Miss "Nora" Adams
"Bonjour mes enfants, comment allez vous?
Asseyez vous." Good teacher.
Mrs "Dolly" Atherton
Taught chemistry. Had a walking stick.
Was very proud of her son who was an officer in the Royal
Navy. Not to be trifled with. Good teacher
Taught Mathematics. Wore a white summer jacket that
had definitely seen better days. Somewhat of a strange
manner but a good teacher.
Taught modern languages including Russian. I
guess the "Gerry" nickname came from his German teaching.
He was my form master for two years and was probably one of
the best teachers I had. He, apparently moved from AGS
and became a form master at Rugby School.
Chemistry and Senior Master. Thrashed me with a
slipper and a Bunsen Burner tube - I probably deserved it.
Good authority figure.
"Holy Jo" Halkins
Taught Religious Education. Can you
imaging his amazement when Baz Stepto and I signed up for O
Level Scripture? It was a one year course and we both
got a grade 9!
Taught English and was our form mistress in 2X
"Bo Bo" Lambert
No idea where the "Bo Bo" came from. He taught English
and was one of the most entertaining teachers I had.
He was inseparable from his chair leg and often sat akimbo
on top of a desk. He made English Literature come
alive for me. When my daughter went to school in
Dunstable he was there teaching English
Latin Master now living in Berkhamsted.
In the fifties and very early
sixties it was an entry requirement for Oxbridge for students to
have 'O' Level Latin or Greek. A and B streams therefore
were compelled to do Latin. I was lucky as after 1st year
Oxbridge changed the rules to accept a modern language as an
alternative to the classics. Latin
therefore declined (sic) and I think 'Ted' taught
some English as well.
Taught me History. She was able to make the
subject come alive for me and stimulated an interest that exists
even 40 years later.
apparently, our Ruth played Test Cricket for England. I
always liked her anyway, but had I known about the cricket
I did hear that she took up a job in the County
Education Authority. Something like a school inspector, but
She taught me something - can't remember what. I am
sure she married another teacher at the school.
Taught Art. Was related to Dr Barbara Moore who was
famous in the sixties for giving birth at about 60.
Took Mary Moffat and me for A Level. One of the best
things about art was that the art room was right on the
boundary of the school and it was easy to climb out of a
window and bunk off early. Fred never minded, we did
the work and he was a bit of a rebel. I loved his
lessons and despite the number of times he called me a
"Philistine" we got on well.
Taught French. His mother's name is Brés, his mother
was French, hence his eligibility to play rugby for France.
He also played regularly for Rosslyn Park. According to my
source, "he was useless as a footballer - just flattened first
years". Now I didn't know this and I am indebted to John
Calvert for the info.
Taught music. I suppose the "Doc" came from his PhD?
I avoided him but did enjoy the whole school rendition of
the Hallelujah Chorus (Handel)
Geography ( I think). She was my form mistress one
year. A gentle and refined lady, quiet but forceful.
She became senior mistress at Hemel Hempstead School and was
there when my daughter attended.
Taught PE. Really good bloke. More like one of the
lads at times. No messing about though. I was
never one of the stars at sport but got my chance to play
for the school at Rugby and Basketball. After school I
played rugby at Camelot thanks to Roy introducing me and
half the first XV to the Camelot Colts.
Hazy memories here as I think he left us not long after we
started. I think he was head of Maths.
John Gurney recalls
"An ex-naval officer. He was also head of Hatfield House to
which I was 'seconded' at an early stage ( Hatfield always
came bottom of every inter-house competition staged) and a
thoroughly nice bloke although he didn't suffer fools
I used to swim for the House and actually won a race during the
School Gala and he came and thanked me personally."
Clive "Crusty" Rutt
In the words of Pete Currell; "He
definitely taught German. He once dragged me from the games
field and announced to his class that if I could pass German
then there was hope for them!! He was a really nice bloke
who played cricket for my club Leverstock Green.
Sadly I hear that he died "on
Taught French. Tall and graceful. I got in awful
trouble with her in about the fourth form when I placed in
the vent of her classroom heater a test tube containing
ferrous sulphide and hydrochloric acid. They reacted
and Hydrogen Sulphide resulted ("bad-egg gas") The
room was uninhabitable for hours!
V J Wrigley
Headmaster. A major authority figure. He only
ever taught me once. It was a one lesson sex Education
lecture. I recall how he explained to us boys that the
human race use the fireman's hose method of reproduction.
He has and had my utmost respect even though he caned me at
Sadly died in 2001.
Mr "Jim" Winston
Glynn Lovelock recalls:
Geography - in one term
only marked girls classwork such that I came bottom of the
class in term and top in the exam ! Played 2XI cricket for
Pete Currell recalls:
economics. A good bloke who provided endless cups of
coffee in his flat in Bennetts End. Went up in our
estimation when he acquired Revolver by the Beatles. Colin
Hales has some interesting, but not entirely surprising,
information about Clive!