I haven’t been back to Stevenage for over 50 years but I have to see a friend there tomorrow and decided to go and see my old school Shephalbury Secondary Modern at the same time. I was completely surprised to learn the school no longer exists.
I remember my art teacher Mr Trotter (does anyone else remember him?) and Mr Chapman the metal work teacher. I also remember the headmaster Mr Earnshaw. Mrs Godden was a large lady with grey hair and seemed very forbidding as I was only about 13 when I first arrived there.
I used to love the art lessons where Mr Trotter would leave me to my own devices and let me paint or draw whatever I enjoyed doing. He would sometimes bring in his own painting to complete in oils. I loved the big cedar tree in the grounds where we would sit under it and talk amongst our friends.
I was a school prefect at about the age of 15 and had to keep pupils outside in break times unless the weather was bad.
Anyone remember any of this? If you do please get in touch. Unfortunately I don’t seem to have any photographs.