CVTHS TIMELINE 4000
Go to any year of the Time-line by clicking Red. The time-line entries in this section were all sourced from the 21 editions of the School magazine 'The Rook'. Download any 'Rook' by clicking Green.
09 September - The School opened to 199 boys. Entry was for both 11 year olds and 13 year olds. Boys belonged to one of six houses, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone, Maidstone, Rochester and Tonbridge. Black gowns were worn by staff with hoods on special occasions.
December - An estimated 700 people attended the first Christmas Concert. The School Choir, trained and conducted by the leading trumpeter of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, performed at the concert.
Boys and staff donated money to purchase the School’s first Inter-House Championship trophy.
April - School journey to Twickenham to see the County Final Championship match between Middlesex and Lancashire.
Inspectors from the Birmingham Education Authority and a party of German educationalists visited the School.
National Savings Movement was established in the School.
Folkestone House won the School Eisteddfod.
The Library housed almost 2,000 books, many donated by boys and masters.
September - 240 boys (out of around 700 under consideration) joined the School bringing the total to 435.
Decemeber - Well over a thousand people attended the Christmas Concert.
1956 - The building of the planned new workshops was delayed.
1956 - A complete edition of the 1955 Encyclopaedia Britannica was added to the library.
1956 - The Rose Bruford Training College of Speech and Drama helped boys present scenes from Macbeth in a schools drama competition.
1956 - A careers room was opened.
1956 - Second year boys started a museum of old tools and furniture fittings.
Sept 1956 - A further 90 boys and five new members of staff are expected to join the School.
Work started on the new workshops and extensions to the kitchen and dining room.
Three masters from the Craft Department spent a term with local firms to gain experience of modern industrial methods of production organisation and administration.
Summer - The first entries for the General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘O’ level. Some 70 boys were entered.
July - The first School leavers.
Approximately 600 boys expected on the School role in September 1957.
September - The first sixth form - Lower VI.
Autumn - The first prize-giving day was held with form prizes for all five years as well as subject and sports awards.
December - The first Prefects’ and Old Boys’ party was held with neighbouring schools, including girl’s schools, being invited. A four-piece band and a local skiffle group provided the music.
New workshops were completed. The workshops have two engineering shops, an automobile bay, two
woodwork shops, facilities for and technical drawing, a large store and an engineering laboratory divided into four bays for metal casting and heat treatment, strength of materials testing, shot blasting, paint spraying and
The fourth year of the School was disrupted by influenza, fog and a bus strike.
The Chairman of the School Governors, Alderman E V Mills was elected Chairman of Kent County Council.
‘The Rook’ was printed by outside printers for the first time.
Some boys from the first entry of 13 year olds will form the first Upper VI In September 1958.
September - Number of staff tops the 30 mark and with a five form entry of first years and an expansion of the sixth form, the school role is expected to soon approach 700.
December - Sir George Edward CBE, Managing Director of Vickers Armstrong officially opened the new workshop block and presented prizes.
December - 30 boys went on the School’s first winter sports trip.
December - At the Prefects’ and Old Boys’ party, the first School Captain proposed the formation of an Old Boys’ Association.
Easter - Inspired by initiative test that Mr Kingsland often set for School holidays, two fourth year boys (on their own initiative) spent six days travelling to Edinburgh and back. They spent 4d (1.7p) on fares and the whole trip cost them £3 10s 0d (£3.50) including presents and souvenirs.
Summer - The first General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘A’ level examinations were sat.
July - A cricket week was held for the first time at the School.
July - The first Inter-Technical School Sports Meeting was held at the School with ten teams from Kent technical schools competing.
At the National Exhibition of Children’s Art, 71 paintings or drawings by Cray Valley boys reached the final selection stage and 12 were chosen for final exhibition.
September - Over 150 new boys expected to join the school.
September - Mr Mayo is now Deputy Headmaster and the total teaching staff has risen to 34.
September - The School Houses were reduced to four (Canterbury and Dover have gone) and House Prefects were introduced for the first time.
‘The Crowther Report – Fifteen to Eighteen’, published in 1959 paid tribute to Technical Schools.
October - In his annual report on prize day, the Headmaster said that: “The School had undergone its first major test, in that boys who joined the school when it first opened in 1954, had taken the GCE at either Ordinary or Advanced level in a wide range of subjects”.
December - Both the School Choir and Orchestra performed at the Christmas Concert.
March - An imaginary stock exchange was formed.
The School Eisteddfod was revived with houses competing in model-making, literature, dramatic work, choral, instrumental, drawing and photography. It was won by Tonbridge House.
Two sixth form boys passed their driving test for cars and one regularly drove to school with considerable dignity and éclat.
There were television appearances for two members of an instrumental group and one second year boy driving his own car.
The School received gifts of electronic components and laboratory equipment from the Ministry of Supply (War Office).
The library was reorganised and the Dewy system of classification adopted.
December - A highly successful Christmas Dance and Social was held in the School hall with four ‘generations’ of School Captains attending
March - The Dramatic Society presented Miles Malleson’s adaption of Moliere’s comedy ‘The Imaginary Invalid’. The play was produced by Mr Wedlock and the principle character was played by Keith Doble, who along with the rest of the cast and production team received high praise.
March - Kent Schools Trampoline Championships were held at the School.
Easter - Two groups of Upper VIth boys represented the School at conferences at Jesus College, Oxford.
Boys in Form 5S organised their own debating society.
Lower VIth boys founded a Model Railway Society.
Three boys devised and made an analogue computer to introduce basic computing techniques.
The Duke of Edinburg Award Scheme was introduced. Mr Parry took charge of the training.
July - The last of the boys who joined the School when it opened in 1954 left.
August - The accounts for the School fund for year ending 31st August 1961 showed receipts from the sale of buns were £502 2s 10d. (Author’s note: that’s 120,514 penny buns.)
December - One performance of the Christmas concert had to be cancelled because of fog.
The stature and reputation of the School was formally recognised by conferring on the School, together with other technical schools in Kent, the title of Technical High School.
February - Sir John Hunt visited the School to present awards for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. He also toured the School and was particularly interested in a demonstration of amateur radio given by Colin Cadle of 4C who operated the School station G3 PRT/A which had a coverage of five countries and ten counties.
Alderman E V Mills, Chairman of the School Governors dies.
M Dumont was the first boy to win a Cambridge Exhibition.
P Bennett was the first Cray Valley boy to play for the English Schoolboys at Twickenham.
D Field became the first boy from the School to be awarded a gold medal in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Winter of 1962-63 Mr. Heath (Head Caretaker) and his staff worked hard to keep the school warm and open during the unusually hard winter.
Work started on building a new science block in the quadrangle.
Spring - There were over fifty entries from VIth form boys for the Engineering Design Competition. Boys had to design and construct a structure to span a given gap and support a weight at mid-span. The competition was won by PRM Smith with a load to weight ratio of 3360:1.
The School greenhouse was established.
The School’s first full-length production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ was performed.
The Sixth Form Association was established.
March - The School held its first Inter-House Play Festival.
April - P J Tregenna (Lower VIth) participated in a one-month Outward Bound School in Scotland."
July - The School magazine became just ‘Rook’ and took on a new format. The editorial reflected on the first 10 years of the life of the School: Its growth from 199 boys and 10 masters to 750 boys and 40 masters.
Of the original staff the Headmaster, Mr. Mayo, Mr. Walmsley and Mrs. Malins remain and in the past 10 years some 90 teachers have shared the teaching.
July - The first boys took ‘O’ levels in 1957 and up to 1963, 617 boys had been entered in an average of five subjects per boy. In 1964, over 150 boys entered with 870 subject entries. There were seven boys in Upper VIth who took ‘A’ levels in 1959. Since then over 80 boys have passed either three or four subjects and the
percentage of ‘A’ level success has been over 97%. The VIth form numbers over 100 and continues to grow.
Old boys from the first VIth form have now graduated and some are working toward MSc or PhD degrees.
The official publication of the VIth Form Association, up until 1963, a magazine entitled ‘Sirius’ was superseded by a joint publication, put together by local VIth Forms, called ‘Spectra’ which was very successful, the first issue selling out within an hour of it going on sale.
October - The School held a Mock Election on the same date as the General Election. Mr Brook and Mr Carbery were the returning officers and the results of the election were: M Granados (Conservative) 301; K Hayes (Labour) 174; O Utting (Liberal) 146; P Taylor (Communist) 29; M Stickland (Ind Nuclear Disarmament) 27. Conservative majority was 127 with 44.5% of the vote.
(Author’s note: It looks like there was close to a 100% turnout!)
A group of fifth form boys presented George Bernard Shaw’s play ‘Androcles and the Lion’.
Spring - The School’s production of ‘The Life of Galileo’ was performed for five nights at the end of the Spring term.
The School was represented by Martin Granados at the final of the Metropolitan Schools Debating Tournament. Jeremy Thorpe MP, chair of the panel of judges commented that Martin, who spoke first: “had good use of word, good diction and good examples”.
July - ‘Rook’ published an obituary for Mr Robert Mathews HNC who joined the staff in 1961 as Head of the Engineering department: Mr Mathews had a great respect for the traditional principles and practices of engineering, but he was forward-looking and showed a lively curiosity in new developments likely to affect the future of those he taught. It was his influence which encouraged so many boys to enter the faculties of engineering. The death of Mr Mathews, at the early age of 51, has deprived the School of one of its staunchest pillars. We have suffered an irreparable loss. We pay grateful tribute to the inspiring work and example of a good schoolmaster and a good friend.
July - An impressive number of short stories, poems and articles of interest were published in ‘Rook’.
December - Instead of the traditional Christmas carol concert, the musical ‘Our Mr Pips’ was performed on five nights at the end of the term.
March - Her Majesty’s Inspectors spent a week in the School undertaking their first general inspection. A copy of the inspectors’ report can be viewed on our blog right HERE.
Spring - ‘Hamlet’ was the School’s Easter production in conjunction with Bromley Technical High School for Girls.
The first two pupils who went to Cambridge University from the School were awarded their degrees.
In the first full year since its formation the School brass band made a recording for the BBC as well as performing in several concerts.
A VIth form boy gained a place at the Royal College of Arts.
July - An impressive number of very high quality short stories, poems and articles of interest were published in ‘Rook’.
September - The VIth form participated in a three-day Sixth Form Conference in Winchester.
October - Mr Kingsland presided over his last Prize-Giving Ceremony before his imminent retirement. The Guests of Honour were three old Cray Vallians, Messrs Bryant, Burrage and Pulford. It was the first time that that the prizes were presented by Old Boys. In his speech Mr Kingsland said: “School life should reflect the age in which we live, and maintain a vision of what constitutes a good life, but because there is no fixed way in which these objects can be achieved, the search for the right way will continue in the years ahead”.
December - Plans for a School trip to the USA and Canada in 1969 were notified to parents.
December - In the final assembly of the Christmas term the School formally said goodbye to Mr Kingsland. The 1967 edition of ‘Rook’ announced that Mr Kingsland was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
January - Mr Mayo was temporary Headmaster for the Spring term.
January - The Old Boys’ Association held a dinner at the New Hackwood Hotel, Bromley to mark the retirement of Mr Kingsland.
Summer - Mr W R Turner was appointed Headmaster for the start of the Summer term.
July - ‘Rook’ published an appreciation of Mr Kingsland’s work for the School. The full text can be viewed in the 1967 edition of ‘Rook’ on this website.
July - ‘Rook’ reported that the School tuck-shop had been successful in its first year of opening.
July - Membership of the Old Boys’ Association stood at 250.
December - The School band and choir gave a very professional and enjoyable Christmas Concert on two nights.
March - At the Old Boys Association dinner and AGM Mr W R Turner was welcomed as the Associations third President succeeding Messrs Kingsland and Mayo.
Spring - Mrs Malins, secretary since before the School opened in 1954 left to marry and move to Yorkshire. She was deeply involved in the work which had to be done before the School opened its doors, in the selection of approximately 200 boys, the appointment of nine members of staff and the choice of uniform.
Mrs Malins was remembered most as a warm and lovable personality, always helpful and always sympathetic.
May - The School band entered its first band contest at the White Rock Pavilion in Hastings, winning and bringing back the Hawkes Challenge Shield and five guineas.
July - ‘Rook’ editorial commented on the discussion about sweeping changes in the organisation and emphasis on education locally and nationally.
July - Individual examination results were not published in ‘Rook’. Instead statistics reported by the Headmaster in his Speech Day report were quoted. 62 Upper VIth pupils obtained 149 ‘A’ level passes. A further 44 passes were obtained by Lower VIth boys. At ‘O’ level 111 boys gained 593 passes.
July - In a ‘Rook’ article, the School Captain complained about the absence of facilities for VIth form study.
July - The School staged an exhibition illustrating ‘Teaching through Technology’ with exhibits from the Engineering, Craft, Art and Science Departments.
September - The School’s name change from Cray Valley Technical High School to just Cray Valley School.
Author’s note: very little is published or know about this name change other than it did not appear to be popular with staff, boys or parents. It is thought that most people associated with the School still referred to it as CVTHS. Although not verified, it is believed that the School badge was not changed, neither was the name board at the entrance to the School.
The ‘Rook’ editorial was replaced by a preface in which the details of the Headmaster’s Speech Day report was summarised. There was a very brief mention of the Headmaster referring to the changes in the structure of national education and the modification of the School’s name and a tribute was paid to Mrs Malins.
Academically the School had a good year with five pupils gaining entrance to Cambridge University.
Musically, the Headmaster reported that it had been an active year.
Visits were made to the British Scientific Instrument Research Association and Tate and Lyle’s research station.
The Metallurgical group from the Upper VIth visited a lead factory.
In 1968-69, the Brass Band performed on ten occasions to a total audience of nearly 5,000. The most memorable concert took place at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon in July 1968.
January - Four exhibits demonstrated at the Science Fair held at the North London Science Centre attracted the attention of the magazine ‘Science in Action’ with an article being published after the fair.
April - 135 boys and eight staff boarded a Pan Am Boeing 707 for an 18-day trip to the USA and Canada. Undoubtedly this was the most ambitious, exciting, educational and enjoyable School trip ever undertaken by the School and a full five-page report is contained in 1969 edition of ‘Rook’ on this website.
Spring - The production of Nikolai Googol’s comedy ‘The Government Inspector’ was a new and interesting venture since it was the first time a play by a Russian dramatist had been performed by the School.
May - A team of six boys from the VIth form came sixth in the Ten Tors Competition organised by the army on Dartmoor. About 1700 people competed in the event.
July - The School band spent a day the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall During the visit they were introduced to the State Trumpeters who had just arrived back from the investiture of Prince Charles at Caernarvon.
The scope of the VIth form curriculum was widened with the introduction of a ‘Design’ option.
February - The School Band’s first LP record was released.
March - At the school prize distribution, the Headmaster reported that at ‘O’ level, 126 candidates had gained 537 passes and at ‘A’ level 65 candidates achieved 138 passes.
Spring - The production of R C Sherriff’s play ‘Journey’s End’ was extremely successful.
May - Four teams of six boys took part in the Ten Tors Walk over Dartmoor. The two senior teams walking 50 miles and the two junior teams 35 miles, carrying all supplies and equipment and camping overnight. The first of the senior teams was the first school team home and the first junior team came 16th out of the 160 that were competing.
November - In his report on Prize Day, the Headmaster announced that at ‘O’ level, 131 candidates had gained 434 passes, 52 boys passing in five or more subjects. At and ‘A’ level 17 pupils gained three passes.
November - A group of boys from the School, participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, met the Duke at a local exhibition promoting the Scheme.
Between May 1970 and May 1971 the School Brass Band gave twenty performances, including one at Central Hall Westminster.
Spring - Two one-act plays were performed in collaboration with girls from Beaverwood School.
July - The Brass Band made its second LP. 450 copies were produced.
July - An editorial returned to ‘Rook’ which for the first time in its history was produced by a team of fifth and sixth formers. Reference was made to an acute shortage of fuel and a postal strike affecting School life.
Biology lessons were introduced. Division rooms for teaching and private study were completed as was an
open area furnished for leisure, reading and discussion. A Deputy Headmaster’s room and a Careers Office were created in the unfinished building in the quadrangle. Mr Gale, who leaves the School after 15 years, was thanked for the active part he took in both in-school and out-of school activities including skiing
trips and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
July - For the first time ‘Rook’ included several pages of adverts.
December - Mr Mayo, the last of the founder members of staff retired.
Christmas - The Old Cray Vallians paid tribute to Mr and Mrs Mayo at their Christmas dinner and installed Mrs Mayo as the association’s first honorary female member.
Spring - The School’s Spring term production of ‘Twelfth Night’ with girls from Beaverbrook School was very successful.
July - ‘Rook’ published a tribute by F Richmond-Cogan to Mr R A Mayo (Sam to the staff and Reg to the boys). The full text can be viewed in the 1972 edition of ‘Rook’ on this website.
Another highly successful year for the School Brass Band.
The School choir re-formed.
Speech Day 1972 had a special significance for Mr Mayo as it was his last at the School. The Chairman of the Governors and the Headmaster paid generous tributes to Mr Mayo who had been at the School for 17 years.
March - Peter Moss played for England against Wales in the under-15 rugby international at Twickenham. The School Brass Band played at this event.
April - The second of the School’s trips to North America took place. A full report of the trip can be found in the 1972 edition of ‘Rook’ on this website.
May - Brian Hamlin, one of only four boys from the School to be awarded Gold in the Duke of Edinburg’s Award Scheme, was presented with his scroll at Buckingham Palace.
December - The School said goodbye to two very well known figures Messrs Watkins and Carr.
January - A Parents’ Association was formed.
Spring - The Cray Valley Debating Society was formed. (Author’s Note: There had been debating societies for short periods in both the 50’s and 60’s.)
July - ‘Rook’ editorial commented on significant changes to school life. The long standing tradition of Speech Day was broken by holding it in the evening. Sports Day was a two-day event with age divisions.
1972/73 had seen many changes, not only within the School but within local education as a whole.
The year proved to be the busiest and most memorable for the Band which appeared on BBC Television’s ‘Blue Peter’ after being spotted by the presenters at a concert in the Central Hall Westminster.
1972/3 ‘Rook’ reported on the marked increase in senior workshop and craft activities and that VIth form design courses were progressing well.
September - The School returned to a normal five-day timetable after many years of working to a six-day cycle timetable.
September - Golf, table tennis, fencing, orienteering and weight training were introduced in the School.
December - Mr Woodward conducted the band at the Christmas concert for the last time. The Headmaster thanked him for all that he had done for the School and the Band.
December - The following is the text of a report by the Chairman of the Parents’ Association:
As a follow up to the AGM talk, an effort was made to arrange a further meeting with the Chairman of the local authority Education Committee without success. A Special General Meeting was called on 3rd December at which parents expressed views over the proposed pairing with Edgebury School, about which there was some reservation in view of the difficulties inherent in the two schools being on separate sites. Consequent upon representations made on behalf of the parents, we managed to receive assurance that the accommodation at Cray Valley School would be enlarged as soon as possible to enable it to function
ultimately as an individual six-form entry all-ability intake school. The Association are therefore now devoting their efforts to establishing and maintaining good relationships with our counterparts at Edgebury School, also to ensuring that adequate facilities and amenities are provided at Cray Valley School when they are identified.
1974/75 - Combined Cray Valley and Edgebury sports teams competed and the two bands amalgamated and gave concerts at each of the schools.
1974/75 - Boys from Cray Valley and Edgebury schools went on an ‘A’ level geography/geology field trip to North Wales.
March - Fifth form boys went on a biology field trip to South Wales.
March - Headmaster Mr W R Turner left the School. He came to Cray Valley in 1967 as the School was about to lose its ‘Technical High’ tag. He had the task of overseeing the transition of the School to comprehensive education through all the false starts and uncertainties of the subsequent seven years.
‘Rook’ reported: Provision for the future was thus the keynote of his term as Headmaster. This bequest ensures that the prospects for the new Kenmal Manor Upper School, which he hands over, are just as great
as they had been, at birth, for the school he managed for eight years with such deliberate care. A biology laboratory and a Sixth Form Centre are tangible reminders of the structural impact he had on our lives……. Another important factor in the life of any school is the Parent body. It was therefore a significant day for Cray when he determined to establish a Parents’ Association. His success with this venture has already produced great benefit for the boys through the provision of material and welfare facilities which we would otherwise been denied in these difficult days.
Summer - All third year boys at Edgebury School spent two days at Cray Valley School and an open evening in June enabled Edgebury boys and their parents to see the work of the various departments and to meet staff.
July - ‘Rook’ editorial commented on the ‘coming of age’ of the School magazine but noted that because of rising costs the format of the magazine would be changed the following year. Advantage would be taken of the pooling of resources to produce a joint magazine with Edgebury School. This would further the integration of the two schools to be known as Kenmal Manor Upper (Cray Valley) and Kenmal Manor Lower (Edgebury).
The Editorial went on to explain that the year (1974/75) saw the beginning of the phased re-organisation of Cray Valley on Comprehensive lines and that despite an adverse press in the local newspapers the first year of the transition had gone relatively smoothly. Greater links between Edgebury and Cray Valley were being sought to facilitate an even more efficient integration in the years to come.
July - Colonel Richmond-Coggan and Lieutenant Colonel Turner both retired after giving 30 years’ service between them to the School.
July - The doors closed on Cray Valley School. Boys returning to the School Buildings in September 1975 would return as members of Kenmal Manor School.
April - 43 boys and four masters went on the School’s third visit to North America.
July - ‘Rook’ editorial commented on the achievements of twenty years of school life and looked forward to the future when Cray Valley School will join with Edgebury School in partnership and take on a new lease of life, eventually becoming a school for fourth forms and upwards. The editor offered a welcome to next term’s (September 1975) new arrivals, the fourth year from Edgebury.
The increase in mechanical mobility (mopeds and motorcycles) and VIth formers’ cars being commonplace was commented on.
1973/74 - Throughout the year a number of theatre visits took place to famous London theatres.
1973/74 - During the course of the year the School Library acquired its 11,000th book.
1973/74 - Biology field trips to South Wales were undertaken in November 1973 and April 1974.
1973/74 - At the Parents’ Association AGM an education officer from the Borough of Bromley addressed parents on how the scheme of re-organisation when implemented in September 1974 will affect Cray Valley School.