Onslow Secondary Modern School

History

By Barry Cross

Onslow St Audrey's School

I went to Onslow Secondary Modern School from age 11 to age 15 as I elected not to stay on another year, and left after my 15th birthday on 5th May 1963. I started there after my 11th birthday which was 5th May 1959, as I did not passing the 11 plus exam.

I am trying to locate the history of Onslow school especially photographic, looking the official Onslow/St. Audrey School website it states that Onslow was founded in 1961.

1961 was the year of my 13th birthday and I do not recall going to any other Secondary School from the age of 11 [1959] to 13, and I have to say that Onslow had to be there in 1959 for me to go there.

Is there anyone who went to Onslow School for any of the same years as me with hopefully a better memory of their school days than I?

Is there anyone with a good full history of Onslow School hopefully with photos of this period?

I have/had an old school photo of me taken by the school photographer that I’ll add when I can get it scanned but I have warn the unwary that its not for the faint hearted.

This page was added on 07/05/2014.

Comments about this page

  • Hi Barry,
    I attended Onslow school in Endymion Road from 1958-1962 in fact I believe George Challis, (he became the school wicket keeper & goal keeper) & I were the very first pupils to enter as ‘Onslow’ because we turned up a day early!
    Chris Connell

    By Chris Connell (31/10/2017)
  • My sister told me about this site and mentioned John Davison who was in my class, along with the other names John mentioned. I also remember some girls’ names but I won’t mention them here (a bit embarrassing!). This is aimed at John in particular as I recall we hung about for a while after leaving school, going out to St. Albans Civic Centre, along with Donald McDougall and someone else whose name escapes me. Good and bad memories of school all a bit vague now. I do remember some of the teachers John mentioned. Loved the sport but never took it up unfortunately. Did become a lecturer (eventually) in FE teaching IT, Electronics, Programming, AutoCAD to name but a few topics. Now retired but work part time in Plymouth. Married with 1 child (whose an adult now) and a couple of grandkids.

    By Phil White (03/10/2017)
  • I was at Onslow 1972 to 1977 in the ‘middle stream’ and I went on a school trip to Stow-on-the-Wold-with most boys but also two girlfriends namely Kerry Sampson and Linda Paulson. The teachers (Mr Bromley I think was one of them and a female teacher), spent all week driving round the country lanes at breakneck speed. This might have been the hot summer of 1976 as there was a plague of ladybirds. Assembly with Mr Giles, Deputy Head and Headmistress was very formal as they paraded through the centre of assembly each morning heading to the stage – in their black gowns and mortar boards (like Headmaster and teacher in the Beano .. I always thought). Who remembers a double period of Maths in A block with Mr. Bastable ! Is there anyone out there still alive from my year ?

    By Rebecca Alfonso (nee Kershaw) (19/01/2017)
  • Hello Carl Parsons. I think you were in my year. As far as reunions go, I went to one in about 1990 at the sixth-form block; abut 60 people attended from our year, but dollimore I didn’t know them, which was a pity. My mother still lives in the same house as when I attended the school and visit the town about 3 times a year. I would like to meet up with Charles Boyce, Nigel Tebb, Chris Evans, Marcus Dollimore; it’s so long ago I can’t remember most people’s names. Unfortunately we didn’t have class photos in those days, or my parents couldn’t afford them as I only have memories, mostly the abuse handed out by some teachers.

    I became a teacher. I’m still doing it as I near 60. They would be locked up if they did that these days. However I got some good memories of the teachers like Mr Bromley who took us on adventure trips, and a dwarf Art teacher who inspired me to get into ceramics as a hobby. Leave message at handsathome@bropenworld.com if u want.

    By Ian Hands (08/01/2017)
  • Does anyone know if there is a reunion for ex Onslow school leavers approaching 60 year old? I started 1968 at 11 years old. I have never been to one.

    By Carl Parsons (11/10/2016)
  • Hey, does anyone remember David Bates, went to onslow secondary 1967 to 1970, lived in Maryland then moved to St Albans, remembers Mr Ball and Mr Carter and Mr Schofeild, also remembers Pauline Tipping, James Binyon, Brian Woods, Helen McDonald and Christopher Berretta. If any of you remember David Bates, he would love to see who remembers! Please email me at Albates97@gmail.com. I am his granddaughter and will pass the email along.

    By David Bates (30/07/2016)
  • I was at Onslow in 1968 to 1975 stayed on till 3rd year 6th form retaking exams. Remember Charles Boyce, Jonathan was in my year Music was great Glyniss Green I think remember Mr Ball and Mr Schofield and Mr Carter metalwork. I ran a School tuckshop. Can not say I hated the school as I stayed on as long as I could.

    By Carl Parsons (16/05/2016)
  • Does anyone remember “Grolly”; Mr Warrington, He lived on Haseldine Meadows and was a social studies teacher. As far as I remember he had 1 or 2 daughters. They were churchy people and had no TV, so entertainment was a piano in the living room. I remember once we went from school with him to The Royal Albert Hall and saw Sir Malcolm Sargent. Got my first taste of Classical music.. So he was not all Bad. 

    By Vic Thompson (02/11/2015)
  • I was at Onslow from 1969 to 1974, I hated every minute of it. I was really clever but as I was new to the area when I started the school and as there where no school records in those days I put in a random bottom streamed  class. The bullying was dreadful from pupils and staff. Mr Schofield regularly gave me the slipper, child abuse. Mr Ball picked on me as I always finished his too easy work, the work was unchallenging, but Mr Bromley was the shining light, great for outdoor education. We all knew who started the fire in 1972, but nothing was ever done; she remained at the school. My parents still live in the same house and so I am in the area once or twice a year, over 40 years after leaving. Despite the rubbish education, I ended up being a successful teacher myself, I still am !! Great friends but didn’t keep in touch, Martin Chalkey, Nigel Tebb, Steve Evans, Charles Boyce. Some girls were nice in my class but I never had any contact with them outside school.  I loved art with the dwarf teacher we had at the Burleigh school; we went once a week. He was an inspiration to me as I still have all the work he got me to do hanging on my walls. I have no pictures at all of my time there.

    By Ian Hands (14/03/2015)
  • I was at the school before the Girls Grammar opened and the boys from that stream were moved to Hatfield School. generally pretty happy memories of Mr Sexton and others. Can’t remember many of my fellow pupils although Colin Carter does ring a bell

    By Chris Sanders (15/10/2014)
  • I was also at the school and remember many of the teachers commented on above. I also remember the PE teachers Mr Tarr and Mr Bromley, both of whom I thought were wonderful. PE was my main interest and I eventually went on to teach it myself. I had Mr Jervis and Mrs Goscombe for English, Mr Webb for Geography, Mr McCauley and Mr Evans for Maths Mr Smalley for art, Mr Arnot for Woodwork and Mr Schofield for Science. Some students I remember include Don McDougall, Derek Maynard, John Booth, Laird Budge, Phil Carter, Frank Dance and Phil White. My brother and sister also went to the school and They were by and large happy times.Swimming pool never was finished even though I spent some weekends digging the hole and making the changing rooms!!

    By John Davison (30/09/2014)
  • I was at the “real” Onslow from 12 to 15,  1959 to 1962. We were always the highest year, from 2nd to 4th year, not really sure why. I was a dunce always in lower part of the C classes until the 4th year when Steaming was virtually done away with by putting all the boys into 4 H ( Mr Hopkins ) and the girls into 4 R ( Mrs Reeves ) as I remember. Teachers

    Mr Gwilym Williams Geography, Mr Tar PE,  Bernard  Scott, Alex Hall, Bobby Burns, David Saddler, Chris Connell, Linda Copper, Evelyn Jones, many others.  

    By Denis Steele (03/09/2014)
  • I attended Onslow from 1959-63, before the “new” school opened we were in the old St Audrey’s school buildings.  I also remember Mr Giles, Mrs Goscombe, there was also a Mr Rush who taught French, and my nemesis Mr McAuley for Maths ! 

    By Maureen Franklin (05/08/2014)
  • I was at Onslow school 1959-60 as the Hatfield Girls Grammar school was not completed and we shared with the secondary modern for 2 years. I remember the headmaster, Mr Sexton who had a booming voice and scared me rigid, he took us for history, Mr Willis took French and there was a domestic science teacher who called us all sluts – charming!. The school building was pretty small as I remember with wrought iron entrance gates but it did have a playing field. It was fun being in a mixed school, when we moved on to the grammar is was girls only. The only boy I remember was Colin Carter and I think the uniform was pretty drab

    By Christine Mitchell nee Hussey (04/08/2014)
  • My sister Christine Dixon will have been at school when you were as she was born in 1949, sadly she died 3 years ago. I recall her being in the school play Diary Of Anne Frank. I also went to Onslow from 1967. Mr Giles was the head and everyone feared Mrs Goscombe although Christine was a big fan of hers. Teachers I remember are Mr Ball, R.E. he fractured my leg playing hockey! Also Mr Jarvis, lovely English teacher, Mr Schofield who everyone was scared of, he loved using the slipper, chemistry, Mrs Boyce….bomber Boyce who we all played up, history. Mr Latham who all the girls fancied, to name but a few. Jane Anderson was my best friend and we are still in touch.We used to truant from school and get on the bus to see how far we could go without a ticket, usually to Potters Bar or Barnett. My dad would have killed me! Other school friends were Pat Jarret, Maureen Oxley, Helen McMahon, William Ainsworth, his mum made fudge and he used to sell it for Sixpence. Paulette Forbes who fell when being dared to do long jump on the concrete and fell and split her head open! Gary Hopkins and brothers. Mark Peerett who was best friends with Gary. Tony Mardell who I was in the school play with, Witness For The Prosecution. Sarah Bradford, she shaved her eyebrows off! Carol Tulip who eveyone wanted to be. The Bacon twins, Shirley and Jeanette, Susan Sapsed, Antonia Cornwall, Heather Graham, I could name a lot more.

    I remember, the fund raising that went on for the “outside swimming pool” which never happened. Also the amalgamation with Burleigh High which made us then a school with over 1000 pupils!  The charity walk which was 25 miles, the blisters were awful.

    I loved Domestic Science, we learnt to cook from starting with scrambled egg, progressing to all types of pastry. I am now a good cook and still bake. I have remebered the name of the teacher Mrs Jones, funny little lady.They don’t teach cookery like that anymore as I now work in a secondary school.

    I have many more stories and recall lots of other names if anyone is interested? I would love to see some more stories.

    Irene Dixon sometimes known as Dickie.

     

     

    By Liz Davey was Irene Dixon (20/06/2014)

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