School History

Easter 1919

Volume XI Easter 1919 No. 67


The outstanding item of interest this term has been the selection of a site for a new School by the Endowed School' Governors; eleven acres of ground have been purchased opposite the Cemetery Gates in Hill Lane, so that the School will possess its own playing fields - an asset which has been greatly desired for a long time.  The services of Mr Gutteridge, himself an Old Edwardian, who designed the present building, have been enlisted for the erection of this new School and we all look forward expectantly to the day when the activities of the School will be transferred to Hill Lane.

We were glad to be able to welcome back again three masters who had been serving their King and Country, namely, Messr. S.D. Caddick, W. Fassnidge and B.L.V. Kay.  They re-joined us, one after the other, at the beginning of this term and everyone was very glad to have them amongst us once again.

Old Boys' Presentation to Mr Fewings

On the evening of Saturday, December 21st, a large gathering of Old Edwardians took place in the Mayor's Parlour for the purpose of making a presentation to Mr Fewings, Headmaster of the School for thirty-eight years.  The Mayor (Alderman S.G. Kimber) himself an Old Edwardian, presided.

The Mayor opened the proceedings, paying sterling tribute to the great devotion and magnificent service which Mr Fewings had given both to the Endowed Schools' Governors and to nearly 2,000 boys who had come under his care.  The Mayor stated that Mr Fewings had ministered in two schools, the first in Bugle Street and the second designed  by Mr Gutteridge (another Old Boy), near the West Marlands; Mr Fewings had rather demurred to this second site at the time, thinking it too small and expressing the desirability of the School having its own playing fields: time had now proved Mr Fewings to be in the right and the Governors would have to look forward to a new School with proper playing grounds.  When Mr Fewings started as Headmaster there were only 49 boys at the School; when this number reached 100 a dinner was given, "which was attended by nearly everyone - except myself!" said the Mayor.  When Mr Fewings resigned the School numbers had reached 300; these figures spoke for themselves, said the Mayor, and a School could not grow six times as large without the Headmaster's driving power and administrative ability.