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Lower 6th: 1976-77

The Lower Sixth year began in September 1976.

One change for A level studies was that for each subject we had two tutors. Hence our reports (landscape format, with tutors' report slips stapled inside the blue card cover - see below) were more thorough. Additionally we were expected to undertake additional "general studies" options. These included topics like statistics, the Far East, architecture, careers, town planning, creative drama, and Roman Britain.

Chris Nelms has sent us this press cutting from the Farnham Herald (25 February 1977) regarding his prize winning £1 solar heater project.

'O' levels were preceded by mock exams which we sat in the Spring term. The following are the average marks from Form 5M reflecting the subjects I took at this time:

      Subject   Exam Average

English         56/56

History              54

Geography        49

French              55

Biology             62

Physics             55

Mathematics     34

Art                    48

The average age for Form 5C in the Autumn of 1975 was 15 years 10 months; in the Spring of 1976 it was 16 years 1 month.

The Summer term saw us sweating through 'O' levels, which we sat from 7 June - 2 July. Remember this was one of the driest summers on record! My timetable for subjects I sat from the Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate is reproduced below:

O Levels 1977

For the 1972 (final) intake, the summer of 1977 was one of examinations. Here are some photos of two of the exam timetables for that year, kind sent to us by Richard Bayliss, who was also blessed with a compliment slip from the College!

Farnham College report cover for 1976 Chris Nelms' solar heater project

In May 1977, the infamous Revue - One Man and His Dog was performed on the evening of Thursday 5 May in front of a drunk large audience. A review of the revue was published in the June 1977 issue of BLUNDERBUSS. We have devoted a whole page to the Revue.

One Man And His Dog

One of the most original College trips took place on 21 July 1977, visiting the Civil War battlefield of Cheriton. Alton, East Meon, Alresford, Old Basing and The Vyne were also on the itinerary. The trip was jointly organised by "Colonel" Sheila Walker and "Cornet of the Horse" Alan Fordham. The paperwork from that day is reproduced below. The trip is still worthwhile making today.

Here is the map showing the area of the battle (with apologies for my pencilled notes scrawled across it):

The information sheets included Alan Fordham's description of the battle. Rather than reproduce the typescript I have copied the same from the December 1971 issue of the Farnhamian as it is more attractively presented. Alan Fordham had studied the Battle of Cheriton closely and as you can see he considered it "the turning point of the war".