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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

Southaw Girls School, Russell Lane
The Friern Barnet Photo Archive
Southaw Girls School, Russell Lane

An undated postcard from the Andrew Forsyth Collection
Picture added on 08 December 2009 at 12:37
Comments:
I went to this School from 1969 to 1974
Added by Gill Bailey nee Stammers on 07 May 2012
Oh my goodness! both myself and my sister went to Southaw girls school. I went from 1972- 1979. Ms Hammer was Headmistress at the time! Oh it's just brought back horrible memories!! Glad they knocked it down!
Added by Maxine Payne on 11 May 2012
I went there in the 60's also. Ms Hammer was the Headmistress. Useless school but wished I had kept in touch with some of my friends from there. There used to be girls there from a boarding school.
Added by Bernice (Curtis) on 17 May 2012
Hi Maxine! Yeah happy days there eh?!!! Went there same time as you!
Added by Angela Reid on 13 June 2012
I was sad to know the school was knocked down. I have some good memories of 1967-1972. I live in NZ now, but coming back to the UK in 2013. I was Janet Raven in those days. Did anyone from those years keep in touch? The Ms Hammer & Ms Clark (e) days !!!
Added by Jan Mullings (Raven ) on 08 October 2012
If 'Angela Reid' reads this..would love to get in touch! where have the years gone!? We're all be hitting the big 50 soon! perhaps we should arrange a Southaw Girls School reunion!! Did anyone stay in touch??? If anyone interested..leave a comment!! Maxine Payne 74-79
Added by Maxine Payne on 12 October 2012
I was there until 1981. I don't have fond memories of the school, apart from my dearest friend, Carol Soper.

Added by Carmen Jones on 25 February 2013
Hi To all Ex Southaw Girls,has there ever been a reunion?.I would love to find my old best friend Julia Starkey. Its sad they knocked the old place down, it might not have been the best school, but we had some lovely teachers, Mr Clarke ( English & Drama ) comes to mind , who was a great influence & who could forget Mrs Plumbly !!! ( History ) Mr Hibbard (?) RE & Mr Brooking ( Science ), not such bad memories.........
Added by Jan Mullings (Raven ) on 25 February 2013
I was there in the sixties. Moved to Dorset in 1966. had some marvellously talented friends at Southaw. We had great fun at the (innocent) expense of certain teachers. There were some great mimics and poets amongst my friends!
Added by Lorraine Cheeseman,nee Barrow on 24 March 2013
my sister went to this school in the late 60's and early 70's..
Added by Julie on 16 August 2013
Hi, was there from 74 -79, when wasn't bunking off. Hated the bloody place!! but still sad when going to show my children & it had gone. Great mates Loulla, Niki & Charmaine & Sue Fenn x
Added by Lisa Bearfield on 01 February 2014
to Gill Bailey. Did you live at the top of R/lane with your sister Sandra?
Anonymous comment added on 02 February 2014
Comment to Gill Bailey was by me, Jim. Sorry, forgot to leave name
Added by Jim on 04 February 2014
I remember being terrified of Miss Hamer. Don't think I spoke to her more than once in six years! Yes, Mr Tom Clarke, Jacey Dunn, Merry Lyall (became Mrs Morris) Miss Lloyd (became Mrs Cathy Griffin) who remembers Miss Dunn 's Review: War and Peace and the following year: Never A Tale of More Woe. Scenes from Romeo and Juliet interspersed with relating scenes from West Side Story. I was at Southaw from 1969 through 1974. MRS Gaye Plumley (history teacher) was the most elegant woman I ever met. Apparently an ex-ballroom dancer and model. We wrote to each other for a while, after she moved to Peacehaven.
Added by KIM JONES on 24 February 2014
Hi my name is Annamaria Ruocco i went to school in 1971 to 1975 Monkfrith.
Added by Annamaria on 26 February 2014
Hi, I was there from 64-69, happy happy days. I remember Ms Hamer and Deputy head MsClarke. Miss Plumley was inspirational and History is still my favourite subject. I hung out with Carol Bailey (became Carol Turnbull, Deborah Turner and Lesley Kapur. Havn't seen Deb and Lesley for years but Carol and I remain best friends to this day although she now lives in Australia! Gill Alexander is also a dear friend whom I grew up with from 5 years of age and we now live in the same town. We used to love it when all the boys from Ashmole school would come to the gates at lunchtime. haha. Does anyone remember the bakers van that used to be at the school gates at lunch time when you could buy a donut or cadburys chocolate bar. I remember those days with such fondness,the tamla motown era!!getting the 125 bus to Southgate station and going to the library to open our reports before letting parents see them.Wish they would have had a reunion:(
Added by Carol Rahmer (now Durkin) on 28 March 2014
Does anyone remember the strike we had one summer cos it was too hot to work?.....lo.....was round about 75/76. Hamer and her deputy clarke were horrible women.........i remember her wacking me with a ruler cos i was singing in the loos and flirting with workmen!!!
Added by SONIA RYALL on 06 April 2014
I went here from 67 to 71 my maiden name was Valerie Clark anyone remember me please get in touch
Added by Valerie hazelwood nee clark on 06 April 2014
Hi I went to Southaw from 65 to 69 I was Pauline Cole then ..often ending up in Miss Hamer's office !
Added by Pauline Pratt on 21 April 2014
Hi l remember the strike ..... keep your area on the grass lol .... one of the best days
Do you remember me ?
Added by Janice Hickmott on 13 May 2014
I was there 1955 until 1961. The headmistress was Miss Littlechild
Added by Jennifer Stafford nee Balkham on 05 July 2014
Janice, Hello,It's Sonia. Yes, of course i remember you. How are you?
Anonymous comment added on 19 July 2014
Hi Sonia I am well what about you where has all that time gone?
Added by Janice on 11 August 2014
I was at Southaw from 68 - 73. I have good memories of good friends and teachers, Jackie Dunn never forgotton. Moved away with my family to Bedfordshire in 73 before my CSE exams. Miss Hamer wanted me to stay on, but I didn't, never regretted my decision. Knew when the School was to be demolished, worked for a Building Company in Essex who did consider buying the land for homes, they changed their minds, so I believe Wimpey did the job in the end. Would be great to hear from anyone who remembers me.
Added by Alison Flahey on 14 August 2014
My sister Carmen Jones has sent all this to me and I must say it has woken many memories. Of course I remember Mrs Griffin who insisted I should keep my writing like little soldiers. Students I remember fondly are: Louise Soloway, Louise Bresler, Denise Gramsby, and other faces that I just can´t remember their names at the moment. I live in Spain now and am often in the UK. myfanwy@telefonica.net I think a reunion would be fun.
Added by Myfanwy Jones (Mivi) on 19 August 2014
Hi Sonia!!!!!its Julie Keefe OMG!! I cant believe that you have made contact with Janice who as you know is my sister in law!!!! this is so great!! how are you?? laughed my head off at your comments about our very eventful schools days at Southaw Girls!! Janice and I have such great memories!! especially the workmen!!! and the 'strike'!!!! would love to catch up with you look forward to hearing from you!!
Added by Julie Keefe on 14 September 2014
Julie,:) Never thought I would hear from you or Janice again. It was only a fluke I found this site, never dreaming I would get to contact anyone from our years at Southaw! When I saw Janice's name it brought back a flood of memories. And hearing you had married Janice's brother! Oh Julie, how are you? Email me at anytime......... would love to catch up with you too......
Added by Sonia Ryall on 18 September 2014
I went to the boys school - ASHMOLE - from 1955 to 1958 when we moved up to Burleigh Gardens, Southgate leaving more room for the girls. I was only at Southgate for a few months and found a job.
The headmaster was Mr. Strugnell. The boys occupied the left hand side of the building in the picture. The building at the top was the Gym shared by both schools. The girls were in the right hand building and we could see them across the quadrangle but we never mixed !
Added by Hilary Collett on 08 October 2014
My last year was 71 and it was very memorable. I love Southaw. I moved to the Bahamas then USA. If anyone remembers me please send me an email. I currently live in Switzerland.
Added by Nazarine Ally Koepf on 26 December 2014
Hi, my name is Doulla Hajipoli. I went to Southaw from 1977-1984. I was in Pym. My friends were Julia Cooper, Helen Bolton, Elizabeth Saddington, Gail Williamson.
Added by Doulla Hajipoli on 20 January 2015
I was there 1944-1949. Any one else?
Diana Hartwell
Added by Diana anders (Hartwell) on 09 February 2015
Hi sonia
I have emailed you a few times but dont tnink you have received them I would so love to have contact with you!!!!! School seems a life time away!!!! But great memories!!!! Especially when you dyed your hair!!!! Do u remember that??? Do hope you contact me!!!! X
Added by Julie Hickmott nee Keefe on 14 February 2015
Hi, It is so good to read about everyone's memories of Southaw and the Teachers. I too have fond memories of Miss Dunn. She also reached Scripture as well as Music and Drama, thought she was really trendy! Not so keen on Ms Hammer, she once called me into her office after assembly and I was struck on the head with a large heavy book, made me physically sick. Having said that had some great times too! If Gillian Hall, Carol Abrey, Susan King, Lesley Nash and Susan Gosman are out there it would be nice to hear from you. I am now in contact with Valerie Clark which is great. I was at the school between 68 - 72. Deborah (Giles) and I was in Pymm

Added by Deborah Disbrey (nee Giles) on 24 February 2015
Hi my name is Nafisa Zanzibarwala....my maiden name was Nafisa Mamaji....I attended Southaw High School between 1975-1978...does anyone remember me....
Added by Nafisa Zanzibarwala (Mamaji) on 17 April 2015
Hi my name is Sotera Tryphonas I was at Southaw school from 1971-76, I have many good memories at Southaw. I remember Ms Hamer and Ms Clarke they were pleasant enough to me. Does anyone remember Ms Howell (science teacher) and Ms Parkes ( sports teacher). I am sorry to hear that it was knocked down, what a shame. Ms Howell use to live in Potters Bar I would imagine she is no longer here. The only bad memory is when other girls use to pick on me, as I was small for my age. would like to hear from anyone who remembers me.


Added by SOTERA TRYPHONAS on 06 May 2015
Hi to Deborah Disbrey nee Giles. I remember you and you may also recall the Bunyan twins Arlette and Yvonne, who I still have contact with. I left in April 73 and moved to Bedfordshire. After years moving around I am back there now. Would be nice if there are any other girls out there who I may know.
Added by Alison Flahey on 08 May 2015
Hi Deborah Sotera here, do you know the names of the different coloured houses we were in;red, yellow, green and blue.

thanks again
Sotera Tryphonas
Added by SOTERA TRYPHONAS on 09 May 2015
Hi Sotera, red was for Pymm, yellow was Veralum, Green was Monkgrith not sure what the blue set was, sorry. Alison Hi, yes I remember Yvonne and Arlette, good to hear you are still I contact with them, please say Hello from me.
Added by Deborah Disbrey (Giles) on 10 May 2015
Hi Deborah, thanks for getting back to me. This has helped me to remember.
thanks again,
Sotera Tryphonas
Added by SOTERA TRYPHONAS on 10 May 2015
Hi Sotera here, does anyone remember Elaine Gibson, Madeleine Tetsell, Helen Louca? Hi Deborah Sotera here, when was Southaw. School closed down? And why did they demolished it, was it that bad? I know it was still there until 2008, that's when I left England and came over to Northern Ireland.
thanks
Sotera
Added by SOTERA TRYPHONAS on 11 May 2015
Hi Carol Durkin, Sotera Tryphonas here yes they did have a reunion back in the late 70's which I attended, Ms Hamer and Ms Clarke was there plus many of the other teachers. Not many of the girls turned up for the reunion, I thought they might have had another reunion in later years but sadly they didn't. I would imagine that all the teachers have now passed on. Does anyone remember Mrs Yerbury (textile & design teacher) and Mrs Sutherland (home economics teacher). Ahhh those were the days, it is sad to think that after leaving Southaw that everyone went there separate ways and wanted to forget their time at Southaw. I choose to study there as my first option so I had an idea that I would learn something to help me in later years.

Sotera Tryphonas
Added by SOTERA TRYPHONAS on 11 May 2015
Hi Deborah Sotera here,do you know why they knocked down Southaw? Was it that bad? Do you know when it was demolished?

thanks again

Sotera Tryphonas
Added by SOTERA TRYPHONAS on 12 May 2015
Hi Sotera, I Don't know when the School was demolished, I only know that the last time I was down Russell Lane, the School is replaced with housing. Best to ask the question to Alison Flahey, sorry. So many memories, some happy and some sad!
Added by Deborah Disbrey (Giles) on 12 May 2015
Hi all. The picture brings back memories for me. Not good ones really. I went to Southaw from 1972-!977. My name then was Rosalind Serebriany. Does anybody remember me? I would love to hear from you.
Added by Rosalind on 14 May 2015
Hi Sotera and Deborah, re School being knocked down, ironically back in the mid 2000's I was working for a house building company Persimmon Homes in Essex and I knew that Southaw had become an extension of Barnet College long before then. It came to my attention that the College had closed ie Southaw and was to be purchased and knocked down for housing which Persimmon applied to do. However, for reason that I do not know Persimmon decided against and eventually I believe that Barret Homes used the land. I have briefly passed by when visiting the area and it was unrecognisable, very sad. Persimmon had a copy of the photo shown above which I had hoped to keep, but sadly was destroyed when they changed there minds. We shall all have memories of our time there, I am fortunate to have a great Class photo taken about 1971 and I have all the names of the girls on the back. Happy days (mostly).

Added by Alison Flahey on 14 May 2015
Hi. My mother was school secretary at this school in the 1960's. I remember her talking about Miss Hamer. My mother's name was Joan Priestley.
Added by Glen Priestley on 26 May 2015
Hi. I was at Southaw from 1970-1975 in Monkfrith (the blue team). I remember taking coffee to Miss Hamer's office from cookery class in the afternoon and eating one of the biscuits on the way there! That was considered very daring then. In my form were Valerie, Francine, Joanne and Annamaria and I was Barbara Fisher then - brilliant memories. Would love to hear from anyone who was at the school in those years.
Added by Barbara Cattini on 04 June 2015
Hi Satora, I was never aware of the reunion in the late 70's, didn't see it advertised anywhere!! Perhaps that's why so few turned up. Would have loved to attend but hey ho.
Added by Carol Durkin on 05 June 2015
Hi Sotera, My name is Lynne Rathbone,(maiden name Baly)and I also went to Southaw from 1971 to 1976. I was in Pymme house.
My best friend was Sheena Gibb and I also knew Gail Harris.
Unfortunately I didnt study as hard as I should have and emerged with only three CSE/ O levels;
would love to get in touch with Sheena if anyone knows her whereabouts?
Added by Lynne Rathbone( Baly) on 17 June 2015
Hi Lynne Rathbone Sotera here I remember Sheena Gibb, I don't know of Sheena's whereabouts I am sorry. I think I remember you Lynne and possibly Gail Harris.
Sotera
Added by Sotera Tryphonas on 18 June 2015
Hi Lynne Rathbone Sotera here I remember Sheena Gibb, I don't know of Sheena's whereabouts I am sorry. I think I remember you Lynne and possibly Gail Harris.
Sotera
Added by Sotera Tryphonas on 18 June 2015
Hi, My name is Frances Gaydon (nee Blyth). I was at Southaw until 1961, and left in the 5th year. Mrs MacAdam, she taught history, and Miss Williams, she used to give me singing lessons after school. I remember Sandra & Gail Westbrook and another Sandy used to play tennis after school in the school tennis courts, Miss Edwards was the PE teacher and she said she didn't mind keeping the place open, she had to stay on anyway. We all used to sit on the green at the front, about a dozen of us. There was Linda Taylor? Sheila, Janice (My husband Bert tells me he used to go out with Janice when she was about 17, long before I knew him).
Added by Frances Gaydon (nee Blyth) on 07 July 2015
This picture shows the nursing science block at the top. This was also the form room for the 5th year class. Miss Clark was our form teacher, she was OK when I was there. but not the greatest. Mrs Clarke was our cookery teacher and she was a bit of a tyrant. Is this who everyone is referring to. Does anyone remember Miss Taylor who taught needlework, I think it was a Mrs Green who taught geography. Miss Williams was sweet little old lady, music, she used to wear her hair in a bun which always looked like it had slipped.
I have often wondered is Christine Penwarden who was also in our class the same person, I have often seen in the TV credits listings.
Added by Frances Gaydon (nee Blyth) on 13 July 2015
Hi Sonia
Have heard from Janice that you have been in contact. Have emailed you a few timed but not heard back - Would so love to hear from you & catch up!!! Its been a few years hasn't it??!!!
All the best Julie x
Added by Julie Hickmott nee Keefe on 14 July 2015
Hi this is Sotera here, does anyone know whether Miss Hamer and Miss Clarke are still living? I would imagine they are both dead by now, if anyone knows please email me @ soteratryphonas@ymail.com I am just curious to find out if they are still living.

thanks
Sotera
Added by Sotera Tryphonas on 16 July 2015
Hi, I was at Southaw School from 1969 - 1974 ( I think)it was not a good school but when they demolished it I felt sad. Even though the school wasn't great I have some happy memories of the fun with good friends. I still live in the house I was born in so seen many changes not just to the school but the shops in Hampden Square and Russell Lane. My name is Susyn Northwood, I was in Pymmes and as I am writing this so many names come to mind. Linda Christmas, Jackie and Caroline Goodchild, Linda Mclaren, Susan Mannash, Susan Peck, so many others. If anyone remembers me I am on fb never married so I am easy to find. I think with fb your maiden name should be mandatory otherwise it is difficult to find woman. Anyway bye for now. X
Added by Miss Susyn Northwood on 21 July 2015
Hi I was at Southaw from 1968/1972. I was in Pymme house. I too remember Miss Hamer and Miss Clark. My favourite teacher was without a doubt Mrs Plumley. She made history so interesting and I still have a love of history to this day. I also remember Miss Sherman the PE teacher. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. My name was then Lynn Keal.
Added by Lynn MacDonald.(nee Keal) on 25 July 2015
Hi Lynn. I remember you and I have a class photo with you. I keep in contact with the Bunyan twins Arlette and Yvonne. They both still live off Russell Lane. I am in Bedfordshire.
Added by Alison Flahey on 26 July 2015
Hello, I was at Southaw from 69 - 75. I have good memories of the place and my childhood. I especially remember good friends such as Susyn Northwood, Diane Hardy, Diane Lee, Alison Caines, Diane Stark, and Jackie and Caroline Goodchild. I am still in touch with Susyn, Alison and both Diane's. Does anybody else remember me? My mum worked in the school canteen as a cook also.
Added by Suzanne Pirouet on 02 August 2015
Would love a reunion. There has to be someone out there that remembers me from 1971. My name is Nazarine Koepf. Maiden name Ally.
Added by Nazarine Ally Koepf on 07 August 2015
OMG !!! Can t explain why, just thought of my old secondary school, hey presto, it's all gone, yes I remember most of the teachers ,1969 onwards I was a bit naughty then, lol, Sandra Hill 😀 luv to all the girls in that era x
Added by Sandra Jackson on 20 August 2015
Hi, I went to Southaw Girls from 1971 -1974, having left for Australia. My surmame then was Ross-Gilder. I was friends with Ann Shearly, Susan, Wendy (sorry ladies forgot your surnames!) I returned to UK, with my husband in 2012 and yes, was shocked to see the school no longer there!!!! Does anyone have any photos to share of our school days?
Added by LEANA Kandasamy on 22 September 2015
Well Hi to all who attended Souhaw 74-79 Yes Maxine I remember also Jane and Lisa so that makes me Sue (nee Fenn) now Barrett and have been Barrett for many years and hidding in Cambridgeshire and still not in to technology. Can I apologize to Lisa's daughter who I did get hold of through looking through this and bumbling through face book that I still have not got in contact with her mum. This whole looking back at the old school really has brought good and bad memories well they will always be our memories. I just wish it wasn't so long ago.Hope life is good.
Added by Susan Barret . ( Fenn ) on 13 October 2015
You are mentioning a reunion (some of you have) in the 70s. I actually went back and visited the school in 1983 when my Daughter Tarah was a baby as they wanted a baby to be bathed in front of a specific class to show them what to do, think my health visitor actually did it -gosh, I was so clumsy it may have ended in tears otherwise. Whilst there, I popped in to visit Mrs Ellenby who had been our Business & Secretarial Studies teacher and she, and her classes, were still going strong. I then remember it becoming an annexe of Barnet College but still in the 80s.; maybe 1985 or so, so surely a reunion would have been late eighties!!

By the way I wondered what had occured to Miss HAMER. Mentioned before that I probably had one dealing with her in all my years there but found her quite formidable although attractive, she used to wear lovely dusky cornflower blue sweaters which really suited her with her hair and her blue eyes. Odd the stuff you perceive when you are at school.
By the way, Deborah Gisbey, Green was UNDERNE - it was my colour!

Added by Kim Jones on 14 October 2015
Sorry, I called Deborah Disbrey - Gisbey - so sorry about that!
Added by Kim Jones on 14 October 2015
Hi All - Anne Couchman here. I'm an "ex convict" of Southaw from 1964/5 to 1969, and my sister, Mary, a year ahead of that. Haven't read all the comments yet, but sufficient to bring back many memories and names. Left England in 1984, lived in Kenya and the last 25+ years in Sydney, Australia. Would love to make contact with anyone from my era.
Added by Anne Carr (nee Couchman) on 19 October 2015
Hi to anyone who remembers me, Mary Coachman, wiser Anne. I was, I think '63 - '67. Lynne Hall was my best friend her parents had the newsagency up Russell Lane. Patsy and Helen Mason also. I remember Miss. Clarke leaving the room when it came to teaching the reproductive system! I am living in Sydney Australia now so is Anne. Any one out there who remembers - would be great to hear from you.
Added by Mary Lygo on 20 October 2015
Kim, do you have a sister Sally by any chance who was in my form? I was in Pymme from 1971 to 1976. I remember her amazing curls


Added by Lynne Rathbone (nee Baly) on 21 October 2015
Does anyone remember the PE teacher Miss Devere from South Africa.. Doubt Miss Hammer and Miss Clark are still alive they were about 40ish in the sixties (or seemed it).. I was there from 1965 to 1970..Pauline Cole was in Pymme
Anonymous comment added on 21 October 2015
I left in 1976, had some fun times, didn't learn anything about Shakespeare but loads about life....real education started the day I left.
Best teacher was Mrs Field excellent Maths teacher, was in her tutor group. My three sisters also went to Southaw, right up to the day it was closed.
Added by Carolyn on 15 December 2015
I was at Southaw until 1961. Mrs MacAdam (history)and Miss Williams (music) were my favourite teachers. Miss Williams was a sweet litle old lady, she took me for singing lessons after school. The was a Mrs Clarkand and a Miss Clark, one took Domestic Science the other was my form teacher in the fifth year and taught nursing science. They were both rather austere, and I never like either. Other than that good times and the best school in the area at the time.
Added by Francres Gaydon (ne Blyth) on 16 December 2015
Hello there. I was wondering if anyone knew my mother Lisa Robbins. At that time was Lisa Bearfield. Trying to track down old friends of hers.
Added by Lisa Bearfield on 16 December 2015
Hi Lisa, I must apologise to your great daughter. I have been so busy with mad family new job since she contacted me back in Oct. It doesnt seem possible that the last time we were together was at my wedding ( now thats going back some time ). Well Southaw finally did somthing good. Friends made then were made for life. So Southaw you did something right. We must catch up. xxx Sue Barrett ( nee Fenn)
Added by Susan Barrett ( nee Fenn ) on 22 December 2015
Hi, I was there 1969-73 My best friend was Helen Moules, whom I am still in contact with. I now live in Suffolk. My memories were of the cooking classes. I think Miss Prior was the teacher. She always told me my cooking would come to nothing, but now I'm a really good cook and proud of it. I too went back to see the old school, but it had been knocked down. My sister Sherrie Bolden also went to the school from 1971-1976. Does anyone remember us?
Added by Candy Kingsman nee Bolden on 22 December 2015
Hi Candy. I was at Southaw at the same time. Remember Miss Prior well, not my favourite teacher. I went to the Reunion prior to its closure it was strange going back.
Added by Alison Flahey on 23 December 2015
Hi my mum was at the school 1961-1966 her name then was Catherine Davies, (now Hudson) I'd love to hear from anyone who knew her especially Rita Baldwin & Judith Longhurst.
Added by Jen Hudson on 25 December 2015
Hi I was at the school for just over 3 years. From 1975 - 1978. I remember all the girls wearing Bay City Rollers socks. I remember it being a tad scary as well. Bullies were rife in those days. Was very glad to leave half way through year 3. Would love to hear from Carol Taylor.... we both went to Queenswell Primary School.
Added by Aleca Nicolaides on 07 January 2016
Hello I was at Southaw from 1971 but left in 1975 to live in South Africa! I also remember Miss Hamer being very scary her office was just to the right if you came in through the top gate entrance. I used to run past, I have nice memories but not sure if I learnt a lot except in home economics! Think I was in Monkfrith!
Added by Abbe Lourenco nee Kaplan on 04 February 2016
I was at Southaw back in the 1970's when Miss Hamer & Miss Clarke were Headmistress & Deputy Headmistress. I was in Underne House. My favourite teacher was Mrs. Arthur the music teacher.I was in the school choir & can remember a couple of the songs from The Rooster Rag if anyone else remembers it. Even my mum continues to ask me to sing Every Time I Lay An Egg. Do you remember Miss Stacey, Miss White & Miss Parkes the PE teachers? I remember the school going on strike I think it might have been 1976
& the whole school was put into detention. I had one friend called Lorraine Bringau but I don't know what happened to her. I now
Live in Muswell Hill near to Tesco off Colney Hatch Lane & am married but don't have children. I work at Fenwick Brent Cross in the catering Department.

Added by Jane Shaer on 29 March 2016
I was Jane Lubel when I went to Southaw. I can't remember the year I left but I do distinctly remember the school going on
strike back in 1976 when there was a drought and kept back in detention. My favourite teacher was Mrs Arthur who taught Music. Who can forget her flared trousers. I also remember being in the school choir singing along to The Rooster Rag. My mum still asks me to sing Every Time I Lay An Egg. I was always teased and very shy due to having learning difficulties and being epileptic. I still have epilepsy though it's more controlled.
Added by Jane Shaer on 30 March 2016
Jane if your Mum is called Hazel then I remember you. Our Mums are still friends.
Added by Abbe on 30 March 2016
Just remembered I was in Undern! Anyone remember me I was very small!
Abbe Lourenco was Kaplan
Added by Abbe on 31 March 2016
Hi Abbe. It has been very hard trying to locate people I was at school with. I checked
with my mum & she occasionally sees your mum in

Added by Jane Shaer on 02 April 2016
Can anyone tell me if any of the Teachers are still alive?
Added by Jane Shaer on 04 April 2016
I went to Southaw 1957-63. Great friends with Ann and identical twins Janice & Wendy Alexander. The twins went on to train as nurses. Still in touch wit Ann but love to make contact with twins as we are all 70 this year!
Added by Margaret Francombe (Bulpitt) on 06 April 2016
Hi, I went to Southaw and left in the 5th year in 1961. I am 71 in July. Does anyoe remember me, or Gail & Sandra Westbrook? Miss Edwards taught PE, she used to open the tennis courts and let Gail, Sandra, another girl called Ann (can't remember her surname) and I play after school on our own. Mrs MacAdam (history), Miss Williams(music), Miss Moody (science). Miss Littlechild was the headmistress. Was the Miss Clarke who others mentioned as the head, the same person who taught nursing science and was my form teacher in the 5th year? She was a bit strict, but on the whole OK. She must have changed later with more authority. I always used to be either skiving off and reading a book or singing anywhere, even in the school corridors, when I thought no one was listening, anyway no one ever said anything. Miss Williams used to get me to sing in lessons and even did so in front of the whole school after assembly on my own, that was embarrassing. On the whole the teachers were pretty lenient. I enjoyed my time there. Comparing it to Holly Park School, later Friern Barnet County School, it was a doddle. Holly Park was a dump, although I was very small so used to get bullied a lot at Holly Park. I was only there for the first year and part of the second. Got out as soon as I could. At 14 I weighed 4st 10lb and that was normal, never ill or dyslexic. By comparison Southaw was great. Until about 1958 the boys occupied one half of the school (where the pottery room was), but moved to a new school at Southgate. We were given the option of keeping our present building or getting the new school. Miss Littlechild opted to stay where we were.
Added by Frances Gaydon(nee Blyth) on 07 April 2016
Goodness, Frances! Great long term memory - how's your short term? I was at Southaw from 1964 to 1969, but not having any success with contacting any of my co-compatriots. Now living in Australia.
Added by Anne Carr (nee Couchman) on 07 April 2016
Hi Anne,
Sorry I left Southaw in 1961, so would have been 3 years in advance of your year.I lived at the top of Russell Lane in Russell Gardens and have heard of your name Couchman, but how I do not know, my mum may have mentioned it from years ago. To elaborate ,Miss Taylor taught needlework and Mrs Clark cookery, in the room above the stage in the assembly hall (the Green Room) it was very awkward getting up those stairs. Do you remember the huts next to the tennis courts.
Added by Frances Gaydon(nee Blyth) on 09 April 2016
i was at Southaw from 1956 to 1960 and remember Miss Littlechild and Miss Williams. Mrs Eckhart (?) geography, used to throw the chalk around a bit to get pupils' attention! My friend was Marylin Richards who I am still in contact with. She lives in Oz. I left in 1960 to go to Pitmans College, Palmers Green. Wish I could remember more names of fellow pupils in my class but it's all a long time ago. No career advice in those days, but secretarial qualifications meant I could always get work
Added by Susan Aldridge. (Now Taverner) on 21 April 2016
Hi Susan, I think remember you. Did you have long fair hair, and leave in the 4th year in 1960 whereas I went on to the 5th year hence leaving in 1961. I can't remember Marylin though. Do you remember Gail & Sandra Westbrook, Christine Penwarden. My husband, Bert tells me he used to go out with Janice (long before I knew him) who was one of the group, we all used to sit on the grass at the botton of the playing fields. The smell from the sewage works in Osidge Lane was horrendous.
Added by Frances Gaydon(nee Blyth) on 21 April 2016
Thanks for putting my item on the website. Unfortunately I have misspelt the name my friend of 65 years! It should be Marilyn, not Marylin. If you can correct, that would be great, thank you.
Added by Susan Taverner, nee Aldridge on 22 April 2016
I went to Southaw School and remember Jane Hunter, Susan Peck and Annette Loom, Debbie Toms & Karen Coddrington who were all in my year. I still remember the 1st domestic science lesson and still cook grilled tomatoes the way I was taught - it is a shame the school is no longer there. I did not enjoy sewing and Deliah Govey finished off a skirt for me. I always regret leaving there and going to East Barnet School just before I was due to take my CSE/O Levels - I should have stayed at Southaw but no good looking back.
Added by Gillian Butrimas on 31 May 2016
Hello? I was at the school (not happy memories of the place) around 1971. Only there a short while before moving. Does anyone remember me?? My name was then Charlotte East and I lived in Totteridge. Used to bus in on red bus.
Added by Cha Hamilton on 15 July 2016
Hello - was there from 1966 to 1969 when we moved to Kent - was Jackie Heathfield then and in Underne - remember Nazarine Ally from Osidge Primary, am still in contact with Hilary Sable, Deborah Nagioff, Susan Hall and Stella Bloomfield, would love to hear from other - Jill Prior, Wendy Gibson etc! Remember being a beanie in Jack and The Beanstalk and Timorous i Pilgrims Progress - good times!

Added by Jackie Sceats on 27 July 2016
I went to Southaw School from 1973-1978. The school was awful, the first day there two girls were ripping each others bra's off in the dinner queue, I remember thinking what has my mother sent me too, just because she came here. Absolute nightmare teachers especially Mrs Ellenby who seemed to have it in for me because I wore nail varnish, and wouldnt' let me enter the business studies exam, what a bitch. They were enlarging the school when i was there, the whole of my school years there was drilling and banging constantly, how you were expected to work through that was a joke, then when its built it closes down as it's too big and used as a college. Never mind that they have given you a migraine for 5 year.s The only good thing was memories of good friends especially Laurette Stevenson, Jita, Desbo, Maxine Richings, Sandra Bevans, Laura Cripps - we did have some laughs. I'd love to hear from any of you, my only happy memories from secondry school.
Added by Sheila Marquand on 23 August 2016
Very glad to read the cheerful comments about a number of the teachers there - Mr Clarke - absolutely brilliant - Mrs Veronica Bays - an excellent teacher - Miss Hamer - she was alright - Mr Henry - a really good art teacher - Mr Brooking - science - also Mrs Halliwell. Mrs Duffy - cheerful - Mrs Griffin also cheery. Does anyone remember Miss Parks, a PE teacher? Mrs Oaks was history - I was in the same class as her son in primary school. Anyone remember Miss Jones - not sure what her subject was. I was there from 1970 - 77. I have good memories of a good bunch of girls - we did ok at Southaw. Happy to see the aerial view of the old place. The only real horror in the place was the toilet block!!!!! Awful!!!!
Added by Karen Turner on 25 August 2016
Jan Mullins nee Raven i don't remember you but I was there It the same time and Julia Starkey was also my friend, also Valerie Clark (Hazlewood). I remember you, Miss Hamer, Miss Clarke. I hated school, sad to see it gone though
Added by Eileen Taylor Nee Boyce on 30 August 2016
Hi anyone out there who was at Southaw from 1971 - 1976 who remembers me.

Added by Sotera Tryphonas on 09 September 2016
I was there 58 to 65 Elaine Bickerstaff (Paige) was in my class with Angela Gossiping does any remember. Ann Hill was our music teacher! Christine White
Added by Christine Ferris on 15 September 2016
I was there 77-84. Last intake to go through all seven years. It was sad seeing school get smaller and smaller as no new entries after 79. I went to the reunion in the eighties and hoped for another. Really miss the friends I had.
Added by Susan leveridge on 11 October 2016
Funny isn't it the things you remember about the school. I was there 59-65. From Miss Littlechild, brilliant lady, I remember her stories of being up on the roof doing 'air raid watch' and her visits (with photos) to the Passion Play at Oberamagau and geysers in New Zealand. We were part of the 'try to push the piano off the stage' bunch! Miss Clarke was okay, she did tell my dad I'd make a good nurse. I probably would have. Can't really remember anything really good about Miss Hamer to relate though. I'm sorry to say that. She ran the school but I don't think she liked any of us much. Unlike brilliant Mrs Plumley who was inspirational. She used to perch on the edge of our desks and make history worth learning about. So elegant too, but very relaxed with it. Learned a lot from her on many levels. Miss Allen went to the US and we were very lucky and had Mr Campbell who was a great teacher. Brought things like genetics to us. It was the year JFK went, so remember that very clearly. Real nice memories of Mrs Beasley, Miss Prior and who was our really nice pottery teacher? Can't remember her name, she used to take us on great outings, like to the Thames to find clay pipes etc. Really enjoyed pottery, still do. I was the year after Elaine Bickerstaff but I remember her and her friends well. It was a nice time to be there, sorry you more recent girls seem to have had a more mixed time. My sister Pam, was seven years younger than me, I think mostly happy there.
I wasn't sad to leave but I had enjoyed most of it with really happy memories. Flats on that patch of land seems odd. Really at that time, I think on the whole, the school, from the staff to the facilities to the buildings to the school plays, bazaars everything (including the solid fuel stoves in the huts that the caretaker, Mr Brown? used to keep stoked up) the school was a good one. Most of us left with confidence and did the best we could. Here's cheers for all of us, Brenda. xxxx
Added by Brenda Mills on 30 October 2016
Hi Karen It was lovely hearing from you and how well you and your family are doing. I am sorry I have not yet responded, I do intend to for sure.
Added by Gillian Butrimas on 31 October 2016
Hi Brenda, Miss Clarke was my form teacher in the fifth year in 1961, the nursing science block. I remember the parents evening one year and a dead rat being stuck to the table with darts and a pigs eye on its own in a saucer, talk about turning my stomcah over. From memory our headmistress was Miss Littlechild and she looked like Ann in The Chase.She always wore green or brown check tweed skirts.I think I'm rather glad I never knew Miss Hammer, she must have started after I left.I enjoyed school, I was a proper bookworm always sneaking off and reading especially when there was netball, hated it(every time I played I seemed to sprain my ankles so gave up I was so thin, at 14 I weighed 4st 10lbs so that probably says something) no one ever said anything. My favourite teacher was Mrs MacAdam who taught history, and Miss Williams- music, sweet little old lady with grey hair, always had it scraped back with a bun at the back which looked like it had slipped.Never knew Ann Hill, probably started just after I left. On the whole very happy days
Regards to all.

Added by Frances Gaydon (nee Blyth) on 31 October 2016
Does anyone remember Louise Johnson and where she is now?
Added by Steve Richards on 26 November 2016
Hi, Alison Flahey. I was friends with the twins at Churchill School and it would be great to hear from them,my name is Keith and I sure Arlett would remember me but it was a mighty long time ago. I wonder if I could give them my phone number though you to say hello?
Added by Keith Gardener on 30 November 2016
I went to Southaw from 1976 - 83. Karen Spore then. I loved all my friends, it's a shame you lose touch, unfortunately I moved. Janice Gaul , Cathy Cooper & Rosanno Mario to name a few.
Added by Karen Layton on 04 December 2016
I was at southaw 71-76 (Suzanne Pirouet), I have good memories and still in contact with a few friends. My mum worked in the school canteen as a cook. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.
Anonymous comment added on 29 December 2016
Hi Suzanne , I wax also there 71-75 as I left in the 4th year to go and live in Cape Town. I was Abbe Kaplan then, now just moved to Norfolk.
Added by Abbe Kaplan on 29 December 2016
Hello Suzanne, I was there 59 or 60 to 65. I remember a Patricia Pirouet. Maybe you are related? Not a name you see often, but I recently had a customer with the same name. I am now in Berkshire. Happy New Year to all. I hope 2017 will be a safe, happy and healthy one. Regards Brenda xx
Added by Brenda Mills (Uwins) on 30 December 2016
I attended the school from 1955 to 1959 and remember Susan Aldridge, Marilyn Richards when we were in Mrs Clifthills class? I still hear from/see, Pat Jones, Daphne Langridge, Barbara Bates, Pauline Keen. I lived in Potters Bar for 47 years, but have since moved to North Mymms. I was widowed 21 years ago. Have 2 lovely daughters and one granddaughter.
Added by Susan Loader nee Batho on 20 February 2017
I went to this school from 1969 to 1972. I was friends with Jackie and Caroline Goodchild and also Louisa Richardson. I remember Annette Loom and Delilah Govi were in my Class and also Linda Christmas. I remember Linda had really beautiful handwriting. I was the only black girl in the whole school for a while until my sister joined 2 years later and also Rowena Anderson who was a little older than me.
Added by Janet on 27 March 2017
hi janet what was your surname? you were in my year. Gillian Butrimas
Anonymous comment added on 29 March 2017
I was there 69-72 was Jayne Left then I remember the place well and I was in Monkfrith was my bestie was Elaine Heady the. I also remember a group of us getting caught smoking around the side of the huts by Hawkeye I think her real name was Mrs Hawkes we all had to go and see Miss Hamer. She told me that she smoke a packet a year and to this day I wonder which months she had 2 in lol. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers our days together.
Added by Jayne Byford on 30 March 2017
Hi Jayne I was there at the same time and remember Elaine, I was and still am friends with the twins Arlette and Yvonne Bunyan. Did you also attend the East Barnet Methodist Church? I am sure we were both in the Youth section together. Would be good to hear from you.
Added by Alison Flahey on 02 April 2017
Hi GillIan, my surname was Bogle.
Added by Janet on 07 April 2017
hello Alison,did you see my post from November 30th?would be great if you would send my best wishes to the twins,i wonder if they remember me?
Added by Keith Gardener on 08 April 2017
Hi Abbe and all you 'Southaw Girls'. My name is Leni and I remember you very well. I was also in Underne (Mr Henry tutor form) I wasn't very studious but we did have a good time!!! Would love to hear from you all especially Vivien Waller.
Added by Leni on 16 April 2017
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