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Hillside School
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Hillside School

Postcard of Hillside Secondary Modern School in Summers Lane, N12, taken around 1968.
The school still exists but is now called Compton School but has lost some of its original surrounding playing fields
Picture added on 26 August 2013 at 22:29
It was such a lovely School
Added by Corinne Davis nee Selig on 11 May 2014
This picture brings back so many memories
Added by David Tyler on 30 March 2016
Great school, great mates and good teachers though we did not always appreciate them at the time. 1958 to 1963
Added by Lou Knapman on 05 July 2016
Attended 1954-59
Wonderful memories. Won the 80yds hurdles running along a track on the grass in front of the school building. I remember Jeff Travis was second.
Added by MR D C STYMAN on 07 October 2016
I attended this school from Sep 1961 to Dec 1965 and have a copy of this postcard dated 1958 which l belive was when it first opened.
Added by Catherine on 26 May 2017
Hillside opened its doors in 1956, and I was there from from 1960 - 1964. If you walk past the school now, you will see that the playing fields have gone and have been built on either by a housing estate or extra school buildings.
Added by Helen Hooper on 13 June 2017
Looking back this was the worst school that you could ever attend and a testament to all that was wrong and still wrong with our educational system. I remember being knocked out by a PT teacher and having blackboard rubbers thrown by a Maths teacher breaking children's noses. The lower streams were consigned to the dust bin. I also remember mass fights at the gate with other local schools, this all happened without any intervention from teachers, who had no training whatsoever, many recruited from the armed services after the war. The career teachers advice to all the boys in our class was to get a job at the local wood yard.
Added by David furness on 07 February 2018
I attended Hillside 1960 to 65 still live local and vist the council tip adjacent to the school, although I left with 2 RSAs due to me, not the school. Looking back it was a good school which gave me a good basic education, went on the be a chartered engineer.
Added by Peter coles on 26 May 2018
Attended from 58-62, was in Frobeshire house. Mr Stack was evil Maths teacher. Mr Moore the PE teacher. I was good at sport. Mr Branker was the music teacher. Mr Woolley was head teacher.
Added by Keith Beadle on 17 December 2018
It was Mr Moore who was an abuser and Stack who broke children's noses - what a good school that was

Added by David furness on 18 December 2018
Remember Stack but that was balanced out by Sanders English, Pierce PE and Evans Chemistry, Guy Science yes remember the bundles well interesting trying to get the full length of Summers Lane at times
Added by David Tyler on 20 December 2018
I totally disagree with David Furness comments, yes Mr Moore did give us the slipper for bad behaved but don't forget that the deputy head Mr Weeded also used the cane. But that was normal in the early 60’s. Nobody ever got their nose broken. There were some bad children including those who were in real trouble with the police and were often away on remand. If you took the opertunity that was offered then it was a good school, perhaps Mr Furness did not take this opertunity. A number of people did. One from my class became head of the Royall Mail for south west England, I became a chartered civil engineer
Added by Peter coles on 20 December 2018
Hi just seen this post. I was at Hillside and remember those teachers, especially Mr Branker who we referred to as Acka Branker and his Paramount W***ers. It was good fun and enjoyable we went from Pat Boone to the Rolling Stones within a few years. Remember Mr Green Chemistry Miss/Mrs Mould Biology and then Miss Komodromou also Biology. Yes it was rough but you soon learnt how to get by. I went from 1959 to 1966 and I remember Peter Coles and also Martin Turner the head post master

Added by Bruce Rosengarten on 12 January 2019
I attended from Sept 61 to Dec 1965 and hated every day. It was a total waste of time, the teachers were disinterested and unable to maintain control in the classroom. The curriculum was designed to fit us for the jobs they expected us to do e.g menial, unskilled and dead-end. As a girl in the B stream it was double domestic science, double needlework, double games, P.E and Art. A woman came in with a baby doll to teach the C stream girls how to bath it and change a nappy. There was no career advice, no opportunity to sit exams unless you were in the A stream, l only remember 2 girls being in the A class they were expected to go on to teacher training or nursing the rest of us were expected to mark time until we married and became housewives and mothers.

I went to evening glasses to get GCSEs and "A" levels before going to university as a mature student. However If only l had had a decent basic education l could have got there a lot sooner and taken my career to a higher level.
Added by Carole on 13 January 2019
Hello Peter, I like Carole were offered very little in the way of opportunities. My career advice was to work at the local wood yard. I had to attend evening classes and went on in later life to gain a degree and a very successful career in the police force and the Home Office. My regret is that this school did not attempt to help the majority of pupils reach their potential and that is a terrible indictment
Added by David furness on 14 January 2019
Remember times were different, discipline was the order of the day. I too obtained a degree as a mature student and went on to a very successful career in Engineering and Senior management. Did Hillside give me standards? Yes I believe it did
Added by David Tyler on 14 January 2019
I will not go any further on this debate other than to say it would appear that many of us went on and made a success of our lives. We were lucky, the majority did not. I cannot recall any student in my year that went directly to university. There was such a lack of ambition and motivation at this school. It failed so many and left scars on others lives. Times may be different but it does not make them right.
Added by David furness on 14 January 2019
My last comments on this subject, looks like we all have different memories of Hillside. This was a secondary school for those that failed the 11 plus and therefore assessed as not academically bright. During my time 1960 to 1965 out of 6 classes in my year, I took O levels, one took RSa's and the other 4 classes did not take any exams at all. We all left at either 15 or 16years. a small number from the top class did transfer to Woodhouse to do A levels so nobody could go to university direct. At most people left school at 16, including those that went to a grammar school, only about 10 percent went to university. With regard to the comment that the majority did not make a success of our lives, who knows that?. I am still in touch with 2 of my class mates, they did not proceed with any further education after Hillside but made very successful lives. Further education does not necessary equate to a successful life. My Last contribution. Over and out
Added by Peter Coles, Class 5exr 1965 on 16 January 2019
Hillside was great for the lovely girls Linda Bronze, Vicky Irrington and the gorgeous Tine Pearce...,, where are they now ? 1968 was a great year ..., Mr Saxton Art teacher really great guy and influenced me a lot... fond memories
Added by Joe Wallace on 15 February 2019
Does anyone remember me Joe Wallace, fastest 100 yards sprinter in every year from 1965 to 1969 and the first ‘hippie’ at Hillside..., fond memories indeed
Added by Joe Wallace on 15 February 2019
I was in Hillside early 60's we had classes with no space 35 to a class every Wednesday we had to make our way to another school which was empty as there was no room at Hillside we were never offered the opportunity to take any exams just heaved out at 16
Added by John M Edwards on 17 February 2019
The other school was Northside. I remember Empire day when we hoisted Swastika flag on flagpole. There was uproar. Purchased from a junk shop near Whetstone I think. We weren’t snowflakes then.
Added by Lou knapman on 18 February 2019
I remember you Joe and your athletic triumphs. Cannot remember the girls you mentioned tho. I was in Mr Wrights class and later in.
Ms Frobishers.
Added by David Hutchings on 09 April 2019
I agree with the comments about B streamers and the careers info was useless, mainly consisted of outdated leaflets. i was there 67 to 72 and was glad to leave
Added by Terry Gauld on 20 April 2019
I have to agree with David Tyler. The education and discipline gave us a firm start into our careers and future life. Loved all the teachers he mentioned. Also Mrs.Croyle and Mr Jobson and of course the headmaster and Mrs Theodosin.
Added by Wendy Marshall on 14 May 2019
1961-65 1B1. I have positive memories of Mr ("use voice projection laddie") Saunders, Mr basketball (being in the school team was great) Jobson, the gorgeous Mrs Cox pottery I think, not so of Mr (beating a boy with a slipper till he screamed & cried in pain) Pierce, the so boring ("Be quiet") welsh history master, Mr Dagle music & RI, Mr (mortar board & gown head) Wooley. Ah yes it's all flooding back. Was it really 54 years ago?
Added by Geoffrey Clark on 16 September 2019
Does anyone remember the school heartthrob Bob Newman?
Added by Juliette Bora on 12 October 2019
Robert certainly had the looks. Mr Wooley was a good headmaster and Mrs Theodosin head female teacher. A bit of discipline never hurt

Added by Wendy Marshall. Nee Beetlestone on 12 October 2019
A Robert Newman was in my Northside primary school class I don't recall him at Hillside. Oooh seems you have still a soft spot for him.
Added by Geoffrey Clark on 12 October 2019
I attended Hillside in the early sixties. I didn’t like school at all so played truant either at Friary Park or Highgate cemetery where the truant officers didn’t think to look. I loved the friends I met at school and my lack of education never affected my future Jean Harrington (now Bone)
Added by Jean Harrington Bone on 01 January 2020
I remember attending Hillside School from 1960-6. I also remember many of the teachers and pupils names that have been mentioned. I can't say that I enjoyed my time at Hillside. It was OK if your ambition in life was to become a boxer as everyday I seemed to be involved in some sort of fight or confrontation. Despite all that, my life progressed well and I was fortunate enough to be be able to take early retirement and have had many good years in my later life.
Added by Maurice Salmon on 24 January 2020
Anybody remember Caleb Quaye, he was in my class and we were friends. At school he was musically talented and has gone far, knows & has collaborated with numerous names. Met & teamed up with Reg Dwight while producing at Dick James music.
Added by Geoffrey Clark on 25 March 2020
Hi Geoffrey: Got this through Google: 'He now serves at The Church On The Way, Van Nuys CA.' There are loads of interviews, and info on the web. He appears to be on Facebook, (I'm not), but I'm sure he'd be delighted to hear from you. Met him over 40 years ago when I was working at the Beeb and he came to a live recording. He hadn't left the business at that time. (Helen, Liquorice legs!)
Added by Helen Hooper on 26 March 2020
Hi Geoffrey, my brother Terry was good friends with Caleb.. he used to come to our house and taught me the basics on guitar!! I remember he had a group called Hookfoot and later went on to be a session musician. He played on a few of Elton’s albums and eventually settled in the US to become a priest ... you can search for him on YouTube where there is an interview of him on a radio station. I am Joe Wallace and attended Hillside from 1964 to 1969 - great memories
Added by Joe Wallace on 26 March 2020
Hi everyone, I remember Caleb from Brooklands Rise junior school where we somehow called each other "Egg and Chips". Years later I saw him on the cover of Yellow Brick Road. Joe I was good friends with your brother Terry who I remember as a good footballer and Cricketer. Gone but not forgotten

Added by Bruce Rosengarten on 27 March 2020
That's interesting Terry. Helen I remember overhearing you & Caleb standing by the piano in the assembly hall. You were discussing piano playing. You said what level are you, he replied "8" without sounding boastful, you said "your higher than me" not sounding too disappointed! I remember Caleb & the Soundcasters doing a school concert. John Green rhythm guitar, Peter Rust drums, I can't remember the name of the bass guitar player, although I did know him. I seemed to recall being disappointed that, on leaving year a group photo wasn't taken. Or did I just miss out? Stay well at this trying time.
Added by Geoffrey Clark on 27 March 2020
Does anyone remember Steve Ellis? He went on to form the band The Love Affair with a hit song “ Everlasting Love”
Added by Juliette Bora on 27 March 2020
Geoffrey - was your bassist Robin Washington? Called 'Sparks' for some reason.
Added by Helen Hooper on 28 March 2020
Hi Bruce, really nice to hear that you knew Ju my brother Terry, you obviously know that Terry sadly passed away suddenly in 2002 at 53, yes he was a good footballer and supported Spurs!! Thank you for your comments, did Steve Ellis attend Hillside ? can’t say I remember him Juliette
Added by Joe Wallace on 28 March 2020
Could the bass player be Peter Barkle?
Added by Bruce Rosengarten on 28 March 2020
Hi Bruce, I was so pleased to learn that you were good friends with my brother Terry, who sadly passed away in 2002 at only 53..,, he always looked out for me at school which occasionally could be a bit rough, but I’m happy to say that despite all the adverse comments, I went on to become a successful businessman in the fashion industry along with many others from Hillside, sadly though I can’t remember you !! Did Steve Ellis from the Love Affair attend !!
Added by Joe Wallace on 28 March 2020
Hi Jo Please excuse my dumb mistake. I'm sorry to hear that Terry passed away so young. Robin Washington had an interest in electronics Helen
Added by Geoffrey Clark on 28 March 2020
Hi again Joe,I think you'd be a few years younger than me. I used to hang around with Max Papier and Alan "Taffy" Tinson. Terry was a prefect and there is a year photo knocking about with us all on it. But the person who knows a lot about your brother and I don't know if you've been in contact with him is Raymond Christodolou. You can find him on facebook.
Added by Bruce Rosengarten on 28 March 2020
Hi again again Joe, Just found a picture on Raymond's facebook page of Terry
Added by Bruce Rosengarten on 28 March 2020
Thank you Bruce very kind of you to look up Raymond who, I know but sadly haven’t communicated with him for some years, perhaps during this dreadful crisis it’s time to get reacquainted. Terry was four years older than me so I don’t remember any of his class mates except, one guy who had a big fight with him on the football pitch... inevitably they became the best of friends and one day this person helped me out when I was set upon by Sidney Clark on the way out of school, was that you ?
Added by Joe Wallace on 29 March 2020
Hi Joe, Without doubt that was not me. I can assure you that on the first sign of a "bundle" or "cat-fight" I ran the in the opposite direction very quickly.

Added by Bruce Rosengarten on 29 March 2020
I was there from 68 -72 I don't remember any trouble but then I was being bullied because of my religion I was Jewish
Added by Anne Smith was Wein on 03 May 2020
Geffory Clark the other member of The Soundcasters was Mick Glass, his dad was a coalman I believe. I went to Hillside 60-65 and I liked Mr Stack, Mr Saunders, Mr Southwell, didn’t get the slipper from Mr Piece or Mr Moore, but got caned a few times from Mr Woolley, once when I got the cane from him he gave me a sixpence tip later that day when I delivered his groceries. Mr Trott was my last form teacher and after I left school I saw him in The Griffin and he told me I could have done better in school if I didn’t muck around so much. I also remember You Helen Suber.
Added by Chris Proud on 05 May 2020
Hi Chris. Yes, not only do we remember each other from Hillside, but also when I worked at the Manorhill Centre, you brought your son, Lawrence to football training. Heck, even that was nearly thirty years ago! (Helen nee Souber)
Added by Helen Hooper on 05 May 2020
Yes Steve Ellis sat beside me in class. I think it was about 1963. Who knew Wojec our strutting senior?
Added by Juliette Watt née Bora on 06 May 2020
You have a good memory Helen, obviously better than mine as I spelt your maiden name wrong, and yes it was nearly 30 years ago when my son went for football practice there. Hope your keeping well, living in Potters Bar these days.
Added by Chris Proud on 06 May 2020
I joined Hillside in Sept '56--yes 56! We went to a very ancient old school building somewhere along the High Street till Xmas and moved into the new building in Jan 57. Mr Wooley, in his gown, was headmaster, Mr Moore a nasty & cruel PE teacher, Mr Trott for geography with his handkerchiefs stuffed up the cuffs of his jacket; can't remember any other teachers. Who I DO remember in my A stream class are Dave Toplis, a very pretty Judith Oppelt, two Margarets one of whom parents ran a greengrocers stall in the High St, a beautiful Christine Pitt who I like to think as my first girlfriend,(I took her to the cinema and paid her ticket of one & six (!!),and an absolutely stunning blonde girl way out of the league of any of us boys who for some reason a few years later was in the National Press. I think she may have had a hairdressers/beauty saloon in Bishops Stortford in the 80/90's--the devil I can't remember her name! Tis 64 years ago!! Hoping to hear from anyone from my era.
Added by Iayn Thomas on 24 May 2020
Sad news for pupils 1A1 to 5xr 1958-63. Mario Brocchi the gentle itlalian passed away yesterday. Many of you might have known his wife Penny O'Sullivan a year behind Mario. A real nice guy that was liked by everyone who knew him. RIP

Added by Mick ( lou) Knapman on 31 May 2020
It has been great for me to read about those amazing days (good & bad!) at Hillside and all those teachers. I ended up in 1963 as Head Boy. Does anyone remember that year?
Added by Steve Jones on 19 September 2020
Does anyone remember my brother Ray Bill started Hillside 1954. Any comments would be great

Added by Christine Taylor (nee Bill) on 20 November 2020
Was at Hillside from 1959 to 1964 (1A-4A ). Remember quite a few names from my time there, more girls than boys, but I'm sure Bruce Rosengarten was in my class. My husband was in the year above me, 4XG. His form teacher was Mr. Southwell.
Added by Leigh Cooper was Bowman on 03 December 2020
Well well well yes I do remember Leigh Bowman you had blond hair and I used to walk to North Finchley. If I'm not mistaken you either had a boyfreind whose name was Peter Baker or perhaps Lee Baker. What's your husband's first name?

Added by Bruce Rosengarten on 04 December 2020
What is the first name of your husband Leigh. I think I remember Mr Southwell I believe he ran the basketball team.
Anonymous comment added on 04 December 2020
Maybe not Mr Southwell who ran basketball I now think it was Mr Jobson
Anonymous comment added on 04 December 2020
I was at Hillside from 1960 to 1965 started in 1B and through the streams to whatever the form number was leading into RSA exams in 65. Remember Chris Proud he was a good footballer always seemed to play in goal and get covered in mud from head to toe. Also fondly remember Helen Sauber, the first girl I kissed, at a Christmas Party December 1963 at Tony Bent's home
Added by Dave Anderson on 05 December 2020
I remember Leigh used to walk with you to Tally-ho corner. I remember Mr. Southwell especially as I liked history. Mr Southwell had the habit of wearing a jumper underneath his jacket and his tie outside the jumper.
Added by Bruce Rosengarten on 07 December 2020
Oh dear, Dave Anderson - what a thing to remember. May I suggest for any of you who are interested, I posted a class photo on here a few years ago. If you go to the section under schools, 11086 is the picture I put up. Some of you might have seen it, and if you could identify yourselves, it might help our 70 plus year old minds, before they go completely! Yes, we are all 70 plus, frightening, eh? (Helen Hooper, nee Souber)
Added by Helen Hooper on 07 December 2020
Good to hear you are still in the land of the living Helen, you are easy to identify from that picture that you suggested, however I was in a different form number 1B at that time
Added by Dave Anderson on 08 December 2020
I remember Tony Bent he was really good at sports especially boxing. Does anyone know what he's been doing? Also does anyone have a school photo of the prefects with Mr Woolley and Mr Weadon. It was on the friends united site but I can't find it. I think it was taken in 1965 or thereabouts.

Added by Bruce Rosengarten on 09 December 2020
I remember Peter Storey.
Anonymous comment added on 17 January 2021
Does anyone remember Helmut, was great friends with Joe Wallace in 1967/68 approx or George Jacovou same era ?
Added by Anonymous on 17 January 2021
So many names that I remember, where has the time gone 60 years approx just flown by. Names not mentioned Steve Mills, Dave Schad, Dave Bryant, Ann Chacksfield, & Barbara Holmes. Tony Bent was one of my best mates at school he loved his sports boxing, football, cricket. Sorry to say lost touch with him when I left school. I remember David Anderson from primary and secondary school and times at Grange Avenue. Hillside teachers memories and nightmares include Stack, Trott, Jobson, Pearce, and dear old Mr James. Shame to say i have no photos just memories.
Added by Anonymous on 17 January 2021
Peter Storey was in my class from 1964 to 1969, we had the dreadful Mrs. Booker as form mistress for the first 2 years and then Michael Jones until the 5th year. I’m still in touch with Peter Suckling who was also in our class. Seems such a long time ago.
Added by Bob Sinfield on 17 January 2021
By chance I met Tony at the top of Woodside Lane shortly after leaving. He said he was going into the army.
Anonymous comment added on 18 January 2021
I left this school in 1972 and remember Mr Trott and PE Teacher Mr Pearce along with my school colleagues Steven Ship, Geoff Worsley and many others. Long time ago now.
Added by Fred Harvey on 26 February 2021
Hi I was there from 64 to 68 and remember Mr Troop the woodworking teacher who didn't visit the barbers very often. I also remember Helmut.
Added by Alan Davis on 30 March 2021
Hi Fred Harvey did you have a sister Lyn Harvey I remember a Lyn being at Hillside in my time there.
Added by Anonymous on 31 March 2021
I attended in 1957 in class 1A, Mr Stack form teacher. I remember Susan Graff, and twins, Gaumme, scuse spelling, can’t remember the first names. Left before the end of my first year, but never forgot the school
Following my previous entry on May 2020 for these pages amazingly I have discovered newspaper cuttings from August 1962 in some old paperwork in regard to the "unknown" stunning beauty us boys in our class could only dribble over! Her name was Susan Eaton. In that year, aged 18, she won the Miss Britain title but within two weeks gave it up. The reasons quoted are that she didn't like the constant demand to show off her body to complete strangers, and the Press twisting her strong beliefs against the H-Bomb which would make it impossible for her to compete in the Miss World contest. She quickly ran away to Germany working as a cleaner in the equivalent of what we called a Borstal. Claiming she was being watched by the Police because she might be a Communist after two weeks she returned home to Grange Avenue. What DID she end up doing intrigues me.....The hairdresser's I saw with the same name in Bishops Stortford?
Added by Iayn Thomas on 07 August 2021
i left in 1961
Added by Robert light on 10 October 2021
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