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1980 Mark BROWNING
message 31.01.01 : contact: mark AT monkey5.fsnet.co.uk
I left about 79/80 - I am now 36. I remember
having a great time at Therfield and played all sports. Dave
and Mr Williams
class and old JD(Wooding)
ran the ship.
Some names from my year: David Atkinson, Doug Stewart,
Jamie Chandler, Steve Lunn, Alison Hooker, Sarah Hydes, Ricky
and many more I could name. I see lots of old
classmates and will pass on this website to them.
I still live in Ashtead and am married to
Debbie (née West) who attended St Andrews. We have two children:
Kim is currently at Therfield and Jamie will start there this
I now work as a Patrolman for the Automobile Association and
return to the school on occasions to attend to the teachers' cars!
Finally I still play football and played for Leatherhead FC for a
while but am now back at my hometown club Ashtead FC where I am
fixture secretary and website editor WWW.ashteadfc.fsnet.co.uk
Sue MILLS (now Bray): see Gary BRAY 1979: contact: SueBray3ATaol.com
MYERS : message 6.7.01 : contact: kieron.myersATfmglobal.com
I attended Therfield from around 1973 to 1980. Rose tinted
memories are good but I won't forget the cross country
punishment in which I always came last! Chemistry was my thing
and I ended up doing chemical engineering at Exeter University.
I now work in risk
management for an American insurance company. I met my wife Jill
(then Jill Donaldson) at Therfield and we now
live in Hertfordshire with our 2 children, Francesca and Kirsty.
PERRY (now MacIntyre) : message 23.1.02 : contact: jjhcrmacAThotmail.com
I left Therfield in 1980 and went to Exmouth to do teacher
training. I was in Leith House
and like many others have particularly good memories of Mr
Pratt, who was the most inspiring teacher I can think
of, and Mr Dumont who was also much respected
even if Ruth Parrott and I made life noisy for
him. Mr Wooding was our head and I
remember Miss Smith, Miss Nicholson
and Miss Ford from my early years.
The middle is all a blur, but Messrs Goldhawk
and Hutcheson made life in 6th form worth
living. I remember many of the names already mentioned
from the emails above, but can add Hazel Sarney,
Celia Stuttard, and Jeremy Pearson
as memory serves. After qualifying as a teacher I
worked in Hertfordshire before marrying John, who I had met at
college. We now live in Somerset with our 3 children
and the requisite number of pets. I am head of Maths
in my present primary school, which should give a few
ex-teachers and friends a good laugh.
WORKMAN : message 2.11.01 : contact: Tim.WorkmanATmsa.govt.nz
I enjoyed discovering the Therfield School website
today and revisiting a few memories. I attended Therfield from
1978 to 1980 going through 2nd and 3rd form. My parents shifted
to Ashtead from an isolated small rural coastal town in the Far
North of New Zealand so the school and the area was quite a
culture shock. The family returned to New Zealand in 1980 and I
have lived in Wellington since 1984. I now work for the Maritime
Safety Authority as a maritime law adviser. Heather and I are
expecting our 3rd child very shortly!
I was pleased to see photos of the farewell of David
Cox on the site. I have very fond memories of his
commitment to school life outside the classroom and the
encouragement and time he gave me. As others have commented Chris
Pratt was a great influence. He treated us like
adults sharing his wisdom, emotional ups and downs and his sense
of fun. I'm pleased to say I started the clarinet at Therfield
and still play in the Opera/ballet orchestra in Wellington.
Best memories are of all the extra curricular activities that
teachers were generous in giving their time to (sadly I have
forgotten most of their names from 20 years ago). Had great fun
playing rugby, sailing in the gravel pits off the Thames, bit
parts in Romeo and Juliet and Fiddler on the Roof,
singing in Faure's Requiem at All Saints and so on.
For some reason people thought coming from New Zealand qualified
me to play rugby. In truth I was simply bigger than my
classmates as I had gone back a year so as not to be
I recall being quite sad to leave Therfield in 1980 not least
due to the inevitable end of an early teen romance! Perhaps
leaving in the 3rd form has left me with quite a romanticised
view of the school. Hadn't been there long enough to get cynical
or disenchanted with the establishment. Anyway, I would be
fascinated to hear from anyone else who shares some of these
David BRIDGES : message 25.7.00 : contact: david.bridgesATtauntonschool.co.uk
What a great website!
I spent a brilliant time in the Music Department under Chris
Pratt and Marjorie Muskett and I
remember the times at Therfield with affection - probably the
sports department don't remember me with much affection though!
I think my abiding memory of Therfield was the excellent
relationships between Staff and Pupils.
I went to the Royal College of Music and, after three years,
became Head of Music at Downsend Prep for Boys (just up the
road!) I used to play for Chris Pratt's Choral Society whilst
still at School and took it up again when I left Music College.
I then moved to St Lawrence College, Ramsgate for 3 years. In
1989 I became Organist and Director of Chapel Music at Taunton
School, Somerset. In 1997 I was appointed Alumni Director here (www.tauntonschool.co.uk).
My parents still live in Ashtead and I visit on a reasonably
Andrew BROOK: message logged 18.04.06: contact andrew.brook2ATtiscali.co.uk
(Mrs Brook) is the lady who worked in the school office during
the 1980s and who appears in newsletters etc. as the person to
contact about tickets for the school shows which were very
popular during the 1980s .... I think she may have some material
of interest so I will ask her ...
I also did
the stage lighting (whilst Mr. Stewart worried about just how
many more lights I would try and plug in to the system!!!!)
Andrew Martin 75-82 is on the list of those in contact .... my
best regards and my good memories of the ''Status Quo'' concerts
that we went to among others in the old days!!! .... (when not
running the Judith Montague fan club of course .... (!).
Nowadays I'm living in Hampshire.
Dave BURVILL : message logged 15.8.01 : contact: dburvillATiinet.net.au
G'day :) I
didn't like school very much (any school, nothing against
Therfield, lol). Used to hang out with Jon Lott,
Simon Watkinson, Gordon Beath
etc. I remember Mr Hanks, for his
strictness, and Mr Bell was my form
teacher. I left school to join Army, & went to
Southbank Uni in 1991 for an HND.
I came here to Perth, Western Australia 8yrs ago. Now have 3
boys - 4, 5 and 6yrs & daughter 18 months, though am one of
many thousands of weekend dads. Now I work as warehouse manager
- mining supplies here in Perth.
Angela TURNER (now SACH) : message logged 16.9.01:
it lovely how most people remember Mr Dumont.
I am now a teacher and went back to Therfield for 2 weeks at the
beginning of my PGCE - he really looked after me and was very
sweet, even though when I was a pupil he used to constantly move
me from friends for speaking or sticking our eyelashes to our
Other teachers I remember are Dave Hoggins -
now a headteacher I think; Mr Lane who also
taught my mum and dad; that German teacher who used to throw
board rubbers at you and of course Mr Stewart
the chemistry teacher. If I can be half as much of an
inspiration to my own pupils as he was to me I will be
delighted. I also remember Mrs Rutland,
Mrs Rennie and Mrs Copeland
with fondness. Other
pupils in my year that I'd love to hear from are Charlotte
(Karen) Smith, Nicky Vine, Kim
Walton, Anne Marchington, Jill
Donaldson, Mark Thomas, Andrew
Streeter, Mark Oestel, Alex
Muskett who thank God achieved his ambition to fly
for the RAF after bugging us all through school about it, and Andrew
Ayscough who let go of the locust and let it jump
around the biology lab after chopping its head off. And
does anyone know what happened to Wendy Butler?
- I remember her at the beginning of school, but have no memory
of her going or where to.
After leaving Therfield I went to Reading to
study Food Science, worked for Trebor developing sweets for five
years. I went travelling to India and the Far East and
returned to take up teaching. I'm now in Eltham, London
SE9 and am Head of Design and Technology at The John Roan School
in Blackheath. I am married with two boys aged 3 and 7.
Susan (Sue) FORD (now Hall) : message logged 13.9.01
: contact: sue.g.hallATntlworld.com
I have very happy memories of my days at Therfield, in
particular A-level Biology practicals and Geography field trips.
I studied Geography at the University of Sheffield, and now work
for Consignia (the Post Office) as GIS Data Manager. I live
in Chesterfield, have 2 daughters, and still do bellringing! My
parents still live in Leatherhead, and I meet up with Jill
Burberry (now Newhall) about twice a year. I'd love
to hear from any other school friends.
Richard PROWSE : message 17.2.00 : contact: richardprowseATeversheds.com
Amazing how you can be found on the Internet! Please
see my web page at Eversheds
Mike BROWN : message 26.5.00 : contact: adara44AThotmail.com
Great to see the site. I used to play table tennis with
Richard Prowse - the doc's son ... also it was wonderful to hear
comments about GOD aka Basil Dumont. Simon
Wilcox - my mate and Best Man - and I left Therfield
in 1983 having served our apprenticeship of ROSLA building
snowball fights with the 5th form and Hunter HENDERSON
(anyone remember him?).
Like my bro Andy I was in Polesden. Please email with any
details of the following staff: Basil, Mr Hutcheson (Politics),
Miss Smith (Sociology), Mrs (scary) Laub,
Mrs Kinloch, the scary deputy head from the Isle of
I live in Middlesbrough, teach English, 1 kid.
Jonathan MORRIS (probably better known as Johnny
Morris - you know, Animal Magic)
message 13.4.01 : contact: clair123ATjon123.freeserve.co.uk
memories : I first attended Therfield in 1978, a very
scared 12 year old looking at the huge new school with all the
scary stories of bog washes etc. I was in Juniper, which as one
of the old boys said, lost at everthing.
My teachers were Mrs Laub, Miss Smith, Mr Grant (who
had a nervous breakdown and suddenly left us); Mr
Temple, Mr Dyas and loads more including Mr
Wooding and Mr Everington - and not
forgetting Mr Williams and Mr
: I moved away from Leatherhead to live in Wallington but
commute to work there at B&Q where I've been for 14 years.
I'm married to Clair with two children, Ben and Katie.
TUSON: message 15.03.02 : contact: G.TusonATsemsserver3.sems.surrey.ac.uk
School seems so long ago but still have lots of vivid memories -
dropping my jam tart in H.E., forgetting to turn up to an exam,
sports days (urgh!!), assemblies (urgh!!), cross country
(urgh!!) and double maths on a Monday morning - whose idea was
that? Nevertheless, I learnt loads - how to sign my mum's
signature was one of the more useful things at the time but I
also got some good snogging practice in!!
Ultimately (and not surprisingly) I didn't achieve a great deal
at school - 'could try harder' was the general theme of most
school reports but I have since got a degree with the OU and am
now studying an MSc in Educational Technology. I've also become
weirdly sporty since leaving Therfield - Ms Immac
(was that really her name?) would be proud. I'm still crap at
Maths though - failed my 'O' level 3 times - "unbelievable" (my
dad's words). I can still cook a wicked jam tart though so I
guess it wasn't all wasted.
Friends included Lisa Curtis who I still stay
in touch with, Belinda White, Jackie
Tunstill, Mandy & Jo Sparks, Karina
Vigus, Julie Waite and Becky
Ferris - oh and Faramang.
These days, apart from
studying and playing squash, I live in Dorking with my husband
Tim and am proud parent to 3 gorgeous cats. Apart from that it's
fags, booze, sex and rock - what else is there?
Andy BROWN : message 26.5.00 : contact: andrew_musicATyahoo.com
Memories from my time at Therfield: Norbury always won
everything (I was Polesden and at least we usually came third -
sorry Juniper). Lower sixth Geology field trip to IOW - much
controversy. Would be good to hear from from Gary,
Mark and David. Christina Digby -
she was gorgeous and I never had the guts to tell her. Mr
Tomlinson - many thanks for being such a cricket
enthusiast - beyond the call of duty and all that ... I lost my
"merit award" for taking 7 for 6 in a house match against
Leith. Maybe mum's got it.
Parties at the Riverside Club, Fetcham and Leatherhead Football
Club (last I heard LFC was near extinction - v sad).
Snogging Alison Pruden. Mr Pratt
and all his encouragement in music! mmm ... Mr Williams
- rather too rugby orientated for anyone's liking. Dodgy
tash and rather macho if you know what I'm saying! Mr
Hucheson - list of mannerisms required. Eddie
Mason playing a live bootleg of the Jesus & Mary
Chain rather too loud for the 6th form stereo and for Mr
Nowadays: I live in Saltaire near Bradford in W Yorks
and work for the Highways Agency in Property & Facilities
Management. My peers might recall that I used to
play in a rock/pop group. I'm still writing and recording
and play the occasional gig. I have tapes available
if anyone expresses an interest!
Angela Rive : message 06.03.12: contact angela.riveATbtopenworld.com
Therfield in 1984 where I was and still am known as Angela Rive.
Key Therfield Memories - Firstly Mr Wooding. He was always very
authoratative and informative in his school assemblies.
I started Therfield in the 2nd form as it was then, in 1979
being in Polesden house. I had many very helpful and inspiring
teachers including Miss Atherton, Miss Rowlands, Mr Goldhawk, Mr
DuMont, Mr Perkins and Mr Hoggins. Thank you to them all. Some
of my closest freinds still are from Therfield so thank you for
helping us to get along.
I am now living and working in Leatherhead.
Vanessa DAVIS (now Spriggs): message 14.08.02:
I left in 1984 at the ripe old age of 16!
Memories: Mrs Laub for English, what
an inspiration; Mr Cox, what a leader; Mrs
Calvert for Maths, very gentle, never raised her
voice until I had a fight with some girl called Jackie!;
Miss Inak, Mr Mitchell, Mr
Hill for Sport, what a laugh; learning Sociology in
one of the huts; Mr Giles catching us smoking
behind the Rosla block, telling us how we could better spend our
money on stockings, then letting us off the hook; cross country,
it's not natural; sneaking out a lunchtimes, by hook or by
crook, because you didn't have a lunch pass and weren't in the
6th form; buying single cigarettes and a slush puppy down the
shop; who was head of 5th form - stern woman, dark hair?
Fancying the guys in the 6th form.
I've been in touch with a couple of people from school, and also
hear about others through the grapevine. What happened to Kerry
Dixon, Barbie Welsh, Nicky
Cox, Kevin Rose, Wayne
Shackleford (thought I saw him the other week, but
wasn't sure, so wasn't going to make a pillock of myself), Nicola
? (tall, used to live in Ashtead) Jeremy
Salter, Michael Norman (still
I vaguely remember a day trip to Boulogne and Antoinette
Benjafield asking for a Pernod et Noir. How
sophisticated were we?!?!
Now: I'm now Vanessa Spriggs, I've been married for 12
years and live and work in Leatherhead. I have a stepdaughter of
20, who also attended Therfield, and was taught by some of the
same teachers (how scary is that)!! I would love to hear from
anyone who remembers me and any of the above.
Jo WHEATLEY: message 17.01.09: contact mollymum
Therfield school from September 1980 until September 1984
(lasted a month in 6th Form!!)
I am happy to be contacted by anybody regarding the school and
don't have any school pictures apart from school pictures of me!
Darrell EDGLEY: message 19.01.03: contact:
I was at Therfield from: 1979 to 1985: for my first day at
Therfield I was placed in Miss Swientoniwaska's
tutor class. The first lesson .... how to spell her
name. It took time but I learnt to recite it (probably in
my sleep), although, 23 years on I'm not so sure (probably
failed badly - sorry Miss S.). Anyway, I thought she was great,
she was Polish and I didn't know anyone from Poland so I was
quite impressed. From Woodville and Summer group and Miss
S's art class I recall Becky Ferris and Lisa
I was in Polesdon (2PSK), and in White 2. In my year we
had three red, five white and 2 blue bands, and I seem to
remember about 250 pupils all told. At the time I could probably
name 75% of them, now I struggle to remember more than about a
The teachers I really remember .... Miss Swientoniwaska
(obviously), Mr Williams and Mr
Mitchell (PE teachers and for the wack - thanks
guys), Mr Wooding who was our head teacher and
taught me pure maths in the sixth form. Mr Baker
who was the second master, I took A-level Geology with him.
Geology field trips were fanastic.... Mendips (Cheddar Gorge),
Tillingbourne and not forgetting the great trip to the Isle of
Wight, but I thought several of the class were lucky to make it
off the Island ... Gary, David,
Andy and Mark.
Mr Everington was the deputy head. I
never understood the difference between "deputy head" and
"second master"; apart from Mr Everington who was the guy you
were sent to be being "bad" ..... of course, I never saw him for
this (not). He also took me for O-Level Physics, which was
a real pleasure and I would not have passed without him (thanks
Mr E). For physics In the second and third forms I had Miss
Ollerenshaw (Physics), Miss Griffiths
(Biology) and Mr Temple (woodwork) - he had
such style if he didn't like your work ... he threw it across
the room. Mr Carter and Mr
Dyas (Geography); Miss Mercer and Monsieur
Martin (French), may I have my Rubik's cube
confiscated from me in third form back, sir? Mr
Polkinghorne (Chemistry - blew out the lab windows
when demonstrating the explosive effects of Hydrogen. Mr
Stewart (Chemistry - for allowing the class to
distil ethanol, a little accident with the pencil case and my
own stupidity for tasting some ... I was violently ill for three
days); Mr Jones (A-level physics) and Miss
Woods (briefly for chemistry).
My maths teachers included Mr Tilley (also my
registration tutor in the sixth form), Mrs Steptoe,
Miss Pankhurst as well as Mr
Wooding; History was with Mr Goldhawk
(although we never called him that except to his face - kids eh)
and Mrs Hack - she lived around the corner
from me, which was always a concern - I had to be careful.
For Technical Drawing I had Mr Hanks (aka
Smiler). I thought Mr Grant was a star, Mr
Pratt's lessons were always a good distraction, Miss
Laub and Mr DuMont for different
In addition to my fellow pupils on the http://www.friendsreunited.co.uk
web site I remember (no particular order), Neil
Hardwick, John Lewis and Claire
Nichols (A-Level Physics class) - we built a
bridge out of Balsa Wood which we took to Sussex University in
Brighton for a competition, coming about 10th and we were beaten
by the other Therfield team. Helen from
Physics class and also Sunday School. Names remembered
include Justin Forrest, Melanie
Worsencroft, Julie Dodds-Ely (and
her younger sister Louise), Hilary
Clark, Karen Fagg, Alison
Cude, Aman Coudrey, Paul
Durman, Kevin Reynolds, Gary
Whitehead (Aperdele Rd, moved to Canada I heard), Richard
Porter, Alison Pruden (great eyes -
she could also out-stare all challengers), Undine
Romero (and her bro), Emma Lack
(her Dad was one of my teachers at Woodville, how was the au
pair job in Norway?), Steven Harrison, Wendy
Goodall, Ingrid S (unspellable), Sarah
N, Philip Gibson, Paul
Morby (last saw you in the British Legion club), Paul
Mathias, Mark Hoy, Georgina
Tuson, Gill King, Christina
Digby (aced her O'levels, I thought swot at the time
but a great effort), Erol Ezen, Sue
Twydell, Claire Scrase, the Aindow
sisters, Sharon Ford, Angela Russell,
Tim Day, Mark Evans, Patrick
Cooper, Karina Vigus, Raymond
Breading, Jeff Stewart (esp
his role in Grease, I was on stage crew), Tim
Ward, Gary Pearce, Andy
Brown, Mark Murphy, and David
Norman from whom I always copied my maths homework
from (sorry Mr Tilley, it was rarely my own work but thanks as I
got a B).
Since school I have worked in many places. I was a
software consultant for a software house in Surrey for seven
years (1988 to 1995). While I was with them I spent four
years on the European mainland, mainly in Belgium, The
Netherlands and Sweden. I worked in Bath for Deloitte and
Touche for a while and then went to South East Kent, where I met
and in 1999 married to Jo after being together for four
years. We now live and work in New London, Connecticut
USA, where we are enjoying the challenge of being Brits in
George Bush's America.
My kin at school were Kendall (1 year below) [
kendallATraz.co.uk ], Carol (3 years) [
carolATraz.co.uk ] and Leon (4 years).
Two elder sisters, Stephanie and Sharon
Oliver also attended Therfield (between 1975 and
Mark Hoy and I are trying to organise a reunion for July
2003 in Leatherhead. If you would like to attend, or
know anyone that would, please email us at reunionATraz.co.uk,
or enter your contact details on http://www.raz.co.uk/reunion/
Molly/Alison GRENYER (now STEWART) : message 19.2.02
: contact: MollyMooStewartATaol.com
I left the 6th form in 1985. Remember growing cultures
on the sandwich toaster in the 6th form kitchen. Also throwing
Rubik cube at Mr Hutchinson coz he asked for
it during a lesson! Also not such fond memories of cross country
and running through a stream. Friends included Fi
Bishop and Caroline Jones (now
Forrest) who I still have some contact with. Also Jenny
Percival, Liz Cooper, Angus,
Tim Ward, Webber who
apparently also lives in Bristol!
I'm now a physiotherapist, currently working in Swindon. Off
snowboarding in a couple of weeks!
Mark HOY : message 29.8.01: contact: markdrumAThotmail.com
I found this site via friendsreunited.com and have
since been in touch with a number of old friends/pupils who I
haven't seen since about 1985 (most probably wish to remain that
way as I kinda lost the plot by sixth form). If you are
interested in finding old friends from Therfield circa 1980-1986
ish please visit and add your details at www.wche.co.uk
and click on the THERFIELD link (there are rough plans for a
reunion in 2003).
Memories: Early years were lunch in the main hall,
dreaded English lessons (Mrs Laub), easy maths
lessons (and food, paper and rubber fights) with Mrs.
Stockwell, horrible PE and cross country, mad Mr
Polkinghorn blowing up chemistry experiments,
Deliverance style woodwork and metalwork teachers ("you stupid
boy"), incomprehensible French with Mrs??C?, and then waste of
space Physics A level in sixth form with Mr Jones
(beer and Austin 1100's a speciality).
Other memories are drinking homebrew on the grass outside the
sixth form block, the Russia trip in 1984, the Riverside Club,
Leatherhead FC Club, 88th Minute, lots of parties in Ashtead,
Other teachers were Mrs Douglass, Dorothy
Perkins, Mrs Bannerjee (B.O.D), Mr
Mitchell, Mr Williams, Ms
Inack, Mr Hutcheson, a computer
studies teacher from Billericay, Mr DuMont, Mr
Everington (thanks for the whack!), Mrs
Hodgson, Mr Pratt (didn't we all
enjoy music with a personality), the moustachioed biology
teacher (osmosis), misc geography teachers..., Miss
Smith and some mad drama teachers (inclusion is not
Registration was with Ms. Sventanioska (saw a
metalwork book she edited for Mr.?? the old metalwork teacher: I
did blacksmithing at nightschool in Hereford for two years). I
sat with Ian Allen and Don Woodham
for 4 years.
School was to be endured with a few moments of light relief (and
beer) to help the years pass, even though academically quite
good up to O level, totally gave up at A level (and did anyone
notice?...). I've seen a few old friends (and lost touch with
most), including Owen Smith, Matt
Forrest, Justin Forrest and Caroline
Jones (in Canada, and where is Sara Norman
these days?), David Pfelger, Russell
Brown, Ian Bailey, Raymond
Nowadays: came to Worcester in 1988, did a degree in
Environmental Science (and had very long hair - now very short),
did 6 years hard labour and then moved into IT, now working
freelance as a web developer (anyone need a website doing?).
Still enjoy a beer, but don't make it any more. I still return
to Fetcham every couple of months to see family but not been
into Leatherhead for several years (well, why would you?). I
still don't play golf but I do enjoy wing chun,
snowboarding and Baltis.
Dawne PICKERSGILL (now WRIGHT): message 3.07.02 :
I'd rather not give my nickname as I'm still trying to forget
it!! My fondest memory was of the music lessons given by Mr
Pratt who tried so hard to keep us all interested!
Sports day was a bit of a disaster for me as I found that I
couldn't run or jump or throw things very well. As for running
through the stream at the bottom of the field, what was the
point of that!
I did make a lot of good friends though, Simon Mould,
Paula Haskins, Theresa Nicholls
and others. Luckily I'm now in touch with these people again
through the friends reunited website. The spooky thing is how
many people now live near me down in sunny Worthing. I have
recently married and my surname is now Wright (I've heard all
the jokes!) and I work for a record label called Hot
Records, based in Angmering in West Sussex. I would love
to visit the school, a kind of 'then and now' visit just to see
what changes there have been.
Travers RUDD: message 07.08.12 : contact Travers.RuddATtelerealtrillium.com
I was a
pupil at Therfield school in 1980 leaving in 1985 after one year
in the 6th form. I have some great memories and I have some
pictures too as I took my camera into school on a couple of
occasions as well as to the Sailing Club's trips to the Isle of
Wight. In fact, to me the Sailing Club was as important as the
rest of the school. A pity I can’t find any info on Robert A
Stewart and Eileen Griffiths, the driving force behind the
Sailing Club for all the time I was there.
Julian BROWN : message 17.04.01 : contact: brownjulianATyahoo.com
brother's best man Simon Willcox said in his
speech that those who attended Therfield either ended up
attending University or wound up in prison! Not sure if
this is still the case but it certainly seemed to be so back in
the heady heights of the 1980s.
I ended up
leaving in 1986 and though I have yet to do the prison bit I
attended the University of Huddersfield 1996-1998 as a mature
student. I flunked my Social Work course but now work as a
Care Officer in cool and trendy Brighton and Hove. I'm married
to a lil' woman called Caroline who likes to paint and listen to
The Stone Roses. Kids NO WAY!
remember from Therfield largely consist of those that were also
at Woodville Middle School which I attended. I remember
having more affinity to the North Leatherhead sect and looked up
to the sporting prowess of Jason Evans and Andrew
friends during the latter part of my school days, the likes of Alan
Pope, Shawn Denyer and mainstay Daren
Baker I don't see any more due to differing
interests, although I saw Daren for the first time in over 10
years fairly recently in a Brighton club! I think a special
mention should go out to one Owen Hitchcock
who was academically brilliant, even at Middle School. I
spent numerous occasions chatting with him in the early nineties
and it seemed a shame that we were not closer friends at
school. But the banding system put paid to that one!
teachers, well, Glynis Wright =
gorgeous. The rest you can pretty much forget! Oh, almost
forgot Miss Szetoneosker (excuse bad spelling,
Glynis should have helped me out on that!) once said to me in
art after observing a piece of "art" I had churned out ....
"Julian, are you good at anything?" This has stuck with me until
now and it ain't likely to go away tomorrow!
LIVESEY (now Adams): message 22.11.01 :contact: helenadamsATwaitrose.com
My most vivid memories would have to be the school musicals: The
King & I - older brother Peter as the King, Annie
Get Your Gun - solo for me from chorus, and Grease
- oh, those Pink Ladies.
I also have fond memories of school trips to Flanders, Hamburg
and Paris. As for teachers, Bridget Wilkinson
stands out most in my mind - a superb teacher, really got me
hooked on German, and a sad loss to the teaching profession
[Bridget died aged 31 in 1988]. I also remember Stefan
James, great fun on the trip to Hamburg, Chris
Pratt and Marriott Dallas. My mum,
Shelagh Livesey was also a teacher at the
school, unfortunately she died in 1999 of breast cancer.
Now, I still have some links with the school. I work for a
supermarket in Leatherhead as PA to the store manager and deal
with all the letters the school sends asking for donations and
sponsorship. We also have many former and current pupils among
the workforce. I live in Banstead with my husband of almost
11 years and have two children, a girl aged 8 and a boy aged 5.
BROWNSETT : message 7.7.01 : update 4.1.06: contact:
Nice to find this site.
I came across it from friendsreunited.co.uk
Can't actually say I remember much about being at Therfield
despite it being the place where I took my exams, and therefore
probably the most important school I went to, I was only there
for my 5th year. I started dating a girl in the year below me (Sarah
Bleach) pretty much as soon as I got there and we
stayed together until after I left, so pretty much all of my
time at school was spent waiting for a break time so I could see
her. I do remember missing my sociology exam because I was down
I seem to recall
playing rugby at some point... and I also remember watching
Jayne Eyre starring Timothy Dalton in English Lit .... and there
was a girl called Emma in my class, she sticks
in my mind for some reason ... I know I used to fancy my form
tutor, but I can't remember her name.... I used to hang out with
Mickey Bull, Rod Woodham and
Mike Staines, amongst others.
Anyway onto now... 4
kids, (3 sons 7, 9, 13 and a daughter 1). I worked as an
engineer for 12 years but I didnt really like it... took me a
while to sus this out tho'.... went back to college and did an
IT degree and became a teacher...... those who can do, those who
can't etc..... currently struggling with finding out who I am
... considering a VSO contract in Asia or Africa, to "find
Anyone who remembers me
feel free to drop me a line, I am actually that sad that I would
be pleased to hear from people I never bothered to stay in
contact with. C'ya, Matt.
2005 Now Principal Technical
Officer, School of Life Sciences, Faculty of Health and Human
Sciences, University of Hertfordshire
Allan LOWE : message 6.10.00 :
What a great Web Site. It was wonderful to see that the
site gives opportunity for those of us that were students at
Therfield to give just a few of our recollections and memories.
Caroline [Editor: see Caroline Downer, 1988]
and I left Therfield in 1988 and 1987 respectively. On leaving,
I went to St Luke's College Exeter University where I graduated
with a degree in Physical Education.
However, I did not go into teaching and joined Sussex police in
1991, where I am now Inspector carrying out the role of Sector
Commander, looking after the operational policing in the town of
Worthing on the South Coast.
Caroline is currently Executive Assistant for the Chief
Executive of Worthing Borough Council. In addition, she is
training to become a Drama Teacher through LAMDA (London Academy
of Music and Dramatic Art). She is doing her teaching practice
at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom.
It seems a long time since we were both at Therfield and both
have very happy memories. I spent all of my Secondary Education
years at the school, whereas Caroline joined in Sixth Form where
we met. We were married in 1992.
My memories of Therfield: I was very keen on sport in
my younger years and have great recollections of the amount of
time we spent playing different sports, being encouraged by
teachers including Steve Hill, Dave Mitchell
and others. Basketball, football, rugby, you name it we did it.
The laugh we had in sixth form, the parties at the Riverside
Club and Leatherhead Football Club are memories of my schooldays
which I won't forget.
Some names I can remember include Dave Lee, James New,
Nicky Attwood, Stuart Atkinson, Amanda Jones, Owen Morgen,
Roger Bartholemew and of course good old Faz!
I won't bore you with more! I haven't seen many of my old school
friends since I left and if anyone reading this would like to
get in touch, then that would be great.
All the best to anyone
reading this. Love to visit the school again one day!
BAKER : message 9.12.01 : contact: alisonmaryanneATyahoo.co.uk
I heard about the site via my father who told me of the sad
departure of Mr Pratt. He was a
brilliant muscian and teacher. He gave so much to
Therfield. I took part in many musicals whilst I was
there. The most memorable for me was Grease. The
Swing Band and Orchestra and brilliant productions were made
even more fantanstic by Mr Pratt. I do hope he feels well
When I was a pupil there were a number of teachers who said that
all I would end up doing was working at Sainsburys. I am very
pleased to say to all those who thought that - you were all
wrong. I am a well established Staff Nurse at the Royal Marsden,
I have have fond memories of Mrs Coppard - a
fantastic person and Home Economics teacher. I knew Alice
Rimmington, she was in my year. Pleased to hear the
Year Book is still going, we were the first year to do it.
DOWNER (now Lowe) : message 6.10.00 : contact: allanATlowe234.fsnet.co.uk
[see also Allan Lowe, 1987] Caroline's memories: I
joined Therfield from the Convent of the Sacred Heart (yes, a
Convent gir!) and met Allan soon after my first day of Sixth
Form. My other memories are of Mr Cummings' enthusiastic
and excitable lessons on the Russian Revolution, Mr
Dumont's interesting (?) lessons about John Milton
and French classes with Madame Pass and Madamoiselle
Other exciting activities included parties (lots of them!), loud
music in the common room, teabags launched from the extractor
fans in the kitchen and those summer exams!
And by the way, I forgot to mention there is now a further
addition to our family, our son James who is now 18 months old.
Won't be long before he's thinking about starting his school
JESSEY: message 25 Jul 2006: in Pennsylvania: simonATjessey.net
I was a student at Therfield between 1982 and 1988. I am sorry
to say that I don't have any memorabilia left over from my time
at the school, but I still have fond memories. I am happy to be
contacted by other alumni.
PANG : message 24.11.00 : contact: kamwingpangAThotmail.com
Main memories of Therfield: The first year was
memorable, as I was one of the two people in the school moved
from the blue band to the red band classes. I heard from my
younger brother and sister that even after I left the school,
one of the sociology teachers kept on talking about it!
Sixth Form was a good couple of years. Our physics class was one
of the best I took. The teacher ... Mr Jones,
I believe he was Welsh ... or maybe that has something to do
with his red hair and beard? He taught me Science during my
first few years as well, and I remember also going on a school
trip with him to the Natural History Museum in London. He was a
very good teacher. He took the whole class on a canal boat trip
in Oxfordshire; he was well humoured and I still have "trophies"
from Oxford town and pictures to prove it. I distinctly remember
someone putting a shopping trolley up a tree!
I took Religious Studies for my O and A levels - this was
strange as I was the only male in the class other than the
teacher. Made for good discussions though!
A few other teachers from the past:
Mrs Higham she was a a very good (temporary)
teacher who taught us A/O Maths in the sixth form. Her method of
instruction was easy to understand and made the work look easy.
A high percentage of the class including me got As in the exam.
Ms. Mercier (sp?), a French teacher who went on
the canal trip with us.
Mr. Everington who would give out punishments
and also praise for getting those little yellow certificates
(merit awards) for outstanding achievements
Mr. Sharman I think he taught history? He was
one of the teachers who helped us start the Karate club. Lost
touch with him, if anyone has a contact email that would be
I helped organised the first Karate club at the school and even
did a demo on an open day, breaking boards all over the place!
What I am doing now: Went to the University of Kent at
Canterbury for 6 years doing my Bachelor and Masters degrees in
Computer Engineering. Spent a year of that in Germany studying
the same thing but in German. I was there for the reunification,
which meant lots of beer!
After University I worked for Data Sciences/IBM for nearly 3
years and then went to work for a charity organisation called Volunteer
Service Overseas as a computer lecturer in the University
of Ningxia, one of the poorest provinces in China. Whilst in
China, I witnessed the Hong Kong handover and the big
celebration by the local people, although many of them would
have little opportunity to go to Hong Kong. China was a good
experience and I left there with a better view of the world and
losing the prejudices that I had.
In 1998 I moved to Hong Kong and worked as a consultant for a
German Telecom company called LHS (now SEMA Group) as a
consultant for billing systems. This job took me to places like
Taiwan and Malaysia on a regular commute. Flying becomes very
tiring after a while!
I left the company after a few years and joined a start-up
company in Singapore called First-e Internet Bank which
originated in Dublin. Now working as a developer getting mixed
up in all things object like Java, JSP, EJB, CORBA etc, plus a
dash of Oracle databases!
Achieved by 2nd Dan black belt in Karate and have been training
all over the world!
It's quite amazing the memories that flood back. I was back in
Leatherhead in September last year, but didn't have time to have
a look at the school. I'm pretty sure a lot of things have
changes since I was there.
I hope more and more ex-Therfield students get to hear about
this site as it's a great opportunity to re-establish old
1988 (the year
I would have taken GCSEs) Billie PONSFORD : message 1
April 2002 : contact: billie_1971AThotmail.com
I would have been in the year that took GCSE exams in 1988.
Unfortunately I moved to Norfolk with my family after only one
(brilliant and very memorable) term. Leaving old friends from
Ashtead and new friends made at Therfield was tough!
I particularly remember Mrs Bannerjee (not
sure of spelling) who took us for English ... instilling an even
greater love of Literature! I also remember being slapped on the
thigh by a PE mistress because I couldn't do a handstand!
Grease the musical - I was only in the chorus but how
exciting - far too shy to do an audition for anything else!
I am still in touch with Catherine Gee
and Ruth Karry and we are promising to meet up
this year. We had a very pretty teacher for History I
think, who was organising a trip to Russia which I sadly missed
as I moved away from the area. I remember her taking the lead
role in a pantomime that the staff put on for the pupils at
Christmas! All the boys in the class had a huge crush!! This
same teacher was married, but used "Ms" not Mrs, I always
wondered why her keeping her "identity" was important, but now I
have grown up I realise why. An early bit of Girl Power!
I also remember in Physics using a piece of equipment that
made your hair stand on end. Katherine Roberts
certainly made us laugh that day!
I have not yet married, and am back at college at present. I am
taking exams in Holistic Therapies this summer, after which I am
going to be self employed. Previously I have worked in Hostels
for the Homeless, managed retail outlets, sold timeshare (!!),
and worked in the US and Italy. It would be great to hear
from anyone who was in my classes.
RIMINGTON : message 12.7.01 : contact: waldo71ATlineone.net
I discovered this website from my sister Anna
who was 3 years above me at the great educational establishment
that is Therfield!
I left Therfield following my GCSEs and went to Esher College
(also known as Esher social club) where my diary was thicker
than my subject files! Having scraped a couple of A levels I
moved to Brighton to do my nursing training. Since
qualifying I have worked in Nepal, India and Australia
and also spent a year travelling.
What and who do I remember? : drama lessons in the
upper hall with Miss Hodgkinson, Mr
'Daddy' Cox, Mrs Dallas and The
Streets Of London. Poor Mrs Calvert who
had to bear me for maths, and of course the fury of Mr
Everett! I currently work with Kathy
Steward (née McClean) who keeps me updated on
some of you (you know who you are).
Some of the others lost in the midst of time are : Natalie
Lunn (you were great), Rachael Mills,
Martin Ranger, Nicholas Gardener,
Rachel Osmond, Avril Glaysher
(where are you?), Mary Denyer, to name but a
few. I still have contact with Caroline Allen
and was her bridesmaid 2 years ago. I get regular updates on the
Anscombe family as my cousin married Paul.
Now: I am a Sister in The Accident and Emergency
Department in Brighton and am best friends with Zoë and Mr
Slim! All that is left to say is I will never be able to
look at Bottle Green in the same light!