Memories of Little Furze School

Mrs Davies

By Linda Harding/Snell

I went to Little Furze School from 1964 to 1968. I remember Mrs Pritchard in top infants class, she smacked the back of my legs because I couldn’t read a word correctly, not a nice lady. I also remember Mrs Davies she used to say  ”Empty vessels make most noise” and she was probably right!

This page was added on 29/07/2013.

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  • Sad to see the school has been demolished .I loved my time there and lived right opposite the steps leading up to the playground.

    By Jennifer Kennedy (11/03/2023)
  • Edit:
    I would like to include the 2 references below to the brown cow of which I was not aware previously.

    By Robert+Maddox (17/10/2022)
  • Barbara Birch may well know now what is planned for the school site. I live opposite and the building is already half flattened to make room for a care home and more flats. (We are told 2 nearby care homes will be closing.)
    It has been widely reported that around £1million has been spent on security over the last 16 years. This money has been wasted as the site has never been fenced completely plus a fallen tree has flattened the fence behind the school. There has been nothing to prevent anyone entering the site nor to prevent youngsters running around on the roof.
    We have been told that an underground stream has delayed progress but I can’t see why as there are plenty of examples of streams being controlled to allow development over the years. Also there are at least 3 places nearby where streams run under the roads.
    I was also mystified by a low plastic fence recently put around the site. Eventually I was told that this was not to control wayward rabbits and hedgehogs as I had wondered, but to control slow worms. I have no idea how common they are but evidently they will be transferred to Chorleywood House. In any case this fence is already damaged in several places.
    Another issue not well known to those of us who live nearby is a small notice pointing out that there is asbestos in the building. I can only hope the demolition contractors are taking notice.
    I can’t help drawing comparisons with the similar redevelopment of the site of the previous Meriden Primary School where 9 new homes are to be built. We will see whether this fondly remembered school is making room for more ‘good quality family accommodation’. This is not the place to discuss why so much new build is being crammed into so many places but I think it would be quite appropriate for the brown cow to return to this grassy patch!

    By Robert Maddox (23/09/2022)
  • Please, does anyone remember Marina Goldsmith (teacher)? And what happened to her, whether she is still alive?

    By Nicola Harper (25/08/2021)
  • Hello Nicola
    Marina Goldsmith went from Little Furze School to teach at
    Sir James Altham School we remember her as she taught my son Science.
    Very nice teacher who we believe lived in the Oxhey Hall area.
    Sorry but we do not know any more than that.

    By Susan Waller (29/08/2021)
  • I went to l
    Little Furze school in the early sixties. Fond memories. Remember Nick Hall, Lawrence Rogers, Paul Charman, the Hill twins Graeme and Martin, Kevin Stoker, and others. Remember Mr Curling the HeadMaster, Mr McMillan and Mr Luckett the French Teacher. Went to Cuffley and camped in bell tents. We shared with St Meryl from the Carpenders Park estate. Went on to Queens School, Cassio College and then LSE.

    By David Fisher (26/05/2020)
  • I remember the camp at Cuffley. I went there in 1956 and again in 1957. I lived in south oxhey but went to Oxhey School as it was close to where my mum worked. We stayed in groups of tents in “villages “, mine was called Nether Wychwood. We slept on mattresses called palliasses, which we had to stuff with straw. I can still recall the smell of the straw, it was such an adventure.

    By Madeleine Emerson (nee Westlake) (10/03/2020)
  • Does anyone remember the camping holiday to Cuffley in Hertfordshire? We had to wash in cold water and slept 4 to a tent but had a great time .

    By Jennifer Kennedy (20/02/2020)
  • I went to Little Furze school when it first opened about 1953.Remember my class teacher as Mr Pugh.
    We lived in Gosforth Lane just opposite the school.

    By Jennifer Kennedy (15/02/2020)
  • Yes I remember the brown cow, I was at L/F from 67, also remember the name Barbara  Birch.

    Ray Adams

    By Ray Adams (31/12/2015)
  • What will they build in place of Little Furze? Does anyone remember the large brown cow model, in the entrance way ?

    By Barbara Birch (05/08/2013)