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Ickenham High School
(Which stood until being knocked down in the early 1960's on what is now Eleanor Grove and environs)
Intro from Anna Wynne (Nee Anne Davies)
I attended Ickenham High School from January 1939 until Spring of 1944.
They took pupils from aged 4 through Matriculation or School Certificate. I
lived in Ruislip and used to cycle to the school. Many pupil lived in
Ruislip. If it was very bad weather then I would take the 223 bus from
Ruislip outside the Rivoli cinema. There was a shortage of teachers during
the war but I do remember Mrs. Tucker, Miss Dean, Mrs. Rutherford (very
strict) and Miss Howard the principal taught math. I hated that.
My Mother Avis Allinson was there until Christmas 1951, she remembers
Jackie Mawson who lived nearby in Eastcote. Other friends were Annette L'Mon,
Stella Bugler also from Eastcote.
Then moved to Ruislip.
When I went to England on a visit from Canada in 1967 with my children, I happened to meet her with her husband at some forgotten event. She was in a wheel chair and didn't remember me at all. When I heard that she had died I wrote to her husband, who told me that the school had been demolished, the trees cut down and a housing development built on the playing field.
It was my mother's express wish I went to Ickenham High School in
1957, which provided Private Education for girls, that she wanted me to
have, after failing the eleven plus twice, and not getting to Grammar
School. The Principal was Miss Howard, remembered for her upright
manner, and beautiful snowy-white hair. A figure of authority, obeyed at
all times, but extremely pleasant to me whilst in her school.
My favourite teacher was Mrs Rutherford, strict, but always kind and fair, as well as multi-talented. She was disabled when walking (I never knew why) but accepted 'as she was'. She taught English Language and Literature, Geography (which was only UK and North America) and Maths (i.e. Arithmetic Algebra, Geometry Trigonometry...and Logarithms...who can survive without those?
School houses were Raleigh, Nelson and Drake - green red and yellow - and coloured bands were worn on Sports Days to show allegiance. I was in Raleigh, and loved beanbag team games, as well as hockey, cricket and rounders. I didn't like tennis or running, although we had ample private grounds and courts available for use. The quirky things done on Sports Days included the slow-bicycle race (...last one over the line won!..) and throwing the cricket ball, both my favourites!
The awful-tasting/smelly dinners were eaten off equally smelly oilcloth table coverings, spread over desks in classrooms. Every Friday afternoon we had to pick up litter in the grounds (which I hated) and since then litter-louts have always been my pet hate!
We had smelly gas lamps throughout the school, and only three horrible, cold and awful outside toilets to serve everyone, but we managed. I remember Mrs Webster, who was tough, and Mrs Fennimore who 'played' the piano for assembly, and we all had to 'march' into a large outdoor wooden building for that every day! Miss Howard (otherwise Mrs. Rose) had a daughter, Mrs. Keys who taught Art in my time!
Tho' Health and Safety didn't exist then, and facilities were Spartan, we survived, none the worse. It's a shame, though, the beautiful Georgian house no longer exists. It was fun reading your site.
Judith Taws and Barbara Taws were both at
Ickenham High School.
I am Barbara, I had friends, Hillary Shears and Paula James, in 1962
Mrs Rutherford was my class teacher. Mrs Fennimore did maths and music.
Miss Rose was the Head Mistress.
Mr Galan? was the cook, gardener and always had a runny nose.
We played hockey, tennis and rounder's.
We read Lady Chatterley's Lover in the bike shed.
The playing field had horses grazing on it, Miss Rose got paid for that.
I would love to hear from Hillary, she lived in Ruislip.
I attended this school from around
1943 to 1946, it was a fantastic school and I enjoyed every day. The
house and grounds were lovely so much space for sports...hockey,
netball -a lovely hall full of gymnastic equipment. The long drive
full of rhododendrons was memorable. My favourite teacher was my
form teacher Mrs Muncaster who taught history and literature. The
sight of a young male window cleaner was often a cause for
excitement among the girls.
I loved the navy and lilac uniform but often my tie was round the side of my neck having caught the trolley bus from Hillingdon to Uxbridge and then the underground to Ickenham (three stops) and running the last leg ...a good distance for a youngster. I remember if the train was fairly empty we used to see how far we could swing from handle to handle down the carriage without touching the ground.
There was a little wooded copse near the school...often a number of us would venture there at lunch time as there was a little stream where we used to recite and perform the Lady of Shallot the emphasis of drama in the school helped avoid the detention for being late after lunch...but not always.
Val Cunning (nee Bungey)
Really interested to read about
pupils of Ickenham High School. My name was Angela Southgate and
both myself and my sister Gloria were there from about 1955 to 1959.
I remember Miss Howard very well. We lived on Ruislip and my father
used to take us every day. I remember the drive up to the beautiful
house. Such a shame it has been pulled down. Does anybody remember
the dark changing rooms round at the back of the house? Also there
was a Mrs Fennimore whose daughter Lynne was in my class.
I was very young but remember quite a bit.
Angela Martin. b 1947 now living in Cornwall.
I know that the school headmistress miss Howard/rose is my great grandma because of the stories my grandma has told me. My last name is rose and miss Howard is on my fathers side of the family. My Grandma remembers that miss Howard had a son (who my grandma later married) called Fredrick who when his mother was on holiday accidentally burnt down a lovely tall bush with mauve flowers that was in front of the school. Miss Keyes (Anne Rose) is my fathers aunt and she married a Alexander Cavanacore Keyes and had a son called Shaun who was my fathers cousin. Apparently the school was knocked down and 101 houses were built on the land.
I have very clear memories of Ickenham High School. And have one really good photo of sports day 1948 or 1949. However I was a boy in the most Junior section until I contracted Polio from Gerards Cross swimming baths.
I assume we were a mixed "Pre-Prep"
type of class, and I'm guessing that boys would have had to leave at
age seven. Our family lived in Swakelys road, and we kept the local
chimney sweep's horse in our field. I remember the BEA Viking crash.
My two elder brothers got to the scene early on. My eldest brother
made us gloves out of the Kapok insulation, and kept one of the
'Landing Plates' ( small charts ) from the cockpit.
Also in about 1948 we got reported by a neighbour for keeping chickens without a licence. Mrs Tucker was our teacher. When not learning to read and write we did 'Unravelling'. Each pupil was given a square of material, and we then would unravel until it was merely a pile of cotton threads. I really enjoyed that. My most enduring memory is of being rather spoilt by the much older girls at playtime. Must have been their inbuilt and nurturing female instincts I suppose. I never had sisters, so it was a happy compensation, and I was sad once recovered from Polio sufficiently, to continue at an all boys school…..
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