Memories of Tollgate School sought

Tollgate School SUS-160106-110307001
Tollgate School SUS-160106-110307001

Schoolchildren at Tollgate School are looking for memories and photos from previous pupils.

School governor Chris Neighbour said, “Over recent weeks, children at Tollgate Community Junior School, have been exploring the school’s history, not just since the opening of the present Winston Crescent site but going right back to the days when the juniors were part of St Andrew’s School in Vine Square.

“To help in their research, which is in preparation for a series of programmes for the school’s radio station, the children have been given access to the school Log Books. They have also started to interview relatives and family friends who were former pupils.

“To extend their understanding, the children would like to hear from any readers of the Eastbourne Herald who may have other sources of information or personal memories relating to St Andrew’s Infant and Junior School or The Drove County Junior School, subsequently Tollgate Community Junior School.

“What was everyday school life like? What special events were there? What memories do people have?

“In reading about school life during World War 2, as recorded in the school Log Book of the time, it became apparent that the school was evacuated in 1940 and spent two years at Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire.

“Can any readers provide further information on this period in the school’s history?

“Having sight of any photographic evidence would also be much appreciated.”

Contact can be made by post to Tollgate, Winston Crescent, Eastbourne, BN23 6NL, or via email:

Photo courtesy of Kim Collins

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