If you are here because you are in George
Barker’s Directory you may skip most of this
introduction. If you click in the Old Boys link you will
be taken to on on-line version of the Directory. This
will be kept up-to-date. Initially you will have to
click the link that requests a username and password.
There is an space for you to enter a short biographical
sketch of yourself. Please do avail yourself of this
opportunity – and to see what has become of your school
you were at the School after 1967 you will not find your
name here. This is because we cannot search for the vast
number of pupils that have been at the school since the
merger of the Grammar and the Secondary Modern in 1967.
Similarly, if you were at the Secondary Modern you will
not be listed. The numbers on Friends Reunited rises
dramatically from the 70s onwards and you will almost
certainly find old friends there at
you are not in the Directory and are an Old Boy of the
School you may still request a user code and password.
We would also ask you to tell us when you were at the
School and which House you were in, and to provide
contact details. You will then be added to the Directory
which is issued as a booklet each October.
If you are not an Old Boy please feel free to wander
around the other parts of the site.
There is a complete list of pupils and masters 1920-1967
on the site and also some School photos. Accompanying
these are lists of the boys we have identified with an
option for you to identify any of the others you
recognise. Do not be shy of telling us we’re wrong! It
won’t be the first time.
This website is an indirect result of the immense amount
of work done by George Barker (1951-1959) who published
in 2001 an excellent book called The Slog Smugglers
about his time at the school. He had been in contact
with some Old Boys (who in turn were in contact with
others) but he bemoaned the fact that there was no way
of finding more. In early 2002 he and I got in contact
and I mentioned I had ways of searching for people. The
result is that we have now accounted for 1435 of the
2500 we are hoping to find.
In addition to this site there is also available a CD of
School memorabilia that has been produced by Tony
Abrahams. This contains a large collection of school,
form and other photos, all the School Magazines and
various other miscellaneous items.
Any suggestions for improvement, additions etc to the
site will be welcomed by the webmaster. Just click on
contact and send us your thoughts.
All the School Magazines from the 30s to the 60s.
The school photographs we have copies of (earliest 1932;
latest 1966) with names and the opportunity to identify
those people not yet identified.
Full list of pupils and masters 1920-1967.
Various house and form photographs.
Playbills and other suchlike miscellanea.
It is available from
Tony Abrahams for
the extremely reasonable amount of £10