Outside toilets and exercise in the graveyard

St Andrew's School | Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection
St Andrew's School
Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection

Herod in the nativity play

I went to St Andrews School in George Street. The teachers I remember particularly were Mr Leany and Miss Bowyer, both of whom I remember with affection. Mr Whiting was a great headmaster although I was not as fond of his successor Mr Evans. I remember him taking great delight in afflicting country dancing on us all. I remember as we had no sports field we were taken to the graveyard next door to run amongst the tombstones. I remember appearing in a nativity play at the church; I was Herod.

Dangerous outdoor toilets

What I do remember with no affection whatsoever were the outside toilets. Great fun on a freezing snowy day and quite dangerous when the moisture on the floors froze. Other friends and fellow pupils I remember are Brenda Grubb, Brian Smeed, Anthony Bloom and Michael Coombes. I was saddened to hear that the school closed as I was a third generation pupil.

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Little has changed

I also recall a trip to London and St Paul’s. I remember the crypt and Nelson’s and Wellington’s tombs. I also recall a trip to Hastings and I was very fond after school, of visiting Hove Museum. I also remember a pupil whose name I can’t remember but whose father was a butcher having a terrible accident at their shop and losing fingers in the sausage machine. I lived at 37 Blatchington Road. Looking at it on Google Earth, I have now lived in Australia for many years, I am amazed how little it has changed.

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  • Keith Kent my old friend from George St. school. Through this page I regained contact with him, unfortunately as we age and memories linger, Keith has passed away over a year now in Devonport, Tasmania. 

    By Richard White (12/05/2016)
  • Does anyone remember going to Wish Road Park to play softball?

    By Alan Smith (23/06/2016)
  • I remember playing soccer at Wish Road Park, going on the bus with Mr Evans packed three to a seat. But I have a question, did George Street School have lights in the classroom?

    By Richard White (13/12/2016)
  • I was a pupil at George Street school in the early 1950s.  Mr. Leaney was a lovely teacher but Mr. and Mrs. Evans (Mr. Evans being the headmaster) was quite a cruel man and seemed to enjoy inflicting the cane on certain male students.   I remember too Mrs. Evans slapping the back of my leg for talking in class, think she followed in her husband’s footsteps.   How times have changed.  I also remember Mrs. Steele, she too was a lovely teacher and Mr. Gardener who was our music teacher, rather strict but a very decent person I recall.   I remember quite a few of my classmates too and wonder if they would care to re-kindle our friendship – Susan Cassidy (nee Dale) and I lived originally at 38 Sackville Road, Hove and then 122 Portland Road, Hove


    By Susan Cassidy (26/08/2018)
  • I remember St Andrews with great affection. Yes it had outside toilets and yes we played in the church yard, but compared to secondary school it was a blast.

    I joined in 66-67 and went into the junior part of the school, but it was the juniors I remember best of all. Miss Golding would whack the blackboard with her yardstick and yell, “Wake up, England!” We had Mrs Mitchell for country dancing, but our final teacher was a star: Mr Edwards. His name was Edward Jones, but because G Holder Jones was the headmaster, to save confusion, he became Mr Edwards.

    With small classes (only 120 children between infants and juniors) it made for a really good learning experience. I remember the sports day down at Wish Park, swimming passes for King Alfred swimming pool and trips to Hove Rec to play football.

    For some reason, I remember going to church on Wednesdays mornings, but I’m sure I will be corrected if I have that wrong. Good times.

    By Nick Byford (22/05/2020)

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