Eastbourne Grammar School was not immune to the march of
progress and during the early seventies was to undergo many radical
changes finally resulting in its demise 78 years after its foundation.
The retirement of R. W. Shaw after 21 years as Headmaster was truly
the end of an era.

J. S. Morris was appointed to oversee the development of the
Comprehensive system with girls first entering King’s Drive in 1977 as
pupils of the new Grammar and High School. In 1979 the School became
the Sixth Form College and the Grammar School passed into history.

   
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J. S. Morris with members of Staff 1974
  Three Head Boys in one year

Only after the editorial had been written did we discover that the practice
had previously been to present an objective resumé of the School year.
Consequently, we offer our apologies to those who may be offended by any
of our opinions.

On the subject of discipline, we have not been allowed to forget the
considerable joint efforts of the esteemed, inseparable twins, H. J. Covington
and J. K. Tenconi. But, bearing in mind, of course, that they grew up, played,
ate, fought and studied together, and in order that no feelings would be
injured, the idea of splitting the honour of Head Boy (apparently masterminded
by the staff) was devised. As a result we are glad to report that they
remained close and faithful friends in the most bizarre looking prefects’ room
for many years.

Under their direction, the prefects and sub-prefects (following an initial
ultimatum from the Headmaster) reached considerable heights, despite now
bearing all burdens and duties of the School, and have altogether succeeded
in pushing the School onto the upward path once again and generally
maintaining rigid control over both pupils and staff.

Among the sporting circles of the School, the modest but determined
footballers must, as is usual, take second place to the vigorous, enthusiastic,
short-haired Rugby team, whose outstanding record admits only one defeat
(the embarrassing defeat against the Eastbourne Rugby Club being, for some
reason, conveniently ignored). Other major successes were enjoyed by the
Basketball team and by some cricketers while the Lacrosse team, although
having no actual fixtures, remain ever enthusiastic in the background.

Academically, a high standard has once again been reached. Following
outstanding results in the summer Cambridge GCE Examinations no less than
nine qualified for either Cambridge or Oxford. Most of these, however, robbed
the School of their services, others stayed....hopefully! To pick two names at
random, Tenconi and Covington brought considerable honour to the School,
and for this I am sure that the School will join in congratulating the pair now
studying at the Dental Estimates Board.

But once again, it is most pleasing to see that the varied academic and
cultural societies which the School provides (some of which seem to have
mysteriously re-appeared solely for the publication of this magazine), have
kept a smile on everyone’s face. The Dramatic Society proved itself supreme
before an audience which still talks about the success. The Operatic Society
proved itself less supreme before and audience conspicuous by its absence.

Other added interests which have obviously delighted the School have been
a somewhat troublesome Drinks machine (so splendidly fought for by the
School Council) and the re-introduction of the now popular Prefects’
Detention. On the other hand, one cannot fail to notice the tremendous
change which has come over the School since House Tutor Sets once again
got under way.

Indeed there is little more that one could ask for (except a Sixth Form
Common Room); and there is little more to say except for the Prefects to
wish everyone a restful, well-earned holiday.

N.B., Editorial EGS Magazine July 1971
 

This History is a
reflection on the many
factors that helped
shape the development
of Eastbourne
Grammar School
since its foundation
in 1899 – the buildings,
Headmasters, Staff
and pupils, all
important influences
throughout the years

Contributions have
been taken from School
Magazines of the
period which together
with the many
photographs provide
an interesting insight
of the changes in
school life during the
78 years of the
School’s existence

More articles and
photos will be added

   
   
 
Rugby 1st XI 1972/73
Cricket 1st XI 1975
 
         
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