Chells School c. 1964

By Pauline Maryan

Chells School c. 1964
Stevenage Museum P7350
This page was added on 24/01/2011.

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  • Peter Adamski, but the teachings about when to use capital letters only seem to have been partially absorbed 🙂

    By Tony Collman (25/11/2023)
  • I attended chells school from September 1968 until June 1973 I remember mr hughes the games teacher and Mr rees who taught Chemistry and physics

    By Peter damski (24/11/2023)
  • i attended this school from 1964 until 1968 in 1970 my parents and 7 children migrated to australia . i disagree with wendy 20/3/21. mr painter was a stern but good teacher but strick to some people. i was also a school prefect and sports captain. played cricket and soccer for the school. in the last year of school i helped younger students with swimming at the local pool

    By malcolm allatt (19/05/2023)
  • I started at Chells in September 1967. I remember our tutor and PE teacher was Mr Hughes, he was tough but great fun. He ran our very successful football team unbeaten for two years in a row.

    Other teachers were Mr Painter woodwork, Mr DeRoeck physics, Mr Clark art, Miss Price French, Mr Reece biology, Mr Fowler RI, Mr Warne head, Mr Andrews technical drawing.

    School friends were Brian Angel, Keith Tayler, Mark and Andy Mills, Steve Pinkerton, Graham Hughes, Lynne Catell, Sue Pearce, Josephine Curtiss, Lynne Fieldwick and Katie Warne.

    I had a brilliant time at Chells school and will always be grateful for the start and confidence it gave me in life.

    By John Vaines (05/01/2023)
  • I was the eldest of the very first intake of (60) students. Mr DeRoeck, Mrs Kerrigan, Mr Andrews and Mr Warne were the teachers. A brand new school for 60 kids. It was great.

    By Joyce (04/04/2022)
  • I have vague memories (possibly around the late 80s) of a burnt-out building that looked like a school at the west end of Chells Way just across from Moss Bury School – can anyone confirm this?

    By Tim G (14/03/2022)
  • I attended Chells School from 1966 to 1974. Arthur Warne was the Head: sadly he died a few years ago. Only recently I discovered that before becoming Head he had taught Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at a school in South London (Malory School, in Bromley) that my wife had attended. He had studied MFL at Oxford and encouraged me to apply to Oxbridge after my A levels. I applied to Trinity Hall at Cambridge, and they were kind enough to let me in to read Law. All my 3 children were educated at Nobel on the Chells site in Mobbsbury Way. I was a school governor at Nobel for many years, and for the last 20 years we have now lived in Chells Manor, behind the school site.

    By Colin Weeden (01/02/2022)
  • Hi my name is or was Wendy Roberts. A name I remember while at the school was Mr Painter, he scared me as very fierce. I really loved our head who I think was Mr Warne? I left in 1969.

    By Wendy (20/03/2021)
  • Hey everyone it’s John Holmes me and Kevin Riley were best friends and both went to school here..where are the likes of Kevin Gold Paul Latimer Mick Mike. Janine hamilton, to name a few they were the best days at this school… Great to see people still remember the old school… where Mr BJR Clarke Mr Painter. Mr De,Roike.
    Keep safe everyone and remember Chelsea School…
    Hi Kevin still in stevenage or back in Mexico
    John Holmes (family name now Court-holmes)

    By John Court-Holmes (24/02/2021)
  • i attended chells school in 1963 untill 1970 happy learning and socializing great school. great students and teachers. To my old freinds I say hello. Michael Errington.

    By Michael Errington (08/02/2021)
  • “Where is Kevin Riley now he went out with a girl debby Smith both from the chells what’s he doing now”
    Marc (13/10/2018, below).

    I’m here actually. I lived in Europe for 20 odd years and then South America. I changed my name back to Kevin Kearney (birth name) Yes, I remember Debbie Smith very well! We went out for a while after leaving School. I returned to the UK December 2019……wow, has Stevenage changed! Good to be back though!

    By Kevin Kearney (16/04/2020)
  • What a surprise to find someone who went to Chells school in 1965.
    Yes i do remember you Timothy and yes i lived on the corner of Newton Road not far from the garage.
    I have left a message on the Chells School facebook page hoping to find others.
    Would be nice to hear what you have been up to all these years past, if you had an email address you may be-able to post it on my facebook page it’s the one with the cheetah.
    take care.

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    By Frank Hughes (21/01/2019)
  • I have read your post (Frank Hughes) i do remember you. I also attended Chells school starting September 1965.
    Also went on the Switzerland school trip.
    I think you lived on chells way near Amoco garage (I may be wrong).
    I still live in Stevenage area.

    By Tim Seaton (19/01/2019)
  • I started at Chells in September 1965. I googled it the other day (i5/01/ 2019) what have they done to it, only recognised the caretakers house, was nice as it was when it was first built. Looking for past pupils from that start time, tried facebook, chells facebook page and friends reunited but no luck.
    You must be out there somewhere????????????
    Frank Hughes (remember me???)

    By Frank Hughes (16/01/2019)
  • Where is Kevin Riley now he went out with a girl debby Smith both from the chells what’s he doing now

    By Marc (13/10/2018)
  • I attended Chells in the mid 60s, remember watching them film ‘Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush’ on way home from school. Fond memories. Remember also a 10 day trip to Switzerland. Happy days!

    By Kevin Bullock (31/05/2018)
  • The only “original” things left from the old Chells school site are the oak tree pictured, the caretakers house and the playing field. every thing else has been redeveloped.

    By Ian (30/08/2017)
  • I started at Chells school in September 1963 and I was part of the first intake of about 60 children.

    By Charles H. Temple (12/11/2015)
  • Chells School did not merge with Nobel School in 1983, or at any other time. In fact, from September 1980, and using current terminology for school years, year 8 transferred to The Bedwell School. There was no year 7 intake to Chells that year – most who would have gone to Chells went to Bedwell. Years 9, 10, 11 stayed at Chells and the last cohort therefore finished at Chells in July 1983. At this point, any intending sixth formers went to other schools, usually Bedwell. The Bedwell School took (by permission of Hertfordshire County Council) equipment etc. it needed to their site. The site itself was vacated and The Nobel School moved into it from September 1983, thereby combining on that site, where it still is,from its previous two sites in Telford Avenue and Six Hills Way. As for when this Chells School site opened, I believe it was September 1963, because a cohort of students did start at that site at that time. It might have been September 1962 that the building opened, so the 1963 intake might have been either the first or second cohort into the school – I can’t remember!

    By Robin Parker (20/09/2011)
  • Thank you for the information! At the time when this undated photo was catalogued by the Museum, this was its best guess. Chells School seems to have had several moves and mergers!

    By Pauline Maryan (01/09/2011)
  • hi this school was built about 1964, so this picture date is wrong, as there was nothing there in 1960,i live in chells from 1960 untill 1979.

    By steve (17/08/2011)