Although our memories may fade and we may lose touch with
our school friends, the sight of the old school badge is still
very evocative. The icon itself is a stylised representation
of the Water Tower that stood at the top of Downhills Park
Road. Its purpose was to provide a head of water to the surrounding
area. Its date of origin is as yet unknown, but it was demolished
in the early 1950s as it was deemed to be in a dangerous state.
As can be seen from the pictures, the badge was an excellent
representation of the building, suggesting several of its
A prefect's badge, 1960.
A blazer badge.
Our thanks to the Local History Museum at Bruce Castle Park for
the pictures of the tower. Despite it being a landmark for many
years, these are the only pictures in the local archives.
A School Captain's badge, 1956.
A prefect's badge, 1955. Neither this nor the undated blue
sample to the right are as appealing as the 1960 badge shown
on the previous page.
Clive Hall sent this picture of a house captain's badge -
but doesn't recall being a house captain! Does anyone remember
house captains, perhaps after the merger with South Grove?
Christine Edwards, nee Peak sent this photo of her daughter
Sophie modelling a DCS beret.
A school tie.
A Vice-Captain's badge, 1955.
Another form of
A Roberts house badge, c.1956.
A Mandall house badge, c.1956.
A Wilson house badge.
A school scarf.
Peter Wood (Woody) has sent this shot of another scarf. Does
anyone else remember scarves with the stripes running down
their length, rather than crosswise as in the earlier photo
Linda King (nee Hillyer) comments:-
I hate to admit it but I still have my scarf with the stripes
going down. It is kept in the bottom of my husband's wardrobe
(he went to Chapel End School in Walthamstow) - it is the
only item of clothing I kept! I think the scarf only came
into being just before we left school in 1963 or maybe it
was only worn by upper school, not sure but was certainly
an improvement on the old scarf.
A school cap. Photo sent by Raymond Turner.
Not a badge or an item of uniform, of course, but you've
probably seen this before, in the dim, distant past...
from Peter Raymond.
...perhaps in one of these.
Other photos from Irene Fox, John Cunningham, Clive Hall,
Brenda Ford (née Tomaszewski), Terry Nunn,
Barbara Zimmermann (née Woodbridge) & Roger Beckwith.
Do you have an item not represented here? If so, please get in
touch with us.