Oakover School

Mate’s Illustrated Burnham Guide (1903)  informs us that this school had been established about 15 years previously (i.e. about 1888) under the name of ‘The High School’. It says that the school had recently taken over the adjoining house as accommodation had been found insufficient.

“While the fees are moderate, nothing is spared to ensure the health, comfort and mental development of the pupils; and many successes in various examinations have lately been won. There is an adequate staff of qualified teachers, so that the pupils are divided into small classes.”

Notes on the history of Burnham schools by Walter Strickland indicate that Burnham College (High St/ Pier St) amalgamated with Oakover when its own premises changed to a hotel. It appears that at some point  it also became associated with St Margaret’s.

Advert from 1942:

School magazine & photo 1957:

School trip 1960:

 

 

6 thoughts on “Oakover School”

  1. At last I have found mention of my old school. I was a pupil there from ( from 1949 (I think) to 1952, when I got a scholarship to Dr. Morgan´s in Bridgwater. If my memory serves me rightly the headmaster was a Mr.Lance and his deputy a Mr. Langhorn. My teacher was a Miss Beak. I remember that music was considered important, hence my love of classical music. Sports (especially hockey) were played on the beach (tide permitting!) The school had its own tennis courts and there were also cricket nets and a netball corner. The food was awful but these were the immediate post-war years, so it was probably the same for everyone.

    Anthony Hitchcock
    Kirchdorf
    Germany

    1. Hello Anthony and thank you for posting your memories of this school.
      History tells us that Burnham had many schools in the past.
      Unfortunately most have gone and their locations do not survive but luckily
      your school building is still extant. We hope to be putting more information on
      this site soon so please keep and eye for updates. Also if you can remember names
      of any of your colleagues and post them here then you might make contact again.
      Do you have any other memories of Burnham in your school days?
      Thanks for your posting,
      John

  2. Hello John, nice of you to reply so quickly. I’m desperately trying to remember people from Oakover days. I left Burnham in 1957 to join the RAF so my memories are rather cloudy today.
    There was Bob Nicholson who lived at a bakery in the High Street somewhere. He ran the radio/TV shop on the corner of College Street for a time. Then there was Robert King who lived in Adam Street, and Colin Morris of Hurleys. Of the girls, I can only remember Cynthia Lee whom I ran into several years later where she was a nurse at the local hospital.
    I remember the Bertorellis who had the fish and chip shop in Abingdon Street. The wife of one of the sons was German and she acted as interpreter at our wedding in 1965 (my good lady of 55 years is German).

    I’ll write again if something else comes to mind

    kind regards

    Anthony Hitchcock

    1. Hello again Anthony.
      It lovely to hear some of these names. I was born in Burnham in 1949 so some of the names I remember. Colin Morris still runs his Hurley’s shop and i will pass on your name to him when buying my next newspaper. We have the Bertorellis listed under our people heading. A group of us are researching more about the schools in Burnham and hope to find more about your school.
      Thanks for sharing your memories and should you remember more we would love to read them.
      Thanks again,
      John

  3. Hello Anthony & John

    My name is Tony Hammond and I was a boarder at Oakover between 1949 &1955 as was my older brother Alan. Anthony, you’re correct about the names of the teachers, Mr Langhorne became headmaster and his wife was matron. They had two daughters Jenny & Penny – who were also pupils at the school. Other names that spring to mind are Leslie Davies, Gordon Sarson and Roberta (Bobbie) Mannion who were my brother’s age. Anthony & Alan Godfrey, Michael Pidding, Lester Moon, Jacqueline Moon, Eru Monk, Jimmy Broome, Alex Tout, Anne White & Alan Scarrott. Several I have seen in the last 20 years although none in the last 10 or so. Jackie Moon tried to arrange a reunion in Bristol (where many pupils came from) about 12 years ago but but was poorly attended, only three people turned up! Of the teachers I only remember ‘Steve’ (Mr Stevenson) bald with spectacles.

  4. Thank you Tony for sharing your memories of your school days there. Do you have any of Burnham itself during this time ?
    Thanks again and I hope some of the people who you mentioned get in touch.
    John

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