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.

early Fleetville classroom

Photo courtesy St Albans Museums.

Fleetville football team 1976/77

Photo courtesy John Bishop

BACK ROW L-R: Richard Wilding, Gian Vetere, Anthony Hayes, ? , Lanek …….., Iain Bullock, John Bishop, Trevor Cox
FRONT ROW L-R: Jonathan Cliffe, Tom Fisher, Tim Byram, Andrew Bullock, …….. Stapleton.

Class 4A girls in 1959
FS Class 4A girls in 1959

Photo courtesy Rachel Travers.

BACK ROW L-R: Jennifer Marsh, Patricia Folds, Mary Kendall, Marilyn Smith , Julia Caldicott , [……] Frances Turton (face partially obscured), Jennifer Dunkley, Rosemary Maule, Joyce Osborn, Jacqueline Hall, Jean Bolton.
THIRD ROW L-R: Sarah Hollingworth, Susan Sherlock, Catherine Wilson, Diane Rutter, Anita Cumming, Judith Robertson.
SECOND ROW L-R: Nancy Dawe, Vivienne Armstrong, Anna Korner, Gillian Andrews, Pauline Thorpe, Charlene Hammond, Lucy Beck (face partially obscured).
FRONT ROW L-R: Jennifer Holroyd, Angela Taylor, Rachel Stone, Pat Arnold, Gillian Hansell.

Note: there is an additional mainly obscured and unidentified girl [……..] in the back row.

Updated February 2023.

Class 4A boys in 1959
Fleetville 4A 1959 boys

Photo courtesy Rachel Travers.

BACK ROW L-R: John Kasper, David Merlane, Steven Smith, Michael Hall, Jonathan Baxter, David Pateman.
FRONT ROW L-R: Peter Cable, Stephen Dent, Jeffrey Hatton, Brian Eastwood, Leslie Wright, Michael Wallace.

Updated July 2021, October 2021, February 2023.

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

Photo courtesy Rachel Travers.

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

Class 3A in 1957
FS class 3A in 1957

Photo courtesy Chris Neighbour.

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

If you recognise yourself, or someone else, let us know. There were another forty children in the B class of the same year group. This was a very full school!

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

Photo courtesy John Nicholson.

BACK ROW L-R: Mr Thomas, Mr Belcher, Mr Dawe (Head Teacher), Mr Griffiths
THIRD ROW L-R: John Beech, Ken Greenway, Brian Williams, Charlie Lyne, Tony Walkden
SECOND ROW L-R: 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 Head Teacher Mr R G Dawe (let) and Mr Griffiths, who coached the team. We have no 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 & Burgoyne book, "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 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 L-R: Mr Dawe, Stephen Divine, …… Anderson, ….. Godfrey, Mike Dobie, Brian Franklin, Michael Trounce, Mr Griffiths
FRONT ROW L-R: Brian Eve, Paul Donegan, Brian Johnnies (Captain), ….. McDonald, Peter Nicholson.

You may notice a resemblance between Peter Nicholson and John Nicholson from the 1951/2 team.

Empire Day
FS Empire Day

Photo courtesy Fleetville Infants School & Nursery.

This photograph is undated, but many of the children would be recognised by someone!

School athletics team 1949
Fleetville athletics team 1949

Photo courtesy John Nicholson.

BACK ROW L-R: Miss Samuels, Mr Dawe (Head Teacher), Mr Griffiths
THIRD 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, ?

Following the meeting and awards, the Fleetville team was assembled on Fleetville Rec for the celebration picture.

School football team 1928/9
FS FB team 1929

Photo courtesy The Herts Advertiser.

BACK ROW L-R: Claud Dryden, Cyril Pearman, Arthur Ray, Andus Calder
SECOND ROW L-R: Leslie Goodfellow, Donald Fake, Mr Carter, Ronald Denholm, Jack Smith
FRONT ROW L-R: Harold Chinery, George van de Voorde, Victor Lloyd

Fleetville School was still an elementary establishment, and team members are likely to have included 12 to 14 year olds.

School football team 1929/30; winner Junior Wix Shield
FS FB team Junior Wix Shield

Photo courtesy The Herts Advertiser.

We know that none of the players from 1928/29 were still playing for the school team in 1929/30. 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
FS FB team Wix Shield 1932

Photo courtesy The Herts Advertiser.

Once again, we know the names from match reports, and also that six players had also played two years previously in the Junior Six 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

BACK ROW L-R: Harold Chinery, Robert Heighton, Alfred Sharpe, Kath Brown, Frances Reffige
FOURTH ROW L-R: George Davis, Harold Davis, Harold Fletcher, Kitty Butcher, Joyce Jakeman
THIRD ROW L-R: Ronald Watson, Charles Davis, Olive Zugg, Gladys van de Voorde, Connie Ewens
SECOND ROW L-R: Reginald Hart, Leslie Duncome, Joan Hambrook, Lilian Morris, Winifred Ware
FRONT ROW L-R: Leslie Young, Ronald Watson, Daphne Trott, Ruby Smith, ….. Parsons

Class Junior 4 in 1931
Fleetville junior 4 1931
School athletics team c1931
FS athletics team 1931

Photo courtesy Colin Wilson.

Photo taken on the Clarence Park football field, with the cricket pavilion and former tea kiosk 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 to 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 end of the hall, which has been decorated with flags. Today, this is the old hall of the Infants school.