Hove Grammar School old boys

We have a website which is run by the remnants of the old boys association (now defunct) – for your interest and as an online archive of the school as we remember it – may even find an image of yourself as you once were.

We are actively seeking more images and anecdotes about the school so why not roust around in your attic (you know you always meant to) and scan those images, then send them by email to web@hovegrammarschool.org.uk. Arrangements can be made for you to send them to us and we will do the scanning for you and return the photos.

Our school days at the “County” (as it was commonly known until about 1957) raise a variety of emotions. Some loved it and wish that things were like that again but others have mixed feelings or even have downright distaste for the old order. The Guest Book on the opening page of the website gives you an opportunity to let us know you’re still around and you may even like to let us know how you are getting on.

Many have used the site to tell all what they think about their “grammar school education” and some try to contact old friends. Website at: www.hovegrammarschool.org.uk

Comments about this page

  • Well done Bob! It’s about time some of the old boys came out of the woodwork and made contact with others.

    By Nick Pattenden (12/04/2012)
  • Hi Bob, Just found this page. I was at Hove County until 1955. I am now retired for the 3rd time and living in Berkshire.

    By Mel Davies (17/12/2012)
  • 1963 Boxing competition Knoll v Hove Grammar - I have passed some photos and information over to the Hove Grammar website so watch that space, Its also on my Knoll Boys facebook page.

    By Derek Mann (30/12/2013)
  • Hi Bob – thanks for keeping something to do with the old school going.  I was there from 1960-67.  Generally I have good memories of my time there and remember the names of several former class-mates.

    By Mike Stephens (03/04/2015)
  • Interested to know where my old muckers are now. I know there’s a book on the old school. Says there have been no poets or writers…not true! I for one. I attended HCGS(B) 1963-1970 under two headmasters Greatwood and Williamson.

    By Ivor Guild (16/12/2019)
  • It’s sad that so little has been written about HCGS. And it seems the old boys web site is no longer available. I was there from 1955 until 1960, when Mr Greatwood, or Bouncer as he was known was head.

    By Rodger Olive (17/12/2019)
  • If anyone stumbles on this site, there is now a history of the school: William H. Brock, “Looking Back: Hove Grammar School for Boys 1936-1979” (Grosvenor House Publishing: Tilworth, Surrey, 2018). Copies are available at Hove Library, and The Keep, Falmer.

    By William H. Brock (12/01/2020)
  • I was at the school from 1947 to 1952 and knew Bill Brock well. I was in form 5b. I enjoyed the music class very much.

    By John Humphreys (24/06/2020)
  • Nice to know there is still some interest in the old school. I was there from Sept 52 till Dec 57. I can remember most of the masters, Greatwood was head. Funnily, years later, when it had become co-Ed, my daughter attended in the late 70’s & took great delight in trying to spot me in the old school photos in the corridors.

    By Gordon Coleman (08/02/2021)
  • I have just finished reading William Brock’s book which was fascinating. I was at the school from 63 to 71 and it bought back so many memories. For instance, I was in Switzerland when Mr Playll was hit by the tram.
    Although not actually in the 1970 production of “Pirates” I recorded the show for selling copies to the families to help raise funds. If anyone is interested, I still have the recording and more than happy to share (at no cost)!
    As I say, a great book.

    By Laurence Edwin Leng (26/02/2021)

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