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Ivy Bank School, Oakhill, Reigate. Boarding and day school for girls and kindergarten.
Comment 1

Barbara Tucker from Steyning posted this comment on Friday 25 January 2013 09:45:00.

My late mother, Doris Penfold, and her four sisters attended Ivy Bank School in the early years of the 1900s.They lived in Blackborough Road, Reigate,where their father was a Stonemason until 1914,when he moved to the Armoury in Chart Lane as Sgt Major.


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Christine Iqbal from Murcia Spain posted this comment on Tuesday 23 July 2013 01:56:00.

It is amazing to see this photo of Ivy Bank School 50 years before I attended there, later known as North Bank Preparatory School,which ceased in about 1961, as Miss M Rayner, the Principal, retired. I have very happy memories of my time at that school and still remember the names of many of my fellow pupils.


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Christine Iqbal from Murcia Spain posted this comment on Tuesday 23 July 2013 21:45:00.

I love this photo of Ivy Bank School. Later the name was changed to North Bank Preparatory School and I attended there from 1952 until 1958. I have very happy memories of my time there and remember the names of many of my fellow pupils. I still have one "writing" book from the third year. I lived in Smoke Lane.


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Fay Ewbank from Brockham posted this comment on Wednesday 21 October 2015 22:27:00.

My late mother, Wendy Titshall, went to North Bank school - does anyone remember her?


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Liz Tattersall from Selby posted this comment on Sunday 28 October 2018 10:13:27.

If this is Ivy Bank on Blackborough Road, then it was in 1875 the home of one of my ancestors, James Duthoit. Wonderful to see this.


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Robyn lamond from Sydney Australia posted this comment on Friday 14 December 2018 02:19:30.

I also am related to James but strangely also to Catherine Christie who also live in Red hill Reigate in 1860 s. She marrie another ggg grandfather Peter Cheffins from Little Easton. Dunmow


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Gillian Mann from Canterbury posted this comment on Friday 23 October 2020 13:10:08.

I went to North Bank School in 1950-1955. I remember Miss Raynor. I have been searching for my old friend Vanessa Chapple (Chappell) for many years. Does anyone know what happened to her, I would love to know or hear from her. Gillian Mann


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Josephine Mole from Reigate posted this comment on Wednesday 10 February 2021 23:22:00.

My mother went to Ivy Bank, and I went to North Bank School from 1949 - 1954. My maiden name was Watson. I have entries in my autograph book from Miss Raynor and Mrs Mander.


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Mrs G L Jackson from Etchingham posted this comment on Sunday 28 February 2021 10:41:59.

My 101 yr old mother tells me that her brother George used to travel to Ivy Bank School each morning when he was a young boy to clean the shoes for the pupils.


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Colin Love from Bottesford posted this comment on Friday 30 December 2022 15:48:13.

I attended North Bank School and remember Miss Raynor and Mrs Mander. I recall that every morning we had to parade around the hall whilst Miss |Raynor played boring piano - so I organised a pupil collection and went with two shillings to the music shop Rhythms, and returned with some more 'uplifting' music (perhaps Blaze Away) - it brightened the beginning of the day! It was my first rebellious act of protest - many more followed in adult life.


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Anthony ( Tony ) Wiggins from Benimeli, Spain posted this comment on Sunday 19 March 2023 14:03:58.

I was most interested to come across this article. I have very fond memories of this little school. I was there from 1950 to 1956 and remember both Josephine Watson and Gillian Mann. The name Vanessa Chappell also rings a faint bell. I would be interested to find out the surname of Christine Iqbal when she was there as I remember a Christine but that was not the surname ( possibly Wheeler ). Thanks to Colin in his message reminding me of Mrs. Manders who I seem too remember was very nice . If anybody would like to contact me I would be most interested to hear from them to discover what their lives held for them after leaving the North Bank School. I left and went on to Oxted County Grammar School and married the girl I travelled with every day on the bus from Reigate to Oxted. Still married after meeting at the tender age of 11 and happily living out retirement in Spain.


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Margaret Nicholson from Chester posted this comment on Tuesday 05 December 2023 08:05:06.

I was at North Bank from 1948 to 1954. In the same class as Josephine & remember Gillian & Tony, all above. Tony, I seem to remember your mother, & big sister? Another teacher, Miss Jutson, taught us in the Transition class. Do you remember the unvarying timetable? Today is Tuesday so we would have had English before our milk & Arithmetic afterwards. I seem to recall that term started on a Wednesday, so that was nature study. We learnt about earwigs & woodlice, & for many years I muddled them up!



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