first twenty years of the School were certainly eventful.
was founded in Grove Hall in 1899 with Headmaster, Assistant
1907/8 – At this time
Staff and boys played
against adult teams
Back row – Mr Garrard,
Lodder (I), Mr Jenner,
Nichols (I), Mr Kingham,
Seated – Sprinks,
Bradford, Mr Blackburn,
Nichols (II), Browning
first ever Sports Day of 1911 brought comments that the administration
was at fault for some visitors and boys had to wait until 8pm for tea! 1911
also saw the beginning of Swimming after School at Old Town Baths with a
3d reduced admission for boys and also the much celebrated ‘End of Term
Concerts’ with contributions from boys and staff.
The Old Boys’ Society began in 1912 and held monthly meeting which
included community singing, debating, sports and an annual outing. During
the year C. J. Blackburn was promoted to the Headship and obtained a
reduction in fees for pupils. In 1913 the School had some 152 pupils.
During the Great War, 1914-1918, only Staff medically unfit did not serve
and the Headmaster was assisted by one full time member of Staff and
19 temporary Staff members during this period. The Editor of the School
Magazine in 1915 wrote “that have reason to believe that a Miss Varnier
carried out her duties as well as any of our former masters”.
The Headmaster reported with some pride that many of those associated
with the School had gained a Commissioned Rank – “not by any means an
easy matter in those days”.
ROLL OF HONOUR
School Football XI 1913
A total of 38 old Boys lost their lives during the conflict and they were
commemorated by a Memorial Flagstaff erected at Eversley Court and moved
with the School to Kings Drive where it is now maintained by the Old Boys.
In 1916 the Cadet Force was established and the Harvest Camp at
Sissingshurst, Kent, one of the first in the country, continued annually
The number of pupils in 1918 totalled 235 and represented phenomenal
wartime growth. However, by now the accommodation in the Technical
Institute was badly stretched and in 1919 the School moved to new
premises in Eversley Court. Peace Day was celebrated with a School Picnic.
The School Library began in 1920 with a membership fee of 6d a term and
also in this year the School celebrated its 21st Birthday. The celebrations
included an Open Day for parents with a PE Display, a performance of an
Act from ‘As You Like It’ and the new Orchestral Society played in public
for the first time.
In his speech the Town Clerk reported that the cost of educating each boy
was £20 which included £9 paid by ratepayers “but was not to be grudged”.
The Head was proud to report that over 12 Old Boys were at University and
that “endeavours would be made to obtain Scholarships for those who
remained at School until 18 for that purpose”.
Over 240 boys enjoyed a Grand Picnic at Wilmington, travelling in 3 separate
parties, cycling, walking or by train. After the sports and activities the day
finished with tea for all at Thornwell Tea Gardens.
Boys v School 1908/9 – Four of those shown were killed in the Great
Back row – Mr Garrard, Hollway, Smith, White, Watson, Sprinks, Mr Blackburn,
Austin, Lodder, Mr Kingham, Matthews, Mr Jenner
Middle row – Phelps, Feast, Trotter, Browning, Reverend Hawkins, Atkins,
Robertson (I), Tarrant
Front row – Holloway, Wood, Garrard, Waymark, Fuller
EMS Magazine Published
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