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South malling school history

On 16 Apr 2012 at 12:28pm malling wanderer wrote:
Just wondered if anyone on the forum attended South malling school when it opened ?
Trying to find some info on first headmaster number of pupils etc ?
Thanks in advance
On 16 Apr 2012 at 12:54pm HelpfulHanna wrote:
which South Malling School ? The School at the top of Church Lane or the one which WAS at the bottom of the hill (which is now the Petrol Station) next to (now) the Working Mens Club?
On 16 Apr 2012 at 1:30pm malling wanderer wrote:
The one at the top of the hill which I think was built in concunction with the new estate ?
On 16 Apr 2012 at 3:45pm Lord Landport wrote:
As far as i know, South Malling school was built many years before the new estate. I went to malling from 1970 - 1977 and i can remember the new estate being built circa 74/75.
Mrs Robins was the head teacher followed by Mrs Pleasants
On 16 Apr 2012 at 4:10pm me wrote:
then Mr Curtis followed by Mr Haddow
On 16 Apr 2012 at 8:21pm History buff wrote:
By "new estate" I assume that you mean old malling (not new malling). The planning information shows that the school was built in the early 1950s and the plan refers to proposed road widening and development which would have been the creation of the 'old' malling estate. I didn't realise that there was a Malling School where the Esso now stands.
The only houses shown on the plan that I can identify are Crosshaven (soon to be demolished), "Malling Villas" which became part of Malling Down / Mill Road and the flats at the bottom of Mill Road. There were three phases to the school build so maybe they grew it as they grew the estate? There was another extension in the late 1960's - maybe in preparation for the new malling estate?
It would be interesting to hear from anybody who went to the school when it opened.
On 16 Apr 2012 at 8:56pm History buff wrote:
Whoops - the flats at the bottom of Mill Road weren't actually built until the late 1950s so I guess the building shown on the plan for the new school was the old laundry.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 12:12am expat wrote:
I went to the C of E Malling School on the housing estate, in the early-mid 1960's. We used to walk down to the old school for German with Fraulein Gerder. The headmistress was Mrs. Robins and my teacher was Miss Heborn. My older brother was still down at the old school, and used to have assemblies in the hall next door (also next to the needle factory, where we used to collect needles off the ground!) The hall was also used for Brownies and Cubs. I'm pretty sure we were one of the first families to move into the bottom of Queens Road when the houses were first built around the late 50's? I may be a bit out, as my memory is fading!!!
On 17 Apr 2012 at 8:22am Malling then Malling now wrote:
I was there from 1966. Miss Beryl, Miss Sutton, Mr Tory (Lovely man) and Mr Tuit (evil man lol) are the teachers I remember.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 10:14am Lord Landport wrote:
Mrs Timlin, Mr Miller (grumpy old sod who played the piano) Mrs Farncombe. Remember Miss Sutton who was a lovely lady and Mr Tory who was a nice bloke and can certainly remember the evil Tuit !!! Happy days.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 12:02pm Peter Pan wrote:
Hi Lord Landport. I was taught by a Mr Timlin P.E.master made my life hell , bad tempered old s..d Mountfield Road 1950's any relation Also making my like a misery as well at that time was Killer Vallentine , who used to thro things at you like desks and chairs .Who said school days are the happiest days of your life never went to Mountfield Road , thats for sure ,and they never taught me how to spell
On 17 Apr 2012 at 7:30pm supporter wrote:
I went to both of the schools top and bottom as we used to call them.1958-1965 Mr Tory was there as well as Mrs Robins I also rember a Miss kitely I think her name was.
what a dump the bottom school was by the working mans club real old fashion toilets as I recall.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 11:14pm expat wrote:
I have a class photo taken around 1961. Someone tell me how to, and I'll put it up.
On 27 Apr 2012 at 12:14pm madge wrote:
Ive enjoyed reading this thread & recalling fond memories of my days at both old & new school Malling schools with my brother (born 1954 & 55). I too was there with Mrs Robins, Miss Hepborn, Miss Penny, Miss Sutton, Mr Tory & Mr Tuit. In the juniors I remember the trek up to the infants school for lunch, the iced up milk bottles defrosting by the aga in Mr Tuits class, collecting conkers from the tree in the playground & 'PE' in the hall next door. Oh happy days :0)
On 1 Mar 2015 at 10:37pm Lyn E wrote:
I went to the top Malling School in 1957/8 and then down to the old Victorian School until 1962 when we moved.. It was very quaint I have fond memories of it.
On 26 Jul 2016 at 9:33am rod light wrote:
i went to malling school in about 1954.iremember miss robins who had taught my father john light there before me(a horrible little boy she said) i remember miss sutton mr deeprose i think that was his name and another male teacher plus a trainee teacher i think was called miss bardon or barton i know a had a big crush on heri i remember sitting round a pot bellied stove with our coats and gloves on doing our lessons in mr deeproses class in the winter
On 1 Apr 2017 at 5:45pm Roger Cartwright wrote:
I too went to Malling School, the old one, in the early 1950s. I think I must have been a contemporary of Rod Light. I also remember Mr. Deeprose. I think it had two years in each class and we used the hall next door fro recreation, as well as a hard surface playground at the rear of the school. My other memory is the unpleasant outside toilets! The new school was built when I was there and I think the younger children went there.
On 13 Jul 2017 at 11:30am Howard Rutherford wrote:
I too was at the original Malling School, The staff were: Mr Deeprose, (Headmaster), Mr Fisher, Miss Robins (Head Mistress), I remember Miss Barton as well. One Heater in the front entrance for us to get warm, and for warming our coats...!
A warm sunny day, I went into a dream in Mr Deeprose's class.....he woke me with 'what do you think Howard'...still partly in a dream I stood up and said "I agree with you Dad' !!! I also hated the toilets.....and the 'Nit Nurse' in the School Hall next door.
Happy days....best wishes to all, including Sylvia Fuller, Lucy Capon, Johnny Light, Eddie Grey, and Nicholas Butchers!!
On 25 Oct 2019 at 6:41pm Alan.S wrote:
Rod ( Roderick ) Light. Rod if you read this I do remember you also Bill Johnson, Graham Wicks, Peter Cramer and Penny Goldsmith, Penny's dad and my dad worked at the Cement Works. My mum worked at the Needle Factory during WW2. Left Lewes 1969 for my work and have only visited since.

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