Northfield School for Girls

1981 to 1988

By Dina A

For a number of years, I have been wanting to reconnect with students of Northfield School near Cassio College in Watford, with class of GCSC level 1988! Wondering how we all grew up and how are our teachers are and if anyone has reconnected with: Mrs Patterson (Geography), Mrs Elliott (Chemistry) and the French/German teacher who was my favourite but oddly I cant remember her name!!

Is there anyone out there who recalls this class and our teachers?? I remember classmates Nicole, Hazel Kirby, Winnie Wong, Elaine, Danielle Katz, Abigail and her cousin Donna, best friends Lorna and Katie. We also were joined briefly by Belinda Serra.

Where are you guys???

This page was added on 24/01/2014.

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  • I was at Northfield from 1965 to 1975. Teachers I remember were Mrs Toombs, Miss Elvidge, Miss Scott (I remember sitting next to Alison Ashmore who used to bite people – very sad really). Mrs Steel (Maths), Mr Knight (Chemistry), Mrs Timms (Geography & eventually Head), Mrs Hamilton (Human Biology).

    Bryony Spencer I remember you in the class above mine. I must admit I didn’t like you very much, as you were quite loud and rude, but the fact you suffered from dyslexia may explain a lot, and of course at that time it was not really an accepted issue. So now I can quite understand why you behaved that way, and I am sure you are a lovely lady.

    I was pretty naughty as I used to climb over the fence by the woods and get on the cutting by the railway. This was with Helen Coats (now sadly deceased), Hazel Clifton and Ann Magee. When we were found out we naturally had detention, which I believe was extra Maths which was at least a constructive ‘punishment. Still took me 3 attempts to pass GCE Maths!

    By Alison Lawrence (nee Barrow) (02/11/2018)
  • Would it be possible for a get-together? I am 82 this year, but surely there must be many classmates alive from the 40’s and early 50’s. ’ I was told Judy Bakker has died, but where are Jessica Norwood, Shirley Wykes, Diana Stabb and that other Judy. I remember Miss Harris well as I was always in trouble, especially when caught sliding past the library at full speed! Remember swimming in green water in the Shirley House pool?

    By Judy Furness now Mrs Ling (26/04/2018)
  • Wow. I was at Northfield from 1945 – 1949 -= and I still have my ruler. I remember Gay Sheppard. She had pigtails and I think was in my class. – I can also remember Michael Nassan, and Nina Petal, not to mention Mark Schofield. Apparentlly it rained one day and only one of us had wellingtons, so we decided to share, and at each lamp post we duly swapped boots and shoes Miss Harris – the stables – swimming in Shirley House pool. I remember clearly it rained on a sports day and Miss Harris stomping up and down saying it was not fair everyone else had good weather!!.. and now, we all long for rain in the northwest of New South Wales – been her over 50 years but one never forgets.
    PS there were 6 Pearsons when I was there. One family of three Judith Joan and Jennifer and then twins Susanne and Gillian and then me!

    By Judy Davies nee Pearson (28/02/2018)
  • I was in Miss Woodbridge’s class in 1955/6. I remember Jennifer Collins, Louise Dooey, Dinah Stabb, Shirley King, Marcia Warren and Paula Waller. My name then was Susan Badger and I was newly arrived, fairly traumatised, from a violent Buenos Aires, Argentina. I felt a bit of an outsider at first as no-one could really share my sort of life experiences up to then. My best friend was Paula Waller who joined the class after me as another newcomer. She eventually moved to Surrey. Miss Harris had a study/lounge just down the hall from our classroom, overlooking the garden and I remember her playing us Indian sitar music, rare then, and the first I ever heard. She was a Quaker and worshipped at the Meeting House next door. We used to make branch and brown leaf “camps” in the woods in Autumn and judge whose was best. Mrs Peel used to use me as an example of how to play hockey strokes – badly! I moved on to St Joan of Arc’s in Rickmansworth in 1956.

    By Sue Cox (nee Badger) (22/11/2017)
  • I was at Northfield in 1955/6. Miss Harris was headmistress. Mrs Peel was a fierce gym mistress. Miss Boardman was music teacher. There was a Mrs Higman too.

    By Sue cox (21/11/2017)
  • My first wife Valerie Milner Moon attended Northfield School for Girls in the 1940’s. She was also Amy Harris’s Secretary for a few months in about 1965, before the birth of our first child young John in April 1966.

    Back then, we knew Amy Harris well and she was at our Wedding in the Quaker Meeting House at Watford in March 1964.

    We moved back to my homeland in Australia in 1969 with our two boys young John and Geoff, but Val died suddenly the following year from Leukaemia.

    We lived at Balmoral Road, North Watford from 1964 to 1969 and since Val’s death I have been back to England a number of times, including travel with my second wife, Trish.

    I am currently working on a Memoire of Val for our sons and grandchildren.

    By John Moon (24/10/2017)
  • Susan Steele I remember you, does anyone remember Heather Campbell and Susan Hancox I would love to know where they are now. I remember Miss Try games, Miss Woodbridge maths and Mrs Greg Biology.

    By Gay Heese nee Sheppard (20/06/2017)
  • Hi – I attended the school from 1965-71. I met up with Anne Wilson, Isobel Randall, Diana Clarke-Kern and Jill Castle? back in 1989. I have tried to make contact Gillian Todd but to no avail. I also made contact with Angela Knight who was living in Devon the last I heard.
    Hard to believe we are all in our 60’s!!

    Would be good to try and meet again but you know what us girls are like …. Caroline Arnold (Gadd)

    By Caroline Arnold (18/06/2017)
  • Carol Free mentions a Miss Norwood. Was her name Jessica ? Her aunt Miss Eddington taught maths, I think, I would love to know where Jessica Norwood is now.

    By Judith Ling (06/06/2017)
  • I went to Northfields from 1972-1975. I remember Mrs Moran ,Mrs Steele and the inspiring Mrs Timms ( she inspired me!) and a lovely man who taught Chemistry.
    My friends at the time were Liz Pike and Pat Carlisle .

    By KymHiern (27/05/2017)
  • i went to Northfield from about 1955 to about 1960. Miss Harris was the headmistress, I remember a Miss Hassell, who had previously taught at a school for the blind, I think the math teacher was Mrs Fry, and there was also a Mrs Sly – but I can’t remember what she taught. Names of girls in my class (the few that I can remember): Paula Howard, Penny Ives, Susan Clayppool Smith, Jennifer Riley, Gay Dennard, Christine Waterhouse, my name then was Susan Riley. Although I didn’t appreciate it at the time, I think I was very lucky to go to this school, despite my best efforts, I did manage to learn something.

    By Susan Steel (15/05/2017)
  • Yes, I remember Miss Harris. I attended fron 1942-1952. Miss Eddington took maths, Miss Rocher needlework, Miss Popperwell history.
    My maiden name was Furness.
    At the last reunion I met old classmate Shirley Wykes, but we never exchanged phone numbers though I did take a photo of her.

    By Judith Furness (02/05/2017)
  • Hi Carole Free. I remember you very well. I think you were in the class below me , I was there in 1962-68 then went to college to do Nursery Nursing. I remember Miss Harris, Timms,Hassell a very tall woman who frightened me to death. Miss Flishman and Mrs Foucks who reeked of garlic. It’s a shame the school is no longer there. Would love to have a reunion . Now live in DEVON.

    By Juliet Sylvester nee Tillott (30/03/2017)
  • I was at Northfield from 1961 when I was five till 1972 when I was expelled for smoking behind the tennis court. My class mates were Debbie Millar, Rebecca Simpson, Anita something, Lindsey Two good in the early years.. And Clair Olliot..very naughty vicars daughter who I would love to re connect with… Yes I remember pussy willow..and Miss Harris. Miss Hassle picked up my skirt with a ruler as I walked into essembly in the gym as I was wearing red long johns with black lace… Very daring and totally provocative.. I had dislexia.. and still have as u can probably see.. and one day as punishment for some misdomener, I had to read a passage from the bible at essembly and broak down in tears because I was unable to read it properly..

    By Bryony Spencer (23/02/2017)
  • I went to Northfield from September 1971 to December 1972. The lovely Mrs Timms tried to talk my parents into leaving me with her when we needed to move home to Sydney Australia due to my grandfather’s illness. So many great girls there but the one I remember the most was Anne Flitt who convinced me to ride horses! I’m so excited to find this page. I’ve been looking for a reference to Northfield for years.

    By Vickii Scott nee Hill (04/02/2017)
  • I went to Northfield School from about 1959-1969, and remember Miss Norwood, Miss Fleischmann the art teacher, Miss Cole, Miss Harris and her cat ‘Pussy Willow’, and the tall very scary Miss Hassell. Also
    Miss Peel the gym mistress and Miss Carter – who inspired us musically. I remember the gym being built and sitting out on the verandah of the chalet beyond it, weaving baskets on sunny days. Also making leaf camps in the woods next to the railway, and the smell of the Lily of the Valley in the hall on Lily Day. Happy Memories.

    By Carol Free (was Corfield) (01/02/2017)
  • I left the school in 1961 aged 10 having been there 2 or 3 years. Miss Harris was the headmistress, Miss Cole was our form mistress, Mr Howath was the gardener!! He had his greenhouses beside our sort of chalet style classroom, on the right on the way down to the playgrounds, my friends were Wendy Thomas, Penny Isaacs, Podge Pelly., Sandra Trevelyan. Pamela Fisher was 2 years younger than us, but I still see her now. My maiden name was Jean Barratt.

    By Jean Cheswright (21/09/2016)
  • I was there in 1950s. Anyone remember Miss Harris and Miss Hassell? Also Mrs Timms (maths) Miss Try(gym) Mrs Stewart (science)?

    By Johanna brown nee walters (31/07/2016)
  • Hi, I was at Northfield from 1974 to 1977.

    By Tracy Wood (23/05/2016)
  • Mrs Reisner sadly died quite suddenly of a meningitis related issue I believe. My mum taught domestic science and I can remember painting many walls in the school as well as making costumes for plays and scenery with Miss Blindt…..I even sat as a model for an art exam one year!

    By Sally-Anne Walsh (27/04/2016)
  • Iwent to northfield school in the 1970’s

    By Sheila Lassey (10/03/2016)
  • I was Nicola Squibb at Northfield until around 1974. I remember Stella Russell, Hazel Gorham, Fiona Muir , Jessica Shenton and Mrs Pashler , Miss Ford, Miss Elvidge and Mrs Toombs

    By Nicola Holmes (10/03/2016)
  • Went to Northfield for 2 years. In my class were Gina Leboff, Elviro Lupio & Sarah Green. I live in the same village as Sarah Green. Gina lives in Israel, and Elvira Manilla.
    Our inspiring headmistress was Diana Timms who became a friend on her retirement.

    By Marika Graham-Woods (09/02/2016)
  • I went to Northfield from 1970 to 1980 my maiden name was Avery. I am still in contact, through facebook, with Caroline Small, Diana Williams and Claire Tomlin. Would love to hear from more…

    By Louise Barton (20/01/2016)
  • I went to Northfields in 1980 for two years. I can only remember a few people Sarah Tofts, Suzy Sarah Fox, Jane and of course my still best friend Louise Stratford .
    By Sarah Bailey/ Malcolm.
    15/11/2015

    By Sarah (15/11/2015)
  • would love to hear from anyone who was there in 1950s

    By Gay Sheppard (26/08/2015)
  • I was there about 1981 to 1984 – in my class were caroline leon, lisianne green, ruth davies, sandy mclaren, joanna, carolyn farmery to name but a few. i still see caroline leon and ocassionally lisianne. The german teacher was mrs reisnner – she was a great character. a couple of the year below me are now teachers at cassiobury school which is strange to see!

    By michelle murray (o'mahony) (17/05/2015)
  • I went to Northfield school in 1982-1990. My friends were Mollie, Fiona, Caroline, Emma, Debbie

    By Sharon Skolnek (09/05/2015)
  • I went to Northfield school in the middle late 1970 s people in my class Sarah Peake Rebecca Sega!of hazel Gorham Caroline Jacobs Julie Bloomfield sureka talwati

    By carol gurney (12/04/2015)

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