There were 120 of us at the opening
of the School in September 1924, in four forms of thirty each. The
full staff consisted of Mr. L. F. Wallis the Head, Miss Child and Miss
Gould, Frank Southam and Ronald Hitchcock. Miss Edgell and Capt.
Hyde were the P. E. instructors on a visiting basis. Capt. Hyde was
not very agile and taught by precept rather than by example. He
didn't last very long and we eventually got Mr. Robertson and some
equipment. I remember the vaulting horse which caused me a lot of
difficulty at the start, but I was very proud of subsequently mastering
Mr. Hitchcock was my
form master and taught Physics and Chemistry. Mr. Southam taught
Maths and Physics; and not only coached us in cricket but was a mean slow
bowler. Both the women teachers taught English, but Miss Gould also
took French and Miss Childs, History. Miss Gould wrote a one-act
play in French, which was produced at the Xmas term 1924, and pre-dated
the first school play.
was at Easter 1925 that Mr. Hitchcock arranged the first school camp at
Pilgrims Farm, Titsey in Surrey and I was at the first camp. He and
a friend Mr. Eley, a clergyman, erected the hut that was to become the
base. We named it Merry Hollow and I spent many a happy week-end
there even after I left school.
Fred Morton (1924-29)