Bedwell School entrance

By Pauline Maryan

Bedwell School entrance 1968
Stevenage Museum PP1382
This page was added on 31/01/2011.

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  • Hey Diane
    I think you were in my class. Light brown hair and 60’s secretary style glasses? One of the smarter ones?
    Also recognise some of the names from this thread as friends of my brother Eric in the year below me…Keith Allan,Steven Dance.
    Also remember that crazy sod [(a teacher) name redacted, ed.] dangling a kid from a first floor window by his ankles.

    By Peter Nelsson (03/11/2018)
  • Hi I have just come across this page and see there was a message from Jane Dow a couple of years ago.
    I was at Bedwell from 63-68 and remember Jane and her brothers(?)
    If I remember correctly she moved to or from Borehamwood.
    Jane – if you get this message I would love to hear from you.
    My maiden name was Diane Williams and I lived in Bedwell

    By Diane (11/10/2018)
  • Hi,
    I attended this school 1973-1977 I was in Newsom my name was Carol Tether. Aww that pic brings back memories.Shame they knocked it down.

    By Carol Bailllie (29/08/2018)
  • I was at Bedwell from 79-83. Started in flares and ended in Farah’s. Main things i remember are the cane from Wallace, slipper off Glaze, beast of a plimsol to the harris off Cook (with shorts down!), being dangled over the balcony (over the dining area) by Docherty and i vaguely recall a black board eraser to my sweed off of a scottish maths teacher that always seemed to have a patch on his trousers.
    Remember my friends there very well but don’t think i have seen pretty much anyone since i left (Grange, we always came last in everything but i am particularly proud of that fact, i hope life has been good to you all).

    In conclusion, we did have a laugh, suffered a fair bit of questionable abuse (most of it deserved), went on some hilarious school trips, learned that you have to leave one of your fields fallow to achieve a perfect crop rotation (that’s come in handy so many times) and that i wished i’d snogged a lot more of the girls.
    I wont mention all the embarrassing incidents (there are loads, like when Martin,”Eddie”, fouled himself on cross country ) but needless to say there is a books worth of stuff in my head.
    Love to all Grange! and if anyone needs to know anything about the nomadic tribes of West Africa, then i’m your man as i can remember that as well.
    Andy Ferguson.

    By andy ferguson (24/03/2018)
  • I was at Bedwell ’72 to 74. I was in Mike Bramley’s then Mr Fraser (kiwi) registration group. I remember lots of characters from then, Joe Walker in English, Pete and Pam Walton in Art and a weird Physics/Science teacher with shocking halitosis who hated kids. In my year group were Al Matthews, Kev Gonzales, Al? Swan, Elizabeth Peart, Sue Lemmon, Carol Matthews, Di (Doris) Parker and many others. I live in NZ now (thanks Mr. Fraser!) and have been visited by Lorraine Hemmings (nee Wolfenden).

    By Ian Matthews (14/09/2017)
  • Hi everyone. My mum (I think) went to bedwell school in the 70s and I wondered if anyone has any school pictures from that era? Her name was edwina Cooke. Her sister is Bertha. My mum is 60 this year and I want to do something special for her.

    By Tina (10/08/2017)
  • hi there….I went to Bedwell from out when I could at 15 before age went up to 16….I know you Phil Birmingham…I’m Doug Smith..Podges brother…you was there when me and Nicky Haynes were playing truant and he fell over bottom corridor toilets cloakroom to floor below..broke his leg…i ran back into art class…still got into big trouble….hullo to Pete Herbert too…we knocked about with each other a lot after we left…Phil..remember Jane Jeggo…your little saying was “a fway you go” many memories…

    By Doug Smith (17/03/2017)
  • I am coming to town from the USA the last 2 weeks of Sep 1st week of Oct, will be good to see the ole stomping ground

    By Keith Anderson (09/09/2016)
  • If anyone else remembers the 80’s at Bedwell it would be good to read your comments. Mr Docherty for Geography, Mr and Mrs Walton for Art, Mr Cook for games, Miss Fortune for maths.  I remember Steve Rance, Nadine Stacey, Claire Hoskins, Claire Hazel, Michelle Harris.

    By Craig Linkin (09/09/2016)
  • I was there in 1984 until 1987 in form Ireton.  Form tutor Miss Dodsworth and before her Mrs Barbary.  

    By Craig Linkin (09/09/2016)
  • Hi all I remember Paul and Jane Elphick and the infamous dangling out the window, how fun was that Paul? Hopefully am coming to the UK for a couple of weeks in late September, I did hear that Mr Trout actually died from Lung cancer, how ironic if true!

    By Keith Anderson (24/08/2016)
  • I went to Bedwell between 1968 till 1970, I remember Mr Dobson, also Mrs Bennet (English), Mr Cleaves also Mr Trout, who someone nicknamed “Dog end” due to his smoking.

    i remember classmates: Mark Cook, Mark Knotley, Philip Penfound, Kevin Mills, Basil Godfrey, David Skinner.

    By Evan Rees (12/07/2016)
  • Hi Keith Anderson, great to hear your Mum still well and I remember your Mum and dad clearly, must have been a bit wary of them to be “respectfull” !! Also recall Paul Elphick being hung out the window by Mr Rogers…

    By Keith Allan (22/06/2016)
  • I attended (well most of the time) from 65/69 along with my elder sister Jane. Mates with Phil Marriott, Steve Jarvis, Chris Clark . Was it mr Crick who was head ? Then mr Thomas? I remember being dangled out of the 3rd floor maths class by mr Rogers? ( I think I may have got to him that day). Mr Trout! great history teacher ! 

    By Paul elphick (01/06/2016)
  • I have just come across this site.  I was in Newsom and remember mr Wallace, mr/mrs Walton, mr Pincot, mr Cook, miss Barwick, mr Francis, mr Bailey, miss Jackson mr Walker mrs Allen mr Boswell, those were the days.


    By Laurie noonan (Simmons) (24/05/2016)
  • Hey Keith Allan, the Mecca is a bad idea lol, Poachers, not so sure, was just speaking with me mum (87 years old) she wants to say Hello and let you know she remembers you well, you were in her words ‘always very respectful’ when you came to visit 🙂

    By Keith Anderson (22/05/2016)
  • Hey Keith Anderson,.. hope all is well with you,.. amazing spread of locations everyone has ended up at.  Heading to the UK around July and will call into Stevenage at some stage. May re-live an evening at the Gamekeeper which I think is the Poachers? Then head down to The Mecca !!! …maybe not…. 

    By keith allan (08/04/2016)
  • Keith Allan, I remember you well, New Zealand HUH! I’m actually now in Ponca City OK USA, how times change, good to see you are still alive and kicking 🙂

    By Keith Anderson (21/03/2016)
  • Just came across this page,I left school 1970 and remember some of the above names. Sorry to hear about Ian Anderson. Am in New Zealand now but do get back now and again  

    By keith allan (16/03/2016)
  • I went to Bedwell secondary school from 1969-1974. Mr Donson was there then Mr Wallace. All my 4 children later attended.  Anyone who remembers me can contact me via this website. It would be great to hear from you.  This brings back so many memories!

    By John Palliser (08/02/2016)
  • Hi Steve, yes my brother Ian unfortunately passed away in an accident years ago

    By keith anderson (22/12/2015)
  • I went to Bedwell from the day the new school opened in 1965 until 1970.

    Same year as Phil Birmingham. Keith Anderson, did you have a brother Ian who was in my class? He and Keith Allen used to hang around together.

    By Steve (09/12/2015)
  • I knew Phil Birmingham and Nigel Mercer, wow it’s been a long time

    By Keith Anderson (02/10/2015)
  • Nigel, I believe  I was in your class, were good friends with Derek Kum? Or was that someone else in our group.

    By michael White (16/09/2015)
  • school sec Mrs Marriot were the owners of Marriots farm, the land the school is on was compulsory purchased after second world war. Mr Donson was the second head. I was the first first year 66 with 2nd and 3rd having been at Nobel and got to be an extra in Mulberry Bush I am the kid sitting on the school gate. nigel mercer

    By nigel mercer (31/07/2015)
  • Newsom,Whitney,Grange,Silkin(green,blue,red,yellow),

    Nigel,I remember you,I was in Grange,Trevor have known after school,Jon

    By jon whitbread (12/05/2015)
  • Can anyone tell me the names of the houses. I was attending this school 1970-1975.I know Silkin,Newton,Grange were 3 of them cant remember the others.THANKS

    By penny (nee : deadman ) (30/04/2015)
  • Just a long shot but was anyone at Bedwell secondary school, Telford Avenue in 1963/64 ? My name is Jane Dow I’m looking for Margaret Dolby or a girl called Marjory. There was also a guy called Phillip Lavelle ( I think).

    By Jane Dow (03/02/2015)
  • I remember Mr Dobson and then Mr Wallace. There was also I think Mr Pincott (maths), Mr Grace (English), Mrs McCarthy (geography), Mr Walton (pottery/art), Mrs Walton (art)

    In my class were Mark Manser, Gareth Dent, Colin Taylor, Di Parker, Maggie Bollans, Trevor Palmer.

    By Richard Adams (13/12/2014)
  • hello Tina Jenkins. I dont remember but Im sorry for running you over with my bike.

    By Nigelpinder (28/10/2014)
  • I graduated in 1979 Mr Wallace seemed so tall. Mr. Pinchot had piercing blue eyes and taught maths. Anyone in my class remember The drought ’76 sports day?


    By Sharon white (15/09/2014)
  • I was at Bedwell 1969-1974 off and on. I remember Nigel Pinder (You ran me over on your bike but i deserved it) and Martin Kent who was in my class!

    By Tina Jenkins (11/08/2014)
  • I was at Bedwell. Headmaster was a Mr. Donson. Gym teacher was Mr. Cook. Art teacher was Mr. Walton. Would like to hear from anyone who thinks they know me.

    By Philip Birmingham (25/07/2014)
  • I briefly attended Bedwell Secondary, from September 1980 – October 1981. I was in ‘2S.’ I wouldn’t mind hearing from anybody who was my, then, classmate

    By B. Robinson (01/04/2014)
  • We are having a reunion for class 1978-1983 in jan next year, please get in touch if that is you. Also looking for a badge from Bedwell for that year if anyone has one.

    By Suzanne Brown (27/11/2013)
  • Hi All, Just seen the school photos on friendsreunited!!!!! Has anyone got an original of the photo? Would love a copy…

    By Paul Reader (31/03/2013)
  • I went to this School during the 70s, Dobson then Wallace the 2 headmasters whilst I was there in the same class as Nigel

    By Martin kent (14/01/2013)
  • I went to Bedwell secondary school from 1969-1974. Mr Donson was there then came Mr Wallace. “Young man, my office” was his usual bellow to me, I knew what was coming, 6 of the best via 1/2″ wooden dowel across my arse, eagerly supplied by Mr Evans (head of middle school if I recall) from the woodwork class, ah happy days.

    By Nigel pinder (23/05/2012)
  • I attended Bedwell school from 1967 to 1972. I knew of 2 Headmasters, Mr Donson pupils called him dilly dally, then Mr Wallace who later became head of herts education. I also had 2 sisters and 3 cousins attend Bedwell

    By PETER HERBERT (10/05/2012)
  • Comment from Pete Martin

    You say Bedwell school is now Marriots, I was wondering if this was related to Mrs. Marriot who was the school secretary I suppose in those days. I was at Bedwell for maybe 18 months at Nobel then we went to the new school. Mr. Crick was Headmaster and I visited in the early 80’s and caught up with a few that I was at school with. Things have changed and nobody can go back. They weren’t so bad I suppose.Hope the kids these days get as much from school as we did. If any of the old school read this hello from Aus. Pete Martin.

    By M S (30/04/2012)
  • The Bedwell School opened around 1962 or 1963 but it was annexed for the first one or two years (until September 1964?) with The Nobel Grammar School at Nobel’s then brand new site in Telford Avenue, after which it moved to its own site, also in Telford Avenue. From September 1980, it took over (using current terminology for school years) year 8 from Chells School, and also students who had intended to start at Chells in year 7 went instead to Bedwell. (Years 9, 10 and 11 continued at Chells until Chells closed from July 1983. Most intending year 12 and 13 went to Bedwell at this stage.) In summer 1967, outside views of Bedwell were taken, to be featured in the film Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush. The Bedwell School (now Marriotts School) continues at its Telford Avenue site, which is currently undergoing a major rebuilding programme.

    By Robin Parker (20/09/2011)
  • i went to bedwell secondery school from 1974 to 1979 i would like to hear from any one that was in my class my name was jackie pennell

    By jackie billingham (11/06/2011)

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