Sharing memories

5th Form in 1975
From the private collection of Derek Mann

A Facebook page started 2011

In December 2011 I started a Facebook site ‘Knoll School for Boys’. I started it mainly to get more photos and information from my time there 1972 to 1976. But over the last year it has gone way past that and there are more photos and memories from the 50s & 60s than the 70s. That’s a good thing as with this site and other sites the more information and shared memories out there the better. So please check it out and share your memories with us.

5th Form in 1975

The photograph here was taken in 1975 of a group of the 5th form (year 11 in ‘new money’) in the main hall where assembly used to be held every morning. It features works of art from Mr Smith’s and Derek Cooke’s art classes and I am in the centre right look studiously at the chess board. Other fashion victims of the era include Billy Slaney behind me looking like a cat in headlights, Keith Saunders leaning over the chair to the far left of me and other dubious individuals who may see and read this and get in touch or wish to add ‘names to the frame’.

If you recognise yourself, or anyone else, or can share your memories of this time, please leave a comment below.

Comments about this page

  • Hi Derek, I would like to invite you to the Knollites Reunion and Christmas Party on Monday 9th December 2013 at the St Richards Community Centre, Egmont Road, Hove BN3 7FP from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. I understand that you and your mates are younger than us (me 1955-1959) but it would be great to relive memories. I have a copy of the school photo taken in 1959 and a huge photo album. Contact details (

    By Mike Hookham (25/09/2013)
  • Hi Mike, thanks for the invite. I’ll try and drop in. I’ve also posted your meeting information on the Facebook page I run for Knoll Boys.

    By Derek Mann (20/10/2013)
  • Hi Derek, great to see you this year. We are having a Christmas Party and Reunion on Monday 8th December 2014 at the St Richards Community Centre, Egmont Road, Hove BN3 7FP from 2pm until 6pm. I would like to invite you along as a guest and hope you can make it. Regards.

    By Mike Hookham (09/11/2014)
  • I attended Knoll in ’76, left in the September. Can I call myself a Knollite?

    By Patrick Doyle (22/08/2016)
  • Hi Patrick, the answer is “Yes” so see you at our next Old Knollonians (Knollites) social meeting on Monday 10th September 2018 at St Richard’s Community Centre, Egmont Road, Hove BN3 7FP from 2.00pm until 4.00pm. See you there. Best wishes. PS Although it took me two years to the day to reply – better late than never.

    By Mike Hookham (23/08/2018)
  • I would like to take this opportunity to say I was a knoll School Boy during 1965 / 1970. I welcome anybody who knows me to get in touch.

    By Trevor Mines (12/04/2023)

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