SCHOOL HISTORY - 1960s & 70s
Harvest Festival - 1960s
Do you recognise anyone in this photo? We have received this photo from Frank Pelling (2nd from
left front row) who thinks it may have been taken at Middle Street in 1962-3. Well that didn't take long - one week after Frank's
enquiry - Chris (at the time - Christine Akehurst - the girl with a bow in
her hair to the right of the boy pointing) confirms that this is indeed a Middle
Street class - more probably 1960 or 61. Thanks Chris!
Class photo 1960 (or 1959?)
Embleton nee Armes who is in middle row standing on far right with a dark bob
haircut. Jenny says "I am pretty sure that the girl sitting in front of me
holding her face is Susan Peters and the boys sitting on the playground are
Michael and Peter (I think, but I can't remember their surnames.) I think the
girl on the front row with her arms crossed is Anne something and I think the
photo was taken in the middle playground." More of Jenny's memories of the
Serres has identified the teacher at the back as Mrs Virgo.
Class photo Mrs Cameron's class 1960-61 thanks to Mike Grindell, who
remembers the following children:
Back Row - Stephen Wadman, ?, ?, Robert
Taylor, Linda Coney (her parents were the landlords of the Bath Arms public house in
the Lanes), ?, Caroline Wells, Mrs Cameron.
Standing -David Bloor,4 x?, Jonathan
Michael Grindell,?,Robert Clarkmead, ?
Seated - Martin Weller (Still local) -
don't recall any of the others
Front Row – I recollect that either the boy
on the extreme left or the boy with glasses was the son of a local rabbi?
Sue Elleker(nee Ogbourne) identifies herself as third from left in front row seated on
chairs (in spotty dress) and the boy to her left (right in the picture) as Paul
Hooton. Read more from Sue here
(nee Therin) identifies herself as second from right in the third (seated) row,
and remembers Brian Llewellyn (third from left - back row), Maureen Lowe (third
from right – back row), Leon Brunstein (first on left-front row) and Douglas
Gemmell? (third from right – front row).
Playground 1967 - from Herald newspaper article.
Pupils interviewing each other - 1967 - from Herald newspaper article.
1967 - from Herald newspaper
article. Caption reads: 'Getting down to the three Rs: Six-year-old John Slade
and five-year-old Sonja Hadley with teacher Mrs L.Cameron.'
Newspaper clipping 1967. The children are building a model
of the school as it was in 1805.
The caption read: 'Modelling can be such fun - and educational too. Left to
right, Beverley Laycock, Maria Antonio, Dawn Armes, Nicky Lucas and Robert
Bicknell, all aged 11'.
Newspaper clipping 1967. The Caption read: 'Browsing
through the school log books. Left to right, Diane Godley, Androulla
Christophides, Maria Antonio and Elaine Lip, all aged 11.
Children c 1969 - Middle of back row - Alex White. Front Row - John Terry, Dean
King Cheung(?), Alan Hinton(?).
The Middle Street side of the school - 1973.
The Middle St. side of the school - 1973 - work is
underway for the rebuilding of the school in 1974.
Click the picture to view the book made in 1974 of
children's drawings of the demolition of the old school buildings.
A picture of Mrs Vera Fasham (head-mistress) from an
interview in the Evening Argus 1974, when she had been appointed as president of
the Brighton Teachers' Association. "Take this new school...it will be finished
by the end of the month and they say it can accommodate 320. I hope it never
comes to that because the place is just too small. It has had to be built in a
confined and difficult site and has virtually no playground.".
Mrs Fasham passed away in September 2005. From her nephew, we learn that at the
gathering held to celebrate her life, her colleagues recalled how she 'worked
tirelessly to mould the school around her own ethics of honesty, tolerance and
endeavour, thus providing a wonderful environment for both pupils and teaching
Timothy Raison MP opening the new buildings for 'Middle
Street First School'. With him are Mrs Vera Fasham (head) and Miss Annette
Mahoney. Picture from the Evening Argus.
Sarah Mann has kindly sent in
this class photo from 1978 (when Mrs Fasham was headmistress).
Bottom row from left to
right - Jane Staples, Elizabeth Kirkwood, Sarah (Gordon) Mann, Nicola (Ross)
Waldeck, Sidone, ?, Maxine. Middle row - ?, Robert Benson, Lee Pittock, Adam
Stevens, ?, ?, Adam Tishurst.Top row - Julie, ?, ?, ?, ?.
Read pupils' 'memories' from the 60s & 70s
(see Jenny Embleton, Simon Hasler,
Sue Elleker and Alex White)
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