Mayflower in the 1960s

Mayflower School – the gap in the foreground has now been filled with a new school main entrance.

Looking through our family photograph albums I was amazed to find this old photograph of Mayflower School. I have no idea exactly which year or who took it, but it looks like it could be 1960s or 1970s. However, Mayflower looks as I remember it, so could be anytime mid to late 1960s? I remember on the top 3rd floor on the corner nearest us having RE with Mr Melton? I think on the 2nd floor left room on our side having History with Mr Glanville then waiting at the end of the lesson for Dave Cliff our Jazz guitar teacher from London. Dave Cliff asked me to invent a new arpeggio chord (playing a chord as single notes) on the bass guitar and I played the most basic three bar chord there was, but he still thought it was great. Happy days

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  • I started here in 1969 and the school must have doubled in size over the five years I was there. I remember some teachers very well, Mr Garude for biology, Mrs Broom for maths and in my last year Mr Spencer got me through my English exams. Mr Bickerstaff was the head and Mr Hope Simpson was the head of upper school. I generally hated this place and have never been back. The school had an ethos of fear and bullying. It has, however, played a major role in how I treat my students…..not like I was treated at mayflower.

    By Bill Pipe (11/11/2020)
  • Just as I remember it, even the shape of the waste bin. I remember being taught Longmans Audio Visual French by Mr. Read (just before he left to “go to Leicester”) in one the top floor corner class rooms. And when I went there in Sept. 1968 the language laboratory had just been opened – cutting edge stuff indeed back then. I think the “maths room” was in one of the classrooms overlooking the walkway – it had a giant slide rule on the wall!!

    By Jon Higgins (26/07/2020)
  • Wow, totally agree and nice to hear mention of teachers from the past. I was the first head girl of Mayflower School after we were being taught in schools in and around Basildon, eventually finding our promised home at the present school, whilst contractors finished the new school.

    By Chris Day (19/01/2019)

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