Barnwell School duckpond

By Pauline Maryan

Barnwell School duckpond 1961
Stevenage Museum P7008

Barnwell School duckpond in 1961, soon after the school opened.

This page was added on 17/01/2011.

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  • Hi I went to barnwell I remember dawn angel tony blackamoor karen Harris Angela ciggies Barbra highs Gary freeman we had great time wonder what everyone doing now my name was sandra holt then now sandra ruddick

    By Sandra ruddick (23/02/2018)
  • I started at Barnwell in September 1960 when it opened and left in May 1965 after staying on a year to do a secretarial course. I remember Mr. Little (pottery teacher I believe) but I cannot remember the name of the science teacher although I had him as my form master in 3rd year and he used to instil fear into his class and would only call the register by surname. All the other names also ring bells especially Miss Reese. She was formidable but very fair. Mr. Attfield was a great headteacher and I remember Mr. Atwood (geography) I liked him. Those were the days!!

    By Patricia Cheeseman (nee Taplin) (06/02/2018)
  • Hi,

    I remember you Kathleen Bristow. I’m Evelyn Lee, nee Gadsden. I moved from Stevenage and I have lived in beautiful Pembrokeshire since 1985.

    I enjoyed every aspect of Barnwell School from 1962 – 1967, save for scary maths lessons with Mr Cleayton.
    I remember with joy the musicals written by Mr Judd. I was in the school choir.
    My Gibson inspired me for English despite my being terrified of him. But he was an excellent teacher and a huge artistic talent. I’ll never forget the Highwayman, by Alfred Noyes. Thank you Mr Gibson.
    Thanks also to Miss Drysdale who became Mrs Waterworth. I have fond memories of our Lake District walking holiday. We stayed near Coniston Water.
    Mr Thomas inspired my love of nature and horticulture. I always recall him saying how the Earth is beautiful when he rubbed the rich loam through his hands. He always said to tuck daffodil bulbs in bed like babies. He’s there in my memory always.

    Good teachers are a rarity nowadays and we had many at Barnwell School.
    They were happy days for me. I remember them fondly.

    By EVELYN LEE (19/12/2017)
  • I was one of the first pupils at Barnwell School, from 1959 to 1964, so I was there when this picture was taken. I remember Ms Reese well – strict but fair – and Mr Gibson, Mr Atfield, Mr Attwood (I didn’t know about his son; that was very sad). We had a reunion for our form back in 1993, and I met Mr Attwood and Mr Crellin again. My last form master was Mr Harris who taught French. If anyone is reading this, do they have a contact address for Mr Evans. If he is still with us, I should like to write to him.

    By David Moorcroft (28/10/2017)
  • teachers I remember when I was at branwell are
    mr Gibson mr little mr stone mr England mr mills
    mr attwood mr attfield headmaster
    mr bowles and mr Donaldson pe teachers
    mr evans mrs kuipers
    ms powell

    By peterbaker (07/07/2017)
  • teachers I remember 1970-1974 when I went to barnwell
    mr attfield head
    mr Gibson mr little mr evans
    mr attwood
    mr England
    mrs kuipers mr mills mrs powell

    By peter baker (07/07/2017)
  • Unusually I passed through Stevenage, and Barnwell which set me thinking about my time there. So was very surprised to find this page. 65 thro’ 70 was the time I attended the school, and yes those teachers’ names mentioned above did indeed in my day, scare the living day lights out of you! Especially Mr Gibson, Ex RAF I understand. Oh what a childhood experience it was. – would like to hear from any class ‘B’ members……

    By Guy Kean (27/03/2017)
  • Wow to see your name Sue was a pleasant surprise.  I am 67 now and I am one of the girls walking on the bridge.  Miss Reese was strict but a lovely lady.  She took me to London to see an opera, didn’t understand a word of it but it was magical to me. She gave me two plates that I still have. When she left the school she became a Nun.

    By Ann Smith (23/07/2014)
  • Mr Gibson, now there was a man to put fear in ones heart. I can remember also Mr Evans (Maths), Mr Stowe (Art), Mrs Powers, Mrs Kuipers..

    By Stephen Hepburn (04/01/2014)
  • Both my partner and me attended Barnwell school. It opened in 1959. The first head was Mr Crellin, who went on to become head of Knights Templar in Baldock. For the first year we lodged in shepalbury school. Barnwell was still being built. Mrs Reece was deputy head, and very frightening. Other teachers there in the early days were Mr Dennison, Mr Gibson, Miss Brown, Mr Little, and Mr Attwood, Mr Attwood had a son who died of leukaemia, and he lived in the same rd as me, Furzedown. My partner Derek Bradnick lived in Shephall Way.

    By sue church (11/05/2013)
  • I started Barnwell that year too. Lovely grey and red new uniform. Ms Reece scared the daylights out of me.Later on we used to be called into her office for wearing our skirts too short.

    By Kathleen Nye (Bristow) (08/02/2012)
  • You are indeed correct Robin – I am 62 now and Miss Reece is still the strictest lady that I have known in my entire life – bellowing ” Keep Left” at the bottom of every stairwell!

    By Tony Smith (06/11/2011)
  • The first Head of Barnwell School was in fact Jim Attfield, who was in post from September 1960 until his retirement in July 1982? Ms Reece was Deputy during the first part of Jim Attfield’s tenure, but not Head.

    By Robin Parker (20/09/2011)

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