16 March 2021

 The original post dates back to 05 May 2001 as follows:

'Can anyone name each of the classrooms that ran from the centre of the school towards the squash courts? 

I think the first was Oswald Simpkins, then came Parker Smith, then Morys. The next two I can't remember. I think the last one on the block was Bowker. Then there were the two Art rooms - I think the first was Gater - can't remember the other, but it was the one that Renton used.'

Today we have:


It has taken 19 years and 10 months to get a positive full answer, but hey, we got there, thank you to Dave Turner for your post today ...

The rooms are, from east to west, as follows:

Oswald-Simpkin, Parker Smith, Morys, Kenyon, Chelmsford, Bowker, Selborne
All of the above have been mentioned in other posts over the years, but not with great certainty. 

05 January 2021



from Chris and Doug

Wherever you may be,

 we sincerely hope COVID 

has not caught up with you, 

and that you remain safe

throughout 2021

29 June 2020

Further to the very interesting article by Alan Ives about his experiences as a boarder, I have today posted in the Students Photos section, a photo of Alan and his brother John with their respective sports trophies.

I apologise to Alan, as the photo has been in my possession since 29th. October 2019, but somehow the posting to the site got overlooked (Put it down to 'Old Age')

Doug Clews

04 February 2020


Recent e-mails received have prompted me to remind EVERYONE who was a member of this site PRIOR TO 2013 that they need to REJOIN or they will be unable to post comments to the site.
This is a regrettable situation, caused by the fact that members at the time of the change to blogger.com could not be automatically transferred. 
Please be good enough to e-mail me as soon as possible, with your name and e-mail address (preferably a G-mail account or it might not work), and I will arrange for a membership request to be sent to you, to which you MUST respond to activate your membership to the site.

Thank you for your assistance and continued interest in our site.

Doug Clews
Joint Manager
Sydney Australia

28 December 2019

I have been informed this week by Nigel, brother of Brian Sacree, that Brian unfortunately passed away on 7th. February 2019.

It is thought that Brian must have been at Peter Symonds' from 1941 to 1946, 
but a little uncertainty as to actual dates exists within the family.
Brian was a member of the 1942 Athletics Group, and also a member of the JTC Band, playing the Bugle.
Brian signed on for military service in 1947 at the age of 17. He had wanted to join the Glider Pilot Regiment (shades of Operation Market Garden!!), but as that had recently been disbanded, fell back on his second choice, the Royal Corps of Signals, following his Dad who had served in the Signals during the war.
Upon reaching 18 he was called up and in February 1948 went to the 37 Primary Training Centre at Peninsula Barracks, Winchester. 
The reason I mention this is that having gained his ‘red badge’ for basic skills, when in Peter Symonds’ Training Corps, his training was shortened by 2 weeks, which was a significant bonus as far as Brian was concerned at the time.
His experience in the Signals was the foundation of his later working career in aircraft/defence technology.

Note: Photos have been posted under 'Students' and 'JTC'  

26 December 2019

A belated Season's Greetings to all from Chris and Doug ... it is hoped that everyone had an enjoyable and safe Christmas and that we can all look forward to a great 2020 ... Keep Smiling All !

28 March 2019

James Wishart – PSSW 1947 to 1952

It is with great regret and sorrow, that I must report the passing on Friday 11th. January 2019 of Jim, finally losing his battle with cancer.
He was known to a lot of us as the creator of this PSSW Nostalgia Site …
Jim, or ‘Jimmie’ as he was also known, was a Civil Engineer during his working years, working for local governments in Winchester, Southampton, Leicester and Northampton.
Jim’s private life was actively involved in many things, including volunteer work, and Mainstream Party Politics, whereas his spare time was taken up with sailing, motor caravanning and frequent visits to Greece, a Country, and its people, he loved.
His Facebook page indicates he had friends in many parts of the world, and he will be greatly missed by us all.
Our thoughts are with his wife Anne, daughters Helen and Jane, and son John.