Staff at Chandos Secondary (Boys') School

Updated October 2017

Wooden plaque

Name Role(s) photo Report
Dates in parentheses indicate when the contributor left Chandos
I. Baggs - Scrapbook
C.T. Besant Head - Scrapbook
Peter A. Biggar Metalwork Transferred to Downer Grammar in about '52 where he was a controversial figure.

Eventually became Head of Canons Middle School (formerly 'Camrose') - Roger Winstanley (DGS)
T. Davies - Scrapbook
L. Fennel - Scrapbook
J. Harman   - Scrapbook
J. O'Rouke - Scrapbook
F. Ladd Music - Scrapbook.

Formed the first School Orchestra with Miss Grimley in 1939.  Joined the Forces in 1940-41.
W. Silverwood PE - Harold Dummer ('45)
Mrs Wicks - Scrapbook
There were 44 teachers on the roll (boys and girls schools) in 1940.
Mr Andrews
- Harold Dummer
Miss Antony - Harold Dummer
Barker Handicrafts He was a Yorkshireman.  One of the crafts he taught us was book-binding.  Decorative book covers could be made by putting paper in a mixture of oil-paint and water. - Michael Crosswell

Remember him well!  Known as 'Crafty Barker' to one and all.  He was a great teacher but you didn't muck him about.  He was already at the school when I arrived in 1947 I think and still there when I left.  I can only recall his classroom being first right at the top of the front stairs (if that makes sense).

I also had the pleasure of placing paper on oil floating on water to achieve the marbled effect that often appeared on the inside of the covers of account books and that sort of thing and incorporated in his bookbinding lessons. - Chris Harrington

- Allan Cox
Berline Art  '49 Good artist - but not suitable as a teacher as he was too temperamental for the job.  He would just leave the class and wander off to see his wife who taught in the Girls' school.

They later went to Israel where he eventually became a newspaper editor. - Mike Dickson ('47-'52).
Mr Carrol   I certainly remember Mr Carol. – Tom Davey ('50); John Hill ('48)
Mr Cornell '49 - took the inadvertant 'swim'. - Mike Dickson

Thank s to this man who gave a lot of time to our class. The class we were in was for the dummies I myself am dyslexic and they couldn't teach this sort of person J Cornwell was a general teacher and a method he used was words in matchboxes and he would spend time with us with math's and sport and take us out to Grt Missenden and get us to map read to Windsor and when we got there he had tea and cakes for us.  I, due to his incentive, went on to night school and studied electronics.

1966 moved to Australia with NASA on the space program.(bi-fold) I am now in Canberra having worked for both University's. {sic.} - Edward Hempstead, '48-'52
Howard Crawley Geography, Maths and PE '53 Howard Crawley served with the 'Chindits' in Burma during the war, for which he was awarded a Victoria Cross and an MBE.  He was a very good teacher and addressed his pupils as: “gentlemen”. Rather than delivering canings personally, Deputy Head Jones prefered to delegate the task to Mr Crawley.  When Jones would walk in to Mr Crawley's class, whisper in his ear and Mr Crawley would follow him out of the room for five minutes, we knew that another punishment was being administered. - Michael Crosswell ('59)

I have written before about how much he influenced my life through his teaching and his attitude towards us.  Even the school 'hard cases' admired and worked well with him.  His after-school help with several of us, interest in sport - summer or winter - was outstanding.

One example of his thinking about pupils is as follows: now my enthusiasm for soccer was by far greater than my ability - mind you, wearing glasses didn't help - so in my first game, at parents request, I removed my glasses (no plastic lenses then) and went onto the field... not a good idea since everything was very blurred, so I went where I thought my team were going, every which way, so to speak.  Of course I wandered onto the next pitch - my team didn't miss me.  So after that the teachers got me to do line duties.  Mr Crawley took it further later on and gave me a good rundown on the rules.

The only time I could more than hold my own and finish ahead of my school mates - who had more ability at soccer and cricket - was on the twice weekly runs around the park.  Little could I have guessed then just how much althletics, mainly long-distance running, was to play in my life in that distant future. - Mike Dickson

I tracked down Mr Crawley a few years ago, he was in fine form then and he remembered me from the gym and PT lessons at Chandos.  He used to call me Lal Bhadur Thapa VC, after the Gurka he served with during the war, he said I reminded him of that time. - Tom Davey ('47-'50)

Mr Crawley's room was next to the divide.  He would threaten pupils displaying bad behaviour with a visit to Miss Jones' (adjacent classroom, Girl's School) class for a dose of needlework.  The legacy of this is that I am now able to perform all the clothing repairs and adjustments in our house. - Terry Mason ('59)

Left in about ’56.  Regularly attends 54 Club meetings.

Naturally known as ‘Creepy’ and we were ‘worms’
Who remembers being made to run around the gym until exhausted? and also when he caned the whole class as the culprit wouldn’t own up.
They don’t make ‘em like that anymore! – William Dearing

Mr Crawley – about the only teacher whose lesson you daren’t mess about in… funnily enough he was my personal favourite. – Albert Weymouth ('57)

A cricket fan, he supported Sussex and, by writing letters to Lords, brought to their attention the Reverend David Sheppard (eventually England's Captain). - Allan Cox
Mrs Fox I was in Mrs Fox class.  I used to do her shopping for her on Saturday morning earning myself two shillings and sixpence. - Harold Dummer ('45);- John Hill ('48)
Grigg(s) '49 Bit of a softy - but a good Woodwork teacher, very patient with pupils - Mike Dickson.

I remember him being a tall, slim and fair-haired chap. - Peter Brittain (now living in SA)

Gumpel or Gumbrell 'Gummy' Tended the vegetable 'gardens' between the air-raid shelters. - Scrapbook

The teacher in charge of the gardens was a Mr Gumbroll.  In our class were twin boys named 'West' and I very well remember how embarrassed Mr Gumbroll was when one of the twins asked him what 'pregnant' meant. - ? (54 Club)

- Harry Wild ('42-'45)
A.P. Hatchard
French, Library (literature) '49, '58 The rear of his cranium bore ‘the bump of knowledge’.  He could write with two hands at the same time!! – Brian Lens (‘52). One of his sayings was “You uncouth youth”.

Attended 54 Club; died ’97. - Brian Speight ('58).

He always made a point of mentioning that his initials were there same as those of A P Herbert, of whom he was a great fan and admirer.  I always remember him as Arthur but others seem to think his first name was Alfred.

My last year at school was in Mr Hatchard's class and I can still picture him with his two pairs of glasses.  I have never forgotten the things he taught us such as a respect for the English language and its ability to enable us create some outrageous puns. - Alan Bond ('59)

Latterly, lived in a bungalow in Ruislip. - Al Barclay
Herd/Head French and English Departed to Harrow Public School (reported in the local paper).  A very good teacher - and, apart from Mssrs. Crawley and Roberts, the best I ever had. - Mike Dickson
Miss Hocking - Harry Wild ('42-'45)
Howard   - MD
Humphries - Thomas Davey ('49)

Mr Humphries punished across the back of your fingernails with the edge of a wooden ruler - it still hurts. - Peter Brittain ('45-'50)
H.G.W. Jones 'Jonah' ('Warren' to colleagues) Deputy head Maths/English '58 His strong Welsh accent took a lot of getting used to.  He took us for poetry, classic english i.e. Shakespeare etc. at times with much flourishing of his hanky. - Mike Dickson.

… always wore a suit with a hanky tucked up the jacket sleeve. - Maxwell Allen ('61)

He seemed to snort rather than breathe.  His trouser turn-ups touched the ground at the heel.

Called-up to serve in the navy on Dec 30th 1941.  Deputy Head from 1958 to 1972 when he retired. - Scrapbook.

He saw his military service in the boiler-room of a naval vessel and reported to pupils that all boiler-room crew were issued with extra salt to mitigate the effects of profuse sweating. - Allan Cox.

Spent a number of times waiting for him outside his office on the first floor when he was Deputy Headmaster - after having been sent there for his discipline with his favourite cane.  Now look back with fond memories.  Did me no harm and made me a better person. - Delfryn Jones ('65)

When in the 6th form he treated you as a young adult not a schoolboy - not nearly as forbidding as earlier and with something of a sense of humour (or is that the fondness of time changing things?).  I do remember one particular lesson when, after some discussion, he said something like "I am old enough to be all your fathers" to which somebody replied "you must have had a very fast bike". - Charles Drakeford ('59-'65)
Ray Kendall, ('Killer') Geography '58 Kendal was always traveling I remember, hence geography was a doddle for him to teach… He loved going on about Basel, and saying it with a northern, guttural accent… I wonder why he liked B a s e l?…  Was he a closet yodeler?  A Frank Ifield admirer?… Yes!… that must have been it - his heyday decade? - Roger Burrell

Had an imposing, if quiet, 'presence’.  A black sphere (representing planet Earth) hung above his desk from a chain – but I never saw it used. - Colin Poyton

Very imposing in a quiet way as you’ve already described.  He had the most impressive set of hands.  Standing at his desk I was always amazed how big they were.  Whenever someone says “hands like bunches of bananas”, I always think of him.  I never saw him hit a student but he was a serious “shover”. He and “Piccolo Pete” Gordon could be described as a bit of a tag team in the physical discipline arena.  Killer would drive you across the room in a series of shoves, while Bluebeard (so called on account of his heavy 5-o’clock shadow) would prod you hard in the shoulder with the same result.
'Killer' provided a life-lesson I’ve always remembered – He gave us a set of homework questions and told us to “only do the ones we can’t do”.  – A lovely exercise in stretching your abilities and extending your knowledge, in whatever walk of life.

For all his intimidating presence his sense of humour was sometimes evident – he once advised us not to come to class with “I Love Killer” T-shirts in an attempt to curry favour.  I think he quite liked his nickname. - John Clayton (left in '68)

He was a bit grim generally although he was always OK to me.  He had fits of anger.  I remember vividly how he threw a wooden blackboard rubber at a lad in the class called John Milway because the poor chap didn't know the answer to something! - Chris Knightley

His daughter, Gill, taught at the Girls' School.  She married and became Mrs Wingham. - Albert Barclay
Mr Llewelyn   - Scrapbook
Miss Lomas Arts and Crafts Left Chandos in about '57.
I remember Miss Lomas as a fairly short, well-built person with a distinctive hair style: the mysterious Miss Lomas had 'earphones' - quite large ones - made of her hair and which covered her ears.  I believe this was a fashion years ago.  She was an Arts and Crafts teacher.  I remember doing marbling (a process where you float paper over a fluid bearing coloured oils - it produces the marble effect) also the use of metal combs to get a wavy effect. - Roy Young (left '47)

I believe that Miss Lomas ran the old scholars club with a Mr Dickens or Dickenson.  As members of the committee, we used to go around to her house for the meetings. - Roy Fomes (left '58)
Mr Maine - Thomas Davey (‘49)
- MD
Mrs Markham Music '49 My recollection was that Mrs Markham taught music.  She formed a choir from our class which included virtually everyone and we rehearsed and sang a number of songs for the Parents evening.  'Green Grow the Rushes Oh' and 'In Hans Old Mill there lived three cats' were two.  But she also taught us all about the different types of instruments and introduced us to many pieces of classical music and their composers.  I recall her explaining the story behind Danse Macabre & The Sorcerer's Apprentice as she was playing the music to us..  She was one of my favourite teachers. - Chris Harrington

One morning on my way to school I had a sack full of books (collected for the Book Recovery Programme) that contained several copies of Health and Efficiency.  Me and my mates were huddled looking at the nude women contained therein, when a female voice boomed out “Good morning Dummer".   It was a teacher named Mrs. Markham.  She saw what we were looking at, smiled and went on her way to school. - Harold Dummer ('45)
J.D. Marshall - Terry Feuillade (‘50)
Mr Mortimore - Graham Ward (‘52)

A very keen, good Rugby player (Wasps - I think).  Took some Sport.  If caught misbehaving, we had to field rugby balls for him at lunch-time when he practised kicking - rain or shine.

He lived next door to me for a few weeks.  Hard to get-on with - though he tried. - Mike Dickson ('47-'52)
Reddicliffe Music - Scrapbook

Stood for Parliament and got in - 1950 possibly for Labour.  But lost his seat in 1951 Election and was back amongst us.  Not overly nice. - Mike Dickson

Reddicliffe being a bit of a 'shutterbug' bears thought as I recall him taking quite a few pictures - in fact the photos I spoke about (and can't find) were taken by him.  It is so sad now that anyone taking photos of kids is looked at with different eyes.  A sad reflection on society don't you think? - Peter Brittain
Mr Redding Music - Gerald Read (‘51)
'Taffy the Boffin’
Science - Scrapbook
Roberts Music

… excellent teacher and motivator - Jim Tyrell (‘48)

I remember Mr Roberts as the music teacher and I thank him for the immense pleasure I have had from music of all makes ever since.  No matter what form the music takes - as long as I find worth in it - it is 'good' music. - Peter Brittain

Rudge   He came from Priestmead - Mike Dickson
Mrs Smith Science & Chemistry the only woman teacher at the time - Brian Lens ('50-'52)
‘Big T’
  - Scrapbook

accompanied trip to St Mary's Bay Camp in '51
W. Wood
'Willy Woodbine'
- Scrapbook

Apart from Maths and English, his main subject was Gardening.  Once he saw my efforts, he suggested that taking classes in English or History in place of Gardening would benefit me.

I had a few run-ins with him - mainly through me often being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  All-in-all gruff - but OK. - Mike Dickson
Mr Albury - Albert Weymouth ('57)

We had Mr. Albury for chemistry and we found out his Christian name was Marmaduke.  We had a good laugh at that (behind his back of course).  I was never sure that this was true but we had fun with it.  Simple Days!!

I also had the feeling his name was spelt "Aubrey", anyway he gave me the cane for crossing the Infamous 'WHITE LINE' separating the Girls from the Boys in the playground.  Hey Ho - Happy Days!!  I left Chandos in 1952 to go to Whitefriars in Wealdstone. - Brian Lens
x Aldous '58
Mr Brunswick Gym I was an athletic youth.  Once, when I was hanging upside-down from the wall-bars, Mr Brunswick ordered me off and told me to get down on all-fours.  He then executed a perfect handstand on my back. - Mike Crosswell. ('59)
Cherry Metalwork I remember I hit a piece of perspex with a mallet on a sandbag in Mr cherry's metalwork lesson. bit's flew everywhere, one pice hit the blackboard next to his head.  He sent me to Wilcox out came the two foot metal rule. OUCH!!!! - Dave Wheeldon
Crombie   accompanied trip to St Mary's Bay Camp in '51
Dennis Franklin a Yorkshireman - Allan Cox

Dennis was also organist and choirmaster at St Lawrence's Church, Canons Park where I was a choirboy and greatly influenced my adolescence. - Maxwell Allen ('61)
J. Franklin Music '58 - Brian Lens
Goodie MR & MRS GOODIE used to ride to school on a black motorbike - all having a row in the classroom 58/59. – Stuart Crabb
Geoffrey Goodman
Geography, sport Stan Jefferies knocked his teeth out - Thomas Davey ('50)

He lived in South Harrow - Colin Tomkins

accompanied trip to St Mary's Bay Camp in '51.  This staff member was allegedly perverted.  Eventually he paid too much attention to a 'Nipper' Green - who stood-out as he was the only boy in our year ('53-'58) still in short trousers.  Nipper's parents complained and Mr Goodman was dismissed. - Anon.
H. Gordon  
Mr Grantham '53 (with H.C.)  
J. Green '58
Harrold '58 (as "?")  
Head   accompanied trip to St Mary's Bay Camp in '51
Hinxman Woodwork He encouraged me to do woodwork but I only did it for a couple of years because I wanted to get on and make something - rather than continually practising making dovetail joints.  Carpentry is now my trade.

He left in '55 or '56 when he looked about 60 years of age - but then all teachers did when you were at school. - Allan Cox ('59)
Cliff G.H. Morgan 'Taffy'/'Pin-head' (Tagged "Wass-ers" - see second 'report' - by his colleagues.) Maths '58 He was very keen that the kids should understand maths and not just be able to do it.  This was a very good trait in my opinion.  He was a Welsh chap and hence nicknamed 'Taffy'. - Chris Knightley

Spent a third of class-time teaching maths, spent a third of the time berating us for being useless and the remainder relating anecdotes from times when things were “so much better”.  If he couldn't recall the name of something he would simply refer to it by the term “wass nim” ('what's its name'). - Colin Poyton ('65)

‘Mad’? Maths Morgan… my God, did he get in an apoplectic rage and red and blue in the face… K.Clike something off an LP cover… (King Crimson comes to mind!)… Poor man, we did give him a hard time. With his Uni background, and his Uni tie, he just thought us Secondary Mod. kids to be, well, plain stupid and he told us so, often, spluttering like some Shakespearian thesp. going for an Oscar… or a heart attack.  And he repeatedly said we “just did not know how to think!!!”  He seemed to be in agony teaching us… why wasn’t he in one of those Grammar schools I wonder. - Roger Burrell

Eventually, he also taught Maths to the girls (to overcome their staff-shortage).
Glyn R. Morgan Gym '58 After I left school, I took up playing the trombone in a band based in Edgware and we ran into Glyn Morgan, who was a fine trumpet player - Alan Bond ('59)

Played trumpet with the school's silver band.  His favourite tune was 'Midnight in Moscow' - Del Jones ('65)

Paranoid about pupils damaging the polished wooden floor of the gym.

He was a keen disciplinarian, keen to 'cane' boys for having dirty i.e. not pure white, plimsoles.  If he was in a bad mood he'd make all the class undress, have a cold shower, get dressed and then repeat this one or more times. - Chris Knightley

Still think of him often.  I was not good at sport, ducked instead of catching that cricket ball, refused to get into the cold water at the swimming baths, but Mr Morgan still knew who I was and would treat you as an individual. He had a sense of humour and I quite liked him, cannot understand some of the comments I see here.

In one of my last year’s we were timetabled for half hour of sport, late afternoon, obviously by the time we changed and changed back the half hour was over, Mr Morgan decided we would be better off listening to his collection of jazz and blues records... wonderful half hour and a lot of those artists have been with me ever since - thanks Glyn.

Glyn Morgan played trumpet, would grow all sorts of moustache to improve his ‘lip’ - very amusing.  Also, being a gym teacher, he was pretty fit.  The band (his band?) he played in often played at a club in central London I believe.  I can remember one day he arrived with bruises and bandages - a fight with someone in the club.  When we ribbed him as to how bad he looked we were informed 'that the other bloke was still in hospital'.

A few days later Mr Snell asked me to take a message to Mr Morgan, 'would Mr Morgan be able to balance a modicum of decorum on the end of his nose that night in the pub'.  I was more than pleased to take the message, I'd always assumed that the Head had used these words to Mr Morgan after seeing his injuries.

Glyn Morgan left the school same year as me (to Australia we were told), some in my class took a few buckets of cold water to him when he was in the shower, payback - all taken in good heart. -  Mick Jackson ('58-'63)

...the Welshman used to get quite het-up at times and liked to exercise his macho side!  He also liked to hand out the punishment too.  He had a go at me and I was feeling a bit pissed of with his attitude when he made me do gym in bare feet and practice taking penalties against a wall in the gym... he goaded me to hit the ball harder with my left (assumed weaker) foot... which I did... by 'eck did I !... and I took a couple of square metres of plaster off the gym wall!  Well it was his problem not mine.  I have two, very strong footy feet! - Roger Burrell ('59-'65)

Glyn Morgan was a 'loose cannon' and he despised Whiting - he would only turn-up to teach when and if it suited him.  One day when he arrived late, Whiting mumbled something to him about him being late again and he responded with "Late?  I said "Good Morning" to you half an hour ago".  That reply stumped poor old Whiting. - Al Barclay
F. Oliver '58 - Scrapbook
Alfred Ososki Music at Chandos in '55 or '56 - Alan Bond ('59)

I was in his music class in 1958.  For our benefit, he wrote his own words to Carmen Toreador:
Hearts that are daring, valiant and free
Never dismayed, courage displayed
Armed with light of truth, ever unafraid
Daring and brave as can beeeee
For it shall come our way
And man will see
The Final Vic - tor - y
  (e&oe - it was 50+ years ago!)

Wasted on me, I couldn't sing to save my life!  I remember him going through the whole class 'cause someone was "flat", it was me!  He would to go ballistic at the slightest provocation. - Richard Tann ('60)
Vic Parry '58 - Scrapbook

Vaguely remember when he came to the school fresh from college... did not believe in the cane etc..  Needless to say I was soon given a telling off and given the cane for next to nothing and made to cry. - Mick Jackson ('58-'63)
Stan Parry Woodwork '58 - Scrapbook He cycled to school on a racing bike. - Terry Mason
M. Philps
A.H. Roberts Maths, Assistant Headmaster A.H. Roberts left in '56 or '57 to be Headmaster of a school in Finchley.

His technique for teaching mathematics was fantastic.  Although I did the engineering course (practical activities), for the last 6 weeks of my fifth form Mr Roberts taught me Calculus.  He managed to teach me the subject in 6 weeks - which was unheard of at the time.  When, in the 6th form, I was again taught the subject - but by Morgan - I couldn't understand it.

Mr Roberts was a strict disciplinarian.  One day, following a little bit of a disruption in class, he decided to take one boy outside to cane him - but not in front of the class.  When he returned, another boy - and I remember his name: 'Barry Bennett' - was smiling.  Mr Roberts asked him what he was laughing at and without really thinking he answered “that's a nice cane you have there” ... “I'll show you how nice my cane is” came the inevitable reposte.  That innocuous reply earned Barry three 'stripings'.  All the above were contributed by Allan Cox.
Mr Rose Art He taught Art… poor sod. – Albert Weymouth ('57)
F. Sell '58
Mrs Smith - Brian Lens
Mr Thomas Maths I used to live in Belmont Lane and I remember the girls nicking the football when it went over the dividing line in the playground.  I also got the cane off Mr Thomas the maths teacher for talking, and had to go down to Mr Wilcox in Metalwork to pick a cane from his vast selection before returning upstairs to get wacked with it!  Although I found Mr Wilcox strict I always found him fair. – Ray Ralph
Harry Veltman Gym Bodybuilder, taught English and Gym.  Scared the hell out of us by his sheer size… but a good bloke. - Mike Dickson
E. Warburton '58 - Scrapbook
Len Webb Tech drawing '58 Neat-and-tidy by trade and by nature.  Frequently wore a carnation in his lapel. - Colin Poyton.

I was good at tech drawing, one of the best in class and my drawings were liked. Smart Mr Web taught me a lot and I went on to work in a small drawing office in my teens. - Mick Jackson ('58-'63)

I was mechanically inclined by nature.  Mr Willcox and Mr Webb helped steer me on a path to an apprenticeship, which I served with the Metal Box Co. in Borehamwood.

This enabled me to travel the world while making a living.  I ended up in the USA in '79 and have made this my permanent home.

I never went back to thank them and would like to take this opportunity to do so.  They certainly taught me the meaning of "Learn To Live" - Steve Field ('68)

... always liked him, even though he hauled me out in front of the class for a whacking (unfairly as it happened on this occasion).  He favoured the slipper to the cane.  As with Steve Field, he was influential in guiding my career into a technical profession.  He even gave me a beautiful drawing of a house (a swiss chalet I think) that he’d produced at college.  I kept it safe for many years intending to return it but, regretfully, I never did. - John Clayton

I got on very well with Len Webb, who used to comment on my striped 'Acker Bilk' type waistcoat, I also had the 'slipper' from him. - David Maslen

I got on well with him but was very cheeky and one day he called me out with another boy to receive the slipper.  I took the left side hoping that was his weaker arm but it still hurt. - Julian King (Gomm) 1958-64
Webb used to sit in assembly and rove and rotate his head and his gaze around the hall like a cctv camera!!!  And he knew the name of every boy in the school... including The Remove... what a great name for a band that would have been! - Roger Burrell (Dep. Head Boy 1964/5)

Had a booming voice.  Died (from cancer) soon after leaving Chandos. - Albert Barclay
Kenneth W. Whiting
Headmaster '58 Summer atire:  one of his more misguided edicts to pupils was that the collar of open-neck shirts had to be worn outside the jacket collar.  Accompanying this was his equally ridiculous notion that shirt-sleeves, if rolled-up, had to be rolled-up to above the elbow.  His view's on sartorial elegance were hardly conventional were they? - C.P.

One day Whiting had to admonish a boy from Keith Snell's form.  Keith was in-attendance at this occasion.  "After all, you don't want to spend the rest of your life delivering coal up peoples' back passages do you?"  Keith could barely contain himself. - Al Barclay

Mr Whiting lived at Pinner Road and then retired to Tankerton, near Herne Bay.  His retirement gift was a pair of binoculars (with which to look-out across the Thames Estuary).
Cliff George Wilcox Metalwork '58 Mr Wilcox treated us as gentlemen in the fourth and fifth year engineering class and allowed us to call him Cliff.  It was in his class that we built a pottery kiln for the school to use.  I don't know if it was ever used as I left school soon after it was built. - Roy Fomes ('51-'57)

Mr Wilcox, the metalwork teacher, was strict and gave me the cane a couple of times for minor infringements, but ran a good class and taught me a lot.  I am pleased he was there.  The other metalwork teacher at the time, forget his name, was unable to control a class and often 'lost' it. - Mick Jackson ('58-'63)

Both Lawrence Falk and I went into ladies' hairdressing and I always remember the words of Mr Wilcox to Lawrence:
“If you cut hair like you cut metal, you will get the SACK”!
We both went on to have successful careers. - Leslie Cavendish (1958-63)

He was a keen disciplinarian, rather too keen to 'cane' boys with a steel ruler for "forgetting your apron" or using a file the wrong way!  He was very aware of safety (great these days) and insisted that lads didn't wear a tie or have long hair in his classes in case either got caught in a turning lathe … very nasty.  We all had to make a poker using the furnace - very exciting. - Chris Knightley ('66)

We made a cold chisel and possibly a coat-hook in his class.

By mistake I set the cutter too low on the new milling machine and I took a hefty slice out of the jaws of the vice that held the piece of metal that I was supposed to take a mere sliver off!!!!. Wilcox - who did have an Alex Ferguson 'hair dryer' side to him in evidence - too often in my view - was not too pleased.  He called me over to his desk as he neatly ruled a name off the Metalwork register up in the 'Bs' section...  I thought I had had it!  But he was merely ruling out another kid who had a misfortune far greater than mine, of having the surname Bullwinkle...!!!! and he was leaving the school so he was off the register and I lived to mill-and-drill another day and make brass coat hooks and tie pins...  God you can't get brass these days.  We probably milled it all away!! - Roger Burrell ('59-'65)

I remember travelling to Austria with Wilcox, Jones and Len Webb in around 1963 and Wilcox having a bit too much to drink and passing his pipe around for us all to try. I can also remember receiving a smack around the head from Wilcox that practically send me flying when he mistakenly thought I had left a 'chuck key' in the lathe. - David Maslen (1959-64)

"Right round the bench" and "Up to the line and no further"… terrified me until I was 13.  … the smell of oily swarf in the workshop… had an assistant called 'Parker'. - John Collett

He replaced Bob Allen as one of Chandos' two supervising staff members (Albert Barclay was the other) on the third Educational Cruise onwards. - Al Barclay

Wilcox struck fear into the hearts of many: 'gather round the bench' would inevitably be followed by a length of metal missing one's nose by just inches as he swung the implement in a wide ark in order that he had sufficient 'breathing space'.

The penalty for some transgression or other meted out to my mate, Steven Hutchison, a particularly small kid, was to be picked up by Wilcox around the ankles and to then have his head bashed into his famous bench.

I suspect this guy was one of those fast tracked into teaching after the war.  He was probably good to his old mum, but I didn't like him then and I feel pretty much the same now.  He must be long dead ? - Russell Burrows ('61-'65)

He was a disciplinarian but a very nice man.  He had this habit of drawing you round his bench to listen and then swinging his stick/rule round in a semi-circle to make sure you weren’t too close. - Julian King (Gomm) 1958-64
Howard Williams '58 He attended the 60th Anniversary reunion
Les Wright
'Holy Joe'
Wickerwork, RI? '58 - Scrapbook

Transferred to Downer in mid '60s.

Taught cane basket and, if you were good at it, chair-making, in the hut at the back of the playground.  We also did camping lessons (both his hobbies I suspect).  I can remember cooking a dish of egg, cheese, milk and whatever was handy – campsite breakfast?  They were strange but easy lessons, practical skills that somehow have been useful. - Mick Jackson ('58-'63)
Bob Allen Left in '67.  Went on the first two Educational Cruises.  Lived up Richmond Hill. - Al Barclay
John Ashwell Metalwork Wilcox's sidekick. - Al Barclay
Graham E. Baker French, sport '58 Taught at Chandos ’57-’81.  Wonderful dry sense of humour; rode to school on a Velocette/‘Ariel’, wore gauntlets and peaked-style crash helmet; often roamed the school corridors in black track-suit bottoms.  Distributed french magazine: "Chez Nous".  Arranged french gal pen-pals for all the class.  His Gallic ‘tache’ was still evident at the reunion in 1999 – but pure white. - Colin Poyton

...Mr Baker teaching French in the 'Hulot' years and his jokes… "the verb regretter?… means of course… lads… to regret… like Piaf…  "I am not sure what she has to regret mind you!" - Roger Burrell ('59-'65)

He had a sidecar attached to his Ariel.  He sometimes removed its body but left its chassis connected.  The reduction in weight meant that that the cornering characteristics of the combination deteriorated.  He inadvertently managed to 'lift' its wheel a few times during left-hand turns. In the mid '60s, he drove a pale blue Mini.  Died July 4th 2010 aged 84. - Albert Barclay
Albert James Barclay English and Art Previously at Whitefriars.
Started in about '61, based in one of the huts.

I liked him despite him being very pro-Tory.  I remember an English lesson where we had to review all the daily newspapers … he kept insisting that The Telegraph was the best and that it gave the most balanced view … oh, and he hated hippies … drove a Triumph Vitesse and married one of the teachers (Miss Norma Chambers) from the girl's school. - John Collett ('71)
Leslie W. Budd 'Bummer'/'Wally’ General science '58 It is believed that Mr Budd had been a radio operator flying in a Boulton-Paul 'Defiant' during the war.

He claimed to have an '0'-gauge model railway track running round the inside of his home.  He brought a couple of beautifully detailed carriages, which he had made himself, into school for pupils to admire.

Although he was not believed to have been married, he was thought to be living with a "son".

His nickname may have derived from his unnerving penchant for standing at the entrance to the showers and patting boys on their bottoms as they passed him to enter the tiled shower-corridor. - Anon.

Even his colleagues thought of him as a bit "creepy". Although I had no direct experience, Mr Budd's proclivities were surrounded by innuendo and allegation.

He claimed to enjoy swimming beneath the splayed legs of a line of boys, preferring to face upwards, and that narrowing his eyes (reducing the ‘aperture’) improved his view!

He explained how to make a pin-hole camera, which two of us managed to accomplish at home.  The following week he provided us with glass photographic plates about 2” by 2½” which we exposed using our primitive devices and then successfully developed. - Colin Poyton ('59-'65)

A small group of us were walking home from school and had reached the junction of Abercorn Rd and Old Church Lane by Stanmore Baptist Church when suddenly Mr Budd appeared in his bubble car heading towards Stanmore Village - when we must have distracted him.  He hit the kerb at speed and his car rolled onto it's back with him screaming inside looking like a hamster in it's exercise ball.  It looked so funny and were crying with laughter.  Other motorists righted his bubble and he immediately jumped out and angrily fronted us up.  We had to see the headmaster the next day and were told it wasn't a laughing matter.  But he did look so ridiculous and angry in his bubble so much so that it wouldn't have been out of place among the clowns act in a circus ring. - Les Bristow ('60-'66)

Preferred 1st and 2nd year boys to older boys (say no more)… he ran a radio club at lunchtimes for 'first years' only… oh dear.

Walter Mitty character with an unlimited variety of special talents and claims to fame… could apparently hold his breath for 10 minutes and even claimed to have helped Marconi discover the radio… an amazing feat considering Marconi discovered 'radio' in 1895 in Italy - (but it must be true if you said so Sir).

Wore a green tracksuit and drove an old Hillman something. - John Collett ('73)

He was my Form Master in 1959.  To concur with the other stories, I can remember him telling our class that he was in charge of a wireless transmitter located on top of one of the Pyramids, and he had to climb up every day to check it out. Mmmm.... I believed it at the time!
I think I made a pin-hole camera under his direction too. - Richard Tann

... Budd, leaving a bottle of milk for about a month until it 'separated' into a vile liquid, and then drinking it - I can't remember what he was trying to teach us! - David Maslen (1959-64)

Died late '80s. - Colin Poyton ('65)
Burgess Metalwork - Nigel Woy
A. Carr Woodwork We sawed a point on a piece of wood to make a rudimentary boat; book-ends, a dovetail joint.  Once, during woodwork, a boy cut himself on a chisel – another pupil promptly fainted at the sight of blood. - Colin Poyton
Joe Carr   Maltese - Al Barclay
Chandler Woodwork - Nigel Woy
Cyril Clough Physics '58 - Scrapbook

Known to his pupils as "Sleepy" because of his habit of resting his head on his hands.

A 'Friend' of the '54 Club.

Died in June 2012.
Eric W. Cornick Music '58 … there was a teacher who had a stuffed boxing glove on a stick up against the blackboard.  No one ever asked him what it was for and no one ever gave him any trouble - unlike poor old Mr Cornick whose disrupted lessons always deteriorated into farce. - Julian Gomm/King ('64)

Poor old Cornick - he put-up with a lot.  His music class tended to be regarded as muck-about time and music was always seen as a soft subject and, as far as I remember, there were no real musical talents in the year… except I suppose the Barker/Pearson/Gordon ‘axis of wind’ recorder choir.  Despite their schooldays image, recorders are bloody hard to play, I found out in France a few years ago!  Shame he did not bridge the generations a bit more and engage kids, because there was interest but not so much in musical notation and classical music.  Although what I did pick up meant that I was able to dump the Bert Weedon and start learning from LPs a lot sooner, although my sight reading is still pretty rubbish! - Roger Burrell

… little legs … - Nigel Woy

A cheerful chappie.  Played the Compton Organ (salvaged from the Odean, Wealdstone – latterly sold), during assembly.

Enjoyed his 'tipple'… and driving with unconstrained abandon.

Died about 1990.  A newspaper report described his death as " … in tragic circumstances". - Al Barclay
Arthur Coulton   A Colonel - AB
Malcolm Crapp Music Started at Chandos in ’60.  Composed and arranged music for school productions. - Scrapbook

Malcolm Crapp was my form Teacher 61-63.  Many did not like him but I always found him to be fair and treated all boys equally. - Del Jones ('65)

Sometimes accompanied the 'recorder group' on piano.

He also played harpsichord. - Al Barclay

His staff colleagues would occasionally suggest that he change his name - he quipped that he had considered "John" or "Tony" but decided against them.  He eventually changed his surname to "Charlton". - Al Barclay.
Jack Franklin   - Albert Barclay
Peter Gordon
'Blue beard'
History and recorder group Started at Chandos in ’59.

Frenetic, board-writer.  Eventually resorted to ‘Gestetner’ed hand-outs (pink or pale blue colour, which had a lovely smell of spirits).  Played flute and was probably Jewish (he absented himself from 'assembly').

A fellow pupil, Bennett, was into Buddy Holly (not for long sadly) and I remember Gordon remarking that Buddy Holly's glasses looked ridiculous... well maybe he knew about stuff like that... ever looked at flautists when in full flaut! - Roger Burrell ('59-'65)

Gordon was my form master in the 3rd year..  I recently found my school report from that time and it was particularly bad, despite me joining his recorder group. - David Maslen

Peter had seen a pair of "new fangled" seat belts fitted to Al Barclay's Triumph Herald (by the previous owner) and thought it would be a good idea to have a couple in his Ford Anglia.  Perrys of Edgware did the job for him.  But, at the completion of his first 'buckled-up' journey (to school) he couldn't work-out how to unfasten the buckle.  He eventually had to drive back to Perry's to be freed. - Albert Barclay

Became a School Inspector.
Brian Harrison Art and Bandmaster '58 Played trombone in the 'silver' band - Delfryn Jones
Brian Lee History very nervous with shakey hands, drove a black MGB with a brown soft top. - John Collett ('73)
Mr Jim Lougher (Lowry) Art Mr Lougher, what a nice man.  Lived out near Elstree I believe.

I can still see him fishing (in waders) in the reservoir sometimes at weekends.  Played the saxophone and was in a jazz/blues/rock band but during the summer holidays while touring Europe, the coach, in which they were travelling, crashed and he and others were killed.  We were all very upset - particularly Glyn Morgan.  They both played the same music.  One end of year concert the silver band played - then Morgan and Lougher let rip at the end, we all loved it and I am sure it wasn’t rehearsed.  Outstanding. - Mick Jackson ('58-'63)

He was a nice chap who, sadly, was killed in a road accident (in about '62 - I believe). - Chris Knightley ('66)

I replaced him (in '61). - Al Barclay
Terry Morgan   - Albert Barclay
Keith G. Snell PE '58 Mr Snell was my form teacher, and he was always telling us lads that his brother was the New Zealand running champ.  I still don't know the truth. – Bill Sells  Peter Snell, the New Zealand runner, says that he only had one brother, Jack, and a sister, Marie - Mike Dickson (NZ)

Mr Snell would regale us with stories of darts matches in Elstree pubs (Holly Bush) where he and some friends would take on the locals and beat them.  "Elstree v's The Rest of the World" he would say. - Mick Jackson ('58-'63)

His idea of sporting development was to play the same group of 22 boys in class football each week while the other 8-10 or so were left to mess about with a ball on the side.  Athletics was mostly about going off for a cross-country run, while the teachers hung around at the school. - Chris Knightley ('66)

I really liked Mr Snell - he was hard but fair.  Mr Snell had a great sense of humour.  I didn't realise how much I really liked him until I left school.  I went back to a couple of youth events at the school on my motorbike... saw him there and he spoke to me like a friend not a ex teacher. - Robin Hanley

I think Mr Snell was a West Ham supporter and he would run the older boys football teams.  I also recall we won the Harrow School Football Cup beating another school 2-1 at Whitchurch Playing Fields.  I scored the winning goal and still have the winners' medal. - Kevin Stratford
Andy Walsh Geography '58 - Scrapbook

Lived in Bushey.  I once 'de-coked' his car engine for him - Albert Barclay
Vogler Maths - Nigel Woy
John Rumble Acting Head '87
Roy R. Bellion Head '87 drove a yellow MGC GT - John Collett

Mr Bellion was keen that the school presented itself and him in a positive light.  School shows were referred to by staff as "polishing the Bellion image". - Al Barclay
Alan Davter Religious Education, Sport'87 Bought a purple track suit about the same time that Budd bought his green one. - John Collett ('73)

Taught at Aylward School during ‘60s – a popular teacher.

Married Maureen, 16 years his junior and regarded by Alan's colleagues as a 'glamour puss'.  Last seen at Graham Baker's funeral July 2010. - Albert Barclay
Greenwood Music – woodwind
Ken Shorey Maths Came to the school in about 1969 - probably mid-twenties at the time.  Based in one of the huts (Barclay in the other).  Started Guitar Club which included some girls from the girls school (radical stuff), they performed an astounding rendition of “Feelin Groovy” at one of the “Evening of Music” things that we all had to sit through and the parents were invited to.

Active Christian and probably still involved with the Church in Stanmore. - John Collett ('73)
Leslie Tucker Music '87 drove a white MK1 Cortina GT and had a large white gym shoe that he kept for wacking boys. - John Collett ('73)

Mr Tucker (music) used to grab a small piece of skin on your upper arm and twist and twist until you owned up or apologised for something.  Try doing that to kids today and see what happens. – Paul Sherreard
Mr Trigg We used to take the register down to the secretary in turn every monday with all the half crowns in a tin.  He asked me two Mondays on the trot, I refused, he hit me round the face, I threw the tin at him, half crowns went everywhere!!  next stop Mr Bellion for the cain {sic}, ouch again. – Dave Wheeldon
Mr Willet Geography - Graham Austin ('74)
(D. Burston) Parent Assoc.  

'49 - Long Photo
'53 - Crawley, Grantham and Upper 2A
'58 - 'Boys' Teachers' from Allan Cox
'87 - 'staff of Park High' - The Scrapbook, p16

Reference Sources:
The Scrapbook’ - September 1999
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