Owen Leaver's Ad hoc Memories of Hatfield School

Owen Leaver, HS 1961-67

This Post is submitted on behalf of Owen Leaver, HS 1961-67, and with his permission, by Chris Hepden, HS 1957-64.

When you’ve read Owen’s evocative recollections, and mentally added your own photos, you may wish to contact Owen, to request higher-res copies of any of the photos below, or to offer other photos. Please email me via [admin@ourhatfield.org.uk] who will forward me your message and I’ll be pleased to pass it to Owen.

Form 5X-1966 part photo (courtesy of Janet Glynn née England)
(with my apologies for any name errors)

Memory, all alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
I was beautiful then
I remember a time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again!
(lyric by Trevor Nunn, Andrew Lloyd-Weber, T S Eliot)


When College Lane was Roe Green Lane, Terence Conran and Mary Quant were making waves and Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson was registered for Eton……….



– the Winter of 1962/3 saw an unprecedented level of snow with the rear bank corner becoming a ‘hotbed’ of slides. Mother was not impressed with the large hole I created in my new long trousers !



– several girls from our form went to a (1963?) Beatles concert in London and arrived at sc


hool the following day,

tired and hoarse but considerably elated.





Miss Skinner, 1965









– in our 2nd year, when the girls engaged in a term of metalwork and woodwork, it was the boys’ duty to head to the

cookery workroom. We didn’t have Mary Berry, but Miss Skinner certainly rose to the occasion. Despite her best efforts, it wasn’t always possible to arrive home after two bumpy bus journeys with a dish that had ‘Bake Off’ appeal with either my parents or brother.








– c.1964 the school organised its own version of weekly Strictly ballroom dance session for novices after lunch. It was a mixture of wallflower disappointment for some (boys too), but great social interaction and fun.




– in 1965, a number of us were fortunate enough to travel by train to Bielefeld in Germany for an exchange visit. A steep and worthwhile learning curve for many of us travelling abroad for the first time.




Hugh Hutton, 1961



– one particularly memorable occasion during a lesson occurred when a certain Hugh (yes, son of!) Hutton

confrontationally declined to remove his bulging satchel of assorted stationery off of his desk, despite knowing it was the teacher’s ‘bête noire’. The class were certainly entertained with the outcome; despite warning lights, the contents of the satchel were duly emptied out of the first floor window for Hugh’s subsequent collection.










David Cregan, 1966


– although many of us probably failed to appreciate it at the time, we had the privilege of being taught by many

talented and committed teachers. Not least was David Cregan who, as one of the ‘One Track Mac’ stars, was successful enough to have at least a couple of his plays performed at London’s Royal Court Theatre. ‘Transcending’, however, did require some creative concentration.


NB Another OurHatfield Posting which will record the development of the Drama and performance tradition at HS, of which DC was a key force, is in preparation.

Programme for one of David’s London productions

















In conclusion, I would offer a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to the surviving teaching staff who, mostly gave many of us the opportunity to look, listen and learn, If only some of us had appreciated it at the time!




PS Lest we forget….the 60’s brought music and colour !







Have you checked recently the other HS Pages/Posts listed and hotlinked in the list at the top right of this page ? The titles don’t say everything, and new edits and new Posts are being added often.













This page was added on 01/02/2021.

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  • Yes the un-named lad, front left, is Mark Sherriff. Deffo a ladies man even in the third year!
    I briefly saw his FB page, all big motorbikes! (circa 2021)

    Sorry it’s taken so long to confirm the others’ thoughts….

    By Peter Agate (09/02/2023)
  • I am glad some people had a good experience of Hatfield School.Mine (1958-19630 was entirely different because of my home circumstances and the bullying I received from those in the “A” stream from 1959 to 1963.The experience made me want to get away as soon as possible and wrecked my self esteem and confidence which is still with me today.They know who they are and I hope they are proud of themselves for wrecking my life,although being autistic (as I discovered later) did not help me cope.

    By Peter Smith (04/09/2022)
  • I think the lad at the lower left “?? from 4th year” being embraced by Jacquie Harmer is Mark Sheriff. He was a HS entry in September 1963, same as me. He went to Hazelgrove Primary School, also same as me!

    Steve Dumpleton

    By Steve Dumpleton (01/02/2021)
  • The photograph with the ?? 4th year pupil, I think might have been Mark Sherriff, at least that was the name that jumped into my mind when I saw it. Pete Agate may be able to confirm! I too went to Birlefeld in 1965 as a mere 2nd year. That opportunity costing £4:4shillings plus 1 shilling for the collective passport (important in a poor family with 6 children), absolutely changed my life. I am still in touch with my exchange partner after 56 years. I was on Zoom with her in Berlin at New Year! I will write about this some more for these pages later.

    By Lorna Joy (01/02/2021)