Former pupil at Watcombe School in Friern Barnet looking to share memories with class mates

Are you in 1950s school photo?

Michael Kemp (top left) was eight years old when he posed with the rest of Form Three at the Friern Barnet Lane school

The original advert for the school, which appeared in a local newspaper

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Smiling in the sun for their last primary school photograph, these young children had the world ahead of them.

And one pupil from the Watcombe School leavers’ class of 1956 is looking to find out what happened to the rest of his classmates.

Michael Kemp, now 65, was eight years old when he posed with the rest of Form Three at the Friern Barnet Lane school.

The school, which opened in 1947, has since closed but Mr Kemp sent in this photograph and the original advert for the new school in a bid to track his peers down.

He said: “It would be lovely to make contact with any pupils who have memories to share.”

The school’s first headteacher Mrs Williams appears in the photograph and Mr Kemp’s mother wrote the names of the other pupils down on the back of the picture.

If you have any memories of Watcombe School, please contact Mr Kemp on g.mk@btopenworld.com or contact the news desk on chewett@london.newsquest.co.uk.

Pupils in the photograph were:

Back row - Michael Kemp; June Blakner; Pamela Ward; Mrs M.E. Williams (Principal); Andrew Hillman; Katherine Blakner; Philip Reichardt; Margaret Angood; Alison Clark.

Middle row - Gregory Krein; David Crane; Michael Trotman; David Crattle; David Whigmore.

Front row - Diane Provan; Nicholas Brooks; Rosemary Frazer.

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