Following the summer holidays we returned as 3rd Years on 6 September. But things had changed! There were Girls! Girls! Girls! and the School was now called "Farnham College".
Yes, this was the first term of Farnham College -
Our school reports reflected this change as they were now headed "Farnham College" and with no Grammar School crest (see above). Another change to the organisation of the lower school was that in addition to the Form Tutor (in my case, Chris Chapple), there was a Year Tutor (Sue Bradbury).
The Autumn term finished on 20 December 1973. According to school reports, the average age for Form 3C at this time was 14 years 2 months; whilst in the Summer of 1974 it was 14 years 5 months.
The second term began on 8 January and lasted until 10 April 1974. The Summer term dates were 29 April to 19 July 1974 (all term dates on this website have been confirmed and verified by David Bathurst).
According to surviving reports, the following are the average marks from Form 3C:
Subject Exam Average
Technical Studies 67
Mr Paul French's appointment as Head of the Grammar School in 1971 was controversial. He was appointed with the aim of overseeing the transition from Farnham Grammar School to Farnham College. It therefore seems appropriate to reproduce his comments made at the OFA 40th Annual Dinner held on 8 April 1972, just over a year before "all change" at Farnham. These comments were reported in the Farnhamian for July 1972:
Mr French said "The dinner represents the first anniversary of my arrival at Farnham Grammar School, both as headmaster and President of the association. My overwhelming memory of my first association dinner was the enormous fund of goodwill which was expressed to me both in the formal speeches and in the informal conversation. This good will had been extended throughout my first year -
Mr French paid tribute to the help he had received from Mr E W Godsil, retured deputy headmaster of the school who had acted as headmaster when Mr George Baxter left. he said that it was the help he had received both from Mr Godsil and Mr Baxter that had made his first year at the school such a pleasant one. he also thanked Mr Bill Bodkin, the association's secretary, for his loyalty and hard work.
Turning to the coming re-
"I am firmly convinced that it is the sort of person who leaves our doors that is our most vital concern, and his or her certificates at 'O' and 'A' levels, while enormously important, must take second place to that. I want every student who leaves our sixth form to have an opinion -
"It is through the intellectual demands of our curriculumn that we shall develop the minds and spirits capable of pursuing these ideals to a successful conclusion. If our students -
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