In June 2013, we had a visit from two of our former students. Rosemarie Dehning and Edith Fuester met and became lifelong friends at Eastbourne School of English. They came to Eastbourne in 1961 to prepare for a Cambridge examination. 52 years later, they visited the place that has held some of their most treasured memories.
Eastbourne School of English was founded in 1936 so it is steeped in history. Some of this history is recorded in books and photos, gathering dust in a dark cupboard. To hear first-hand experience of what like was like at ESOE in the 60s was a treat and it could not go uncaptured!
Some of our favourite facts:
- The school garden was overgrown for the best part. However, it did house a large conservatory in which all the vegetables that fed the students were grown.
- Girls boarded at the school and boys stayed in host families in Eastbourne town.
- The girls were allowed to go out in the evening but they were only allowed a key to come back late for one night per week.
- Miss Batchelor, the founder of the school, was aged 83 in 1961. She would invite the teachers to gather round her bedside every day at 11am to collect their programme for the school day.
Thank you Edith and Rosemary for sharing your experiences with us!
Pictured: the class of 1961 with Rosemary, Edith circled in red and Miss Frances Batchelor in purple.