Moulsecoomb Secondary School

Photo:Moulsecoomb Secondary Modern

Moulsecoomb Secondary Modern

Paul Clarkson

Photo:The girls entrance before the new hall was built

The girls entrance before the new hall was built

Paul Clarkson

Photo:School report 1968-73

School report 1968-73

Paul Clarkson

The late 1960s to early 1970s

By Paul Clarkson

Original building in 1929

Moulsecoomb primary school was built in 1929 and then extended over the years. The entrance to the infants was from Hodshrove Lane and the juniors was from Hillside. The main building on the Lewes Road came next and was the secondary school for over fifty years before it became part of the primary school. My Mum and Dad both went to the school in the 1940s as they lived on the estate.

Some classes in 'nissen huts'

While I attended a new hall was built which took up half of the girls' playground. This unfortunately meant that the girls had to go through the boys' playground every morning, and on snowy days had to run the risk of being pelted with snow. There were additional classes in buildings similar to nissen huts, which were situated behind the school going up towards the primary schools. 

My off white shirt

I went there from 1968-1973 when the Headmaster was Mr Evans, a rather fearsome chap nick-named by the pupils as 'Streaky' although we never knew why. The teachers were very strict and the cane and slipper were readily used to instill discipline. Detentions were given out for bad behaviour, lateness and poor work. We mostly did as we were told and if you didn't then there was hell to pay, even worse was being sent to see Mr Evans. I once wore a slightly off white shirt and my teacher deliberately sent me down to the office with the register, so it would get noticed by Mr Evans. The relevant punishment was to be sent home to change and make up the time after school.

Did you attend Moulsecoomb Secondary School? Share your memories by posting a comment below.

Wide open spaces

We were very lucky to have the wide open spaces around the school for break-time and sports lessons. I loved playing football and we used to play on the field between Moulsecoomb Way and Hodshrove Lane. On a cold day the wind would cut you in half and as the ball was usually of the old style leather with laces you didn't want to get in the way of it too often.

Remembering teachers

The teachers I can remember were Mr Widdup, Mr Bear, Mr Rex, Mr Drakeford, Mr Nix, Mr Leckie, Mr Catchpole, Mr Gregory, Mr Merritt, Mr Peskett, Mr Hindmarsh, Mr Stockbridge, Mr Homer, Mr Tiller, Mr Welch, Mr Hargreaves, Miss Cowl, Miss Dawson, Mrs Merryfield, Miss Mitchell and Miss Dixon. My Mum was taught cookery by Miss Neat in the 40's who was still there in the 60's to teach my sister. 

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I remember my first day at Moulsecoomb seniors in September 1968. My parents had been given a list of all the items I would need which included things like the blazer, tie, PE kit, football boots and gym shoes. It was the first day I had ever worn long trousers as well. It was quite scary because some of the teachers' reputations had gone before them, especially Mr Evans, Mr Widdup and Mr Rex. Mr Widdup was the PE teacher who made our lives a misery in that first year, luckily I never had Mr Rex as a teacher but I did clash with Mr Evans on a couple of occasions. Added to this was the rivalry of the other pupils who had come from other primary schools in Brighton, some of them were friendly but some of the others wanted to make their mark on us 'Scoomber's' as we were known then. I believe now that it was a good school and I'm glad I went there even though it was tough at times, it gave me a good basic education.

By Paul Clarkson (11/09/2015)

I was there the same time as you Paul. I left in 1974, and we were the first year to have to stay on for the 5th year, depending on when your birthday was!...Happy days! 

By Sandra Sibbald (Harris) (16/06/2016)

Hi Sandra, yes you're right because I left in 1973 and we were the last year to have the option to leave in the 4th year. I enjoyed the 5th year as the teachers tended to treat you more like equals. I got the 'O' level I wanted which was Art with a top grade under Miss Dawson, she was very supportive and there were only two of us in the class for the whole year.

By Paul Clarkson (17/06/2016)

I attended this school and loved it.  I left in the summer of 1972 at age 14+ and worked at Woolworths on Western Road until I was old enough to join the Navy.  I can remember Mr. Homer's predictions of the yellow peril coming over the hills at Wild Park, Mr. Drakeford and the cane, changing the words to some songs in his class as we sang them made him lose it.  I spent hours learning about manners from the Tech Drawing teacher who we would distract with questions about boxing and watch him wander off into the subject.  I remember being in the school plays. I remember Mrs. Merryfield - Oh how I loved that woman.  I once stopped at her very beautiful house during a cross country run.  I think she was my first love as an infatuated young boy.  Remember putting iron filings in the furnace in the metalwork shop to make sparks and will never forget the glue pots in woodwork.  Mr. Leckie made me love literature and have a tolerance for cricket.

By Andrew Deacon (04/07/2016)

We moved from Boston Street, Brighton in the mid 50s to Moulscoomb and went to the Moulscoomb infants/ juniors and seniors from 1956/ 66. l remember all the teachers from the seniors, and it's true the cane/slipper came out if you as much were to run along the corridor. We had Mr Widdup as class teacher also he took PE which l hated, l left school in 1966 and straight into work and for me l learned more than l did at school but that was my fault. The only thing l enjoyed was the art class, the only thing l was any good at.

By Dave Guildford (24/07/2016)

I went to Moulscoomb School in 1972. My teachers were Miss Thompson, Mr Holmer, Miss Cow, Mr Hargraves was my form teacher, Mr Tiller was my art teacher and Mr Bear, Mr Merit and Miss Mitchell. I hated going to school so when I was in the fourth year Mr Homer told me I looked too old to be in school so I used to bunk of with Sue Southern. We would go over to the shop opposite the school, Woolvens, get a quarter of sweets, go back to Sue's house in Southall Ave, stay there till 3.30 then I'd go home. Bless him I loved that teacher! Mr Catchpole was deputy head, Mr Evans was headteacher, Miss Dixon was cookery teacher and I still see her now up at Asda bless her heart. Don't see anyone from my class now. I remember Linda Ockenden, Tayna Jackson, Sue Barcock, Lisa and Jackie Gibbs, Amanda Lord, Lorraine Chambers, Beverley Dawson, Kevin Beard, Paul Chippendale, Ian Sinclair, Steve Bean. I wonder where these people are now.

By Lesley Shortman (nee Hope) (08/08/2016)

I also went to Moulsecoomb School. I took sewing classes at the school and borrowed £25.00 off my dad to buy a sewing machine and paid back out of my paper round money. I then worked in a factory making under wear for M&S. Have my own business now.

By Kim petts (21/08/2016)

Thank you Paul for the intriguing article. It brought back vivid memories.I taught English 69-74. Would be privileged if anyone would like contact me. I certainly remember Andrew Deacon and Sandra Harris. Pls use my email..... jon.leckey@gmail.com.

Cheers All

Jon Leckey

 

By Jon Leckey (24/03/2017)

To Jon Leckey, first of all many apologies for spelling your name wrong, it was a long time ago. You were my form teacher in 1971-2 when I was in my 4th year. I am very pleased that you have seen my page on this site and I will email you very shortly with some more memories about my days at Moulsecoomb School, after which you may remember me!

By Paul Clarkson (25/03/2017)

Hi, I was at this school from 1965 through 1970; I stayed on for the extra year to get my O levels. 

By Tony Wright (08/11/2017)

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