This formal school photograph was taken in June or July 1966 in the school quadrangle.
There are sixty children in the picture forming the two top 4th year classes (Year 6 Juniors), all leaving that summer having just taken the 11 plus exam which around round 45 passed. They dispersed to Southend High Schools (Boys or Girls), Westcliff High Schools (Boys or Girls), Rayleigh Sweyne School, King John School, and a few other private schools.
This had been a single class in the first year of Juniors (Year 3), September 1962, with separate boys and girls playgrounds on The Avenue frontage, taught by Mrs Rand (40 in class), second year Miss Slowe (46 in class) [Winifred Slowe 1903-1993], third year Mr. Layram [Douglas Layram 1909-1991] when I recall that the class had reached 48, with large numbers arriving in this period on account of the extensive residential expansion to Hadleigh at the time. In 1965 the Infants had moved out of the Church Road building to their new school in Bilton Road and the Junior School took over the spare classrooms.
By the fourth year (Sept ‘65), it was divided into two A classes (Hadleigh was streamed) of thirty-plus taught by Mr Layrum and Mr Evans. John Denton was the headmaster throughout.
In the Infants school (same site with two mixed but separate playgrounds on the Church Road frontage), those starting aged 5 in 1959 were taught by Miss Bennewith, followed by Miss Hewitt in 1960, Mrs Rogers in 1961, and Miss Hersey [Nellie Isabel Hersey 1899-1986] was the head mistress.
Commence front row, from left (as facing) –
David Beddow, Nigel Seaman, Brian Southgate, Susan Aldridge , ? ?, Susan Head, ? ?, Sally Ward, ? ?, Lesley Hammerton, Elaine Jenkins, Robert ?, Kenneth Morris, Mark Benson, Stephen Oake.
Deborah Main, Sarah Nelson, Jocelyn Holt, Janet Fitzjohn, Anne Bolding, Mary Corps, Sally Wilde, Christine Worpole, Diane Hart, Brenda Wood, Jennifer Williams, Pamela Webb, Roger ?, Gary Santry.
Brian Day, Beth Harmon, Elizabeth Grimwade, Denise Mitchell, Susan Sharpe, ? ?, Amanda Murrell, Maureen Petherick, Barbara ?, Karen Dillon, ? ?, (Sally Budd?), Susan ?, David Hurrell.
Robert Cammell, Nicholas Williams, John Beddow, Christopher Brooks, Barry Swanson, Graham Stroud, Andrew Milne, Martin Wilson, Robert Bearman, Simon ?, Mark ?, Gary ?.
Michelle (Colthorpe?), Janet Hurst, Dawn Bunting, ? ?, Susan Hall.
Corrections to names or other information will be most welcome.
Nigel Seaman October 2012
Includes supplementary material by Chris Worpole.