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A group photo showing staff at Dronfield Gosforth Secondary Modern School, which had opened in 1955 to serve 11-15 year olds in the Dronfield area following housing development. In 1990 Gosforth was merged with The Gladys Buxton School and the Henry Fanshawe School to form The Dronfield School. Subsequently, the Gosforth site was closed in 2003 and demolished two years later with the area formerly occupied by the school buildings being used to construct new houses. Students and staff were re-located to the Fanshawe site (as were those from Gladys Buxton), which was then renamed the Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School.
Back row, from left: Unknown, Robin Pashley, John Webster, Martin Webb (chemistry), John Bennett (geography), Jeff Calvert (R.E.), Chris Hill (P.E.), John Brogan (maths, astronomy and also a volunteer at Crich Tramway Village), John Elliott (English), Mike Robinson (woodwork), Steve Taylor (metalwork/woodwork), Colin Greenhough (metalwork).
Middle row, from left: Pat Heslam, Julie Cheeseman, Ruth Sherriff, Mary Sant, Sue Webber, Linda Hoy, Mrs Peel (French), Unknown, Linda Allen, Marilyn Finch, Unknown, Marjorie McVicar, Kath Holden.
Front row, from left: Estelle Jones (needlework), Muriel Kimmons (humanities, geography, history), Maureen Beniston (English), Walter Havenhand (maths), Fred Kemp (Head), Margaret Borwell (Deputy Head), Fred Roddis (maths), Mike Cronin (art), Brian Eyre (chemistry), Kath Burkinshaw.
Picture the Past website contributor Neil Peers adds: 'John Elliot was music not English, Marilyn Finch was PE, Webster was (I believe) a science teacher. Havenhand was also Deputy Head. I was a pupil at Gosforth between 1975 and 1978. Mr Roddis (a really good teacher and decent bloke) died in about 1981, Havenhand in 2012 or 2013'.