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Formerly — The Old Dyssean Society's Website

The society is no longer in existence but this website
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Listings - Teachers and Others     Mortar board hat

including anecdotes ... and facts as well.

Here you can find information about the teachers and other staff  who worked or helped at the school.  The listing is in no particular order yet, just as it arrives.


If you are looking for a specific individual then look at the simple list under Firstly on the left below.

This page is loooooonnnnggggg .....

Use your browser's FIND/SEARCH facility to look up a name – this is usually 'ctrl+f'.

The anecdotes are generally posted anonymously. 
N.B: Comments may have been made when attidudes, school and social expectations, and behaviour were different from the current day.

Dates key:
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  a known date span
  a known start date
  a known finish date
  a known year but unknown start and finsh
      ... and combinations thereof ...

Firstly, simple lists of taechers' and others' data sorted by:

* – the dates may be approximate.

Secondly, a link to ALL the images of teachers and staff stored on Google Photos.

Thirdly, a full list of information collected by the ODS and others, scroll down ...

... or go to the END and scroll up.


Head Teachers:





Francis Taylor and
Rear-Admiral Alfred Hugh Taylor

Francis Talor
Francis Taylor

A H Taylor
Rear Admiral Alfred Hugh Taylor

The original portarit is in Diss Corn Hall.


Francis Taylor donated the land for the original school in 1908.


Rear-Admiral Alfred Hugh Taylor, C.B., O.B.E., R.N. (24 October, 1886 – 16 August, 1972) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

He was a school governor of DS/DGS for many years.


Mr Ernest E Thompson

Ernest E Thompson (DSS headmaster 1914-1916) - killed in France WWi 16th Oct 1918 aged 34.  Thanks to Sally Lee for tracing him.



Anecdote – Ernest Thompson  RIP  :

One of Diss Secondary Schools earliest headmasters, from 1914 to 1916.
Killed in WWI in France 16th Oct 1918.   He was a second lieutenant.
See Diss Express and Commonweath War Graves Commision CWGC.
CWGC in memorium (.pdf).

(Thanks to Sally Lee for the research).

Mr E Thompson Mr E Thompson label
Click on image to enlarge.

Mr Charles Hugh Gray

Charles Hugh Gray (headmaster) 1930s



Anecdote – Charles Hugh Gray (d: Jan 1963  RIP  ) :

Info from Penny Harley, Archivist, Robert Gordon College, Aberdeen, via Andrew Farrier a great nephew of this headmaster.

Address: 46 Seaview Terrace (or sometimes referred to as View Terrace)
later 80 Union Grove
then 22 Chattan Place
Entered RGC Sept 1889 aged 11
Left Dec 1896
Classes IId, IIId, IVd, IVa, Classical 1, Cl 2, Cl 3, VII 3
Record He appears on the Prize and Merit List as follows:
1891-2 Algebra
1892-3 Geometry
1894-5 Greek, History, Geography, Trigonometry
1895-6 History, Geography, Latin, Algebra, Trig, Arithmetic, Dynamics

He entered the competition for a bursary and was one of 34 boys awarded a "Foundation by Presentation". This meant that he received free schooling for 4 years.

The family had to provide certain financial information so that he could be considered for a Foundation:

Born Cults 25.12.1878
Parent Mrs Louisa Gray
Present school Church of Scotland Normal School
Grandson of a Burgess of Guild of the City of Aberdeen
Father (William Gray, formerly Commission Agent) insane
has £110 invested, also possesses shares, value £4, none of which is presently available
Total earnings of family: 13/6 per week
Children at home 6 (3 male and 3 female) - of whom 3 are not earning. Ages 7 to 17

As well as the prospective pupils sitting an entrance exam, the Governors considered all the particulars of the family. When they had drawn up a short list they would visit the boys in their homes.

There's more to come, watch this space.


Mr Wray

Mr Wray


Temp Head, d/Head, Chemistry, Physics


rs Rosalie Evans

Head Mistress, English Lit


Mr Gilbert H Fairs








Press cutting

Acknowledements to the British Newspaper Archive (BNA)

Thanks to Philip Clarke
(DGS 1970-1977) for his help

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Mr John Herbert Babington

Mr John Babington 1947 - GC OBE




Mr Eric Pursehouse

Mr Eric Pursehouse 1949.
1931 and 1949

Money-bag Mansion

Headmaster, Maths, Geography


Anecdote – Eric Pursehouse: (b:1899 d:1964  RIP  )

"Money-Bag Mansion"

A comment by Eric on a boys school report (maths) "He has ability which he is determined not to develop.

"Diss is fatherless by this man's dying:
And not Diss only; over the whole earth
Men thrive and work in whose lives he gave birth
To logic of wisdom, scorn of lying
The world condones, that cowardice, those tasks
Done less well than in one's power to do;
Scorn of self gain; mean-ness that always asks
More than it gives; he did not fear the new,
But served and taught and live the sound, the food,
Looking for all these in all things, in all men,
All children; himself a maker, made them
Becom creative, talented, he would
Laugh his great laugh, sing finely, carve a stool,
But work patiently; be himself, our school.

- S G Thicknes


Phillip Clarke writes - "The Grammarian" (something else that my father rescued from DGS around 1985-1987) and in it the headmaster writes "As December 18th approaches, and with it my retirement, my mind naturally looks back over the years to September 17th 1929 when I first joined the School staff". The magazines editorial says "We say goodbye to Mr Pursehouse this term."

Mr Anthony C Norfolk

Mr Anthony C Norfolk

Alfie, Alf

Headmaster, English,   Current Affairs


Anecdote – Alfie Norfolk:

"Mr Norfolk replaced Mr Pursehouse as headmaster in, I think, about 1960 when we were in the First Form. He was just Mr A Norfolk, no one knew his Christian name (we were allowed to say that in those days), so someone said it was probably Alfie and it just stuck." Wxxxs're about as much use as a carburretor on a tea urn, now get out of my sight' ... ""Mrs Ives and Alfie gave me a telling off for disgracing the uniform - my crime eating chips in the street in uniform!!! Ah the good old days.""Best comment I had was from Alfie Norfolk, my brother and I had both left school a while and were walking through Diss one day when Alfie passed us saying "You boys, why aren't you at school?" Ian managed to blurt out that he'd left two years ago !"

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N° 1, 1962:

'Unerring tube" — Amexander Pope.


Alf Chindits   Alf Chindits   Alf Chindits   Alf Chindits   Alf Chindits   Alf Chindits
Mr A C Norfolk was with the 'Chindits" in the army during WWII.
Click an image to enlarge and get more information.

Miss Rosmary Palmer

Rosie Palmer 1975


Head, d/Head (girls)


Anecdote – Rosie Palmer:

"I got into Miss Palmers' bad books too. Those days when you could pay 50p and wear what you wanted (home clothes) to school for the day. My god what was I thinking? Turned up looking like a Marc Bolan groupie reject and she sent me home! I dont blame her looking back."

Mrs Hilda Patterson

Mrs Hilda Patterson 1961 aka Hilda, Ma Hoots

Hilda, Ma Hoots, Hatpin

"Hoots", Hilda and Hoots were both Scots, hence their nicknames.

d/Head, Chemistry


Anecdote – Hilda Patterson:

"The first lesson on the first day at DGS was chemistry with Hilda, she kept talking about 'suit' and I really did not understand till much later when I realised that she was talking about was soot (Norfick v Scottish y'ken).  Never did get the hang of chemical formulae either."

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N° 1, 1962:

Mr Reg G Patterson:

Mr Reg Patterson 1949.Mr Reg Patterson 1961

1949 and 1961

Hoots, Reggie

"Hoots", Hilda and Hoots were both Scots, hence their nicknames.

Chemistry also ATC,
Diss 1070 squadron


Miss Catherine Downing/Mrs Ives

Mrs Catherine Ives 1961

French (d/Head (girls 1939))


Anecdote – Mrs Ives:

"If she was nasty, she was nasty to everyone, she did not pick and choose.  I am told she was sympathetic towards me due to my poor eyesight, can't say I noticed it myself."

"Ahh! Mrs Ives luckily she retired when I was in the 2nd year !!!"

"Mrs Ives and Alfie gave me a telling off for disgracing the uniform - my crime was eating chips in the street in uniform!!!  Ah the good old days."

"Prestidigitateur — 'Press - tee - dee - zhee - ta - ter', conjurer."

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N° 1, 1962:

Mr Geoffrey Daniels
 RIP  8th Nov 2015

Geoffrey Daniels 1972 aka Dewberry (Dubrie)

Dewberry (dubrie), Harpic

Dubrie, Dubry or Dewberry (Norfolk/Suffolk accent thing).
I've been informed that a dewberry is a drop on the end of your nose.

Harpic, 'Clean round the bend', after a well advertised toilet cleaner of the era, coined by Eric Nocoli.

Divinity, History, helped with games


Anecdote – Mr Daniels:

"Eye GS had just merged with Diss GS and Dewberry was reading the register on the first day for his class (5th formers) - '... Nicoli, Pratt' - at which point someone is reputed to have called out 'Dewberry, Cnut' or some such other angle-saxon King."

2nd July 2012 - Mr Daniels still alive at 89. Living in Bexhill on Sea. Ordained deacon in C of E 1973 and then priest 1974. Moved to teach in Sussex in 1974. Daughter Elizabeth, was at DGS."

"8th November 2015 - Elizabeth Daniels reported that her father Geoffrey Daniels died yesterday, 8th Nov 2015, in Sussex,  he was 92.  A priest for 40 years  RIP  "

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N° 1, 1962:

Mr Reginald Alfred Wright
   RIP Oct 2019

Mr Reg Wright 2008

Reg or Reggie

He hated being referred to as Reggie?

PE, Art, Geography


Anecdote – Reggie Wright:

"I knew he was old when he taught us in the late 1970's but maybe there is something in exercise being good for you!  Well done, Reggie!"

"A good man who showed me (female) how to run with spikes!"

"He wasn't my favourite teacher by any means, I don't think it was him, I just didn't like sports, especially ball-games and as for boxing ... "

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N° 1, 1962:

Mr James Govier

Mr James Govier 1947



Anecdote – James Govier  RIP  (b: Aug 1910 d: Dec 1974)

"See Eye Grammar Qld Students' Assoc site.

"I (female) got locked in the art room cupboard with him once and poor chap was terrified.
Mind you in my innocence I didn‘t see how it would look to others.“

Mr Andrew Stratfold

Andrew Stratfold 1972 aka Fred Andrew Stratfold 1972 aka Fred

Inverted Fred on the beach at Dinard, Normandie, France, click to enlarge. School trip 1966(?). The teacher to the right is Miss Pacoe.
(Photo - Pauline Rush 63-70)

Jock, Fred



Anecdote – Fred Stratfold:

"I used to sit at the back left of the class in French and Mr S Often lobbed the board rubber
at me, one time I skillfully dodged it and it broke the side window... I got the blame for
that too.... Alfie Norfolk said I shouldn't have moved."

"Fred Stratfold what a legend, Opened my mouth to say something in French just as he was
throwing a piece of chalk at IanH which I promptly swallowed! Don't know who was more
shocked him, me or Ian!"

"I got into Mr Stratfolds bad books one year... whilst travelling up to Yorkshire to see my
dad I left my suitcase at Norwich station around 1976. Caused a massive bomb scare (IRA was
very active at that time) and closed the station for hours. Stratfold's son was coming back
from Uni and was delayed by HOURS. He knew it was me who caused it, oh how the blackboard
rubber flew after that! LOL! I'm pretty nimble, SO he never got me with it hahaha. Tears
later I saw him at the NEC, he was selling candles, I was buying... that was interesting!"

" - he also made us sing the Spelling of 'vieille‘."
# "Yeah v - i - e - i - double 1 - eeeeee

Here's Andrew "Fred"
telling his story:
Strtafold memories

Mr Richard Parker

Mr Richard Parker 2005

RAB, Hairy, Fiddle, The Crab


Anecdote – Mr Richard Parker:

“...and I'm no longer cowering behind a bunsen burner on a stool to kill anyones buttocks...
hOping that he doesn't pick me to answer a question!"

"Nice, tidy, single file queue."

“This bloke made me a biologist, Ms McGuire made me love it."

"Mr Parker had a camper van? Cool dude! He was a real character - I liked that."

"Yes it [the camPer van] was green. Claude [a skeleton] got to go camping in South Devon one
year and got confiscated as he was freaking out the kids on the campsite." “yeah sitting
upright in the passenger seat, arm propped on the window sill one time too....."

"... called everyone "Specimen" and always carried a bit of fern poking out his breast
pocket. I used to volunteer as a lab helper in lunchbreak and remember discovering a box
labelled "broken elastic bands" in the lab cupboard."

"He was actually a good teacher and knew his subject inside out. Every lesson included
practical experiments too! That lab of his was a real treasure trove!"

Mr Robert Lewis

Bob Lewis 1969


Geography, games help

Anecdote – Bob Lewis:

"Hanging valley's - Dee-ferential dee—nudation, differential denudation."

"Mr Lewis was a fantastic teacher. He made it all seem so eeeesy!“

" 'Is your loaf underdone?‘ Mr Lewis's witty pun when I gave a wrong answer in geography

" geography quotation of all time — 'Warm wet winters with wet west winds‘ still
comes in handy when discussing the mediterranean weather.“

Miss Ann Fewkes

Miss Ann Fewkes 2011



Anecdote – Ann Fewkes:

"One of the best - she made history interesting. She was also my Brown Owl, Guide Captain,
Sunday School Teacher and had a genuine interest in young people. Miss Fewkes certainly
influenced my early life."

"I actually used to get ‘A‘s for history with Miss Fewkes. Something virtually unheard of
for one of the class thickos so she must have been a good teacher."

Miss E Smith

Miss Smith 1964 aka Boudicca

Boodikka (NOT Boudicea), Granny, Old ma Smith

'Boudica" or Boudicca, she drummed into us that it was 'Bo-dikka' not 'Boo-da-see-a'.

English, History


Anecdote – Miss E Smith:

"I had worked hard on my first-ever English essay. As Miss Smith was handing back our corrected execise books, she stoppped by my desk and enquired, not unkindly: 'Pauline, are you sure you wrote this yourself?' Despite this unpromisiong start to my career, I went on to study languages, train as a journalist, and to spend several decades earning a living from writing in some shape or form."

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N° 1, 1962:

Mrs Wolpin (Woplin ?)




Miss Constance Watson


History, English lit, Geography


Anecdote – Connie Watson:

" ... some of us rather rudely wondered how much of it she was teaching from personal

“Connie Watson ... bonkers !!“

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N” l, 1962:

Miss Margaret Pascoe

Andrew Stratfold 1972 aka Fred


The teacher to the right is Miss Pacoe, to the left, inverted, is Mr Stratfold on the beach at Dinard, Normandie, France, click to enlarge. School trip 1966(?).
(Photo - Pauline Rush 63-70)

PE, Games


Anecdote – Maggie Pascoe:

“... loathed me too - feeling was mutual. Still shudder at the memory of the showers and
being forced to go back through if we were too quick.“

Mr James Killick


Groundsman / Caretaker


Mr Colin Mills

Colin Mills 1972 aka Budgie


"Budgie", anyone ?, c'mon old Eye people.



Anecdote – Colin Mills:

"Thought Mr Mills was a genuinely nice man, but he couldn't quite get me to understand algebra."

Mr Dave Dwerryhouse

Dave Dwerryhouse 1975


Mrs Annette McGuire/Vaux

Biology, Maths

Mr Anthony (Tony) McGuire


Mr Challoner



Anecdote – Mr Challoner:

"Art was the worst, couldn't draw for a toffee but soon discovered that anything with a massey ferguson tractor in it got a decent grade with Mr Challoner!"

Mr Hirons

Mr Hirons 1975



Anecdote – :

"think he gave up on me I never could get all that gravity stuff...“

"He was a really fun - he did have a cool Harley after all!“

Mr John Blagden

John Blagden 1964 aka Bloggs


Maths, Physics, School Trips


Anecdote – John Blagden:

“... and Mrs B arranged a fabulous trip to Switzeland in the mid 1960s. Train to
Dover, then ferry, then train throught France to Switzerland then narrow
guage railway to ‘Disentis'. We then learned to ski and drink rum-punch.“
“ Skiing in the Dolomites on Monte Zoncolan with Mr 85 Mrs Blagdon and Mr
Stratfold. Circa 1979. It took an hour on cable cars, chairs and button lifts to
reach the peak and all day to ski back down! Had a fantastic time taking breaks
in all the huts on the way down for coffee and cake. The Grappa blew my head
off. Mr Blagdon‘s son was there too (can't remember his name but a nice guy) I
was stunned when he told me his Dad used to be a jet fighter pilot, flying
Vampires. Rather different from the guy I knew as a teacher, driving to school
in his Reliant 5 wheeler...“

“We had Mr Blagdon for maths and I appreciate he was a genius but he never
shared any information with me - maths just completely phased me."

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N° 1, 1962:

Mrs Jill Blagden

Mrs Jill Blagden 1961

Domestic Science, School Trips


Anecdote – Jill Blagden:

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N° 1, 1962:

Mrs J Bladen cutting

Mr Jones


Anecdote – Mr Jones:

“... if brains were dynamite boy, you wouldn‘t have a enough to blow your hat off.“

“Told us wonderful anecdotes about his years Spent in Canada. Superb teacher
given me a lifelong love of Maths.“ {we don‘thave too many of these anecdotes yet).

“He also told us about fitting chains to tyres so they could get traction in the
snow, not exceptional stories I know. But there was nothing better than
getting a teacher to go off tOpic in order to avoid doing any work!“

Mrs Goodwin


Miss Irving


Madame Mayhew


1976 (?)

Mr Thompson

French, German, Music


Mr Norman Hart

Norman Hart 1975


"Sooty", reasons ...
° 1 - he had quite dark skin,
° 2 - he went about like he had some old bloke's hand up his a**e."

Geography, Careers

Mr Peter W Knight

Mr Peter Knigh Mr Peter KnighMr Peter Knigh 1975

Physics, Maths


Anecdote – Peter Knight:

"An excellent teacner who inspired me sufficiently to read Physics at

"I remember waiting to go into Pete Knights' physics class and
explaining his theory that atoms were 4 dimensional. I thought “This will be
too much for Pete“; I was right m he retreated into his cubby hole to drink
some meths after XXXX proposed his theory to the entire class."

"... Mr Knight, who always licked his chalky fingers and looked like he had

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N° 1, 1962:

Mrs Irene Howard

Irene Howard 1975

Domestic Science, Food Nutrition, Needlework

Mrs Dylis Wynn-Jones




Anecdote – Dylis Wynn-Jones:

"Miss Fewkes told me she had no idea of Mrs Wynn-Jones' christian name even though they were in the same school for around five years. All the female staff, even in the staff room, called each other Miss or Mrs whatever! Another world."

"And yes, I did get a good grade in English - to my complete surprise... my highest (O-level) grade, in fact.   She musta larnt me better than wot I thort!"

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N° 1, 1962:

Mr Godfrey Batley

Caretaker, Woodwork

Mr Robert Aberdein

Mr Bob Aberdein 1961 aka Oboe


"Oboe", he played the cello (classics) and clarinet (jazz) during woodwork lessons.

Woodwork, Technical Drawing, Art


Anecdote – Robert Aberdein:

"Despite my poor eyesight (Nystagmus) Oboe taught me so much about technical drawing which I furthered into engineering drawing at Norwich City College (The Tech)."

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N° 1, 1962:

rs Hunt


Mr Graham Ramm

Penguin, SFG

Technical Drawing


Mr Hill

Larry Grayson

"Larry", his voice had a slight tremolo, after Larry Adler the harmonica player.




Mr Dave Harris


Anecdote – Dave Harris:

" - a genius who loved to challenge us to ask him any word in the dictionary and he would (always) provide the meaning?"

Mr Roger Deakin
UEA Archive

 RIP  Obit:

Roger Deakin 1975

Freaky, Coostics

"Coostics", before he arrived music at DGS was piano and violin, he brought it the acoustic guitar.

English, Music


Anecdote – Roger Deakin:

"Was the most inspirational teacher; I had him for English A level and he changed my life."

"Great teacher, great choice of books in lit.  Really opened our heads up by debate.  Don't think I would have gone on to study law if it wasn't for his input in language for me.  Bless him."

Mrs Holton

Sweaty Betty



Anecdote – Mrs Holton:

" ... only thing I remember about Mrs Holton was a small dark haired, monotone voiced lady barely visible at the front of the class ... "

Mr J C Jones


Maths, Physics, Geography


Mrs Irene Barker


Anecdote – Irene Barker:

"Mrs Barker's English lessons were something else... she actually treated us like adults, although you wouldn't wanna mess with her! Scary lady! I do recall her teaching us more about Troilus & Cressida in 3 lessons than others had taught us in a whole year for A levels."

"Mrs Barker really let me down. She told us we could write a story about 'anything we liked', so I did a Stephen King-esque piece.  Mrs B held it up to the class as a 'piece of filth', which to be honest I took as a compliment.  She then took it to Rosie Palmer and they called my parents in.  I expected much more of her :-( "

Mr Burrell


Are these two the same ... ?

Mr Ken J Barrell
(pron Burrrelle)

Ken Barrell 1975


Divinity (RE), Histiry, English


Anecdote – Ken Barrell:

"He taught General Studies in 6th Form. I couldn't stand his voice (it was too soft and used to make me sleepy!), so I opted out of General Studies and took O Level Art instead!"

"He apparently bored a class rigid by getting a guitar out and singing various songs! I must admit I liked him, a good teacher."

Mrs Norfolk

She taught German in the 'Turret Room'.



Miss Jane Thorpe

Jane Thorpe 1964

Domestic Science


Anecdote – Jane Thorpe:

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N° 1, 1962:

Miss Irving


Miss Jill Lambert

PE (Hockey), Divinity

Miss Susan Fuller



Anecdote – Miss Fuller:

"She married Mr Mathieson."

Mr MacPherson

English ?

Mrs Grover


Mrs Christine Clark(e)



Mrs Westover


Mr Batchelor


Mr J C Barnes


French and Latin


Anecdote – J Barnes:

"Mr Barnes married Miss Watkins."

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N° 1, 1962:

Miss Sheene

Mr Barnes 1961 aka Barny


Miss Watkins/Mrs Barnes

PE, girls


Anecdote – Miss Watkins:

"Miss Watkins married Mr Barnes and we were constantly getting her name wrong."

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N° 1, 1962

Mr David MacMullen

Mr D MacMullen


English Lit, Latin, New Testament Greek, Music, Maths


Miss Hilda Crammond



Miss Sybilla Gratiana Thicknesse

Gracie, Camel

"Camel", her brand of cigarette.

History, Divinity


Mr Clifton Day

Clifton bears resonsibility for the School Song.



Miss Doreen Wallace / Mrs Rash



Anecdote – Doreen Wallace:

"Doreen Wallace — Norfolk Women in History."

Miss Warburton

Domestic Science


Miss Dixon

Matron for boarders at Uplands, Walcott Rd, Diss.


Miss Mabel Cole



Mr Benjamin Sasada
 RIP  (d: Jan 2017)

Taught at 'Uplands', 6th form college. (?)


Mrs F E Sharp



Mr Norman Charlton-Burdon

English, Music


Anecdote – Norman Charlton-Burdon:

Organist at Wymondham Abbey, 1955-56.

Mr E D Lusted


English,  Latin


Miss M E Davis




Miss Johnson

Domestic Science


Mr C A Cornwell


Maths, Choir


Mr Michael Browne

Mickey, Larry

Nigel Barber tells me it was after Larry The Lanb's voice.

Maths, Physics


Mr H I Jones



Anecdote – H Jones:

From The Dyssean Vol 8, N° 1, 1962:

Mr Hills



Miss Curnock / Elli

RE, Geography


Miss Curnock:

"Lovely Miss Curnock, I always remember her cloggs, she was a big fashion hit next to Mr Stratfold's flowing black gown!"

"She was one of the first people I saw to have the trendy perm that ABBA were sporting at the time."

Ms Button



Mrs Jean Ray

 RIP  (Jan 2016) Obit:

School Secretary and Tuckshop


Jean Ray:

"Jean Ray was the first Mayor of Diss."

"Mrs Ray, who was elected to the former Diss Urban District Council in 1969, was a town councillor from 1974-1999. She had twice served as chairman before the title of mayor was adopted in 1988-89, She was also secretary to three headmasters during 25 years at Diss Grammar School."

Mr Ian Mathieson

Willie Baxter

(as he resembled the character from the Scott's Porridge Oats TV ads).

English Lang & Lit


Anecdote – Mr Mathieson:

"He married Miss Susan Fuller."

"When Mr Mathieson first arrived at the school we had him for English Lang and Lit.  His opening words were 'We're not going to waste two years on English Language. I'll start teaching it two weeks before the O level exams, and I guarantee you'll all pass". He did and we all did, and it gave us extra time in Eng Lit, which again helped us all. Top teaching!"

Mr John 'F C' Smith



Stanley Carlton

Bus driver - Simonds


Anecdote – Stanley Carlton:

Diss to Long Stratton (and later Fritton and Hardwick).

Dennis Simonds

Bus driver - Simonds


Bus driver - Simonds


Bus driver - Chenery


Bus driver - Haywards of Eye

John Farrow

Bus driver - Chenery


Bus driver

Bob Ruddock

Bus driver

Old Bob

Bus driver

Mr Gooch

Bus driver (Bressingham bus)

Brian 'Barney' Womack

Bus driver - Turner & Butchers

Sid Sharp



Mr Kirk



Miss Graves



Miss Nunn/Moore

Biology, Domestic Science


Anecdote – Miss Nunn:

"I liked Miss Nunn, I sat in front of our fifth form lessons for biology.
She taught sitting on top of the front desk ... "

Mr Eric Moore



Mr George Edwards




Anecdote – :

Wiggy was a well liked character according to the Old Dyssean Magazine.

See 'The Dyssean' 1957, Vol 3, N° 1, pg 16 on his retirment.

Miss Constance Folkard

History, Art


Mrs Hare



Miss Taylor


Miss E Davies

History, Art


Mrs Sheare



Miss Rosemary Morton



Dolly Porter



Miss Wright



Mr Wrathnell


Mr Brown


Mrs Leig


Mr Cuthbert P Coo



Miss Sweene



Andrew Hine

Head Groundsma


Miss Uttle



Miss Winifred Marti

French, German


Fraulein Schit

German assistant


Mr K Jone



Mrs Lockwoo

Domestic Science


Mrs Angel

Domestic Science


Mr L R Bee (part time

Maths, Physics


Mlle Nourisso

French Assistant


Mlle Vuillerme

French Assistant


Mr Ireland



Mrs Williams

Part time, games


Miss Pilgrim



Brian ?



Anecdote – :

Brian, the groundsman, who was at DGS during the 1970s. One day, somebody spray-painted an expletive onto an external wall, so he was asked to remove it.   Brian went to the Woodwork Room to borrow some sanding blocks, and then he set to work.   He carefully removed the paint by going over each of the four letters one at a time, thereby permanently etching the said word into the brickwork!

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