NEWSLETTER FROM YOUR OLD SCHOOL
Windiate-Blackmore, nee Windiate -
you for sending the latest issue of the Newsletter; I am enclosing a donation to
Association Funds. Unfortunately, I have a previous engagement on Saturday, 11
May next and therefore regret I shall be unable to accept the invitation to the
AGM & Dinner that day.
Mr Austen's comments in the newsletter about Mr Andrews, the latter was Czech,
and obtained British nationality some time during the late 1940's - I believe
that Dr Gyngell, the Principal of the College, endorsed his application for
naturalisation. If my memory serves me right, Mr Andrew's former name was Rudolf
Erik Altschul; ('the surname is certainly correct). I still have a postcard of
Prague he sent the office when he made a return visit to his old country in the
late 40's. My feeling is that he told us he arrived in England at the time of
Dunkirk, when he was serving in the Czech Army.
was interested to learn that Charles (C L) Harris, went to Australia. In my time
at the College/School, (from 1943), I am sure he taught Games and PE - perhaps
someone can correct me, that is, if there is anyone left 'out there' who can
remember that far back! I remember Mr Harris being a 'terrible tease' and can
well imagine his poker-playing forays with Mr Altschul - sorry, 'Mr Andrews' -
in the staff room!
was sorry to learn of the death of Mrs Mountjoy - our being heavily outnumbered
by members of the opposite sex at both ends of the spectrum at the
College/School, it was certainly refreshing for we three females in the office
to have at least someone else in a dress or skirt with whom to chat. (Trousered
females in offices were definitely 'not the thing' in those days. Both Mr
McBretney (the Principal prior to Dr Gyngell), as well as Mr Wall, would have
been quite horrified to see any of us in such attire)!
V Thould and Miss D Moody were also on the staff; they, taught commercial
subjects - however, to us, they were positively, ancient - at least in their
mid-40's!! Mrs Mountjoy was then Miss Williams and not all that much older than
to Mr Wall; it is probably well known that during the last War, there was a
detachment of the Army Cadet Force at the school, the commanding officer, being
the aforementioned who, on Saturday mornings, abandoning his teacher's raiment,
appeared fully attired as an Army Captain to parade his cadets. As you can
imagine, he already being very imposing as a teacher, looked absolutely
formidable when in 'war-like mode' his peaked cap set at an almost imperceptible
jaunty angle and the neatly pressed uniform suiting him most admirably, with the
khaki complementing his tawny-coloured hair! If any enemies had been around on
those Saturday mornings at Dartford Tech, he most certainly would have put the
fear of God into them, their retreat being of the extremely hasty variety.
anyone in touch with Roger and Jonathan, the sons of the late Frank Payne, (my
son's godfather), the metalwork teacher who lived in Birchwood Road? Doris
Payne, Frank's widow, told me some years ago that Roger was a Headmaster, though
not at a school in Kent. I have not heard from Doris for about four years - does
anyone know her whereabouts?
all good wishes for the continued success of the Association
Samson - 1958-61
of all, many thanks for arranging for ODWA to send email Christmas cards to ex
pupils registered with Friends Reunited just before Christmas. I
had only just registered with FR only a couple of weeks before your
Christmas mailing was organised, so I am very pleased that I have caught this
years mailing rather than having to wait another year. I have registered my
details via the ODWA site, but unfortunately I just missed the last update on 8
Dec 2002 and will have to be patient until the next update appears before seeing
my name, and hopefully, those of others who have joined since. It's a pity the
site can't add updated information immediately, but I am sure it is a matter of
time, effort, expertise and facilities, and possibly something that is being
looked at as the site goes from strength to strength.
was at Dartech from 1958 to 1961, leaving at the end of my 3rd year when the
family moved with my fathers promotion up to the Wirral on Merseyside. I had a
problem registering with FR because they sorted their school dates on the basis
of pupils school leaving year. Unfortunately, that meant that my name was listed
with pupils who were 2 years older than me and I was not listed in my peer
group. I therefore had to enter a false leaving date (ie 1963 instead of 1961)
and low and behold, on subsequent searches, my name now appears alongside those
of past pupils I now recognise as being in my school year.
newsletters are of great interest, bringing back many memories. I am sure it is
much easier for pupils to remember past members of staff than the reverse.
Nevertheless I did make contact with Sam Austen, to say thank you to him,
because it is only later in life that one perhaps realises the influence in ones
life certain people had. As I went on to spend 30 years working with the Lucas/Girling
group of companies in an engineering environment, involving at times a lot of
draughtsmanship and Autocad design work, those early days at Dartec bring back
special memories of my enjoyable times at the school. I look forward to meeting
up with Sam and others at a future reunion as I know he attends the majority of
of the earlier newsletters made reference to pupils having to have passed their
Cycling Proficiency Test prior to being allowed to ride to school. It was
probably back in the Spring of 1959, in my 1st year, that these tests first
started under the headship of Mr L V Wall. At that time my father was a driving
test examiner working for the Ministry of Transport at the Dartford Driving Test
Centre. Somehow, it transpired that Dad offered his services to Mr Wall and Mr
Peter (Basher) Bates, English and Music. Pupils wanting to take the test were
required to come to the school on Saturdays and go through the theory and
practice of road sense, including the performing of an emergency stop. My father
reminds me that it was Mr Walls practice and insistence to step out of the
rhododendron bushes to create the emergency stop atmosphere, a practice that
continued for a couple of weeks until one student failed to stop, knocking over
Mr Wall in the process. A simple shout of STOP was then introduced!!!
it seems that the 1958-63 intake is not as well represented as other groups of
around that time. Hopefully by the time the next update is issued there will be
a few more additions to the year group. I have made contact with a couple of
past friends, Maurice Edgington and Clive Pannell, via FR and told them to
register with ODWA. I have also made contact with Brian Low, who was the one who
I am grateful to for pointing me towards ODWA prior to your message.
Nevertheless there are many names I can recall missing from the list.
Morrison - 1964-1971
see my old friend Fred Barker is seeking guidance on the origins of Mr Lawson's
nickname (February 2003). I'll give you a clue, Fred. "Tut tut boy, how can
you ever forget such a thing"? Admittedly by 1964 the great man had more or
less stopped tut tutting, keeping the refrain for only special occasions. What
has become of this most wonderful and eccentric of teachers, who taught me the
basics of economics between 1969-71? I see from the ODWA newsletter archives
that Wally James wrote in similar fashion some while back. I hope old Tutters
that Tutters was particularly well liked by most of the staff. Percy Black found
it almost impossible to find him when staff absences needed to be covered. Len
Hollingsworth obviously didn't care much for him but between them Len and Tut
provided some of the finest social science teaching I ever received. At the 2002
old boys' dinner Len suggested that he was only an average teacher. I disagree.
There were many average teachers at Dartford Tech in the 1960s along with plenty
of real stinkers, but Len and Tutters were up there with the best.
Hollingsworth was young, enthusiastic and passionate. He taught British Economic
History, a rarity in those days and the exam apparently had to be specially
marked by a London University. From his desk I learnt that the vicissitudes of
economic life are endlessly repeated throughout history. What goes up, goes
down. In fact it's all in the bible, seven years of feast are followed by seven
of famine. During the dotcom boom I valued my publishing company in billions.
Well we did have a web site. Then I thought of Len and his tales of the South
Tut was a real genuine article fruitcake. Covered in chalk dust, he was one of
the last teachers to waft around in a gown. He was a master of his subjects,
economics and economic history, and kept bang up to date. It was all Keynes in
those days but Tut used to consult a dry American journal and wax lyrical about
some of the new economists who were to have such an impact in the years to come.
Only Tut would have consulted his economic review in class and declared that
Milton Friedman was a "hot potato".
would say that Tutters was genuinely loved by his students. For two years he
would hint about the fleshpots of London and threaten to take A grade students
to his naughty "club" after the exams. In fact he did and his club
turned out to be the National Liberal Club where he stood us all dinner.
Addressing all the sixth formers one day about a proposed extra curricular class
in front of Messrs Mogford and Black, he announced that he would be teaching a
course on how to put the "apple into apple strudel". One year he sang
"Old Uncle Tutters had a farm" at the school concert. For eight long
months he put up with Pete Harris describing Arsenal's latest 1-0 victory in
more detail than could ever be regarded as necessary during the Gunners double
year of 1970/71.
and Tut were chalk and cheese. Like so many things at the old school in those
days. Take Mogford and Black. The headmaster was young, liberal of view, but
distracted by the difficulty of running a school at a time of great social and
political change. I know from personal experience that he was a man who was
committed to the cause of educating young people. Percy was authoritarian, went
around with a face like a Presbyterian minister in Lent, and probably thought
the world had gone to the dogs sometime around 1930. One was angular, thoughtful
and polite; the other was short, stout and very stroppy.
Black was a member of the physics department, one of the black holes in the
academic life of the school. Did anyone ever pass Physics O' level? The science
departments seem to have had more than their fair share of men who had had a
good war but had developed a collateral drink problem and a tendency to fall off
the podium when there was a loud bang.
English department wasn't much better. Potts was bonkers and outstanding in
equal part but sadly died in the mid 60s. Jessie was by all accounts first
class. Unfortunately I didn't study under these two grammarian giants. The first
two years we sat in silence and looked glumly at a textbook with the saintly
John Daley in charge. The young Mr Daley was not an English teacher and after
two years he moved on to have a fine career in the art department. Now retired,
he spends some of his days teaching art on a voluntary basis to handicapped
adults. In the third year we all wasted our time with a young, trendy buffoon,
who disliked old-fashioned writers like Shakespeare and concentrated on
discussing children's playground games. Regrettably there was not an O' level
British Bulldog to be had.
was, however, an astronomy O' level, and this saw the school at the top of its
own form. In the late 1960s and early 1970s we all raised our eyes to the skies
as the Apollo missions started to land men on the moon. There was an interest in
matters celestial and the chemistry department and Chris Laker offered their
time to the Astronomy Society on a voluntary basis. So a number of us,
particularly those of us a little light on the science O' level front, did the
course after school. I spent a year studying Astronomy and passed with what
Tutters would have described as a glorious A. I wasted five years doing physics
and failed the mock with about 20%. What a difference a good teacher makes, why
does the world so under-value their work?
was a funny old school. It had centres of excellence in most subjects, but
dreadful weak spots that scuppered many pupils' chances of exam success.
Sometimes it was good at things that didn't really matter. The woodwork
department was excellent but why were 500 boys learning techniques that had last
been in heavy demand during the time of Chippendale? Competitive sport slowly
withered on the vine during the sixties and I have an abominable memory of
playing house cricket in the sixth form where no one got out. The school's later
sad decline did not surprise me and I am delighted by its subsequent
around this point in the proceedings where you, the dear reader, start to think
- all this reminiscing is all very well, but what did the old bastard do when he
left school? Well I left in 1971
with two glorious As and a C at A' level and enrolled at Swansea University.
Three years later my curate's egg of an education finally concluded with a
gentleman's degree, otherwise known as a third. Back to London and I was
fortunate to land a job in financial journalism. Ten interesting years as a hack
followed until I bought a financial newsletter in 1985. I then started a life as
an entrepreneur and grew Evandale Publishing to a point when I sold it to
Informa plc in June 2001. By the end we had newsletters, directories and web
sites in a number of fields including reinsurance, online share trading and
all the examination of sources and buy low, sell high stuff learnt in the few
remaining uncondemned classrooms at Wilmington Hall did not go entirely to
waste. Recently I started a new company, trying to sell information into the
food business. I married Valerie in 1981 and we have two children Edward 11 and
Harry 9. For the last 20 years I have been living in Wimbledon.
have enjoyed going back to the old boys' dinner in recent years. It's been good
to meet up again with Terry Cole, John "JJ" Jarvis, Paul Swinscoe, Roy
Jackson and John Hazeldine and reminisce about the old days in familiar
surroundings. Like me I guess they sometimes stop and look around the assembly
hall and think about times past and all that was to come.
time my eyes rose to the dining hall platform and I imagined the Blessed
Margaret and Chick Lewis sitting opposite each other, ramrod straight, the only
people in the joint using the pudding fork. There they were utterly correct, no
doubt discussing weighty school matters, the effect only slightly diminished by
the rickety Formica dining table, the bedlam in the rest of the hall and the
fact that they were eating a disgusting confection called Gypsy tart. Bravo.
Fred Barker I see is hinting that all his hair has gone. Which is a shame. When
he was 17 he had a splendid Barnet stretching down past the collar of his
fetching pink shirts. Every day in the upper sixth this magnificent ensemble was
conveyed to school in a Ford Anglia. Not quite a vehicle that as Jeremy Clarkson
once wrote "snaps knicker elastic at 50 yards", but it was a start. I
mean it had two more wheels than I had at the time, and an engine - allegedly,
as we journalists say.
Ferris - 1963-68
from 1963-68 and now living in Brisbane, Australia. IT work for 20 something
years now but traded career and money for sun and lifestyle. Oldboy Keith
Richards is here this week - small world innit? I wonder who else is out here?
came across the website and found it very interesting. So a 'Grammar' now, eh?
And saddened to hear about Ms Mountjoy too. I did like her.
I thought I'd write to you and see if you'd use any of my recollections which
I've laid out as they've come to me and as I remember them, not the expected 'sanitised'
version as I was greatly inspired by the February 2003 offering from Ray Scott.
And also impressed by 'Fred' Barker in the same issue.
grew up in Wilmington so knew the area well and occasionally visit the area
nowadays, so am aware of modern times too. So I'll sit back and see what I can
can remember . . . . . . . .
' Maggie' Mountjoy was the one teacher who took the time with me.. Anyway, I
rewarded both of us with a 'C' grade ('B' for spoken) in French at 'O' level at
of course her delightful student Ms Destiny. It was in one of her classes that I
was introduced to the Yardbirds via a portable Dansette which still has
'Pudding' Gregory, the woodwork teacher, humiliated me in front of the whole
class after spending weeks working on a trinket box. Still remember it today and
no child should have had to endure such treatment. Ever. And he threw me and
Graham McCarthy out of the school on our last day for setting fire to School
house ties dipped in Lambretta fuel tanks outside the old building. Happy days.
'Tutters' Lawson would spot John Wakeford and I giggling at the front of the
class and then slowly and methodically (whilst still talking) walk up one side
to the back of the class only to return on our side, steps gradually getting
louder on the old school floorboards, until he let the 3-inch thick history book
bounce off the top of my head (yes, always my head, never 'Wackers' - maybe 'cos
his Mum taught at the Girl's Tech?). I'll never know.
I actually did get given lines by 'Jacabo' Hughes one day in Nature Study. 100
times - "I must not perform horseplay in the laboratory".
as a struggling 1st year I was terrified by 'Percy' Black (not just as Assistant
Head but also for Maths and also General Science, Physics and Chemistry),
especially the time his conjunctivitis reddened one eye and heightened the fear
to Hammer Films levels. Enough to make me drop my plumb-bob (yes, gravity) on
his shiny black shoe - but did it really warrant that cuff on the back of the
I was playing in a brass band at 9 yo and in a school 'pop' band (on early Vox
bass guitar) but was somehow guided into first Art and then Woodwork instead of
Music after coming second in the first exam to Lennox Ryan (who came top at most
things) and failing miserably at both new subjects.
in the 'pop group' we sent a deputation into Mr Mogford's office to inquire as
to whether we could 'borrow' the school hall for rehearsal - only to be asked
'where do you want to take it?'.
a group of us were behind the trees way down the bottom of the football pitches
with most smoking. And when lined up awaiting punishment outside 'Moggie's'
office somebody (who the heck eas it now?) stood up and said "Please Mr
Mogford, Ferris wouldn't smoke" and got me off. My hero.
we used to sneak up to the girls hockey nets on long summer evenings to play
football in the smaller goals and popping in to the Forester's off-licence for a
quart of cider afterwards as the sun was setting.
'1st Years' were ceremoniously 'rolled' in the snow. Pity those '2nd Years' who
had no snow.
an anonymous sports teacher could rarely refrain from joining in football
matches and usually let fly from 20 yards in an attempt to burst the net and
take half a dozen 13 yo's along for the ride.
a more 'commonwealth' sports teacher tried to get me to 'grass' on A. J. White
(who carried more bounty than me by far) for wagging-off early one day. They
even used a prefect from my street to try and pry it out of me.
'no', schooldays were far from happy much of the time and not all of us turned
out to be success stories as measured by society.
much of what we did learn at school actually is useless after all in the real
I do look back with fond memories overall. I expect that's why I still try to
grab a glimpse of the old place when I visit the UK.
will somebody please tell me why the oldboys I see on the current list are not
generally the 'shining lights' I remember?
fact, many of those names seem to be the more 'mischievous' characters, don't
Inall - 1961-1968
you for the recently received ODWA Newsletter 17. I have just visited the ODWA
Website and am happy for you to add my home email address to your contact list.
wishes to all who may know me, including staff members Len Hollingsworth, Clive
Dougal and John Daley. Thank you for your patience in teaching Economics,
Geography and English. Their dedication, perseverance and inspiration helped a
late developer make a respectable sales career in the tough world of
advertising. I studied Marketing and Advertising and have experience in a London
Advertising Agency and London based publishers (even the London Evening News for
a while). As an Advertising Contractor I helped raise vital revenue for the
staff publications of several government departments and for the membership
magazines of a number of trades unions. Would you believe I even managed the
National Union of Teachers' magazine THE TEACHER for ten years from its launch
in 1990. Now I am based just a short drive away in Milton Keynes where I am
enjoying the business of producing publications about holidays. My career was
made possible no doubt by the knowledge of "The Laws of Supply and
Demand", "the volcanic explosion of Krakatoa", and
"Conjugation of the verb to . . . . ."
are the other contemporaries of mine from the 1968 Upper Sixth year of leaving?
Hope to hear from some.
Franks (1979 - 1986)
reading most recent update. Sorry
to learn that Mr Hodgson has passed away. I recollect his name very strongly,
but for the life of me I cannot remember what subjects he taught. Can anyone
help'? Its great to receive these periodic updates, brings back so many
memories. So much has happened to
me since I left in the mid eighties. Now
living in St Louis, USA for next couple of years.
My wifes work brings us here and I am soon to be a father for the first
time and play the role of stay at home dad.
Which I am looking forward too. Since
leaving, I've been to university and got a degree in business studies, a few and
varied jobs followed, now I run my own successful property business in London.
Somewhere in between all that I got married to my wonderful wife Veronica
and we travelled the world. Home
when we are in England is in West London, although my parents still live in
Joydens Wood so travel back frequently.
I am writing this, I've just thought of someone else I have fond memories of,
the metalwork Teacher (name escapes me) memory was never my thing. Can
anyone help with a name? Is he
of my strongest memories of the school, was when I was standing next to Darren
Smart at Choir practice in our first year there. (He was a good friend
throughout most of my school life and we both joined the school from Joydens
Wood). For a number of weeks
someone had been annoying the music teacher who's name escapes me with singing
out of tune. He got so annoyed one
day that he lunged forward and grabbed Darrens hair and pulled him down from the
top wooden bench and across the assembly hall for some harsh words.
Anyway he got the wrong guy, he should have pulled my hair.
Sorry Darren. I guess such treatment by teachers these days is not pc!
keep up the good work and please add my email address to the contact details on
the database. If you have Darrens
contact details could you pass them on to me? (Ed. We had Darren Smarts details
in Ely, but he has moved and not advised us of his new address, can anybody
Dix here. I was at Dartford tech from around 57 to 59 and then for a period
remember Mr Austen well and wished I had continued my Engineering drawing rather
than swan around for decades trying to find something useful, well paid and
interesting to do.
up being a Social Worker in the Alcohol and Drug Service in the Tasmanian Public
Service. I am planning a trip to the UK this year and I am not sure it will be
in time for the Annual Dinner.
would be fun however if I can make it.
you for the Newsletter. I remember Wilf, loved a cigarette if I remember
rightly? I think he was one of those who used to go up to the pub nearby at
lunch time too.
still keep in touch with Trevor Rigg who tells me off for not writing more, but
then he is retired now and living a life of roaming leisure.
following letter was recently passed to us by Geoff Sinclair, 1950-54 and was
sent by Mr. Wall to parents of all new Boys in 1950
TECHNICAL SCHOOL FOR BOYS
so many serious matters are initially caused by small omissions I take this
opportunity of asking your co-operation on four points of training.
all boys in this School do homework. They have generally a maximum of three
subjects per night which are set. In the first year these homeworks are of
twenty minutes each, in the second of twenty-five minutes each and in the third
year of thirty minutes each. In the fourth year they are at the discretion of
the Staff responsible for the Examination subject and in this year all boys
should do at least two hours. Please try to see the homework is done and is not
allowed to accumulate towards the week-end which results in poor work and
because I am convinced that much delinquency has its origin in truancy I beg
parents not to keep a boy away for trivial causes, which tend to make him think
his schooling may give way for pleasure at your biding. A boy may not be absent
unless he is himself ill. Also it is essential that after absence he returns
with a note written and signed by you or an excuse 'phoned by you. Even the
latter has been 'arranged' by later delinquents. A parent allowing a boy to
write his own excuse note (this is very common) is encouraging a boy's later
forgery of notes of excuse for truancy. I cannot be expected to accept a boy's
verbal excuse, which would mean an encouragement of truancy,
may I beg parents to look askance on any materials or articles a boy takes home
on any plea of gift or exchange. Please insist on their immediate return. You
would be horrified, I know, to be subsequently told they had been stolen, and,
that your boy was knowingly a receiver of stolen property.
if your boy is not to take the normal school dinner, but is either to go home or
to have sandwiches, I would be grateful for a letter each term to that effect.
This is to prevent a boy's taking money for dinners from you, going without, and
spending this money frivolously. This too, is a frequent cause of subsequent
following is a copy of the School Prospectus that was sent to the parents of
Michael Ashpool prior to his start at the School in September 1956
TECHNICAL SCHOOL FOR BOYS
L.V. Wall, B.A.
(Tel: Dartford 3090)
School has a five-year course to General Certificate Level of the University of
London and a subsequent one or two year sixth-form, course.
are two main interests, those of Engineering and Agriculture, which will allow
some bias in courses which are of general education.
curriculum gives a sound general education to Certificate level with an
increased proportion of time allocated to handicraft, science and technical
subjects as compared with normal secondary courses. This is a practical approach
to subjects of normal education, the examinations taken being eventually the
same as in other secondary courses.
School therefore offers a liberal education combined with sound technical
training stressing essential good craftsmanship, while the first-hand knowledge
of industrial conditions and requirements, which the technical Staff have
through industrial experience, is invaluable to those pupils who intend to make
a career in industry or commerce.
the curriculum is not arranged for any specific external examination, pupils may
take during their course such external examinations as those for R.A.F. and R.N.
entry of various grades, Ministry of Supply Studentships, Civil Service
examinations and General Certificate of Education of the University of London at
both Ordinary and Advanced Levels.
good pupil would be expected to offer eight subjects at Ordinary Level and to
continue with sixth-form work at Advanced Level. The standard reached offers
opportunities for advanced study by University entrance or through the courses
offered at Colleges of Technology.
open to pupils are extremely varied and by no means confined to Industry or
Commerce. Half the pupils leaving school enter professions, and courses of study
leading to other occupations.
boys before leaving school are advised on their careers and discussions are
arranged with employment officers to which parents are invited.
School occupies premise's at Wilmington Hall in some thirty acres of beautiful
parkland with an additional craft block in Lowfield Street. The new School
building, already started, will be at Wilmington and part of the new School will
be ready in September, 1956.
well-equipped laboratories for Physics and Chemistry have been constructed at
Wilmington Hall, and there are additional laboratories in the new School
gymnasium is on the Lowfield Street site, but all games and athletics and some
periods of physical education are taken on the School grounds at Wilmington
Hall. Ultimately all school buildings will be on this site.
from ten acres of playing fields, five acres are cropped, and other land is
devoted to course work in horticulture and agriculture. In addition poultry and
pigs are kept in the buildings of the School Farm. Eventually cattle also will
be kept some five acres being reserved for hay and grazing.
School is situated in delightful rural surroundings with much interesting timber
growth and opportunities for nature study almost unrivalled among school sites.
to the School is in September each year on the results of the County's
School year is of three terms, Autumn, Spring and Summer of approximately
thirteen weeks each.
parent or guardian of every pupil who is admitted to the School is required to
sign an undertaking to abide by the regulations and to keep the pupil at School
for the whole course.
pupil shall be removed from the School without the consent in writing of the
Kent Education Committee, before the end of the School year in which he
completes his five year's course of study, except for the reason of his illness
or other circumstance which the Committee considers sufficient.
pupil shall be removed from the School at or after the completion of the normal
course of study without notice in writing being given by the parent or guardian
at least six weeks before the end of the term.
the purpose of these provisions the School year begins on the first day of the
Autumn Term and ends with the last day of the Summer Term in the calendar year
hours are as follows :.-
8.55 a.m. to 11.55 a.m.
1.15 p.m. to 4.10 p.m.
subjects taken include:
Religious Knowledge, English, History, Geography, French, Mathematics
Pure and Applied.
Physics, Chemistry Biology, Botany.
Carpentry and Joinery, Cabinet work, simple pattern-making.
Fitting, Benchwork, Turning, Drilling, Planing, Shaping, Milling,
Soldering, Brazing, Forging, machine repair and tools.
(Boys are taught to use power-driven machines in both Wood and Metal
Geometrical and Mechanical Drawing, Engineering Drawing, Art.
Agriculture/Horticulture - Theory and Practice - machinery.
Games and Physical Education.
boys are expected to take part in P.E. and Games unless specially exempted by
doctor's certificate or at the written request of the parents or guardian.
In addition to musical appreciation and choral work, instrumental classes
are arranged for which a small terminal fee is payable of approximately ten
There is a school Orchestra and Choir.
Fountain pen (not ball point) or pen and nibs.
'H' and 1 3'H' pencil.
sandpaper block (made at school)
set coloured pencils.
One-foot rule (inches, tenths and centimetres)
Set squares (60° and 45° celluloid)
Pair ordinary pencil compasses.
Steel rule 6 inches. )
Armstrong scale (graduated in 1/8ths)
pair compasses ) "Temple" recommended
pair spring bows ) for Engineering Drawing.
Terry steel drawing board clips
set of drawing instruments in a case should be provided especially for
Committee disclaims liability for the safe custody of the property of any pupil.
Pupils are warned not to leave valuables about or in coat pockets but to hand
them in for security. All clothing should be properly
marked with the pupil's name.
pupil is responsible for the school books and property lent to him, from the
time they are given into his charge to the time that they are returned by him,
and he must pay for any loss or damage during the time he is responsible.
to school buildings, machinery or furniture must be made good by an approved
contractor at the expense of the pupils causing such damage. In subjects
involving laboratory work, students must pay for damage to apparatus due to lack
of care in use.
pupil must be in attendance on all school days unless prevented by his own
ill-health, of which the parent or guardian should immediately notify the School
by letter stating the cause of absence. The rule also applies to unpunctuality
and the omission of homework. Verbal excuses cannot be accepted. The number of
half-days absent is noted on the terminal report.
pupil may return to school after suffering from an infectious disease other than
the common cold until due time has elapsed, and the written sanction of a doctor
has been obtained. Parents or guardians are asked, should any infectious disease
occur in their house, to give immediate notice to the Headmaster and not allow
the pupil to return to School. They
will then be informed whether it is necessary or not for pupils who have come in
contact with the disease to be excluded from School for a time.
may for extra study or additional work be required to attend on Saturday morning
if their lack of progress warrants' this. Unsatisfactory conduct may similarly
be a reason for detention.
right to exclude any pupil on account of conduct prejudicial to discipline, or
of unsatisfactory progress, is reserved.
dinners are provided in the school canteen at Wilmington Hall. The cost is
ninepence per meal, payable in advance on Monday mornings. For those pupils
holding dinner grants the meals are free.
boys are expected to take School dinners unless they receive written permission
to go home, which is given if the distance is reasonable, or if the parent or
guardian has made a written request for the pupil to have sandwiches or other
meal which, however, must be taken in the dining-room.
permission must be requested each term by letter.
boys are required to wear the School blazer, grey trousers or shorts and the
School cap and tie, or a grey flannel suit with the School badges. Boys may wear
open-necked white shirts in the Summer. Dark blue mackintoshes are requested.
The following articles of clothing are required for work in the School:-
and cricket clothing outfits, light canvas shoes with rubber or crepe soles, a
pair of dark blue shorts with elastic top, singlet (white), blue overalls for
engineering workshops and white apron for the woodwork shops. An apron should be
worn in the laboratory. For agriculture work from the third year onwards it is
essential to have at School (1) a bib and brace overall and (2) a pair of gum
clothing, including navy blue blazers, are obtainable at most outfitters, and
the School badges from Messrs. Buck, High Street, Dartford. Senior caps and
Prefects' badges are only issued on written authority from the School. Boys are
advised of their Houses so that the correct cap badge may be obtained.
School is organised into six houses two Junior and four Senior. Generally a boy
will be notified of the house in which he is placed before his first day at
medical reasons will excuse a pupil from participation in physical exercises and
all are encouraged to take a full share in the corporate life of the School.
Proper clothing and footwear for Physical Education and Games must be provided.
pay three-and-sixpence a term into the School Voluntary Fund for the purpose of
providing equipment for their own interests, which cannot be met by public
funds. Many activities are run including Science, Photography, Games and
Athletics, Aeronautical modelling, etc., while the subscription also covers
certain travel expenses.
work must be continued obviously beyond school hours and terms. All boys must do
their duties in turn even during week-ends or holidays. Neglect in stock-feeding
is serious enough to warrant a demand for withdrawal or exclusion.
for maintenance grants in necessitous cases towards defraying costs of clothing
and travel may be made to the Education Officer of the area in which the pupil
Vincent - 1955-60
you for forwarding me the latest copy of the newsletter. I note that Jim
"Sam" Austen is to be Guest of Honour this year. In the light of this
and it being some 40+ years since I set foot in Wilmington, I should like to
attend the Reunion and Dinner.
you would advise me details of timings, protocol, agenda, etc.
forward to hearing from you.
Let's see a good attendance from the '55 Intake this year)
Mogford - Former Headmaster
have traced former Headmaster John Mogford (1963-74) who now lives in
Pembrokeshire. Unfortunately John has been registered as Blind since 1997.
apologise for the delay in getting the Website up and working again, but hope
that this will be resolved in the near future. In the meantime any contacts to
email@example.com should be redirected to me with any changes of address or
advice as to whether you are able to be contacted on the Internet and if
Newsletters can be sent on the net to save postage costs. My appeal for
donations to keep the Association and Newsletters going in the recent Bulletin
received very few responses so I trust that you are all waiting for this repeat
plea to throw your money at us with your Dinner Bookings.
Wells (Chairman) firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been advised of the deaths of the following members
Colin Ovenden (1943-45)
Colin Slack (1954-57)
Year of 57
you started at DTS in 1957 that means you.
Year of '59
were the first eleven year old intake in 1954
we escaped in 1959!
ANNUAL REUNION DINNER & A.G.M.
be our Guest of Honour.
will be a Dinner and of course a Licensed Bar and a Conducted Nostalgia Tour.
you wish to find former School friends and get more of your own age group
together do not hesitate to contact us, as we have the original Intake lists and
facilities to make comprehensive searches.
our Website and check out the names that we have, and if you know any members
not listed give us their details
next Newsletter is due to be published in Sept/Oct 2004
to date I do not have any articles or correspondence.
with regard to your memories while at the School,
at previous Reunions or details of your own life since leaving will be greatly
contact Dennis Wells,
Millbro, Victoria Hill Road,
Kent BR8 7LF.
are invited to join us at our Annual General Meeting and 11th Annual Dinner,
with our Guest, who this year is Mr. Jim (Sam) Austen (1954-74), to be held at
the School on Saturday, 8th May, 2004. We hope that the demand for tickets will
be as good if not greater than previous events so please return the attached
form with your payment as soon as possible. Dress to suit the occasion, i.e. not
are planning to arrange a Nostalgia Tour of the School and Grounds (weather
permitting), at 3.45p.m., with a guide. If you wish to join this tour please
confirm on the form.
are priced at £18.00 per person. There will be a Licensed Bar, which will open
at 4.30p.m. and a variety of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be
available. The Annual General Meeting will take place at 6.00p.m. with Dinner
being served at 7.00p.m. The evening will end at approximately 11.00p.m.
Raffle will be organised with tickets at £1.00 per strip.
Menu for the meal will be as follows:
and Orange Pate with Melba Toast and Onion Relish
Beef with Horse Radish Sauce
Turkey with Cranberry Sauce
Pepper and Mushroom Risotto (Veg. Option)
Potatoes with Rosemary
Tart and Custard
with Chocolate Sauce
and Apple Meringue Roulade
* * * * * * * *
advise on the form on the next page if you require the
bookings can be made by email to: email@example.com
seats will only be reserved and confirmed on receipt of payment by Marion.
Marion Miller, O.D. & W.A.,
would like ............ tickets @ £18.00 each
the 11th Annual Dinner on Saturday, 8th May, 2004.