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This is a typical photograph of one of the classes at Staplefield school, but I have no further details. Please, can anyone supply names or perhaps the date?
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I am fairly sure that the girl third from the left in the back row is Anna Lewington.
Added by Hazel Harrison (née Dick) on 13 August 2013
That isn't one of the classes, it's the entire school!
Left to right.
Back row:- ?, Rosemary Bell?, Anna Lewington, Pamela Moule, Marijke Oaten, Janice?, Stephen Horne, Michael Oaten, Timothy Newnham, Nigel Draper (that’s me), Billy Franklin, Brian Streeter.
Third row:- ?, Susan Gasson?, ?, Patricia?, Sandra Beet, Trevor?, Graham Morgan, Howard Yardy (father of cricketer Michael), Norman Pope, ?.
Second row:- ?, ?, ?, ?, Mrs Mildred “Nancy” Courtney, Mrs Enid Hooper, ? Gasson, ?, ?, ?.
Front row:- Ian Newnham, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Andrew Morgan, ?, ?, Philip Stebbings.

Added by Nigel Draper on 03 November 2013
Third from the left in the front row is, I think, David Farmer, grandson of Mr Adams from the Post Office.
And I think that third from the right, turning away from the camera is Norman Pope's brother.
Who was the photo obtained from?
Added by Nigel Draper on 22 November 2013
Nigel, I have looked at the photograph and I am fairly certain that my father, Roger Ray, copied an original photograph, but there is no indication from whom he borrowed it. He has written on the reverse "Staplefield School. Early 1960s". If you would like me to email you a good quality scan, please let me know.
Added by Barry Ray on 23 November 2013
Yes, I am the boy in the front row on the extreme left. Then unknown girl, then David Farmer, then unknown girl, and then Trevor Stenning.
I think the girl on the right, second from the end, is Caroline Gravich.

Added by Ian Newnham on 19 March 2014
Top row: Jacqueline Copeland, Rosalie Bell, Anna Lewington, Pamela Mole, Marijke Oaten, Janice Botting, Stephen Horne, Michael Oaten, Timothy Newnham, Nigel Draper, Billy Frankish Brian Streeter.

3rd row: Christine Kluge, Susan Gasson, Christine Dowdswell, Patricia Hawe, Sandra Beet, Trevor Stenning, Graham Morgan, Raymond Mitchell, Norman Pope, Helena Kluge,

2nd row: Ray Crofts, ??, ??, Rebecca Horne, Mrs Courtney, Mrs Hooper, Jean Gasson, ??, ??, Jennifer Kluge,

Front row: Ian Newnham, Pauline Beet, David Farmer, Angela Pateman, Susan Stenning, Andrew Morgan, Stephen Dowdswell, - Pope, Caroline ?, Philip Holmes.

That's how I remember the school. Can anyone else fill in the gaps or find the right names (it was a very long time ago !!!)
Added by Marijke Taylor-Oaten on 07 April 2015
Hi Marijke! You may remember me. I was good friends with Michael for much of our time at Staplefield and for our first year at Haywards Heath, after which I moved away.
Strangely enough, I thought about your father a couple of days ago when I saw a photograph of Ark Royal, which I believe he served on. For a while he was the "milk recorder" at the farm that my Dad managed.
Was your Mum school secretary for a while, or is my memory playing tricks?

I think you're right that it was Billy Frankish, and not Franklin as I had. And Raymond Mitchell, not Howard Yardy.
I'm pretty confident of my spelling of Pamela Moule, though ;-)
Added by Nigel Draper on 09 April 2015
The good old days and brings back happy memories!
My Mum started at the school as dinner lady (she tried and failed to make me eat gooseberries and lumpy custard) and later went on to be the school secretary.
Added by Mike Oaten on 19 August 2015
In the 2nd row after Ray Crofts could be Robert Seaman, then Victor Holmes.
Next to Jean Gasson is Umberto Lauria, then Darrel Hoare.
In the front row 3rd from left is Donald Pope.
Added by Pat Fairhall (née Hawe) on 28 August 2015
Actually it is Pamela Mole, now Fry, as it is me!!
Added by Pamela Fry (née Mole) on 30 October 2015
3rd from left in the second row up is Victor Holmes, brother of Philip Holmes front row far right.
Added by Anon on 25 April 2016
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