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A former pupil, who remains anonymous remarks

 "I liked the film of the Fair in 1962. Hadn't seen it before...I was there & in the evening,
I had a 'hot date' to take to the dance but got soaked by an unexpected storm walking from home to her house. I had to return & change out of my much prized new suit into an old sports jacket.
Luckily her father (do you remember Councillor Beasley?) drove us to the school. 
Her brother Peter also went to SNGS. Unfortunately Peter died a few years ago. Amazing what remembrances a photo or two can evoke!
(Can't agree more. Ed)

Another anonymous recollection.

A small group of pupils lived sufficiently far from the school that it was necessary to travel by train from Northwood Hills Station to Harrow-on-the-Hill, and some one or two stations beyond.
We all were issued with Train passes, but they were valid only to our relative stations.
One evening after school, one of the members of our party decided he wanted to go to Baker Street Station (much further down the line than our destinations) to visit the Lost Property Office of  London Transport, and he invited the rest of us to join him. "It'll be all right." he said "Just flash your passes at the Ticket Inspector. They don't check them."
So we all decided to go off to Baker Street.
The trains were of the old wooden construction, with manually opened doors, and sash operated windows fitted to the doors. This allowed one to lower the window, and sit, facing into the carriage, with one's rear sticking out through the hole formed in the door.
One member of our party decided it would be fun to do this. However, he forgot that part of the railway line runs underground.
We suddenly arrived at the beginnig of a tunnel, which startled the culprit, and he "jumped almost out of his skin"........ Attemping to propel himself back into the railway carriage, he caught his foot on the door handle. The effect caused the door to fly open.........Unfortunately, the door, which opened outwards, was wider than the gap between the train and the tunnel wall....... the nett result being that the door was very badly damaged.
The Guard on the train became aware that something was amiss, and stopped the train in the tunnel. 
He approached our carriage, made good the door, best he could, ushered us all into his Guards Wagon, and allowed the train to proceed to Baker Street Station. 
We alighted to the welcome of a Transport Police Officer, whom we assured the door opened by accident, and we assured him that no "Tomfoolery" of any kind had taken place.
He released us, having taken statements, and allowed us on our way.
This had allowed us to pass through the Ticket Barrier without having to produce our passes, but, having ascertained that none of us had passes to Baker Street we all had to pay a surcharge on our journey. This is cash we were going to use to buy tickets to get us back through the barrier and on to the train for our return journey.
So, having been to the Lost Property Office, we set off to return to our respective stations. 
However, there was a problem. Between us we, now, only had enough money to buy one ticket. What to do?........We decided to buy one ticket, for one pupil to go through the barrier and on to the station platform. The plan was that he would, then pass the ticket back over the fence to a second pupil, and so on until we were all on to the platform....
How we were ever going to achieve this who knows? 
So, one pupil was elected to go to the Ticket Office and purchase one ticket.
At this point, the almighty must have seen the funny side to our prank. The ticket purchaser put down his duffel bag, on the floor, to get out of his pocket the remaining money he had, and, as he did so, he put it down on a ten shilling note, that was lying on the floor......Quick as a flash, he picked up the note, and bought a ticket for each of the party, thus allowing all of its members to pass through the ticket barrier with a ticket in their hand. 
The rest of the journey went off without any further hitch.
The sad sting in the tail, however was that the item that the pupil went to the Lost Property Office, in the hope of retrieving, had not been given in, and thus he came away from that Office EMPTY HANDED.
(Crikey!!!!! That's good enough for a novel. You could not make up a story half as good as that!!! Ed)      

Another Anonymous Subscriber writes:
I live and work in the US most of the year and, although in occasional touch with a couple of my closest friends, had never reflected much on my time at St. Nicks; then about 10 years ago, a classmate/friend tracked me down and suggested a few of us meet. On a glorious 90F (no one knows Celsius here) day in August 2003 we met for lunch at a pub in an Oxfordshire village, adjourning to enjoy ice-cream and coffee in the garden of a nearby family home with a lovely view of the Chilterns. One of our number produced a heretofore secret diary from around '59-61 with addesses, phone numbers and random stuff such as results of a chess rivalry and the make of Mick's new transistor radio. A sort of test ensued and I learned that, although my short term memory is rubbish, there's a sort of creeky rolodex rotating in my bonce giving access to most of what got in before I was 18. I was as surprised as everyone else to be able to list 1960 addresses, phone numbers and birthdays of our circle of friends. I was asked about our class and found I could list it alphabetically as it was in 1959/60 (1A), mainly because I could recall a voice, I believe Mr Proudman, our form master calling the register each day. However the memory does play tricks and the overlay of subsequent form masters calling slighly different registers in later years may lead to the odd error.

[The names of these pupils are listed on a submenu page to this page. Ed.]

John Rosser writes:
I was a pupil there between 1957-1962, one of a group from Harefield junior school who passed the 11 plus exam. There were 2 lads older by 1 year than us who were the pioneers to go to St Nicks, they were Tommy Tucker and Michael Dagnall, the latter now lives in Holland but where the other went I don't know. In our group there was me, John Weedon, Roger Palmer, Alan Chambers and Barry Parnell, the latter left during the 1st year but I believe the rest went onwards and upwards.
I still remember a lot of the old teachers and the lads in my class which was the D stream (us 2 Johns' were in D whereas the other 2 were in the C stream) after the 1st year.

The following is a second contribution by the same author:

Our form master initially was Teddy Tilbrook but then we had Eric 'Bobby' Charlton for the rest of the time.
The latter had a good laugh at my expense as I was pretty useless at technical drawing and metalwork, and still no good at practical work. However this particular day I was working on a metal scraper and Eric had a student teacher with him; he said to the student: 'what ever you do don't let Rosser near the lathe because if anyone can make it go up and down instead of round and round, it'll be him!' Blinking sauce!
He was also my team master for Kevere. Once again I was the butt for him on the cross country team event. Bear in mind that I'd managed by scullduggery to avoid the 1st 2 years of the event and wasn't an athlete by any stretch of the imagination but unfortunately found myself put forward for the team of 40 in the 3rd year.
Eric told me that I'd better not finish last otherwise he'd kick me round the course. Well I think it was about 3 miles on a wet and soggy Haste Hill and I wasn't too bad until the last stretch up the hill when I got overtaken by nearly everyone but managed to finish an exhausted 156th!
We weren't good at rugby either especially as we played soccer at home. Our rugby teacher was Bomber Plenderleith who taught us all sorts of dodgy and incorrect tackling procedures. One day we were playing an inter team or class match and several great hulking forwards were bearing down on our full back and the ball was in the air comind down in his vicinity. Bomber shouted out 'hug it Huggett-the boys name' but to no avail as he was flattened by the onrushing forwards!

A recollection from Stephen Lee who tells us:
I was there from 1957 – 1964.

There is one story that sticks in my mind regarding Mr “Basher” Clarke: the classroom overlooked the playground and I think we were in the 2nd year and starting an English lesson with him. He asked the question: “What are you reading” and looked at (John?) Hardy. Given the strictness with which Mr Clarke taught, we were all taken aback when Hardy replied “Books, Sir”. Mr Clarke said “Any more comments like that, Hardy, and I will boot you over those rugby posts.” Everyone looked out of the window at which point Mr Clarke said “Oh you can’t see them, they’re at Wembley!” At which point the whole class, including Mr Clarke fell about laughing.

A snippet from Dr. Andrew Long

I was at St Nicholas between 1965 and 1972 when I went to St Mary’s Hospital Medical School with two other SNOBs boys, Stuart Lowe and Chris Elias.

A Few Recollections of School Life From Malcolm Reip 

a)    Mr Tilbrooke regailing a full assembly at the start of a new school year with his experiences of a summer holiday spent in Japan.  In the course of which he introduced us to two new pieces of Japanese technology, namely; felt tip pens and singles records made of unbreakable plastic, which he proceeded to throw like “Frisbees”, (not that we had them then!), across the hall. 
b)    The Lower Sixth Geography Field Trip in 1961(?), at Malham.  Most notable for Mr New not achieving his 50th ascent of Ingleborough, when we were ambushed by a severe blizzard halfway up the mountain. Given that our equipment at the time resembled an urban version of that used by Scott and Oates at the start of the century, it was fortuitous that there were no serious results. The outcome was made the more galling since the day before we had walked twenty miles through Hellifield and Long Preston, in the same gear, but with an ambient temperature well into the 70’s! 
c)    A Saturday cricket match against Hayes County Grammar at their ground.  Their team had eleven fast bowlers, (the wicketkeeper spent much of our innings demanding to be allowed to bowl, to “sort us out”), and the experience was perfectly framed by a black thunder cloud which hung over us for the whole match without shedding a drop of rain but provided a perfect Wagnerian setting. We managed to win, but not without many frights and some bruises. “Taffy” Thomas was particularly pleased with the result since most of their team were descendants of “sons of the valleys”, who had moved to the area during World War 2.
d)    Hayes got their revenge in rugby matches, where their average size advantage counted for more, as well as their ability to grow a beard at age fifteen!
e)    Holding the cricket nets on the matting on the playground on a Wednesday afternoon, and Mike Barwick the school wicketkeeper deciding, against all the rules, to stand in the net. Needless to say Mike Smith over-rotated in trying to hit a pull shot and hit the ball straight backwards, between Barwick’s gloves and hit him at the top of his nose. Lots of “claret” stained the matting, a lengthy visit to Mount Vernon ensued, and the story that an inch higher would have guaranteed a fatality. This was the only time I saw Messrs Lee and Thomas lose their customary sang froid and ebullience.
I never did find out who had the brilliant idea to issue eleven programmes for the School Fair to each of us, of which we had to sell ten at a shilling each for the school, and could do what we liked with the remaining programme.  We could also sell as many other sets of ten as we wished.  I think some entrepreneurs were formed that year.  In addition it helped get our income above £1000 within (four?), years of the school’s foundation, and gave us huge bragging rights over John Lyon School who had been trying for over fifty years to achieve it!  
f)     In the Sixth Form we had to use a classroom at St Mary’s for some geography lessons, and we were astonished by the order and cleanliness.  Even the ink wells had ink in them!  However this image of restraint and decorum lasted only until it was suggested for our cricket team to play the girls at hockey. It was undoubtedly the most painful blow to my ego as a sportsman, (we lost badly), and to my body, in spite of all the blows being below the knees.   
g)    Maths lesson with Mr Walker.  He took umbrage at Tyler’s attitude and sought recompense by throwing the board rubber, (hard!), in Tyler’s general direction.  Five minutes later Tyler walked to the front of the class to give Walker the rubber back.  Walker’s face went deathly white.  What none of us could see was that Tyler was bleeding from a nick to his forehead, and being the guy he was had deliberately let it run down his face and soak into his collar! As I recall Mrs Tyler turned up at the following day’s lesson with a senior master in tow, (can’t remember who), and waving the stained shirt like a protester at the barricades in Les Mis. Tyler, (and many others), could barely suppress their delight at this result. Did this have any affect on Walker’s career?
Fifth year school house cricket finals, Abbots v Bec, attended by the Headmaster and Mrs Watson. Peter Lawson for Abbotts bowling sharp medium pacers. Batsman missed with a forward defensive stroke and it hit where a “box” should have been. Very loud expletive, of the type not used by nice guys like us reverberated around Northwood Hills. As captain of Bec I had the honour of sitting next to Mrs Watson. My eyes did not stray from the front for the next ten minutes, and nothing was said. After the presentations, and with a broad grin on her face she asked me to pass on her commiserations to the pained batsman. Geoff Lee was not as generous.   

John Rosser came across this article:

In the summer of 1976, John Hawley took his First Form rugby squad to Satterthwaite in the Lake District (the scene of Mr Cahill's Deep Heat experience ). The team had made a fair start in the 1975-76 season for, although three games had been won to six lost, the points were only marginally against them (130 to 128 scored). Furthermore, the team had won the Hillingdon Borough U'12 Championship.

This was the first time St Nick's had entered the competition, and in it the team scored 124 points to only 8 against. Dave Josey at fly-half scored ten of the tries, including the winning one against Bishopshalt. The pre-season training camp, staying in the church hall, must have worked wonders for male-bonding, for the following season 16 games were played with 14 won, 1 drawn and only 1 lost (away to Reigate)! In total 576 points were scored and 102 conceded. Stephen Chung scored 144 points, Stuart Beck 124, Dave Josey 80 and Andrew Neal 50.

The team picked up a further trophy in the Borough 7's with 92 points scored against 12 conceded. John Hawley recalls how hard the team trained, even in the semi-dark, on frozen surfaces, and the fantastic team spirit. He would love to hold a reunion and urges ex-team members to contact him via the staff list on the SNOBS site.

For the record the team (6 or more first team games) were: Robert Anderson (Captain), Stuart Beck, Stephen Chung, Chris Hardy, Alistair Hardwick, Michael Hennessy, Guy Horchover, Adrian Hopson, Dave Josey (Captain v Ricky), Robin Jones, Gary Keegan (Captain), Andrew Neal (Captain v Northwood), Colin Reap (Captain), Tony Wood, Neil Wray, Ian Mitchell, Paul Maynard, Michael Gislingham.

I wanted to give you this URL: Chris van Kampen was a good friend in the same year as me. We performed together (with the equally famous pianist and music arranger Tony Hymas (in the year before me) and the lesser known Terry O'Brien - violin) on a BBC radio programme in our early days. Chris was a highly skilled cellist. The Obituary doesn't mention the fact that he was also the principal cellist with the National Youth Orchestra of Britain and performed the famous Elgar cello concerto when the orchestra played in Moscow. Tony Hymas was pianist and composer/arranger for Jeff Beck for twenty years. I wish I had had such talent!
(Message sent from David Olley)


Here are the names of all those unfortunate enough to teach us over the lifetime of the school. We have included the most up to date information that we have regarding their status. If you are the one of them, or if you have any more recent information, please send an email with any details to
US .

If you are a staff member, and would not object to receiving emails, please let us know.

Please note, this list has been taken from another website. The picture links, regretfully, are no longer available. Ed. 


TitleFirst NameLast NameSubjectWhere are they now?Picture
MrR.M.AirdScienceIn holy orders in Devon.  
MissJeanAllen/HowarthFrenchLeft Haydon 1979. Taught at Barnhill until 1981, then at Queens School, Bushy, then from 2000 to 2014 was Head of French & Life Skill at St Luke's Special School, Redbourne. Now retired.blank
MrA.ApplebyEnglishLeft 1960 to go to Durham School then Head Ponteland High School. Now Rtd.  
MrPhilArthurBiologyLeft Haydon 1978. Last seen teaching in Haringeyblank
MrC.AsherFrenchLeft 1964 for school on Keighly Yorks  
MrJ.BAstburyFrenchLeft 1960 to go to Lincoln School  
MrL.W.BakerFrenchDeceased. Was HM of Southall G.S. 
MrJ.BalsonChemistryLeft in 1960 to go to Australia.  
MrsA.L.BarnesFrenchMoved to Heathfield School.  
MrBobBeatyPhysicsLeft St Nicks 1974 to go to Leon School, Bletchleyblank
MrI.E.BellEnglish1972 Temp. appt.  
MrLindsayBellhouseMathsLeft St Nicks July 1973 to return to Ausraliablank
MrRalphBirchHistoryLeft Haydon 1985. Retired from Haberdasher's Girlsblank
MrJ.E.Booth?1968-70. Went to Uganda.  
 N.BowkerPhysicsLeft in 1960 for school in Bishops Stortford.  
MrDavidBrightPEWent to Gayton High and then Wales 
MrsRosieBroadheadFrenchLeft Haydon 1985. Retiredblank
MrLeeBryantGeographyWrote Geography text book and returned to NZ in 1974blank
MrGeorgeBuckinghamEnglishLeft St Nicks 1972 to go to Queensmead and then Wadebridge in Cornwall. Now retired.blank
MrKButlerblankLeft St Nicks July 1973 to go to Barnhill School, Hayesblank
MrPeterCahillPE/EnglishLeft Haydon 1985. RetiredClick for pic
MrC.ChalmersMaths1961-64. Moved to Hendon College of Tchnology.  
MrNigelCharlestonFrenchLeft St Nicks 1974. No longer teachingblank
MrMichaelChettleboroughPhysics/Human BiologyDeceased. Had moved to Salvatorian College, Harrow and then Bodmin Comp.  
DrP.L.P.ClarkEnglish1966 Head of Sir Walter Johns GS. 1970 Head of Westcliff HS for Boys. 
MrB.J.ClarkeChemistryMoved to Langley G.S. Now in East Anglia. 
MrIanClarksonMathsLeft St Nicks 1972 to go to Commonweal School, Swindonblank
MrRoyClaytonFrenchLeft Haydon 1991. RetiredClick for pic
MrBobColePhysics/ComputingRetired from Haydon 1997blank
MrI.R.ColemanPhysicsMoved to Reigate G.S. Rtd.  
MrIanCollyerEnglishRetired from Haydon 1997Click for pic
MrSteveCorkettEconomicsLeft St Nicks 1977blank
MrElwynCoxGeographyLeft St Nicks 1974 to go to Harrogate GS. Now retired.blank
MrG.M.DemmeryEnglish,MusicMoved to Harrow Tech. Decd.  
MrDavidDixonEnglish/LatinDeceased. Became Head of John Lyon, went to Brentwood SchoolClick for pic
MrsMaureenDrummondFrenchLeft St Nicks July 1972 to go to Victoria Girls School, Watford. Now retiredblank
MrM.R.DunsmoreHistory1962-65. Moved to Airebrough G.S., Yorks.  
MrG.DyeArt1962-62. Left for Bishopshalt.  
MrGeorgeEasomPhysicsDeceased. Left Haydon 1984.Click for pic
MrR.H.EllardPhysics1960-68. Moved to school in Rugby. Deceased. 
MrK.A.EmmansFrench?1962-64. Moved to York.  
MrChristopherEverestHistory1968 Dep Head Heath Clark GS, Croydon 1968-70. Appointed Head Drayton Manor GS in 1971 
MrTerryFordHistoryLeft Haydon 1979. Teaching at Aldenham Schoolblank
MrMarkFountainMathsSenior Teacher, Haydonblank
MrD.J.KingFrench Moved to Clacton, Essex. Became H.M. of School.  
Mrs/DrDorisFulljamesChemistryLeft Haydon 1985. Retiredblank
MrBillGardnerMathsLeft St Nicks 1974blank
MrPeterGibsonPE & MathsLeft Haydon 1989. Retiredblank
MrTGoldingHistory1969 Temp appt.  
MrS.F.GoodmanEconomics1960-65 Moved to Rickmansworth G.S.  
MrAlanGoodrichMetalworkLeft Haydon 1985.  
DrPeterGosdenHistoryBecame professor of History at Leeds University. Now retired. 
MrJ.C.GrinhamR.E.In Holy Orders?  
MrJosephGroatPhysicsAdd moved to Northfield School, Dunstable.  
Mr GroveR.E.  
MrsMGulletEnglish1965 Temp. appt.  
MrJohnHawleyGeographyLeft Haydon 1997. Semi-retired, doing supply teaching and still supporting ArsenalClick for pic
MrJohnHodsdonMathsLeft Haydon 1978. blank
MrMichaelHughesChemistryHead of Cathays High School, Cardiff 
MrA.M.HughesScience1967-71. Moved to Tavistock School.  
MrsC.IvesonArtJoined 1966  
MrK.W.JamesMathsFirst Deputy Head. Rtd. As H.M. of Christ’s College, Finchley. Decd.  
MrJohnJeffordDeputy HeadLeft St Nicks 1972 to beome Head of Barnhill School, Hayes. Now retired.blank
MrC.M.JohnsEconomics1958-65. Moved to Wales.  
MrGrahamJoinerHistoryLeft St Nicks July 1973 to go to Burton on Trentblank
MrM.KennedyEnglish1966 moved to Univ. of Bangkok.  
MrAndyKerrPE/EnglishLeft Haydon 1984. Last seen teaching in Bedfordshireblank
MrJohnKinseyDeputy Head/GermanDeceasedblank
MrsLindaKnutsonArtLeft Haydon 1978.  
MrRogerKraushaarFrenchLeft Haydon 1997. Retiredblank
MrsIreneLauderEnglishWent to Weald 6th form College. Now Retired 
MrJ.G.LeeP.E.Moved to Didsbury Senior Training College. Lecturer, Cheadle Hulme. Rtd.  
FrauleinDeniseLeuchinger-EichGerman AssistantTemp post 1975-6. Now teaches at a High School in Swizterland 
MrRogerLewisHistoryRetired from Haydon 1991 now at Inland Revenueblank
MrM.R.LingMathsMoved to the Perse School, Cambridge.  
Mr LoughtonGeography  
MrJoeLoutanEconomicsLeft St Nicks July 1973 to go to Highdown School, Readingblank
MrChristopherMillerMathsWent to either Richard Hale or Alleynes 
MrGrahamMossEconomics/GeographyLeft 1978. Became Acting Director of Education for Hillingdon Boroughblank
MrDeclanMurphy-O'ConnorFrenchLeft St Nicks 1974blank
MrJ.K.NewMathsLeft teaching.  
MrP.NewtonGeographyMoved to Dr Challoner’s, Amersham.  
MrRodNobleEconomics/GeographyLast seen teaching in Enfieldblank
MrWNoblePhysicsLeft St Nicks 1974blank
MrD.C.OwenHistoryMoved to City of Bath School.  
Dr.DPhillipsHistoryMoved to a school in Coventry.  
MrDonPlenderleithArtLeft Haydon 1981. Deceasedblank
FrauKarlaPottonGermanRetired from North London Collegiate 2000Click for pic
MrBrianPrattChemistryRetired Haydon c1991blank
MrD.ProudmanScienceMoved to Middlesbrough College Of Technology.  
MrH.W.PurcellHistoryJoined 1966  
MrJohnQuillfeldtEconomicsAssistant Head at HaydonClick for pic
MrDavidRaynerMathsLeft Haydon 1980. Semi-retired from Haberdashers Girls, also an author & publisherblank
MrNormanRickettsHistoryRode a vespa… 
 B.D.RidgeMathsMoved to Abbotsfield School. Died 1997 
MrJohnRyanPhysicsLeft St Nicks July 1973 to go to Vyners but came back again before retiring in 1997. Currently teching at Latymer Upperblank
MrJohnSamwaysGeographyEx SNOB, now in Holy Orders in Bristolblank
MrsMargaretScottBiologyLeft St Nicks 1974blank
MrLeslieShearnEnglishRetired from Haydon as Deputy Head 1989blank
MrRobertSlinnMathsWent to Vyners 
MrTonySmithMusicLeft Haydon 1983. Deceasedblank
MrsMavisSmithGeographyLeft Haydon 1982. Retiredblank
MrJ.D.SmithFrenchJoined 1966  
MrJ.C.SpurgeonMusicMoved to Bulmershe Training College, Reading.  
MrsCharlotteStammersMathsLeft St Nicks Christmas 1974blank
MrPeterTannerGeographyLeft St Nicks 1972 to go to Zambiablank
MrAdrianTaylorDivinity, hockey & cricketLeft Haydon 1978. Windsor Boys Schoolblank
MrJeremyTemple-FryPhysicsLeft Haydon 1980. Currently teaching at Chenderit School near Banburyblank
MrTonyThackerMathsLeft Haydon 1982. Retired 2001 from Haberdashers Girlsblank
MrBillThomasChemistryMoved to Bishop Holgate’s, York.  
MrHowardThompsonMetalwork & GeographyRetiredblank
MrM.ThompsonChemistryJoined 1965  
MrB.TilbrookArt1966 moved to St. George’s School, Bangkok. Then went to South Island School, Hong Kong. Now Rtd.  
MrAlanTisdallEnglishDeceased 10 September 2001blank
Mrs/DrAnnToddChemistryLeft Haydon 1979. blank
MrFrankTomsChemistryLeft Haydon 1979 blank
DrRFEWatsonHeadmasterRetired July 1975. Now aged 91 and living in HillingdonClick for pic
DrJohnWheatonHistorySt Nicks 1978-1981.  Went to Orange Hill and supply at Harrow, Hab's Girls, John Lyon, St Margaret's, Bushey 
MrJ.F.G.WilliamsHistoryBecame Dep. Head, Brockenhurst G.S.  
MrA.L.WilliamsEconomicsMoved to Hertford G.S.  
MrMichaelWilsonEconomicsJoined 1966 and moved to S. Wales. Became a Head 
MrH.W.WinterClassicsMoved to King Edward’s School,  
Mr Witley. Decd.  
MrTWynn-WilliamsPhysics Temp 1970  


A view of the School as it was in 1955