Gascoyne Cecil School

By Miriam Gaskin

Gascoyne Cecil JM
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Gascoyne Cecil JM
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Gascoyne Cecil School in Birchwood is now part of Birchwood Avenue Primary School.  I think the infant school was called Salisbury Infants.  Can this be confirmed by anyone?

This page was added on 07/02/2011.

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  • I was a pupil at Gascoyne between 1958-62 approx., Mr Mobey used to take the School football team for practice as we used to play each year in a competition called The Maynard Trophy , and Gascoyne had a good record in this competition. In fact when I was in year 5, as it is now known, I was selected to play for the team and we got to the final winning 3-2 against Brookmans Park Junior School. The next season , when in my last year there we got to the final again, this time losing 3-2 again against the old enemy Brookmans Park. I was lucky enough to score in both games. One of the years, can’t recall which, George Eastham ( who was a big signing for Arsenal that year, presented the Trophy and the final both years was played at Countess Anne School , the one behind the old Police Station.
    (I Moved from East Herts to The New Forest in 1993.)

    By David Groom (02/10/2018)
  • I was in my last year at Gascoyne Cecil school when the headmaster, Mr Woodward, died. Our teacher, Mrs Jolly, stood in as head until a new one was appointed and we had lots of temporary “teachers”. One of the jobs I had was to arrange flowers each week in a silver bowl, in the main entrance hall, which was to commemorate Mr Woodward. I felt very honoured to be asked to do it.

    We learnt to play the recorder with Miss Cromarty and we did country dancing.

    By Carolyn Palmer (02/03/2018)
  • I taught for a year (65-66) at Gascoyne Cecil Junior as an untrained person prior to going to what in those days was called a Teacher Training College.

    The Head, Mr Woodward, had either just died or retired on health grounds and died soon after. Mrs Jolly was Acting Head, and I think Mr Mobey, who always cycled to school, was Acting Deputy. It cannot have been easy for Mrs Jolly, but my memory is of a happy and purposeful school.

    As well as the teachers mentioned by Richard Muncey I recall a young teacher, Mr Gunn.

    Fourteen years later I was a Head, although not in Hertfordshire, so I was clearly not put off by my year at Gascoyne!

    By Robert Oakhill (24/11/2017)
  • It was definitely Cranbourne Infant School when I was there 1958-61. Teachers at Gascoyne include Mr Hyde, Miss Cromarty (Music) Mr Mobey, Mrs Jolly and Mr Woodward (Head teacher). Also Mrs Greaterex the fearsome Country Dancing teacher.

    By richard muncey (19/09/2017)
  • Yes, Cranbourne Infants – I was there from 1965, moved to Gascoyne Cecil Junior School from 67-71 before (sadly) moving on to St. Audrey’s School up in Traveller’s Lane. Had Mrs. Bennett for my last two years at GC.

    By Paul Harper (11/09/2017)
  • I was at Cranborn Infants in 1968 and moved up to Gasgoin Cesil. Mrs Joly was the french teacher at Gasgoin and, I think, the deptuy head

    By Chris Nicholas (09/09/2017)
  • I went to Gascoyne Cecil same time as Deborah Ross we had a teacher called Mrs Jolly I recall.

    By Rebecca Alfonso (nee Kershaw) (19/01/2017)
  • I was at Gascoigne Cecil until 1960 and remember Jacqueline Holt. Other memories were country dancing with my partner being sick over me and Mr Mobey for sport.
    The infant school next door was definitely Cranborne Infants.

    By David Webb (11/01/2017)
  • I went to Gascoigne Cecil until we emigrated to Oz in 1966.  My little brother was at Cranbourne Infants when we left so it must have changed names later.  We had grey shorts and shirts and a grey jumper with two red bands around the v-neck. a red and grey tie and the badge was a shield with an arrow.

    By Marc Lockett (25/10/2016)
  • The infant school was originally called Cranbourne Infants School.  I joined Gascoyne Cecil Junior School in 1969 and my brother attended the infant school.

    Deborah Love, nee Ross

    By Deborah Love (12/05/2015)
  • Is this by any chance the same Mick Stephen that went to

    Burleigh s/m?

    By Graham Wheeler (28/04/2015)
  • The infant school was definitely called Salisbury Infants school,  when I was there around 1997. I think the school was called Cranbourne Infants school before though.

    By Van M (29/04/2014)
  • The school was called Cranbourne Infants school

    By Jacqueline Holt (13/10/2013)
  • The infants school was definitely called Salisbury Infants when I was there in the mid-1970’s. it was officially closed in 1999. Not sure where Cranborne infants comes from, was it called this earlier?

    By Mark leahy (08/02/2013)
  • the infant school was called cranborne infants.

    By Mick Stephen (12/10/2011)

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