When I took on the task of launching a new website in 2008, one of the first series of articles that was published that year was an account of the move of the school from its original premises to its current location in 1929, produced by the late John Macrae, a stalwart of the school and the Association. When we moved the website to be hosted alongside the School website, this article, one of the most popular in the first couple of years of the original website, became unavailable to visitors to the site. I felt this needed to be rectified and have therefore reproduced the article below - I hope you enjoy it.
This photograph of the Borden Grammar School team who won the Kent Schools 220 yards Relay Championship in 1945 was sent in by Ken George (1937-1945) who was an outstanding sprinter at School. At London University, he clocked 10.1 for the 100 yards, and 23.2 for the 220, which was some going in those days. He once raced against the Usain Bolt of the post-War era, the Jamaican E. McDonald Bailey. Unfortunately, he lost!
Back row, l to r : Geoff Holland, Frank Horlock (the Old Salt), Peter Kitcatt
Front row : John Allard, Ken George, Bill Allard
My great grand-daughter is now into her second year at “big school”. She will be six in a few weeks' time. The other day, she came home after an art lesson, and told her mother excitedly that they had learned all about Van Gogh – about his self-mutilation, his friendship with Cézanne, the way his moods influenced his choice of colours, and so on – and they had all been invited to choose one of his paintings to copy. This is at a normal Church of England Primary School, not some sort of private establishment for precocious or abnormally gifted children. Crickey! I doubt whether I had even heard of Van Gogh until I was in my Forties!
In August 1880 the Master of the Rolls heard a case in the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice brought by the Attorney General. The defendants were Edward Leigh Pemberton and the other Governors of Borden School. Officers of the Charity Commission had been prompted by the Headmaster, who wanted to know the future of the School. The Attorney General brought the action to establish what the School's future should be.
We recently received the following email from Reg Hunn, a pupil at Borden from 1944 - 1950, triggered by the obituary of Frank Nicholls,providing an insight into life at the school and beyond 60 years ago.
In an idle moment today whilst at a loose end , and for an inexplicable reason, I decided to look up the school on the web.
On studying the site I noted with sadness the passing of Frank Nicholls a while back.
This article continues Bryan Short's history of the School.
Mr. Bond proceeded with his work at the School. Staff were recruited. Advertisements placed in newspapers throughout the County brought in pupils, and the School roll rose. Clause 51 of the Scheme required the Head Master to provide the Governors with a written report on the School's progress. Mr Bond produced his first report, covering the year October 1878 to October 1879.
This article has been reproduced from 2009 in advance of publishing further chapters of the history of the school.
Founding a School in the 1870s
The founding of Barrows Boys School (as it was first called) began, continued and ended in controversy, culminating in the resignation of the entire Governing Body in 1880.