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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

Raising aspirations - releasing potential

Class of 1960 - 1989

 

Vicki Hamilton (nee Barton)

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 1982

Subjects I studied: A level History, English Literature and Language.

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: HNC business studies. Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (Graduate) Head of Procurement, Head of Contracts & Performance NHS. Mother!

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: Times in the common room,  Speech day and being Head Girl.

 

Tracy Ann Strevens

Year leaving Blackfen Sixth Form: 1987

Subjects I studied at Blackfen Sixth Form: The rather quaintly named 'Junior Secretary' course!

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen Sixth Form?: As you might expect, when I left I was qualified as a clerical secretary, but have had a myriad of jobs since including Fire Fighter, Florist and Fork Lift Truck Driver! I am a writer now though, publishing historical factual books under the pen name 'Summer Strevens'. Just completed my third book focusing on 18th-century female poisoners.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen Sixth Form?: None of my teachers could ever pronounce my surname correctly - when the register was called, the class room would ring to the cries of my classmates shouting the correct pronunciation! That and Mrs Cammish's determination to turn out girls who would be 'a credit to any office', and Headmistress Mrs Meagher's impeccable French Pleat hair-do!! Still convinced she could probably breathe fire...!

 

Hazel Bird

Year leaving Blackfen School: Around 1983

Subjects I studied at Blackfen School: Myself and school didn’t really get on, many people didn’t understand me or my disability so sadly I didn’t go in much, I only really enjoyed child care. Now looking back I do wish that I concentrated more on other subjects as I would of like to become a child paediatrician. If only I new then what I know now!

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen School?: I went into Nursing for 10 years. I’ve done a 3 year counselling course along with a NVQ 3. I am now a foster parent and still continue to be one. I look after many children in need though therapeutic parenting. The funny thing of all I help children get back into school after exclusions.

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen School?: Our lunch time discos to help raise money for our school. A teacher called Mrs Dawson, I’m not sure why she must of been kind. And I liked working on my own and was often put in the little room upstairs. Wonder if it’s still there. I enjoyed the lunch hall and our food was amazing.

 

Pauline Evans

Year leaving Blackfen School: 1985/86

Subjects I studied at Blackfen School: English studies
Community care, Maths,Child care

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen School?: I worked as a nanny in America for 2 years
Worked in Tesco for 11 years
Now work for Great Western Railway our of Paddington as a Customer Host onboard the fast service to the West Country

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen School?: The teachers pantomimes at Christmas time and the friends I made

 

Christine Firmin (Parker)

Year leaving Blackfen School: 1965

Subjects I studied at Blackfen School: English, Maths, Music

What have you achieved since leaving Blackfen School?: Have achieved quite a few things

What are your fondest memories of Blackfen School?: Having good teachers and class mates