Brighton Intermediate School

Class VA c.1950

Fred Hards

This photo was passed to me by my brother Ron, who is sitting 4th from left on the top row. He tells me that they are entrants for The Schools Certificate c1950. On the back of the photo are the signatures of most of the students. I have endeavoured to read them and they are as follows:

A W Pannett, A J Matthews, D Greenfields, M R Catterway, L E Holland, A Maguire, S Anderson, B Stapp, J S Wheeley, V E Andress, G F Clarke, R Taylor, R J Kemp, Hazel James, Mary Noakes, M Harrington, Laura Holland, J Swell, Shirley ?, ? Wood

Can anybody add more names?

Photo:Class VA c. 1950

Class VA c. 1950

From the private collection of Fred Hards

This page was added on 02/11/2008.
Comments about this page

Although not a pupil of Brighton Intermediate School, I did attend Fawcett School from September 1954 until April 1956 after the Intermediate School was renamed Fawcett Secondary Modern and Margaret Hardy School for Girls. What has awakened my interest is when the school was split and renamed?

By John Wignall (02/11/2008)

Brighton Intermediate Girls School became Maragaret Hardy School 1945/6. I was a pupil at Intermediate from 1940-1945.

By Rita Denman (nee Cooper) (12/11/2008)

Class V 1950: I can provide the names of the students in the Class photo:
Top row - left to right: Tony Matthews, Horace Crudge, Peter Vinall, R.Hards, Maurice Cattaway, T.Maguire, Alan Wilson Middle row: Graham Clarke, Ted Bartup, Michael Harrington, Laurence Holland, A.Pannett, D.Greenfield, John Sweet, R.Kemp, Derek Wood
Girls: Laura Holland, Marlene Plummer, Mary Noakes (now Clarke), Hazel James(now Cattaway), Shirley Sopp, Nina Hinton, Sylvia Anderson, Pat Hayes, Barbara Aicard

By Mary Clarke (nee Noakes) (28/11/2008)

I attended BIS from 1936 to 1940. Very pleased to see thet the school has made its entry into this site.

By Eric Feast (30/06/2009)

I am the niece of Horace Crudge who sadly passed away recently. I just wanted to mention that when I was a little girl, I was given an old school ruler. Etched upon it were the names Horace Crudge and Mary Noakes. The name has always stuck in my mind, finally I get to put a name to the face.

By Sue Tompsett (20/09/2009)

When scanning a recent posting on this site I was sorry to learn of Horace Crudge's death.It was my name on the ruler and I remember him well.We used to go to watch the Brighton Tigers" play ice hockey. My husband, Graham, also recalls the many happy times we had in the Fifth Form.It would be interesting if there are any more class members who might add their comments.

By Mary Clarke (nee Noakes) (08/02/2010)

I was a pupil at BIS from 1941 to 1945 when Mr Cooper was headmaster. I also remember Mr Webb, French master, Mr Black, Mr Coxhead I think art.  I also remember having to use desks which had been charred when incendiary bombs burnt the top. I don't remember when that was.

By Terry Shorter (27/05/2010)

I am the youngest daughter of Marlene Plummer. I was searching for an old school friend of hers and came across this photo - my daughter had a little giggle at her nanny.

By Kate Edwards (26/05/2011)

I went to Margaret Hardy County Secondary School in 1947 until 1952. My brother went to Fawcett School which were together with seperate entrances. I still have my old School Reports which are headed with Margaret Hardy CSS. I don't remember them under any other name. In the 1950s photo the boys and girls are together. Was that for the photo only? Miss Fairhurst Scott was the Headmistress when I went to the school. The building was quite old and was very cold in the winter. The Assembly Hall was big and doubled as our gym. My grandmother was top student of the school (under another name) in 1900. Students in year five wore a navy skirt, white blouse with navy/green striped tie, navy coat and beret. The girls in photo are wearing ordinary clothes. Please explain.

By Jennifer Goddard nee Norrell (15/04/2012)

Have just come across this fascinating web site. I was at Brighton Intermediate School during the war years. Faculty remembered were Headmaster Mr. Cooper and Messers. Hills, Schaerer, Coxhead, Webb, and Spathaky. In my class year were Dereck Askey, Norman Cooper, Pat Higgins, Peter Baynton (now living in Winnipeg, Canada), Gordon Lawson (deceased), Alfie Coates (deceased), also ?? Day, ?? Nelson and ?? Stevens. On Sunday, August 25, 1940, the school was fire-bombed and the top floor and roof severely damaged. Students were placed in different Brighton schools including the Technical College opposite The Level and the Art College in Grand Parade. Later some pupils were evacuated to Yorkshire; we were bussed daily to Doncaster High School, where the Headmaster — Mr. Felton — roamed the corridors with mortar board and black gown flowing behind him. (It seemed the strange Brighton accents of his new charges did not “sit well”!) Among Brighton teachers (pulled out of retirement) who accompanied us north were Mr. Blackman and Miss Davis among others. Coming back to Brighton was the end of my school days. I wonder if any of those guys I mention above are still around? Brighton Intermediate’s official punishment strap was all part of the experience (“Go to the Office, boy; get ‘The Book’ “), but I have many good memories of this excellent old school. By John Cecil (now in Oregon, USA).

By John A. Cecil (23/04/2012)

Re the Class of 1950 on the Brighton Intermediate site. I was interested to read the comment regarding Marlene Plummer. I was a close friend and often stayed at her house in Fisher Street in Lewes and she stayed at my house and spent lunchtimes too.

By Mary Clarke nee Noakes (20/03/2013)

Just browsing and found this site. I was at Intermediate School 1944-49. I recognise some of the names, sorry to see so many have passed away.

By Betty Hagger (South) (07/07/2013)

My father Patrick Lumsden went to Brighton Intermediate from about 1939 -1945. Sadly he passed away in March this year but often talked fondly about those years. Always said the war and air raids interupted education for many children.

By Belinda Lumsden (08/07/2013)

Re the Class of 1950 message for Mary Clarke nee Noakes. Hello Mary, I am Marlene Plummers' daughter, you are her school friend we were trying to find. Mum would love to get in touch with you to catch up on the past 60 years!

By Kate Edwards (02/01/2014)

I was scouring the internet for ancestral information relating to a school project when I came upon this site. I am the 11 year old grandson of Maurice and Hazel Cattaway. Having never really seen a picture of them in younger years, this was very helpful to find.

By Finn Cattaway (15/02/2014)

Maurice Cattaway. Top Row 3rd From Right.

By Finn Cattaway (17/02/2014)

I joined the school in September 1949, and it was then known as Fawcett Secondary Modern, with Margaret Hardy school in the adjacent building. Mr Carter was the head, with Mr Coxhead as the deputy. Mr Ross was also there, but he died during 1951 after a short illness.

A tough school with the strap being administered and detention given if you stepped out of line. But we survived.

By John Boxell (17/02/2014)

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