City of Coventry Boarding School
Jon Steane

Uzbekistan

#41 Feb 28, 2008
I (Jon Steane) was at CCS from 1977 to 1982 (when it closed).
I have great memories of the place and still keep in touch with a few class mates (unfortunately not often enough).
I remember Alan Thorne - Deputy Head/Maths and George Parker - Headmaster/English (both deceased).
Mick Chopping - Physics/Chemistry still lives in Cleobury and Gordon Plaice - Woodwork/Metalwork lives in Pinkham I think.
I went to the 2000 reunion, lots of ex pupils from 60's 70's and early 80's but only 4 from the latter years.
Some of you may remember Ian Lewis (Mortimer House Circa 1966). Good cross country runner - Ian was my uncle, who unfortunately lost his battle with cancer in May 2003.
[email protected]
Neale Cummings
Jon Steane

Uzbekistan

#42 Feb 28, 2008
Hi Martin, is your brother Richard, if so I was at the School with him.
Chris North

Canberra, Australia

#43 Feb 28, 2008
Jon, if you were there when the school closed, perhaps you can tell me why it did? Cheers.
Martin Hull

Manchester, UK

#44 Feb 29, 2008
Jon Steane wrote:
Hi Martin, is your brother Richard, if so I was at the School with him.
Yes, Richard is one of my brothers who was at Cleobury. He lives near Bath now with his family.
Paul Norman

Sunderland, UK

#45 Mar 1, 2008
Hi

I was there from 1961 to 1966. I was in Blount House [always the best for sport]. Lots of memories of teachers - especially the nicknames:

Grubby Harper
Tanky Thorne [later referred to as 'Daddy' as far as I know]
Johnny Walker
Walker Stupid [he was briefly there in about 1963]
Gus Roberts
Baldy Hudson
Jack Williams
Scotty Parker
Geoff Hinchliffe
Boney Lovattt
Trivs Thomas
Bas Matthews
Deputy Dog Williams
Mugwumph Partridge
Geoff Oxendale
Fishy Plaice

There were also teachers such as David Breeze and Foy who I prefer to forget. They were the bad apples that were there when I first arrived. Cleobury was a tough place then with many of the staff being nothing but bullies. They used to get some kind of pleasure from terrorising small boys. The sex scandal in about 1962 cleared a whole lot out, and the school became more civilised - although there was still a lot of belting kids with a slipper - or in the case of one teacher a hairbrush [which he had a pet name for, although I can't remember what it was.

One of the headmasters was RV Rowlands. He had a distinguished war record as a pilot - but had a drink problem. He drove into the back of a car parked on the hard shoulder of a motorway one night. As I recall he was on his way to pick up a boy who had run away. Tragically his daughter was also killed in a car accident in 1967. They are both buried in Neen Savage Church graveyard.

I was very friendly with Sarah Williams the Deputy's daughter. My mate Roger Mason was going out with Susan Rowlands at the time. Many the evening we spent playing tennis after prep.

Happy days mostly - but moments of darkness and terror - especially in the early days.

I think the school was closed due to financial pressures.
Chris North

Drummoyne, Australia

#46 Mar 1, 2008
Neen Savage church. I remember the compulsory Sunday service - and everyone lighting up on the unsupervised return to school.

Since: Dec 07

UK

#47 Mar 2, 2008
Early communion for wine then did not have to go back for the 10.00 service.

I am going to visit the place this summer on the bike so will take some photos and post them on friends reunited.
Martin Hull

London, UK

#48 Mar 2, 2008
You might be interested in this link about life at the school in the 1940's.
Reads better than the 1960/70's and they didn't seem to have Prep!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/70...
Baz Dyson

Newtown, UK

#49 Mar 7, 2008
Hi if anybody remembers me i was at the school in 1970/71 just for the 1 year god the memories i remember Chris North he was the dinner prefect what sticks in my mind was getting the strap parker sent for me during prep and he gave me 6 for going on the disused railway line i was only 12 but hey thats life DAVE SULLY was a good mate of mine anybody know anything about him plz contact me at [email protected] hi Chris
Chris North

Australia

#50 Mar 9, 2008
Hi Baz. Sorry, I don't remember Dave Sully. Remember that railway line though. Managed to avoid getting caught. Got the strap plenty of times for other things though. And the cane and the slipper..
Philip Lynch

Spain

#51 Mar 10, 2008
Mike McAvoy wrote:
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Foy was a bad bugger and he went to Jail for Sexual activities with the boys. James Lovatt was the music teacher. Foy had us digging up the veggies
I probable know you, I was the Blount house captain in 61
Mike, you are possibly right about Foy, I seem to remember something happened between him and a lad who played the trumpet and Foy was moved from the school. Fortuneately, he left me alone. Still a great school though. Can't say I remember you but it's a long time ago.
Razza Mohammed

UK

#52 Mar 15, 2008
I was at cleobury betweeen 77 - 82 in Mortimer. John Steane, your name rings a bell. I remember parker and his strap too well. I raided many a staff room and tuck shop! reformed character now!
I used to knock around with paul nath, warren stevens, ady mullhall, jimmy nelson, tosh, connoly, and i remember paul fisher as my table head! etc
Jon Steane

Uzbekistan

#53 Mar 23, 2008
Chris North wrote:
Jon, if you were there when the school closed, perhaps you can tell me why it did? Cheers.
Hi Chris
The school did indeed run into financial problems as mentioned in another posting, Coventry City Council were funding the place almost entirely from their own funds (some pupils had to pay to be there - others were paid for by the councuil). The council decided it would be better to close the school due to the high proportion of staff to pupils, they considered it to expensive per head.

We did demonstarte in the city centre, outside the Coventry Council House, many banners sporting the lines "SOS, Save Our School".

But to no avail, they finally closed it at the end of the summer term in June 1982 - God it seems like yesterday, but strngely it also seems so long ago.
Jon Steane

Uzbekistan

#54 Mar 23, 2008
Razza Mohammed wrote:
I was at cleobury betweeen 77 - 82 in Mortimer. John Steane, your name rings a bell. I remember parker and his strap too well. I raided many a staff room and tuck shop! reformed character now!
I used to knock around with paul nath, warren stevens, ady mullhall, jimmy nelson, tosh, connoly, and i remember paul fisher as my table head! etc
Hi Mohammad, Just a quick update, I see Warren Stevens once in a while, usually at mutual friends birthday parties, I hadnt heard anything about Jonathon Tosh since before the School closed, then I started a job at a desig company, one of the girls their had a familiar double bareled surname "Lyn-Tosh" I commented that I knew a guy called Jonatan wh emigrated to South Africa - turns out she is married to his brothey Byron.
Ady Mulhall moved to Australia and his brother was married to my ex wifes best friend for a while.
Small world heh
The last time I saw you was at the funeral of Dave Wilson, just 2 years ago, out of the blue his mum contacted me through Friends Reunited, it was a stange week that ended in us meeting and chatting about Dave, his life at Cleobury and our friendship before he passed away.
In addition to the chaps you mentioned I also used to hang around with Mark Babb, Ady Huson (went to his 40th in Norway a 18 month ago), Paddy Jones, Dave Finch, Dave Kent and Alan Brown.
Jon Steane

Uzbekistan

#55 Mar 25, 2008
Does anyone still have the last school photo taken between 1978 and 1982?
I have a very poor photocopy, but would like to get a print if possible.
If anyone is willing to get a copy printed for me I would be more than pleased to cover all costs.
Chris North

Woollahra, Australia

#56 Mar 27, 2008
So now I know. Thanks, Jon. Hope you find that photo.
Irvine Holloway

Pfronten, Germany

#57 Apr 17, 2008
CCS could not have been that bad for us ,as a lot of
us have good jobs and or working overseas(who would
have thought that at the time!!!),Starting to see a lot of familiar names,nice to hear that you are all alive and kicking.Keep the news comming it`s very interesting boys
Irvine Holloway

Pfronten, Germany

#58 Apr 18, 2008
Does anybody have any idea what Aiden Campbell is upto these days,Would love to hear from him if poss
Philip Lynch

Spain

#59 Apr 19, 2008
Irvine Holloway wrote:
CCS could not have been that bad for us ,as a lot of
us have good jobs and or working overseas(who would
have thought that at the time!!!),Starting to see a lot of familiar names,nice to hear that you are all alive and kicking.Keep the news comming it`s very interesting boys
The school tought a great deal of respect and self survival which was a good grounding for all of us, hence many of us are doing ok.

Since: Dec 07

India

#60 Apr 24, 2008
Philip Lynch wrote:
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The school tought a great deal of respect and self survival which was a good grounding for all of us, hence many of us are doing ok.
I totally agree, it is nice to see there are guys all around the world doing well. Like I commented earlier it has set us up to deal with any thing, good values and mutual respect. Just wish there was someone out there that remembered me.

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