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Reigate County School. 1940. The Honor Oak School Magazine No. 20. On September 2nd 1939, 249 girls (out of 450) were in a party which left the Honor Oak School, Peckham for evacuation to Redhill, together with 81 younger brothers and sisters, 10 helpers, 24 teaching staff and two administrative staff. Subsequently 50 more Honor Oak girls came to Redhill.The Head Mistress of Reigate County School invited Honor Oak to share the use of the County School building. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Reigate County School had possession of the classrooms, and on Tuedays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, Honor Oak had possession. On the other days the girls from the school which was not in full possession attended in relays of about 70 for instruction in physical education, music, etc., in the hall and music room. The school could accomodate 300, and the air-raid shelters (the caves) accomodated 440 people. I have The Honor Oak School Magazine 1940 in my possession - get in touch if you are interested.
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Mary Wyllie (Dunn) from Kingston Ontario posted this comment on Wednesday 27 January 2010 20:19:00.

It s great to see the old school. I was there from 1944 - 1952.

My house was Canterbury. I would be delighted to get in touch with Maureen McLelland now I believe Mrs Phillips a graduate of Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham.Maureen was one of the most honest people that I know.When marking her french Dictation she would not even allow me to add an accent!


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Helen B Goddard from Princeton NJ USA posted this comment on Tuesday 30 March 2010 05:04:00.

I was at the Reigate County School for Girls from 1957 to 1963. I have just read a wonderful book by Gwen Southgate called Coin Street Chronicles. She was in the Honor Oak school when it shared the County school (before my time) and mentions air raids and moving into the caves. Do read this book: ISBN 978-0-5955-1670-4, available from Amazon.com. Helen B Goddard


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Daphne Chynoweth n?e Kinch from Adelaide Australia posted this comment on Wednesday 27 July 2016 03:00:00.

I was at this beautiful school from 1944 to 1947 when I returned to

London. My friends were Gwen Burrows and Joan Batt. The head Mistress was Miss Aitken, and MissvWalters was the music mistress who introduced me to classical music for which I am ever grateful. I remember going down into the caves under the front lawn when the doodlebugs went over.


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Simon Virgo from Crowborough posted this comment on Thursday 28 July 2016 16:03:00.

My mother was one of the 249 girls.

She struggles to remember that time now.

I will show her the photos.

Where would she have stayed?


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Jean Welling neeHuyshe from Eastbourne, E. Sussex posted this comment on Monday 21 March 2022 17:58:07.

I too was a pupil, and remember Joan Batt! Leslie Prince, and Juci Lazlo, Valerie Knight… Loved my time there, favourite teachers Miss Craighead, (history), Miss Newberry (German) yes, it was fun down the caves!



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