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The picture on the left was taken in 2005, but is identical to the school in the fifties.  The picture below was taken in the thirties  - What was added later?

Somebody kept their School Cap! click Uniform! to remind yourself of its tasteful, practical design and remember why we were called ring worms!     Life After WGS - Send me your potted biography!

Additional Aspects:  Dinners  House activities  Tuck Shop    Boys will be Boys!     Sing a longs     Harold's Radio Broadcast

                                  Old Grammarians      Distinguished WGS Boys/Staff

                                  Parents Day Programmes:  1960 Prog.   1962 Prog.

 

Curriculum:   Gt Doddington Project    Discipuli, picturam spectate    School Music   Physics      Curriculum failures  

 

Photographs:   U.VI Science 1960/61   Prefects   Avenue School: Children playing in a band Victoria School Nursery 1948   Ring Worm Cap

 

School Information:  School Calendar    School Timetable    School Rules 1955   Offer of a Place and Uniform List

     

Memories,   fun,  and   Compliments

 

Recollections 1946-1951

 

Compliments on the school below:               Mixed/negative perspectives on the school

By Nigel Richards (1966-1974)

I wondered if any reunions/events are being organised for this year. I joined the school in 1966 and left in 1974. I have just read the very short School magazine for that year after which the School became known simply as Wrenn I dont pretend to be one of its celebarated academics but it set me up for life and created my love of rugby and sport. The 1st XV that final year enjoyed great success mainly because of Mr Hyde but unfortunately not reflected in the magazine report. Although Mr Hyde was no fan of me he taught me how to play to very high standard and following injuries I coached colts at Rushden. I adopted much of what I experienced under Mr Hyde - they were very successful with 2 lads progressing to international honours. If there is anything going on this year it would be a treat to get that side together. The magazine of 1974 contains there names but those I recall without any hesitation are Rush, Barford, Desborough, Clews, Taylor, Bellamy, Mitchell, Osborne, Richards, Hey, Lutter, Austin, Flint, Mayes, Briggs. (tragically dear John Desborough is no longer with us) I still see quite a few of them and the rest I remember with enormous fondness. I will try and get us together but if you are able at least to pass this email on to Mr Hyde that is one hatchet from my past that I would be very pleased to bury. My very kindest regards Nigel Richards (hooker)

 

By Gregory Thompson (1968-1972)

I noticed a few posts from the other WGS site from old boys now living in the US.  In fact I was surprised how many expats there were – although I think that, generally speaking, expats are more nostalgic than others (absence makes the heart grow fonder).  I was somewhat unusual in that I spent the first couple of months in Wellingborough living in the Hind Hotel and then we moved to Emberton – a small villlage in Bucks (just near Olney) – but I was allowed to continue at WGS and my sister went to the High School.  My brother ended up going to the local grammar school (I think it was near Newport Pagnell) and he had a far inferior education.

 

I was only at WGS for about 4 years before we returned to Australia, but I sure benefited because I was considerably more advanced when I got back home (for years 11 and 12).  In fact, it was an argument in favor of streaming based on ability --- I guess my thoughts on education are still somewhat old fashioned (or maybe I am just disillusioned by my daughter’s experiences with the California education system)!

 

Once again, thanks for all the work on the web site!

 

1955 Entry Year:  1A's Autographs   3B's Autographs

School Music

My involvement with music started when Mr Wintersgill left (to join the BBC?) and Mrs Fisk (American 1 year exchange) finished her year. Their replacement, Mr Pfaff, started the school into violin lessons with Ronald Harding of the Northampton Violin School. We had weekly lessons in the hall with him although I soon moved from the violin to the ‘cello. Eventually we were deemed ready for public performance and at the next school concert we managed to raise an orchestra with help from staff and the High School girls. One of the first pieces we performed was Haydn’s Toy Symphony which had the audience quite literally rolling in the aisles and necessitated an encore. The orchestra performed regularly after that and I went on to have ‘cello lessons with Mr Harding at Northampton for many years even after leaving school. The upshot was that in later life I found myself again playing in a school orchestra, this time at Kimbolton School with my own children and also with Geoff Coles who played trombone. Thus an out of school activity grew into a life long hobby.   Richard Hall (1946)

The Official Wrenn School web site (When the school became comprehensive the LEA honoured    Harold, by naming the new school after him.  The original classrooms and corridors are very familiar,   the laboratories etc. still bear the plaques of the men who opened them. Understandably, though sadly, the Grammar School is not mentioned but the Wrenn school's notepaper bears a very familiar image on the right:)