A History of Clarendon School, South Oxhey

by David Reidy

By John Swain

After more than 12 months of research, David Reidy has completed a detailed history of Clarendon School, South Oxhey. This is his fourth book on the former London County Council Estate (Poor but Proud, 2012, Carpenders Park Station, 2014, and Hampden School, 2015).

The A4 softback publication contains more than 220 pages, with numerous illustrations in the form of maps, diagrams, plans and photographs, some of which appear for the first time in full colour. Seven chapters cover the short history of the School, from the beginning in 1947-51 until the closure of Sir James Altham in 1989. These are followed by a series of detailed appendices, including official reports and documents, journal articles, school prospectuses (1956 and 1965), as well as comprehensive lists of full-time teaching staff, prize winners and exam results. There is even a complete reproduction of the School Magazine, Clarendon Ranger! Appendix H contains the memories of more than a dozen former staff and pupils who recall their time at Clarendon during the 1950s and 1960s. This is followed in turn by a selection of class photographs.

This book should appeal to all those people who were involved in this fine School: pupils, teachers, support staff, parents and friends. The book is available from David Reidy, 61, Deepfield Way, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 2SR. Tel: 0208 668 2991. Email: davidreidy61@aol.com

An informal launch of A History of Clarendon School, South Oxhey, has been arranged for 2pm on Saturday, October 8, 2016, in the All Saints ASCEND Building, Gosforth Lane, where books will be on sale at £15 each. Light refreshments will also be provided and, if the weather is fine, a nostalgic walk will be undertaken around the former site of the School.

This page was added on 23/08/2016.

Comments about this page

  • I was a pupil from age 12 to 17 when I was recommended by the head master Mr Stewart? to attend Watford Technical College on a one year pre aprentice scheme

    By ray stroud (03/09/2017)
  • The first print run of the History of Clarendon School has sold out and further copies are being ordered (May 2017).

    By John Swain (13/05/2017)

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