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Report - Westbrook House - June 2011

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by msaunder1972, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. msaunder1972

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    Westbrook House School wass Folkestone’s only preparatory school.Founded in 1947 by Kenneth ‘Fozzie’ Foster who hailed from Selby, the school was a dream job that he ran until 1968 (When he retired). It was then taken over by Naill Washington-Jones, who was determined to bring it back into prominence in Kent after years in the educational
    wilderness. Westbrook House had been through the doldrums following many successful years as Westbrook House, Dover College Junior School, Dover College Prep. In the 1990's Heads changed rapidly – Stephen Abbott, Roger Lewis and
    Lesley Watson.The 100 th Anniversary of Dover College saw it break away from Westbrook House and in 1994 Westbrook House again. In 1997 it came together with St Mary’s Convent as St Mary’s Westbrook. On the face of it, this seemed to be a sensible idea, but the two schools were in fact pulling in different directions.
    The schools were separated again in July 2005. At some point in the 2000's the swimming pool, that was donated by parent and built by pupils in the 1960's filled in.August 3rd 2008 report in Sunday Times states the credit crunch has led to a “massive surge” in parents being pursued for unpaid school fees, quoting a leading firm of lawyers who represent independent schools.This eventually brought about the demise of Westbrook House, falling pupil numbers led to its closure.

    Visited with Nelly, Skeleton Key and Tsstranger.....I was framed for the theft of a Choccie Cake :(


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  2. Els

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    Really good bit of research there mate.
     
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    Top notch, great work.
     
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    Great history. Great write up.
     
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    That is a fine report, great mixture of history, archive shots and new shots - a real joy to read.

    Cheers :thumb
     
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    I believe its all correct but it has been an absolute pig to find....fear not I vented my frustration on a flying rat that played chicken with the car and lost to my roof rack....sadly I hadn't realised that half of it was stuck on my roof rack until I made it home :(
     
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    Good stuff mate..from what nelly says you all had a busy day !
     
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    You made it to a few areas that me and Frosty missed by the looks of it, like the hall and the bit with the stained glass in.

    Nice report. :)
     
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    Yea lots of SK over complicated access :) see Nelly squeeze through a chapel window and me promptly walking through the unlocked front door was amusing too...and some sticky fingered so and so stole nelly's choccie cake :)
    Maniac yeah we missed the attic I believe and the boarded part of the building seemed inaccessible too shame..
     
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    SK does like a challenge :)
     
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    The upstairs of that place is quite confusing, there's at least 3 maybe 4 seperate areas all accessed by their own staircases. The attic area you can see in our report is in the right hand section (looking from the road) :)
     
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