Patcham Fawcett School

The final days

By David West

I took these pictures in the last days of the school upon demolition. You can make out most of the buildings, except C-Block which had already gone.

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Photo:View of Patcham Fawcett from Ladies Mile Road

View of Patcham Fawcett from Ladies Mile Road

Photo by David West

Photo:The interior of the pool (amalgamated images)

The interior of the pool (amalgamated images)

Photo by David West

Photo:View from H Block (Hall already demolished)

View from H Block (Hall already demolished)

Photo by David West

Photo:Rear of H Block, gym and iconic water tower in shot

Rear of H Block, gym and iconic water tower in shot

Photo by David West

Photo:Admin block and view of S block accross courtyard (from where C Block stood)

Admin block and view of S block accross courtyard (from where C Block stood)

Photo by David West

Photo:Panorama of the school plot from the entrance on Ladies Mile Road

Panorama of the school plot from the entrance on Ladies Mile Road

Photo by David West

This page was added on 23/02/2013.
Comments about this page

Mr 'Pete' Holland died on 14/2/13. Six months earlier he was in hospital where I work. We had a many a talk about the old school. One thing we agreed on was that it was a waste to demolish the swimming pool and gym. Both would have made a good community asset!

By Ri (24/02/2013)

Very sad to hear about Mr Holland passing away. He was a smashing bloke, but you never messed around in his class. RIP Pete and your flying Blackboard Rubber ;)

By Andy Mountford (26/02/2013)

Pete Holland was one of the best teachers at Fawcett. He was a good biology teacher and sports teacher. He always made you try and did not give up on anyone.

By Jim Watson (24/06/2013)

Thank you David for these photos. Whenever I revisit Brighton to see my daughter I often drive past the housing that now occupies this site and remember my days at Fawcett. To be honest, most of them were not great days, however I do have some fond memories - completing a 24 hour volleyball game for charity in '78 or '79, awful French language taught by Mrs Branwood, in whose lessons I would always misbehave, (who I met again about 10 years after leaving Fawcett and she was such a sweet lady - did I feel guilty!), swimming lessons in the pool (it looks a lot smaller than I remember) and sliding down the hand-rails between the top and bottom courtyards. I need to get my thinking-head on now to remember some of the teachers names. Who was the tutor who we all called 'the puppet' because of the way he talked?

By barry (30/06/2013)

Those buildings were up for less than 30 years. What an absolute waste of money!

By Janet Beal (01/07/2013)

Jez Bolton was the one they called 'the puppet'; my brother, Colin Bodle (1970-75) remembers him well as one of his form teachers. Shame about Pere Holland he was my form teacher for a term when I was there 1974-79 along with Mr Ashdown, science, Mr Lloyd, maths and Des Moore, English.

By Malcolm Bodle (21/09/2013)

It's nice to see the old place in rubble. Except for one or two good teachers, and my friends, my whole time there was a dread-filled horror. I would rue the saying: the best years of your life are your school years - thinking that nothing could be worse that this! 

By Chaz Wyman (10/02/2014)

I agree with Chaz. It was a dreadful place.  I was there from 75 to 78 and I hated every minute. Nothing but bad memories for me and I am glad to see the place gone

By Andy Mountford (20/02/2014)

Can understand that some hated the place but I loved it. Was there on the first day in 1965 and to me it will always be remembered with happy memories.

By Barry Lindfield (19/09/2014)

Living almost on site. Some names I remember from 1971-76: Mr Hodder Head. Mr A Parker deputy head. Mr W Rex, maths. Mr C Ashdown science. Mr P Holland biology. Mr W Walker. Mrs Branwood french. Mr Richards music. Mr Seddon woodwork. Mr Sambrook woodwork. Mr Pollet, art. Mr Mitchell pottery. Mr Trustler metalwork. Mr M Packham history. Mr D Taylor technical drawing. Mr D Moore R.E. Mr Griffiths ? Mr Kenwick? Mr Wallington geography. Mr R Dyer. Mr C Cook, maths. Mr F Ingham maths. Mr A White (Bert) maths. Mrs Holkham typing. Mr G Wilcox. Mr G Scheveren. Mr A Diffy gym/games/ swimming, and Mr Walters woodwork. Mr Treagear also taught my 3 children.

By A Potter (19/10/2014)

I found out today that Geoff Schaverien died three years back. Gutted.  He was one of the teachers that took us on a school ski trip to France back in 77. He was such a lovely guy.  Died of pancreatic cancer in 2012 aged 64.  Apologies if already posted.

By Andy Mountford (20/11/2015)

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