The Surbitonian

To open any issue of ‘The Surbitonian’ with Acrobat Reader,
click on the Issue No. required 

1925 – 1929

Issue 1, 1927

1930 – 1939

Issue 41930

Issue 51931

Issue 61932

1940 – 1949

(no issues during the war years
except for 1941 –
issue not numbered )

Issue 211946

Issue 221947

1950 – 1959

Issue 36, 1955

Issue 37, 1956

Issue 38, 1957

Issue 39, 1958

Issue 40, 1959

1960 – 1965 

Issue 41, 1960

Issue 42, 1961

Issue 43, 1962

Issue 44, 1963

Issue 45, 1964

Issue 46, 1965

1966 -1973

(SCGS relocated to Thames Ditton at the end of 1965  –
the school magazine now has the title ‘Surbitonian yy’)

11 Responses to The Surbitonian

  1. Brian Jones says:

    I am donating volumes 21 to 39 to Kingston Local History Archives.
    Jill Lamb
    Heritage Team Leader
    and Borough Archivist
    Local History Room, North Kingston Centre, Richmond Road, Kingston KT2 5PE

    She is willing to cooperate with you to pdf them for your site.
    There are a few other bits and bobs, show fliers and a newspaper cutting.
    So in about 10 days I suggest you contact her.

    Jill Lamb []; on behalf of; Local History []

    Please acknowledge

  2. Hedley Stovold says:

    for Brian Jones

    Hi Brian,

    Many thanks indeed for taking the time and trouble in letting me know of your donation of Issues 21 – 39 of The Surbitonian to the Kingston Local History Archives. As you suggest I will be contacting Jill Lamb after allowing time for them to arrive in RBK to see how we can cooperate to pdf and preserve the material. I have been amazed at the responses I have had back within a week of the blog request – which when all processed will cover the 1959 – 1965 period as well. We were fortunate that some pre-WW2 issues were found on eBay – quite surprising to find there references to my father’s performance back in 1926 on the rugby and cricket field ( not that any of that prowess has come to me!). Material of any sort for the 1965-1973 period however seems in very short supply – awareness of its value seems to have yet to pass an age and nostalgia threshold.

    Again many thanks


    Hedley Stovold

  3. Eric Curtis says:

    I was at SCS for boys from 1938-1944 – earlier than other correspondents – is there anyone ‘out there’ who was there at that time?!
    A nate on the masters I remember:
    Mr Willis, the Headmaster, a kindly man. The punishment regime was based on red and black ‘entries’: red for bad behaviour, black for bad work – three of theseand you were sent to Mr Willis who, after a chat, administered the ‘wacks’ if they were red – this didn’t happen very often.
    Mr Findlay, Peputy Head, Latin, a Scot.
    Mr Roberts, in charge of the preparitory year [form I] in ‘sunny room 8’. he wrote a book: ‘A Year with Nature ‘ dedicated to us. He had been ‘bird observer’ at Hampton Cout until he left in 1943 for a school in Chester.
    Mr Dyer who provided a gramophone with two or three records to play in the shelter during air raids – the one I rememebr was ‘I’ve got sixpense’
    Mr Holdaway ‘Gramp’ a grandfatherly figure who taught geography – my favourite subject – and also looked after the gardens with the help of some of us who opted for this instead of Games on a Wednesday fternoon.
    Mr Forward the history teacher who spent much time dictating essays to us during our 5th year: they were good , politacally well balanced – especially on Ireland.
    Mr Hayward the English teacher during 5th year when we did ‘Paradise Lost’, ‘Lorna Doone’ ans ‘Merchant of Venice’ plus a four page essay each week-end.
    Mr Adams, English. He replaced a younger teacher, Mr Grimes’ who left for the War’. We thought him rather ‘common’ and called him ‘Hadams’! He insisted that we write the letter ‘p’ with an upper stroke like an ‘h’.
    Mr Cox ‘Keats’ Early year of French. He had a nasty ‘tick’; we undserstood this was the result of an car accident. His favourite phrase was ‘joke over, joke over’ if there was any laughter.
    Mr Bidmead, French. Easily distracted into talking about the War! He ran the annual Harvest Camps at Bouton-on-the-Water. A staunch Conservative, he was joined there by the Art Teacher, Mr Busby # a Communist!
    Mr Ellis: French in later years – I was terrified og him!
    Mr Rowltt: Chemistry. he frightened us with his method of discipline – speaking very quietly before building up to a rage! This in contrast to another whose name I forget, who was rather ‘weak’ and, although we were quite a ‘nice’ lot, we took advantage of him. I regret I patted him on the shoulder fron behind which startled him.
    Mr Rose: Physics. He also dispensed school uniforms.
    Mr Alright, Gym – his comments on all my reports was always either ‘Improving’ or ‘Could do better’

  4. Eric Curtis says:

    To Continue …
    The day started with ‘Assembly’: hymns and prayers followed by headmaster’s announcements with, on Mondays, an assessment of the work of each class. We assembled in rows according to our class, with the younger boys in the front.
    In class the day started with the register. If I remember correctly, for 5B, this was: Allery, Barker, Barton, Bones, Carder, Carr, Coverdale, Curtis .. on to Latham .. Osborne, Parry, Roth, Scase, Sleven, Tennant [a mental arithmetic wizard], Wilson. They included two refugees, from Belgium and Austria. Surnames were the order of the day, even among friends. Are any of these still about!

  5. Many thanks to those involved in starting and developing this website,which I’ve recently discovered. Is there anybody out there from 2c 1950-51 (Room Braemar B3, Form-master Alan Bolt)? Barlow, Barnes (yours truly), Baxter, Bowen, Curran, etc,… through to Wales, Walker, Williams – please excuse lack of forenames, in keeping with the style of those days. It would be great to hear from any of you 72-73 year-olds. I still have extraordinarily fresh memories of our 11-plus days.

  6. Frank Nowell says:

    fao Russell Barnes

    Hi Russell,
    I was in class 2c for the year indicated (see my comments under the “Activities/School Trips” heading, dated 27 Feb 2012). I have not managed to keep in contact with any former class-mates and your comments are therefore most interesting. It has jogged my memory as to some of the names of people who I had forgotten. I think Curran went elsewhere at some stage and Norman Neve appeared.
    Also, was the form master Alan Bolt? Your memory may well be better than mine, but I had a feeling the form master was Eddy Watkins. One of my earliest memories is of him with his feet up on the teacher’s desk, reading a newspaper and eating an apple – possibly on our first day at Surbiton. All this was very much a shock to the system after the protection of a formally run junior school! But it seemed a good training for life.
    I seem to remember that there were three parallel forms IIa, IIb and IIc and that we were allocated to classes according to age – IIc was the most junior (and quietest!?) intake. We sat in desks in alphabetical order. I don’t remember too much about who taught us – Harris-Ide for Latin, Lonsdale for French, Holdaway for Geography (he gave me an “entry” for not being able to distinguish between double track and single track railway lines in a homework on OS maps!).
    As explained in the earlier blog, we started off in the same class group, but from the LVI, I ended up a year or two behind.
    It would be great to being reminded of other school events of this period. Did we celebrate the Coronation in any way?

    Best wishes,


  7. Les says:

    Been absent from this admirable site through server change but now put right.
    I was in 2b at the same time Frank.
    Best regards
    Les Thacker

  8. Fao Frank Nowell>
    Hello Frank.
    Good to hear from you – I remember you very well. This is my third attempt to respond – I keep losing the brilliant paragraphs of reminiscence that I’ve typed- they’re out there in cyberspace somewhere. I’ll sign off quickly this time and try again before too long. As you can guess, my IT skills ‘need considerable improvement’ as SCGS reports used to say.
    All the best, Russell Barnes.
    PS: Alan Bolt, still alive aged 90 plus and living in Ulverston, Cumbria, was definitely our Form Master! E. Watkins took us for Maths, and I recall his teaching style from yo0ur description…

  9. dave littleproud says:

    We seem to be runing two separate blogs– prehaps you guys could look at this one which i think Hedley intended to be the main—–
    Surbiton County Grammar School – from 8/2011
    Posted on July 29, 2011
    Surbiton County Grammar School – comments from 8/2011

  10. Frank Nowell says:

    Merry Christmas! Season’s greetings and all best wishes for 2013 to all, and especially those who were at SCGS in the 1950s.

  11. David O'Brien says:

    Hi -,,David O’Brien( iat SCGS 1954-59) living in New Zealand.(50 years). I remember Bosky ( Sid Capper ) – (hilarious French lessons) and.stamping on the floor of Keats music room to the tune of The Blue Danube to annoy the hell out of Eddy Watkin’s geography class below and sabotaging Pip’s physics lessons by shorting out all the batteries.. Also had cane from Dwyer for some minor infringement.Brought back old memories looking at the old school photos. I wonder how we have all changed.Also if David Pardoe or Richard Farmiloe class mates are still around?

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