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The Maltonian - Volume 10. Issues 115 - 114
January 1961 - September 1965

General notes. Magazines continue to be produced twice a year in 1961, but then only annually from 1962, in July. As a result the magazines are thicker, around 120 pages or more. They also include a number of adverts - as the early magazines used to do. Mr Lloyd has taken over as editor, and has an editorial committee, announced at the beginning each issue. The individual copies have been bound together with their blue covers in this volume.

No. 115 January 1961 95 pages.

The first page lists school officials - Head Boy and Girl (Chris Clifford and Heather Watson), Prefects, Sub-prefects, House captains, Games captains, Societies secretaries and treasurers.

The editorial discusses suggestions that Sixth Formers should study two rather than three subjects, and increase their time spent on general knowledge. An informed discussion and presentation of various points of view.

Staff news: A whole page tribute to Beatrice Goldberg, who had died after a long illness in August 1960. The Beatrice Goldberg Maths prize was created in her memory. A photo is included. Miss Kathleen Dawson has arrived, as has Mr Philip Mason. Mr Rolls becomes senior master and Miss Simpson Senior Mistress.

Sport: full reports on all the competitions and Sports Day are included, together with results.

Societies: the sixth form continued to debate issues such as a United States of Europe, and Blood sports. The Dramatic Society had produced Androcles and the Lion, and a photo is included, together with a cast list.

The Chess club is thriving (a photo is included), the Photographic society progresses under Mr Bratt, a small Guide company had an enjoyable year (10 attended a camp at Ravenswick near Kirkbymoorside). A music society has met fortnightly to listen to music on records.

Excursions: Mary Witty and Elizabeth Hanson report on a field trip to Wales (a photo on the summit of Snowdon is included). Form IV had a coach tour of the Yorkshire Dales with Mrs Williams. The Field Club went to Filey, and to Castle Howard lake. Rosemary Taylor (2A) reports on her holiday in France

About the School: Library notes are included in this new section. A careers section has been added. Most of the lights in the study booths are not working. Gifts of books continue to come in - for a number of years now departing students have given a book to the library. The tuck shop took £78 6s 0d so far, pupils having consumed 2331 packets of crisps and 7460 biscuits. Three more school dances were popular.

Uniform changes are noted: new school scarves are available in the same colours as the new school tie - broad pale blue stripes, bordered on one side by white, red and yellow stripes, on a navy blue background. Senior girls may wear V neck sweaters instead of cardigans. Fourth form girls may wear skirts instead of tunics. Pale blue socks may be worn instead of grey ankle socks. And only boys below form four need wear caps.

The school had had a general inspection in November. The gardens under Mr Calam are looking brighter. Scripture and German have been introduced as A level subjects, giving students 13 subjects to choose from. A six day timetable began in September, with 7 periods instead of 8, to allow more subjects to be taken by Fourth and Fifth forms. (The days 1 to 6 rotate through the year)

Features: a survey of homework, pocket money, employment, reading and television had taken place. Pocket money from 6d to 17s 6d per week! 50 pupils take paid employment, farming and paper rounds the most popular. TV watching - 17 hours on average for form 2B, U6th only 4 hours per week. Only 19 pupils in the school do not have regular access to TV. Stamp collecting was top of the hobbies list (173 pupils), gardening surprisingly accounts for 117; listening to records occupies 119 pupils. 158 pupils attend a place of worship 2 or more times a month. 47 pupils attend the cinema, on average, once a week. 43 play a musical instrument.

There is some instruction on Lake Pickering by the Geography section of the field studies club. Howard Fox, now an OM, writes about the early days of MGS.

Correspondence includes the now customary angry pens, on subjects varying from the porch joining the old school and extensions, girls having to wear hats, homework, the parents guild, assembly (can chairs be provided), the military regime in school which insists on silence in corridors and single file, compulsory Latin, punishments, the state of the new buildings.

Poetry and prose as always. Parents Guild. OMA notes include a tribute to Margaret Douthett, who taught at MGS 1911-35. Also to Thomas Curzon (1911-14), who went on to become Head master at West Leeds High School. Davina Kirk writes from the Women's Royal Navy, Freda Fryer reminiscences of 1920-1926, and Vic Wilson writes as Captain of Yorkshire, and Michael Parke writes on Lion Shooting.

No.116 July 1961

The 5th edition under the new editorial management. Another image-laden editorial, almost poetic, describing the end of term sports activities and sense of release following the GCE exams. The magazine is attempting to cater for all tastes. A disappointing response from the OM section is noted - surprising perhaps?

The daughter of Sir William Worsley (Chair of Governors), Katherine, was married to HRH the Duke of Kent. A one-page write-up was included. 20 Malton pupils were invited to stand in the Riding School at the entrance to Hovingham Hall

One innovation this year is 12+ transfer from MCM (an experiment).3 pupils are to transfer. Another is the new summer dresses for the girls.

OM Terry Dyson had headed the second goal for Tottenham Hotspur in the cup final, giving them the double.

Sports activity is well-documented, including a basketball report and a cross country report, with a photo of the inter-house competition.

The sixth form society has been ill-attended, and has virtually folded. The 10 members of the photographic society continue. The Dramatic Society had produced Murder in the Cathedral, and a cast list and photo is included. Guide notes are brief. Chess club has had a successful season. The field club continues, chairman Brian Durno.

Excursions - the Lake District (Mary Witty reports); Paris in Spring - 5 VI L girls (Rosamund Downey);

6 dances had been held. The changes in customs were noted - quieter, the Military Two-step, Gay Gordons, Cokey Cokey have been replaced by quick-steps almost all the time.

A photo of the library is included, along with the usual update.

The tuck shop sold 3684 packets of crisps, and around 13057 biscuits.

Brian Newcombe notes a mural discovered in Rillington church. Josue Philippe gives his impressions of MGS. A symposium had been held on the amount of time potential university students should spend on academic study and on wider reading. The correspondence was as irate as ever, protesting generally about most things, though the new girls summer uniform was welcomed.

8 pages of verse are included. A new section on careers starts - with a write-up of training college life by Judith Westmoreland. There is an interview with Terry Dyson about life as a professional footballer. There is no OM section.

No.117 July 1962

Note a whole year has passed since the last edition. John White and Mary Witty are announced as Head Boy and Girl, along with a list of prefects, Sub-prefects, House Captains, Games Captains, Societies Chairmen and secretaries. Antony Kirby is sub-editor of the Magazine, and JW (Jill Waddington?) the editor.

A commentary notes "the continuing expansion of our activities outside the classroom", and "the success ... in ... sport". A revival in musical activity is welcomed, with two choirs and the orchestra reformed. A list of choir and orchestra members is included in the issue. Elizabeth Barker became the first MGS girl to be awarded a state scholarship, though "elsewhere, with the exception of Heather Watson, it was not a good year at A level, and candidates were few in number". 2 transfers from private and Modern were welcomed into the sixth form, and 3 into the second form by "private transfer" ar 12+, with 6 transferring as a result of 13+ exams. Two way traffic however - a handful leaving "whom we feel would be better catered for elsewhere".

The timetable changes once again , the first appearance of a ten-day timetable replacing last year's six-day cycle.

Headmaster's notes wish Mr Williams well, the former Head having been seriously ill in October 1961.

The first two-form entry of 1958 is about to move to the Fifth in the coming year - Mr Taylor anticipates numbers rising eventually to 320.

Miss K M Dawson departs for Beverley Longcroft school, and Mr Lumb leaves, with a tribute to a member of staff who clearly made an impression in his four-year stay. Miss Marion Clarke arrives and Mr Royston Bower arrive as replacements. Miss Gillian Blake is about to arrive as music teacher, as is Mr David Pay for PE and Games, as Mr Martindale steps down from this responsibility to concentrate on the Woodwork.

There are fifteen pages of comprehensive sports reports and results. Chris Clifford won the Victor Ludorem for the third year running, Elizabeth Crowther Victrex for the second.

Chess club continues to thrive, winning the York and District 2nd division title. The league was a general league, not restricted to schools, with teams such as Wondering Woodpushers, alongside Armstrong's, Rowntree's, St John's College and others. The dramatic society performed The Tempest and Lady Precious Stream - cast lists are available in the drama section. Field Club, Photographic Society, Sixth Form Society continue to run. The latter debated "this house would advise its teachers to strike" (carried), and "this house is in favour of unilateral nuclear disarmament" (defeated).

Excursions visited London in Summer 1961 - about 30 3rd and 4th formers, with Mr Greaves and Miss Simpson. Paul Carr reports on a French exchange. Elizabeth Crowther on a Wrea head French course, Margaret Penistan on a geography course at the same venue.

School dances numbered five in the year - the tape recorder making this easier to stage, and the arrival of "the twist" being popular with all, "in particular Mr Martindale".

The school gardens are noted as a most attractive feature, due to the care of Mr Calem.

There are notes on rooms, their use and their popularity. There are Staff Room notes as well, including a list of staff cars. Mr Lloyd - a Standard 10 (previous owner Mr Lawley, who now has a Volkswagen), Mr Lumb a Sunbeam, having sold his Hillman sports car to Lund of 4A, Mr Dowding a Humber Snipe.

Antony Kirby has an article on The University of York published, - in recognition of its opening, and the anticipated arrival of undergraduates in 1963. A plan of action is listed: Sept 63, work on the lake to begin; Sept 65 the first two colleges to be built; by 67, three more colleges; 69, living accommodation for 1600 undergraduates; 73, undergaduates to 2550.

3A contribute thoughts on "my ideal school". There is an essay on advertising, some "face to face" interviews, a report on Maltonian Art, an article on Euthanasia, some "Trying Experiences" (Learning to drive - Edward Hornsey, being a sound effects controller - Peter Jaram, Green fingers - Nancy James, Changing Schools - Ann Lawty, Michael Bowes, Kerry Rolls.

There are 8 pages of correspondence, some very forthright, on a wide range of issues.

The AGM of the Old Maltonians had taken place, but with poor attendance - general apathy; the annual reunion dance at Bowers restaurant was also down on numbers, though still in excess of 100. There 18 pages of updates on Old Maltonian contacts.

No. 118 July 1963

An index to the 126 pages is provided for the first time for some years.

Head Boy and Girl for the year were Antony Kirby and Elizabeth Crowther.

Valete is expanded beyond the list of who departed, to include their destinations. A list of exam results is included.

Headmaster's notes comments on the long spell of snow and frost, virtually wiping out the Spring term games programme. There is a tribute to Mrs Jeanne Fletcher, secretary, who left to move to Kettering on her husband's promotion as Youth Employment officer, a post he served the school in at Malton.

Staff notes comment on Mr Lloyd's impending departure at the end of the year - a full page tribute to his work in building up the Scripture department, chess club, taking over the magazine, involvement in trips and in the drama productions, Sixth Form Society - the list goes on. Mr Lloyd himself contributes a farewell article. He apologises for limited activity, caused by the recent illness of his wife. He apologises for not finishing the task he set himself to catalogue and record all Old Maltonians.

Speech Day hosted Lord James of Rusholme, former Headmaster of Manchester Grammar School, newly appointed chancellor of York University. The school presented a cheque for 100 guineas towards the university appeal fund. A prize list is included.

The now customary comprehensive sports reports and results are featured. Derek Stearman and E Crowther won the Victor and Victrex Ludorem in 1962. The under-16 basketball team won the Easingwold tournament.

The Chess report also expanded to a couple of pages, with full descriptions of progress and results. The Dramatic Society produced "a hilarious comedy" - The Birds - in the summer of 1962, and a one-act play "The Apple Tree". Intended as outdoor productions, bad weather forced them indoors. Christmas 1962 saw a large cast involved in Macbeth. The 1963 summer production of Midsummer Night's Dream was abandoned owing to Mr Lloyd's wife's illness. The Field Club made two outings to Flamborough Head and a hike from Staindale to Goathland. Music activity was growing with the new arrival of Miss Blake. The PE Club and The Dressmaking Club were newly formed, the latter discussing the merits of "the shift" versus "the sack", and "baby doll" versus "shorties". The Sixth Form Society celebrated a win in a General Knowledge quiz over the staff. They debated "This house considers the monarchy out-dated" (defeated by 18-17). They heard a lecture on Why Britain Should not join the common market. A debate "Money spent on space research could be better spent elsewhere" (carried 17-5). A debate "the present conservative government has outlived its usefulness" (carried 12-2)and "it is a major blunder to give African states their independence too quickly" (carried 10-8).

The Lille-Yorkshire exchange took place in Summer 1962 as usual, with six pupils taking part. A report by Margaret Metcalfe is included.

Three French films had been shown. A trip to Henry V at York, and to Scarborough for the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra, to The Tempest at The Grand, Leeds, Twelfth Night at Scarborough Boys High School ("very new and modern with a Swedish looking hall"), a trip to Inglebrough, a West Yorkshire Tour, a Science exhibition at St Peters', York, and an architecture trip to Hovingham Hall and Gilling Castle, Rievaulx Terrace and temples, and a Methodist Youth Conference in Whitby.

 

No. 118 July 1963 continued ...

Six dances and two Christmas parties had been held. Will there be a school dance band next year?

The Sixth Form had written a letter to the Yorkshire Post about the Cuban missile crisis, which had received quite wide national coverage.

The results on a General Knowledge Paper in October are printed for some reason: A Kirby coming top with 77%; followed by some amusing answers to questions.

There are Dining room Notes - describing the surroundings and habits, as well as menus. Mr Pay's interest in chips is commented on.

Staff Room notes return again to cars: The Head has an Austin Cambridge, Mr Rolls a Vauxhall Victor Super, Miss Simpson a Triumph Herald, Miss Blake an unknown design, Mr Bower's a Volkswagen, and Mr Pay a Bubble car.

Face to Face confronts "an Arts student" for an in depth interview.

Nicknames are studied, and listed, in depth, for the students - the staff are not mentioned.

There is a report on the excavations at Wharram Percy, by Michael McGuire and Anthony Hare. They give very interesting and detailed commentary on what has been happening at the dig site.

An article on university entrance suggests this is becoming more difficult.

There are 3 book reviews - A Basic Course in Art, (by Mr Lawley), A History of Malton and Norton (N A Hudleston), The Endowed Grammar Schools of East Yorkshire (John Lawson). The Basic Course in Art is still in the school archive, and contains many pictures of artwork by students of the school. They are referred to as "Girl, age 14" or "Boy, age 13", but often you can pick out the signature on the work and identify the artist as a result. One day I will scan some onto the website. John Lawson's book is also still in our possession, as is Nigel Hudleston's book.

Verse contributions return - The Opic of Plink, The MGS Alphabet, the staff hit parade.

4 pages of correspondence, including a very forthright condemnation of the magazine:
I think the school magazine is a waste of time, money and effort. I also think it outrageous that so much of the contents have to come from 4A (excluding me) most of whom could no doubt find something more useful to do. Apart from being a waste of time, money, and effort, it is uninteresting and makes very boring reading. This largely because it is like a history book and goes into the lives, wives and occupations of those who left school during the Crimean War. It also provides a rather boring list of the achievements of our sports teams - to none of which I belong. The best place for the school magazine is the dust-bin and that is usually where it ends up.
P Whitwell 4A (a very angry young man).

A very quiet year for the Parents Guild.

And finally the usual pages on Old Maltonians news.

No.119 September 1964

A new editor - Mr E R Lucas - and a new publication date of the start of term. It is noted that this limited the potential to use the magazine as an autograph collecting vehicle - many old copies we have had donated are covered with signatures of pupils and staff.

A tribute to Patrick Miles Youdan following his untimely death, is included. Patrick was crippled by a boyhood accident, yet made a significant contribution to and impression on the school and its life - indeed his name had appeared in many previous articles in the Maltonian. He had been accepted to read History at York University.

Exam results and Valete/Salvete appear in detail once again, and of course they appear for two years (1963 and 1964) given the change in publication date.

The Headmaster's notes touch strongly on a contentious issue: the number of students passing the 11-plus and being admitted to Grammar School education in the area was worrying well below the average for England and Wales of 20% - in 1962 it was 14% (26 pupils out of the 143 in the year group), and in 1963 it was only 9% (13 out of an age group of 141). There is an inevitable underlying suggestion that the primary sector is failing some children - though it is not stated explicitly in this article. The issue was discussed at various levels, including with NREC. Low enrolment was, of course, going to have an impact for the coming years, and prevent the school ever reaching its projected target number of 320.

Staff notes mark the departure of Mr Lesley Lawley, Head of Art, to a lectureship at Gloucester Training College. In lieu of a farewell comment, he writes an article on open air art (mainly sculpture). The tribute notes Mr Lawley's authorship of a book "A Basic Course in Art", a copy of which he donated to the school and we still hold in the archive. The book has a number of illustrations of art-work by students at the school. Mr Geoff Makins arrived from Prince Henry's, Otley. Miss Pauline Thackrah came and went in the year (PE). Brenda Holmes, lab assistant and former pupil, left to be married. The tribute notes her prowess in a staff v. juniors cricket match.

Speech Day had seen Mrs Wightman, former Lady Lord Mayor of York, who spoke about women's position on an equal footing with men.

A News In Brief roundup notes a few headlines - Miss Thackrah and Mr Wellard's recovery following a motor cycle crash, Mr Pay's recovery following an operation, the appearance of Malton School in Yorkshire Life, the Head's Silver Wedding.

25 pages of sports results and reports are included - the necessity to report on two seasons for some sports given the September publishing. Badminton is reported under Societies rather than sport, along with Chess Club and the Dramatic Society, which had put on Our Town as a traditional production, and the Night of Form 3 Plays, more experimental on a small stage built by Mr Dowding in Room 8. No cast lists to report. A relatively inactive year for the Field Club. The Sixth Form society had welcomed Mr Marcus Worsley, MP for Keighley, to talk about the Denning report. They debated "A Woman's place is the home" with a Lady Lumley's invited group - heavily defeated. Music activity continued to flourish, though a predominance of females in the Choir, and absence of males, is noted. A Jazz Band had been formed in Autumn 1963 - the "Beatle Crushers". The Annual Art exhibition is noted - held every year on Sports Day, together with a full report on Art activity by Helen Smith (LVIth). A Rotary Club Public speaking competition had been held. Willoughby won.

Mr Martindale offers some amusing Staff notes, including the sale of Mr Pay's bubble car. The Prefects chip in with their notes as well.

Six school dances plus two Christmas parties, though waning interest is noted - two verging on being cancelled. The world premiere of The Beatle Crushers (see below for members) took place at the December Junior Party, to an overwhelming ovation. The "shake" was overtaking the twist in popularity, and at the February dance Mr Taylor stepped in with some music when the record player failed. Scarbourough Band "The Methods" appeared at the July 1964 dance.

Lectures, Excursions, Concerts and Conferences are all reported: Malaysia, 3 Geography films, White Rose Singers, Military Band, Paris, 6th Form geographers to Malham, Music at Wrea Head, Exhibition concert at Ampleforth, and "other school outings".

A couple of verses appear, and some humourous "sayings of the week" from the exam papers, all guaranteed genuine. Some prose "The Lean Years by Mary Bayfield (2a), A Description of York Minster and accompanying lino-cut , ditto for Castle Howard, 3 pages on Defoe in Yorkshire (A Kirby), My Views on Witchcraft (Roger Waddington), Rush Bearing, "Glider Lands on School Field", 3A Traffic Survey of Malton, the 11th World Jamboree in Greece, part-time employment. An article called "the teenage problem" - prompted by the Mods and Rockers violence at seaside resorts - questioned whether there was there enough to do in Malton, Mr Hanson contributed suggesting a Community Centre be built, with organisers who were "definitely not school-teachers".

A second very interesting article follows, by Lal Qila, Norton, on "Malton School and the Eleven Plus". This subject had been the subject of much press coverage. 18% of school places were made available in Grammar Schools in North Riding, yet in Malton only 14%, and latterly 8.3%, were being taken up (because the 11-plus was not being passed by more). As a result MGS, which had been extended to cater for two-form entry with an overall population of 320, was not full, whilst MCM was overcrowded. A second letter from A S Hare suggests that places should be filled regardless of whether the exam is passed, and a third from George Hanson, clarifies some of the facts about the County Modern. The school was designed for a 3-form entry, to hold a population of 480, though during its "occupation" by juniors there were over 500 children in the school. At the time there were "2 'A' classes with 40, and 2 of 39, while the rest are in the lower 30's and some in the 20's/ This is a deliberate policy of the school to enable the less able children to be taught in smaller groups." Robin Turton, MP, writes from the House of Commons, who is discussing the matter with the Secretary of State (Quentin Hogg).

The Parents Guild are raising money to purchase a new piano. They had listened to Mr Bonas, a Scarborough Headmaster, who spoke to them about the aims and objectives of a "vast new national project"- the Certificate of Secondary Education.

The usual notes on Old Maltonians follow - 16 pages - including two longer articles. The first is a "Letter From Australia" from Joan and Barrie Jackson, the second "Impressions of South Africa" from Penny Howarth.

No. 120 September 1965

A new front cover makes its appearance - more decorative, though still the traditional dark blue on light blue.

The editorial questions the purpose of a school magazine. It wisely notes the object of producing a record of activities - "not only for the present readers, but also for future generations of pupils". It also serves as a platform to publish quality writing, and it enables all sections of the school to keep in touch with the others' activities.

The year had begun well with good exam results at O level, and some distinguished performances at A level. The two week timetable remains. Mr Makins has arrived, as has Mademoiselle Descamps, a French Assistante. The school is now sharing sports facilities with MCM, and Mr Dowding, aided by a number of students, completed the cricket pavilion on top of the changing rooms.

A tribute to Mr Thomas Arthur Williams, simply headed "T.A.W.", is included following his death in this year. It is written by Mr Barty, who had known him since 1919 and worked alongside him until his retirement in 1953. A second tribute is included to Simon Reed, a student tragically killed in a car crash.

A History of Malton School is published, written by D J Lloyd, and is on sale for "the very modest price of 6/-". The full text is on the website.

26 pages of sports reports and results are included. On one them a photo by Michael Sanderson appears, of David Evans clearing 5 foot 6 inches in the high jump to set a new record with Alan Hughes. On Sports day Willoughby won the trophy (breaking Fitzwilliam's monopoly) and Geoffrey Foster was Victor Ludorem, Penelope Garbutt Victrix for the second year. Table tennis is noted as a rapidly growing sport with great enthusiasm for it being shown. Paul Carr was Senior Boys champion, Susan Corner Senior Girls champion.

The Sixth Form Society debated "the moon to be made of green cheese" (voted 16-14 in favour), "ITV is acting against the public interest" - a comment on the number of adventure fiction series - (31-24 in favour). A Sixth Form Challenge at Pickering saw Malton the victors, narrowly beating Scarborough Boys High.

The end of term concert review includes a list of the Beatle Crushers:

  • Trombone: Mr R E Bower
  • Clarinet: Mr H Whiteley, John Dobson
  • Trumpet: David Greaves
  • Double Bass: Mr D Pay
  • Piano: Mr B Greaves
  • Drums: David Evans
  • Guitar: Alfred North

Outings and visits include York Minster, Pickering and Helmsley castles, Robin Hood's Bay, City of York, Whitby, around Ryedale, London, Bretton Hall York Theatre Royal (to see The Rivals), St John's College (to see Murder in the Cathedral), and York University to see an open air Richard II.

Contributions of verse and stories from Rita Ward, Janice Wigglesworth, Ralph Taylor, Caroline Reynolds, Shirley Hoggard, Ailsa Milne and Valerie Howden, ... and so many more (25 pages in total). Mademoiselle Descamps gives her impressions of MGS. She comments on the unifying role of assembly, a good library, the size of the grounds and gardens, the comfortable chairs in the staff room and tea, how easily pupils accept discipline, and "the closer relationship between staff and pupils. Teachers are at school most of the time, taking their meals there, and sitting with the children, instead of disappearing between each lesson. They play the same games and play in the same orchestra." She concludes "All this constitutes a living unit, a homogeneous group. ... What is certain is that this year at Malton Grammar School apart from all it has taught me, has been the richest experience of my life."

There is a long article on comprehensive education by D J P (Dave Pay), in which he describes the school of over 2000 pupils where he had previously taught for 4 years. The school had 60 classrooms, 3 gymnasia, 10 woodwork and metalwork rooms, two flatlets for domestic science, a photographic suite and a heated swimming pool. There were two teaching blocks (East and West!) each four stories high. The main assembly hall could seat the entire school for a twice weekly Headmaster's assembly. The advantages and disadvantages are noted - including time wasted by movement between lessons, impersonal atmosphere, limited opportunity for pupils to play in school teams (because of the greater pool of potential players). DJP comes down in favour of the Grammar School system in the end.

A survey of teenagers' beliefs and habits appears. An average of 13.5 hours TV watching per week, (2nd years 18 hours per week on average); ITV was preffered to BBC by 117 to 104; favourite TV programs were Top of the Pops (131), Ready Steady Go (36), Fugitive (31), Burke's Law (29), Bewitched (27), Coronation Street (20 - nearly all girls), Gideon's Way (19) and Z Cars (18). They listen to radio 6.7 hours per week on average. Reading averaged 4.2 fiction books per month, with girls reading more than boys. Magazines and comics such as Diana, Princess, Bunty, Judy, Victor, Valiant, Hotspur, Hurricane, were popular, as were Valentine, Boyfriend, New Musical Express and Melody Maker. 41 pupils admitted to smoking (26 boys, 15 girls). Another 15 had tried it. Drinking habits proved most interesting - cider being the most popular, along with beer and Babycham. A substantial number of pupils brewed their own, "no doubt inspired by Mr Greaves, who teaches the fine art of winemaking during Chemistry lessons. Popular home brews included cider, wine and "mock" whisky. Pupils appear to begin to drink for real in form 3. 30 boys claimed they had a steady girlfriend, and 39 girls were going steady. 164 pupils replied YES to "Do you believe in God", 32 "NO", and 35 uncommitted. Apparently this generated some passion "Yes I most certainly do", and "Do I hell", were offered by some as answers. The report closes by noting the 2nd year return whose favourite drink was "Black and Tan", and her favourite author Enid Blyton. "The thought of her sitting up in bed avidly reading about 'The Five' with a pint glass of beer at her bedside made a charming picture, we thought, on which to close."

The Parents Guild note the evening gathering of parents and staff "which is now established as a valuable means of personal communication". The format seems to have dispensed with introductions and any questions, and staff are simply "cornered" by parents from first to last - often the last being after ten o'clock. These meetings seem to have started around 1963. The Guild continues to raise money for the purchase of a grand piano.