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Class photograph 1955

To add to the names on the photo are:-

Back row 4th from right William Mc Whirter,

2nd row from bottom 1st from right Denis Morris and same row 4th girl from right Judith Samson.

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Patcham Secondary School
From the private collection of Mary Smith

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  • Not Class 4a I’m affraid. This photo is 1953. The class teacher 4th from the left 2nd row up is Miss Smart. I am on the far right on 2nd row next to Jennifer Wickham. I left the school Easter 1956 from 4A, therefore the form must be 2A. I am puzzled as to why the chalkboard is showing Form 8, I can only assume that for a short period the form numbering system must have been changed. Anyway I’ll fill the names in as best I can remember.
    Reading left to right (bottom row):
    Row 1:- Peter Jones, Geoffrey Hudson, Brian Card, Melvyn Dunk, ?, Robin Tulley.
    Row 2:- ?, ?, Julia ?, Miss Smart, Gloria Gaston, ? Ellis, Jennifer Wickham.
    Row 3:- ?, ?, ?, Gwenda Fitt, ?, ?, Janet Lawton, Susanne Sutton.
    Row 4:- John West, ?, Ian Tracey, ?, Andrew Hillier, ?, Peter Morris, Desmond Worsfold, John Della.
    John West became head boy when in the 4th year. Hope this helps Mary. I note that you say that William McWhirter is in the picture, is it the same Billie McWhirter who lived in Fernhurst Crescent, Hollingbury?

    By Dave Cresdee (24/01/2017)
  • I am very glad I found this photo, it brings back so many memories! I am in the 3rd row up, 2nd from the left, and my twin sister, Andrea, is 6th from the left. I remember most of the faces and a lot of the names now they’ve been mentioned. I also remember our (History?) teacher Mr. Packham, and our music teacher, Miss West, I think. I probably didn’t appreciate it at the time, but looking back, she was a wonderful teacher and my appreciation of music stems from those days!!

    By Cynthia Wood (01/06/2019)

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