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Malcolm Cronshaw recently contacted the school to share his memories with us. Mr Cronshaw’s late father started the Highfield Priory School name in January 1966 and he has a fascinating history to share with us.
Highfield Priory School
( January 1961 - March 1972 )
By Malcolm Cronshaw
In November 1960 Alan Cronshaw bought Highfield School from his predecessor, Mrs. Davies, who at the time (in conjunction with her husband) was also running a similar school in the Blackpool area, and therefore wished to offload. He had just left the Army after thirty years’ service, having enlisted for the War and stayed on when the conflict ended. Born 1911 in Burnley, Lancashire, where he attended the local grammar school, he then became a qualified teacher in 1933 after a full course at Goldsmiths College, London. Thereafter he taught in London until war broke out and he joined the Royal Army Education Corps. After marrying Pearl (November 1939 in Ilford, Essex ) he was subsequently posted out to India where he spent most of the rest of the war. On return, he remained with the corps which resulted in several three-year postings which included Colchester, Alexandria in Egypt, Perth in Scotland, Fulwood Barracks and Aldershot. Son Malcolm was born January 1947 in Ilford, Essex and his brother, David arrived in September 1951 in Tel-el-Kabir, Egypt. Both were to attend Rossall School, Fleetwood as boarders each for a 10 year period, in order to provide some educational stability while their parents rarely stayed more than eighteen months in any one house. Having risen to the rank of acting Colonel but with no further prospects on the horizon, Alan decided that the time was right to return to civvy street and so purchased Highfield School. It was then situated at 316 Blackpool Road, Preston, right beside a very busy main highway, with Emmanuel Vicarage (Rev. Jim Fordham was then resident) and Tyresoles, a tyre and repair retail centre, as neighbours. Right from the outset, there was an obvious need for more suitable premises, especially as it also doubled as a family home. This, however, did not happen until November 1965 when The Priory on Lower Bank Road in Fulwood was acquired, having been the private residence of Norman Taylor, manager of Foley and Balmers, a Preston wholesale grocery firm. The timing was perfect, as Malcolm was spending the year as a student teacher on the Highfield staff and so was able to assist his parents with the move and conversion into an educational establishment. It was a very good transfer and the school went from strength to strength with numbers increasing in conjunction with a far more suitable environment. It was now renamed Highfield Priory School (Easter Term 1966). Games were still a problem and it was a case of a crocodile walk for most of the children to nearby Moor Park, as it had been when at Blackpool Road, where both boys and girls enjoyed a limited period of organised football, rounders, cricket, athletics etc. once a week. However, this was much improved when Alan duly negotiated a deal with nearby Greenbank Celtic Football Club in the Sharoe Green Lane area to use their facilities. Malcolm disappeared to St Lukes College, Exeter for 3 years and returned as a qualified teacher on the staff of Moorland School, Clitheroe. He was to return each Thursday afternoon to coach games and in fact set up the first ever football match in 1971 when Highfield Priory played Moorland in Clitheroe (with the coach of both teams and the referee being one and the same person !) and the game finished a 3 – 3 draw – but he didn’t write the script !!
One of Highfield’s greatest strengths at this time was the dedication and loyalty of the teaching staff. Mrs Hilda Slater was an outstanding number two, and the likes of Mrs Bridger and Mrs Shuttleworth gave the new headmaster great support. In the years to come Mrs Hilda Crammond, Mrs Megan Lewis, Mrs Agnes Rawcliffe, Mrs Judy Horrex, Mrs Jane Britton, Miss Rosemary Harris, Mrs Fraser, Mrs Langley and Miss Wilford were all instrumental in furthering the school’s growing academic reputation, with the headmaster also having a full teaching timetable. The Headmaster’s wife was responsible for the day-to-day running of the domestic side, centring very much on the daily cooked lunches which she and Mrs. Emily Stockton produced almost throughout their eleven years there. There was also an extensive cleaning programme and here Mrs Hilda Burton was a stalwart. Pearl, an accomplished pianist, also doubled up as accompanist for the dancing lessons and occasionally for assembly hymns.
The pressures of running a flourishing school were beginning to take their toll and Pearl in 1968 and Alan a year later each had major surgery, which slightly slowed down progress. Alan eventually found a buyer in January 1972 and they both retreated to nearby Lightfoot Lane in March of the same year. After 5 years teaching at Rossall School he finally retired, moved down to West Sussex, successfully completed an Open University BA in General Arts ( then profitably encouraged Malcolm to do the same ) and died in Bognor Regis January 1999. Pearl passed away 10 days after her 95th birthday in January 2006.
Edward Daniel took over the school in March 1972, immediately upped the fees substantially and as a result lost just two pupils. He had hired two long-standing friends, a Mr and Mrs Paterson to act as his resident advisors in the running of the school. He later dismissed them both in acrimonious circumstances. In 1974 Mr. Daniel himself was to marry Rosemary Harris who was still a nursery teacher at the school.
In eleven years many pupils passed through the school and as I was not there for much of that time (and it is 40 years since I last had any real contact) and so some recollections are perhaps a little hazy and possibly inaccurate. It may however be of interest to mention a few names of some pupils I believe I do remember :
HIGHFIELD PUPILS (1961 –1972)
Below are a number of children, in birth year order, who were at the school during the time that Alan Cronshaw was headmaster (or perhaps just after).
Name (Father & mother with maiden name) birthdate/subsequent info etc.
Ian C Webb (Alfred & Elizabeth Morrison) b: Apr 1950
Elizabeth A Fisher (Harold & Margaret Refoy) b: Jul 1950 m: Apr 1971 John Ellison in Preston
Kate Fletcher (Harold & Edith Edwards) b: Apr 1950. HPS 1954-61. Queen Marys 1961-66. Harris Institure Commercial College 1966-69. Worked for Lancashire County Council Preston 1969-76. Lancashire Polytechnic 1984-84. Manchester Polytechnic 1988-89. m: Apr 1974 John H Coulling in Preston, 2 daughters, Emma(1976) and Victoria(1979). Divorced. Working as Manager of a university library department.
John Nickson (Frank & Elizabeth Calvert) b: Jul 1951. Left HPS 1962. Preston Grammar School 1962-68. Myerscough College 1968-72. Married with 3 children living in Scorton. Self-employed wholesaler working in Preston at J Grantham and Son since 2000.
David Hardcastle (Ken & Hazel Nickson) b: Apr 1951.
Miriam V Walmsley (Fred & Florence Theobald) b: Jul 1951
Angela Topping (Derek & Vera Eastham) b: Oct 1951
Leonard Martin Redmayne (Leonard & Doris Martin) b: 5 Dec 1951 d: Jan 1975 in Preston
David Cook (John & Ellen Latham) b: Jan 1952. HPS 1961-3. Fulwood High 1961-68. Lancashire Polytechnic 1968-74. Worked Donelon Tyson, Bolton 1974-1993, MWH Global, Warrington in 2001. Currently with MWH in Melbourne, Australia where he lives. Married with 3 children.
Stephen E Fell(Kenneth & Doreen E Woolley) b: Jan 1952 m: Jan 1973 Susan E Carsley in Preston.
Norman A Shilcock (Ernest A & Sarah E Blackburn) b: Jul 1952. HPS 1963-71. Queen Elizabeth Grammar 1963-71. C.F.Mott College of Education 1971-4. Teacher in Liverpool area.
Michael J Greenhalgh (John & Marion Grantham) b: Apr 1952 m: Oct 1974 Susan C Cole in Preston
Andrew Stothert ( ? Stothert & ? Parker) b: Apr 1952. Left HPS 1963. Rossall School 1963-70. m1: Oct 1971 Valerie A Simpson in Preston. m2: Apr 1981 Marion E McColl in Preston. Daughter Rachel(1979)
William N K Tarver (Bill & Evelyn Worsnip) b: Apr 1952. Left HPS 1963. Hutton Grammar 1963-70 m: Apr 1981 Claire Teesdale in Reading, Berkshire. Works in IT in Berkshire.
(Warwick) Jimmy Clift (Warwick D & Edith M McCoskery) b: Oct 1952. Left HPS 1964.
Alan Brown (Kenneth H & Doreen Richardson) b: Oct 1952 m: Jan 1982 Rosalind A Hayes in Preston.
Timothy Holden b: Jul 1953
Candy Jackson b: Jan 1953. HPS 1960-65. m1: Oct 1978 Christopher Riley, son Timothy(1983). m2: James M Airey, daughters Honey(1989) and Heather(1991).
Peter G Duerden (John C & Muriel Kirkbride) b: Jan 1953 m: Oct 1980 Susan A Newsham in Garstang.
Roger Beasant b: 1953
Neil Stothert ( ? Stothert & ? Parker) b: 1953. Left HPS 1964. Rossall School 1964-71 m: May 1992 Elizabeth J Griffiths in Preston. Sons Lee(1992) and Robert(1997).
David Treasure (James & Margaret Grundy) b: Jul 1953. Left HPS 1963. Penwortham County Primary 1963-65. The Friends School 1965-69. King Edward VII 1969-71. Blackpool College 1970-71. Daughters Emma(1982) and Suzanne(1985). Divorced. Lived in Lytham St. Annes and worked as an IT technician for Fylde Borough Council. Now living in Cottam and is semi-retired.
Keith M Harrison (George & Eileen Hogg) b: Jan 1953 m: Jan 1977 Joyce Sharples in Burnley
Diane Singleton b: 1953 d: 1980
Wendy C Richardson b: Jul 1953 m: Oct 1982 David C Benstead in Preston. Daughter Amy(1985).
Digby R Harris (Douglas & Betty Wheatley) b: Apr 1953. Left HPS 1964. King Edward VII 1964-70
Douglas M Gorton b: 1954
Gordon Whetton b: 1954 m: Oct 1973 Doreen Brook in Barnsley
Timothy C Rainford (Thomas & Muriel Ashworth) b: Apr 1954 m: Sept 1988 Anne-Marie Ainscough-Potts in Preston
Jonathan L Mayor (John & Marjorie L Davis) b: Jan 1954 m: Apr 1983 Frances E Bull in Malborough, Wiltshire
Gail L Fletcher ( ? Fletcher & ? Hope) b: Jan 1954
Mark Yates (John & Jean Heywood) b: Apr 1954 m: Apr 1977 Janice E M Porter in Preston.
Alison C Betts (Henson & Joan Haworth) b: Apr 1954 m: Apr 1976 John M Thornton in Preston. Children Johanna(1980), Michael(1985) and Penny(1987). Living in Manchester.
Thomas H Hewitt (Thomas A & Margaret E Nussey) b: Jul 1954. HPS 1962-65. Claremont 1965-70. Worked Mars Confectionery 1975-82. m: Jul 1982 Julie Y Worsdale in Blackpool. Children Sarah(1984) and Daniel(1986). Lives in Cheshire.
Janet E Tarver (Bill & Evelyn Worsnip) b: Oct 1954
John Parker b: 1954
Amanda V Harris (Douglas & Betty Wheatley) b: Oct 1954. Left HPS 1966. Queen Marys 1966-72.
Carol Berry b: Jan 1955
Susan J Scott (Geoffrey P & Audrey Webster) b: Oct 1955. Left HPS 1965. Queen Marys 1965-73. Hollings College 1973-6. Worked Nacro, Leeds 1985-2007. 2 boys in their twenties. m: May 1997 R John Howes in Wakefield, where she now lives.
Colin H Colbourne (Sydney & Hazel Baines) b: Jan 1955 m: Oct 1978 Ann Billington in Garstang. Children Adam(1988) and Tobias(1990).
Andrew J Richards (Ivor & Sheila Oscroft) b: Jan 1955. HPS 1959-66. King Edward VII 1966-73. Living in Huddersfield since 1993. Single and no children.
Jane M Mayor (John & Marjorie L Davis) b: Jan 1955 m: Jan 1981 Stephen Pindard in Preston
Carole A Brown (Kenneth H & Doreen Richardson) b: Jan 1955
Stephanie A Walmsley (Fred & Florence Theobald) b: Jan 1955 m: Apr 1983 Richard J Harris in Preston
Keith G Mellalieu (Gordon & Muriel Middleton) b: Apr 1955 m: Jul 1981 Rowan N Davies in Preston
Peter A Dyer b: Apr 1955 Left HPS 1966 m: Jul 1979 Susan J Greenwood in Preston
Lyell M G Stott (Kenneth G & Jean A Glisbey) b: Jul 1955. m: Apr 1981 Margaret L Whittle in Preston. Son Oliver(1987).
Peter Rock (Leonard & Lois Crabtree ) b: Apr 1955 Left HPS 1967 Bolton Grammar School. Nottingham University m: Apr 1976 Paula Howard in Chorley
Julia Topping (Derek & Vera Eastham) b: Jul 1955 Left HPS 1967
Andrew Humphreys b: 23 Aug 1955. HPS 1958-63. King Edward VII 1963-73. Essex University 1973-6. Worked BAE, Preston as a Materials Specialist 1979-2007. Married. Son Ashley(1988). Sings all over the country in various choirs.
Karen Howson (George & Jeanne T Finch) b: Oct 1955 m: Apr 1979 Robert Gornall in Preston. Children Stuart(1981) and Jenny(1984)
Gemma Holden b: 1955
Sharon E Bonney (Geoffrey & Frances Royle) b: Jan 1956. HPS 1964-67 m: Apr 1977 Richard J Giles in Preston. Children Nicola(1978) and Lisa(1982).
Olwyn Fryer (John & Effie Lyon) b: Oct 1956 m: Oct 1975 Anthony Whittaker in Preston. Children Paula(1977), Debra(1979) and Jodie(1983). Divorced.
Nigel F Hinds ( ? Hinds & ? Bloxham) b: Apr 1956 m: May 1999 Karen Hamill in Preston
Howard J Marshall (Ernest J & Christina N Sharples) b: Jul 1956
Alan J Towler b: 1956
Peter Walker b: 1956 Left HPS 1967
Susan Ellis b: Jul 1956 Left HPS 1963
David Barnish (Walter & Beatrice Bell) b: Jul 1956. Left HPS 1968. Ashton-on-Ribble High 1968-72. Cauldon FE College 1975-8. Worked Nigel Rose & partners 1978-80, WT partnership 1980-82, Ciconest 1983-86, Thompson Cole UK Overseas 1986-91 and Westbury and Northcrofts 1992-98 m: Jan 1993 Susan Porter
Nigel P Trott (Ken & Elizabeth Cross) b: Apr 1957. HPS 1963-68. William Temple 1968-73. Northern Counties Radio School 1974-77. Worked EMI in London for 15 years. Returned to Preston where he works as a Manager for Chubb, the security firm.
Jeanette Hardcastle (Ken & Hazel Nickson) b: Jul 1957 m: Jul 1982 Steven J Wynn in Preston
Rosemary R Tarver (Bill & Evelyn Worsnip) b: Jan 1957
Peter G Shearman (Harold G & Daphne J W Lofts) b: Apr 1957
Joanna G Winter (Arthur GB & Brenda Gwillam) b: Jan 1957 m; Oct 1981 Thomas V Steven in Aberconwy, Caernarvonshire
Susan A C McGuire ( ? McGuire & ? Crennall) b: Jul 1957. m: Aug 1986 Martin B Wildsmith in Preston. Children Hannah(1988) and Alastair(1994)
Susan M Postlewhite (Joseph & Patricia T Billington) b: Apr 1957 m: Oct 1976 Joseph Williams in Preston. Son Joseph(1977).
Nicholas E Clayton (John & Alice Meadows) b: Apr 1957. HPS 1962-8. Fulwood High 1968-73. Worked for Houlder Offshore, Aberdeen 1978-86. Lives in Aberdeen .
Katrina Topping (Derek & Vera Topping) b: Apr 1957
Ian M Padmore ( ? Padmore & ? Hogg) b: Jul 1957 Left HPS 1969. Went to Mill Hill, London. Merchant seaman. m: Sep 1999 Susan Ward in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Ashley J Nixon (Ronald & Olive Airey) b: Jul 1957 m: Jan 1979 Linda P Greig in Preston. Children Gary(1981) and Danielle(1984)
Guy D Stott (Kenneth G & Jean A Glisbey) b: Oct 1957 m: Jan 1982 Margaret J Molloy in Preston. Children Victoria (1985) and Christopher(1989).
Stephanie Swift (William & Edith Bracewell) b: Jan 1957. Left HPS 1967. Queen Marys 1967-75. Manchester Royal Infirmary 1976. m: Jul 1977 Martyn P Leech in Preston
Caroline Russell (Colin A & Shirley P Sinclair) b: Jan 1958 Left HPS 1969. Dame Alice Harpur 1968-76. London University 1976-79. m: Jul 1982 Michael Jiggins in Bedford. Children Ben(1985), Jenny(1987) and Simon(1990). Lives in North Bucks and teaches geography ay Aylesbury Grammar School.
Stephen J Birchall (Dennis & Janet Hunter) b: Apr 1958
(Jane) Ann Howson b: Apr 1958. Left HPS 1968. St Matthews Primary 1968-69. William Temple 1969-74. .m: Apr 1982 Stephen J Eaves in Preston. Children Julia(1983) and Richard(1991). Working with Ostomed Healthcare since 2002 and living in Whittle.
Howard F Ramsden (Francis & Gertrude Iddon) b: 8 Apr 1958. Left 1969. Fulwood High School. Started off in travel agency, but switched to working for the NHS in Preston over 30 years ago. m1: Oct 1982 Linda Hodgson in Preston. Children Hayley(1985), Phillipa(1988) and Luke(1990). Divorced. m2: Sep 2011 in Preston.
Vicky L Fletcher ( ? Fletcher & ? Hope) b: Oct 1958 m: Jul 1993 David P Andrews in Chorley. Children Rebecca(1998) and Olivia (2003)
Karen Z Hinds (? Hinds & ? Bloxham) b: Apr 1959 m: Jan 1976 Stephen Woodruff in Preston
Stephen Graham (Clifford & Elsie V Alston) b: Apr 1959.
Joe Wilkinson b: 1959 . HPS 1963-70. Blessed John Southworth 1970-75.
Michael Crewdson (James & Glennis Jones ) b: Oct 1959. Left HPS 1971. Queen Elizabeths Grammar 1971-77. Heriot Watt University 1977-81. Moved to USA in 1982 and became US citizen in 1996. Lives in Miami, Florida and is married to Tammy with 2 daughters. He works as General Manager at Q-Lab in Homestead, Florida, a materials durability testing facility.
Mary L Winter (Arthur GB & Brenda Gwillam) b: Oct 1959 m: Aug 1990 Gerald H Finley in Aberconwy, Caernarvonshire. Children Daniel(1992) and Steven(1996).
Graham R Foster (Colin & Doreen Rawcliffe) b: Oct 1959
Janette T Smith (Gerard & Sylvia Howard) b: Oct 1959. Left HPS 1970. Tulketh High 1970-75. Worked for Lancashire County Council in Preston 1979-94 and left Preston in 2005.
Jane C M Moore (Geoffrey & Diana E Sumner) b: Jul 1959
Mark K Hodgson (Kenneth J & Dorothy Oxley) b: Jan 1959
Philip Johnson (George & Marion Elliott) b: Oct 1959. HPS 1964-70. Fulwood High 1970-75. Worked for Lyons Cakes, Preston 1985. Drummer with Perfect Strangers 1980-3, Absent Friends 1984, Cavern 1985-6, Vivid 1989-90 and Keith Mitchell Blues Band 1991-94. Lived in Spain 1994-96. Changed his surname to Sunderland. Boss of Philip Sunderland Decorators. Lives in Lytham St. Annes. 3 children.
Hugh Graham b: 1959Left HPS 1970. Queen Elizabeths Grammar 1970-77. Sheffield University 1977-80. Living in Surrey. Married to Elaine with 3 children, Chloe(11), Libby(8) and Elliott(5).
Andrew J Swarbrick (John & Ellen Hunt) b: Apr 1960 m: Aug 1993 Helen L Riding in Preston
Mark Wills b: 1960. HPS 1969-71. Longridge High 1971-77. Blackburn College 1977-80. University of Central Lancashire 1995-98.
Philip Waring b: 1960. HPS 1964-70. Steyning Grammar 1970-77. Exeter University 1979-82. Graphic Electronic Electronics Chester 1982-85. One daughter. Divorced. Living near Chester, working in Global technical sales for industrial packaging.
Nicholas B Swift (William & Edith Bracewell) b: Jan 1960. HPS 1965-71. The George Fox School 1971-76. m: Sep 1986 Jane A Hutton in Preston. Children Emily(1988) and James(1990).
Martin Tomlinson (Bernard & Mary Donnelly) b: Oct 1960
Gordon John Fryer (John & Effie Lyon) b: Jul 1960
Jeremy C Russell (Colin A & Shirley P Sinclair) b: Jul 1960 m: Aug 1989 Melissa J M Gravestock in Harrow, Middlesex. Children Harriet(1997) and Jessica(1999).
Mark Wills b: 1960. HPS 1969-71. Longridge High 1971-77. Blackburn College 1977-80. University of Central Lancashire 1995-98.
Heather Walker b: Oct 1960. Left HPS 1971. Westholme School 1971-79. St Andrews University 1979-83. Heriot Watt University 1983-1987. Living in Edinburgh Nov 2010.
Sue Wickham (Henry & Hilda Norris) b: Oct 1960. HPS 1966-72. Westholme 1972-79. North British Housing Association Preston 1987-97. Self-employed Holistic Therapist, now living in Preston.
David A C Goss (Clifford J & Mary Carlton) b: Jan 1961. HPS 1970-72. Fulwood High 1972-75. Hutton Grammar 1975-79. Leicester University 1979-82. Harper Adams College 1982-83. Left Preston in 1985. m: Aug 1991 Ann K Westlake. Sons Ryan(1988), Dean(1989) and Jonathan(1991), and working as an agronomist for Hodges and Moss in South Shropshire.
John L Rollason ( ? Rollason & ? Coupe) b: Apr 1961. Left HPS 1972. Fulwood High 1972-79.
Sarah J Giddings (David L & Patricia J M Read) b: Apr 1961. Left HPS 1972. Penwortham Girls High 1972-1979. Lives in Chester and works there as a civil servant. m: Graham Kendall, children Grace(1991), Sam(1994) and Jacob(1996).
Alan Burton b: 1961. Left HPS 1969. Penwortham County Primary 1969-72. Penwortham Priory High 1972-77. British Aerospace 1977-80. Subsequently went into music journalism. 2 daughters (1979 & 1985) and one son (1991). Divorced.
Susan M Horrex (Graham & Judy Dutton) b: Jul 1961. HPS 1966-72. Longridge High 1972-77. Pinderfields College 1981-3. m: Apr 1985 Nicholas J Over in Preston. Physiotherapist, living in Lincoln. 2 children Richard(1988) and Elizabeth(1990)
Andrew J F Parkinson (Gordon & Mary Beecroft) b: Oct 1961. Left HPS 1972. Walton-le-Dale High 1972-77. Worked for Norweb, Preston 1977-88 and then Graham and Brown, Blackburn 1993-96. m: Nov 1992 Karen Jenkinson in Preston. Son John(1993). Since 2001 living in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada with family. Works in Calgary for Bennett Jones LLP as a financial analyst.
Karen E Moore (Geoffrey & Diana E Sumner) b: Jul 1961 m: Jul 1981 Brian F Haslam in Chorley
Christine Fraser b: 1961. HPS 1966-72. Surbiton High 1972-80. Southampton University 1980-83. m: Jul 1982 David Ratcliffe in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. Children Steven(1987), Joanna(1988) and Michael(1992). 1992-95 in Pakistan and 1995-98 in Bangladesh, back living in UK since. Part-time qualified swimmimg instructor from 2000 onwards,
David Boyce b: 1962. Left HPS 1972. King Edward VII 1972-80. St Martins College 1984-87. Leeds Polytechnic 1987-1989.
Martin S Hodgson b: Apr 1962. HPS 1967-73. Balshaws Grammar 1973-78. : m: Aug 1988 Sandra A Smith in Preston. Children Sarah(1991), Samuel(1996) and Lauran(2001)
Adam Greaves (Leo R & Jeanette A Schneeberger) b: Jul 1962. Left HPS 1972. Harris Orphanage School 1972-75. Fulwood High 1975-80. W R Tuson College 1980-82. Liverpool University 1982-86 ( Degree in Hispanic Studies ). Taught English in Spain 1986-2001. Saudi Arabia 2001-04. Now living in Dubai working in a law firm doing shipping claims. Married 1988 with 2 children (1990 & 1994)
Michele A Kojic (Tadeja M & Teresa Kearney) b: Jul 1962. HPS 1969-73. Winckley Square Convent 1973-78. Liverpool University 1980-83. m: Jun 1988 Alan P Wright in Preston
Neil A MacKenzie (Arthur & Margaret MacDonald) b: Oct 1962
Nicholas S D Connolly (David & Barbara Pott) b: Apr 1962 m: Jun 1987 Amanda J Rowe in Whitehaven, Cumbria. Children Siobhan(1989) and Danielle(1992).
Yvonne Mellalieu (Gordon & Muriel Middleton) b: 27 Sep 1962 d: Feb 1981 in Preston
Jacqueline L Connolly (David & Barbara Pott ) b: Oct 1963 m: Apr 1991 Andrew G Ratcliff in Canterbury, Kent. Children Benjamin(1994), and twins Hugh and Tamsin(1997).
Andrew Milne (Gordon & Edith Ainsworth) b: Jul 1963
David Parkinson (Gordon & Mary Beecroft) b: Jul 1963
Sarah M Parkinson b: 1963. Left HPS 1974. Penwortham Girls High 1974-79. m: Michael Heath Feb 1991 in West Lancashire. One boy Zac(1992).
Simon Cherry b: 1963. HPS 1970-76. Preston Catholic College for Boys 1976-83. Resident in Lancashire.
Andrew W Horrex (Graham & Judy Dutton) b: Oct 1963. HPS 1968-74. Scarisbrick Hall 1974-80. Blackpool and Fylde College 1980-82. Newman College 1982-84. Worked Majestic Wine Warehouses, SW London 1990-2001. m: Jul 1988 Catherine A Southcott in Abingdon, Bucks. 2 children, Lucy(1992) and Emily(1995). Now living in Abingdon with partner, Tracy Breakspear, and working as a National Account Manager.
Anne Walker b: 1963. HPS 1967-73. Westholme School 1973-80. married with 4 children, living in Preston.
Jo Liver b: 1963. Left HPS 1973 Moreton Hall 1973-80. Charlotte Mason College, Ambleside 1980-84. Teaching posts at St Barnabas & St Pauls School 1984-86, Elleray 1986-98, Thurnham Glasson Primary 1999-2001, Wilsons Endowed 2001-06. Headteacher of primary school near Carnforth since 2006. m: Oct 1991Stephen K Williams in Kendal, Westmoreland. No children. Living in Staveley.
Ian J Cornwell (Roland & Kathleen Stockton) b: Oct 1964 m: May 1995 Catherine M T Lea in Garstang. Son Jack(2000).
Elizabeth Tomlinson b: 1964. Left HPS 1975. Penrhos College 1975-1984. Llandrillo College 1984-87. Worked Travellers Fare, London 1988-89 and William Hill Bookmakers, Preston 1989-93. Married 1995 becoming Elizabeth Funair. No children. Works as a civil servant and lives in Preston.
Stewart P Boothman (John & Heather B Saul) b: Jan 1964. Left HPS 1970. Fulwood & Cadley County Primary 1970-75. The George Fox School 1975-80.. Preston College 1980-84. Preston Polytechnic 1984-88. Lancaster University Management School 1993. Computer Sciences Corporation Farnborough 1995-2000. Etcom Slough 2001 03. Ariba UK London 2003-04. Atos Origin since 2004. m: Sep 1999 Sarah A Dodd in Alton, Hampshire. 2 children, Luke(2004) and ?
Angus Rhodes b:1964. Left HPS 1974. Rydal Penrhos, Colwyn Bay 1974-77. Queen Elizabeths 1977-82. m: Jul 1993 Ruth Holland in Preston, daughter Cara(2005). Working near Blackpool in IT with Department of Work and Pensions.
Duncan M D Hogg b: Oct 1964. Left HPS 1975. King Edward VII 1975-82. Preston Grasshoppers Rugby 1974-82. Worked Casey Jones N. London 1982-86 and City Camera Exchange Cannon Street Ltd Leicester 1986-93. m: Mar 1988 Patricia C Mason in Islington, London. Children Aimie(1988) and Daniel(2003). Resident in Basildon, Essex and currently works as an operations manager for DHL/Exel Logistics.
Susan Kennedy (Michael B & Kathleen Ashworth) b: Oct 1965
Graham D Milne (Gordon & Edith Ainsworth) b: Oct 1965 m: Jul 1987 Heather Walker in Preston. Sons Robert(1989) and Joshua(1995).
Susan A Kennedy b: Oct 1965. HPS 1969-76. Fulwood High 1976-82. m: Oct 1987 John R Turner in Preston. Children Laura(1989) and James(1993).
Simon Cherry b: 1965. HPS 1970-76. Preston Catholic College 1976-83
Joanne Hilton (Joseph C & Winifred H Bagwell) b: Jul 1965. HPS 1971-73. St Anthonys RC Primary 1973-77. Cuthbert Mayne 1977-82. Worked Brooklands Health Farm 1982-85, Revlon International Corporation 1985-87. Since 1987 has worked for Boots. m: 27 Nov 2004 Jonathan Robinson. Living in Lytham St Annes.
Philip G Wignall (Gordon & Winifred B Rawnsley) b: Oct 1966. Left HPS 1972. Earnshaw Bridge Infants 1972-74. Broadfield County Junior 1974-78.Wellfield High 1978-83. Runshaw Sixth Form College 1983-85. R.A.F. 1986-1992. Thames Valley Police 1992-97. Flying Instructor 1997-99. Currently 777 pilot for BA. Lives in North Hampshire with wife Jacqui and two boys, Joseph and Henry.
Richard Gordon Boothman (John & Heather B Saul) b: Jan 1967. Left HPS 1973. Fulwood & Cadley County Primary 1973-76. Queen Elizabeth Grammar 1976-84. Preston College 1984-86. Preston Polytechnic 1986-88. Works IQ Electrical Specialists in Preston. Partner Clare Thornhill.
Julie Elizabeth Cornwell (Roland & Kathleen Stockton) b: Apr 1967 m: Aug 1998 Phelim M Henry in Preston. Sons Erin(1999) and Niall(2001).
Other names with, as yet, no details
James Waddington (65)
Fraser siblings (staff children)
( Possibly another 10 )
Hopefully many of these details are reasonably accurate, but a combination of time, memory loss and wrongful identification may have lead to some inaccuracies – my apologies to those this may concern.
I am absolutely thrilled to see the School is flourishing today – a case of from little acorns ….. and I am quite sure my late father would be highly delighted and proud with developments.
Malcolm Cronshaw (updated 22.03.12)
If Mr Cronshaw’s words have stirred any memories within you or if your name has appeared here, then do get in touch and tell us your Highfield story.
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