Most students that have attended the school will know exactly what we’re on about.
Every school has little things that only the students that went there would know about.
Whether they left two years ago or 20 years ago, most former students will know exactly what you’re on about.
It might be the temporary building erected in the 60s that remains standing or the lunch queue which seemed to have an infinite length.
The Boswells School is an extremely popular secondary school in Burnham Road, Chelmsford, that has an academy status and excellent reputation for teaching students aged between 11 and 18.
After delving into his memories, Matt Lee compiles a list of things that every Boswells student will remember for the rest of their lives.
The students always try to jump across the pond
It seemed to be something of an accolade claimed by very few.
Having finished A-Level exams, Sixth Form students would try their luck at trying to jump across the pond found between in the vacant space between the Common Room and Drama rooms.
On the odd occasion, someone would complete the jump unscathed, but most of the time saw students needing a change in trousers and socks.
A Block which was never meant to stay
We’ve all heard the rumours. The big red building was originally intended to be a temporary yet fifty years after being opened, the gigantic building remains exactly as it first was – albeit apart from a fresh coat of red paint.
The incredibly tight staircases in A Block
You haven’t experienced stress and trauma unless you’ve tried going up or down the stairs in A Block. A slip of the foot and an episode of human dominoes would incur, limbs flying everywhere as you seek to regain your balance.
The Sixth Form Auction
Almost 400 students aged eleven to thirteen-years-old crammed into a small theatre. The tiered seating was even packed away to provide extra room for the annual event.
Sixth Form students would then don a variety of fancy-dress costumes before receiving bids from the individual tutor groups based on their charity fundraising. From Baywatch lifeguards to superheroes – the Sixth Form auction had it all.
The lunch queue which never ends
For some reason, despite the school’s ‘interesting’ food in the cafeteria, the queue to get it always seemed to be lengthy.
Spanning from the kitchen to the gym and then round to the boys PE office, the line of students constantly seemed to be at extreme lengths.
Torquay Road shops are a lunch-time saviour
Sixth Form students could escape the food and purchase something vaguely edible from either the Coop, Martins or off-licence. It was a safe haven for all who could break free.
Only ever being known for our volleyball success
Champions at under-16, under-17 and under-18 level in both the boys’ and girls’ versions of the game. We were regularly just referred to being “the school who is good at volleyball”, yet somehow, we became a Performing Arts school…
The Tulip pub is basically the school’s local
It’s the final day of the year. You’ve completed your exams; Leavers Assembly has finished and you’ve got a few spare hours before Prom takes place in the evening. Where else do you go? The local pub of course. Just a two-minute walk from the school, the pub certainly would look forward to that day when the hordes of Sixth Form students would roll in.
Always forgetting Mandeville house was ‘L’
Just why was it shortened to ‘L’? Every other house had a smart shortening, Mildmay (M), Seymour (S) and Goldsmith (G) – so why was Mandeville shortened to L? It makes no sense, and no-one could justify it.
Science lessons being unbearable after lunch
Science lessons after lunch on a boiling hot afternoon were always fun. Having climbed the three sets of stairs to reach the classrooms, we would then have to spend an hour sat as though we were in Pompeii. It was unbearable.
This article was originally shared on Essex Live, on March 31, 2019.