Mr. E. V. Bramhall      


Mr. Warkup    


Chess Report  


Smoking in KES          


D of E for me  


Are Prefects Perfect?   


The Darker Side          


Kesmag in Canada


Pop Quiz         


Craft Club       




Youth Action   


Doctor virus meets Captain Succulent


So you think you're middle class






Christian Forum           


Nicely out of tune        


Electronics Club          


Debating and Public Speaking   . . .


Collectors World         


School Music  


Model Engineering Society        . . . .


Tapton -v- KES          


The Rime of the Ancient Prefect            . .


The Bridge Club exposed        


How to get expelled     


The Perilous Pridmores            




(Front) Cover Photograph by John Kot



The Editors: F.J.P. Ebling, M.H. Firth, G. Foster, S.R. Hooley, A.R. Keeler, J. Kot, L.A.M. Morris, G.A.C. Orton, C.S. Overall, M.J. Pearce, B.A. Rose, M.I. Russell, P.J. Skelton, J.M. Stittle, B. Wille, Mr. N.R. Jones, Mr. J. Ringrose, Mr. R. Watkin.

Photographs: J. Kot, G.A.C. Orton, R.C. Savani, Mr. P. Farmery, Mr. D. Fellows, Miss L. Hirst, Mr. D. R. Holdford, Mr. C.S. Naylor, Mr. A.W. Powell.

Design and Layout: S.A.C. Bonnington, G. Butler, D.G. Darley, S.G.H. Grundy, T.A. Knaggs, J. Ritchie, J.M. Stittle, E.J. Wilkinson, Mr. P.O. Jones.

Sales: Mr. C.E. Willan


In this, International Women's Year, it is surely fitting that the writer of the editorial (for want of a better term) be a male. This is not to say that any measure of sex discrimination was present within the magazine committee at the time of this worthy volume's preparation; far from it, there is an article written by a girl on page       

It is true however that the committee's compilation of the magazine this year has undoubtedly been similar to the process in previous years. However, if you, the reader, are a member of the fifth form down­wards, you probably feel the school magazine to be an official, somewhat distant, organ, with which you personally have no close affiliation; to be something in which a lucky few have their contributions printed, and which in general is composed by a dozen or so sixth and seventh formers.

If you think this, you are perfectly correct; flipping through the magazine you will see the same names cropping up three or even four times, and representation from the lower forms to be rather limited. I personally have had five years of my brilliant (or so I thought at the time) articles being consistently rejected by a faceless group of elders far above my head. Unfortunately, things are exactly the same this year, and will probably be the same in subsequent years; this year I have been able to take advantage of my relative seniority.

It need not however be this way, and if the lower forms felt strongly enough to deluge the existing committee with articles (and not necessarily the traditional poems) it would be possible to seek a fairer representation of the imagination of the whole school and not a small minority.

So how about a slogan for the coming year:

"You too can write in the school mag!" or for those of you who are politically minded:

"Democracy not oligarchy!"

Now to business :


C. A. Blackwell

- now taking a Landscape Architecture Course at the University.

A. G. Brakes

- to Walsall.

E. V. Bramhall

- retired as Head of Modern Languages.

Mrs. B. Carpenter

- to Portland School, Nr. Worksop.

I.M.C. Carpenter

- Head of Dept. at Valley Comprehensive, Worksop.

Mrs. M. G. Couldwell

- family commitments.

W. Davies

- Sports Centre Organiser, Ruabon, N. Wales.

Mrs. C.N. Duggan

- to Maidenhead.

Miss B.A. Howe

- married and teaching in Kings Lynn.

Mrs. M.S. Klemm

- family commitments

Miss C. E. Laidler

- to East Fife

Miss G.M. Maguire

- to Australia

D.M. Meredith

- to become a solicitor.

M.K. O'Connor

- Head of History Dept., Henry Mellish School, Nottingham.

Mrs. M.L. Rodgers

- family commitments.

E. Ruding

- general Adviser, Sale, Cheshire.

P.N. Wood

- Deputy Head, Newcastle on Tyne

Staff children again report an increase. We are pleased to report the births of Malcolm Alistair Couldwell and Helen Jane Anderson.

Mr E V Bramhall

Mr. Bramhall belonged to a vanishing race of schoolmasters. They stayed in one school for most of their working life and became almost a part of it, and they stayed in our school because it was an exhilarating place and because they felt there was nowhere better they could go. He was a bachelor, a man with few material needs, who loved the classroom most and was never to seek any further promotion. The successes of his pupils were the records he really valued.

He left Barrow G.S. in 1933 with a State Scholarship to Sidney Sussex. There he read French and Spanish and was an official of the C.U. Spanish Club. He had barely started his first teaching job in London when the war broke out and like many linguists he was sent into Intelligence. He served in the now­vanished Indian Army and could tell interesting tales about such things as the dangers of taking pity on a beggar or the advantages of a loin cloth in torrential rain and was able to put his new craft to use in hunting dubious characters in Madagascar.

After demobilisation he returned for a while to his school in London. In the autumn of 1947 he came to us as Head of Modern Languages.

In his early years he got tennis going here and organised the first matches: not an easy task as we had no courts of our own. It was as a scholar, though, and an inspiring and devoted teacher of the able and hard-working that he helped us most. He was a loyal and generous friend and those who know him are aware that the walls of his room are lined with books on French and Spanish life and culture. He gave freely and copiously of his time to those who really tried and many of his pupils won awards and other distinctions. He was also an exacting and efficient Head of Department.

In the last few years he had begun to feel the extra strains imposed by re-organisation and after a trying illness he was advised by his doctor to retire. He has not left Sheffield, though. Some years ago he bought a house in Fulwood ready for that day and when last seen he was rejoicing in the prospect of at last being able to tame his garden.



Mr Warkup

warkupNaturally, the first question to ask a teacher of such long-standing notoriety as Mr. Warkup is, "Why teaching?" His answer was not conclusive: he said he couldn't think of anything else to do at the time. However, he qualified this by telling us that he had had other jobs in his varied Life.

He began his career as a farmer, and when he left that, he admitted (and so confirmed the popular rumour) that he had been landlord of a pub for ten years. However, contrary to rumour, he says that he abandoned that way of Life because he could see no Long term prospects in it at the time. So began his long teaching career here at King Edward's.

Mr. Warkup was born in Yorkshire just outside Bridlington in the East Riding. He went to Bridlington Boys' School, from where he progressed to Oxford to take a degree in classics. He has now been teaching Latin for ten years and has seen the school change from an all male bastion to a mixed comprehensive. Having always been accustomed to a single-sex school he found the influx of girls a little alarming at first. However, he feels that this new departure has made no difference to him professionally. Neither does he see any difference in the attitude and manners of the boys now that there are girls at the school. But he cannot deny that changes have come about. The most noticeable one, he finds, is the graffiti on the desks. "They used to be witty", he says, "but now they are no more than squiggles."

As is known, Mr. Warkup has strong views on many subjects. One of these is discipline. He does not believe that rules should apply to both pupils and staff, saying that the members of staff have their own professional code of conduct. He thinks that discipline should begin at home and should continue throughout a pupil's school career. "A child," he says, "is merely a young animal who needs training, and the meaning of discipline is training." He regards the disappearance of discipline everywhere as regrettable.

Outside school his interests are philately and 'doing it myself', which adds up to putting things right about the house - a hobby which must be useful for his wife.

Now that he has 'not so many years to go' to retirement he intends to remain here at King Edward's. So future pupils of the school will still have the chance to experience that dry, ironic humour, which has enlivened the Lessons of many past years of Latin students.

Lindsay Morris 7L Paula SkeLton 7S


1974 saw the 150th Anniversary of UMIST - the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. To celebrate this it held two open days in July, one of which was responsible for Mr. Grace, Dr. Marcer, Mrs. Couldwell and 40 leaving KES early one morning in the two school buses.

After a mix-up in the middle of Manchester, due to Mr. Grace's unique navigation system which involves going four times round every roundabout we got to UMIST in time for a lecture on Suspension Bridges and Free Drinks before being set free to inspect what the various departments had on show. This involved playing games . on, or breaking, computer terminals, hammering rubber nails into wood and being rendered speechless by a little black box which played back everything you said half a second later (I wonder if we could set one up in assembly?)

Most departments set up 'playthings' which while good to play with, illustrated some part of the work they were doing. Other departments let you into the works, the best example of this being the paper department which let you down to its paper mill.

The journey back was uneventful, except for a stampeding flock of sheep blocking the Snake Pass. We got back to KES loaded with literature gathered on the trip from the various displays.

G. Orton


This year we entered two teams in the schools league, one from the Lower School which is doing well in the third division and one from the Upper School which is involved in the relegation battle at the foot of the first division, in spite of winning it last year.

We got through two rounds of the Sunday Times tournament in fine style, beating Tapton House and William Rhodes Schools of Chesterfield by 6-0 and 5-1 respectively only to be disqualified after being unable to arrange a match.

Although, at Darwin Lane, Chess Club on Tuesday lunchtime flourishes, down at Glossop Road the old Friday evening meetings are, to say the least, not as well attended as they used to be.

Individual successes have not been lacking though. A. M. McCaig, G. Orton, P. Orton and R. Tolson have all represented Sheffield at various levels, A. M. McCaig and G. Orton have represented Yorkshire and in the National U18 Championships A. M. McCaig finished 11-16.

Our thanks go to Mr. Stead and Mr. Sutton for all the work they have put in for us.

Those representing the school this year :­

D. Boshier, P. Cain, J. Chigier, F. Ebling, R. Gilbert, R. Hardcastle, B. James, P. Johnson, A. M. McCaig, G. Orton, P. Orton, J. Peake, T. Peake, M. Pearce, N. Pettinger, T. Rhodes, D. Shore, S. Smith, R. Tolson, D. Whitaker.


Did you know that the largest public house in the world is the Mathaser in Munich, West Germany, where the daily sale is nearly 84,500 pints? And I wondered why the first XV are touring Bavaria! (Observant 2nd. year)


Midnight blue waves lap against the sandy shore
And the grains reflect crystal in silver moonlight
Ragged rocks are silhouetted against the distant horizon
And the day has slipped into darkness all too soon,
The shore deserted, seems so still
While dreams in transparent bubbles skim the sea
Then disappear carrying with them human hope.

C. Jones 4Y


This is the beginning of a new life.
This embryo is the most safe
Yet unsafe being in this world
On one twisted cord.

All it has before itself is destiny
Which will bring triumph, trouble and death.
Its world so far has been confined
To the kicking space of its mother's womb.
And now it must go on to imminent
Birth, life, death.

Marc Caplan 5Z


C Naylor


John Payne 3Y; Anne Pinnington 3Y



The banning of smoking in schools has caused problems for many years. There has always been a tendency, by pupils, to rebel against the rule which states that smoking is not permitted in school, hence the continual smoke screen appearing in the toilets during breaks and lunch hours.

In order to give a first hand answer to the question, "Why should smoking be banned?" we consulted Councillor William Owen, chairman of the school board of governors. In his reply, Councillor Owen quoted the preamble of the existing school rule:

"The school can attain its purpose only if all its members co-operate for the common good. Consideration for other people should be a guiding principle. Whilst individual liberty must be respected, individual licence results in chaos. In order that the school community can function harmoniously to the benefit of all, certain rules are necessary. More than observance of rules is required, however, for a happy and successful school: mutual trust and mutual respect are fundamental".

Within this rule, we hear of the "co-operation for the common good". Surely co-operation must come from both parties? We have been informed on previous occasions that smoking is a fire risk and yet there is no ban on smoking in the staff-room! Would it be possible for a smoking room to be set aside for senior pupils? If the rules would permit this, an end would be put to smoking in toilets, a practice which is socially undesirable in a number of ways. Pupils will smoke, whatever happens, and would it perhaps not be better that smoking was confined to one "approved" area, rather than allowing a situation to continue where, if smokers are not gathering in the toilets, one can see smokers from this school out on the streets, where they surely do the school's reputation no good at all?

"Smoking also causes annoyance to non-smokers who are equally affected when smoking takes place in enclosed spaces and therefore subject to the same health hazard".

We totally agree with Councillor Owen on this point, but surely it is more annoying to a non-smoker to 'answer the call of nature' and be confronted by the stench of stale, nicotine-stained air.

Councillor Owen makes the point that smoking amongst the senior pupils will encourage the younger members to pursue the habit. In our case this would only apply to the members of the fourth form who are at the moment under the legal smoking age. If a room was made available to those people who do smoke and may do so legally, the members of staff who work to prevent smoking would be able to concentrate on controlling these people.

We hope that Councillor Owen's letter, stating the case of the board of governors, and our opinions on his comments have helped to clear some of the vagueness preventing clear understanding of the rule banning smoking and the problems confronting the governors.

Our thanks to Councillor Owen and the board of governors for their help with our article. Glynis Foster (6F) An on-the-spot report from our Cancer correspondent in K.E.S. :­

As the afternoon bell rings the race begins, as the teachers race towards the staff room to see who can be first one to 'light-up', pupils can be seen running and jumping out of the way of the mad rush. Anything can happen if you get caught up in the stampede. The finishing line is in sight and the race is won! Pupils emerge from their hiding places and all the injured are treated. The worst has yet to come, though.

Outside the staff room, pupils tremble in fear, not because they have not done their homework, but for fear of the dreaded smoke cloud, which lurks in the staff-room. Whenever possible this escapes through the door. Several pupils have mysteriously disappeared after being engulfed by the dreaded smoke cloud.

Meanwhile down at the park, police are investigating the increase in deaths among the plants. Upon further enquiries the reason was found to be the ever-increasing pollution, in the atmosphere.

Susan Hadey. (6F)

SMOKING : The Suicide Drug.
Lung Cancer.
Lung fibrositis
Coronary thrombosis
Vocal cord damage
Nicotine addiction
Bad breath

And it is socially accepted!

Is "Smoking can damage your health" Enough?

Rashmin Savani

The majority of KES Upper school are above the legal age limit to buy and smoke cigarettes. A recent survey taken in the school, showed that 30.2% of 16 year olds smoked, while an amazing 69.8% didn't. Many people smoke in and out of school, including a large percentage of teachers, but why smoke and what makes smoking so attractive?

Why do many people start in the first place? Many children have tried a cigarette, mainly out of curiosity, but nothing usually comes of this. Later on they smoke to appear grown-up or 'big' in front of their friends. As they grow older, they smoke more and more until they become addicted to the nicotine content in the cigarette. Nicotine is a poisonous alkaloid and is inhaled and then absorbed into the body. So in fact you are poisoning your bodily systems when you smoke and because it is addictive it is a very hard habit to break away from, once formed. It also has been shown that very few people who have not smoked before the age of sixteen suddenly decide to try, and they usually never bother about smoking after that age. Some people on the other hand suddenly stop smoking after a couple of years, as it loses its attraction or as their health becomes affected.

When looking at the arguments for and against smoking, the reasons for not smoking always seem to outweigh those for it. The lines at the beginning of the article, show just a few of the results of smoking. Although a lot of publicity is given out about these health hazards, plus the warning on the side of cigarette packets, yet most people take no notice of these warnings. The usual attitude is 'It won't happen to me'. But it does. Thousands of people have died from lung cancer alone. And thousands more, perhaps even millions have become dependent upon cigarettes, even becoming addicted to them. In recent years, scientists have found conclusive evidence to prove that cigarettes do cause lung cancer and other conditions. A smoker may not contract one of these diseases, but it is likely that the standard of his general health will be considerably lowered over a period of years. It has been calculated that a smoker loses a month of his life every five years he smokes twenty cigarettes a day.

So taking all these health factors into account, PLUS bad breath and the smokey, musty smell which clings to a smoker's hair and clothes, PLUS the horrid appearance you can give with "a fag" dangling out of the corner of your mouth - IS IT REALLY WORTH IT?

Who wants to kiss an old ash-tray anyway?

Alison Keeler (6F)

D. of E. FOR ME

by Paul Newbound

I joined the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme about three weeks after coming to the upper building. As soon as I had joined, I got down to work. My schedule for a week was, Monday night - physical training. Tuesday night - expedition training. Thursday night my interest which was drumming and on Friday service (training for bronze medallion, life saving).

Soon after joining a half term camp was held at Thornbridge hall, so I went on it. One day of the camp was spent hiking. Some went on Kinder Scout, some Mam Tor and some just hiked near the camp site. Another day was spent orienteering (getting from A to B to C etc. using grid references and compass bearings). This took the form of a treasure hunt and was won by a group of girls.

All I now have to do to gain my bronze award is a 15 mile hike. After that I will be able to start my silver and finally my gold award.

Don't get the wrong idea. It's not all tying knots and walking in the rain. The interests and service sections provide a hundred and one different topics. Give it a try. Who knows? You might even enjoy it like the rest of us.


4m's weekend camp, Malham Cove.



by Bryan Wille and Michael Russell

Have you ever wondered what is in the crypt? What the prefects keep in their study? Where is the Tank Room? What atrocities actually are carried out in the school kitchens? All these questions and more are answered as intrepid explorers Wille and Russell take you on a guided tour of ...


In a building as old as the upper school there are many forbidden or forgotten corners. Our journey takes us from the places naturally out of bounds, to places unheard of except by a few individuals. So first let's go to ...


The entrance is on the bottom corridor, and once inside there can be no turning back. It is a musty store-room packed with all sorts of rubbish in its murky recesses. If, like us, you fight your way down a narrow passage past the mouldering desks, skeletons, etc., you can actually get under the steps at the front of the school; and see light above you! The crypt is extremely large, and as such is a valuable store-room, but is not really worth a visit.


Actually even we couldn't get in here, as they were sealed up long ago. For those who don't know, they stretch the complete length of the Close, and the entrances were at either end. They were designed to accommodate the whole school, then some five hundred boys. The only visible remnant is a small patch of concrete in the middle of the Close. If you want to visit this relic of the past, we suggest you start digging.


Those of you who have visions of rooms coated with grease and dirt may relax. The most noticeable feature is in fact its spotlessness. The kitchen staff told us they have to wash down every surface once a day. Worth a visit, if you want to steal some "food", as they say.


Surprisingly, only installed in 1952 as a tribute to the school's war dead. Before that, the loft was actually used to accommodate excess pupils in assembly. The loft boasts a splendid all-encompassing view which is well worth experiencing.


This recently gained fame in the notorious and unforgettable flour bomb escapade, already lapsing into KES folk history. We inspected the remains, and received a bomber's-eye view of the stage through the ventilator directly over the headmaster's chair. A visit here is a must for all lovers of good humour, but the cupboard is unfortunately usually locked.


If you manage to pierce the strict security net which surrounds this jealously guarded area you will be in for a shock. Suffice to say that the prefects' room suits the people who use it. Keep away for your own Safety.


Even we dare not go in here.

These then are the places we found most interesting during our extensive travels around the forgotten corners of the school, far too many to name in full here. Our thanks must go to Mr. Hemming and Mr. Baker, without whose willing co-operation we would have been unable to compile this article.


After reading last year's KESMAG in British Columbia, Canada, Mr. G. Pearson, whose father became headmaster of the College in 1891, and whose grandson is in our present fourth year, has sent us some comments about those times :­


"There was very good trade in silkworms because of the splendid mulberry tree in the H.M's garden, but I am not sure about the mice. This rumour may have come from a little noise from some of the desks where they were joined together in one long form. We would drill a small hole from one desk to another and pass a string through, attached to a bobbin, so that a rattle could be caused from afar.


Camp was a great event except for the march to Dore. I was in the bugle band and I remember that when we reached Whirlow Bridge Inn and again at Dore Moor Inn we were supposed to show off our prowess and give them a serenade but we had no breath left and what we had did not reach the reed in the mouthpiece but escaped at the sides.


One of their duties was to sit between the dormitories and keep order. One whom I remember used to walk down the corridor so that we could hear him, then he would take off his shoes and sneak back.


It was a sad day for all of us when it was decided that the Close was not to be used any more. Sitting on the front steps I had watched hundreds of games until I was in the first team. We had some very good players. On leaving school one played for Wednesday (Is this a football team?? - Ed.) and another was captain of Doncaster Rovers. It is interesting to realise the superiority of the boarders over the day boys; whilst the day boys were going home the boarders were out every spare moment playing.

Now that it is a co-educational school girls will mean nothing. In our day if we wanted to see a girl we would kick a football into Clarkehouse Road as they were leaving the High School.

It was nice to see the Mag. and I hope the pupils will have as many pleasant memories of K.E.S. as I have of Wesley College.



Stephen Cottyn 2B; Shirley Hill 2B, Julie Beardow 2B; Andrew Pettinger 3Y




Would YOU buy a second hand car from that man ?


This club is run by Mr. W.J. Smith and Mr. K.J. Lane in the technical studies dept. every Mon., Thurs. and Fri. lunchtime and Mon. and Wed. evening after school.

At the present moment there are some 50 members involved in a wide variety of projects in wood, plastics and metal.

Both male and female students may be interested to hear that we are hoping to widen our activities by introducing jewelry and silverwork. We are also investigating the possibility of making our own weaving loom.

If anyone would like more details or to discuss work of their own don't hesitate to contact us.



D Fellows



Trevor Bell                


Philip Hayes


Fiona Young       

Jim Heeler    

Charles Teale


Jonathan Jones

Mrs. Hepworth

Lindsey Morris


Susan Hatcliffe

Dr. Macfarlane

Peter Mountford


Paula Skelton

Ada Figgins 

Barbara Rose


Graham Fellows          

Tubby Wadlow

David Sutcliffe

A picture of quiet in a small shoe shop in Salford, sets the scene for this year's upper school play. Harold Brighouse's "Hobsons Choice" is a humorous play, set in Lancashire in the 1880's, and depicts the life of a discontented, self-made man.

"British middle-class and proud of it. I stand for common sense and sincerity."

The part of Hobson is played by Trevor Bell, and this demanding part requires much effort to present the character accurately.

Hobson is looking for a husband for daughter Alice, played by Susan Hatcliffe and his other daughter Vicky, played by Paula Skelton. Hobson considers his third daughter Maggie, played by Fiona Young, too old, at the age of thirty, to leave and get married.

The differing characters of the daughters, such as, the indifference of Vicky, the placid temperament of Alice, and Maggie's strong-willed personality, are all presented well. Maggie particularly comes over strongly and soon begins to dominate the other characters. This is illustrated by her authority and influence, with which she finally dominates her father.

Graham Fellows portrays an excellent Albert, as a weak milksop, and this, for me, is made more apparent when in reply to a question about the size of his shoes, he says mincingly - "Number eights .... I've got small feet."

Jonathan Jones has been cast well in the part of Willie by the producers, Mr. J. Ferretti and Mrs. M. Ward. It may be of interest to readers to know that the same part was played some years ago by Jonathan's father, in his youth.

A confident portrayal of the superior Mrs. Hepworth, is shown by Lindsey Morris. Likewise Peter Mountford and Barbara Rose positively present Doctor Macfarlane and the jilted Ada Figgins.

The play is very witty, with romantic interludes and some colourful, memorable speeches, made the more enjoyable by their Yorkshire accents.

"The hump was wagging and you put your feet on't pavement as if you'd got chilblains     aye, stiff neck above and weak knees below. It's immodest." - Hobson.

Cathryn S. Overall 6M

"JULIAN" by Ray Jenkins

So was headed the programme for the Lower School play which was performed on 9th, 10th and 11th December - in fact, as you can see, the production was a double bill.

The two plays were a contrast in style and mood. "Julian" was a tense, thought-provoking drama, whereas "Ernie's Incredible Illucinations" was very much a comedy. Both, I am sure, presented many problems to the producer, Mr. N. R. Jones, and his production team, as well as to the members of the casts.

The bitter verbal battles between Finch (Stephen Wilkinson, 3P) and Julian (James Powell, 3P) were dramatically very effective - the result, I should imagine, of rigorous rehearsing. The fact that Julian could break the stained-glass windows of the church, while Finch will not kill a baby tortoise when a dare with Julian "obliges" him to do so, makes Julian the new leader of Finch's gang. The difference between the two tasks was not emphasized as well as it might have been but this could have been the result of stage nerves which made the cast rush the play through much faster than was scheduled - and made Mr. Jones tear his hair as one dramatic pause after another was hurried over. Even so, the third year cast coped extremely well with a very demanding play.

After the interval, Ernie began to have his incredible illucinations. Ernie, very capably played by Andrew Brown of 2Y, was a very well defined character to whom the entire audience appeared to react sympathetically. Ernie's mother and father, played by Ann Ritchie of 2P and Daniel Hackney of 2Z, were very positive characters who often succeeded in bringing out the finer comical points of the play. Auntie May, played by Catherine Parker of 2A, was also a very successful character.

To the cast members of both plays and to the production team, I offer my heartiest congratulations for presenting a most enjoyable evening's entertainment.

Barbara Rose 6M


Every Wednesday afternoon a group of us go up to Lodge Moor Hospital to visit certain people and be of general assistance. Five of us began our time at Lodge Moor on the elderly ladies' ward. The ages of the patients on this ward range from approximately sixty-five to over one hundred. One lady had her one hundred and second birthday late last December. Most of these elderly ladies were admitted permanently as they are incapable of leading independent lives. The nursing staff do a marvellous job in keeping the elderly ladies contented as the elderly ladies lead rather monotonous lives. We provided a change of scenery for them.

Eventually the time came for us to leave this ward and transfer to the other end of the age group, to the paediatrics ward. Here we assist the teachers to keep the otherwise restless children amused. After the teachers leave, our responsibilities are increased as we are expected to amuse the children ourselves. This is not a difficult task as the children are willing to co-operate in order to break the monotony of their stay in hospital.

Another aspect of Youth Action is the weekly visit to an individual, who might not otherwise have any communication with the outside world. Here the visitor is expected to provide general help around the house and do other jobs which the patient cannot do, such as shopping and gardening.

There are also a few people who assist at playgroups. Here the tasks are similar to that of the playgroup leader but without quite so much responsibility.

One of the aspects of Youth Action is the continual rota system of voluntary escort at the Hallamshire Hospital. Here the assistance is much appreciated as the escorts take patients to the various departments, thus reducing congestion in the reception area.

These are the fundamental activities of Youth Action.

S. Hooley and G. Foster 6F


photos by R Savani


Dennis is perhaps the most famous occupant of Lodge Moor Hospital He has been in an 'iron lung' for over twenty-five years. An 'iron lung' is a machine which 'breathes' for the patient inside of it. All of the people who use these machines have either had polio or another paralysing disease, which has affected their lungs, to such an extent that their lungs cannot function on their own. These people are then put inside an iron lung, which keeps them alive and some of these people can live for only a few hours if they are removed from the machine.

Dennis is totally dependent on the iron-lung and the only movement he has, is in his face etc. But despite all these difficulties Dennis does enjoy his life. At Lodge Moor he has his own self-contained room, which is fully equipped with all of the newest gadgets. With only a small movement of his mouth he can switch on and off a colour television, several radios tuned to different stations, a lamp, the telephone and he also has a special typewriter. Dennis also likes gardening with a little help from his friends, and enjoys playing chess with his visitors, who can come and go as they please.

Every so often Dennis ventures out of his room, within the iron lung and visits (in a specially adapted ambulance) many places and beauty-spots, He even stops for a quick pint before he returns to the hospital, and a nurse who accompanies him takes photographs for Dennis.

Many people find it amazing that Dennis enjoys his life to the full, while many do not enjoy life without Dennis's handicap. Perhaps we can all learn from Dennis's example, he is never unhappy or depressed and has a smile for everyone who visits him. Although he is unable to move, his mind is very active and he is never bored. Dennis is well known throughout the country and he communicates with others in the same position.

So the next time you are unhappy or bored just think of Dennis.

Alison Keeler







The middle classes have been under heavy fire recently and there has been talk of forming a "Middle Class Association". To help you find out if you are eligible to join this proposed organisation our expert sociologists Professors Russell, Russell and Pearce have produced this simple questionnaire for you to answer. In all questions your answer should reflect the style of living your family adopts. "So oft we jolly well go."


Which is the area most comparable to where you live?

(a) Dore and Totley      (b) Attercliffe    (c) Walkley(d) Fulwood


Which profession reflects that of your father? (a) Teacher       (b) Management           (c) Dustman      (d) Salesman


What best describes your house?


(a) Semi-detached (b) Bungalow           (c) Luxury detached residence(d) Shoe-box


What mode of transport does your family possess?


(a) Tandem       (b) Two or more cars (d) One car(d) A roller skate


What type of car? (a) Volvo          (b) Ford Cortina           (c) Austin A40  (d) No car? tough.


How do you take care of your garden?

(a) No garden at all (see 5d) (b) a spade           (c) A motor mower(d) Employ a gardener


Which of the following are your parents most likely to attend?

(a) Fondue/dinner party (b) Night Club (c) Bingo          (d) Wife-swopping party



Which type of programme does your family prefer?


(a) Crossroads (b) Panorama   (c) Generation Game(d) Test Card



On the whole which party does your family lean towards?


(a) Labour        (b) Conservative           (c) National Front(d) Communist



Do you spend your holidays in a place comparable to (a) Majorca      (b) Morecambe            (c) The Bahamas          (d) The attic


Which club is your father most likely to belong to? (a) Hallamshire Squash Club (b) A golf club      (c) Playboy       (d) Wheeltappers and Shunters


Which club is your mother most likely to belong to? (a) Women's Institute (b) Christmas      (c) Weight Watchers     (d) Pudding


On leaving a friend which are you most likely to say? (a) Toodle pip  (b) It's been so nice talking to you old friend      (c) I'll sithee (d)Goodbye.


Which type of newspaper does your family prefer?


(a) The Sun      (b) The Times   (c) Daily Express(d) Maggot breeders' weekly


Which brand of humour does your family prefer? (a) Subtle and sublime (b) Obscure and elitist (c) Bawdy and raucous (d) No sense of humour


On winning the pools/premium bonds which is your father most likely to say?


(a) Oh goodness gracious what jolly luck (b) That'll show the Holmeses (c) He faints (d) -*-     -me!


Which is your father's favourite drink? (a) Guinness     (b) Scotch        (c) Meths         (d) Pink gin



Which if these occasions do you think was the highlight of the last year?


(a) Queen's Garden Party (b) Ascot (c) Wednesday stopping up (d) Mr. Wood leaving



If you needed an operation would you


(a) go private    (b) die  (c) National Health       (d) Buy a saw



Have you answered this quiz


(a) Quite honestly         (b) Scrupulously honestly          (c) With a smile            (d) Lied all the time


1. a4 b1 c2 d3   

6. a1 b2 c3 d4 11. a4 b2 c3 d1 16. a4 b3 c2 d1


2. a3 b4 c1 d2 

         7. a4 b2 c1 d3 12. a4 b2 c3 d1            17. a2 b3 c1 d4


3. a2 b3 c4 d1 

         8. a2 b4 c3 d1  13. a4 b3 c1 d2 18. a4 b3 c2 d1

4. a2b4c3d1

9.a3b4c2dl       14.a2 b4c3d1   19.a4b2c3d1


5. a4 b3 c2 d1     

 10. a3 b2 c4 d1            15. a4 b3 c2 d1 20. a2 b1 c3 d4






You're definitely middle class and there's very little chance of you ever breaking out of it.



Fairly or potential middle class. Try hard and you could break out of it.



You're a winner, well done. Quite ordinary.



Ask for a handout from 65-80, you need it.





LIAR !!!!!!





G Stainforth 4Y; P Blake 7A


M Bujko 5Z; Simon Mann 7L

Behaviour! What do the public think of our pupils?

Our reporters visited a few of the local shops around Crosspool :­

Mr. Hodges, a man who works at the local sweet shop (corner) stated, "I have no complaints about the children. The few that are rough and silly are kept in order or asked to leave the shop".

The Local Butcher said: "The children are generally school-type nuisances, they are noisy, and mess around by the 51 bus stop, by fighting and pushing each other etc. But we don't have any trouble with them and usually find they are quite alright."

Mrs. Wilson of G. T. News said: "Most children are polite and behave decently in the shop but a few are utter nuisances. We have to watch for large groups that split up in the shop and tend to become light-fingered but we normally manage."


Certain people made bad comments about the children.

One stated: "They're just like normal school kids and they make a wild dash to the bus stop and push to the front"

A College Student after trying to tell us how to run everything noted: "There is not much rowdiness but a lot of fooling around at the bus stops."

A College Teacher said: "They're not as bad as college students. At least they're neatly presented. But I wish they would stop writing on buses, which is a very bad habit."


A Local Gentleman stated: "The minority are badly behaved, pushing in queues etc. But most are just like happy, normal school kids."

A Young Man replied to our questions: "They're alright basically - they need to shout and mess about after school."

Three people stated: "There is nothing wrong with the kids up here, they're perfectly alright."

Two complete strangers to Crosspool said: "From what I've seen one or two are a bit rough but the majority are perfectly well behaved."

Our reporters also interviewed passers-by at Broomhill :­

A woman from the district stated: "They don't strike me as aggressive, ill mannered or anything of the sort." A student said: "Behaviour quite good on the whole."

A local man said: "Well-behaved on buses especially the No. 60."

A passing lady said: "Alright really."

A man stated: "I don't really notice them but they seem okay."

A woman stated: "No cause to complain."

A student said: "I haven't noticed, so they must be angels."

A man said: "As far as I know they're okay."


A man said: "They are always dropping litter and making a mess on the buses." One woman only could say: "Terrible, terrible, absolutely terrible"

One man said: "The behaviour is terrible."

A lady said: "They could be more civilised and stop eating fish and chips on the streets." A student stated: "The boys look extremely untidy."

A woman stated: "The minority are brilliant, some are good but the bad ones are really bad." A man said: "They stir up a rumpus in the middle of the road."

A student said: "They are all ignorant."

A lady said: "If I got my comments down on paper you wouldn't be able to spell the words never mind showing it to your teacher.

The lady from the local confectioners said: "The locals that come in regularly are excellent, but some come in large groups and become light-fingered and thorough nuisances, but normally we get on well with them and don't have much trouble. The minority are bad but I find most of them excellent."

A great deal was said against both schools in this survey but we are proud to have so many good comments.

Beverley Marsh & Caroline Couldwell 3Y

Lower School Art

You never know what secrets go on behind the walls of art room 2. But seriously folks nothing really exciting does go on. Apart from someone dropping a box of pins or spilling some paint.

There's lots of things to try so why don't you come and see what you fancy doing. May be still life or tie dying will suit you. One thing I do remember is when Miss Hirst came in dressed up in a wig, a scarf, and a pair of glasses. I knew it was Miss Hirst but some people looked quite surprised.

This club is not just for girls but I have never yet seen any boys there. May be they don't like the idea of needlework or stuffing soft toys. But there is nearly every kind of art there. Painting, drawing, pottery, still life, and tie dyeing. Even crocheting or knitting. You can make felt toys or a big picture to hang on the wall.

If you decide to come it's on a Tuesday or a Wednesday dinnertime. Sometimes some girls come from upper school to help. If you do decide to join then come along to art room 2 on a Tuesday and Miss Hirst will probably show you a selection of things to do.

Why not come along and try your hand at a few of the arts? You never know you might come up with a masterpiece.


Well, there's this lass called Cinderella ooz Mum ad deed an so she lived wi er two sisters an er dad, burrer sisters din't think nowt on er cos she's a reight bit o cracklin an them twos as ugly as sin. This meks em jealous so Cinderella as to do all t'graft while they does all t' swannin abaat.

Then up cums this Prince wi all t' brass oo invites em all t' big doo wot ees avin at is posh hooam. So t' ugly sisters gerron an get the sens all dun up and spends t' fathers brass on clooers.

While Cinderellas sat in er owd rags wunderin wot t' purron fo this eer doo er fairy god-mum cums frum Sheffield wit latest gear from C & A an sez, "Urry up an get these on thisen an thall just get theer in time fo't doo but tha'd berrer be hooam fooer 12 t'neet."

Any road up, while t' lass is avin a good time an dancin wit Prince oo dunt know she's a scrubber an thinks she's a reight bit o stuff, clock strikes twelve an meks er start runnin fot stairs reight quick burrin err urry one er er shoes drops off an she as t' gerrooam wiaatit.

Next neet Prince guz lukin allo'er for er an thinks eel find er if ee teks this eer shoe wi im t' find its owner. When ee gets t' ouse where Cinderella lives ee dunt know she's gerrint dinner int' kitchen an ee lets these eer two ugly sisters try and get their crabs int't shoe burrits no good it waynt fit em an they can't believe their ees when up comes Cinderella an tries it on an it jus guz on an't Prince is chuffed wi issen thar ees fon er an teks er away on is oss an they get spliced an live in Yorkshire ever after.

Michelle Yarwood 5W


Alan Dobbs 5W; G Grundy; Simon Mann 7L; P Blake 7A



How many times have you heard - "Christian Forum will be meeting this Thursday at 1.10 p.m. in room 66, where 'so and so' will be speaking on 'such and such'. Everyone is welcome" - do you really believe that? - or do you think each meeting will be as predictable as the notices are?

Well looking back on 1974 we feel 'unpredictable' is a more suitable adjective to describe our meetings! We have had various speakers throughout the year, and a series of 'fact and faith' films. (There are more to be shown soon). A talk worth mentioning was one given by a notorious Lab. technician, Dave Boshier, on Nigeria. The very interesting talk was illustrated by very unusual slides - upside down! Needless to say we all came away with stiff necks and aching sides!

Outside activities included a trip to the film "The Cross and the Switchblade", and taking an afterservice at a local church which hadn't been informed that we were coming. So we went to the church next door and helped take their young people's afterservice instead.

Why do we meet together each week? Because Jesus is the greatest friend we've ever had or ever will have and we want to share Him with each other. A lot of people have funny ideas about Jesus and many people think our ideas about Him are funny; but we believe that Jesus will be with you in everything you do if you'll only ask Him - He wants to help you because He loves you.

So next time you hear "everyone is welcome" please believe it because we'll welcome any new ideas and faces,

- see you there!



A Portrait of NICK BATTLE and his Group

KES has spawned many great bands over the years' but this year was an exception. Following in the illustrious footsteps of Blase, now defunct, comes a new superstar for the '70's: NICK BATTLE, who has the girls (and boys) screaming, crying and chanting at every gig, whenever he appears with his back-up band Rabat-Joie - but he still refuses to stop singing.

This strange aggregate of brilliance play popular, contemporary types of free-form, heavy, country-folk, jazz-rock rhythms immediately recognizable to all who hear them.

Nick's first gig with Rabat-Joie was played before a stunned, awe-struck capacity 2,000 audience at the city's premier rock venue, the City Hall. Here he established his own unique style with a distinctive textbook voice which excelled on that once-loved classic "Fire and Rain", which for a time seemed destined to divert him into the world of T.V. comedy.

These rough and tumble lyrics enhanced his unique stage presence which still did not detract from the skill and flair of his back-up group. Certainly Boam's imaginative fire-cracks technique on the drum and Parr's tasty licks, not to mention the other Boam's rocking two-step beat on the electric guitar, all go together to produce a solid base that even the Bay City Rollers would be proud of.

This is the combination that has thrilled crowds from one end of Glossop Road to the other, and gigs have been played at such diverse venues as Nick's house, the Boam's house, Parr's house, and even the sixth-form assembly where a captive audience listened spell-bound, mystified ... bored.

But it is not only this dynamic stage performance which has made Nick the KES answer to David Cassidy. Besides mutilating old and much-loved classics such as Ralph McTell's "Streets of London", which Nick has transformed by adding imaginative chuckles at appropriate times, he also writes his own material.

Perhaps the outstanding example of his natural talent (indeed the only one) is the song which has them screaming more than any other at every gig: the classic teen anthem "Remnants". His inspirations come from such diverse elements as the songs of Bob Dylan (which he often refuses to sing on stage, in respect for their brilliance) to the overwhelming need to earn money. Just sample the lyrics of the chorus of this Battle masterpiece which surely shows the depth and perception of his imagination :­

"la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la,

la, la, la, la, /a, la, la, la, la, "

Despite their appearances on Radio Sheffield, their record success has been limited, but they have done well when one considers they have never had one released.

Recently their sound has taken on a new dimension in the addition of organ maestro Mark Gleadhall at a number of their gigs. However, any rumours that Jack Russell is on the point of taking over as lead vocalist have been strongly denied by Battle and so this dynamic personality is left to march along his teeny-bopping path.

And so, amidst the white hot competition of the KES circuit, compared with groups such as Eclipse, almost indeed eclipsed, thankfully, and Hobb, that favourite of the folkers, it must be said that Rabat-Joie come a strong third.

But what of the future? As Battle himself says: "The band's gonna go far, man, but I'm gonna go further."

* C Copyright "On and On and On Songs"

(Epitaph: Sadly since this article was first drafted, inner tensions have finally torn apart this dynamic combo and now Rabat-Joie are no more. Nick, of course, has gone on to bigger and better things, as he promised. But it is said that if you go up to room 66, put a desk on your foot and bang hard, you can still hear a sound similar to that which once reverberated around these hallowed walls.)


One of this year's set books for the English Literature 0 level is 'A Kestrel for a Knave' by Barry Hines. We were lucky enough to get the author to come along and talk to us about it one afternoon just before Christmas.

He told how he came from a mining family in which his grandfather and uncle had been killed down the pit. He went to grammar school where he felt a bit of an outcast as all the other boys from his village had gone to the local secondary school. At grammar school he lived only for sport, especially football, at which he excelled. He left at fifteen to try a job down the pit but soon returned to school as he didn't like the mine. He went to Loughborough to become a P.E. teacher, where for the first time in his life he learned the pleasure of books, and fascinated by them he soon started writing his own. Unlike some writers he works regularly, remembering from his footballing days that practice makes perfect. He does not create his own characters, they are all based on real people, even the fiendish headmaster, Mr. Gryce.

In his opinion Kestrel for a Knave was a criticism of the education system that put people on the 'scrap-heap'. He told us inside details of the making of the film Kes which we had all seen, as it is very closely based on the novel. After his talk there was a lively question time.

Although this sort of talk is very good the trouble was that we were being told his present views, which have changed from those he held when he wrote the book and on which the examiners test us.

However it was an interesting, enjoyable and worthwhile afternoon spent listening to him. After all not many people get a chance to talk to the author of one of their set books. Come to think of it 'As You Like It' is on the syllabus, I wonder if we could get its author to do the same.

G. Orton

RUMOUR HAS IT : (Who is this guy, Rumour? Ed.)

... Mr. Ferretti has not ten, not fifteen, but twenty pairs of shoes.

... Dr. Dart has at last conducted a successful experiment.

... Mr. Ringrose finally kept a promise a few weeks ago.

... The 3rd XI has actually raised a full team.

... Mr. Parkin is connecting the School to British Rail and has demanded a Government subsidy.

... Mr. Adam wasted a scrap of paper, last week.

... Rashmin has won a contract ... a 'bridge' contract??

... Nick Battle is not big-headed.

... It is rumoured that the prefect system is to be ended again.

... Trevor Ball's UCCA form is coming out in paperback soon (Not another 7th form in-joke! Ed.)

... Wednesday are negotiating the transfer of half the U12 XI in anticipation of a struggle to stay in the N. Premier League.

... STOP PRESS: Wednesday are the U12 XI !


Thanks to persistent lobbying by a few enthusiasts, an electronics club for fourth and fifth years has been meeting two evenings a week since Christmas. Members have the freedom of the physics department's power supplies and test instruments, and the projects at present under way include a multimeter, a dimmer switch, a fuzz box and an electric guitar.



Four speakers were entered in the junior section of the Sheffield Junior Chamber of Commerce public speaking competition this year. The first heat was held at Silverdale, and from a field of six G. Fellows and F. Ebling were selected to compete in the final to be held at Granville College.. D. Lindsay and G. Orton came 3rd and 4th respectively, beating the other competitors into the last two positions, an excellent result for KES.

Graham Fellows was later found to be too old to compete in the junior final, so he competed in the senior final instead, where he put up a vary commendable performance only to be beaten by last year's junior winner - J. Richards of Jordanthorpe. Francis Ebling won the junior final and brought back a trophy in the footsteps of I. Wallace, and want on to finish fifth in the Yorkshire regional finals held in Wakefield.

Unfortunately no senior pupils could compete in this competition, or in the debating competition. Two junior teams were entered in the 5th years-and-under section: G. Fellows and D. Lindsay in the 'A' team (both had competed in the previous year), and F. Ebling and G. Orton who were debating for the first time. Both teams were drawn away to Abbeydale in the first round opposing the motion "This house believes that the only two pleasures in life are eating and drinking", and both teams won through to the quarter finals. The 'A' team were drawn at home against the Girls' High School, proposing the motion, "This house believes the school leaving age should be lowered", and the second team were drawn away to Staveley Netherthorpe Grammar School, opposing the same motion. Unfortunately both teams were knocked out by a narrow margin.

It is hoped that the experience gained this year will stand both teams in good stead for the senior competition next year, and that there may be enough interest in the school to reform the Debating Society in the future. Finally many thanks to all the English staff who have helped this year, and to those who came to see the debate against the High School.

F. Ebling 5P




Our man in Manchester - former Leader of the School Orchestra, Julian Harrison - wrote in October: "I was having lunch today with Vincent Billington of the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, and he said he thought the KES Concert the best he had ever heard from a school". Such an unsolicited testimonial prompted a look back at the programme to see what could have called forth such praise. Perhaps it was the usual, or unusual, variety: the Orchestral items, with Brendan Clover's D trumpet much in evidence; the ensembles like Leigh's Concertino for Piano and Strings with Martin Smith as soloist, or those for Brass or Guitars or Recorders. Or the choral contrast of Brahms and Handel (Zadok, the Priest) with Madrigals and a close-harmony version of "Yesterday". There was also the 'pop' cantata "Holy Moses!" featuring Mark Gleadhall on his electronic organ. (Did our patron realise that Mark was restricted to his local speaker because a lead to the City Hall's system had pulled out?)

Prize-giving did take place this year, and, being on St. ffawkes Eve, the musical part began with Handel's "Royal Fireworks" and continued with such disparate items as solos by Jayne Beeston (Clarinet) and John Humphries (Horn) in Mozart's K.447, and, on the lighter side, Scott Joplin on Guitars, "Rock-a-my-soul" by the Madrigal Group and Nick Battle's "Rabat-Joie" Group. A stirring Vaughan Williams "Old Hundredth" closed the proceedings.

Carols by the three Choirs were at St. John's, Ranmoor, this time - a straight-forward Nine Lessons form, but with the thrill of trumpets and certain high-lights like the Madrigal Group's "Shepherds Pipe Carol" (Rutter), an effective echo device in Jacob Handel's "Joyful Hearts" and a moving performance of Berlioz' "The Shepherds Farewell" from L'Enfance du Christ.

Concert '75 programmes are in circulation as we go to Press, containing at least one new element - the Brass Band, and we hope our musicians will pull off yet another miracle in spite of the increasing difficulties in keeping things going week by week.

Of personalities - we have warmly welcomed Mr. Eost to share the burden and heat of the day, and we continue to be indebted to our peripatetic instructors, to Mrs. Smith for her encouragement of recorder players, and Miss Hirst, Janice Robson and Gillian Edwards for their work with Guitarists. We congratulate Jayne Beeston on her membership of the National Youth Orchestra and Brendan Clover on his place in the British Youth Symphony Orchestra. Gratitude is due to all those musicians who give up their time and other pursuits to the school's musical tradition, who pile into taxis to link up with their fellows at the other place, or who wait patiently at the other end until the reinforcements arrive.



Morning rehearsal for Evening Concert, City Hall, April 1975.
Photos by C. Naylor


The Model Engineering Society was formed about a year ago to provide facilities for all types of model-making. The main project has been the construction of a model railway under the direction of Mr. Parkin. During the Summer term a plan was drawn up and the materials were ordered, and the term's activities ended with a visit to the British Railway's Engineering Works at Crewe. In September work started and soon afterwards we made our first attempts at building our own track and now many members of the society have become quite skilled at this, their work including points and a double-slip crossover. The scenery and station are taking shape and all our work has been aided by the recent acquisition of a large tool-kit.

The completed railway should make its first public appearance at the School Summer Fair but anyone who would like to see the work progressing can come down to the scout hut any lunch time. Finally many thanks to everyone who has helped in the past year, and especially to Mr. Parkin for his advice and encouragement.

Sam J. Wood 7S


What do Lower School pupils think of their neighbours, Tapton? What do Tapton pupils think of King Edward's Lower School?

Our Lower School reporters Kim Brammar and Julia Huckerby went to find out. The following is a sample from their interviews :­

K.E.S. views:

"I think it is daft having two schools together. They don't wear a uniform and are not very organized. They wear jewellery."

"I think Tapton are lucky because they do not have to wear a uniform.'

"They wear platform shoes which are really too high. Their school is not as strict as ours and they don't seem to learn as much as we do."

"I don't think I would like to go to Tapton because they finish after us, but their lessons finish before us." (we couldn't understand it either! - Editors)

"Tapton have a bigger gym and the dining room is just part of the hall. The classrooms are all dotted about instead of being in one place."

"They also have a sports hall as well as a gym. They even have a public telephone and coffee machines. Tapton is much bigger than the Lower School. They play the same games as us and have a good collection of cups and trophies. We have beaten them at netball, rounders and hockey. They don't have gym competitions. Their lesson bells go before ours but we get out of school at home time before their home time bell goes. We seem to have more holidays than they do."

TAPTON views:

Tapton think that our school is too strict and that we should not have to wear school uniform. They say we should be allowed to wear trousers on cold days. Although they admit that we learn more than they do in a shorter time, they say they prefer their school.

"I would rather stay in Tapton because we have a much bigger gym. We don't have to wear uniforms and we can wear platforms."

"I think Tapton is great because it is fun to find all the different rooms. You always come up in a different place from where you did last time. We don't have half as many rules and we always stay in at lunchtime."

"We have won quite a lot of matches. We have some good people in our teams. We wear more or less the same P.E. things as King Edward's do. We have lots of cups and awards."



General artistic activity has been in more evidence in the Upper School during the last year thanks to the introduction of portable display panels which have enabled us to put work on show in the vestibules. We are indebted to the Craft Department whose many hours spent adapting Government surplus hospital screens to their new role, have made this possible. Plans are now afoot to stage our first large exhibition in the Assembly Hall at Lower School to coincide with the Summer Fair in June.

February and March saw 36 of our works included in the annual Children's Art Exhibition at the Graves Gallery, with awards evenly divided between Glossop Road and Darwin Lane. Martin Johnson won 3rd prize in the 12-14 group, and Alistair Smith's work was highly commended. Representing the Upper School, Sean Bonnington carried off the 2nd prize of the 15-17's, and Deborah Miles was highly commended for her "Geranium Landscape".

At mid term a group of 6th and 7th form students furthered their architectural studies with a
pilgrimage to Lincoln Cathedral. Janet Harrison's unfortunate accident with a bottle of orange-juice put a
temporary damper on the morning, though I understand spirits rose by lunchtime. It was a good day out.
Lunchtimes at Glossop Road are generally more mundane affairs, though it is usual to see the

Art room busily occupied by a few dedicated individuals. It is always open.


The Rime of the Ancient Prefect - minus the censored sections.

(With acknowledgement to S.T. Coleridge)

It is an Ancient Prefect


And he stoppeth one of three

(An ancient prefect meets three 5th years

By thy head boy's cup and thy blue braid stripe

skiving games and stops one)

Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?


I came to this school in the first year


Though ne'er of noble birth

(The prefect's story is obviously a moral

And swiftly on I progressed

one as he says that his name is not important)

Though my name's of no great worth.


Then in the seventh


I achieved all

(The prefect describes the way in which he rises to his position)

I read as a Prefect


In t'assembly hall.


At first indeed it was so fine


To be a favourite all the time

(The prefect gives a hint of the favouritism shown towards the prefects)

Part of the elite


Always so neat.


Then I committed my crime.


Alone, alone, all, all, alone

(The Ancient Prefect inhospitably

Alone at the fateful hour

covers Mr. Jackson in flour)

I cut the string that was attached


On to the bag of flour.


And one by one around me

(His friends cry out against the prefect

All the friends I held in retention

for putting the deputy head in a bad

Found their names on the notice board


To attend the school detention.


All that was left were the first years

(The prefect mentions these creatures

They were all I could see;

despised by all the school)

And no one risked a glance, or smiled,


Or even spoke to me.


Aye I was alone, all, all, alone


No saint took pity on me.


I looked towards these youngsters

(Their naivety and innocence)

At the caps and the ties that they wear


A spring of love gush't from my heart

(He blesseth them in his heart)

And I blessed them unaware.


But though indeed I feared the worst


The Lord above removed my curse.

(The spell begins to break)

Thus I do not want to act

(The moral of the story is tied to the

As priest nor rabbi nor preacher

prefect for the rest of his life. He must go round telling of his

But he prefects best who grovels best


To each and every teacher.


The Prefect, thus, whose braid is worn


Into a narrow line,


Looked at his watch and march-ed off

(The Prefect goes)


Away to the Valley of Time.


The fifth year spent a restless night


Throughout his sleep he snored.

(The 5th year has forgotten everything and is impressed by none of what has


He felt so much as you do now,

been said to him)


Tired and very bored.






Up until a few weeks ago, the Bridge Club had always appeared to be a rather high-brow, intellectual sort of club., However Mr. Sharrock's warning: "there will be no gambling in the school", prompted me to take a closer look at the club.

"Could", I asked myself, "the innocent-looking club be only a cover-up for something more evil? Could Room 28 be transformed at lunchtime into a gambling den? Could such sums as a teacher's weekly pay, or the tuck shop's daily takings (much the same thing I'm told) pass through grasping hands? Could this vice permeate deeper? Corruption and bribery of teachers? Five pounds to turn a blind eye? Could even Mr. Finch have been silenced ??!?

Could all this, and more, be going on at the now ill-famed Bridge Club?"

Well! In a nutshell: NO! In fact the Bridge Club is just another of those boring, hum-drum, "something to do during lunchtime" clubs. That is, if you cannot play bridge - like me. It soon gets a grip on you, though, and I have it on good authority (Thinks - Rashmin?) that beginners are welcome as well as experienced players "especially girls" (Rashmin Savani). So, if you do not have anything to do during the forthcoming lunchtimes (which is not unusual) why not come along to Room 28 and have a round of poker, oh, what a give away!! I mean a rubber of bridge.

Quotable Quotes overheard at the Bridge Club :­

"Of course, there has been gambling throughout the school for a long time but that does not mean to say, there has been gambling in the Bridge Club."

"We only play for points."

"Oooh, that's a big "Club"!"

MF 1975







It was a Sunday morning. The whole road was silent, because on Selbourne Road, it was unheard of to rise before 10.00 o'clock on a Sunday morning, especially in Autumn when it's cold. The youngest of the Pridmores, Marty, was lying awake in bed, lulled into silence by his father's gentle snores. As soon as the clock reached ten, Marty scrambled out of bed and galloped to his record player. On goes David Bowie and within seconds the whole street is awake. It's the same every Sunday.

Marty trotted downstairs and began burning breakfast. It takes practice to burn yourself, the milk and the toast all at once! But Marty had certainly had that practice, and managed it, too! Soon his mum came downstairs and nearly exploded when she saw Marty sitting on the kitchen floor with a saucepan on his head, milk pouring over his shoulders and him sucking his burnt finger.

"I slipped", he said, angelically.

Later that day, Marty's friend, Don, came knocking at the door. Marty answered and Don was led, somewhat reluctantly into the room where Marty's parents were sitting reading the print off the Sunday papers.

"Just wait there a sec," Marty said, dashing into the kitchen. Less than three seconds later, a strange cry came from the kitchen.


It was Marty. Cheeseface came at top speed from the kitchen and not noticing that the front door was closed, crashed head first into it! Poor Cheeseface. He staggered across the room and collapsed in a heap by the fire.

"That bloomin moggy!" Marty exclaimed as he came from the kitchen, a large lump emerging from his forehead. Don sniggered.

"Paul wants to know if you can go ice skating with him tonight," Don said. "Pardon", Marty said, "On second thoughts, yes I can, who else is going?" "Oh Mickey Mouse, Churchill, the usual," Don said in his funny voice. "Great," Marty said, "I think I'll survive till then!"

"I'll have to go, then," Don said, "I was on my way to Steve's but I forgot to get off the bus.


And that was the end of the worm which Marty had found in the garden the day before. Marty thought it looked a bit off colour and had taken it indoors. Don stood on it! Marty grumbled at him but Don was already speeding off down the road, away from mad Marty.

Marty charged up to his room and on again went David Bowie. Fred made a rude comment about David Bowie's voice, so Marty threw a book at him. Then Marty ran, screaming, over to Fred's cage. He hadn't noticed it was his geography book and Fred might damage it! Regardless of the fact that Fred was hanging upside down from his perch, Marty retrieved his book and went and sat on his bed. He must have sat down rather heavily because his bed, which was somewhat frail, collapsed and began to fold up! Marty jumped and looked at Fred who was still upside down and looking greener than usual.

"Play dead," Marty yelled and Fred landed with a thud, headfirst on the bottom of the cage. Marty decided to revive Fred in case Fred wouldn't speak to him. Fred's very fussy.

Marty's bed didn't look too happy so he sat on the floor. Soon, Marty, although it was still only three in the afternoon, fell asleep.

I'll leave it to your imagination what Marty was like at the ice rink that evening.

by Kathryn S. Jennison 2Z


Only two thirds of the adage "wine, women and song" were indulged in on this memorable evening. On arriving at The George Hotel, Hathersage, the feeling of being out of place was soon erased by the pre-meal warm-up. We quickly adapted to the local brew. Thirty minutes later, players took to their marked positions, although those who had warmed up too vigorously were feeling the pace a bit. Dinner was distinguished by a noticeably sports-biased conversation and the demonstration of what University sport does to one's passing style, the latter involving a salt cellar and last year's captain. Choice of wine was left to Ian Wallis, as he was wearing the best suit. Three minutes later, eleven bottles of the cheapest plonk were being served.

Following the meal were the speeches and toasts. Paul Warren took the speaker's helmet first, and his congratulatory speech was made hilarious by the ad-libbing of the old boys.

Mr. Michael "I am a Welshman" (?) O'Connor produced some beautiful following-up work, culminating in his guidelines on how to find KES 1st XV:

(Quote) "Follow the crowds."

The movement was finished off by a speech and toast to those stalwarts of Rugby - the front row, during which the front row forward award was presented by the holder to Debbie Reynolds. Half­time arrived and refreshments were taken with renewed vigour, and with the announcement "Gentlemen, you may smoke" a haze settled upon the room, although the pace setters had been walking in fog for some time.

The evening's entertainment was resumed with the sketches. I will leave to your imagination the script of "Hank's wooden leg" and "Doctor, doctor."

The Welshman retook the speaker's helmet in an attempt to teach us some contemporary ballads such as "Ah so, ah so, yogo ri, we welsh-speaking Japanese", commemorating the Japanese tour of Wales. Finally, there were the songs: The School Song - The School Boating Song - The Guinness Song.

We departed at midnight as a group, which is difficult when you encounter one of those swivel doors. The mini-bus stopped at one point so that we could admire the view, but we arrived back safely thanks to the care and attention of Mr. Meredith. (Are we the real reason he hasn't been seen at school recently?).

A. J. Simnett


This year's team cannot boast the enviable record of previous seasons but what it has lacked in victories, it has certainly made up in all round teem spirit. The large end quite young squad promises to produce good teams in the seasons to come.

Before Christmas the team had only been defeated twice out of twelve games, but after the holiday a few defeats came, although these were to tough opposition, in particular Hartland School, Worksop. This new fixture produced a very exciting game which was only lost 14-0, after a gallant effort by the team.

Our top scorer, John Blackburn has kicked some splendid goals bringing his total to a respectable 98 points.

The team were once again represented in the U19 South Yorkshire team, this year by Ian Wallis who provided them with a talented No. 8.

In February the team showed its spirit by holding a 'jumble sale' which proved to be very successful. A large enough sum was raised to finance two teams in Wales. St. Cyres school, Penarth were the hosts, and although in the four matches no victory could be achieved, a good time was had by all.

The team also went up to Scotland to see the Scotland -v- Wales game at Murrayfield.

Senior rugby in the school owes its existence and success to an excellent staff. More than usual, they have put a lot of hard work into arranging various events, since the team has done more than ever before. Mr. O'Connor, Mr. Nicholson and Mr. Knowles all deserve grateful thanks for their efforts. Unfortunately one member of this trio, namely Mike O'Connor, after two seasons at the school, is leaving. Our thanks and best wishes go with him.

Played 21         Won 14            Drawn 1           Lost 6  For 321            Against 169

Squad members include :­

Ashley, Blackburn, Eckersley, Hayes, Henty, Hornby, Jackson P., Jackson R., Jones M., Jones P., Jordan, Lindsay, Matthews, Napier, Parr, Payton-Greene, Pearson, Perks, Pettman, Reynolds, Rhodes, Salt, Shaddock, Simnett, Sutherland, Tallent, Wallis and Warren (Capt.).

RUGBY 2nd XV & U.15

The second team this year comprised mainly of fifth and seventh formers. All the members of this squad are worthy of playing for the first team and indeed most of them did. Due to this fact a regular second team wasn't put together for the whole of the season. This had a greet effect on the results where just under half were won.

The backs in the whole squad played very well and 2 younger members, Walker and Bardsley in the fourth year, deserve great praise in the way their partnership has helped both the second team and U.15 in all the games.

The main two wing-forwards Lindsay and P. Jackson have played consistently well all season, scoring 10 tries between them. With this form Lindsay got through to the South Yorkshire final trials along with Hayes, both just failing to get into the team.

The U.15 team had their first victory ever this season with the help of U.16 in a mixed team. Newbound along with the other nucleus of fourth formers had some close games and should get better in the future.

A tour to South Wales was enjoyed by all, where the second team just lost both their games after they had been leading in both.

Both squads would like to thank all the teachers who were connected with the teams, especially to Mr. Nicholson who we hope will have a long and successful stay with the school.

2nd XV            Played 10         Won 4  Lost 6  For 115            Against 145

U.15    Played 8           Won 1  Drawn 1           Lost 6  For 82  Against 280


This year's squad consisted of Bell, Bellamy, J. Ellis, S. Ellis, Figures, Hill, Ogle, Roberts, Rogers, Saynor, P. Smith, Stothard, Thornton, Wallace, Wilkinson and Wood (Capt.).

We have had little success this season and our best result was a 32-12 defeat. Some members of the squad have been very keen to play on Saturdays but others have been not so keen, and we have sometimes been short of

players. On these occasions members of the U.1 5 team have helped us out, and some of us have also played for them. We have tried to hold practices on Tuesday evenings but attendances have been disappointing.

J. Wood 3Y


This year's 1st XI have enjoyed a good season with good, consistent football coming from a youthful and relatively inexperienced squad of players. To date, 22 players have "starred" in the 1st XI with only two players appearing in all 24 matches. This latter point does not reflect instability within the squad but the fact that we have had players leave the school and others attend trials at city and county levels, K. Charlesworth and P. Stacey being successful at county level. K. Charlesworth and J. Smithson have now left us, a sad loss of 2 fine players.

The team, despite its youth, had had a very successful season, except for two crushing defeats, notably the 7-2 defeat at the hands of the Old Edwardians. Nevertheless, we reached the top four of the Sheffield 1st XI league, and after disposing of Ecclesfield in the semi-final play-off, we then lost an exciting game to Abbeydale in the final. The team's record for the season so far is as follows :­

Played 29         Won 20            Drawn 1           Lost 8  For 101            Against 56

Once again, the driving force behind the team has been Dave Henry whose strong tackling makes a good contrast with the less subtle play of his midfield partner, Smith. An outstanding feature of this year's team is the ability to score goals. The "killer" attack, spearheaded by Stacey (31 goals) and Froggatt (21 goals) backed up by Palmer and Newby, is a winning combination on any day despite a strong bias to the left foot for two of the players. The defence, a weak point in recent years, has remained sturdy, despite much reshuffling, with Corker providing the nucleus of a back four which will be with us next season. It is good to see younger players such as Shankly (no relation of Bill) playing with such confidence in their first year of 1st XI football. Special mention should be made of Sentance who, drinking apart, has once again maintained a high standard of goalkeeping since returning to the side after suffering a broken ankle at the beginning of the season. Thus, with youth on its side the 1st XI can look forward to another very successful season in 1975-76.

Appearances to date:

I. Boam (3), K. Charlesworth (14, now left), D. Cooper (6), R. Corker (27), D. Egan (14), I. Froggatt (26), D. Guest (1), J. Llewellyn (1), P. Llewellyn (1), P. Mellor (9), H. Moghul (9), P. Murray (22), J. Newby (27), R. Palmer (25), A. Russell (6), I. Sentance (17), N. Shankly (22), J. Smith (29), P. Stacey (24), J. Smithson (2 now left), P. Hickenson (6), D. Henry (28).

Many thanks to W. Davies, who has now left, D. Holdford and more recently I. Rodgers.



It has been a season of mixed fortunes for the Under-13 football team, with inconsistency being the major problem. Results have varied from a 10-2 victory over Westfield to a 0-7 crushing by Norfolk, after beating them 3-1 a few weeks earlier! The lads have trained very hard and no-one can fault their enthusiasm. There are some very skilful players in the team, notably Paul Winslow, Chris Walker, Terry Crookes, John Williams, Russell Pecket and Nicky Thatcher. Chris Walker's move to outside left made a great deal of difference, as his raiding wing play led to many goals. At present, Paul Winslow is the leading scorer with 23 goals with Chris Walker second with 15 goals.

The year has seen a great improvement in players like Daniel Cooper, Christian Bloor and Steven Wragg. The team is fortunate also to have three goalkeepers of such ability - Jeremy Skelton, Russell Simpson and Mike Davies contending the place between the posts. We hope next season will bring the consistency lacking this season.



U14 Soccer Team

As the U14's record shows it has been one of the most successful seasons at this level for a number of years. After the first two games, which were both drawn, we went on to register seven consecutive wins scoring 25 goals with just 5 in reply. It was unfortunate that our only defeat came in front of the biggest crowd of the season since most of De La Salle appeared to be watching the mid-week game. Perhaps the best win of the season was away against Pontefract when in appalling conditions we played some controlled football to win 4-0. Our best come-back of the season was in the return match at Ashleigh when with ten minutes to go and 3-1 down we managed to stage a great recovery to win 4-3.

Facts and Figures:         Played 17         Won 12            Drawn 4           Lost 1  Goals For 54    Goals Against 24

Leading Scorers:           Glyn Preston (11 ), John Pettinger (10), Stephen Wilkinson (9), Philip Turner (8), Malcolm Smith (7).

Ever Presents:   Peter Capener, Glen Shaw, John Pettinger, Glyn Preston.

Man of the Match Awards: Stephen Wilkinson


Glyn Preston     2

Philip Turner


Peter Capener  1

Glen Shaw


Keith Satterthwaite 1

John Pettinger


John Green       1

Malcolm Smith


John Holland    1

Peter Capener has played a number of outstanding games and made many superb saves. He has rapidly improved during the season and his best performance was in the match against Kings School, Pontefract. Keith Satterthwaite is a 'terrier' type of defender who refuses to give opposing forwards any respite and enjoys any opportunity to attack on the overlap. John Green made a tremendous impact at the beginning of the season and proved a very capable defender. Unfortunately his recent back injury has hindered him but I am sure he will continue his progress on returning to the side. Glen Shaw is perhaps the most improved player in the team and ability to read the game has been his greatest asset. He plays particularly well as a 'sweeper'. Richard Sweet has come back well after the injury he received in the game against High Storrs and gains a regular place in the side. His refusal to panic and heading ability are the main strengths in his game. After an initial trial as a forward Philip Turner seems to have found his best position on the right of mid-field. His natural advantages of height, strength and speed have combined with a high degree of footballing skill to produce one of the team's key players. As a natural left foot player David Duckenfield has slotted in well in the mid-field role and always uses the ball constructively. If he lacks anything it is confidence in his own ability. Captain, Stephen Wilkinson's enthusiasm for the game has been an example for the rest of the team and this was highlighted by his obvious disappoint­ment in having to leave the field because of injury in the closely contested game against Ashleigh. A hard tackling, hard working mid-field player Stephen can also do his share of attacking as shown by the four goals scored against Grimsby. Glyn Preston is in the mould of the old-fashioned wingers with tremendous ball control and ability to take on defenders. As leading goal scorer for most of the season he has frequently proved to be in the right place at the right time. John Pettinger is one of the new breed of forwards who believes in defending the moment the ball is lost. He is frequently seen tackling back after the ball and combining this with fine ball control and ability to score goals e.g. hat-trick against Chaucer, John has proved a key member of the side. The Malcolm Smith 'body feint' has been a regular sight this season and has proved one of Malcolm's most effective ploys against opposing defenders. The ability to provide a pin-point cross has produced excellent goals and Malcolm's hat-trick against Huddersfield shows he can score goals as well.


Paul Hague has been kept out of the side for most of the season because of the impressive form of Peter Capener but when he has been called upon has proved an able deputy. Bravery and surprising agility are combined with Haggis' enormous goal clearances. John Holland is almost a regular member of the side and his main qualities are strength and speed. Normally a full-back John has the ability to attack and score magnificent goals against Myers Grove and Ashleigh. Despite being substitute on a number of occasions Dana Skipworth has maintained his enthusiasm and when called upon has given competent performances. His tackling and strong heading ability have proved particularly useful.


It is always encouraging for the boys to see parents taking an active interest in their sport and I should like to thank Messrs. Preston, Wilkinson and Pettinger for their support.


After a number of impressive performances Philip Turner has been asked to join the Sheffield Boys U14 Squad - congratulations Phil!


After six of the team had attended a week's course at Scarborough in the summer, the coaching began paying dividends immediately. The team made an excellent start to the season by winning the South Yorkshire Schools Title at Rotherham by beating South Grove 15-9, 15-0 in the final. In the Yorkshire School's Championships at Huddersfield our 1st team came second in the open-age group and our U.16 team came second in their group, but both unluckily did not qualify for the National Finals.

We now have one team in the South Yorkshire league 1st division and one in the newly formed second division. The 1st team although having lost twice as many matches as it has won, has played well and has always given commendable performances. The U.1 6 team is playing well and is enjoying a successful season, but new young players are always welcome.


Last season, there were many newcomers to the 1st XI, and this inexperience largely accounts for the average results obtained during a wet season when five matches were cancelled. Of the fifteen matches played, six were won, five drawn and four lost.

The batting, at times, was shaky, although D. Parnell was consistent, with his score of 71 not out being the highest of the season, and came top of the averages. P. Gascoyne scored his maiden half-century (65 not out), but was consistently inconsistent and could never be relied upon for a good score. Towards the end of the season, the emergence of D. Guest as an opening bat showed promise for the future.

On the bowling side, the honours must, undoubtedly, go to P. Bronks who bowled well throughout the season and finished with a record breaking total of 49 wickets at an average of 8.82 runs per wicket. He was ably supported by P. Stacey and D. Parnell who both took over 20 wickets.

In the field D. Parnell, J. Phillips and K. Charlesworth all set fine examples and A.R. Moghul showed amazing reflexes in the slips. The complete opposite was M. Wilson, whose attempts to juggle while catching a ball were somewhat unorthodox. A Aplin kept wicket well, only allowing 40 byes to pass him throughout the whole year.

The most notable victories were against De La Salle (by 9 wickets) and the Staff XI (by 6 wickets), the latter's collapse from 42 for 1 wicket to 70 all out being the joke of the year.

Our thanks go to Mr. J. C. Hemming, who gave valuable spare time for our enjoyment, and Austin, who continued to prepare good wickets.

Paul Gascoyne

Players' Appearances:   G. P. Bronks


D. M. Guest

13        P. Blake            8

S.T. Reynolds 4


D. J. Parnell


R. Hatherington 12       M. H. Wilson            8

C.M. Mower            2


J. R. Phillips


K.N.Charlesworth 10 R.A.Hawkswell 7

J. Higginbotham 1


A. C. Aplin


P. Stacey

10        J. Wilson            5

P. Mellor            1


P. M. Gascoyne


A. R. Moghul

9          H. A. Moghul            4

J. Parr  1








Thomas Rotherham College



Manchester G.S.



Cheadle Hulme



King's School Pontefract






Batley G.S.



Doncaster G.S.



J.C. Hemming's XI



Old Edwardians



Bradford G.S.



Oakwood O.B.



Myers Grove



High Storrs



KES Staff XI



De La Salle





A small squad did fairly well being unbeaten in four out of seven fixtures.

The team didn't start off too well by losing two matches in the first half of the season. Owing to this the. batting_ and bowling order was changed. This led to a run of 3 unbeaten games out of 4.

The team lost 2 out of 3 games against Sheffield teams with very close games against Myers Grove and

De La Salle. Moghul's batting 30 not out and Cartwright's bowling 7 for 28 were the best performances here. Hayes and Sweet gave good batting contributions, the highlight being against De La Salle with a 46 partnership.

The team's highest batting scores came in wins against Manchester schools. Mellor's fine 54 runs and Thompson's 5 for 30 bowling crushed Manchester Grammar. The bowlers beat Cheadle Hulme with Mellor 4 for 14 and Cartwright 4 for 17 being the best performances.

At the end of the season Moghul's batting average of 20 runs an innings and Mellor's of 19, were equally as good as Thompson's 6.13 runs per wicket and Cartwright's 6.31 in the bowling averages.

Great thanks to all the teachers involved with the team and also to A. Greenwood, the scorer, who came enthusiastically to every game and kept very good records of all the games.

Played 7           Won 2  Drawn 2           Lost 3  P. Hayes.

U14 Badminton Team

The team was entered in the Sheffield U14 League and has reached the semi-final after defeating each of the other schools in our division quite comfortably. Of the 45 sets played we have lost only 2 and hope to maintain this form in the semi-finals.

On a personal note several of the team were entered in the Sheffield Schools Knock-Out Tournament and Philip Turner partnered by Patrick Waters reached the semi-finals, losing to the eventual winners of the competition.

Results: v Chaucer         Won 9-0          v Firth Park A Won 8-1           v Myers Grove Won 9-0

v Wisewood     Won 9-0          v Firth Park B Won 8-1

Team Members:           Philip Turner, Patrick Waters, John Pettinger, Richard Sweet, Ben Steiner, Martin Johnson, Paul Baker, Dana Skipworth, Stephen Wilkinson.

Cross-Country Junior Team - 2nd in League and 2nd in Sheffield Schools Championship.

Nicholas Preskey, Richard Watson, Tim Doyle, Stephen Bradford and Robert Habgood were all chosen to represent Sheffield in the South Yorkshire Championships.

Cyclo Cross

Although no direct provision is made for cyclo cross in the school it is especially pleasing to note the success of the Gilbert brothers this season. Nigel was second in the Junior section of the Sheffield Schools Cyclo Cross Championships, also second in the Yorkshire Schools Junior Cyclo Cross Championships decided over four meetings.


The dedicated work of Peter Munn last year in training the junior team has yielded a rich dividend this year. The junior 'A' team made an excellent start to the season by winning the first three league races. Later in the term St. Pauls fielded a very strong team so we came second overall in the Sheffield league. We have not done so well for a number of years and the first team are to be congratulated for their excellent performance. Richard Watson, Nick Preskey, Stephen Bradford and Tim Doyle have formed the main nucleus of the 'A' team, ably assisted by Paul Baker and Robert Habgood.

The first years, who formed the core of the 'B' team, have also done very well. They came second among the 'B' teams, providing valuable support for the 'A' team. The most promising and consistent runners were Matthew Strachan, Nick Fenwick and Stephen Oxley.

A few new runners have been recruited to the teams: Stephen Higgins has run for the third year team, David Buffin for the second year team, and James Whittaker, Simon Clayton and Stephen Dugdale for the first year team.

In the City Championship the 'A' team came second amongst all Sheffield schools. The following were selected to represent Sheffield in the County Championships: S. Bradford, T. Doyle, R. Habgood, N. Preskey, R. Watson.

The intermediates and seniors struggled to enter complete teams. Giles Orton and Steve Winslow ran for the intermediates. We had a full senior team at the beginning of the season but three members left before Christmas. Nevertheless the senior team came second to Abbeydale. Only Stephen Habgood now runs for the seniors; he has also provided valuable assistance in training the junior team.

For the future we hope that the juniors will continue running well and ensure that our intermediate and senior teams will improve.

Seniors: S. Habgood, D. Boshier, D. Hunter, J. Peake.

Intermediates: G. Orton, S. Winslow, A. Broadhurst.

Juniors: P. Baker, D. Buffin, S. Bradford, T. Doyle, S. Higgins, R. Watson, R. Habgood, N. Preskey, S. Clayton, S. Dugdale, N. Fenwick, R. Hardcastle, S. Oxley, M. Strachan, J. Whittaker.

Captains: S. Habgood (Seniors) R. Watson (Juniors) Secretary:G. Orton



Ian McHale (left) under 16 and under 18 singles champion, with his partner Peter Shuttleworth under 18 handicap mixed doubles champion, together won the under 18 handicap doubles event.

The annual Sheffield and District Junior Tournament was held again at the Sheffield and Hallamshire L.T.C., Hunters Bar. Nearby clubs were also used to help clear the earlier rounds for the final matches of the 13 events played. A strong contingency from King Edwards competed in the events. The dates for the next Sheffield and District tournament have just been announced and are from August 25th - 29th, again at the Hallamshire Tennis Club.

An open junior tournament is to be held for the first time in Sheffield this year at the Hangingwater and Brentwood Clubs from September 1st - 5th, so there is plenty of time for practice to improve well enough to have an increase in entries from King Edward's.

The school tennis team also had a very successful season losing only two of the ten matches played. The team included Paul Woodhouse, Derek Hornby, Howard Nicholson, Peter Shuttleworth, Nicholas Lester, Peter Mellor and Martin Fulton.

Peter Shuttleworth

The school fishing team before their winter match against Silverdale.


GIRLS GAMES REPORT Easter 1974 - Easter 1975


The typical English summer did little to deter the many sporting activities which took place both in and out of school time. The teams worked hard and their results and progress were very pleasing.

Analysis of Matches:


Won     Drawn


Under 16 Tennis 'A'


5          -


Under 16 Tennis 'B'


3          -


Under 14 Tennis


-           -


Under 13 Tennis


1          -


Under 12 Tennis


1          -


Under 15 Rounders


8          -


Under 13 'A' Rounders


9          -


Under 13 'B' Rounders


1          -


Under 12 Rounders




The under 13 rounders team had an outstanding season - they reached the final of the Sheffield League and were narrowly beaten by Norfolk, 4 rounders to 2%. The under 12 team also made a promising start. The standard of tennis seems to be improving all the time. Our under 16 'A' team did very well, probably encouraged by our 1st couple, Patricia Daykin and Jane Woodhouse who never lost a set in all their matches for the school. The athletics teams had a very busy time and enjoyed a successful season, competing in Intermediate and Junior district sports, City Finals and four Track League meetings. The Junior girls team did extremely well in winning the track league finals. Sarah Bloor, Wendy Robson and Sonia Wilson were selected to represent Sheffield at Athletics. Sonia's hard work was rewarded when she gained both the City and Yorkshire Shot titles, winning this event with record throws. The following girls qualified for City finals :­

G. Cooke, S. Wilson, M. Bradford, W. Robson, Janice Roberts, Jill Roberts, V. Marsden, H. Theaker, H. Thompson, I Hinds, plus the Junior and Intermediate relay teams.

Five star awards were won by V. Marsden, H. Theaker, S. Bloor, W. Robson, Janice Roberts, Jill Roberts, D. Bowles, J. Swift.

The mixed swimming team finished fourth at the District Gala with Julie Mattocks and Susan Burton qualifying for City Finals. Julie was also selected to swim for Sheffield.

At the end of the term colours and half colours were awarded as follows :­

Full Colours:

K. Sime, J. Sime (Gymnastics): S. Wilson (Athletics): P. Daykin, J. Woodhouse (Tennis):

Half Colours:

G. Cooke, J. Wigmore, C. Civil (Netball): A. Bardsley, L. Chadwick, J. Lee, J. Mycock (Hockey): M. Bradford, S. Bloor, J. Roberts, W. Robson (Athletics): W. Gratton, K. Battye (Gymnastics): M. Hoytink (Tennis): D. Popat, D. Bowles (Tennis):

In July, the following girls were selected to act as captains for 1975 :­


Upper School

Lower School


G. Cooke

C. Civil


J. Mycock

K. Steiner


S. Wilson

V. Marsden


D. Popat

M. Turner


P. Daykin

H. Orton

under 14 Netball



under 14 Hockey





Under 12 Tennis

D. Bowles, J. Spence, V. Neal, R. Civil, C. Groves, A. Ritchie, J. Topham.

Under 13 Tennis

H. Orton (Capt.), C. Civil, M. Turner, M. Figures, K. Steiner, K. Fishburn, E. Ward, P. Wilkinson.

Under 14 Tennis

H. Wingfield, W. Robson, D. Popat, T. Robertson, K. Sillitoe, K. Gilbert, S. Martin, P. Fieldsend, S. Biggs, C. Battye,

A. Doherty.

Under 16 Tennis

P. Daykin (Capt.), J. Woodhouse, G. Littlewood, M. Hoytink, J. Wigmore, L. Chadwick, J. Green, J. Mycock, S. Mycock,

A. Thickett, K. Worrall, H. Walford, J. Civil, J. Moulson.

Under 12 Rounders

V. Neal, D. Bowles, R. Civil, T. Warrington, C. Saxby, R. Pettinger, J. Collett, P. Reaney, J. Spence, G. Titterton,

J. Buckley, H. Greatorex, K. Truelove, J. Spence, J. Roberts.

Under 13 Rounders

H. Theaker, E. Ward, V. Marsden, D. Wright (Capt.), L. Cottyn, K. Batty, C. Leversidge, A. Fielding, M. Turner, K. Baines,

C. Civil, H. Orton, K. Steiner, M. Figures, J. Fielding.

Under 16 Rounders

D. Popat (Capt.), I. Hinds, J. Roberts, S. Williams, W. Robson, A. Smith, A. Osgerby, H. Wingfield, A. Gleadhall, S. Bloor,

W. Atkinson, S. Wilson.

Junior Athletics

J. Roberts, H. Theaker, S. Bloor, V. Marsden, H. Wingfield, L. Cottyn, W. Robson, I. Hinds, P. Rose, A. Smith, E. Ward,

S. Cooke, Jill Roberts, J. Ventour, J. Wilson, P. Wilkinson, D. Jenkinson, J. Percy, H. Naylor, E. Chadwick, B. Hogg,

D. Rose, H. Thompson, J. Sime, C. Groves, S. Ventour, J. Wainwright, M. Figures, J. Marshall, M. Turner, B. Maxwell,

J. Calder, J. Fielding, W. Gratton, C. Civil, A. Asgerby.

Intermediate Athletics

S. Wilson, G. Cooke, M. Bradford, J. Pettinger, M. Hoytink, J. Wigmore, W. Atkinson, E. Gould,

At the end of the summer term, two members of the school dance group left to take up full time training for the dance profession. Janet Fieldsend is at the Arts Education School, Miranda Coe at the Rambert School.


The winter terms have been busier than ever with fifteen netball, hockey and badminton teams regularly in action, to say nothing of the cross-country and gym teams! The publication date of this magazine makes it impossible to report the final team results and these have been calculated up to the end of February. Unfortunately, this means we are unable to announce the results of the finals and semi-finals for which several of our league teams have qualified. It will be noticed that there is quite a discrepancy in results between Upper School and Lower School teams. To some extent, the lack of facilities and training time at Upper School is to blame but it is largely due to the dropping out of many team members once the opportunity to play in matches and attend practices is not quite so convenient as it is at Lower School. The lower school teams have done tremendously well this year and are fast gaining a reputation through the City for good play, appearance and behaviour.

Analysis of Matches


Won     Drawn


Under 18 Netball




Under 16 Netball




Under 15 Netball


-           -


Under 14 'A' Netball


19        4


Under 14 'B' Netball


-           -


Under 13 'A' Netball




Under 13 'B' Netball


2          1


Under 12 'A' Netball


5          1


Under 12 'B' Netball




Under 16 Hockey


6          3


Under 14 Hockey


2          3


Under 13'A' Hockey


3          2


Under 13 'B' Hockey


1          -


Under 16 Badminton


-           -


Under 14 Badminton


6          -


At the time of going to press, the under 14 and under 13 netball teams have qualified for the league netball semi-finals and the under 14 badminton for their league finals.

The cross country teams, though lacking in numbers this year, have competed at all the league races.

Outstanding Performances

The under 14 netball team was one of thirty teams which entered the annual Sheffield Tournament. They played and beat six teams to win the final where they played and beat Norfolk by 6 goals to 5.

Sonia Wilson, Sarah Bloor and Helen Thompson were selected for the Sheffield Cross Country teams.

For the first time, girls were entered for the South Yorkshire Hockey Trials. Gillian Simm was selected for the 2nd XI and Alison Bardsley and Caroline Leversidge as reserves. The under 16 Hockey team reached the semi finals of their annual tournament.


Two of our second year girls have done very well this year. In the Sheffield Championships, Debbie Bowles and Jackie Spence won the Under 14 doubles final and played each other in the singles final - they also reached the semi final of the Yorkshire Schools Championships and Debbie won the under 14 singles title here as well. She was also selected to represent Yorkshire.

Olympic Gymnastics

The club has flourished over the last year and the standard has improved enormously. This is due, to a great extent, to the success of Katy and Joanne Sime, which has done much to inspire club members. Katy has been selected for the National Squad, the English Schools' Team and has recently competed in the British Women's Individual Championships where she was placed a very creditable 15th out of 34 competitors (being the second youngest competitor). Joanne won the Yorkshire and National titles at under 13 level and she also trains with the national squad. Both girls look to be set for great things.

For the first time ever, we entered the under 13 National B.A.G.A. competition which is organised on a knockout basis. In the first round, we were drawn against formidable opponents. Last year, Ashleigh won the Yorkshire Area finals and finished third in the National finals. Our match with them was exceedingly close and we scraped through by the tiniest of margins - 103.25 points to 102.49. In the next round we competed against Stocksbridge Middle School, beating them by 111.9 to 107.9 points - this result took us through to the Yorkshire semi finals where we were drawn against Wickersley Comprehensive - a talented and experienced team. We narrowly lost the match by 123.4 points to 122.5.

Team:   J. Sime (Capt.), R. Civil, I. Murphy, J. Neal, V. Neal, C. Huckerby, K. Stanley.

The first, second and third year teams have competed in friendly matches. The second years beat St. Paul's by 68 points to 58 and the third years by 52.10 to 51.55.

1s! Year Team: 1. Murphy (Capt.), J. Neal, A. Helsing, K. Greaves, J. Hill, S. Beeston, C. Smith, P. Belton. 2nd Year Team: J. Sime (Capt.), R. Civil, V. Neal, C. Huckerby, K. Stanley, R. Skelton. 3rd Year Team: W. Gratton (Capt.), K. Batty, V. Marsden, J. Chittenden, J. Percy.

Other team members :­

Under 18 Netball

J. Woodhouse, S. Houghton, G. Littlewood, S. Wilson, G. Cooke, A. Franklin, J. Civil.

Under 16 Netball

J. Wigmore, G. Cooke, A. Franklin, D. Popat, S. Bloor, C. James, A. Bardsley, L. Chadwick, J. Mycock, S. Mycock,

S. McCarthy, D. Nunnington.

Under 15 Netball

C. Battye, P. Fieldsend, W. Robson, S. Bloor, H. Wingfield, C. James, D. Popat.

Under 14'A' Netball

C. Civil, M. Turner, K. Whitton, M. Figures, C. Leversidge, E. Ward, A. Fielding, H. Orton, R. Eastwood.

Under 14'B' Netball

H. Theaker, J. Fielding, W. Gratton, D. Wright, E. Clements, K. Steiner.

Under 13'A' Netball

E. Short, D. Bowles, R. Civil, F. Allen, A. Ritchie, V. Neal, G. Titterton, J. Buckley, P. Kinnear.

Under 13 'B' Netball

J. Topham, K. Truelove, C. Groves, R. Skelton, S. Ruparelia, T. Warrington, C. Parker, H. Greatorex, D. Chittenden,

J. Hill, T. Salvati, R. Pettinger, M. Verdici.

Under 12'A' Netball

J. Neal, C. Webster, K. Greaves, J. Loveridge, S. Beeston, J. Hill, C. Nalayeh

Under 12 'B' Netball

C. Smith, M. Straw, C. Horton, S. Flint, H. Doherty, J. Ward, N. Keep, M. Ellam, A. Birkett.

Under 16 Hockey

S. Mycock, C. James, L. Chadwick, J. Garner, J. Lee, G. Simm, W. Hardcastle, H. Wingfield, J. Mycock, A. Bardsley,

A. Osgerby, J. Green, M. Hoytink, W. Robson, J. Pettinger, A. Smith, D. Popat.

Under 14 Hockey

C. Leversidge, H. Orton, K. Steiner, E. Ward, C. Civil, P. Gilson, C. Oxley, H. Thompson, S. Bell, J. Wainwright, L. Mann,

J. Fielding, K. Fishburn, M. Figures, E. Clements, C. Cauldwell, P. Wilkinson, S. Potts, S. Gibson, M. Turner, J. Balmforth.

Under 13 Hockey

J. Topham, C. Blackburn, C. Groves, F. Allen, K. Truelove, H. Edwards, E. Short, D. Bowles, G. Titterton, J. Spence,

R. Pettinger, A. Howard, A. Ritchie, W. Kitching, P. Kinnear, R. Civil, S. Ruparelia.

Under 16 Badminton

J. Mycock, S. Mycock, M. Hoytink, A. Smith, A. Osgerby, A. Gleadhall, S. Drabble, S. McCarthy, D. Popat.

Under 14 Badminton

D. Bowles, J. Spence, H. Orton, C. Civil, M. Turner, E. Ward, A. Fielding, L. Mann, J. Fielding.

Cross Country

S. Wilson, S. Bloor, J. Roberts, H. Thompson, V. Marsden, L. Whitehead, D. Oldfield, W. Alsop, J. Yeomans, C. Bloor,

C. Oxley.


Final Results:

1.         The Under 14 Girls Netball team played Stocksbridge in the league finals winning by 20 goals to 18.

2.         The Under 13 Girls Netball team played Wisewood in their league finals and won by 14 goals to 13.

3.         The Under 14 Girls Badminton team reached the league finals and beat Abbeydale Grange by 5 games to 4.

4.         The Under 13 Girls Hockey team were runners up in their annual tournament, losing 1-0 to Jordanthorpe in the final.

Yorkshire Semi-Finals of B.A.G.A. U.13 competition -v- Wickersley High School



Above: 1st XV in action against Myers Grove.

Right: The Cross-Country Team.