Friday, 17 August 2018

The Mikado 1980

Jeremy Simms has found these great pics of the 1980 Mikado 

Prefects 1980 - 81

Teacher - Mr PrattSteve Seymour bottom left,Tony Norman bottom 3rd from right, Neil Burke bottom rightIan Howe 2nd in from left, back row. Dave Ottewell far right back tow.Ian Stinton back row 2nd from right Bob Morris bottom row 2nd from right

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Rugby 1980-81

Kevin Coleman Sean Francis no 15. Adrian Burgess 8. Jeremy Roberts 14. Stuart Ives 4. Mark Jackson 12. Neil Holden 11. Me 6. Andy ...... 13. And Andy .....10
Mr Ord and Mr Pratt

Andy Phillips What a memory. I could not even recognise myself.

Nick Firth No 7 was an American kid, Greg something...! We used to call him Chachi

Wim de Jong Greg Burton if I remember right

Nick Firth BURTON! Thats it! Looks more like Ponch from CHiPs TBH

Wim de Jong Yep he did look like Ponch :) . He probably still holds the absolute school record for the amount of bookings he got in his first year at school. Just in the first term I had had an honorable 20 or so, if I recall right, but he had something like 45. Increbile ! Wonder what has become of him?

Nick Firth I remember my parents went to a 'moving to PHSfB' type-meeting at Taunton Manor where DGSA stood up and spoke about what he expected from us boys etc - you know the thing. Akers then took questions from the floor and Greg's mum stood up and asked about...See More

Wim de Jong Well I think the bullying at PHSfB came from akers, wosniak and the likes.

Andy Hale That's me No 10, wow where did they drag that photo up from. good to see all the names and that people can still remember after all this time!

Andy Phillips Did you buy a car of my mum and dad? An old Triuph Herald?

Andy Hale Andy Phillips Dont think so, why do you ask?!

David Jelley Is that Tom Cruise in the front row lol

Gary Pascoe Wasn't no7 an American lad??

David Jelley That's Tom Cruise, Gary.

Gary Pascoe Impossible (Mission)

Richard Dacey Is that Philip D’verv back left next to me Pratt

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Basketball Teams from which years?

Names and faces? click the photo to see it full size.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Tuesday 23rd July 1968

Tuesday 23rd July 1968 was a day of sadness for some as time was called on 'the Class of 68' and the strapping 18 year olds prepared to face the big wide world outside the gates of Purley Grammar School.

The day dawned damp and cloudy, in keeping with the rest of that turgid summer, but the planned cricket 6-a-side competition went ahead in the morning. This was followed by a last lunch in the Junior Hall, appropriately spam fritters, and a final assembly and rendering of Hymn 350, 'Now Thank We all our God', in the Main Hall, led by the Revd Bernard Holt and accompanied by one of the school music maestros, Ian Curror and David Brookshaw. Then it was farewell to friends and colleagues over the past 7-8 years, and a sad final walk to the bus stop to catch the 4.13pm 190 bus to Coulsdon and home. We had one last evening of drinks and a singsong at Parson's Pightle to look forward to, but our time at Purley was now well and truly over!  

What have we all done over the past 50 years, who made their fortune and who didn't? For some, we are about to find out as 'the Class of 68' hold a 50 year reunion in central London in late November. You can be sure that the restaurant will be full of reminiscing about Stachak, Vic Gilbert, Arthur Jewitt, and the games of ludo in Room 9. Watch this space for a full report before Christmas!"   

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

A gem from 1991 for the end of Term

Happy Days ( you might have another opinion )

Fas et Patria

Please explore the world of Purley Boys School 1914-1988. Feel free to leave your memories and comments on the photos.

There is a search function too - see the box top left ? Just enter a keyword and all the articles or photos that match will appear from the archives.

Many thanks - Nick Peaty - mail me at

If any of you are tempted to make a donation to help with the long term upkeep of this site then please click the Paypal Donate Button below.

 Grateful thanks to those of you who have sent funds in the past