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Nine schools in big reshuffle in 1960

From the Mitcham News & Mercury, 20th May, 1960, page 1.


A DEVELOPMENT plan to provide an academic stream in all Surrey secondary schools
will start next year. Nine Mitcham schools will be affected, five of which will be closed.

The scheme was due to be started early next year and completed by 1966, but too little
money was allocated by the Ministry of Education, and the completion date will not be for some years.

Top priority on the list is Gorringe Park Secondary Boys School. As the present building
is needed for the primary pupils, new premises will be built.

The boys from Rowan Road Secondary School, which is closing, will be transferred to the
new school, where it is planned to run one academic, one technical and two general courses.


Rowan Road Secondary girls will have the entire school building, at the moment divided between the boys and girls school. They will have one academic, one home economics and two general courses.

Pollards Hill Secondary School will be enlarged. It Will take six instead of four entry classes each year and will have one academic, one commercial and four general courses.

Western Road Boys’ School will close and the girls will take over the entire building. With an academic and a commercial course there will be two general courses.

Singlegate Boys’ School will close, and open in a new building on a new site with one academic, one technical and two general courses.

Fortescue Girls’ and Links’ Girls’ schools will both be closed.

Merton Memories Photos
Fortescue Road School in 1925

Gorringe Park School (6 photos)

Pollards Hill School : Football coaching in 1955

Rowan Road School (10 photos)

Western Road School in 1954

Unichem, Ltd.

1-37 Fortescue Road

Listed in the 1963 Borough of Mitcham List of Factories as Drug Distributors.

1951 OS map

According to the book The Pharmaceutical Industry: A Guide to Historical Records By Lesley Richmond, Julie Stevenson:

in 1946 (Unichem) established warehouse premises on site at Broadwater Road, Tooting … a second warehouse was acquired at Fortescue Road, Colliers Wood, during the 1950s, to enable the company to distribute chemists’ sundries

Sheila recalled starting work there in 1964 in the Sales Office. She said that not long after the firm moved to New Addington and the staff were given a bus service from the Fair Green in the morning and back again in the evening. The fields around New Addington at that time were still farms and she remembers seeing cows in them.