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I attended this school in 1978-1982. Mr Finnie was the then headmaster. It's a shame this school was demolished as it was a great building with loads of character. My dad also attended this school when it was St John The Baptist.

By Fiona Toner (11/11/2006)

Hello Fiona. I also attended St. John the Baptist. Was your dad Michael Toner by any chance?

By Mick Peirson (15/11/2006)

In 1993 I bought my house in Ovingdean, partly unfinished. I obtained from the demolition firm tearing down the school, the last few bundles of the wood floor from the gymnasium and put it down in my kitchen and hallway. The wooden blocks still have many markings from the old games courts which were originally laid out in the gym, so I have random blue, white, red and yellow bands across the floor. I always tell visitors where it came from. I am pleased to have secured some little part of the school's history.

By Steve Wedd (18/11/2006)

Yes Mike, my dad is Michael Toner. I will ask him if he remembers you.

By Fiona Toner (21/11/2006)

Yes, I was at the St John the Baptist School at Woodingdean and left the school July 1955.

By Michael Toner (21/11/2006)

Is this the Micheal Toner that had a twin sister? I also attended St John the Baptist and I left there in 1954 to immigrate, with my family to America.

By Eddie Waller (10/12/2006)

No Eddie, I'm afraid it's not the same Michael Toner. My Dad didn't have a twin sister, although he did have sisters.

By Fiona Toner (15/12/2006)

I left this school in 1989 and I believe that my year was the very last year to attend the school before it closed. I loved that school, it is a great shame it has gone. Mr Finnie was also the headmaster when I started there! So many happy memories brought back from those pictures, especially the last one of the playground. Do you have anymore?

By Shane Holland (13/02/2007)

I started at the Woodingdean school in 1955. Does anyone remember me? Would love to correspond as I now live in Australia.

By Jackie Gladwell (20/02/2007)

Hello Jackie. If you would like to talk about the old school send an email to mickfpeirson@btinternet.com  It would be interesting to remember names from the past, I remember a few. Best wishes.

By Mick Peirson (04/03/2007)

I went to Fitzherbert in 1985/1986 and I was in class 1S. I had moved from Ireland even though I was born in Brighton in 1977. I was fully Irish, however Mr Finnie and Ms McCullough always treated me like everybody else, and my fellow students were just fantastic. It had so much that my school back in Ireland did not. I have fond memories of Fitzherbert and I remember a few names too: Fay Elliot, Purdey Hardey (I think Purdey was in my monitor group), Ryan Clarke. I visit Brighton twice a year, but I have not got talking to anyone yet who was in my year.

By Donal Donnelly (18/03/2007)

I attended here from Sept 1953 when a Mr O'Hara was headmaster. It was a great school, many children came here from St Joesph's in Milton Road. Please has anyone got any photos from about 1945 onwards of St Joesph's School or any thing else relevant, eg class, playground or anything to do with the school? Here's hoping.

By Mary Smith (29/03/2007)

I went to Fitzherbert in1968/1972, Mr. Ivory was the headmaster for my first year.Then John Finnie took over, things changed overnight, for the better. I came from Moulscoomb school, me and a girl called Anita Hussay, whom I am told died not long after she left school. A couple of years before it was demolished I went back to the old school and took 30 odd photographs front and back. To be honest it wasn't the best years of my life, they came later when I started a family. The photos I took - Brighton museum want them!

By Martin Phillips (30/04/2007)

Hi everyone, I attended "Fizzysherbert" from 1964/1969. Does anyone remember the great snows - especially the 1967 snow-ins when the kids from Seaford and Newhaven had to sleep at school and get food from Ghazel's opposite? The rest of us had to walk across fields from Moulsecoomb in knee-high snow, through Bevendean Valley and up the other side to Woodingdean (we got detention for being late!). We had some fun though, and being the quietest one, I didn't get blamed for the pranks! I am still in contact with a few old schoolmates.

By Mary Funnell (Bamber) (05/05/2007)

I was at Fitzherberts from 1957-1961. I remember Mr Ivory, Mr Liddell, Miss de Mohyn, Miss Groundsell, (Smith), Miss Caveney, pupils Theresa Bliss (who tragically died), Maureen Lydford, Michael Timoney. I was one of the convent girls from Convent of Mercey. Does anyone remember any of us?  gswaller06@aol.com

By Sandie (Edna Taylor) Waller (25/05/2007)

I attended this school from 1940-49. Mr Peachey was the headmaster. I also remember Misses Nash, Wills and Retchless) and "Pop" Hemsley. I think I have the correct spellings. I remember it being a very cold school. The toilets were outside the main building and were very uncomfortable. The boys played a very agressive game in the yard where certain "volunteers" were lined up against the school wall and pelted with tennis balls. If you got hit it was your turn to come off the wall and pelt the others. Our "dinner" meals were brought up from Brighton in steel boxes and reheated in the school gas ovens. It was wartime and the food was terrible by today's standards. Particularly the boiled cabbage which was tough, chewy and smelly. We also had lots of potatoes, these were often covered in black bruises; and suet pudding with very watery jam. We ate it because it was all that there was. We were allocated one-third of a pint of milk a day. Bad behavour was rewarded with either a cuff around the head or, for really bad, "six of the best' across the seat of the pants with a leather strap in the head's study. I think the girls pupils escaped. A wood and felt blackboard duster aimed at the head was a form of wake-up if found "lacking attention."  Tuition was the basic three "R's" which was drummed into us, but they stuck. We assembled in the school hall for prayers each morning. There was also a school play in December - mainly about the birth of Christ. I took part in one as one of the Three Kings. And we had regular "air raid" drill when we all assembled in the fronr of the building for roll call. Sometimes the air raid siren, situated on the green opposite the Downs Hotel, would sound and we evacuated the school to the shelters. The drill and the evacuations were always regarded as great fun as it meant less schooling for the day. We were never frightened. I used to live at the bottom of The Ridgeway, which was quite a way from Warren Farm School. This had to be walked to and fro each day in good and, sometimes awful weather, many time arriving home or at the school drowned to the skin. At 4pm each day when leaving school, we would rush along the road to the baker's shop to purchse a halfpenny roll. Sometimes we could buy a "stale" roll for half the price. Food was very scarce and we were generally hungry. I am still in contact with Cyril Weller and Margaret Brown who also attended Warren Farm and also attended the 50th Anniversary of D-Day where I met many of my old school chums. If anyone remembers me from those days please e-mail me.

By Robert Coe (19/08/2007)

I was there and I left the school in 1956. Mr O'Hara was the headmaster. I remember some of the class of 1956: Ann Pickett, Cynthia, Cliff and Alan Sayers. I wonder what happened to them? I emigrated to Australia in 1970.

By Michael J Hicks (06/09/2007)

Hi, I attended this school back between 1974 and 1979, the best school I've been to. My head master was Mr Finnie. Fiona Toner I remember you. Do you have a sister called sheena? Did you have strawberry blond hair? I think you were younger than me though I'm 40 now. Bridget Dowds, now Bridget Dawkins, I'm in Wiltshire now. Fitzherbert should still be standing.

By Bridget (24/09/2007)

Great to see these posts of the old school. I haven't been able to find very much memorabilia and seeing the photos bring back great memories. I attended Fitzherbert in 85/86 and Mr Finnie was the headmaster. He always frightened me back then. Would love to get in contact with anyone I was at school with who remembers me. I have a vague recollection of you Donal Donnelly.

By Faye Elliott (30/09/2007)

Fitzherbert R.C School. 1968/72 Martin Phillips e-mail address is martin.phillips97@ntlworld.com

By Martin Phillips (04/10/2007)

My best school times were spent at Fitzherbert School, I have so many memories I don't know where to begin. I used to love having Mr Finnie the Headmaster, (not sure if that's how you spell his name) for lessons when the teachers were off sick, because all he used to do was take us to see his beehive or his kestrels he had. I remember going into the School after it closed down to help clear it all out, me and a friend (Michelle Wood) ran round the school causing mayhem with only a handful of teachers trying to clear it out. We threw old desks out of the top floor windows because we were told to. Then we stumbled across a freezer full of ice pops which were meant to be given out on the last day (they were yummy). I'm very proud to be one of the last students ever to go to Fitzherbert School and I think I might be the last student to ever walk around the school as I went back some years later to do a protect on it and had to be shown round by a security guard, but I was really doing the showing round telling all the stories. It was a shame to see the woodwork room more or less burnt down thanks to idiots. But hey, like I said, I spent my best times at that school and will never forget it.

By Richard Green (05/10/2007)

I attend this school for one year from 1977-1978 (I was about 9 years old), and remember you in my class Fiona Toner, although I don't remember our teacher's name. I do remember that whenever there was any trouble, our teacher (she) went next door to get "Mr. Boss", who was very stern and loved to give smacks on bare bottoms (!). Mr. Boss also doubled as our chemistry teacher and I remember how one day we spent the entire lesson trying to figure out the name of the substance in a bunsen burner flame. It was just getting toward the end of the lesson, when I said "gas", and everybody clapped with relief that the guessing game was over.
One thing I really enjoyed at this school was the tuck shop, but mostly how everybody loved playing marbles. There were onesies, and Frenchies (marble coloured), and baubies (ball-bearings). In particular I remember a match between a young girl with a hu-u-uge swirled coloured marble, against an older boy's large ball-bearing. It was a 2-1 match in her favour, and of course every time she tried to hit his marble, her marble didn't travel very far. It was very easy for him to hit her marble and of course he won and she was extremely upset. I cannot understand why no-one here has mentioned the marble phenomenon because I never saw it at any other school!

By Christopher G. (19/10/2007)

I attended from 1979 to 1981 then escaped to Australia for stealing a loaf of bread. I remember being sent to Mr Finny's office on my last day and he shook my hand and wished me all the best. I was scared as hell of the teachers as they often shouted like a Sgt Major at the slightest indiscretion. I remember Mr Mitchell and Mr Hoare, I managed to meet Mr Mitchell on a working holiday back in the UK and had a chat with him and said how my schools in Australia were like a Butlins holiday camp compared to Fitzherbert. I also managed to meet up with nearly a dozen ex-Fitzherbert troopers and we had so many funny and scary tales to share.

By Joseph (16/11/2007)

Hey Bridget, yes I have a sister called Sheena, she is a year older.  Christoper the teacher's named is Miss Dillon .... Ithink.

By Fiona Toner (20/11/2007)

Hi Sandy Waller, I was at Fitzherbert from 1956 to 1961, I remember Peter Guy, Paul O'Brien, Howard Cotteril, Tony Luckins, Deidre Fields and many more. I went out with Joan Steptoe for quite some time. My older brothers Terry and Anthony were at the school also. My brother Gabriel followed me. My form teacher was Mr Crowley, history teacher was Mr Turner. I made the 5th form under the iron thumb of Mr Liddel. Frankly the good times at school were outnumbered by the awful times but we all survived and succeeded despite such a rotten education. I lived at 72 The Ridgeway, my mate was Robin Moyles whom I understand is now dead. Please remind me of some of the girls names.

By Cavan Butler (09/12/2007)

Hi Cavan, I've been trying to think of some of the girl's names. I was there till 1960. I remember Mr. Crowley and Mr. Turner, he told us of the time when he was a prisoner of war. Do you remember any of the convent girls who went there besides me?  I remember Michael George and Russel Ullah. Do you remember going to swimming lessons? A Miss Pike took us, she made me jump in and I went into shock, been frightened to swim ever since, allthough my husband did help me when I was 50 to get my certificate for the width. I think there was a Christine Knoblesdorf from the Convent - she had a Polish background. Wish I could remember more!

By Sandie Waller (11/12/2007)

Hi Fiona, your sister Sheena used to work at Allen West when I was there. Please ask her if she remembers me? Did you go to st Joseph's Infants' School? Do you have any photos of it or Cardinal Newman School?

By Bridget (01/01/2008)

I was at school there till july 1964 then I emigrated to Australia and became a professional musician/singer.
I remember Miss de Mohan..(strict but kind and fair). There was Mr Turner, kind and made history come alive for me, and the art teacher Miss ? who had curly fair hair with a Roman nose. Terrific teacher. I'd love to hear from anyone who remembers me: lindageorge8@bigpond.com.au

By Linda George (06/01/2008)

Hello there, I remember a school that was mad on playing marbles! There was a huge tree stump that we used to stand on and many kids were able to get on it as it was huge. But the marble thing was amazing, every chance we got we played the games and we made runs for the marbles to go into out of cardboard and had numbers on them and you won the number of marbles (I think this is how it went). If anyone can remember me it would be great! I was born in 1953 and was at the orphanage and adopted out and lived at 22 Harbour Way Shoreham-by-the-Sea. Would this school have been the closest one for me? Need to fill in some major blanks here guys! Thanks for any pics or info: mermaid53@aanet.com.au as I am in Australia now.

By Jeanette Davies (08/01/2008)

Hi cavan, do you remember me Helen Netley I was in your class and sat next to Paula Beldham, and in front of Howard Cotteril who used to pull my hair, that was third year Mr. Crowley. I was best friends with Maureen Lydford, Gina Herriot, Carol Fowley, June Taylor and Ann Miller whose parents had the cafe at the Broadway, Whitehawk. The boys, I remember Purdy, Peter, Guy, and Philip someone; I can see there faces but cant put names to them. Miss de Mohan was the teacher I was most frightened of; she seemed to pick on me every French lesson for no reason. It's so nostalgic to hear from all the people that went to the same school.

By Helen Netley (09/01/2008)

Hi, I used to have a French teacher, but can't remember her name, she was quite old. I was always playing marbles. There was little tuck shop down by the wall; I remember buying little football shaped crisps. If anyone remembers me or my brothers Patrick Dowds or Thomas Dowds please reply thank you.

By Bridget (12/01/2008)

Hi, I was at Fitzherbert from 1985 - 1988 and I just loved it. I thought Mr Finnie was a superb headmaster. I loved the view out of Mrs Gregan's classroom fire escape doors. We had Mrs Brownstone for PE and that science teacher - what was her name? - who could never control her class, I remember her standing on her beam in front of her desk with her flyway collars hissing "Will you be quiet!" totally ineffectively.
I always thought that the well under the school was a rumour and that the hauntings of the needlework room were too, although I did get stuck in there once when the handle came off the door.
The school had so much character, although being made to stand to one side when paying over dinner money because we didnt have it, was always, I thought, a tad unfair. It wasnt our fault that my parents were broke.
I was so upset when it was knocked down. I cant believe that Steve Wedd has managed to have some of the gym floor in his house - how wonderful.
Does anyone know if Mr Finnie is still around? Or Mrs Copley? Do you remember that BAG tune that we used to play out on our recorders?

By Natasha Howe (23/01/2008)

Hi Bridget. I think the old french teacher was called Miss De Mohan.

By Fiona Toner (23/01/2008)

Faye Elliot, I remember you very well, I see you left a comment many months ago, but if you happen to check back in please get in touch, dickie2iraq@hotmail.com

By Donal Donnelly (07/02/2008)

I attended Fitzherbert between 1986 and 1988 when my year was then moved straight to the 2nd year of Cardinal Newman in Hove. After that, my sisters (Rachel & Laura) and I then moved over to Australia. I loved the school building and think it's a real shame that it was demolished. I have great memories of the place though and wish I could have visited again before it disappeared forever.

By Lindsey Prescott (09/02/2008)

Hello Sandie Waller I also remember Theresa Bliss, Miss Caveney,  and Michael Timoney, he also died he lived in Whitehawk. I also remember Mr Crowley, Mr Ivory headmaster, Miss Pike, Miss de Mohan and Mr Turner.

By Roy Sargeant (09/02/2008)

Don't know if anyone remembers me, but I attended Fizzysherbert from about 1973 to 1977. Mr Finnie was Head, Mr lassaso was my other teacher and Mr Cusworth - wow I had such a crush on him!  My friends back there were Wilma Float (lovely girl), Marion Horan (had a major lust after Alan Darling - never knew what became of him), Corrine Vincent, Wendy Goode - can't recall anymore. Oh and Miss Edwards our sociable P.E teacher. If anyone remembers me, let me know.

By Maria Kirwan (20/02/2008)

I was at Fizthertbert. I remember you, Linda George.  I loved being at the school.  Remember in Mr Crowley's class if he caught you talking, he would throw what was known as the 'blackjack' at you.  If anyone remembers this quiet shy person, please get in touch at ginamj48@hotmail.co.uk

By Georgina Didcote (20/02/2008)

Yes, I remember a few of you. The teacher with the moustache was Mr Hore. He would poke his finger in your chest several times. It really hurt at the time. Does anyone remember when Mr Mitchell broke his ankle in Park Wood? I would like to hear more stories. The teachers were nothing but bullies.

By Simon Friend (28/02/2008)

Hi Mary Funnell nee Bamber, I remember the year of the snow. Those who had parents at home were allowed to go home so I walked with I think Ann Crossingham, Geraldine Eade and others who I can't quite recall. I also remember seeing the news that particular evening, helicopters had been called in to drop food parcels. My First Form teacher was Mrs Fitzgerald; a lovely lady. There was also Sister Mary Margaret, Mr Turner, Mr Crowley who I feared, Miss De Mohan and our PE Teacher Mrs Keywood. Do you remember the skiing trip to Engleberg?

By Isabel Canneaux (18/03/2008)

I believe my grandad Charles Vaughan (Charlie) went to this school in the 1920's. Is there any way I can find out any more information, photos etc regarding his life there and are there any documents confirming this?  Many thanks.

By Jenene Vaughan (18/03/2008)

Hello Maria Kirwan. I know the name, but do you have a sister called Lisa Kirwan, only I knew her quite well? I am Bridget Dawkins, was Bridget Dowds. Fitzherbert School was the best school in Brighton. Also, did you go to Cardinal Newman school?

By Bridget (22/03/2008)

Dear Helen Netley, thanks for replying, I just remembered this site, logged on and was so surprised to see your comment and I loved to hear all those names. I remember them all. I hated Mr Liddel, we called Mr Turner Bosch I suppose because as you said he was a prisoner of war? Miss De Mohun never inspired me to learn French, what a waste of talent. Peter Guy is on Friends Reunited. If you Google my name you will see what I am doing now for a living. Guess what Teaching! I have a school football team photo with all my mates in it if you want to see it. Try to get in touch.

By Cavan Butler (19/04/2008)

I attended 'Fizzy Sherbert' from 1971 until the end of 1974 when I emmigrated to Rhodesia, as it was then, Zimbabwe as it is now. I have mixed feelings about the school. Being catholic it was quite old fashioned in its approach to education and discipline (I felt the wrath and canes of Crowley and Finny on more than one occasion!) but there were a number of excellent teachers at the time namely Mr Turner (history, Mr & Mrs Jolly (maths & english) and a few others I can't recall the names of. One of these which stood out was our music teacher (again name forgotten) whose efforts to extract musicality from a bunch of yobbos went largely unrewarded with a few minor exceptions. One of these was a good friend and classmate Patrick Ryan who went on to perform in the Sally Army band. I tried, in vain, to play the violin and sang in the choir in St John The Baptist Church in Kemp Town much to the mirth of many of my fellow school mates who thought it rather less than macho. But there were girls in the choir which the rugby and cricket teams could not boast! Some other pupils in my year whose names I remember were:- Phillpo Lombardelli (excuse the spelling if it's wrong Phillipo), Peter Molloy, Christos Michael, Gayle Townsend, Laura Scholey and Adam Kochevsky. In general though I was more interested in girls from the years above me namely Beverley Simmons, whose parents ran a B&B off Edward Street in Brighton, the delightful Fiona Davenport, who I went out with for far too short a time before I ruined it all in a very naive way as I recall. There was Elizabeth Murphy and her friend whose name escapes me, with whom I had a great deal of fun on a school trip to Austria in 1973/4 and Laura, of my own year, who was a little bit dangerous to me and subsequently unapproachable. Coincidentally on returning to Blighty and Brighton specifically in 1978 I met my future, and present, wife Amanda who, amazingly, had attended Fitzherbert between 1970 and 1972 thus overlapping the time I had been there though we cannot recall ever having crossed paths in that time (she was two years senior).....small world eh! I often think of that old school with its musty corridors and wooden floors. That tumbledown, corrigated roofed building in the middle where Finny kept his old Austin A55s, that group of shrubs to the left of the playing fields where two pupils got up to no good one summer and the rolling fields over the back towards the golf course where I walked home on the many occasions when I spent my bus fare in the tuck shop. May she rest in peace.

By Dominic Taylor (01/05/2008)

I went to Fitzherbert for about 18 months between 1974-76 and I remember Mr Lassasso who I had a big crush on too. Did Alan Darling have a brother called Andrew or is my memory playing games with me? I remember music lessons and being taught to annunciate correctly and having to learn To Be A Pilgrem off by heart and travelling by bus from Queens Park Road in Kemp Town where my parents owned a pub, The Walmer Castle. Sadly we moved back to Eastbourne in 1976 as Kemp Town was really rough in the early 70s and being of mixed race I used to get beaten up regulary. Thankfully that stopped and I went on to complete my education at St Richards Catholic College, Bexhill. I would love to hear from anyone if you remeber me (or my older brother Bernard Gearing).

By Caroline Skinner (was Gearing) (02/05/2008)

Mick Peirson, unsure if I knew you though we seem to share similar memories, have you a photo of you? At Woodingdean the boys I remember are Anthony Daly, blonde haired Keith who left early but came back to apologise for the trouble he had caused, and I think a Phillip Hurst. The girls were Anne Evans, Vicky Dew, Jane Cullen(always drawing horses) Patsy Elford, Kathleen Buggy, and a pretty well developed girl for her age, called I think, Sandra ( very popular with the boys.) My Mother died when I was in the first form and it was anounced at Assembly which I found distressing. I was sent home with the School Secretary for a few days, Mrs. Whitwell as she had been my Mothers friend. It wasn't thought advisable for me to attend the funeral. Another pupil had lost her Mother about the same time, Sherrie Farmilow and she and I used to go to the Bear Road Cemetery together after school. All in all I enjoyed my schooldays at St. John the Baptists and cried on my last day, nearly fifty years ago! Love to hear from any peers. Please contact on j.soutar@ecu.edu.au - Jackie (previously Gladwell).

By Jackie Soutar (nee Gldwell). (16/07/2008)

Hello Jackie,  I can feel your sadness about your mum dying when you were in the first year. I think that I was a bit older than you, (born in 1943) but maybe you were in a class behind me as I remember Phil Hirst. I had a crush on his sister Sandra who was in my class from when we started school. I also remember her sister Sonia and and their elder brother whose name escapes me for the moment as he was in a class above me.  Best wishes

By Mike Peirson (20/07/2008)

I too attended this school, I think from 1986 to 1988 with my two brothers Colin and Gary Scull, It was a great school and it was a shame to see it being torn down. And I clearly remember being frightened of walking down some of the old corridors because of hearing about the school being haunted by a black nun! And if you were a bad boy Mr Finnie used to get you to touch your toes and would give you an unmerciful slap on the behind! Then I went to Cardinal Newman and did two years there then we moved to Ireland.

By Wayne Scull (30/08/2008)

I went to the old school from 1955 to 1959. I had some great times there and have fond memories of the old place. Mr Crowley was my favourite teacher and Miss De Mohun put up with some stick from myself and Doug Hodson. Mr Liddel ran the ATC squadron, Mr Turner taught history, Mr Moreman taught woodwork. Miss Caveney was a sweet old dear, I still remember her reading Kipling's Jungle Book to us. Sister Augustine was great fun and Mr Goodman was a sadist, I fell foul of him a few times. I remember various PE teachers, Mr Cairns (jock), Mr  Begley (basher) and Mr Danby, ex England rugby internatiional. I can remember the names of 33 pupils in my class, if anyone would like to help out with the remaining names I would be pleased to hear from you. Also can anyone clear up as to when the school actually became known as Fitzherbert?

By Anthony Daly (02/09/2008)

My Dad went to the Warren Farm School and whilst life was hard, he always spoke highly of the time he spent there learning boot repairing and playing a musical instrument. He was the most wonderful person and obviously benefitted from the regime because he was one in a million. He appreciated the simple things in life and never complained. He did tell us of some of the antics they got up to behind the teachers' backs!

By Yvonne Taylor (03/09/2008)

Hi Mary Smith, Re: St Joseph's: Can't say that I remember you. Perhaps you remember my sister Elizabeth (Lily) or my brother Barry (Finbar)?  Anyway, I do have a photo of Mr. Darby's class taken in 1954. If you would like a copy do let me know. I was page boy to the May Queen, Mary Storrow, in 1950 and also have a photo of that occasion.

By Antony Daly (03/09/2008)

Hi again Mary Smith. Was your maiden name Gillespie? If so, your brother Bob is in the photo I previously mentioned. I also know Tommy and I knew your mum and dad well. Contact me if you want a copy of the photograph. Say hello to Bob for me.

By Anthony Daly (06/09/2008)

Hi, does anyone remember me? (Jacqui Kirby). I attended St John the Baptist RC Secondary School from 1955 to 1959. My class teachers were Miss Caveney, Mr Goodman, Mr Crowley and Miss DeMohun. Miss DeMohun also taught French and music if I remember correctly. Lots of us were scared of Mr Goodman! He was extremely strict. I am in touch with Jacqueline Gladwell and Anthony Daly. It is great to see pictures of the old school on the site. Has anyone got any class pictures of us between 1955 and 1959? If so, it would be great to see them.

By Jacqueline Pomeroy (17/09/2008)

Hello everyone, especially Jenine and Yvonne, who had family at the old Warren Farm Schools. My father and three of his siblings were 'inmates' there in 1901. I am trying to find out when they went there, when they left and where they went. A bit of a tall order but if anyone has any tips as to how to go about it I would love to know! I, too, was very proud of my dad. A wonderful caring person who did well in spite of a very tough beginning.

By Anne (25/09/2008)

I was at this school in the mid 70s as Susan Turner - my sister Karen was in the year below me and my brother Paul and sister Christine went to it when it was a secondary school. Paul finished at the secondary as we started the middle! I loved this school - had Mr Crowley Mr Boss (bit odd) the Jollys, Mrs Valdez, Mrs Chiappe. Mrs Copley took orchestra , Mr Jolly was in charge of putting out candles at the christmas concert, a military operation! Do you remember the dogs ?Mr Riley had Kim, Mr Crowlry- Paddy, Mrs Valdez - Caesar.

By Sue Lawrence (25/09/2008)

I was there from 1970 until 1973. I am now living in Italy.

By Paradiso Carmine Kevin (03/10/2008)

Can anyone throw some light on the Sylvani prize award which was awarded to the pupil deemed to be the most outstanding pupil of their time at the school. As far as I remember their names appeared on a large board, wall mounted above the doors to the main hall & inside the front entrance lobby. I would love to know whatever happened to that board when the old school was demolished. Any info would be appreciated even just to know where the name Sylvani originated from.

By Peter Guy (05/10/2008)

Hello Anne, try contacting the East Sussex archives office archives@eastsussex.gov.uk. They were able to find some dates for me when my grandfather was admitted and discharged. They will undertake some further research for an additional cost. I hope you are able to find something.

By Jenene Vaughan (12/10/2008)

How amazing to see so many comments about Fizzy.
I left in '89,and absolutely loved being there, well looking back I think it was an awesome school, but maybe it didn't seem so great at the time. Although I have so many fond memories, and the best ones involve being scared shitless at school. It was definetely haunted. Does anyone remember how creepy the needlework room was, and the tower? I lived across the road from Fizzy, and my mum still does, and was gutted to see it demolished. I think the Nutfield hospital on the site is ugly, Fizzy had so much character, I would love to have seen it turned into a museum or some building that would have preserved the history of the building. I am most jealous of the chap that has some of it in his house. Fitzherbert will always be close to my heart, and I doubt many people can say that about their school.

By Natasha Long (20/10/2008)

Wow, I have just come back to this site after quite a while, how good it is to see so many names I knew. I enjoyed my time at Fitzherbert School, even though noone seems to remember any of us Convent girls! Does anyone remember an art teacher called Mr Bradley? He showed me that I was good at art. I haven't heard anyone mention a boy called Alvin Curd, does anyone remember him? Helen Netley, I remember you and Maureen Lydford. I was called Edna Taylor way back then, yes I know awful isnt it? I am living in France now and running a B&B, with my husband. I remember getting the cane off Miss De Mohen, but she was also very kind to me too. After I left the convent (expelled three times actually!) we didn't have much money at home so she let me do her housework (she lived in a flat in Brighton) and gave me two and six, just the right amount to get into the Regent Thursday night record night, brilliant.

By Sandie Waller (04/11/2008)

Hi everyone, including Helen, Howard, Pete, Mickey, Paul, Anthony, and many many more. It's about time that those pupils of Fitzherbert during 1956 leaving 1961 got together somehow. I know we are all very busy and very different from our youth but just once we should somehow meet. I know Peter Guy would be up for it, so perhaps a beer in Brighton during this summer would be ok. Please lets all try and make an effort.

By Cavan Butler (11/01/2009)

I am very happy to have found this post.
I attended Fitzherbert August 1967 - December 1971, my name is Anthony Arcand, know to all as Tony Arcand, I now live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  I departed Brighton on 26th August 1974 to join the Canadian Armed Forces, to go to the great white north know as Canada, and freeze some specific body parts off, as was told to me by Robert Brightwell.  I served with them for over thirty years.  The irony of it all was that after a short ten month stay in Canada for basic and trade training I was posted to Lahr in West Germany. The CAF 707 departed Lahr and touched down at Gatwick one hour later, a short train ride later and I was 'home' within two hours. The four following years I was posted at Lahr I traveled to Brighton quite often, but I never really bumped into any of my old school mates, something that has always left a void in my life. The only guy I kept in touch with was the before-mentioned Rob Brightwell.
Ladies first, I apologize for the spelling:
Christine Martin, Vicky Morley, Barbara Powell, Sarah Hornsby and her little sister Angela, Antoinette Didemo, Colleen Mahoney, Linda Cliff, Donna Newland.  The guys: John Doogan, Tomas Higgins, Jeremy Whelan, Tom Kiely, Gary Moore, Terry Lennon, Nigel Marsden, Doc Latham, Demot Carr, Ralph Rice, Alfredo the Italian guy, Tony Wheeler, Simon Dean, Louis Stevenson, Sean known as Pudgy, Michael Barton, Martin Ackhurst, Michael Hayes, Robert Bolingbrook, Dennis Bruazas, John Featherstone, David Lee.  I have been told that the latter three are no longer with us. I hold fond memories of all mentioned and of course for the faces that I couldn't recall their names.  I have especially fond memories of Mr Finnie taking myself, John Doogan and Tom Higgins to Piddingho Lake and teaching us all to sail - great times. He took us to a country pub on the way home and bought us each a half pint, he was a good old boy.  The other teachers I remember: Mr Crowley, Mr Ian Wordsworth - does anybody remember his first day of class when he showed up looking like John Lennon with his penny round glasses, pink and yellow shirt with a pinkish suit, completely dressed in the fashion of the day, I'm sure to the scrutiny of the other faculty? I really enjoyed his class and actually comprehended what he was teaching.  Mr Norman the wood working teacher, I actually called him Dad one day, to which we both laughed, my father was a carpenter also. Mr Payne, the metal work teacher, God I remember being a little bugger in his class, sorry Mr Payne.  I wish we had spell check during Mrs Jolly's class.
In the summer of 2007 I finally revisited Brighton after a twenty three year lapse and I did bump into Tom Higgins's little brother Huey in a pub - not completely by chance as I was hoping to shake some contact loose - and after a brief conversation he told me who he was, and shortly afterwards I talked to Tom, followed by a visit the following night by John Doogan and himself, during which we caught up after thirty-four years. After I returned to Calgary I have often reminisced about that evening and to my delight I just recently discovered this post and felt compelled to write this piece. Fond memories.  Tony (tarcand@shaw.ca)

By Anthony Arcand (13/01/2009)

I attended Fitzherbert (Fizzy Sherbert) from 1980 to 84 after moving up from Woodingdean First School and moving on to Cardinal Newman. I loved the school, best years I ever had in a school environment. Mr Finie was head and Mr Hoare was Dept Head and my fav teacher was Mr Mitchell. I remember the ghost stories very well and that the sewing room up the top of the school was haunted. I can remember doing the school plays every year I was there and taking part in the carol concerts. Double Maths on a Friday was missed becaused the orchestra, choir and recorder orchestra used to practise hence I did all three (hated Maths). I loved playing on the school field at lunch times and I remember that there were beehives in the next field and the deepest well buried in our field. I didn't know the building was knocked down as I have not returned to Woodingdean since moving in '85 but it is so sad to hear that my fav school is no more. I should really come back as I lived just down the road in The Brow. I have found a few of my old friends on Facebook including my first boyfriend Kingsley Walls. We used to go round in a gang headed up by the twins Mark and Melanie Rice, together with Julie Clark, Alison Thompson, Sarah MacMahon and the most fancied boy in the school Gincarlo Golgarnie (not sure of the spelling but it was something like that) and many more. I loved playing in the two playgrounds too, I remember that they were split between the 1st and 3rd years and 2nd and 4th years. Running round playing British Bulldogs and French Skipping. I wish all the schools I attended were like Fizzy Sherbert as I would have enjoyed going a lot more. If anyone does remember me you can find me on Facebook as Sandra Chapman now and we can catch up and talk about the good old times had at the school.

By Sandra Chapman (nee Sandy Ann Wellington) (17/01/2009)

I absolutely detested this school and it's only now that I have really come out and said so. I used to dread going there practically every day. I was so happy to finally leave. Fond(!?) memories of, when going to pay our school dinner money, being shouted at if we didn't put the queen's head face up with the pound notes or something. Talk about anal. A funny thing is I also used to dread those PE lessons with that Mrs Brown-wotsit and when I told my mum how much I hated her (she was also a pupil at this school in her day) she made me laugh by saying all female PE teachers are a bit sadisitc or something. A shame the building itself is gone but I'll never be full of nostalgia for the place. Shame really.

By Another ex pupil (18/01/2009)

I used to attend this school from 1971-76. I remember you Dominic Taylor, I used to help on your paper round in the Sussex Hospital. The music teacher was Miss Thomas, maths was Mr Mahoney, P.E. was Mr Phillips, geography was Mr Brown who we threw chalk at us in his lessons. Remember the mortar bomb found at school, also the pupils on strike. Those were the days!

By Karl Filauer (01/02/2009)

I attended Fitzherbert 1959-1963 and hated every moment. In my opinion most of the teachers were sadistic snobs, who couldn't teach a dog to sit. Most of the kids were great. Whatever traumas I have had in my life since then have never been as bad as those years I spent there.

By Steve Roberts (11/02/2009)

Hi Caven I cannot remember you I was at Fitzherbert 56/61 in 4c with Joan Steptoe and lots more.  See if you can remember these names: Keith Waters, Reggie Mears, John O'Sullivan and his twin sister Mary, Linda Downard, Pat Spence, Pat Jefferys, Theresa Wibberly, Angela ?, Barry Mitchell, Chris Markwick, Leo Costello, John Branch, Les Barnes, and Jimmy O'Mally who sadly is no longer with us. The teacher's name was Mcintyre or better none as Whiskey Mac, because he used to go over the downs for his lunch, He would stand by the window when he came back, so as not to breathe fumes over you,,and then ask if anyone had a fag because he had run out, Great times.

By John Eaton (01/03/2009)

Hi Roy Sargeant, you said that Micheal Timoney had died. Well, I saw his ghost last night at the bingo hall at Riva in Moulescoomb. The person you are thinking of is his brother, Paddy. I hope this puts things right. Did you know Mick Humphey? If you did, he died last year.

By John Eaton (05/03/2009)

I attended Fitzherbert from 1964 and have very happy memories of my years there. Mr Crowley used to terrify me, he was very useful with the cane! The teacher that took us for sewing classes used to play classical music during the lessons. To this day, I recall La Mer and La Donna et mobile (don't know about the spelling)!
There was the incident of the fire extinguisher being set off in one of the corridors, I can't remember who else was involved in that but I was head girl at the time! Mary mentioned the snows of 1967. I was one of the students from Seaford who had to stay at school overnight. We slept on the foam mats used in the Gym with heavy grey blankets brought in from wherever, the boys in one area - obviously - and the girls in another, well that's what the staff thought! Anyway a good time was had by all. My poor old Dad came back from West Africa about that time and the cold winter nearly finished him off.
Does anyone remember the girls prefects room which was beside the medical room? All sorts went on in there, hair changed colour over a lunchtime, seances took place as well as long discussions about The Beatles versus The Stones. Oh happy days. I left there to go to college in Cheltenham because the family moved to the Cotswolds. I hated college and could not get out fast enough.

By Frances Elston, nee Eden (06/03/2009)

Hì everybody, I'm Viviana and I was at Fitzherbert between 1964-66 and remember a few of the girls' names: Danny (blond) and Marilyn and they usually got into trouble together; Jackie who often giggled; Jennifer Ayling, my best friend who sadly died of cancer about 15 years ago. I was a rather serious girl who felt out of place since we had moved to Sussex (Peacehaven) from London mid-term and I didn't have many friends. My good-looking brother, Michael who always had loads of friends, was in the year below me.
I remember the teachers: Mr Ivory (Head), Mr Crowley (maths), Mr Turner (history) Miss De Mohan (music and French)... but who was the excellent English teacher who came from a boys' grammar school and almost had a fit when he discovered we had never studied grammatical analysis before? He got us to read Shakespeare- taking parts in class (Marilyn was good at accents); he also organized a school play, Pygmalion - I think Sally (Eaton?) was in the star role. I also remember the short-cut through the fields in the snow all the way down to Rottingdean where we managed to catch the bus home. Does anybody remember the boy who put his hand through a glass window in the playground and needed stitches? Well I was the prefect (head girl) who took him up to the secretary's office dripping blood all the way. I can also remember when our French teacher Miss De Mohan was taken ill in France while on holiday and we had a temporary replacement: a dishy young male teacher whose attention we all vied for- I think I've still got a photo of him somewhere. I have been living in Italy since 1972, so sorry if my English is out-of-date, if anybody remembers me and would like to correspond, post a comment and I'll give you my e-mail address.

By Viviana Falcini (12/03/2009)

This school used to be the orphanage. I was in as a small child and I hated the very sight of it. I'm glad it's no longer standing.

By Ex- Orphan (13/03/2009)

I attended Fitzherbert from 1962-67. I remember the first two weeks I had classes in the cottages next to the school and then had to take a test and then we were put in our permanant classes in the main school. The first class was French with Miss De Mohan and I too was never inspired to learn French. What a waste. Viviana, I remember your brother Michael. I was in the same class as him along with John Ansbro, John Knight, the Cunningham twins and Stephan. My friends were Georgette Mross, Marcella Gunstone, Maureen Jones and Mary Donahue. I also remember Ann Hughes, Jenny Dowds?and Yvonne Barnard.

By Shirley Holland (15/03/2009)

Wow - just found this thread and the memories come flooding back. I can still picture the place in my head and some of the memories like Mr Finnie and Mr Mitchell - I doubt he would be big as me now and I'd love to poke him in his chest very hard down a corridor and make him cry. Probably wouldn't - I'd regress and wet my pants and cry if I saw him. But on the same note, the school was great and I'm still in touch with a lot of people who I went to Fizzy with and I'm sure they will all say the same. Fizzysherbert was one hell of a school and I will always remember my time there with the marbles, kestrels, Finnie, the Black Nun, and the time John the caretaker's hair turned white over night when he saw something and never came back to school after 30 odd years of service - scary or what!

By Wesley Phillips (22/03/2009)

My sister passed this on to me and I loved to see comments from Shirley Holland. I have to dig real deep to find memories of that school as school was not a happy time for me. I do remember some of the folks there though like Simon Hubert, who turned out to be quite a ladies man. The names you mentioned Shirley I do remember too. Also Jamie Weedon who went on to join the army. Nigel and Ian the Cunningham twins. Nigel couldn't cope with life unfortunately. Fond memories of Jennifer Constance 'Chocolate Box' 'Pixie ears' Dowds, Elizabeth 'Tinno' Hickman from Newhaven who was my girlfriend for a while. Yvonne Simpson who I fancied too. John Knight was so short at school but when I saw him some years later he was so tall. Stefan Storoszko is, as far as I know, a civil servant. I travelled too much to keep in touch with the old gang so can't add too much more. The teachers were, as stated, mostly the old school style of beating knowledge into children with a few exceptions who we hold dearly in our hearts for their help and kindness. Ronnie Mortland was from Saltdean, a friend in those days. We used to make fishing weights out of old lead piping and sell them on the pier. Keith Morris also comes to mind as a bit of the bully type. There was also a Canadian Guy that I remember but can't remember his name. Geraldine Clark was also a name I can't put a face to. So many memories long forgotten. It is really 'cool' as my 2 boys say to remember the people and forget the school. Keep the names coming and get anyone else you know who went there to try and add more information.

By Michael Falcini (23/03/2009)

Hello all. I went to St John the Baptist School from 1957/1963. Then went on to Fitzherbert School from 1963/1967. I remember Mr Crowley - I won't say with fine memories - I remember his cane more - had it most days.  I had 2 brothers (one was my twin) and 2 sisters at the school at the same time. Older sister Maureen was in the last year at school when we got there, me and my twin brother Garry. Was a good school. Remember most times spending the Metalwork lesson down in the cock hole smoking. Was in the B class from 1st year to 4th year. My sister Jacki was a prefect around the same time as I was there. Does anybody remember Terry Weedon - we were friends?  Would like to hear from anybody who was there around that time.

By Ronald Grey (07/04/2009)

Greetings all from Australia. There are some fascinating stories here of "the good old days". I am researching a memoir and find almost the entire family of Gates (my ancestors from the 1860 onwards) were incarcerated in Warren Farm Industrial School as it was then known and am keen to obtain more information about those earlier times. Can anyone help - or direct me on to other sources? Many thanks.

By Tony Berry (12/04/2009)

I was at Fitzherberts between 1967 1972. My name then was Diane Jarmakowicz. I lived in Kemptown and sometimes my friends Frances Misolek Dominique and Bernadette Mann Ann Reidy used to pocket our busfare and walk home. I also remember the snow in 1967. I had to walk home. I was only 12, my brother Richard got lost with his friend Jimmy Sinden and took the wrong way down Bear Road in the blizzard and turned up home eventually much to my mother's relief. I remember Miss Damoune very well and went to her flat once in Sussex Square. She was ok but Mr Crowley was a bully and always gave my brother the strap for nothing much really. If anyone remembers me, please reply

By Diane Marshell (19/04/2009)

Hello Sandie, I have been trying to email you but I think you must have changed you address. I hope you remember me.

By Janet Gravett (nee Baker) (11/05/2009)

Sheena was my friend at Fitzherbert School. When I first started at the school I could not read or write, but within a year I was doing both. I am proud to have been a pupil as Fitzherbert has been the making of me. Mr Finnie was fantastic, very strict but very kind. I even remember he took me for swimming lessons on a couple of occasions. So many memories that I will treasure always.

By Coran Ford (23/05/2009)

Pleased to hear about my old school. Does anyone remember me from fizzy sherbert? I now live in Crawley and have a thirteen year old son Samuel. I found this site a short while ago and I was so pleased to read about my old school. It would be great to hear from any one who remembers me from the school, especially Sheena and Fiona Toner.

By Coran Ford (27/05/2009)

Hello Coran. We remember you very well, both me and Sheena are living in Cornwall. If you're on Facebook you can look me up.  Nice to hear from you.

By Fiona Toner (07/06/2009)

Hi Fiona and Sheena. Thank you for getting back to me. Sorry I'm not on facebook, I'm using a friend's computer to access the internet. I'm still living here in Crawley in Sussex. I remember all that went on at Fitzherbert. Please get back if you would like to swap contact numbers if that's ok. Thank you

By Coran Ford (10/06/2009)

Hi Coran you can contact me at fiona.toner01@btinternet.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

By Fiona Toner (12/06/2009)

Has anyone noticed that its only ex-pupils who seemed to be writing on this site and none of the old teachers. It would be interesting to know what they thought of us. If they remember us that is.

By Fiona Toner (26/06/2009)
Hi there. I was at Fizzy from 1965-69. Mr. Ivory (Head), Mrs. Fitzgerald was my first form teacher, I remember Mr. Woodsworth, Miss De Mohen, Mr. (Scary) Crowley, Mr. Finnie and the PE teacher for the girls, name escapes me but she was a pretty women with long brown hair - always wore short tennis skirts. The sewing teacher was French, very nice and placid. Class mates were: Alanna Kydd, Linda Upton, Ann Donoghue, Lorraine Homewood, Anne Wheller (Whellen?) and little Elizabeth who used to live on West Street. The snow blizzard of 1967 haunts me too. I remember walking across the racecourse to help Ann Wheller home with my younger brother Kevin in tow, after which we detoured back across the racecourse in the dark to our house on Elm Grove with snow up to our thighs, soaked to the skin. My first lesson in survival! I had another friend, Denise Taylor, she had long, thick hair and was a year ahead of me and later became a Prefect. She used to ride to school on a moped. We were both in Fisher House and recall the 'House' meetings in the Science Room where we would all be motivated and pumped up into slamming the Moses out of the other Houses on sports events, which we did on several occasions and brought home the cup. Remember the 1p (old money) Jammy Dodger biscuits we use to buy from the tuck shop that the caretaker used to run in the Main Hall at break time? The older students put on 'The Importance of Being Earnest' while I was there. I remember the Head Girl had the leading female role and was kissed at the end of the play and of course we immature heathens all fell about laughing ourselves silly, as she turned the brightest shade of red! The dinner hall was right off the clock room/wash basins and it was like feeding time at the Zoo to get in on the first sitting.  Anyone recall the dark haired matronly women who would fill the door opening with her portly frame to stop kids stampeding onto those long back to back tables. We were packed in like sardines and the room was always hot and steamy with all the different smells of cooking from the open kitchen at the end of the room. Shame the building has gone but the memories will always remain. GREAT Blog. Thanks everyone!
By Yvonne Davison (08/07/2009)
Hi Fiona Toner. Maybe all the old teachers don't comment here as they are no longer with us?
By John Eaton (20/07/2009)

My name is Finbar Daly, but I was known as Barry at school. I would like to pass on some of my experiences of the old school. I first went there during the War when it was an orphanage, with my two older brothers and my younger sister,Lily. Our mother was in hospital to have a baby and our father was away in the Army so there was nobody to look after us. I remember we tried to escape, so we obviously weren't too happy there. The baby happened to be Anthony Daly, a contributer to this page and an ex pupil of Fitzherbert.The second time I went there was when S.J.B. moved from Kemp Town to the Woodingdean school. As I was in the senior class, I wasn't there very long before our class left. I remember Mickey Toner and his sister, Serena, I also lived near them when they lived up Milner Rd. I am also in contact with Eddie Waller whose family emigrated to the U.S.A. when we were still at the old school (see letter dated 10-12 2006). My third visit to the school was soon after I left. I returned as a carpenter apprentice and helped lay the floor in the new gymnasium. Thirty eight years later I laid the same flooring in the home of Steve Wedd (see letter dated 18-11-2006) in Ovingdean. My fourth visit to the site was a couple of years ago when I went into the Nuffield Hospital for a minor operation. I stood by the Well, and the memories came flooding back. There was about sixty three years between my first and last visit. Where have all those years gone?

By Finbar M Daly. (11/08/2009)

Finbar.....What a wonderul trip you've had down memory lane. I don't think any of us could top that one.Thanks for sharing it. God Bless.

By Yvonne Davison (13/08/2009)

To John Eaton: Thanks for pointing out my mistake. I also remember Mcintyre - I was in his class. I also remember Keith Waters and his brother Kevin who sadly died at the age of 17. I know Theresa Wibberly, her brothers Andy and Joe, and Jimmy O'Malley. I remember the fag he always asked me for  - he caned me a few times as well. Great times.

By Roy Sargeant (23/08/2009)

I remember Mr. Finnie head, Mr. Crowley (2nd) always had his dog with him. The library with the blue carpet, the white/green speckled walls, the music rooms. The football team, wore yellow, lost every game bar one in one season, next year changed to all blue and faired much better. Mr and Mrs Jolly, Miss de mohan, swimming lessons at St. Luke's, the woodwork room, the well, the school bus, and Mrs Crowley the music teacher. Wow all these momories came flooding back. Was here, the first time I saw a digital watch, kissed a girl, got bullied, learnt fractions, and fell in love with music and sport.

By Adrian Alcock (07/09/2009)

Right - names I remember: Simon Hubert, John Knight, Ronnie Mortland, Peter & Martin Gray, Brendan Quirke, Valerie Marsden, Marcella Gunstone, Vivvane Harvey, Susan Hodson & Yvonne Barnard (fancied em both), Geraldine Clarke, Ann Hughes, Molly Cooper & Shirley Holland, Maureen Jones. Teachers: Mr Arthy, Mr Turner, Mr McIntyre, Mr Smith & Mr Morrell (PE), Miss Turk (PE), Mr Crowley, Mr Bosanko, Miss De Mohen, Mr Ivory, Sister Augustine, Mrs Ivory.  Things I remember: school assembly, building a land craft that flew to oblivion on the school field!, woodwork & metal classes, playing teachers at football & cricket. Houses: Campion, Fisher, More (what was the other one?). Monday nights at Top Rank skating, all the class was there! Mr Ghazal's tuck shop over the road. Long corridor down to the gym. Just a few went back before the school was pulled down - everything was so small, full of memories, more so the prefects' rooms on the ground floor!

By John Ansbro (13/10/2009)

Been a while since I last had a look at this page. I remember the names of the teachers - not the pupils. Seems most of us remember Mr Goodman and "the strap".

By Michael Hicks (14/10/2009)

To Michael Hicks: Are you the Michael Hicks who worked for Rice and sons and left for Australia in the early 70s?  If it is you out there, did you carry on with the plumbing?

By John Eaton (18/10/2009)

To John Ansbro. It was: Campion, Fisher, More and Southwall. I also remember a lot of the teachers; good old school. I was there when they knocked the school down, I put the site hoarding up all around the school and got the chance to have a look around - brought back a lot of memories

By Roy Sargeant (24/10/2009)

Yes John, it is. I  do not recollect your name. Yes I did, but went on to be a aviatin fire fighter. Regards.

By Michael Hicks (24/10/2009)

Thanks Roy. I had a stroll around the school fields when the Mrs had a check up. Nostalga at its best.

By John Ansbro (25/10/2009)

Hi Micheal Hicks. I am the John that you worked with on Rice's, we use to go in on Saturdays to fix the hose reels. Poor old John Freeland never knew it only took us an hour and then over the pub where played darts. When the locals came, we never paid for any more drinks because they were so bad at darts. You mainly worked with John Ford on Rices, where as I did mainly the second fix. He packed in plumbing and went on the council dust and has been there since the mid seventies. Anyway, glad to know you are still alive -  keep well.

By John Eaton (27/10/2009)

Hi John Eaton. Interesting to read your comments about John Freeland. I also worked for Rice & Son but in th early 60s at Albion Hill on the tower blocks. I worked with John for quite a while and I'm pretty sure he was aware of what you and Michael Hicks were up to, John has probably forgotten more strokes than you will ever know. I last saw him about three years ago and he is still living in Brighton.

By Anthony Daly (30/10/2009)

Hi Anthony- yes John still lives in Brighton in the new flats at the bottom of Edward Street. Are you the brother of Jim who also worked on Rice's and then went on to work for the council,if so how is he these days only have not seen him since I retired from the council.

By John Eaton (03/11/2009)

I have submitted photos and details of the school play, George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion', that took place at Fitzherbert in December 1965, for those who might have been there at the time! I was at Fitzherbert between 1962 and 1966 interspersed with a time on the Shaftsbury Homes Training Ship 'Arethusa', and I saw out my last year at the school while in the children's home in Lower Bevendean. Great to read comments on here from, and about, people I remember from more than 40 years ago. Just now I send you all greetings from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where I am commissioned to set up career guidance services for the inhabitants here following a career in psychology and career guidance around the UK, after a spell on the Brighton Buses that largely paid for my subsequent education. Lovely to read messages from Shirley Holland (you lived in Freshfield Place as I remember, when I lived in Freshfield Road); John Ansbro and Roy Sargeant. I was over in the summer, and while staying at The White Horse in Rottingdean, I took a trip back to Warren Road. From all my travels and schools I've known (and believe me there have been many) the view from the rear of the school over the downland and Roedean to the English Channel is one of the finest in all of England! I'd be delighted to be in touch with anyone from similar times. My e-mail chrisjintheuae@hotmail.com

By Chris Jolliffe (22/11/2009)

Hello, I am writing a book about the Brighton Workhouses and would love to hear any tales about the Warren Farm Industrial Schools which I am including in the book. My email address is james.gardner4722@googlemail.com Thank you.

By James Gardner (22/11/2009)

I have had the privileged of spending many years at Fitzherbert as a pupil and teacher. Just tonight, I have returned from the Black Horse Pub in Rottingdean after meeting up with some old school mates from 1969 like Des Gribbons, Paul Tyhurst, Dave Shrieves, John Humphries, Robert Norris, Roy Harley and Nick Bristow. We do not live in the past but it is truly wonderful to catch up occasionally. Next year we will be celebrating 55 for 1955, and there are so many names that I recall and recognise from the blogs above. Sadly David Lee was a neighbour and close friend that passed away in recent times. I worked with Mr Finnie, and remember John Crowley very fondly but he did scare me at first until I got to know him. It was quite weird going back to a school to work with people who had taught me like Anne de Mohun, Janet and Harry Jolly, Gilbert Lossaso, Daphne Brownhill and the secretary Mrs Tooley. I had a wonderful time at that school and worked with many different colleagues like Eilish Siddall, Bridget Hall, Gill Collings, Frank Robinson, George Hoare, Cathy Gregan, Mary Senior and Claire Valdez. There are so many names it is so hard to recall. But I do recall Sandra Wellington ( and her dad Tony) and some of her classmates like Alice and Sarah who were a really bubbly bunch of characters. I received a lovely framed picture at the end of the year which I still have and appreciate. I cringe when I read about people who have bad memories of their school life. It is a shame that their memories are negative and I really cringe when my name crops up because I could bark when I felt someone was being unreasonable. However I have great faith in the human race based on the vast majority of pupils that I have worked with. A strong work ethic is something that many people lack in today's society and it often leads to negligence and many of the ills that we read about or see in the news. I remain optimistic and carry with me many wonderful memories of Fitzherbert School as a pupil and teacher. Some of the memories described in earlier blogs came flooding back to me. Mr Pates was the old Metalwork teacher. Bob Riley was the caretaker (and his Alsatian dog Kim) Mr Sutherland was his assistant. I have heard several stories about the school being haunted and spent many a dark evening preparing work in the building alone! There are all sorts of noises that you hear when you are alone and it was a little spooky, but I never came across any spiritual encounters personally. I have had personal accounts related to me from old caretakers which sounded genuine so I remain open minded about such tales. I did not break my ankle at Parkwood. I fell off the flat roof and broke my left arm in two places. Something which I still blame Mr Hoare for because he threw a Frisbee up on the roof which was why I went up in the first place. Many of you may now have children of your own who have now grown up through the testing teenage years. They can be wonderful for some and yet deeply distressing for others. Teenagers take on new experiences and venture into things which can be wonderfully adventurous and quite disastrous. That is all part of the patchwork quilt of their makeup. Their memories are often coloured by what sticks most in their mind from the past. The blogs above seem largely to be a wonderful celebration of those teenage years. Mr Finnie is still alive and well. I am still in teaching and still have faith in young people despite the strange choices that some may make. I remember the kestrels at Fitzherbert, and Parkwood and Gaveston Hall. I remember many names from the late sixties and early seventies as a pupil as well as those into the late 1980s as teacher. And yes Mrs Copley was absolutely the best music teacher ever. Her choral concerts were awesome. The playing fields are still there and the well has been capped and I think, stands in front of the main entrance to the Nuffield Hospital. I had the privilege of meeting Douglas Holland on numerous occasions in the 1990s. He had a wonderful knowledge of the school when it was Warren Farm and a hospital in the Second World  war. He had many old photographs and made paintings of old Woodingdean and some included Fitzherbert (Warren Farm School). Sadly he is no longer with us. I remember names like Tom Keily, Tom Higgins, and my wife knew Rob Brightwell. I hope this web page helps to keep the spirit of Fitzherbert alive for as long as people feel the need to add their thoughts and memories of their youthful years.

By Dirk Mitchell (29/11/2009)

To John Eaton: Hi John I was there ok, Barry Mitchell. Hope your are ok. I'm retired 8 years and living in Cornwall now. All the best

By Barry Mitchell (16/12/2009)

Hi Barry Mitchell, had not heard or seen anything about you for years - did not know if you were still alive. My mum is still alive and kicking. Have you got an email address? Mine is john.eaton30@ntlworld.com----john

By John Eaton (17/12/2009)

To Roy Sargeant & John Ansbro ref the school 'House' names....when I went to Fitz ('68 - '73) the names were the following:- Campion, More, Fisher and Howard. My best wishes to Dirk Mitchell and his lady wife, who I had the pleasure of meeting during a Fitz school re union a few years back. Also, Mr Finnie who to this day, still has my utmost respect & admiration. Interesting blog this, long may past pupils & staff keep posting messages and memories.

By Bob Pearce (03/01/2010)

Chris Jolliffe - yes i remember you. I think you might have been a year older than me. It is funny reading and recalling some names, other ones that have 'come' back are, Willy Gaskell, Pat Lemon, Stuart Edgar, Ian & Nigel Cunningham (twins). Does anyone from my era - early '60,s remember the Bandman's son who was mudered not far from Fitzherberts playing fields. I was a prefect on duty that day & one of the younger pupils brought me a blood stained knife. Police must have loved our fingerprints all over it. I Remember being fingerprinted with everyone else at Whitehawk school. Also remember the 4th year had a great football team (I was in 1st year). John Duncliffe, played for England & became a professional, Butch Reeves and John Ward played for Brighton Boys. More names, Jenny Freeland and brother Jeff, John Taylor, Brian Harley, Michael Falcini, Stefan Storosko, Antony Morris, Keith Morris, Keith Williams, Michael Phillips. I agree, it's nice to come on here and recall good days. Sorry it's all random

By John Ansbro (06/01/2010)

Hello Bob Pearce; I was 21 when you went to Fitzherbert, so they could have changed the house names. It was a great school and I had some good friends there. Nice to know people have not forgotten the old school. Take care and Happy New Year.

By Roy Sargeant (08/01/2010)

Hi Anthony. I have been looking at the site again recently and noticed your notice. Your sister Lily was in my class also Barry who I think was a good friend to my brother Tom. I would love any photos of St Joesph's School. I found one last week of my holy Communion- I'd never seen it before, it was great to see. over the years the names pop up when we talk about the school times, would be great to see a picture with Bob in it, please send my fond regards to Lily, those were the days. EM Add: maz3011@yahoo.co.uk

By Mary Smith nee Gillespie (13/01/2010)

I too attended Fitzherbert from 1962 to 1967 and would like to contact Frances Eden and Vivianna Falcini. My e-mail is accounts@farneyclose.co.uk My nick name was Lulu.

By Lulu Edwards (26/01/2010)

Dear Fellow Pupils, I only use this site occasionally, but it was great to hear from Isabel (nee Caneaux) and Frances (nee Eden). (Our year was the 1964/9 contingent). Apologies for delay in replying. Yes, I remember when we started school in 1A (Mr. Losasso's Class) your Dad was in Aden, Frances, and Isobel, one of my best ever holidays was when we were 12/13 and the school took us skiing in Engleberg, Switzerland (only cost £33 then). We had a fantastic time and it was one of my best ever holidays!
I lived in Italy (Rome and Naples) and then Liverpool in the 70s and then moved back to Brighton and my children attended St. Joseph's and Cardinal Newman, so there are still many faces I see or names I know over the years, or people I hear about. I recognise many of the above. It would be great if more questions were asked and then others can fill the gaps in! Maybe one day there will be a reunion for the old Fitzherbertonions!
Mr. Crowley and Miss DeMohun were strict but fair. I can honestly say I learnt the most from both of those two teachers, which still stands me in good stead, and thanks to Miss DeMohun, French speakers say my accent is quite good still! Mr. Crowley was a friend of my parents at the Irish Club opposite St. John the Baptist Church (and he picked me up when I was 6 weeks old). Mr. Crowley and Miss DeMohun are no longer with us. Mrs. Fitzgerald is also now gone, so I have been told. The pretty young gym teacher was Mrs. Keywood, and I think the art teacher with the curly blonde hair that someone wanted to know about was Miss Fanning - brilliant with pottery - not many kids get the chance to use pottery wheels at 11! The art room was my favourite! Mr. Bayliss took over from Miss Fanning and he kept shrunken African heads and other ghoulish trophies in the art cupboard on the top shelf. You should have heard the shrieks when one day Sheila Hurley and myself were in the art cupboard and the shrunken heads fell down upon us! Today I am still friends with Sheila and Madeleine Marini and Gina Harrison and Fred During! The posh English teacher might have been Mr. Arthy who taught Year 4A and was the French lady who taught the needlework Mrs. Levett? My nemisis was Mrs. Smith the Cookery teacher who always picked on me if I did not have my ingredients - I would have to clean the ovens and make the staff tea every lesson. I was the shyest kid in the school at that time but the last day I had to make staff tea I filled the sugar bowl up with salt and put a thin layer of sugar on the top! Other teachers not mentioned to date were the very kind Mr. Mahoney (2A) and Sister Immaculata, both excellent teachers. Sheila put a pin on Mr. Mahoney's chair on Parent's Evening and he shot up in the air next morning when taking the register! I look forward to hearing more tales from Fitzherbert, so keep them coming! An interesting thought: some of us who attended the "Industrial School for Orphans and Poor Children" were also born in the Workhouse (when Brighton General Hospital had a maternity ward in A and C blocks) - food for thought! Good luck to all of you ex-pupils and keep the stories coming! Kind regards.

By Mary Funnell (nee Bamber) (17/02/2010)

Hello John Ansbro. I remember you and I also remember when the bandman's son was murdered. We all had to be questioned by the police.I don't think they ever found out who did it. I remember tthe play that Chris Jolliffe talked about - my friend Georgette Mross was in it.

By Shirley Holland (25/02/2010)

Viviana Falcini: Hi. My mother was Jennifer Ayling. Can you email me as I'd to know if she is the same as your best friend who you went to school with. jimmyjohngreen@gmail.com

By James Green (25/02/2010)

Hi Shirley, have been in contact with a couple of your girl friends from school lately. Would be nice to keep in touch, your name cropped up a couple of times in conversation. If easier will leave e mail address to contact you by john.ansbro80@ntlworld.com

By john ansbro (26/02/2010)

My brother, Christopher Eager, attended Fitzherbert 1964-1968 when our parents moved to another town (I wasn't a pupil). I remember he knew Christopher Jolliffe, though - we lived in Freshfield Road too. At some point my uncle, Cyril Moreman, was a woodwork/metalwork teacher, and I remember the construction of a land yacht and its use on the field. Both brother and uncle are still around!

By Bob Eager (28/02/2010)

I remember when the Athena B landed up on Brighton Beach and we had to write an essay about it. Does anyone else remember?

By Coran Ford (02/03/2010)

My Mum, who is Nina Alberici was brought up in a childens home or convent - thinks it was called St Anne's Well in Lansdown Road, Brighton in 1950. Are there any memories on this place/ home/ covent/ orphanage? I do remember the bread man and the cook who died at the time I was there. I can remember picking apples on the way to school - always running away with kids

By adella (24/03/2010)

Just a line to Shirley Holland. Marcella Gunstone would love to get in touch with you; can you mail me on john.ansbro80@ntlworld.com Thanks John Ansbro

By JOHN ANSBRO (24/03/2010)

I have good memories of the school; was there in the mid 70s. Remember Mr Finnie the head and standing outside his door a few times - his office was up a couple of steps on the left of main hall. And Mr Crowley - what a character! I have memories (or is that nightmares) of being sent to his office at the top of the stone stairs, and waiting there only to hear him coming up them saying that rhyme "come into my parlour said the spider to the fly". Also remember going potato picking over the farm at the back of Woodingdean and Mr Crowley's dog, the black and white spaniel type gun dog. Happy days :-).

By David Watkins (12/04/2010)

Helen Netley , please check your mail on 'Friends' site.

By Jackie Soutar (nee Gladwell) (17/06/2010)

Helen Netley please contact me on my new email address soutar@iprimus.com.au Anyone in contact with Helen please pass this message on.

By Jackie Soutar nee Gladwell (17/06/2010)

Fitzherbert - 1966 - 1971(?) Great to find the site (check out the Facebook - Fitzherbert Rocks - which I just found today). Teachers I remember: Crowley - Maths and strapping! Mr. Turner - History (who had been in a POW camp in Poland in WWII) Mr. Ivory...(old School) Mr. Finnie (New school). I remember that after Finnie arrived all the new teachers were young and dynamic. Who was the red headed lady from Yorkshire who took English / Drama (Sue ?) and Miss de Mohan who would be proud of me as I now work on the French desk at IBM and have worked for the EU in Luxembourg and Brussels. I posted a school photo on Friends Reunited and it is also on this site. It was taken when a local newspaper did a feature on FizzySherbert (the photo was taken in the main entrance and I am the mixed race guy on the left) and I wrote a piece on Derek Johnson who went on to represent UK in some European events at race / road walking. Also I remember the blizzard of 67 and some of us younger ones were let out early and I think the last bus back from Woodingdean came off the top of the race course and skidded down towards the Lewes Road bouncing off the cemetery walls - and of course we where giggling and shrieking with delight. I remember the land yacht and I even think a one person hovercraft (?). Also does anyone remember the school group that went with the SS Uganda around the Med? I know I tried really hard to save for that trip (it is also possible that that was organised by the De La Salle School in Hove?). I will leave my email in case anyone remembers a little mixed race lad who had the time of his life at what I still regard as a great school. (As I told Mr Finnie when I saw him at one of the reunions we had some years ago). PS Can people try to leave real memories on this site as I find I need to be reminded of stuff. For example - who remembers the Murder mystery - when a schoolboy was murdered - not at Fizzies but in the countryside nearby and we were grimly told about it at the first assembly of the year? And then we all went out at lunchtime to look for clues - and I think Jane Murphy and myself found the murder weapon - on the banks of the playing fields - it was a serrated kitchen knife - and we carefully picked it up with a handkerchief - and ran to the staff room and Mrs de Mohan was there in a pale of thick smoke (none of yer 'ealth and safety nonesense in those days!) and a few days later we were all fingerprinted. Now that I do remember as they had to get parents' permission. Also I remember I had a paper-round in Preston Park that involved mostly shops and it would normally take 25-35 minutes - but the day of the discovery of the murder weapon I held forth in every shop on my round giving all the staff and customers the most grisly details of the knife! Yes missus it was truly dripping with blood (of course it wasn't but kids have a fascination for the macabre!). Anyone who remembers me is welcome to check out my FaceBook site. paul.deswardt2@googlemail.com

By Paul (Max) McAlinden (25/08/2010)

Hi, to every/anyone who might know me. I was at Fitzherbert from 1961 to 1966, having moved up Sept 1961 from St John the Baptist Primary / Juniour School, Bristol Road, Kemp Town. We (I think most of us, most of the time) had a brill/fun/naughty time at Fitzherbert. Our Headmaster was Mr Ivory, Deputies were Mr John Crowley Year 5, & Miss de Mohn Music, French & 4B, Miss Turk PE, Sr Immaculata Class 2B (from Bristol Road Convent), Mr Turner History & 2A, Mr McCarthy English & ?4A, a Mr ?B he was we thought quite 'good looking' he taught Science. My friends/classmates included Linda White (I'm now in touch with her since 2006/7), Linda Schooley, Bridget, Rosalind Davey, Teresa Stapleton, Theresa Simmons, Barbara (a Canadian girl who joined us in 4th Year), Patricia Uwins, Eileen Hussey, June Wiles, Robert Jenkins (a year above us), Sean Wafer, Bernard ?, John Clancy, Sean Geoghan (same birthday as me!), Ted Pietrowski (was a year above me), Peter Emmins from Lewes (2 years above, he stayed on after 5th year to take more exams). I would love to hear via this comment box, it would be great.

By Theresa Mary Stevens (now Walmsley) (25/08/2010)

Theresa - Science Teacher was I think Mr Bosanko. I remember some of the names you mention. They were of course good days.

By John Ansbro (26/08/2010)

Hello again, I've so enjoyed reading your comments & memories these past 2 days since finding this site, I didn't know it 'exisited'! I want to just add a few other lovely memories, yes Miss Fanning was the Art teacher, she too, enouraged me one Easter as I was 'rubbish' at any art, but our project that week was the 'Crucifixion' & I drew & painted the 3 crosses on Calvary & I got really good marks. I remember her warmly each Easter time even after all these years. Yes, sadly Mr McIntyre did like a drink, he used to go in the pub at the bottom of Elm Grove too, I used to 'feel very sorry' for him, as I felt he was a very lonely, sad man, after his day at school with all us children. I remember too, Marcella Gunstone & her family, plus Kathleen Kay one of the St John Baptist Convent girls. Yes, Christopher Joliffe, I remember you too, plus Sean Cunningham, Daniel Alexander. Sr Immaculata taught us girls 'touch' typing in our 4th & 5th year. I left Easter 1966 to go to be a 'pre nursing trainee' at Chailey Heritage, I then trained as a nurse in Kent then Midwifery in Portsmouth, where I live with my wonderful husband David, having had 2 daughters - the elder one just had her first baby 18 weeks ago & the younger one got married 19 weeks ago. Then in June I retired from Community Midwifery after 36 years. My email address is terryw.aal@ntlworld.com, would love to have contact from anyone who remembers me. My cousin Maureen Dacey also attended Fitzherbert, she was 3rd year in 1961, her & her friends used to style & backcomb mine & my friends' hair into 'boufant style' during morning or lunchtime breaks in the girls' cloakrooms. Linda White, me & a couple of other girls used to 'miss' needlework class (double lesson) & skive to the library to 'meet up' with the 5th formers Ted Pietrowski etc. Take care all of you, it is lovely to think of such wonderful years at Fitzherbert, I feel so sad & sorry a few of you didn't experience those times.

By Theresa M Walmsley (nee Stevens) (26/08/2010)

Hello Theresa. I remember Eileen Hussey - I was in the same class as her sister Monica Hussey. I know all those teachers and when they pulled down the school I put the site hoarding up and got the chance to have a good look round the old school. Good memories.

By Roy Sargeant (26/08/2010)

Went to the school from 1959 to 1963 B stream can anyone remember? I remember a John Duncliffe who went on to play football, other names are harder to remember, Kathleen Daily,Anne Baines, Maria Freeman. I live in Germany now. stefan.simic@freenet.de if anyone wants to mail me, am also on Facebook.

By Stefan Simic (06/09/2010)

Have you heard about school reunion for ex Fitzherbert pupils who were at the school from 1967 to 1971/2? Any girls going or only the blokes can let me know via this website or email me on marshalldiane@live.co.uk. My surname used to be Jarmakowick and my best mate was Anne Reidy as I don't fancy walking into the Black Horse in Rottingdean to be greeted by a bunch of blokes.

By diane marshall (12/09/2010)

To the person who asks if they were the only one who had nightmares about this place? No, I did too! I remember the time we were all taken swimming to that outdoor pool down the road in the middle of winter and none of us would get in because it was too cold, we were all marched back to school and made to stand facing the wall till Mr Finnie came and had a right go!

By karen fish (17/09/2010)

Hi everyone, since finding this site, it's bought back many many lovely memories too. Other pupil names remembered - Teresa Stapleton who lived in a house near the railway at the bottom of Freshfield Rd, she had 2/3 brothers I think, Stuart Edgar, Robert Jenkins lived at Bristol Gate (next door to one of my parents' best friends Rene and Jim Addison, Ralph Hurren, Robert Cunningham, I do remember too the Cunningham twins. I cant recall our Housecraft teacher's name, she was very strict but 'soft' too, whenever I make poached eggs on toast I remember one of our very first lessons with her (about the 4th one I think), she taught us how to lay a tray for an ill person and I still lay trays as we were taught and over 36yrs I've laid hundreds of trays for my parents who've just had their baby (I was a Community Midwife). Sr Immaculata taught us 'touch typing' by an LP record and again I type by touch today. Mr Moreman (woodwork teacher) was the uncle of Peter Emmins who lived in Lewes. I've written to Linda White (now Rose) and told her re this great site and wonderful memories. My Uncle George Jeffery (and his wife Joan and son George) lived in the Caretaker's flat for a few years as U George was the caretaker there (he also previously was caretaker at St John Baptist Junior school as well).

By Theresa M Walmsley (nee Stevens) (22/09/2010)

I have very fond memories of Fitzherbert, although I was often standing in the corner of the hall, or the middle of the playground outside Mr Finnies window during break. Sports Day was great fun, we had the best field to play on.There was a real solidarity among pupils too. It would be great to see some photos, even better photos between 1978/1982.

By Rebecca Bunker (26/09/2010)

Theresa: My brother Chris went to Fitzherbert (I didn't). I know Mr Moreman well, but he wasn't Peter Emmins' uncle as far as I know (and I should, because he is MY uncle!). He is now living in Somerset; two of his sons went into teaching as well (so did I, come to that).

By Bob Eager (04/10/2010)

I went to Fitzherbert. My name is Purdey Howlett. I was in Ms McCullough's class. I remember some kids in my class-the twins Gary and Colin, Sophie, Karen fish, Barry, Donal Donnelly, Elizabeth. It would be nice to talk. My email is pgandey@msn.com.

By Purdey Howlett (12/11/2010)

Bob Eager, Say hi to your uncle Cyril Moreman for me. I remember the land yacht, hovercraft, go-cart with a massive motorcycle engine. Remind him about the crossbow he made and, when he demonstrated it, the bolt went the length of the woodwork shop, through the wall and into a pile of timber in the store. He took me with him one lunch time to the top of Warren Road (think he lived up there) to collect a swarm of bees. I had to hold the branch they were on in the back of his Landrover all the way back to school. Never was a journey so long! I knew Fitzherbert like the back of my hand. Moved there in 1959 and took up residence in the caretaker's flat with my mum and dad (Bill Keating). The whole of the building and grounds were the playground my brother and I grew up in. 1963 my dad took up post at Longhill school, we moved and I started at Fitzherbert as a pupil. Mr McIntyre was discovered one weekend by my mum in the Domestic Science room. We kind of adopted him for several years. He was a lonely man, but extremely erudite and kind. I owe the love I have for classical music to the Music Appreciation classes he used to run on the curriculum. I used to knock around with Peter Griffiths, Mick Crowley (Mr Crowley's son) and Brendan Quirk. Can only remember two of the girls in my class - Patricia Hornsby and Daniella Stephenson.

By Steve Keating (03/12/2010)

Hi, I went to Fitzherbert in the mid 80s having moved up from Our Lady of Lourdes in Rottingdean - I guess I must have been about 9 when I started there so maybe 1983. Fantastic school and I have so many great memories. I was always pretty good at marbles so would have pockets full of them which meant my trousers barely stayed up. Mrs Senior was my 1st year tutor then Miss Cockshaw in Yr 2 (she was really good looking and all the boys had a crush on here). Yr 3 I can't remember though he had a Moustache (Mr Turner??) oh and I had Mr Mitchell for a while and him and Mr Hoare both had bullet proof fingers to poke you in the chest with. I used to play in the brass group with Paul Wilkins and Danny Hughes (all on trumpets) and we also doubled up as the school's Ghostbusters, which meant trying to find the black nun in the needlework room, and also starting rumours to scare the younger kids. Woodwork and metalwork were great, though I wouldn't have been brave enough to walk down those corridors at night in case the nun came up from the Well and got me! I have a couple of school pics on my facebook site of the class in the field out the back. I remember Tony Brewer (best mates at school), John Connolly (tough as scouser), Hannah Mchmahon, Marina Brigginshaw, Georgina Carroll and loads of others. My folks still live in Woodingdean but I'm in NZ. Last time I was back I went for a run around the back field which is still there. Anyone remember that Longhill and Falmer School kids used to always turn up for scraps until Mr Finnie came out and scared em off?

By Colin Barriff (26/01/2011)

Steve, I'll pass that on. In fact, I'll print this and send it to him.

By Bob Eager (03/02/2011)

I have just read the comments above from Mr (Dirk) Mitchell - and it brought back the names of a few more teachers I remember. Mrs Senior who I think was my first year teacher. I can remember the day she retired and the school presented her with a set of golf clubs in Assembly ( strange the things you remember). Mrs Valdez was my teacher in 4th year. I remember she took a few months off of work as she was ill and one of the school kids asked if she was cured when she got back and she broke down in tears. Mr Mitchell used to teach me maths which I was awful at but luckily used to sit next to Dawn Coleman who was a genius. Gaveston Hall was great - I remember the blue, green and orange? Dorms for the boys and on the last night when we were all at the disco, someone messed up all of our rooms ( Mr Mitchell I suspect ) and pretended it was ghosts so all the kids got completely freaked out. I checked out the Geveston Hall website a while back and it still looks like all the photos are from the 70s and 80s. Very good times indeed.

By Colin Barriff (15/02/2011)

I attended between 1974-8 ish and remember Caroline (Gearing) who commented a couple of years ago .. she was a really fast runner and made it look so easy! I have so many memories of Fitzherbert and always intended to go back for a nostalgic tour of the place after it closed down but never made it .. was gutted when I drove through Woodingdean one day and it was literally a pile of rubble. My parents both taught there and we lived in the teachers' flat right at the top of the school - Mr and Mrs Riley (the caretaker and his wife) and Kim - their dog - lived in the other flat. I remember going round with Mr Riley doing the lock up at the end of the day and him singing the song 'Charmaine' .. I remember getting sand in my eyes playing in the long jump sandpit and my mum washing them out in the changing rooms down by the gym ..

By Susy Chiappe (23/02/2011)

What a wonderful time I have had reading all these lovely memories of Fitzherbert. They all echo the same things, what a fantastic place it was, what incredible characters the teachers where. I was there from 81 to 85, and even now some of the memories bring tears to my eyes! The ghostly nun, the long haunting corridors, Mr Finnie, Mrs Brownhill who terrified me, Mrs Copley who taught me the trumpet, the high jump into the sand pit which hurt like hell, the wicked science labs. I could go on for ages and ages, the best school in the world and I think you'll all agree with me. My brother and sister went too, Lizzy and Nick Funnell. Sadly Lizzie died in 2005 but her son is a great young man. Anyway would love to hear from anyone who was there at the same time. vikifunnell@hotmail.com

By Viki Funnell (05/03/2011)

Loved reading all the comment, brought back lovely memories, such a shame the school has gone? Don't live in Brighton anymore but would love to know if the old grotto and nuns graves are still at the back of the field? Very jealous of the guy who has the gym floor in his house, would have loved to have a momento of the school, best school ever, even though I was always in trouble!

By Donna Crankshaw (05/03/2011)

Have just read Mr. (Dirk) Mitchell's comment, never a truer word spoken. Maybe if schools had the same attitude that Fitz had we wouldn't have such a problem with the yob culture of today. Sorry for being a pain the the backside Sir, he-he -you frightened the life out of me on many occasion, but I'm sure it made me a better person!

By Donna Crankshaw (05/03/2011)

Hi Susy Chiappe, was that your name at school? I'm so glad you remember me and yes I did love runninng, in fact I ended up running all my school life but changed from sprinting to middle distance and cross country and represented Sussex Schools a couple of times and won a few medals. Happy days :)

By Caroline Skinner (nee Gearing) (07/03/2011)

I was only at 'Fizzie Sherbert' for 2 years before the 13+ claimed me and carted me off to Westlain Grammar! It would have been 1963-65. I lived in fear of Miss de Mohun, but have fond memories of Mr & Mrs. Jolly. I also remember Mr. Lossaso, and I think my 1st year form teacher was Mr. Awcock (?) he was a totally useless teacher I have to say! I learnt to swear at Fitzherbert, and developed a 'school' accent which was much less 'posh' than my home accent (due to strict step-mother)! I cannot remember the names of any friends at all. I do remember 2 Polish girls in my class, and the teachers could not sort their names out! One was Witke, and one was Witek (surnames). I think my 2nd year form teacher was Mr. Mahoney? Liked him! I do remember there was a girl in my class called Dierdre, whose father was a doctor (think he had a surgery on Upper Rock Gardens?). She thought she was a cut above me, and was certain she would pass the 13+ and I wouldn't! Her outrage when she didn't pass was comical :)

By Anna Cronin (07/05/2011)

Just found this site. Amazing! I was at Fitzherbert from approx '56 to '60. Had a great time. Mr Ivory was Head and Mr Crowley deputy and my form teacher in the 5th year. Miss DeMohun taught French and in 1966 she was on a course in Paris and we met up as I was working there at The Hotel Plaza Athenee. I took her out for a drink! Felt really weird at the time. A lovely lady. I remember well Mr Lesser, Mr Moreman, Miss Fitzgerald, Mr Turner, Mr Owen (brown shirt and yellow tie). I also remember being late for lunch and getting a severe reprimand from Mr Liddell! I have a photo of Class 5 taken on our last day. Trevor Crowley, Jimmy Dowds, Chris Obrien, Gary Hill, Joe Pattiniott and the rest. Anybody out there remember me? Now coming up 65 and enjoying retirement, traveling Europe in our camper van and visiting our daughter and 3 grandchildren in Germany.

By Jack Fairey (10/07/2011)

Hi. Is there anyone out there who went to this school when it was called Warren Farm? I am trying to reseach an item from the Warren Farm time and I need help. I'm at martin.phillips97@ntlworld.com Thankyou 

By Martin Phillips (13/07/2011)

Would like to hear from anyone who went from 1959 to 1963, wishing, hoping, waiting to hear. E MAIL stefan.simic@freenet.de or stefansimic68@yahoo.de

By Stefan Simic (24/07/2011)

I went to Fitzherbert from 1968-73 and have the best memories I could possibly wish for. I met my best and lifelong friend there (Margaret Doogan) and remember Mr Finnie, Mr Crowley, Miss De Mohan (always cross when I had to leave French lesson for violin lesson), Mr and Mrs Mee, Mr Chappie, Mr Wordsworth, Mr Turner (made us write nonsense essays when we'd done something wrong), Mr White, Mr Brown (no control - chalk, paper etc constantly thrown at him and around geography class), Mr Lassaso, Mr Mrs Fitzgerald, Mrs Brownhill (I always hated PE), Mr and Mrs Jolly, Needlework teacher who was French but I can't for the life of me remember her name. For me however the most memorable teacher was the music teacher Mrs Thomas. She took us to London many times to see operas and the music students all went with her to Austria in April 1973. This was my final year at the school and I will never forget being snowed in the hotel when we should have gone to Vienna to see the Vienna Boy's Choir. Lucina fell in love with the coach driver and we all sang Gary Glitter songs on the coach coming home (probably nothing to be proud of nowadays!). I still live in Woodingdean and watched the old building pulled down brick by brick. Such a sad thing to witness. I have however in my possession, an old desk which I renovated for one of my children. It still has some inscriptions under the lid. It has been great reading everyone's comments and I am pleased to see that most people have fond memories of the school.

By Jackie Howcutt nee Pragnell (30/08/2011)

I remember you Jack Fairey, I was in your class at Fitzherbert along with Chris O'Brien, Ann Underwood, Maureen Dacey, Veronica Emery, Loretta Vinall to name but a very few. I left in 1962 as Mr. Crowley said he didn't want girls in his 5th form. Mr. Ivory was very unwell at the time. I remember Miss de Mohun, Miss Pike P.E. Teacher, Miss Olney Needlework & Cookery. Mr. Cairns was the boys PE teacher and we all thought he was 'dishy'. Mr. Turner taught history and Mr. Lesser taught English. I didn't like him at all. Hope life has treated you well. Phyllis Newman

By Phyllis Latham (nee Newman) (07/09/2011)

Hiya everyone! So lovely to read everyone's comments! It's great to hear from Mr Mitchell, you were my best teacher! Howdy Colin Barriff too! I was there until '87 when I moved to South Africa, I'm back in Sussex now though. My mates were Georgina Caroll, Miranda Francis, Dawn Coleman, Hannah MacMahon, Paul Wilkins, Peter Green, Theresa Green, Jacqueline the Spanish girl, Michaela Pigneyguy (can't spell it!) and I haven't found any of them, so if you are out there get in touch! I was terrified of the ghosts, especially when you needed the toilet and had to go down in the basement by yourself - eek! My brother Benjamin Harlow went there too, about 2 years below me. Wow so nice to reminisce! 

By Rebecca (Harlow) Prinsloo (11/09/2011)

Wow, I was just looking in to the old school as mum had told me it had been knocked down. Colin Farrel thank you. The memories came flooding back, and I will admit not all good. Me, Jon Barnard, James Parker, and Jonathan Thornton were always in a group. I was always in trouble because my red hair stool out no matter where I was. My sister Sarah was in the form above me. Oh Mr. Mitchell's class and us having to sit/stand on our chairs for a Europe capital quiz. There was the time he came in late because he had a new baby the night before. I remember the owls in the shed at the end of the playground. The hawks in the room by Mr. Mitchells room. I clearly remember looking for the ghost in the needlework room, never did see one but sure felt creepy. I remember Miss Valdes or 4V. I got in trouble a lot so I do remember going to Mr Finney's office. He had a 'stoplight' by the door that said 'go away', 'wait', and 'enter'. I always wanted to see it light up but it never did. I was probably busted by the time I got there. The school assemblies with the singing. I hated school but we all had to do it. Well I am in Canada now married with a small rug rat. John Barnard still lives in Brighton but goes to Japan on English teaching courses. Last I had heard James Parker 'Jam jar' was a permanent resident in Japan. Mum still lives in Rottingdean and I still go back every other year. I think the best part was the fourth year week long trip. I still think some of the teachers were evil to us, but time and age has brought me round to it may of been partly me.

By Jonathan Burrows (12/09/2011)

Hi - I was at the school 1954 - 1958 I think. Does anyone remember me? I have read some of your comments and Ii remember Phillip Hirst; he had rabbits and came into school with bites on his hands. I remember Michael Payne who is no longer with us. Vicky Dew; I have heard from her and she is in touch with Jane Cullen.

By Dianne Guy (Freeman) (12/09/2011)

Colin Farrell oh my how my mind has gone with age. Your name was Colin Barriff. We had art class in Newman. Aside from my mind going the memories keep coming back. The musty smell of the washrooms by the 1st/3rd form playground. I can still smell it now. And those fountain pens! I loathed them then but now love, the one I purchased a few years ago brings back memories and it is the only pen I write with. I do remember Mr. Mitchell giving me and another class mate Allen (last name forgotten), books to write lines in as our handwriting was terrible. I look fondly on that now as everytime I write I imagine the loops and curves we had to copy. I do remember when the army came round and put on a demo of bomb disposal and different kind of bombs and grenades they had. Got spanked by Mr. Finney when Philip Huntley dared me to pull the pin on the grenade. What else comes to mind... The christmas concerts we put on. Learning the violin there. Metal shop where we all made enameled pins. All of us were trying to write the popular band name on them, (I believe A-HA). Sports day was a hoot. Never did like the cross contry run aka the laps of the field. Chemistry class was a hoot as the teacher, (name forgotten) tried to teach us as we tried to carve our names in to the cratered tabletops. Didn't John Connely get expelled for climbing the scaffolding when the roof needed repairing? That guy had brass ones. Oh and the open air swimming pool down the road, we use to freeze our butts off!! I have so much more coming back but I am probably rambling now.

By Jonathan Burrows (13/09/2011)

I find it amazing that so many people remember so much about Fitzherbert, whereas for me it seems a distant memory which is very fragmented. I do remember Miss James (2b), Mr Bosanko (3b), Mr McIntyre (4b) (all my teachers), can’t remember who was my teacher in 1b though. I also remember Mr Ivory, Mrs Ivory but can’t remember what she did, Mr Crowley (got the strap from him a few times), Mr Turner (had to write a few strange essays for him), Mr Stevenson (Science before Mr Bosanko), Mr Keating (caretaker). Mr Moreman (woodwork & metalwork) - a great fondness for him as he taught me many things which I still use today and frequently think about him when doing woodwork and metal work. He was into everything, making dinghies, canoes, land yachts, beekeeping etc and he had a particular interest in antique guns and wrote a book about them). When I read down through the list of pupils there were a few names that came to mind in addition, Alex Hussey, Graham Dean, Paul Stredwick (died in 2003). Spoke with Peter Emmins recently, he said that the pupil that stood out in his mind most of all was Theresa Stevens. I think he had a bit of a thing for her but wouldn’t elaborate. He also said that Mr Moreman was not his uncle and was quite amused about it. I’m sure there are many other pupils, teachers and events that come to mind from time to time but seem not to be readily recallable, ho hum.

By Peter Cochrane (16/09/2011)

Hi I went to Fitzherbert School - my name Angela [surname was Wilson]. I joined in 1961/2; the school only used the East Wing and Longhill was in the West Wing whilst their school was being built. Our Classroom was in the cottages and the teacher was Mrs Caverney, a lovely old lady. Head was Mr Ivory with Mr Crowley as deputy. I remember Miss De Mohen, I was scared of her she was so strict. I can remember some names in my class: Madeliene Challoner - Andrea Spence - Roselyn Davey - Kathleen Bath - Ralph Hurren - Derek Healy - I remember some of the names mentioned above who were in the same year but different classes. We wore berets shaped like a 50p piece with a yellow tassle, our blazers had the crossed keys. Yes, the school was strict by today's standards, but I survived. I left in 1965/66 and took up childcare. Years later my own children, well two of them, also went to Fitzherbert [Mark and Melissa Reeves], they will remember many of the names from their era mentioned above. We saw Mr Finny and his wife in town recently. It's good to look back! Sorry to hear about Jennifer, she was in my year. 

By Angela Wilson - now Reeves Copelin (31/12/2011)

Angela, wasn't it your mum who made beautiful paper flowers?

By Elaine Edwards (09/01/2012)

Wow, all those names! Especially you Colin Barriff and Jon Burrows. Good times were had by all and, even though I wish I could go back, I don't think the teachers would be so pleased.

By Jon Connelly (15/01/2012)

Hi Elaine, yes it was my Grandmother Maggie Attrell. She was very talented and could make anything from paper gladioli to carnations. She also made real flower bouquets, wreaths etc etc, How did you know her. Regards 

By Angela Reeves Copelin (17/01/2012)

Angela, I didn't know her, I knew you at school, slightly, but you did bring flowers to school once and showed them to me. I used to go round with Cheryl Kennedy, Valerie Marston, Jacky Wells, Mollie Cooper and Maureen Jones, different year to you, maybe a year younger.

By Elaine Edwards (25/01/2012)

Hi Elaine, I remember those names along with John knight, Ronnie Mortland, Marcella Gunstone, Ann Hughes, Yvonne Barnard and Sue Hodson; great memories.

By JOHN ANSBRO (26/01/2012)

John, saw John Knight in the paper last year - something about getting married or an anniversary. Recognised him instantly from photo. I've been in touch, met Mollie Cooper and Viviana Falcini during the last couple of years. Everyone seems to have vanished.

By Elaine Edwards (30/01/2012)

Hi Elaine. I might be able to update you on a few. Shirley Holland lives in Arizona, John Knight I see now and then. I have spotted Ann Hughes, Pat Lemon and spoken to Marcella Gunstone (now just moved to Shoreham). Had not seen Sue Hodson for 30 years and saw her twice in a week -strange eh? Also saw Maureen Jones a while back. Are you still living in Brighton?

By John Ansbro (31/01/2012)

John, No, I live near Burgess Hill now, for 27 years, Elaine.

By Elaine Edwards (01/02/2012)

Elaine. Please drop me a line. My email is john.ansbro80@ntlworld.com. Think I can fill in a few more gaps. Hope all is well in your world.

By John Ansbro (02/02/2012)

Hi to Dianne Freeman. I went to Woodingdean from 1955-1959 and remember you quite well and can visualise you. The thing I most remember about you, is you correcting anyone who didn't pronounce your Cristian name correctly as Dee-arn. Sorry to hear that Michael Payne is no longer with us? Several other classmates are gone too. If you would like to email me I can give you more news of our peers. jsoutar39@gmail.com

By Jackie Soutar (nee Gladwell) (11/02/2012)

For Martin Phillips. If you are still researching Warren Farm School, I was there for a year when I was about five and remember it well. Years later from 1954 I was there for four years. For Anthony Daly, I think we were in the same class, I believe the school name was changed when we were in Goodman's class in 1955.

By Vera Wakefield (17/02/2012)

Well, well, well, just stumbled on this website; never knew it was here. I also was a pupil at Fitzherbert School and left in 72/73. I'd like to say it was the best years of my life, sadly I can't. If anyone remembers me please send an email to: shirleyse25@hotmail.com. It would be lovely to catch up.

By Shirley Johnstone (19/02/2012)

Hi Vera Wakefield, can you send me your email address please? I'm at martin.phillips97@ntlworld.com

By Martin Phillips (22/02/2012)

I went to the school in the 80s, I think 1981 - 1984 and was in the same class as Rosemary Haney, Michaella Connelly, Claire Simmons, Helen Demetrius and Tara Kassir. If anyone wants to get in touch - natashahowe02@gmail.com I am no longer in the UK but in Canada now. Mr Finnie was THE best headmaster ever.

By Natasha Howe (was Reynolds) (10/04/2012)

Oh dear, do I really want to remember all this. I was a bit of a plonker at school. Never really knew how to behave with people of my own age. Still, I remember many of you who were in my class and quite a few who weren't. Miss De Mohun died a few years ago. I kept in touch with her for references. Falcini, Ansbro, Storosko, Mortland, Weedon, Blythe, Cunningham, Neuman all names to conjure with. And poor Shirley Holland had to sit next to me. I still see Roy Harley from time to time and I bumped into Johnny Knight at Sussex university. Peter Grey had some success as an actor in Love For Lydia and, I think, the Blue Max. I think that he died a few years ago. I am still good friends with Jimmy Aughney and Graham Vore. I see Jake Koznokovsky from time to time and Terry Lennon. Anna Barrow is also still around. Johnny Taylor works locally. Steven Keating, I remember you well and your father who was and I hope still is, a kindly man. Jack Fairey, I remember you well and Trevor Crowley. You used to have piggy back fights using us as jockeys. We were invincible. I was a strong little beast even then. Your father conducted my wedding if he was Jack Fairey the registrar. I remember too many of you to list but it was interesting to see all your names above. I expect most of you know what happened to Lenny Kyrzynowski. What is interesting is that we were dumped in a secondary modern yet so many of you went on to do well, some of you academically. shows how reliable the eleven plus was. I wish you all well. To those of you to whom I was unkind, I am sorry. It took me a long time to realise how easily I can hurt people. I certainly didn't do it knowingly. To those of you who were unkind to me, I realise that your lives weren't all that good either. We don't know how we make others lives a misery. Cherish your grand children, draw them near. They need you.

By Simon Hubert (20/05/2012)

Hi Simon, how lovely to hear from you, memories eh? I took the Mrs up to The Nuffield last week & gazed on the old school playing fields,reliably informed that soon Nuffield would be extending their quarters even further. I remember Ghazals shop opposite, where you spent time buying sweets on borrowed money at extortionate rates! Agree we mostly turned out well on the back of a good education there. I see John Knight occasionally, have met Marcella Gunston, remember the names you mention plus Maureen Jones, Yvonne Barnyard, Sue Hodson, Geraldine Clarke, Lulu Edwards, Cheryl Kennedy and Ann Hughes, Ian and Nigel Cunningham, Paul Newman (father was a baker and he brought stale cakes in at 1p a cake). Agree re sentiments regarding Grandchildren, I have retired 10 years now, took the monies at 50 and they (all nearly 40) are the jewels in my life. Take care Simon.

By John Ansbro (22/05/2012)

Simon, forgot to add Shirley Holland your desk partner now lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

By john ansbro (23/05/2012)

Simon, I remember you as the one with all the brain cells. I don't remember you being unkind at all, probably the other way round. Lulu.

By Elaine Thompson (23/05/2012)

Hi Viviana and Mick Falcini, I remember you both so well. I thought Mick and Stefan would remain friends for life. I remember Danny and Marilyn, Fred, Bernard and Kevin, trips to the theatre with Mr McCarthy (I think that's his name), Keith Morris, Madeline, Jimmy Aughney, Kit and I am sure some more names will come to me.

By Liz Hickman (now Thomas) (09/06/2012)

Hi Mary (nee Bamber) and Frances (nee Eden). I have just found this page. I was at Fitzherbert from 1965-70. I remember you both and Mary Nolan, Joan Broughton, Deirdre MacNeil, Valerie Shreeves, Jean Newman and others. The needlework teacher was Mrs Leggatt and she was lovely. My nemesis was Miss DeMohun, who took a dislike to me from the start. I was terrified of Mr Crowley like most others I think. I went on the skiing trip to Engelberg and had a great time. It was the only school trip I went on. I remember the snow too of 1967 and also the early finishes we "The East Sussex lot" had when snow began. I recall walking to Rottingdean from the school on one occasion to get a bus to Newhaven. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. E-mail address: d.turner54@btinternet.com

By Catherine Turner (nee Hickman) (10/06/2012)

Remember Catherine and Tinno Hickman, travelled on the same school buses from Peacehaven to school with Mick and Viv. Lulu

By Elaine Edwards (12/06/2012)

How I miss Fitzherbert, what great memories, reading all the stories about the teachers and pupils. How lucky we were to have a middle school like that, didn't appreciate it while we was all there. Colin Barriff, Jonathan Burrows, Jon Connelly names I haven't heard for a very long time. The teachers that really stuck in my head are Mr Finnie what an amazing bloke, Mr Mitchell, Mr Hoare and Mrs Copley. If only I could turn back the clocks. I will not forget my dearest friend at school, Kerry Salter, who broke my heart and left me in the middle of year 4.... gladly we still keep in touch. It's been so nice reading all this.

By Vicki Buckle (Howell) (13/06/2012)

Hallo Catherine, Yes, I remember you well, and your friends and sister and most of the classmates. You spent most of the time with Joan. I hope they are all keeping well - did you stay in touch with any of them? We did have some great laughs at Fitz. I am still in contact with Gina Harrison, Sheila Hurley, Madeleine Marini and Fred (Frieda) During, and have bumped into many others over the years (being based in Brighton). Many of the old school "inmates" crossed paths when we either went to church or when our children went off to school. Engelberg was brilliant! It was my only school trip too. (It only cost £33) and we had some great times there, skiing and in the chalet lodge. That train journey around Lake Lucerne with spectacular views and going up and down in the cable cars and funicular railways to the village! Do you remember the giant sausages which stretched off the plates for dinner? Isabel remembers Engelberg too (on an earlier letter nearer to the top of the page). It was good to hear from Frances as well. There is a friendsreunited site where you can pick up all the information on the various schools and the classmates. I learnt a great deal from Miss DeMohun and Mr. Crowley, which has stood me in good stead - Mr. Crowley (who spoke Latin but not French) took the French Class one day, and deciphered the words so well, he actually taught us the lesson in French. He used to say "break down words you do not understand to find their meanings, and always look them up afterwards", which has worked for me! Learning French with Miss DeMohun also made it stick in my brain! She took music too, and although I can still play the recorder, I never did learn how to sing - even she couldn't work miracles! I learnt a lot about Mr. Turner as a wounded soldier jumping out of the window of the ambulance and he taught us to sing Silent Night in German, and my favourite classes were the art classes - Miss Fanning (the lady with the curly hair) introduced us to the pottery wheels and then we had the gentleman artist with the beard, Mr. Bayliss, who kept shrunken mummified human heads on the top shelf of the art cupboard. Sheila and I were getting things out of the cupboard one day, and it was a bit ricketty and everything fell out on top of us, including the 3 or 4 shrunken heads with hair on them! The whole class heard us shriek! from the art room. I will send you an e-mail on your e-mail address and catch up. Mine is hucklepickleberry@yahoo.co.uk if anyone wants to ask anything offline. Pity there isn't a museum of the old school! We did not know at the time, that that deep well was underneath our feet! From where it now stands, it would appear to have been near the main entrance doors to the building. Kind regards, Mary

By Mary Funnell (nee Bamber) (13/06/2012)

Anyone remember 1B to 4b from year 1959 to 1963? I'd like to hear from anybody from those years.  email stefansimic68@yahoo.de or go on to facebook - Stefan Simic, Krefeld, Germany.

By Stefan Simic (02/07/2012)

Hi Liz (Tinno) - Haven't revisited this site for ages and have just discovered your comment. Yes, Michael and Stefan were blood-brothers for ages then Michael went to Germany on the promise of a job and remained there for several years. He's in Ireland now and has 2 lovely boys. Around 1975 I bumped into Marilyn while shopping in Brighton and later also chanced on Danny in Seaford. Although I did exchange details with Danny I never had any luck tracing her again on any of my visits from Italy. Hope that life dealt you a good hand and that our "school memories" help you to smile occasionally. Kind regards, Viviana

By Viviana Falcini (24/07/2012)

Funny, but my post was edited. It wasn't nearly so sentimental and mawkish. I don't have happy memories of school, I do have very good friends from then though and I think that we were lucky in some of our teachers. Arthy, Turner, Baylis and DeMohun come to mind. Mr Pates was a lovely man and let me have free rein in the metalwork shop. Bossanko was a hoot in the science lab. We were a very good rugby school as well. [Hello Simon, the website team have to be mindful that, though persons identified may no longer be living, their relatives are. This is perhaps why your posting was edited. Apologies if you felt you were misrepresented as a consequence. Editing Team]

By Simon Hubert (06/08/2012)

Hello to all ex 1954/56 classmates and other Fitzherbert pupils. Does anyone remember the pet shop in Woodingdean? I seem to remember the boy who lived there; 'Kimbo' rings a bell, but not sure.

By michael hicks (08/08/2012)

I attended this School 1954 /1958 and was one of the first intake of local Woodingdean boys and girls. Surely in those days the school was known as St John The Baptist RC School? The name Fitzherbert was adopted in 1960 until closure in the 1980s. Many of the original posts on this page seem to verify this. St John The Baptist School (1954 /1959) is also mentioned in the Woodingdean pages on this site. Michael Hicks refers to the Woodingdean Pet Shop, I remember the family who ran it in those days were the Kimbers. I wonder Michael, did you have a brother called Terry who worked at Baker's Farm for a while?

By Christopher George Wrapson (09/08/2012)

Re the Pet Shop; Yes, it was Kimbers and the son who went to Fitzherbert School was Barry Kimber. He left in the July of 1957, I think, and became an apprentice mechanic at the Bristol Garage in Church Place, Kemp Town, which by then was run by my uncle Norman Goddin, who had bought it from us, as my father wanted to take a pub. We lived in Saltdean for a while, nearly bought the Lido, and then moved to Kent. Barry had the Francis Barnett motor bike that I had converted to electric using the dynastarter from a Bullnose Morris and two car batteries. I often wonder what happened to it as I've still got the log book here; ACD461. First Brighton three letter series. Michael; I remember you, I think we exchanged messages on one of the other 'Fitzherbert' pages.

By Tim Sargeant (10/08/2012)

A motorcycle propelled by a dynastart and two car batteries! (I'm intrigued). Surely a dynastart is a compact starter and generator in one unit, its primary function is to start and provide electric power for the small petrol engine it's fitted to. Therefore, on its own it would not be capable of providing motive power or final drive for any length of time? Tim doesn't say whether or not the bike's original petrol motor and gearbox were removed? Or where in the frame what would have been two large six volt batteries were mounted? Also how was transmission and final drive achieved? The Bullnose Morris first introduced in 1913 was a very basic car almost certainly not equipped with any form of electric starter, later models would have been so equipped. A starting handle and a strong arm would have been the order of the day for early models. The ACD --- series of Brighton reg marques were first issued in the early 1930s. subsequently AUF --- series issued from 1933. Regards 

By Christopher Wrapson (14/08/2012)

Whilst this thread has gone a bit off-topic, I too was intrigued by Tim's comment. The Dynastart was first produced by SIBA, a German manufacturer, which later had a British subsidiary. Dynastarts were being fitted to Villiers engines in the mid 1950s and as Francis Barnett used Villiers engines, presumably the conversion was straight-forward. However, as Christopher comments, there would only be very limited ability to propel the bike over any distance, as it was a starter-generator and would discharge a battery very rapidly. I had a three wheeler fitted with a 200cc Sachs engine and a SIBA Dynastart which could also start the engine reverse, using different points setting (this was its unique selling point as it eliminated the need for a reverse gear). My party piece was to start the vehicle in reverse and drive backwards, changing gear - 4 forward and 4 reverse gears was quite a conversation piece!

By Andy Grant (15/08/2012)

With all these memories coming back we should all get together one day, have a pint and go back. Coming from the 1980s I'd love to get together with the old gang. I know this would be a mammoth effort, but before we are too old it would be fun. I would so like to have my school tie again. It looked awful but ahhh the memories.

By Jonathan Burrows (25/09/2012)

Good page.  I was at the school between '70 and '76.

By Allan Golds (01/10/2012)

I was also in class 1b 1959 , and remember being taught 'Silent Night' in German by lovely teacher Mr. Turner; I loved listening about his war stories. Miss James in 2b used to rap our knuckles with the back of a ruler for talking, Miss De Moyen also gave me the cane, and I was so scared of her as she used to glare at me. Also recall Mr. Crowley caught us smoking in the last year's Christmas party. I still keep in touch with the lovely friends Kathy Daly, Anne Baines and Margaret Jefferies.

By sonia dal-zotto (02/10/2012)

As Andy rightly says electrically powered motor bikes are a bit off topic. BUT as it does involve some of the people mentioned on this page I thought it must be OK as it has engendered some comments. A quick technical description for Chris; The Coventry Eagle 'Silent Superb' was unusual in having a pressed steel frame so it was easy to remove the Burman 3 speed gearbox and replace that with the Lucas dynamotor from a 1920s Morris Bullnose which was about a foot long and 8 or 9 inches in diameter much larger than the Siba derivative later fitted to Excelsior and some Villiers engines. (I don't know what the kilowattage was or hp it produced but as Henry Royce said 'the power was adequate'.) Removal of the Villiers single cylinder (but twin exhaust port!) engine made space for one 12 volt battery with a 6 volt battery above it. It went very well up and down the garage in Church Place but in 1956 I didn't have the luxury of the sophisticated switchgear available today and it was either 'on' or 'off' using a starter switch from an A35 attached to the throttle twist grip! Nor did I have modern 'traction' batteries. The idea was to use the 'dyna' part of the motor to recharge the batteries when going down hill, and there are plenty of those in Brighton! Siba 12/24 volt motors were later made by Lucas in England and were widely used in Atco and Webb electric lawn mowers. I have one of these in my present circa 1971 Ariel III electric tricycle conversion. As I said, Barry Kimber wound up with the F-B Electric and I often wonder what happened to it. There were several mini cars made in the fifties using Villiers and Excelsior motor bike type engines including the Berkeley and AC Petite with engine at the front and the Powerdrive with rear mounted engine and also several invalid carriages all with electric start. The AC could be reversed just by turning the steering wheel right round so that the whole engine pointed backwards and could turn in it's own length, great fun! The Peel made in the Isle of Man, and don't forget the Trojan made in Croydon with Lambretta parts and the BMW Isetta made in the old locomotive works at Brighton. Which one had the Sachs engine Andy? I forget now, but they were all chasing the petrol rationing from the Suez crisis. There was something else with a two-stroke engine that would kick back and start up running backwards if you weren't careful, you didn't realise until you put it in gear and set off....Backwards! Back to Fitzherbert; I bought my first motor bike, a Panther 250cc sloper from Freddie Chapman's elder brother and pushed it home along the racecourse and down Manor Farm. Freddie was in our class and they both lived at Warren Farm. I often wonder how those lads from there got on. Another particular friend of mine was Laurie Blundell from Rushlake Road Coldean if anyone remembers him? He did come up to see us once on his motor bike but then died after falling down stairs in 1963. As a non- catholic I was always able to get into school late as we didn't have to attend morning prayers. Does anyone remember the visit by a Cardinal in the fifties that caused much excitement? Jonathan mentions 'getting together': I did attend the re-union in Brighton last year but there wasn't anyone from my year there although several did remember my younger brother Martin who left Fitzherbert in July 1957 and continued school up here in Kent.

By Tim Sargeant (05/10/2012)

Hi all. I doubt anyone will remember me. I was there 71/73 before we was moved on to Newman. I have no good memories from that place. We was bullied and made to look stupid if we were no good in lessons. I needed help with my education but what happened to me, and many other kids at the time, were pushed to the back of the class and forgotten about. You could count the good teachers on one hand, the rest were just played at teaching. 

By Kevin O'Reilly (01/12/2012)

I am sorry that Kevin has negative memories about Fitzherbert. I attended the school from 1954 until I left in 1958. We were the first intake to the school in Woodingdean as before that the senior school was above St. John Baptist in Bristol Road. At first it was still called St. John Baptist but was changed a little while later to Fitzherbert. My first teacher in class 1A was Miss Long who was beautiful. She was also the girls PT teacher. She left after a while to get married. My teacher in class 2A was Mr. Goodman. His weapon of choice was a bit of railway window strap which did sting when he whacked you on the hand with it. He was sometimes funny and would creep around like Sylvester the cat in the Looney Tunes cartoons, and he was good at that. One day when it was register time he got one of the kids to call the register which bewildered us lot. Then he started writing instructions on the blackboard in chalk. It turned out that he had broken his false tooth and was so vain he could not open his mouth. My teacher in class 3A was John Crowley a very tough but fair Irishman. His endeavours to teach me Shakespeare and algebra failed miserably despite his efforts. My teacher in class 4A was Miss. De Mohan who was also the school music teacher. My last teacher was Mr. Lidell in class 5. We gave him a hard time which I am ashamed to say. He was a pilot and war hero to boot. The other teachers were Mr. Moreman the woodwork and metalwork teacher, Mr. Begly the PT teacher. If you happened to have forgotten your PT kit then it was pants and vest in front of the girls (winter or summer). Miss. (granny) Groundsell was our art teacher. We lads drooled over her. She wore heels as high as you could get them. I feel that the school gave me a well rounded attitude even though I got a walloping more times than I can remember. I took some photos of the school before it was demolished and would put them on the website if anybody is interested. Mike Peirson.

By Mick Peirson (02/12/2012)

Hi Mick Peirson, if there are photos, send an email to Jennifer on this website. Martin.

By Martin Phillips (11/12/2012)

Mick, would love to see some pics of the school please john.ansbro80@ntlworld.com. Thanks JA.

By John Ansbro (12/12/2012)

Christopher George Wrapson; Yes Terry did, not for long though. I did a bit of van washing as well, did the bosses car once, I remember it as a Rover. Any ideas where I might look for other pupils of that era?

By Michael Hicks (05/01/2013)

Hello! I'm Patricia Duncliffe and I attended Fitzherbert from 76-80ish. It was a fantastic school, the teachers were a bit quirky but I feel that the arts, music and sports education was second to none. This certainly helped those of us that were not brilliantly academic. I was fascinated to hear Dirk Mitchell's summary of his time at the school, I think I may have been in his first form class when he became a teacher. We thought he was brilliant and he was young too. I do also remember the Toners (we used to get Mrs Carrol's bus) and also Bridget Dowds. Our Mothers were friends and worked together. I would love to post again if I get any feedback, I now live in Ireland.

By Patricia Duncliffe (17/01/2013)

Hi Patricia Duncliffe, I trying to remember you, still struggling. My mum used to work at Allen West and also The Sussex University; I lost my mum on Christmas eve 2008. Fitzherbert was the best time of my life. I now live in Swindon.

By Bridget Dawkins (04/04/2013)

I went to Fizzy Sherbet 1961-1965, name is Tony Curreri or Tipper, as I was known. I saw Simon Hubert doing a plumbing job in my street about Feb of 2013 - has the logo Fat Plumber on his van. Had a chat, told me Johnny Taylor had died recently, shame, he was a nice geezer. Recognised lots of names - am in contact with Ed Wagner and Rex Heasman, also see Pat Ewens walking about, and Ros Davy, Just found this site a trip down memory lane; anyone remember Keiran Boyle, Pat Miller, Maria Ricci, Pat Flynn, Ralph and Albert Hurren? I could go on but I can't remember any more! Hope anyone that remembers me is keeping well, all the best to you all, Tony 

By Tony Curreri (06/04/2013)

Ref. Tony. Would the Pat Flynn be the one who lived in Maresfield Rd?

By David Gillam (07/04/2013)

Hi Tippers, it's always nice to bump into you. People no longer with us, I think I mentioned Johnny Taylor who died watching rugby. Gerard Collie died sometime ago, I believe, of cancer.

By Simon Hubert (08/05/2013)

Hi Simon, nice to know you're still about, keep looking out for your van, hope business is good, take care.

By John Ansbro (10/05/2013)

I hadn't thought about Fitzherbet for years until I stumbled randomly across this page this evening! What an odd school it was. I can hardly believe it was only during the 1980s I was there, and I can only hope that what went on there would never happen in a school these days! I was there from 1981 - 1985, in the classes of Ms Senior, Ms Dillon, Mr Mitchell and Mr Robinson. Also remember Mr Finnie, Mr Hoare, Ms Copley, Ms Collins, Ms Brownhill, Ms Siddle, Ms Ingelbert (I think - science teacher who couldn't control the class and screamed in a whisper) and Ms Foggart. Pupils I remember (some of who I was still in touch with until recent years) Julia O'Brien, Alison Lewis, Lisa Lower, Susan McCarthy, Michaela Collins, Jodie Arnott, Julia Polden, Mary Owens, Lisa Franks, Claire Ashing (who died in 2008), Donna Crankshaw, Sharna Bailey, Caroline Hunt, Mary Nee, Victoria Smith, Victoria Funnell, Hannah Duggen, Joanne Baker, Rebecca Haywood, Claire Allum, Scott Collins, Paul Biancardi, Dominic Nangle, Carl Tilling, Michael Patterson, James Hind, Ursula DeSilva, Selia Bond, Kerry McManus, Kerry McNabb, Louise Edwards, Tonya, Elizabeth Cullen, Abigail Bolton, Peter Booth, Simon, Sarah, Claudia, Sasha, Jason, Alexander Goddard, Anthony Parsons and from the year above Luca Turi (some of the surnames have gone now!). Memories include: being sent to stand in the entrance hall, the polished wooden floors, the chapel, the music room, separate playgrounds for the boys and girls, and for years 1&3 and 2&4, being made to run around the playing field in a leotard in the winter,  singing hymns in morning assembly, having to stand against the wall in the playground under the head's window 'eyes on me!!', the four school buses, playing the recorder - 'B,A,G', the Christmas concert practices that went on for the entire autumn term, having to write with italic fountain pens, the 'royal blue' jumpers, a week away at Gaviston Hall in the 3rd year - including the stagnant swimming pool and walking up Devil's Dyke in the rain, Roman Villa trip in the 1st year, Bluebell Railway trip in the 2nd year, Hampton Court trip in the 4th year, going to St Luke's for swimming, the dinner ladies and the bright pink pudding that stuck to an upside down plate, 3 different sittings for lunch', double bass lessons where all we did was chat to the tutor - for years, orchestra practice, singing along to Wham in the playground, the kestrels closing the playground all spring, the rows of sinks outside the dinner hall, playing 'The Young Ones' in drama class, re-enacting Torville & Dean in the playing field, marbles in the playground, the 'well' under the netball court, swinging off the pipes of the staircase... It wasn't all bad, but I still wouldn't go back!!!

By Emma Barnard (28/07/2013)

Hi Martin Phillips. Were you the tall smooth guy with that big smile because I believe there was a Michael Phillips in the same year as us. Seems to be a lack of 68-72 on this thread, great to read though. Let's throw some names in the pot and see what happens: anyone remember Tish? not sure what he did but he got a raw deal from the pupils. The Begley twins (nice briefcases), Graham Bagley, Stewart brothers, Bobby Laing, Studsy, Timothy Moss, Kazik Kiss, Carl Morgridge, Karl Best, had a fight with him then Mr Turner broke us up, put us back to back and made us bang our heads together like rams in front of the whole playground! Then we had to provide a list of all the heavyweight boxing champions from 1900 to the present time before the following day assembly. Lynn Thatcher, Wendy White, Yvonne Dean, Helen Piercy, Angela Molvey, to name but a few. Be good to hear from anyone and catch up with you. Pb.bibby@ntlworld.com

By Paul Bibby (04/10/2013)

Tish used to hum classical music to himself on the bus back in 62/67. I think he was a music supply teacher, didn't actually take any classes I was in. That was Mr. McIntyre.

By Elaine Edwards (04/10/2013)

Elaine & Paul, I remember Tish, severely abused verbally and physically by all the kids. He used to play the organ at church, used to fill in re music when teachers were sick or on leave. Also remember Miss De Mohen taking music and part of the music annual exam was to sing in front of the rest of the class in the big assembly hall. Paul, how's Jeff?

By John Ansbro (05/10/2013)

Hi John, how are you? Geoff's fine, not sure what year you where in, but Geoff (my Brother for other users info) was a prefect at Fitzherbert, always giving me lines for talking in the corridor. I remember Tish now taking the odd music classes, absolute chaos. You must remember the old barn, out of bounds but much sculldugery went on in there. All the best John thanks for the response & Elaine as well.

By Paul Bibby (13/10/2013)

Hi, my mum went to Fitzherberts between 1968 - 1973 I think! Her name was Sharon Batchelor - sadly she's recently passed away. Does anyone recognise the name? She also had an older brother named Sean.

By Sarah Hill (22/10/2013)

Hello Sarah

Your Mum Sharon Batchelor, was in my year at school. I was sorry to read that she has passed away. Although she wasn't a close friend of mine, I do remember her.  I also remember her brother Sean as he was in my brother's year. My brother is John Doogan. There was an infamous trip to Austria in 1973 and I can't remember if she went on it. I think she was musical if my memory serves me correctly. Keep checking this site as there may be others who can give you more information. Have a look at the 'all school' photos posted from 1972. I think Sean is in one of the photos.  Somewhere in my loft I have other photos which I must dig out and post on here.

By Maggie Williams (24/11/2013)

I have just found this site and have read posts by Peter Guy and Helen Netley, names I recognise.  I went to St. John's 1956-60 but left then to go to Preston Tech Inst and do shorthand, typing and commercial subjects.  Helen's post contained lots of names that I remembered.  Other girls in our class were Josephine Roberts, Mary Dufty, Frances Waldeck, Greta Hellet (only for a year or two before she changed schools). In the second year, Mr. Isaacs class, there was a beautiful black girl called Renee.  I'm sure now that those times are on my mind other names may come to me.  

By Teresa Scrase-Davey (18/12/2013)

I came over from Ireland and went to Fitzherbert for two years 1980-1982. Teachers I had were Mr Lassaso and Mrs Dillon. I didn't get on with Mr Hoare. I do remember a big press in the hall with uniforms in it for less privileged kids and also remember school dinners -  I haven eaten semolina since.  People I remember are Odette Pearce, Raepael ?. Julie Brown, Sara Sweeny and Peter Grimes. Great reading these posts. I never knew the history of this school.   

By Niki Gibbons Oneill (27/02/2014)

Trying to locate anyone who went to Fitzherbert circa 1960. Her name was Diane Geoghan and she lived in Rottingdean. Her 2 brothers Jim and Sean also went to school here. Diane was my fantastic wife for 49 years until she died during April 2012 after an illness. Feel free to contact me at brianwhite43@btinternet.com and thank you.

By Brian White (09/03/2014)

Hi Maggie, I'm pleased someone recognised the name. I don't know if you'd remember, but both mum and Sean lost their mum in 1970 and apparently it was told in Assembly? She had a tough life in the end, so I wanted to know what she was like during her school days. I'm not sure if she was musical but she told me she was a bit rebellious. I would love to see the old school photos.

By Sarah Hill (07/04/2014)

Hello Sarah, I honestly can't remember the announcement in assembly but have a vague recollection of feeling sorry for your mother at about that time. I must locate the photos of the aforementioned Austrian trip, in 1973.

By Maggie Williams (21/06/2014)

I went to Fitzherbert's around 1956. I was 12 and about six foot, something which, when my class were all given the ruler on the palm, I so towered over the nun doing it that she told me I was too big for such a punishment! I remember the Kimber boy who lived over the pet shop who left rather suddenly over some dodgy business on the playing fields. We had an identity parade of all the boys in the school hall with three girls shuffling along to pick out the guilty party. Scared me silly when they paused in front of me. My mother had a wool shop called 'Belinda's' on the same parade as the pet shop. My father was a relief projectionist for south coast cinemas. I recall Miss or Mrs Groundsell (called 'Birdseed' by some) who taught us how to write using an Italic nib pen, held at a 45 degree angle. She also took us for Catechism every morning. I remember having to learn this even though I was not RC and go to Friday mass in the Hall, as well. I found the coconut matting very hard on the knees. There were several girls who I found 'hot', including a tall, rather gangling dark haired one called Diane who used to sit at a desk sideways on to where the teacher stood. Every one could see what she did except the teacher so she made sure she was naughty. I had to constantly battle with priests who tried to get me into the Catholic faith but as my parents had left it up to me to decide what I wanted to be I decided to be plain awkward and say 'No' to everything. The priests found it particularly offensive that I refused to call them 'Father', just 'Sir'. I pointed out to them that 'Sir' derived from 'Sire'='Father' but that just seemed to annoy them even more. I recall the Head was Mr Ivory and I was once sent to be caned, waiting outside his door (I can't remember what I had done-probably being a smart arse) but I was saved by the bell, in this case a fire alarm. During my time there I thus twice escaped physical punishment. It was probably the school that had the highest level of erotic activity in my experience. Don't ask me why.

By Anthony Fallone (22/07/2014)

Blimey, Tipper, Simon Hubert, Rex, Pat Flynn et al. Names from the distant past. I gained my love of rugby from 'Fizzy' and played up and into my 40s. In fact, when only 16 and playing for Brighton 5th, I played against Mr Lassaso who was playing for Hove. Interesting meet. Went on to play for Hove and various London clubs. I also gained a love of opera from the now departed Mr McIntyre. I played an old '78 of Gili during one lesson which nearly moved me to tears. I took a lot of stick from the girls ie Maureen Challoner, Moya Fox and Ruth Ricketts (yes, her real name) etc. Didn't Pat Flynn and Roy Morris join the Royal Marines or was it 'Scrase'? I'm now retired and living SW France, testing the local wines purely for scientific purposes. Having now read through a lot of the comments above, the memories come flooding back. Some of the girls names remind me of the crushes I had on them, but was far too unsure of myself to approach them - one of the drawbacks of coming from Xaverien College. Not seen anyone, from my time there for about 40 years. Shame really. Best memory I have is of playing and beating Longhill both in the Brighton Schools 15 and 7s rugby cups. Momentous. Anyone wanting to touch base can get me on tadthepole@aliceadsl.fr.

By Tad Piotrowski (06/09/2014)

I was at Fitzherbert from 80 to 84. I was in the same year as Mark and Melanie Rice, Marcus Bridle and others. I have mixed memories from the school, but still miss the place and was very sorry when I found out it had been knocked down, (when I went to the Nuffield for an MRI). I only really remember class 2b, and only then because we had the guitar playing teacher and at sports day someone came up with the slogan 2b or not 2b.

By Roger Moffat (09/09/2014)

I went to Fitzherbert in 1969 from St Joseph's, and joined both of my brothers , Kazik, and Jan. Unfortunately my baby sister was killed in a car crash (14 months old) in 1970 at the bottom of Bear Rd, where my Mum was also badly injured. This event completely destroyed my life, and my schooling suffered. The next six months were spent in a children's home in Rottingdean as my father had suffered a nervous breakdown. I didn't spend a lot of time at school after that but do remember having some good times. There are many names I remember. There is a post by Ricky - I remember him well - also Phil Bath, Paul Jarvis, Dermott Whelan, Graham White, (really all), Sean O'Halloran, the Moss brothers, The Kiely  brothers, John, Tom and Kevin, Sean Pickering, Phil Jefferies, Phil Thompson, Eric Watton, Joe Phillips. Strange but I had a face in my mind these past few weeks of Vannessa but cannot for the life of me remember her surname, but lo and behold I was working over in Patcham today and she walked past me? I called out to her and she remembered me. Nigel Cairns, Martin Akehurst, Karan Hassett, Eileen Higgens, Dawn Carol, Vincent Moss, Karen Madigan, sister to Steve who recently passed away. Studsy, Paul Kish, Konrad Tomasinsky. I remember the secret basement room we had next to the playground, where we would  have a smoke. I remember Gazelle's where a lot of us would go and fill our pockets with chocolates. By the way Mr Finney is still alive, I would love to meet him before he goes. Mr Crowley my God he was a monster, but I laugh at it now. He caught me flipping my ruler against the bannisters one day, and gave me a right hook. He tried it on a few months later and I stood up to him. Never did it again. It was a very strict school, but I look back and think it was for the best. Look what teachers have to put up with now. I remember a lot of the teachers , the Jollys, Mr Brown, I thought he was great, but all the kids gave him hell. Mr White the mad Professor with the hairy hands. LOL. Mr Wordsworth, all the girls were in love with him. I remember when we all went on strike and gathered on the playing fields. Mr Crowley picked out all the ringleaders, me included, and we all got six of the best. Mad times. Although I had a tough home life I still have great memories of my days at Fizzy. Danny Topping, Paul and Geoff Bibby, Mandy Ohara, Mr Phillips PE teacher. Colin Tugwell, M Green, the Drummer. There are many more and I will mention them on the next post.

By Jozef Kis (24/11/2014)

Hey, Joe! Her name was Vanessa Lynsdale, I remember her. She had the prettiest face I'd ever seen - I remember her face after 42 years! Hope you are well? Say Hi to Kazik for me. 

By Martin Phillips (12/01/2015)

Hi Frances Eden, I remember only too well the episode with the fire extinguisher as I was also involved in the incident. I remember the caretaker coming along the corridor and telling us girls to disappear quickly. He then held the fire extinguisher out of the window, showering out to the playground below. I also remember the headmaster blaming the boys during the next day's assembly.

I also have a photo of the school hockey team which I'll add on soon (Top row: Frances Eden, me, Mrs Keywood, ?, Isabel Canneaux; Middle row: Kate Stevens, Anna Barrow, Madeleine Marini, Catherine O'Malley, ?; Front row: Lesley Barrow and Nora Taylor) 

By Sue Doherty (Ovett) (25/05/2015)

Hi all, I remember Mr Boss and his happy go lucky attitude to smacking us with a wooden ruler on our hands, when we didn't know our 15th times table. He was my year 2 teacher. Does anyone remember Mrs Hill, she lived in the school, my year one teacher? Mrs V in year 3 and the artistic Mr Jolly in year four and being taught italics, the style I still write in even today.

By Jenny (08/06/2015)

Wow, I can honestly say this was by far the best school I went too. I can remember a few people Shane Da Costa, Ryan Bradford, Barry Pearce, Chris Archer, my cousin Anthony Hall. Mr Finnie, Mr Hoare (didn't his daughters go to Fitzherbert as well Chloe and Louise I think), Mr Mitchell. Real good memories there. Sadly I got expelled and had to go to Moulsecoomb which then meant I couldn't go to Cardinal Newman and had to go to Falmer instead. Truly amazing times though at Fitzherbert. Does anyone remember another school I think from Newhaven burnt down and they had to come to us for a while. Galveston hall. All the kids scared of the needlework room and the music room. 

By Gavin Offord (28/06/2015)

Apologies to those I am only just catching up with but I only found this website a couple of days ago. Well anyway, Tad Piotroski… That MUST be the friend I remember as Ted Piotroski? (I never could spell) certainly remember you, Moya Fox, Ruth Ricketts, Roy Morris, Albert Hurren and Scrase. I can only remember the name of Maureen Challoner but no details. Sorry Tipper, I never was any good at remembering names; forgive me. I can't remember you so far but a memory jog might do the job? I am still in touch with Aff (Arthur David) and visited him recently. Others I recall are David Allen, Rupert Carder, Kevin Spears, Chris (?) Vinal, Mary Tyler and Mick Gill. Sad to see that Peter Cochrane (another name that seems to have slipped the old grey cells) reports that Paul Stredwick died in 2013. He was a friend I visited a few times and had family tea with. He lived in Lewes and I rode over on my bike from Woodingdean, coming home again in the dark with inadequate bike lights – scary! Tad, were you in 3A when Mr McIntyre used to take us boys for music 1st period after lunch on Fridays? Well if so, you will remember these music classes as… interesting? I will send you an e-mail soon. Well quite soon. I now confess to being dyslexic. It slows me down in the writing dept. and made school a living hell for me as it wasn't recognised in those days. To all the other friends from the Fitz. sorry if I've missed you out. Please put a bit in and remember yourselves to me and the others who reflect on these by-gone times.

By Howard Longman (Longs) (26/08/2015)

I don't know if anyone remembers me? I attended the St John the Baptist School 1957-62, renamed the Fitzherbert School during my time there. My name then was Maureen Longman and friends at the time were a girl named Vanessa, plus there was a Madeleine and a Sandra. I lived in Woodingdean near Vanessa. I remember Mr Crowley who was a Maths teacher and my form teacher at one time (a bit scary), plus Miss Pike the P.E teacher who was OK, and of course Miss de Mohan (I think that was her name and no good as a French teacher). No fond memories of school, I was pleased to leave after 5th form and get a job. Managed OK considering rubbish education. I am now Maureen Cheesman.

By Maureen Cheesman (nee Longman) (31/08/2015)

Hi Jenny, I remember Mr Boss with his thick glasses. I always remember telling him I was 'going to be 10', and now I'm 49!  Yes, smacking his long ruler on the table, randomly choosing anyone to stand up and shout out your times table.  Scary.  Mrs V was amazing - she was a great teacher, bringing her dog to school everyday. I can't recall Mrs Hill.

By Bridget (01/10/2015)

l started at Fitzherbert begining of 1972, had just arrived in England from Australia. My name is Michelle, l'm looking for anyone that remembers me.

By Michelle Goldhoorn (05/10/2015)

Hi Ted, message for Tad the Pole: Tried to send you an email but address was not valid. It's 'Tipper', or Tony Curreri. If you get this message, I am at Tonyvansilva@gmail.com. Feel free to send me your email address. Thanks, Tony

By Tony Curreri (15/10/2015)

Hi you guys. So pleased to find this blog. My time at Fitzherbert was 1961 to 1966. I remember as we all do good times and bad. Ace rugby team - some of us going on to play for Brighton. We won lots of cups! Good memories Tad and Tipper. Viviana .... cool and very bright .... I have often wondered what you went on to do in your life? I hope it's been fun. Have seen Danny and Marilyn since leaving school and hope the rest of you are good - Patrick Kearns, Fran Morris, Ray Cousins, Rusty Steel, Stephen Mortland, Katherine Tovey, Maria Ricci and - my best to you all. Bernie Allen (bernieandrewallen@gmail.com)

By Bernard Allen (21/10/2015)

It's amazing to find this site, I was at Fitzherbert at some time in the 1980s but I left early. I remember some of the people writing and mentioned here. Colin Barriff - I remember you were quite competitive, Jonathan Burrows -I think you might have been in my violin class with me, or in Mrs Valdez's class. I remember many of the incidents you mention including the bomb disposal men coming, a great day! I think I also remember the grenade incident. Phillip Huntley was frequently in trouble. I remember Kerry Salter, Vicki Howell, Marina Brigginshaw and Anna-Lisa Navarro. I learnt the recorder, I think Mrs Copley was an amazing teacher, she had so many people singing/learning recorder at once in that huge room. I was in trouble a lot for all sorts of things. I remember doing really fun experiments in Mrs Inglebrecht's class, making dyes with onion skins and other things, making clocks from bits and bobs, chromatography, lots of things with bunsen burners. The hard bit was writing it all up. I also remember in cooking class testing all the different kinds of apples. I remember looking under a tree in the fields with a teacher for owl pellets and the amazing sports days. I didn't appreciate it so much at the time and we moved to the Isle of Wight when I was about 10.  I was in Mrs Dillon's class and I think Mrs Valdez's. I remember we used to write diaries.  Was anyone else in my class or remember any of these things?

By Keira (nee Davis) (17/05/2016)

My goodness! Blast from the past.  I was a teacher at Fitzherbert from 1967-1969 and taught English and also typewriting.  I took over from Sister Immaculata, who'd had to retire through ill health.  I loved the school, and all its pupils, and had the pleasure of introducing proper drama lessons as part of my English courses.  I remember so many of you during those brief two years.  Sadly, I had to leave to return to Yorkshire as my father died very suddenly - I was only 28 - and my mother was having some sort of breakdown and not coping.  I enjoyed my time at "Fizzy" so much, and remember holding lunchtime discos in some basement room - ? gym - and dancing my socks off to Martha and the Vandelas et al!!  I had very long red hair in those days.  Not so much now.....

By Susan Harr (16/09/2016)

What I am struck by in reading all these posts is how well written they are!  How articulate the writers, and how correct the grammar and spelling (notwithstanding spellcheck).  Fizzy Sherbert was a secondary modern school, and yet you have all come out very well educated, many of you with successful careers. There were some really bright pupils there, to whom I enjoyed teaching English and typewriting, and it seems to me they got a good, rounded education. So much for grammar schools, huh?

By Susan Harr (20/10/2016)

It's great to see this feature is still active, even though people in 'my' year will have now advanced beyond their statutory retirement date! There are even more familiar names from my formative years appearing than the last time I looked in. Fond memories! Greetings to you all! :-) 

By Chris Jolliffe (16/11/2016)

To all the ex-class pupils of class 1956, greetings and happy new year.

By Michael Hicks (01/01/2017)

Happy New Year to all between 1962-1967

By Elaine "Lulu" Edwards (03/01/2017)

I remember you Ronald Grey, also Terry Weedon, Carol Townshend and Mary Nankivel. My sister was called Anne. I had so many laughs there. Happy times. l now live in Leeds. My sister lives in Cornwall.

By Mary Cuffe (15/03/2017)

I was at Fitzherbert between 1967 and 1971. If anyone remembers me, please let me know.

By Christine Nabbs (nee Boulton) (05/07/2017)

I am sorry to report that John Finnie passed away on 25th January, earlier this year, (2017.) I attended his funeral along with some other past pupils, Roy Harley, Brian Harley, Robert Norris and Derek Johnson. There were other past pupils there (their names I cannot recall,) but 46 years later, we were there to pay our respects to a remarkable man. I know his family appreciated our presence. In my early years as a teacher, I recall feeling very poorly one day, as I was going down with the flu. John Finnie saw me in the lunch hour break and asked me if I was alright. When I told him how I was feeling, he pulled a £5 note out of his wallet, (1980) and told me to get a brandy at the Downs Hotel. I said "What about my next lesson?" He said he would cover for me. How many head teachers would do that for their staff? God bless you John and thank you for all of your support and inspiration.

By Dirk Mitchell (13/08/2017)

Sorry to hear about Mr Finnie's passing. I remember him throwing a piece of chalk at my desk during a maths class so that I would pay attention. I literally chuckle to myself remembering that. He was a good  fella and very family oriented. I know he was there for many kids when things weren't going well for them at home. I'll raise a glass to him this weekend for everything he did for me.

By Mathew Poland (13/09/2017)

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