The Comprehensive Revolution

Autumn term, 1971 The question of whether or not secondary school education should be organised by academic ability and gender has been under debate pretty much since the end of the Second World War.   This article does not join that discussion, but records how Chichester High School for Boys (The School) and the Lancastrian Boys School were merged into a single …

KD wields the cane

K D wields the cane A former master recounted the following tale to me: Shortly after joining the School and having had no previous experience of public or grammar schools of our ilk he was made a form master. At the end of his first term in charge he duly read all the boys’ reports written by each subject master …

The Bug Club or Form 2A?

John Howard, Richard Wood-Kneller and Ken Hoad have all joined in to work out whether this is a photograph of class 2A or The Bug Club. I think Ken Hoad has the definitive answer below except that I think it is more likely to be the Bug Club, since there are two 1st formers in the photograph – Malcolm Withnall …

Reminiscences of Form Alpha 1928-44

Chichester High School for Boys Form Alpha 1930 – 1944 A fee paying alternative to the scholarship for entry into the school A small article appeared in the 2006 Spring Newsletter requesting contributions from Members relating to the history of Form Alpha together with other ancillary recollections. This resulted in the stirring of memories of a number of members and …

David Hayward Remembers

I did enjoy my time with the CCF at the school, I believe K D Anderson was the driving force behind establishing it at the school, I joined at thirteen a year or so after it started. We visited Chichester last year, one of my insufficient excursions to my roots, I noticed passing the school on the bus that the …

Ken Murch’s Wartime Reminiscences

Ken “Bogey” Murch’s Wartime Reminiscences Born in 1917 1 received an early introduction to aviation when, the day after I was born, I was in a Zeppelin air raid when a nurse was killed a mile away, so my parents told me. I volunteered for the RAF in September 1939, after gaining my BSc degree, was accepted immediately and posted …

A passion for aviation

A Lifelong Passion for Aviation Generated at the School (Eric Myall 1942-1949) I have always been interested in aviation and at the High School there were two ways of fostering this hobby. The first was by joining the School Spotters Club which was affiliated to the National Association of Spotters Clubs. As far as I recall, this had been organised …

The punishment system 1927-1961

Memories of the School Punishment System – by Graham Fielder Frequently, articles in the national press mention the problem of maintaining discipline in many of the schools of today and the educational consequences that ensue.  The position in the past was significantly different. While pondering my time (1948-55) at school I began to dwell on the institutional methods used to …

The War Years

The School in the War Years: By Messrs. Wills and Flynn   Geoff Wills writes: Preparations for war As early as 1938 measures were underway to prepare for war with the construction of air raid shelters adjacent to Kingsham Road (still in situ!) At the time of the Munich Crisis in Sept 1938 school was suspended for 4 days for …

Monkey Watson and the Luftwaffe

During WW 2 the school was provided with brick air-raid shelters, sufficient to accommodate the whole school. These were in the playing fields, close to the main buildings. At first, whenever the sirens sounded, everybody adjourned to shelter until the “All-Clear”. This was a common occurrence and it soon became clear that it constituted an unacceptable waste of school time. To …