40 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, June 11, 1971.

IT IS now almost certain that the RSPCA will move its headquarters from the cramped offices in Jermyn Street, London, to Manor House, the former preparatory school at the top end of Horsham’s Causeway.

It was only a few days ago that the society received its office development permit from the Department of the Environment allowing the offices to be moved from London to Horsham.

The society has had its headquarters in Jermyn Street for 100 years and now has a staff of about 100 working in a building which has been described as ‘bursting at the seams’.

What has attracted the society to move to Manor House is the nearness of Horsham to London, the attractiveness of the part of the country and the pleasant situation of the building itself.

No structural alterations will be made to the building, but there is a great deal of internal work to be done, including the installation of a central heating system.

It is anticipated that a number of present headquarters staff will not wish to move from London so inevitably there will be recruitment of new staff in the Horsham area.

OVER 300 teenagers leave Horsham schools this year; leave the warm security of juvenile friendships, crafty smokes behind the bicycle sheds, the hands in pockets casualness of school life, the body pounding excitement of playground kickabouts, and step out into the world of reality, the world of work, leaving behind forever the rarified atmosphere of school life.

And in Horsham this year they will feel – as no other generation of school leavers has felt for the past ten years – the pinch of work-shortage.

The overall situation appears to be that there are more applicants than jobs.

Although schools are optimistic that school-leavers will find jobs, their tone of certainty is not shared either by the Horsham careers office or the firms themselves, many of which although traditionally offering openings for school-leavers, are not contemplating doing so this year.

Horsham careers officer, Tom Harrison, is deeply concerned about the difficulties which this year’s hopeful engineers are going to encounter, and the young girls hoping to obtain employment in junior clerical positions.

IS THERE a demand among parents for co-educational secondary schools in Horsham when the town’s comprehensive education comes into being in 1975?

How strong the desire for co-education is in the town is not known, but there was considerable support for such a system among the audience of mostly teachers at a brains trust organised by the Horsham association of the National Union of Teachers at Horsham Town Hall, on the future of education in Horsham.

As yet there are no plans for co-education in the four secondary schools – for Collyer’s, the High School for Girls and the two Forest schools – when they become secondary comprehensive schools for pupils from 13 to 18.

The new middle schools, five of which are planned for the town to take children from nine to 13, will be co-educational.

In answer to a question on what were the plans for co-education in Horsham, Robert Martin, chairman of the West Sussex education committee, said that while it was the general policy of the county council’s education committee to have co-education this was not planned for Horsham’s secondary schools when the changeover to a comprehensive system was introduced.

But he said he would like to see the Forest boys’ and Forest girls’ schools made into one co-educational school or be each co-educational.

He said that boys and girls were together in junior schools and would be in the middle schools and added: “I fail to see why in the secondary stage, they should be kept apart.”