Meadway School History


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Background  ·  Facts and figures  ·  Senior Staff  ·  A-Z staff listing
 
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Staff Memories


Meadway Comprehensive School
1972 ~ 2001

Background
The purpose-built Meadway School (The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 4NN) opened in September 1972 - the amalgamation of Wilson Secondary Modern School and Battle Secondary Modern School forming the new comprehensive school. The first headmaster of the Meadway was Mr. Charles Lorenc who had been the headmaster of Wilson Secondary Modern School. Mr J.G. Williams, the acting headmaster of Battle Secondary School, became Deputy Head (Pastoral).
 
As there were too many pupils for the new site, Meadway lower school remained on the Wilson School site for a few more years. Mr. Don Morland was the teacher in charge. These buildings were also used for several months by the P.E. staff as the Sports Centre had not been completed. Much bussing up and down the road took place every day. Many staff also had to work in the two sites.

 
With the addition of the 6th Form block in 1981 A-level students were offered the opportunity to stay on at the school. As well as extra teaching rooms the block included a new drama hall and a common room with a kitchen for the students. The common room provided an area for study and relaxation and even housed a stereo system which was well used by the students.
 
The School officially closed in August 2001 at which point the buildings became the Meadway Campus of Prospect College. Years 11 and 9 remained on the Campus until they had finished their examinations in July 2002. Several of the Meadway teachers transferred to Prospect but some remained on the Campus including Dave French, Gillian Smith and Trevor Smith who moved to the Prospect Site in September 2002.
 


Facts and Figures
During the 29 years Meadway was open around 30,000 pupils passed though its gates with the 6 th Form receiving about 2,000 of those (nearly 7%)
 
The longest continuous-serving teacher at the school was Mrs Anna Greaves (whom some may remember as Miss McEvoy) who taught languages at the school from 1973 until it closed in 2001 - a total of 28 years!
 
Possibly the school's most famous pupil is none other than Kenneth Branagh.
 
The first person to continue to university after attending Meadway School & 6th Form and gain a 1st class honours degree was Glen Hall.
 


Headteachers
  Name From - To Reason for leaving
  Charles Lorenc 1972 - 1977 Retired (d.2001)
  Alex Sinclair 1977 - 1984 Retired (aged 59) (d.1985)
  Jeremy Daybell 1984 - 2000 Retired
  Clive Payne 2000 - 2001 School closed

Deputy Headteachers (Female)
  Name From - To Reason for leaving
  Mrs Jean Pryor 1972 - 1982 Retired (d.2011)
  Ann Wells 1982 - 1994 Retired
  Ruth Thatcher 1994 - 2000 Working for Reading Education Authority as Manager of key stage 3/advisor
  Ellie Donogue 2000 - 2001 School closed, became Deputy Head at Beechwood School, Slough

Deputy Headteachers (Male)
  Position Name From - To Reason for leaving
  Pastoral Gwynn Williams 1972 - 1983 Retired; lived in Reading, died suddenly Nov. 2002
    Roger Hunton 1983 - 1991 Became Headmaster of Great Baddow School, Chelmsford
    Colin Reid 1991 - 2000 Became Deputy Head at Thamesbridge College
  Academic Colin Bound 1972 - 1976 Became Headmaster of Pelham High School, Merton
    Stan Grue 1976 - 1981 Became Headmaster of Forest School, Reading; retired 2002
    John Darker 1981 - 1984 Became Headmaster of comprehensive in Banstead
    Clive Payne 1984 - 2001 Became acting Head of Meadway until closure



A~Z of Meadway Staff
Staff are listed by their original surname (in the case where they married whilst teaching). You can use the shortcuts to each letter below and can click on the names in blue to see that member of staff's memories of the school.
 
HOF = Head of Faculty; HOD = Head of Department; HOY = Head of Year; DHOY = Deputy Head of Year.

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  Name Years Subject(s) / position Reason for leaving
A Adkin, Sue (Mrs) 1972 - 1973 Home Economics
DHOY (Pastoral) 3rd year
To take 2 years off, ended up teaching!
  Akister, Peter 19?? - 2000 HOF (Maths) Moved to another school in London
  Ambrose, Ursula 19?? - 19?? Science Moved to Bulmershe School
  Anderson, Angela 1984 - 1990 English / Drama ??
  Arnold, Mrs 198? - 19??
19?? - 1988
Biology
Head of 6th Form
??
B Barnes, Keith 1972 - 1985 Science / Physics Became Deputy Head at Emmbrook, Wokingham; retired Aug 2002
  Bartlett, Simon 19?? - 2001 Maths ??
  Beasley, John 1978 - 1998 English Retired, still living in Reading
  Beech, Joan 19?? - 19?? Technician Retired
  Beech, John 1995 - 2001 Maintenance Retired
  Berry, Dennis 19?? - 19?? Science ?? (Very fond of goats!)
  Berry, Janette M 1972 - 19??
19?? - 19??
19?? - 1980
HOD (Geography)
DHOF (Humanitites)
HOF (Humanities)
Became Deputy Head Cox Green; Retired
  Biddle, Miss 197? - 198? ?? ??
  Bound, Colin 1972 - 1976 Deputy Head (Academic) Became Head Teacher of Pelham High School, Merton (1976 - 1983), then advisor / inspector, retired 1995
  Brocklehurst, Ian 1972 - 1987 HOF (CDT) Retired
  Broder, Anne 19?? - 19?? Secretary Moved to London
  Brown, Marion 19?? - 2001 Home Economics Retired
  Burge, David 1972 - 198? HOF (PE) Teaching Maths at Little Heath; HOF in Petersfield; Retired
  Butler, Lyn 19?? - 19??
19?? - 2001
Librarian/Technician
Bursar (Meadway)
Became Bursar at Beechwood School
  Butterworth, Mrs 19?? - 19?? School pianist ??
C Canterbury, Anne 19?? - 2001 Maths / Year Head Moved to Bulmershe School
  Carter, Jane 19?? - 19?? Secretary Deceased
  Chappell, Don 1972 - 198? HOF (Art) ??
  Cheetham, Chas 1983 - 1990
1998
Maths ??
  Checketts, Chris 19?? - 19?? Business ??
  Child, Joanne 2000 - 2000 English ??
  Church, Elizabeth 198? - 19?? English / Year Head Moved to Wales
  Clarke, Becky 19?? - 19?? Languages Retired to Motherhood
  Croxon, Sally 1983 - 1996 Secretary Retired; temporary work
  Cullen/Thatcher, Ruth 1981 - 199?
199? - 199?
1994 - 2000
Head of Music
Head of 6th Form
Deputy Headteacher
Working for Reading Education Authority as Manager of key stage 3/advisor
D Darker, John 1981 - 1984 Deputy Head (Academic) Became Headmaster of Comprehensive School in Banstead
  Davies, Phil 198? - 2000 English / Drama Retired
  Daybell, Jeremy 1984 - 2000 Headmaster Retired
  Deacon, Margaret 198? - 19?? School Bursar Became Bursar at Yateley School
  Devereux, Dennis 1972 - 19?? HOF (Languages) Deceased
  Donogue, Ellie 1980 - 2001 P.E. / HOY / Deputy Head Became Deputy Head at Beechwood School, Slough
  Downs, Mr 197? - 19?? Science ??
  Drew, Derek 197? - 19?? English? Deceased 1990
  Dornan, Irene 1989 - 2001 Secretary Moved to a School in Wallingford
  Dubois, Guiseppina 19?? - 19?? Italian Retired, still living in Reading
  Dunn, Debbie 198? - 1999 PE / HOY Running own school stationery business (see website on 'links' page)
  Dunne, Richard 1972 - 197? HOF (Maths) ??
E Eley, Susan 19?? - 19?? English Moved to Kent
  Evans, Joan 1972 - 197? HOD (Girls PE) Moved to Bulmershe College
F Field, Andy 199? - 2001 Art Moved to Embrook School
  Finch, Angela 1972 - 1997
1999 - 2001
HOD (Home Economics)
Home Economics (p/t)
Teaching p/t in Newbury
Retired
  Firth, Michael 1972 - 197? PE Moved to a School in Wokingham
  Freeman, Lynn 198? - 19?? PE Became a Primary school maths coordinator, now Mrs Burge
  French, David 198? - 2001 HOF (PE) School closed, moved to Prospect College
G Gold, Clive 19?? - 19?? History Moved to Prospect College
  Gittens, Charles 1972 - 197? CDT Moved to Stoneham; retired
  Goulden, Jeff 1972 - 19?? HOF (Science) ??
  Gray, Steve 19?? - 198? Chemistry Moved to Milton Keynes
  Green, Malcolm 1974 - 2001 Woodwork / Deputy Year Head / HOF (CDT) Retired
  Grue, Stan 1976 - 1981 Deputy Head (Academic) Became Headmaster Forest School; retired 2002
  Guthrie/Smith, Grazyna 19?? - 19?? Humanities ??
H Hall, Mr 19?? - 198? PE ??
  Hawkins, Mrs 1974 - 19?? Italian Retired (d.1996)
  Hewitt, Mrs 19?? - 19?? Needlework Working for an Enterprise company at Reading College
  Hoit, Val 19?? - 2001 In charge of partially sighted pupils School closed, unit moved to Highdown
  Hughes, Anne 19?? - 19?? IT Moved to Little Heath
  Hunton, Roger 1984 - 1991 HOF (Maths) / Deputy Head (Academic) Became Headmaster of comprehensive in ?
J Jeffries, Carol 1980 - 1985 HOF (Maths) Private Consultant for Schools
  Johnson, Colin 19?? - 198? Humanities (History) Moved North
  Jones, Gavin 1992 - 2001 CDT Moved back to Newbury
  Jones, Nora 1975 - 1994 English / Special Needs / Humanities Retired
K Kennedy, George 19?? - 19?? ?? ??
  King, Mrs 19?? - 19?? ?? ??
  Kitteruth, Johanna 19?? - 19?? CDT Moved to France
  Klausen, Mr 198? - 19?? Music ??
L Leaver, Yvonne 197? - 19?? HO Girls PE Moved to Bognor Regis
  Lilley, John 1972 - 197? HOF (Humanities) ??
  Lofthouse, Nicky 19?? - 19?? Special Needs Moved to Lincolnshire
  Lorenc, Charles 1972 - 1977 Headmaster Retired (d.2001)
M Marsh, Rosina 19?? - 199? Pottery Retired
  Marshall, Kevin 1997 - 2001 Science / Head of House Moved North with Tamsin Renshaw
  Mayers, Mrs 19?? - 199? Maths ??
  McDonald, Barbara 1972 - 199? Caretaker Retired
  McDonell, Diane 19?? - 2001 Special Needs School closed, moved to Prospect SENCO
  McEvoy/Greaves, Anna 1973 - 1999
1999 - 2001
French / Italian
Head of Languages
Break then Denefield
  Messer/Barnes, Tina 1979 - 1983 Student Teacher then French / Italian Became Head of Comprehensive School, High Wycombe; retired Sept 2002
  Methley, Mary 1972 - 198? Lab Technician Retired
  Money, Ken 198? - 199? French ??
  Morland, Don 1972 - 1994 Science / HOY Retired
  Morretto, Raff 19?? - 19?? Italian ??
  Morrison, Jim 19?? - 2000 HOD (English) Retired
  Murphy, Paul 19?? - 19?? Humanities Returned to Ireland
N Nalpanis, Joy 19?? - 198? Business Retired
  Neill, Alan 19?? - 1984 English / Drama Moved to Kennet school, Thatcham
O O'Pray, Valerlie 19?? - 19?? Art / Careers Retired to Cornwall
  O'Sullivan, Isabel 198? - 198? Business Retired to Scotland
P Pantony, Mr 19?? - 19?? Year Head ??
  Payne, Clive 1984 - 2000
2000 - 2001
Deputy Head (Academic)
Headmaster
Retired / Working p/t for Reading
  Phillips, Paddy 19?? - 199? Caretaker Retired
  Pryor, Jean 1972 - 1982 Deputy Head Retired (died May 2011)
  Pugsley, Brian 1984 - 1989 HOF (Science) / Physics Became Rep. for Pharmaceutical firm
R Reid, Colin 19?? - 1991
1991 - 2000
HOF (Humanities)
Deputy Head (Academic)
Became DH in Thamesbridge/Hartlepool
  Renshaw, Tamsin 199? - 2001 History Moved North, with Kevin Marshall, now a geography teacher in Northumberland
  Roach, Adrian 19?? - 19?? Music ??
  Rouse, Hannah 19?? - 2001 Science/Maths School closed, moved to Prospect College
  Rowland, Ian 1998 - 2000 Science Moved to Thamesbridge as Head of Science
S Sandford, Gloria 19?? - ???? Science Retired
  Schmitz, Don 1992 - 2000 HOF (Art) Moved to Thamesbridge, ??
  Scott, Ian 197? - 198? PE / DHOY Became Deputy Head at Forest Boys
  Sharp, Mr 198? - 19?? Science Moved to Leeds
  Sheppeard, Camilla 19?? - 1988
1988 - ????
History
Head of 6th Form
Retired
  Simmonite, Barbara 19?? - 1994 Special Needs / HOY Retired to USA
  Simmons, Richard 19?? - 198? HOD (PE) Became AAA coach
  Sinclair, Alex 1977 - 1984 Headmaster / RE Retired (d.1985)
  Smith, Gillian 19?? - 2001 IT Retired to Spain for one year
  Smith, Leonie 19?? - 1989 History Died 1989
  Smith, Trevor 1978 - 2001 Humanities / History / HOY Prospect
  Southall, Frank 197? - 19?? CDT ??
  Stanley, Janice 19?? - 19?? PE Teaching p/t at Holt School
  Steele/Owen, Mary 198? - 19?? Computer Studies ??
  Stockbridge, Peter 19?? - 1994 Art / Art Appreciation Retired (d.1996)
  Stokes, Dianne 1992 - 1998 History ??
  Stone, Ray 1972 - 197? Maths / HOY Deceased
  Stringer, Douglas 19?? - 19?? School Bursar Retired
T Trim, Jeff 198? - 199? Maths Became HOF (Maths), Little Heath
  Tucker, Terry 19?? - 2001 HOF (Science) Retired
  Tytler, Shirley 1972 - 1992 Headmaster's Secretary Retired
V Van Borne, Jessie 19?? - 19?? Special Needs Deceased 1992
W Wallace, Ellen 19?? - 19?? Languages Moved to Dubai
  Wallace, Jade 19?? - 1993 Maths Retired
  Wass, Pat 1972 - 19??
19?? - 19??
Humanities
Head of Humanities / Careers
Retired
  Watkiss, Clive 1982 - 1986 Music / English Became Assistant Head of Music, St. Andrew's Eastbourne
  Weight, Richard 1982 - 2001 PE / HOY School closed, moved to Prospect College
  Wellman, Steve 1982 - 2000 Languages / HOD (French) Became Deputy Head Shaw School
  Wells, Ann 1972 - 1982
1982 - 1994
1996 - 2001
PE / Maths / HOY
Deputy Head
Councillor
 
Retired
Retired again!
  Whitfield, Dave 198? - 19?? Geography / PE Moved North
  Wiggett, Anne 19?? - 19?? Science / DHOY Returned to Prospect for 1 year
  Williams, Beryl 19?? - 1983 PE (p/t) Retired
  Williams, Gwynn 1972 - 1983 Deputy Head (Pastoral) Retired (died 2002)
  Winch, Sian 1982 - 19?? Languages Became HOF (Languages), Kendrick - Left
  Winchcombe, Tom 19?? - 2001 RE Moved to another school
  Wyvill, Sue 198? - 19?? RE / Humanities Moved to Waingells Copse



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