Fitzherbert School

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John Leach

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Photo:The old Fitzherbert School, Once called St John the Baptist Secondary Modern School.  Before that it was called Warren Farm.

The old Fitzherbert School, Once called St John the Baptist Secondary Modern School. Before that it was called Warren Farm.

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Added to the site on 17-10-05
This page was added on 22/03/2006.
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"St John the Baptist RC School". Which year did the name change to Fitzherbert?  Over recent years there have been so many interesting comments posted elsewhere  on the  MyB&H website.  However, many ex pupils continually refer to SJTB at Woodingdean in the 1950s as Fitzherbert.  This page was added in 2006 and for some reason is void of comments so maybe this is an opportunity to clarify things. According to the administrative history of the school at  Sussex Records Office, it states “Prior to 1961 the Fitzherbert Secondary Modern School was known as the  "St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Secondary School”.  However, the directory for 1962 still lists the original name and it was not until the next edition in 1964 that a name change was recorded.  Speculating upon this, the name change would not have been likely during the academic year, so presumably it changed around September 1961. As directories were compiled in the year prior to publication, usually coinciding with the start of the financial year in April, the name change may have been missed and therefore not published until the next edition in 1964.  I attended this school 1954 - 1958 being one of the first intake of local Woodingdean children at that time.  I have mostly good memories of the school and of its teachers.  Many thanks to Andy Grant for his assistance.  

By Chris Wrapson (26/10/2014)

I think it must have been 1962 that the name changed. It was St John the Baptist when I was in 1B with Mrs Ivory in 1961 and I'm pretty sure it changed the next year when I was in 2A with Mr Mahoney.

By Howard Longman (Longs) (20/08/2015)

Can you give me the location of the school as a postcode or street number, or between which streets and an what side of Road.  Thanks. 

By Gregory Gregory (30/04/2016)

In 1961 I was in Mrs Ivory's class and the school was then called Maria Fitzherbert Roman  Catholic Secondary School.

 

By Kathleen Seaby nee Keay (05/07/2018)