Memories of the 1950s
East Sussex records show Knoll School for Boys opened in 1931/1932. The girls school opened a few years later. The school was in two halves the boys to the west and the girls to the east; they were divided by the assembly hall and head teacher’s offices. The classrooms were built around a quadrangle. The main games field was a good walk away in Hangleton. In 1980 the school was replaced by a business centre.
Remembering our teachers
I was at the Knoll School from 1955 to 1959 and am amazed that nothing has been written about the it. Miss Shields was our headmistress; she could make you shake in your shoes with one of her looks. Miss Barnard (Maths) and Miss Metcalf I remember as being good teachers and very encouraging. Miss Dickenson (Dicky Doughnut) took us for art and Miss Wolfenden for Sport and Science (I think).
Punished if we forgot our berets
We had to walk all the way back to school after games on our sports field in Hangleton. We had to do lines if we forgot to wear our berets. We had great times in the kitchens during Domestic Science and produced some very tasty goods. We were also very popular with the boys after school, they used to hang around the school gates waiting for us.
Our annual athletics
We had annual athletics at the Greyhound Stadium and we were very competitive against other local schools, Mile Oak in particular. I once ran the 100 yards for Sussex but was disqualified for running out of my lane.