Dick Young tribute to Ted Pryor

The attached tribute to Ted given by Dick Young at last week’s funeral
Ted Pryor HGS 1952-1987

I first met Ted when I joined his department at Harvey G S in 1964 and we worked harmoniously together until his retirement in 1987. He was a very good teacher, excellent Head of Department popular with both boys and colleagues: his ready wit endeared him to many and his contribution to the mickey-taking in the staffroom at the end of the lunch time when we all gathered together was always very amusing. As NAT Thomas wrote in the latest the Harvey history: he had a fine line in repartee.

When I first arrived I still played tennis and Ted and I had a number of games together, but I soon realised that he was much better than I was so I took up golf. Many years later when HE had taken up golf we had a game at Cirencester Golf Club and although my handicap was much lower than his he beat me by playing to his limitations.Not very far but straight down the middle and onto the green. 2 nil to Ted.

We went on day trips to France and later to Chambery when the exchange was established. I well remember the first time we went. 3.15 ferry from Folkestone, train to Paris, from the Gare du Nord to the Gare de Lyon with 30 or so third formers-year nine to the younger ones here- on the Metro- no risk assessment then- arriving in Chambery at 6.30 the next morning.We saw all the boys off with their host families and passed the day recovering. We stayed in a hotel that night before moving into a student hostel run by nuns. We had an early dinner and took to our beds at about 8. Ted was not at all pleased to be woken to receive phone call an hour later from a parent whose son had rung home to say he was not happy with his correspondent’s behaviour. We thought we had sorted that out the next day but things didn’t improve and the French boy stayed with another family when the Chambery group came to Folkestone.

However our visits to Chambery were very pleasant for we didn’t see the boys except for one day when all went on an excursion together. Ted and I would usually set out each day to walk the area armed with some excellent bread and local cheese with the all-important plastic container full of Cotes du Rhone, followed in the evening by a meal in one of the many restaurants in the town with of course a glass or two of red wine.

As you all know Ted was an ardent Francophile and he amused us greatly when recounting a day trip to Boulogne with his late wife Pat. Apparently Pat left her gloves in the restaurant where they had lunch and Ted went back and made his way past the customers queuing to get in. He was stopped by a large Englishman who said: Who are you pushing you four-eyed flipping old Frog? – or words to that effect. Ted explained that he was saying excuse me in French whereupon the man turned to his friend and said “Now he’s trying to be flipping clever!!” When Pat and Ted got back on the ferry at the end of their day in France, Pat said “Let’s go into the bar and we might find your new friend.”

That Ted was held in high regard by his pupils was evident in the many tweets received by Phil Harding when he had passed on the sad news. Here a few of them:
• An excellent teacher with a great sense of humour.
• Good memories of French and the French exchange trips.
• What an amazing innings. Shows the good life that goes with being a teacher at HGS.
• I never learned a word of French, but I liked every lesson and he was very patient.
And the one I liked best;
• Form master, French teacher and took me and my year to Chambery for an exchange. Great teacher and nice man. Easy to distract with French car registration numbers and wine labels. R.I.P.

A good man, a good friend and a good colleague.

Folkestone pupils pick up GCSE results

Harvey Grammar School heaped praise on a number of its high achievers, including Laurie Smith, who took his GCSE exams when he was just 14.

Laurie Smith was just 14 when he he sat his exams to get Harvey Grammar’s best set of GCSEs
He achieved level 9s in maths and English and straight A*s and As.
He said: “I’m the youngest in my year, it took lots of hard work and revision.”

Other high achievers include Louis McMullan who achieved grade 8 in English and 9 in Maths and Joe Smith.
He was awarded grade 9 in English and 7 in Maths.

Kaito Wilson scored Grade 9 in Maths

Scott Norman, headteacher said: “I am delighted to see the hard work of our students and staff results in excellent GCSE outcomes once again.

“It brings enormous pleasure to both myself and all our staff to see so many individuals receive outstanding results that set them on a solid foundation for the post 16 study with us.”

Blade Sammonds scored straight As

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Audrey Wind – WW2 codebreaker

Folkestone woman, 92, who was one of Britain’s last codebreakers in war against the Nazis has died
aged 92
A secret codebreaker from Folkestone who helped shorten the Second World War has died aged 92.
Audrey Wind was one of the country’s last remaining codebreakers who helped crack the Nazi Enigma code and intercepted Hitler’s messages.
She led an undercover life living at the famous Bletchley Park, and was part of a team that intercepted Hitler’s communication codes detailing his attacks and military operations – which were then sent to Sir Winston Churchill

Secret mission

Living in a Victorian mansion in Buckinghamshire, the codebreakers’ mission was so secret that they were forbidden from discussing their work with their husbands, wives, or parents.
Miss Wind was one of the last remaining wartime codebreakers who were recognised for their achievements by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown – with their intelligence credited for shortening the war
Her nephew and last living relative Colin Stokes will be conducting her funeral on Wednesday (August 23) and remembers her as being “talented and adorable, but could be very difficult”.
Miss Wind passed away on Friday, August 4 after suffering from an earlier fall.

Official Secrets Act
He said: “She read every single word in the newspaper, and had to correct every single error. She had a mindset that made her a good codebreaker.
“She could be maddening – things had to be absolutely precise.”
After joining the Woman’s Royal Naval Service as an 18-year-old in 1944, Miss Wind was sent to Scotland for two weeks training before being told she was going to take part in a top secret mission.
Out of 200 recruits, Miss Wind and five others had failed the training programme – but were soon told they were the chosen ones and told to sign the Official Secrets Act.
‘She never uttered a word of it’
Nephew Mr Stokes adds: “They were obviously looking for a particular type of intellect – she was always addicted to cryptic crosswords.
“At the end of the war, all of her contemporaries came back with medals, stories to tell and promotions.
“She had no medals, no stories to tell and no promotions – that must have been really hard.”
He added: “She never uttered a word of it, and said it was a dull clerical job. But it was a crucial job. Winston Churchill said they reduced the war by several years because of their information.

Efficiency

“She used to appear home sometimes in a uniform – no-one in the family knew what she did or where she worked.”
The story was eventually leaked into the public domain, and after the war Miss Wind went onto become the Harvey Grammar School secretary – a role she held from 1946 to 1984.
Miss Wind is today honoured on an oval plaque at the school alongside three other codebreakers.
She is remembered for her efficiency, and according to her nephew was replaced by a team of five when she retired.

After the war she also gave talks about her time at Bletchley Park, where she donated her fees to Pilgrims Hospice – raising £6,000 throughout her lifetime.

Her funeral will be held at Hawkinge Crematorium on Wednesday (August 23), with donations going to Pilgrims Hospice.

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‘Record A Level results’ for the Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone

Pupils scored the “best results ever” in this year’s A Level results, one headteacher has said.

Students at Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, bagged 68 per cent of grades between A*- B, up six per on last year.

Headteacher Scott Norman welcomed the news and praised hardworking pupils.

He said: “Our post 16 outcomes this year are our best ever and to have achieved this in a year when when and students found themselves needing to adapt to the changes made to A Level study is highly impressive.

“The hard work and dedication of our staff and students never ceases to amaze me.”

It comes after the Government introduced a raft of ‘updated’ subjects ranging from ancient history to philosophy and statistics.

Under the new measures, students face less coursework and all exams at the end of Year-13, with AS-levels not contributing to the overall grade.

Smiles abounded at the Cheriton Road school after pupils opened their brown envelopes following a three month wait for their grade.

Joseph Horsnell, 18, swept up with 3As and 1A*, now he’s off to study International Relations at the University of St Andrews.

He said: “Opening the envelope was a pleasant surprise, it’s nice to see all of my work coming to fruition.

“I’m going to St Andrews.

“I’m really interested in politics, especially with Brexit on the horizon and Donald Trump, I think it will be interesting to study something that is fluid.”

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RIP Audrey Wind

More sad news – just heard from an old boy that Audrey Wind has passed away. Audrey worked at the school from 1948 until 1985 and was then a regular at the Annual Dinners until very recently. RIP

RIP Ted Pryor

From Phil Harding…
Just received the sad news that Ted Pryor, long-serving Head of French, has passed away.

Dick Young e-mailed me with the news. He thinks that Ted was 93.

Old Harveians Annual Dinner 2017

Just a reminder that the OLd Harveians Annual Dinner this year is 02 December. More information and Booking Form to follow