Are you an alumni making a first time visit to this site?
Its extraordinary that an institution with the footprint of Hurst Court can almost disappear without trace. This web site may fill the space a little. Ed.
Any information regarding HC, alumni, pictures, recollections, or anything else, welcome.
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Please use "Contact" button (RHS white bar below) and provide some basic details for alumni records such as name, year of entry and leaving Hurst Court and a an email address. If you do not have an email address please provide a postal address and postcode. Thanks Editor
* The school was opened on February 23rd, 1864 as The College Ore. Note in Record 63/4.
Did anyone photograph the Honours Boards in Big School?
If not what a tragedy! JM
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DENIS MATHER Report 1942 - from Wrekin
- see Pupils/Reports! Any others welcome!
Possible alumni reunion : if you would be interested please email editor see Contact button below. No dates in mind at the moment (Summer '22)
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Richard Curtis MA - a personal
I wouldn't obviously be a fan of Richard Curtis, headmaster! I think I was beaten once or twice a year, sometimes for trivial matters (talking after lights out! Today it would be child abuse!)
But, with my experience of business and small business (and hindsight and wisdom?!) I admire that he kept the school going and so successfully over many years.
As a graduate 'ologist' I wonder whether the loss of one eye motivated him not to let life get the better of him. I also wonder from where he got the life skills to choose good and loyal staff and squeeze the best out of a community of children with very mixed abilities. RIP (JM)
1863- Dr Thomas Reed
1870s - Martin Read
c1900 Lloyd Griffiths
1933-1964 Richard Curtis (wife-Mollie, daughter-Jessee, son ? Richard) (master from 1917)
1964-1968 Basil Graham Hepworth Thwaites (wife) Sheila, daughter Naomi Son Graham)
TEACHERS & SUPPORT
Karl Gougnogel - French/German
Rev H.C.L. Tindall - Maths
C. M Glover - (Classics)
Bowne - Classics
Close - Gym and Music
Sinclair Robson (FSHR)(Music, Art)(d.'1971)
John Farrar (History, English)(d.2002)
Mavis Gopp (Mrs Farrar)(Form 1)(d.2021)
Peter Eastwood (Maths)
Richard Marshall (Classics)
Winifred Wardlaw (French)
William(Bill) S. Yates (Geography, d'64)
Mr Brown (Maths)
J. N. Griffin
Mr Balcomb (Piano/Choir)
Mr C. M. Glover (Classics)
Piers Nash Williams (66-68 Latin)
Michael Porter (English)
Miss Robertson (High Croft)
Mrs Tindall (35-55 d'55)
Miss N. M. Collins (matron)('36-53)
Miss Rosemary Spencer (matron 53-?)
Miss Ann Pendred (assist matron)
George Skilton (houseman)
Mr G. Plummer (woodwork)
Len Carpenter (houseman)
Mabel & Eunice (?) - kitchen