Soham Grammarians - Mr Terry Jones, English 1955-57

Soham Grammarian New Year 1956

Here we would like to record our necessarily belated but equally cordial welcome to Mr Housden and Mr Jones as assistant Mathematics and English masters respectively; a happy circumstance in Mr Housden's appointment is the fact that he is an Old Boy.

Soham Grammarian Summer 1957

Mr Jones, who came to us in 1955 and who is now going to the Common Weal School, Swindon, shares with Mr Kitchen, from whom he took over as Library master, credit for the growth, efficiency and orderliness of the Library in recent years, and, above all, for the excellent range and attractive nature of the many new books adorning the shelves, for Mr Jones has made himself a mine of information on all the latest books.

He will also be gratefully remembered for his calm and kindly manner as a teacher, for his work with Middle School Dramatics - and for his impeccable handwriting.

from the 1956 School photo

16 Jan 2008: Terry Jones writes: Thank you very much for the photograph and the flattering reference to me in the school magazine. I'm not sure I deserved it. Of the staff I knew I learned purely by chance that Bert Lawrence had died at a relatively early age. Cecil Atkinson, who became a priest and moved to Devon, is also dead. His wife and I exchanged Christmas cards for some years but she is also now dead.

I moved from Common Weal in 1960 to become Head of English at Okehampton Grammar School and from there to be Head of English at Rolle College (later University of Plymouth). I completed my Ph.D. there and retired in 1989. Now I live between Exeter and Okehampton: the school I knew there is now a large (1,200) Community College. How the world changes!

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page last updated 16 Jan 2008