having studied Mathematics and Education, and was certificated as a teacher by Homerton College in 1968.
She commenced teaching at Hackney Downs School in September 1969 and left in July 1972.
285. Jean Eleanor Matthews
Jean Matthews was born in Canada on 21st July, 1942. She was educated at Bessborough Public (Junior and Primary) School from 1947 until 1955, then Leaside High School, Toronto from 1955 until 1960.
She attended Victoria College, University of Toronto from 1960 until 1965 graduating B.Ed. (Hons.) in English Language and Literature. She qualified as a teacher at Ontario College of Education and carried out teaching practice at Midland Avenue Collegiate Institute, Scarborough, Canada in 1966. Three months’ supply teaching in Toronto in the last quarter of 1966 was followed by three months in Austria and Greece before taking an appointment at Ifield School, Crawley, Sussex in April 1967 which lasted until December of that year. From 1968 until August 1969 she taught at Tollington Park Comprehensive School. She joined the staff of Hackney Downs School in September 1969.
286. Susan Blundell
Susan Blundell was born on 4th August 1947. She was educated at Aldwyn County Primary School, Audenshaw, Manchester from September 1953 until July 1958.
She attended Westfield College, London, from 1965 until 1968, graduating B.A.(Hons.) in 1968 after reading Latin with Greek subsidiary.
She taught at Hackney Downs School, part-time, from September 1969 until July 1971.
287. John Paul Dunstan
John Dunstan was born on 1st March, 1946 and was educated at East Ham Grammar School from 1957 until 1965. He attended Birkbeck College, London, reading Geography with Ancillary Geology from October, 1965 to July, 1968. He qualified B.Sc (special) (Hons.) in 1968 and received his teaching certificate at the Institute of Education, London, in July, 1969.
He taught at Hackney Downs from 1st September, 1969 until 31st August, 1971. From January, 1970 he also held concurrent posts at Holloway Adult Education Institute and at Hackney & Stoke Newington College for Further Education.
No details available
289. Kenneth George Worpole
Kenneth Worpole was born on 23rd June, 1944. He was educated at Southend High School for Boys from September, 1955 until July, 1961. He attended Brighton College of Education from 1965 until 1969 and qualified as a Bachelor of Education (B.E. Hons.) having read English Literature and Educational Theory. He gained his Teachers Certificate in 1968.
He taught at Hackney Downs School from September, 1969 until July, 1973.
290. Hugh James Williams
Hugh Williams was born on 7th December, 1947. He was educated at De Beauvoir Infant and Primary School from 1952 until 1959, then at H.D.S. from 1959 until 1966.
He attended Shoreditch College of Education, Egham, Surrey, gaining his Teachers Certificate in 1969.
He taught at Hackney Downs from 1969 until 1972.
291. Dr. Leon Lewis
Leon Lewis was born on 26th December, 1941 and educated at Hasmondean Grammar school, London, N.W.4 from 1952 until 1959. He studied French with subsidiary Italian at the University of Birmingham, qualifying B.A.(Hons.) in 1964 and becoming Ph.D in 1969.
He lived abroad, in Marseilles during 1962-3 and in Israel during 1965-6. During the former period he taught (1962-1963) at the Lycee Perier, Marseilles. From September, 1967 until July, 1968 he taught at the Yauneh Grammar School, Willesden and from October, 1968 at the Yesodeh Hatorah in Amhurst Park. He joined the staff of Hackney Downs School on 1st September, 1969.
292. Mr.Taylor 293. Mr.Grosvenor 294. Mrs.Fawcett 295. Miss Cook
296. Patrick John Brockman
Patrick Brockman was born on 17th December, 1946. He attended Doveridge Primary School from 1951 until 1958 and Alleyne’s Grammar School, Uttoxeter, from 1958 until 1965.
He read French at Reading University from 1965 until 1969, qualifying B.A.(Hons.) in 1969 and as a teacher in 1970 at the Institute of Education, London. During his University education he lived for one year at Aix-en-Provence.
He commenced teaching at Hackney Downs School in September, 1970.
297. Patrick Joseph Fennelly now deceased
Patrick Fennelly was born on 16th March, 1916. He was educated from September, 1929 until June, 1934 at St.Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, Ireland and at Ossory Diocesan Theological College, Kilkenny from September, 1934 until June, 1940.
During World War 2 he served as Officiating Chaplain at Kingston Barrack and at Richmond Park War Department Convalescing Camp (1941-1942) and as Officiating Chaplain at the Royal Marines Depot, Walmer, Kent (1942-1945).
He trained as a teacher at Goldsmith’s College for one year, qualifying as a teacher on 1st August, 1956.
He taught first at John Hampden Secondary Modern School, New Barnet from September, 1956 until December, 1960. He transferred to Barstable Grammar /Technical School, Basildon from January, 1961 until August, 1970. He was appointed to Hackney Downs School on September, 1971.
No details available. Maths
299. Jennifer Dawn Holman
Jennifer Holman was born on 23rd May, 1942. She was educated at Adelaide High School in South Australia from December, 1955 until December, 1959.
She attended part-time at Adelaide University from 1961 until 1964 and completed further training at North-Western Polytechnic from 1967 until 1970. Among other qualifications she held the Preliminary Certificate of the Library Association of Australia and a Certificate in the Teaching of English in a Foreign Language.
She had undertaken some teaching in Australia, notably at Brighton High School, Adelaide, from February, 1962 until December, 1965. In the United Kingdom she taught at Whitefields Secondary School, Claremont Road, N.W.11 for three months in 1967 whilst training. She joined the staff of Hackney Downs in September, 1970 and left in July, 1971.
300 Lawrence David Adams
Lawrence Adams was born on 14th September, 1929. He was educated at St.Patrick’s Boys School, Londonderry, Ireland, from 1935 until 1944. He qualified as a teacher at St.Mary’s College, Strawberry Hill, Middlesex, in 1968 and taught at De Beauvoir Junior Mixed School before being appointed to Hackney Downs School in 1970.
301. Herbert Alfred Riches
Herbert Riches was born on 13th April, 1948. He was educated at The Ashmole Secondary School (Southgate, N14.), from September, 1959 until July, 1966.
He trained as a teacher at Shoreditch College from 1966 until 1969 and received his teaching certificate from the Institute of Education in August, 1970.
He taught at Hackney Downs from October, 1970 until July, 1971.
No details available.
303. Sylvia Janet Chatwin
Sylvia Chatwin was born on 10th August, 1941. She was educated at Homelands Grammar School, Derby from 1952 until 1960.
She studied at London University, reading Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, qualifying B.Sc. (Hons.) in 1963. She taught first at Surbiton High School, Kingston-upon-Thames from 1963 until 1967 before transferring to Hackney Downs School.
304. Anthony Short
Anthony Short was born on 22nd June, 1965 and educated at St. George’s College, Weybridge from 1956 until 1963. He attended Sussex University from 1964 until 1968, reading English, with Latin subsidiary qualifying B.A. (Hons.) in 1967 and becoming M.A. in 1968.
He taught first at Barstable School, Basildon from November 1968 until December 1968 and at Hackney Downs School from September, 1970 until July, 1973.
305. Harvey Monte
Harvey Monte was born on 4th April, 1934. He was educated at Craven Park School from 1943 until 1945 and at Hackney Downs from 1945 until 1952.
He studied History at London University qualifying B.A.(Hons.) in 1962 and becoming M.A. (History – International Relations) in 1969.
In the meantime he had commenced teaching at Clark’s College, Ilford (from 1956 until 1963) and became Headmaster of Clark’s Grammar school, Enfield from 1963 until 1970.
306. Patricia Ann Longman
Patricia Longman was born on 14th July, 1946 and was educated at Heber Road Primary School from 1952 until 1957, then Peckham School for Girls from 1957 until 1962.
She studied at the Camberwell School of Art and Crafts from 1962 until 1967 becoming qualified, Dip. A.D. (Diploma in Art and Design).
307. Richard Whitburn
Richard Whitburn was born on 1st January, 1947 and was educated at Oswestry Boys High School from 1951 until 1960, followed by the Priory Boys School from 1960 until 1966.
He studied at the University of Wales from 1966 until 1969 qualifying B.A. (Hons.) in 1969, having read Geography with Economics.
308. Robin Bernard Chambers
Robin Chambers was born on 25th July, 1942. He was educated at Gray Street School, Bootle, Lancs. from 1947 until 1953 and at Bootle Grammar School from 1953 until 1961.
He read English at London University (Queen Mary College), from 1961 until 1967, qualifying B.A.(Hons.) in 1964 and completing three years post-graduate study.
He taught first at Dunraven School, Mount Nod Road, S.W.16. from 1967 until 1968, then at Holloway School from 1968 until 1971. He was appointed to Hackney Downs School in September, 1971.
309. Marion Ruth Christie
Marion Christie was born on 7th February, 1949. She was educated at James Gillespie’s High School for Girls from 1961 until 1967 and at Bristol University from 1967 until 1971. She studied Russian, History and Ancient History & Archaeology, qualifying with a Combined B.A. (Hons.) in 1970. She received her post-graduate certificate in education from Bristol in 1971.
310. David Anthony Crossland
David Crossland was educated at Chadderton Grammar School, Chadderton, Lancs. from 1959 until 1966. He read French and Latin at University College qualifying B.A.(Hons.) in 1970, and received a distinction in the practical examination for his teaching certificate which he received in 1971. He also qualified with a Certificate of Proficiency in the Phonetics of French (Class 2).
In France, whilst training, he taught at the Lycee Mixte, 35-Fougères, France, from 1968 until 1969.
He joined the staff of Hackney Downs School in 1971.
311. Jean Funnell
No further details available.
312. Barry Muller
No further details available.
313. Ann Mary Pettitt
Ann Pettitt was born on 26th June, 1947 and was educated at Reigate County Grammar School for Girls from 1958 until 1965. She read English, with French, at Bristol University, qualifying B.A. (Hons.) in 1968. She trained in teaching at the Institute of Education from 1970 until 1971 when she qualified following teaching practice at Morpeth School, Morpeth Street, London, E.2.
314. John Sharman
No further details available.
315. Anne Suffolk
Anne Suffolk was born on 17th April, 1949. She was educated at St.Joseph’s Convent School, Crackley, Kenilworth until July, 1967 and then read Geography with Politics, Economics and Sociology at Leeds University, qualifying B.A. (Hons.) in 1970. She qualified as a teacher in 1971.
She joined the staff of Hackney Downs School in September, 1971.
316. Malcolm James Wilkinson
Malcolm Wilkinson was born on 1st February, 1950 and was educated at the Matthew Arnold Secondary Modern until July, 1968.
He attended Loughborough College of Education from 1968 until 1971.
317. Elinor Mary Vickers
Elinor Vickers was born on 3rd December, 1948. She was educated at Dr.Challoner’s Grammar School from 1960 until 1962 and at Dr.Challoner’s High School from 1962 until 1966.
She took a course in Graphic Design – Illustration and Film Making, at Leeds Art College from 1967 until 1970, qualifying Dip. A.D.in 1970 and as a teacher in 1971.
She joined the staff at Hackney Downs School in January, 1972.
318. Edmund Premadasa Weerasuriya Helapitage
Edmund Helapitage was born on 10th November, 1920. He was educated at St. Clements’ Boys’ School, Kandy, Ceylon, from 1920 until 1930. He attended St.Anthony’s College, Kandy, from 1930 until 1933, Ampitiya English School, Kandy, from 1933 until 1940 and finally, Dharmaraja College, Kandy, from 1941 until 1943.
From 1943 until 1948 he attended the University of Ceylon, qualifying B.Sc. in 1948 having read Physics, with Pure and Applied Mathematics.
He taught Science at Sri Sumangala Girls’ School, Panadura, Ceylon in 1948, and at Ananda College, Colombo from 1949 until 1952. He moved to Sri Palee College, Horana, as Vice Principal from 1953 until 1962 and then as Principal at Prince College, Colombo, from 1962 until 1964. During this period, in 1958, he received his Diploma in Education form the University of Ceylon.
He next became Principal of the Science College at Matale, from 1964 until 1967, and at Ibbagamuwa Central College from 1967 until 1968. His final appointment in Ceylon was at the Junior University at Galle, Ceylon, from January, 1969 until August, 1971.
The next record shows that he had come to England and is shown as having taught at Eastbury Secondary School, Stepney from September, until November, 1971, as a Physics and Maths Teacher.
319. Michel Ducos
Michel Ducos was born on 18th October, 1948. He was educated at the Lycee de Borda –Dax, France, from September, 1962 until 1968
320. Donald Alexander Gray
Donald Gray was born on 4th December, 1945. He was educated at Latymer Upper School from 1955 until 1964.
He read Botany, with Zoology and Chemistry, at University College, London, from 1964 until 1967, qualifying B.Sc. (Hons.) in 1967 and receiving his Certificate as a Teacher from King’s College in 1968.
He taught first at Barnes Boys School, Lonsdale Road, S.W.13, from April to July, 1968 and at Brooke House, School, E.5. from 1969 until 1972. He transferred to Hackney Downs School in April, 1972.
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322. Brian Euesden
323. Miss J.Fell
326. Roger Kingsnorth
328. Rodney Nash
329. Kenneth Russell
332. Ian Ephraim
333. Miss V.Ross
334. Miss C. Sanok
Part-Time Staff at Kings Lynn
Mr. Bone, F.R.C.O. Surgery 9/40 – 7/45 Mr.Howell, AMIME, Mechanics 9/44 – 7/45 Mr.Hicks, Engineering Drawing 9/42 – 7/43 Mr.C.Thurston, Maths, 1/45 – 7/45 Mr. B.Longman, Maths, 1/45 – 7/45 Mr. M.Colin, B.A., English/ Latin, 9/44 –7/45 Mr.Wexler, B.SC., Chemistry 1/41 – 7/41 Mr. W.Dexter, Art, 9/43 – 12/43 Miss Kershaw, 9/41 – 7/43
From Dalston County Secondary Miss E.Sheldon, Art, 1/43 –7/45
M. Jacques Vallet appointed succeeded Mr L.Caboche as FA at the beginning of Autumn Term 1946
Summer Term 1947 ‘At the end of the term M. Jacques Vallet will return to France. The French of the School has benefited much from his energy and enthusiasm, while his cheerful friendliness has made him popular with the staff and with his classes. Our good wishes go with him, and we hope that he will, whenever the opportunity offers, revisit the School, where he is assured of a warm welcome.
Succeeded by M. Henri Ludwig of Colmar, Alsace (Review Autumn 1947)
Review Summer 1948: Mr.Ludwig’s year with the School as French Assistant ended in July. He has taken with him, we hope, not only some knowledge of the work and leisure activities of a large grammar school but also the remembrance of mutually pleasant associations with staff and boys in the common room, in class rooms and on the playing field.
Review Summer 1948 (Sept) welcomed Monsieur Jean A.D.Marrie of Bordeaux University as successor to Mr.Ludwig.
Mr.M.Munk of Slough Grammar School dep in Maths (Review Christmas 1946) Mrs K.Lennox dep in German Rev Christmas 1946
OTHER STAFF 1948: From January to July:
Doctor Charles R.Salit of Sewaka High School, New York had been attached to the school as an exchange master since January of this year (1948). Most forms had been taught my Dr.Salit who was a versatile as he was serene. He had entered fully into the corporate life of the School, and, as he made clear in his amusing talk to the School at the last assembly that he attended, had learned a great deal from his association with Hackney Downs School. We wonder whether he intends to teach cricket to his pupils at Sewaka!
STAFF- SEPTEMBER 1975
J.KEMP M.A. (London)
DEPUTY HEAD MASTERS
S.GUNTER Dip. P.E.
M.D.WATSON M.A. crossed out and H.MONTE M.A. written in
HEADS OF DEPARTMENT
J.HALL G.R.S.M. (Manchester) – Music
P.BROCKMAN B.A. (Reading) – Housemaster & French Crossed through and K.Russell – Gunter House written in. R.CHAMBERS B.A. – English
P.A. CHATWIN Dip P.E. – Physical Education
Mrs. S.CHATWIN B.Sc. (London) – Chemistry
J.CRAIG Teachers’ Cert. – Housemaster & Religious Education (on Secondment Leave this year. Craig House
D.G.DAVIES Teachers’ Cert. – Housemaster (Evison House)
M.C.ELSTON B.A. (London) – Modern Languages
P.J.FENNELLY Teachers’ Cert. – Classical Studies
J.B.FITTON B.Sc. (Hull) M.Inst.P. – Physics Science
G.GILCHRIST Teachers’ Cert. – Remedial
R.KHAN B.Sc. (London) – Biology
Miss F.MAGEE B.A. (Hull) – Drama, Senior Woman Teacher acting Head of
L.J.MARR B.Sc. (Econ.) – Commerce
H.MONTE M.A. (London) – Housemaster (written Deputy Head)
R.NASH B.A. (Reading) – German
K.H.RUSSELL Teachers’ Cert. – Technical Studies
Miss J.SCHILT B.Ed. (London) – Mathematics
L.C.SMITH M.A. (Cambridge) – History
Miss A.SUFFOLK B.A. (Leeds) – Geography
R.SYMONS B.A. (Cambridge) – Head of Sixth Form
R. WHITBURN B.A. (Wales) – Social Studies
P.Knappett (written in) Housemaster Batchelor Studies
R.ADLAM B.A. (Bristol) – English
Miss R.BROWNLOW B.A.(Leeds) – English
T.COOPER B.Sc. (Manchester) – Chemistry
Miss M.CROSS B.A. (London) – Handicraft and Art
D.A.CROSSLAND B.A. (London) – French
Miss L.DAWSON B.Ed. (London) – English
Mrs. J.D.DERENBERG Teachers’ Cert. – Combined Sciences
Miss H.DRACUP B.A. (London) – Remedial and English
J.DUVEEN B.Sc. EAST ANGLIA – Science
I.EPHRAIM Teachers’ Cert. – Geography
Mrs. A.FORBES Teachers’ Cert. – Handicraft
Miss J.FELL B.A. (Liverpool) – French
Mrs. P.FROST B.A. (Keele) – Mathematics
J.HARDCASTLE B.A. (Wales) – English
E.P.W.HELAPITAGE B.Sc. (Ceylon) – Physics
Miss S.HENE B.A. (London) – English
A.HUDSON B.A. (Wales) – History, Sociology
A.D.JAMES Teachers’ Cert. – Mathematics
A.JELF Teachers’ Cert. – P.E.
R.KINGSNORTH B.A. (Essex) – Mathematics
L.LEWIS B.A. Ph.D. (Birmingham) – French
J.McLAREN N.D.D. – Art
M.MENDES Teachers’ Cert. – Biology
J.MOORE Teachers’ Cert. – Handicraft
J.MURPHY B.A. (Sussex) – Mathematics
J.RAMLAL Teachers’ Cert. – Mathematics and Science
R.RENDALL Teachers’Cert. Dip A.D. – Tutor Warden
A. RICHES Teachers’ Cert. – Handicraft
A. ROOT Teachers’ Cert. – Mathematics
Mrs. A.P.ROSENBERG B.A. (Cape Town) – Remedial
Miss C. SANOK (A.T.C.) – Art
Miss B.SANSOME B.A. (London) – Geography
A.SPARROW B.Ed. (London) – German
D.SPRING Teachers’ Cert. – Assistant Tutor-Warden
Mrs. A.STEVENSON Teachers’ Cert. – English
R.N.Tattoo A.S.A. Teachers’ Cert.; M.S.T.A. – Swimming Instructor
A. THOMPSON Teachers’ Cert. – Handicraft
P. TRAVES B.A. (Wales) – English
A. TURNER – Rowing
J.WALKER Teachers’ Cert. – Remedial and Special Unit
Miss D.R. WILKINS A.R.C.M. – Visiting Teacher (Violin)
M.J.WILKINSON Dip. P.E. – Physical Education
A.WILLIAMS B.A. (London) – Russian
HACKNEY DOWNS SCHOOL
This covers the School Year 1980 – 1981; but since its writing and compilation ran through the greater part of 1981 – 1982, the reference and tone of the departmental reports, and some other material, have tended to take this current year into account.
TEACHING STAFF – SEPTEMBER 1980
HEADMASTER N.B. replacement names show those who left in course of year.
J.KEMP, M.A. (London)
Stanley GUNTER, Dip. P.E., Dip. H.E.. Harvey MONTE, M.A. (London) (To December, 1980) left during year, replaced by Miss F.Magee.
Miss Frances.MAGEE, B.A. (Hull) (From January 1981)
HEADS OF DEPARTMENT
J.BRENNAN, B.A. (London) – Geography Peter.A.CHATWIN, Dip.P.E. – Physical Education James.CRAIG, Cert.Ed., Dip. Div., Dip.Ed.G. – House Tutor and R.E. D.G.DAVIES, Cert.Ed. – Housetutor, Careers Master J.DUVEEN, B.Sc. (E.Anglia) – Biology J.B.FITTON, B,Sc, (Hull) M.Inst.P. – Physics: Science Gordon GILCHRIST, Dip.Ed. – Remedial J.HARDCASTLE, B.A. (Wales) (Acting Head of Dept.) – English P.HOLLAMBY, N.D.D. – Art Roger KINGSNORTH, B.A. (Essex) – Mathematics P.KNAPPETT, Cert.Ed – Housetutor M.LONG, B.Sc.(Sunderland), M.P.S. – Chemistry R.MACIVER, B.A.(Leeds) (Acting Head of Department) – Social Studies Replaced by Mr.A.Hudson, who had been on secondment
Miss S.MAIN,B.A. (London) – French (from January 1981) Replaced by Mr.J.Jacota]
Rodney NASH, B.A. (Reading) – Modern Languages Kenneth RUSSELL, Cert.Ed. – Housetutor J.SMIDDY, B.Sc. (Econ.) (Wales) – History Roger C.SYMONS, B.A. (Cambridge) – Head of Sixth Form A.THOMPSON, Cert.Prod.Eng. – Technical Studies P.TRAVES, M.A. (Wales) (Acting Head of Department) – Humanities C.TRIBE, B.Ed. (London) – Music (From January 1981) R.ADLAM, B.A. (Bristol) – English and Mathematics Left during year, not replaced following retirement.
C.BAXTER, B.Sc. (Essex) – Physics (from January, 1981) T.COOPER, B.Sc. (Manchester) – Chemistry
R.RIESER, B.Sc. (London) – Geography
Miss V.ROMAINE, Cert. Ed. – English Mrs. A.P.ROSENBERG, B.A. (Cape Town) – Remedial P.ROWLANDS, B.Ed. (C.N.A.A.) – Drama Replaced by Miss M.Chalon
Miss C.SANOK, Dip. A.D., A.T.C., P.G.A. Sculpt. – Art Miss V.SHOLUND, Cert. Ed. – English G.SHURETY, B.A. (C.N.A.A.) – Social Studies A.SPARROW, B.Ed. (London) – German D.SPRING, Cert.Ed., B.A. (Open) – Tutor-Warden R.N.TATTOO, A.S.A., Cert. Ed., M.S.T.A. – Swimming Instructor A. TURNER – Rowing / Games Miss G.VENN, B.Ed. (Warwick) – French Miss S.VICKERSTAFF, B.A. (London) – French A.WALLACE, B.SC. (Econ.) (London) – Humanities, Economics / Politics I.WAUGH, B.A. (London) – Technical Studies G.WEARDEN, B.Sc. (Econ.) (London) – Mathematics P.WEIR, Cert. Ed. – English K.WESTWARD, Cert. Ed. – Remedial REPLACED BY Mr.J.Walker on return from secondment
Miss C.WIDGERY, Dip.Ed. (Drama) – Drama Miss D.R.WILKINSON, A.R.C.M. – Visiting Teacher (Violin) M.J.WILKINSON, Cert. Ed. – Physical Education A.WILLIAMS, B.A. (London) – Russian D.WYNN C.Q.S.W. – Education Welfare Officer
Mrs AHMED, Mr. SEY and Mrs. K.WOODWARD had one term appointments for the Autumn Term; Mr.Sey in fact stayed longer to teach mathematics pending a full-time replacement for Mr.James.
MISS MAGEE and MR.J.WALKER were seconded for study-courses for the academic year.
Non-teaching staff, September, 1980.
Office Staff Mr. G.Vander Gucht (secretary) Mrs I.Ebdon (P/T C.O.I) Mrs. M.Thurlow (P/T C.O.I.) Ms. C.Turnell (P/T C.O.I. (joined in October) Mrs. P.Norwood (General Assistant)
Media Resources Dept. Mr.P.Lyons (M.R.o. 11) Miss S.Hughes (A.V.Technician)
Librarian Mrs. S.Nnochiri
Workshop Technician Mr. J.Findley joined in March 1981