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Hullbridge Village History

Deanes School

The Start of the school.

The history of the school can be found HERE

In 1973 Greensward School was full and could no longer take any new children from the surrounding areas like it had done. Essex County Council has already put plans into place for a new school to be built down Rawreth Lane but this was two years away. Children passing the 11+ exams were still going to Rayleigh Sweyne. So a solution for schooling of children from Hullbridge who would have gone to Greensward was sought and found, the children would be ferried by coaches to Deanes School, Thundersley.
Mark Hale one of the children impacted recall in HMH Facebook Group dd 2 Mar 2014 " We were the second year to go to Deanes and it was indeed 73/74. Before us, all Hullbridge kids went to Greensward by several buses, and after our 2 years of being taken in coaches all were bused to the new Rayleigh Park.
What I never knew was why suddenly Greensward wouldn't take us especially as there was only 2 years before Park School would be open during my middle years. Deanes was chaotic with busses taking the last years to Greensward, and 2 coaches (and a late coach for after school activities) taking us to Deanes, and then coaches taking younger pupils to Rayleigh Park!

1973

1974

Photo of 1975 class at Deanes the people in the picture are:-
FRONT ROW (LEFT to RIGHT):- 1) Andy Lee, 2) ? , 3) ? , 4) Neil Pearson, 5) ? .
NEXT ROW (LEFT to RIGHT):- 6) Nicky Watson, 7) ? , 8) Mark Morrow, 9) ? ,10) Mr Hutchinson (teacher), 11) Vicky Oram, 12) Mark Hale, 13) Jacky Smith, 14) Jacky Sturge.
NEXT ROW (LEFT to RIGHT):- 15) ? , 16) ? , 17) ? , 18) ? , 19) ? , 20) ?, 21) ? , 22) Denise Houghton-Tipper, 23) Sally Hennessy, 24) ? .
BACK ROW (LEFT to RIGHT):- 25) ? , 26) Debra Lazarus, 27) ? , 28) ? , 29) ? , 30) Kevin Pember, 21) ? , 32) ? , 33) ? , 33) ? , 34) ? .
Photo courtesy of Mark Hale.
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