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Remembering Patcham Fawcett School

Patcham Fawcett School prior to demolition -House (H) block from the middle quad
Photo by Derek Neal

Just been reading all the comments regarding Patcham Fawcett School. Has taken me back a few years Started in 1967 at the old school close to St Peters Church. First year was okay, then the move to the new School at the top of Ladies Mile Road. I was in the second year when we moved in. Was quite a place to move into, yes the first school to have its own indoor swimming pool. although a bit of a bus ride to go out to.

On top of a hill was not the best place to put the new school, especially on wet windy days. There was one occasion when it started to snow, after a couple of hours we were told to go home. By then the bus was not running so I was a long walk home to Brighton. I was close to being a snowman when I got home and my mother had to try to defrost me without causing more pain to my body.

Bill Sheald (flycatcher he was referred to), was my first School Master But there were some good teachers there. Got me through my GCE’s and CSE’s to go out in life. So I do owe credit to them. I worked for a building company for a while when my next move took me up to Cumbria. Then moved down to Somerset. where I reside now. So still hold good memories.

I was not aware of the poor build in the construction until I was looking up on the the web. Construction has been part of me for many years. 68 years old now but still enjoying life. Any of the old gang I grew up with, if you wish to add comments please do!

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