Fleetville School history

For the first decade of Fleetville's existence children attended Camp School. The parents complained vociferously and the Education Authority agreed to purchase land intended for homes between Tess Road (now Woodstock Road South) and Royal Road.

The main building of Fleetville Elementary School opened in 1908. Classrooms had to accommodate infants, juniors and seniors. The small building was added c1912. Designation to Primary was achieved by 1935, but the two departments were separately managed. Shortly afterward a "hut" of two temporary classrooms arrived. The nursery moved onto the site c1976 and the junior department moved to the south of Hatfield Road c1979.

Mr and Mrs C Wimbrey were the first head teacher and teacher in charge of the Infants department. They had transferred from Camp Schools. After retirement they were replaced by Mr R W Fox and Miss G Lewis. In 1927 another head teacher from Camp arrived. He was Mr A W East, who retired in 1948, to be followed in turn by Mr Dawe and Mr P Jenkyns.

Fleetville School pre WW1 class

Photo courtesy St Albans Museums.

Class 4A in 1959
Fleetville 4A 1959 girls

Photo courtesy Rachel Travers.

Fleetv Sch class 4A in 1959 - girls
BACK ROW L-R: Jennifer Marsh, Patricia Folds, Mary Kendall, ?, ?, ?, Susan Scott, ?, ?, Jacqueline Hall.
THIRD ROW L-R: Jennifer ..., ?, ?, ?, ?, ?
SECOND ROW L-R: ?, ?, ?, Gillian Andrews, ?, Charleen Hammond, ?
FRONT ROW L-R: ?, ?, Rachel Stone, ?, ?


Class 4A in 1959
Fleetville 4A 1959 boys

Photo courtesy Rachel Travers.

BACK ROW L-R: ?, ?, ?, ?, ?
FRONT ROW L-R: ?, ?, ?, Peter Saban, ?

Well, it's a start, eleven to go! In that year the proportion of girls to boys was far from even.


Infants (Miss Randall) class in 1950
Fleetville infants Miss Randall 1950

Photo courtesy Rachel Travers.

BACK ROW L to R:  Sylvia Broad, Jean Hall?, girl, Derek Shearman, Jacqueline ... ?, John Furbank, Ruth?, Jennifer Bristow, girl, Glenda ...? (Welsh?), girl, boy, Miss Randall. 
THIRD ROW: John Merritt, Margaret Guppy, Roy Schnabel, Antony Dunkley, Ian Harwood, boy, boy, boy, Diane Huxtable, Robert Bamberg, Hazel Scottow, Richard Scott, Catherine Smith?, Jean Horney.
SECOND ROW: Robin Rowland, boy hidden, Evelyn Semper, Janet Dent, girl, John Harding, Andrew Stone, girl, boy, Gillian Clark?, Geoffrey Carter, Paul Monk? (boy hidden).  FRONT ROW: Nancy Bustin, girl, boy, John Ault, Anne Shepherd, Doris Smith, Peter Stickland, Geoffrey Gadsdon, boy.

If you recognise yourself, or someone else, do let us know.  Updated July 30th 2017.


Class 3A in 1957
Fleetville 3A 1957

Photo courtesy Chris Neighbour.

BACK ROW L to R:  Michael Keith, Peter Howes, Michael Reay, Roger Porter, Keith Tomlin, Christopher Dredge, boy, Margaret Freeman, Pauline Speare (hidden), Margaret Green, David? Swinson, Norman Darrington. 
THIRD ROW: boy, Paul Timms, Billy Neale, John Houghton, Wendy ?, Susan Jacobi, Helen Bamberg, Christopher Neighbour, Rosemary Smith, John Barraclough 
SECOND ROW: boy, boy, Scott Brown, boy, Cheryl ?, Christine Goddard, Elizabeth Ridgeway, Vivien Smith, Michael Cook, Michael French, David Bruton, David Hankins, Barry Schnabel, Jeremy Hall. 
FRONT ROW: Caroline Frost, Susan Ullyat, Gloria Boyes, Linda Caldicott, Gillian Wilders?, Susan Evans, Marion Morley, Roger Edwards, David Coasby, Peter Smith, Trevor Shuttleworth.

If you recognise yourself, or someone else, do let us know.  Another 40 children in the same year were in the B class.


School football team 1951/2
Fleetville football team 1951/2

Photo courtesy John Nicholson.

BACK ROW: Mr Thomas, Mr Belcher, Mr Dawe, Mr Griffiths. 
TEAM BACK ROW: John Beech, Ken Greenway, Brian Williams, Charlie Lyne, Tony Walkden. 
MIDDLE ROW: John Nicholson, Graham Jones, John Denman, David Harding, John Greenway. 
FRONT ROW: John Hiscott.


School football team 1948/9
Fleetville football team 1948/9

Two names here which the author can identify are new head teacher Mr R G Dawe (left) and teacher Mr Griffiths. who coached the team.  We now have identifIed all of the players, though not all of their first names!  Perhaps you recognise yourself, or a friend or relative.  The photo was taken on the Woodstock Road south side of the building a year after the street was given this name.  Evidence of several dirty knees suggests it was taken after the match.  This is an especially interesting picture.  Referring to the Bridle and Burgoyne book "A 100 Years: A History of Schools' Football in St Albans", it makes no mention of a 1948/49 season.  Was there a break for some reason?  Or are all the records missing?  Was this a celebratory picture at the end of a successful season or simply a representative team picture for the season?

BACK ROW: Mr Dawe, Stephen Divine; Anderson; Godfrey; Mike Dobie; Brian Franklin; Michael Trounce, Mr Griffiths
FRONT ROW: Brian Eve; Paul Donegan; Brian Johnnies (Captain); McDonald; Peter Nicholson.  You will notice a family resemblance between Peter Nicholson and John Nicholson in the 1951/2 team above.


Empire Day
Fleetville School Empire Day

Photo courtesy Fleetville Infants School & Nursery.

This photograph is undated, but most of the children will be recognisable by someone!


School athletics team 1949
Fleetville athletics team 1949

Photo courtesy John Nicholson.

So far the only recognisable people are in the back row: Miss Samuels, Mr Dawe (Head Teacher) and Mr Griffiths. 
BACK ROW, L-R: ?; ?; ?; ?, Paul Donegan, Michael Dobie.
SECOND ROW, L-R: ?; Ruth Martin; ?; ?; ?; ?; McDonald; John Nicholson, Michael Trounce.
FRONT ROW, L-R: ?; Joan Harvey; ?; Brian Johnnies; …… Godfrey; ?

Clearly pleased with themselves, having won trophies at the schools' sports at Clarence Park.  Who else is here?


School football team 1928/9
Fleetville Elementary football team 1828/8

Photo courtesy The Herts Advertiser.

BACK: Claud Dryden, Cyril Pearman, Arthur Ray, Angus Calder.
MIDDLE: Leslie Goodfellow, Donald Fake, Mr Carter, Ronald Denholm, Jack Smith.
FRONT: Harold Chinery, George van de Voorde, Victor Lloyd

Fleetville was still an elementary school. Team members are likely to have been between 12 and 14 years old.


School football team 1929/30; winner Junior Wix Shield
Fleetville football team 1929/30

Photo courtesy The Herts Advertiser.

We know that none of the players from 1928/29 were still playing for the school in 1929/30, but we know the names from a match report in the Herts Advertiser.  Unfortunately, we can't match the names to the faces!

R Whipps, Harry Blanks, Herbert Stone, Watts, Dennis Lawrence, Blackburn, Claude Butcher, Dellar, Stanley Kirkham, Perkins, Philip Adcock.


School football team 1931/2; winners Wix Shield
Fleetville football team 1931/2

Photo courtesy The Herts Advertiser.

Once again, we know the names from match reports, and also that 6 players had also played two years previously in the Junior Wix Shield match (above).

R Whipps, Maurice Searle, Harry Blanks, M Ready, Dennis  Lawrence, Herbert Stone, Claude Butcher, Stanley Kirkham, K Martin, L Bedford, S Nicholas.


Class Junior 1 c1930
Fleetville class junior 1 c1930

Photo courtesy Colin Wilson.


Class Senior 7 in 1931
Fleetville class senior 7 1931

The children in the photo are Harold Chinery, Robert Heighton (?), Alfred Sharpe, Kath Brown, Francis Reffige (?)
George Davis, Harold Davis, Harold Fletcher. Kitty Butcher, Joyce Jakeman,
Ronald Watson, Charles Davis, Olive Zugg. Gladys Van de Voorde, Connie Ewens,
Reginald Hart, Lesley Dunscombe, Joan Hambrook, Lilian Morris, Winifred Ware,
Lesley Young, Ronald Watson, Daphne Trott, Ruby Smith, ..... Parsons


Class Junior 4 in 1931
Fleetville junior 4 1931

School athletics team c1931
Fleetville athletics team c1931

Photo courtesy Colin Wilson.

Photo taken on the football field at Clarence Park with the cricket pavilion and former tea pavilion in the background. Senior girls were still at Fleetville in 1932 and senior boys in 1933.  Since most of this group appear to be seniors the photo is provisionally dated no later than 1932.


An infants class in 1914
Fleetville elementary infants 1914

Two of the children are identified as Angus Calder and Grace Carter.


VE Day party
Fleetville juniors VE Day party 1945

Photo courtesy St Albans Museums.

Fleetville Junior School – only some of the children are in this picture – celebrated VE Day in May 1945.  A celebratory cake has a table of its own in the centre of the Junior Hall; parents would have supplied sandwiches; and a good number of adults lined the Infants School end of the hall, which has been decorated with flags. Today this is the old hall of the Infants School.