Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A big thankyou to John Piper for his latest posting of a 'Medal' yet to be identified ... the archivist of the TSA is endeavouring to find out more about it, and any information received, whether from him or from other sources, will be published here.

An apology from me also goes to John Piper for taking from December 2016 to get some photos he kindly sent me, posted to the site ... this was due to an unexplained problem with our site, preventing me from posting pictures ... the problem has resolved itself just today, and the photos now appear in Prefects, JTC & CCF and General Photos ... Many thanks John.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

A PSSW Medal

Hi All,

I came across this small (27mm dia.) medal

Are any of you chaps able to identify it? I wondered if it might date to the WW2 period and perhaps be cadet corps related. But that's only a guess. 

Look forward to hearing from you.



Saturday, 10 September 2016

I am copying an e-mail, sent to me yesterday, from Joanna Costin, in the hope that someone might have information that will help her in her quest about an ex Symondian Osbert Harold Brown ... should anyone have any information, please e-mail me and I will pass on Joanna's contact details ... Thanks ! ... Doug Clews


Joanna Costin

9 September 2016

I'm researching the 11th Suffolk Regiment during the First World War, and one of the officers attended Peter Symonds School until receiving a scholarship to Pembroke College Cambridge in 1910. I wondered if any of your members might have additional information about him, or whether you would be interested in the results of my research so far. (I realise this is a bit of a long shot!)
Captain Osbert Harold Brown was born in Winchester, 2 May 1892 and was the son of Alfred Robert and Anne Brown. He was commissioned into the Suffolk Regiment on 8 October 1914, promoted to Captain 9 November 1914, and went to France in January 1916. He was awarded the DSO for his actions on 1 July 1916, and the MC for a smaller attack on 4 August 1916. He was killed in action on 1 November 1916, while at morning stand-to.

Best wishes,
Jo Costin

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

A welcome goes to Mark Steer, who has joined us today ...

As can be seen from his post, mark is hopeful of making contact with fellow students who were at the school during his era (1964 - 1969) ...  

We wish him every success in his mission to obtain information that he will be able to share with his 'twin' town in Brittany, as well as provide information for our site.

Doug Clews (Joint Manager)
Western Australia 

Peter Symonds 1964 to 1969

Hi All,

I was at Peter Symonds 1964 to 1969 and haven't thought much about my time there until very recently. I now live in South Wales and am involved in a local Town Twinning. We have just had a visit from our Twin Town in Brittany and talking to one of our visitors it transpires that she was a French Teaching Assistant at Peter Symonds in the late 1960's! She has a school cap and some photos etc from her time there which I hope to see when we have a return trip to Brittany next year.
I will ask her if she will allow me to post on this site.
My time at Peter Symonds was mostly good but as a 'Prefect' I used to dread reading the lesson in Assembly - I was very shy then! Also my time in the CCF (Army) was not without it's problems for me - trying to teach and control younger members subjects like Fieldcraft.
I managed to obtain reasonable A'Level results in Sciences and went on to study Chemistry at Bath University. I then worked in the Chemical Industry for a number of years and am now retired.
I'm now very involved in local organisations particularly the environment and nature. I can't remember the name of our Biology Teacher who inspired my interest in the natural world - perhaps someone remembers?

Maybe someone out there remembers me!

Mark Steer

Monday, 6 July 2015

A welcome goes out to John Everett, who joined us today ...

In his application to join, John stated ...

"I was a Symondian from 1963 to 1970 and would very much like to assure myself that this period was not a dream but indeed formed the ‘happiest days of my life’ (I always believed that Alistair Sim was a master !)."...

It is hoped that someone out there, preferably in John's era at school, can confirm that it was NOT a dream, and that it was only SOMETIMES like St.Trinians !!!

Keep smiling !!!

Monday, 5 January 2015


In welcoming new member Anthony Redshaw to our fold, I have taken the liberty of copying his 'comment' to a post made by Mike Minty back in 2001 re Model Aircraft ... my reason for doing this is that Anthony is keen to hear from Mike Minty and it is possible his comments will not be seen on such an old post, so here is what he has to say ...

HI Mike,

If I remember correctly I think we we sat next to each other in Physics in the upper fifth Science Class.. Am I right? I still remember you (if it was you) showing me how to draw three dimensional doodles
I have just found this comment from 'Wong' as I knew Peter Evans. I was the one who built and flew the ME109 with Peter during my stay at Peter Symonds from 1955 to 1962.and also 'flew' with Paul Lacey.who left in 1960. We were all boarders in School House.

This was posted by you and Peter 14 years ago but If you read this do contact me.

Best wishes Tony Redshaw

Good luck Anthony ...
Doug Clews