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1950's

1958

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Michael John Vanner   Came from London, Leytonstone Worked at Daily Express for four years. Various jobs until 9/67 and joined the fire service.

1960's

1965

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Steven Tomlin Ardeley It was a different time. It was ok to cane pupils. WE were pupils not students Became an accountant and travelled the world
Rod Greygoose Causton I started in the Septmber of '65 when the headmaster was Mr. E H Walden. I had come from Grove Road primary school and was rather intimidated by Rayleigh County Secondary School, as it was then known. My first teacher was Miss Goody. In the second year I recall that my teacher was Miss Fenton and in the third year Mr Rosenbaum (they may actually have been the other way round) After that I think may have been in the class of Mr. Bainbridge. I stayed on for the extended course and in year 5 I was in the class of Mr W. Cross. What a gentleman and a real role model on how to act and treat others. Not one to raise his voice, but a quiet admonishment from Mr Cross put you firmly in your place. He was known by all the boys for his "Last day of school" pep talk when he strayed into the minefield that was "What to do you when you got hot under the collar in the company of a young lady". Mr. Cross was just short of retiring age and this was the sexual revolution of the 60's so we probably had more idea than he did of these things (or thought that we did! I left in the July of '65 with 5 GCE "O" levels and felt grateful to have been at a great school After working in the city for a few years I moved away from Rayleigh with my parents and have since lived in many parts of the country. I have now retired having spent the majority of my life in the steel industry, working through from being a salesman through manangement to becoming a director. Shows what you can do when you have a good schooling to build upon. I now live in Marlow, Bucks, have a lovely wife am a grandfather to 3 lovely girls.

1967

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Andy FitzGerald Tyms House Captain for Tyms. Captain of School Football team Went on to Swyene for A Levels. Bristol Polytechnic Degree in Land Administration. Member of RICS. Worked in Private and Public sectors in the UK and also in Hong Kong. Travelled extensively in Asia and worked in China for 1 year in 1988 Developing links between Leeds City and Hangzhou. Most recent employment Property Director of Leeds City College. Now retired and Live in Woodbridge Suffolk

 

1970's

1971

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Avril Duffy Ardeley Fabulous. Made life long friends 10 years at sea as Telephonist. Married Now a published writer.
Vivienne Taylor NOW Vivienne Buchanan Causton I was in the top sets but could be a bit of a clown! Read for a BA (Hons) followed by a PGCE(FE). Became a college lecturer.

1972

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Sharon Sorrell NOW Sharon Garrington Tyms   Several customer facing roles leading to current role as Event Manager

1973

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Mandy Matthews NOW Gardner Drakes Enjoyed it. Was part of hockey team and head girl Finance to VP level with Girlguiding as a hobby. Now retired.
Stephen Darler Causton I spent a truely unremarkable 4 years of adolescence at FitzWimarc in fact it may have been Rayleigh Secondary School when I started? I think that the only historic event I was involved in was when the rugby team defeated Sweyne Grammar on their home turf for the first time ever!!! I remember it well - with Mr Hughes bellowing ‘run Darler!!’ When a drop kick came to me on the half way line. I ran faster than ever before and planted the ball as close to the posts as I dared. Peter Beckwith converted and the game was ours. That’s my only claim to fame; sport, sport, sport!! I appreciated long ago the value of my time at FitzWimarc. I was not a great student but did and still do recognise the values of the school and the commitment demonstrated by every member of Staff. I spent 32 years in the Royal Air Force and now work for the US Department of State at the US Embassy. In 4 years I retire. No regrets.
Suzanne Dowell NOW Suzanne Hearn

 

Ardeley I really enjoyed my time at FitzWimarc. I was a prefect and got involved in several school productions, such as Carousel and Oklahoma. My best friends were Lesley Morgan and Karen Mordecai. I worked as a French teacher until I took Early retirement a couple of years ago. I am married to a crazy geordie and we have a 25 year old daughter. We live in North Weald
Steve Brooks Ardeley Great memories
Live in Hockley now. retired.

 

Caroline Boadle Causton Enjoyed most subjects {especially English, French, Geography} and loads of sports, useless at DS and Chemistry Have lived and worked in Bournemouth, London and Scotland, mostly connected to the hotel/holiday business
Catherine Ann Jones NOW Catherine Achinelli Drakes I was a shrinking violet who was yet to find my wings Finding my wings!
Janet Collins NOW Jan Beesley Tyms 5 years of trying to grow up (and not really succeeding)! Memory a bit hazy, but what sticks out are these: Being told off for staring out of the window of the tower block, crazy experiments in the Physics lab with Mr Rowley, not being allowed to do woodwork and/or metal work, having to do Needlework (which I hated), trying to carry a hot Lancashire Hotpot home without scalding myself after a Domestic Science lesson, rolling over the top of my skirt to make it a mini, fraying the ends of our school ties, spending more time in the "Defects" hut than the prefects common room. Actually it seems I do remember quite a lot. Fitz was in transition from Secondary Mod to Comprehensive so nothing really seemed "fixed" apart from some of the teachers. I cringe now to think of how we treated some of the younger teachers. Somehow we all seem to have survived relatively unscathed! Sixth form (SEEVIC), the brief spell with Customs & Excise in Southend. Then Uni (Canterbury), then dole for a bit before a job at Inland Revenue and training as a programmer. Lots of years as an IT professional, eventually working for myself in my own business. Settled in rural East Sussex now, two kids (currently 27 and 24), trying very hard to retire.
Jean Scott NOW Jean Ellis Causton   I spent most of my working life as a publican

 

1975

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Karen James NOW Karen Bowman Tyms Attended Fitz as both pupil and member of staff. Left in 1975 and went into the Library sector working at Southend Central Library. Stopped work to raise a family the rejoined the school as a staff member for ten years. Left to complete writing my first book and now have written three to date. Fulfilled dream of going to University in 2015 and graduated with a First class honours History degree. Still have strong links with Fitz.

 

 

1976

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Lynn Price Drakes Enjoyed sports Children, work
Ian Gatfield Ardeley   I have worked for Honeywell for the past 30 years

1977

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Sue Lane NOW Sue Cox Drakes Lots of fond memories and happy times, but not academically productive as I didn't put the work in Married, qualified teacher, educational consultant and advisor, overseas evaluator for education.
Gilly Coventry Drakes   Travelling around the world.

1978

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Robert Dean Ardeley Brilliant school. Great memories. Currently working in Social Work (Criminal Justice) in Dumfries (Scotland). Initially joined army upon leaving school. Served for 6 years before joining Prison Service, where I remained for 15 years. Left Prison Service to study for MA Degree in Health & Social Studies. Graduated in 2004 (University of Glasgow, Crichton Campus). Following graduation I initially worked for Dumfries Council Homeless department, before changing to my current job in Social Work in 2012. Thank you Fitz!!

1979

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Mike Gaskin Tyms   Worked for BT since I left and still involved in the Technical Side of Am-Dram, a passion started by Sid Rowley (Getting out of being in the Choir also helped)

 

1980's

1980

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Louise Howes NOW Lousie Dix Tyms   I have worked in the ship refuelling industry for almost 20’years, travelled to many European counties and to Singapore within this industry. I am currently taking a year off and deciding what adventures await me. I have lived in Kent since 1989 and visit family in Rayleigh 2-3 a month.

1981

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Gary Field Ardeley   Working

 

1982

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Graham Lee Causton   Working in the gambling/betting industry including a relocation to Gibralter a few years ago, back now. Currently IT software tester. Proud father to Victoria and for my sins a season card holder at Roots Hall.
Tracy Strong NOW Tracy Honey Causton I wasn't a great student but I did my best and worked through a lot of problems. Fave teacher was Mr. Handley for maths. Married for 28 years - 2 sons. youngest currently living in Michigan with his wife and the rest of us in California for 18 years. I trained as a counselor and am in ministry with my husband and oldest son in our local church.
Eleanor Slaughter NOW Eleanor Bryant Causton Great school and great teachers Working in IT for Revenue & Customs
Deborah Reynolds Ardeley Happy experience Nurse Manager
Karen Jeffery NOW Karen Sivertsen Causton I actually enjoyed school! My favourite teachers were Mrs Duffield (maths) and Mr Nortcliffe (drama) Went to college to train as a Nanny, had 4 children of my own who are all past FitzWimarc pupils, studied for an Early Years degree, worked in local primary schools now back working as a nanny!

1983

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Ray Blake Tyms It seems like a long time ago now but I have so many vivid memories of the people and the school. The usual things: work, marriage, kids, middle age.

 

1985

 

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Sally Dickel NOW Sally Scott Ardeley I was in the Orchestra and loved it! I did A levels at SEEVIC then went on to work in the City until I had my two children. I took some time out to raise them and I’ve now been working at a primary school in Westcliff since 2008. I’m also a “current parent”, my youngest is in year 11 and my eldest left in 2014, but the above options don’t let you be both!

 

1986

 

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Jez Mancer Drakes Loved it . Mr Newcombe was my first form tutor and also the best history teacher. Mum was also a teacher there , teaching art Now running a personal training business in Cornwall. Having done a lot of traveling

1988

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Matt Turner Ardeley I loved Fitzwimarc and still have many friends from my time there all those years ago Worked mainly in the City in finance IT. I now have a son in year 7 at the school.
Karen Elsdon NOW Karen Butcher Drakes Seems like a lifetime ago but still remember it like it was yesterday! Worked in banking for a few years, have four children, two of whom are now at Fitz

1990's

1992

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Gail Randall Drakes   I now teach at a secondary school in Wickford, as a senior teacher.

1993

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Jane Cross NOW Jane Burns Tyms Didn't realise how much I'd miss it until I left! I work as an LSA at SHSB & my daughters go/went to Fitz too!
Carrie Watkins NOW Carrie Cox Tyms   Went to SEEVIC and onto University to study Marine Biology, now a Finance Manager in Local Government.
Darren Woollard Tyms I have great memories of the school and still see friends (and teachers) from time to time. After leaving sixth form, I studied Science and Education at Reading University, gaining a BA(Ed) Hons degree. I have worked in Southend schools since qualifying in 1999, and am now head at Blenheim Primary School in Leigh-on-Sea and chair of the Southend Primary Headteachers' Association. I live in Rayleigh with my wife and three boys; our eldest will hopefully be attending FitzWimarc in September 2018.

1994

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Christopher Nice Tyms   Working

 

1995

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Kathryn Butterworth NOW Kathryn Dickinson Tyms Loved sport so could always be found with a ball or hockey stick in hand somewhere in the vicinity of the gym or playing field. Proud to be part of the team that won the national x-country and athletics finals in the same year. I also went on the school ski trips every year. Work locally as a restaurant manager. Love travelling the world on holidays and still enjoying sport to this day playing hockey for a local team.

 

1996

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Michael Clark Causton When I look back, I enjoyed Fitz. I met some friends I am still friends with today and got a good education that got me into a good job. Got A levels, got into IT and am now the senior Engineer for a top private equity company in the city. And also got married, had 3 children, 2 of which go to Fitz!
Ashley George Causton   SEEVIC College, BA Hons degree in sociology and have a career in Local Government

1998

 

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
James Dunmore Causton Fond memories of school, and still in contact with some people (close friends) today. Especially good memories of playing the trumpet in FYO, and also being part of the back stage crew for the school productions After Fitz, I went to SEEVIC and studied Maths, Additional Maths, Physics and Computing. I then went onto the University of Essex where I got a 1st class BSc in Computer Science with Robotics and Intelligent Machines, followed by (also at University of Essex) a 1st class MSc in E-Commerce Technology. After graduating I was a software developer for various companies including online e-commerce for home shopping channels and payment gateways for insurance companies. I then became tech lead for a video production company, developing various software, including the systems that powered the jumbo screens at Heathrow T5. In 2014 I became the head of technology for a sports website agency, who deliver sites such as 6nations rugby. Then in 2016 I joined Amazon Video as a Software development manager where I manage the team that delivers the Amazon Video application to millions of customers on various smart TVs around the world. More importantly than all of that, I now have 2 wonderful children who are 4 and 20 months old (both girls), and I am now living in Hertfordshire.
Chris Phillips Tyms   Sports editor at the Echo newspaper

1999

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Natalie Fish NOW Natalie Maguire Causton I loved being at Fitzwimarc. It has been 18 years since I left and I am still friends with many people I went to school with. In fact Im married to one of my best ones! I became a Primary School Teacher but since I have had my children I have followed my photography passion (which I studied at A levels) and set up a school photography and yearbook business with my Dad.
Rachel Marek NOW Rachel Brown      
Stuart Smith Drakes   Married 11 years and have 2 children of 9 and 7 and been a cabbie in rayleigh for now 11 years
Grace Connell NOW Grace Thoburn Drakes I think I was pretty happy! I did A-levels, Photography (Ba)hons in Nottingham Trent, then travelled. I lived and worked in London for 8 years, moved to dubai for a year. I'm married and had a baby this year. I have lived with a brain tumour for almost 11 years.
Clare Smith NOW Clare Church Tyms   Now a mum, wife & Work in Management for Training Company.
Gemma Neicho NOW Gemma Kerr Tyms   I work as a trainer in Data Protection Law for the NHS. I live in Rochford with my husband and 3 year old Son.

2000's

2000

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Vicky Landers,  NOW Vicky Landers-Mackintosh-Mackintosh Tyms I loved my time at Fitz but I especially enjoyed my time spent representing the school in various sports. Great memories. I went to university and got a degree in media with cultural studies. I have had a few different jobs including being a prisoner custody officer at Chelmsford crown court. I'm currently an airport control centre supervisor at Southend airport. A previous job involved working at Sweyne and I even married one of their teachers!!!
Donna Adams Causton During my time at Fitz I enjoyed working in the technical department on school productions. I was always keen to leave education and start work. At the age of seventeen I travelled to New York on my own and began a career in theatre production, working as a stage hand in a New York Repertory Theatre. Upon returning to England I moved to London’s West End, working in Stage Electrics on shows including The Rat Pat, Producers and Into the Hoods. I had a change of career in my early twenties and joined an internet marketing company becoming a marketing consultant for natural and paid search, and a search engine and social media specialist. During my time working abroad and in London I’d always had close ties with our family's business, A.R.Adams Funeral Directors; I joined the team in 2008 and have not looked back. In 2011 after three years of training I qualified as a Funeral Director and became a Director of the company. All of our team place a strong focus on working in the community, and in 2015 we had the distinction of winning the nationwide award for "Funeral Director of the Year". In my personal life I enjoy weight-training, being active, playing golf and working in the community. Over the years I’ve helped to raise over £10,000 for local children’s charities, I have cycled across Vietnam and Cambodia and have successfully completed a trek across the Arctic Circle
Ian Butler Drakes I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday so..... Trying to make money
Lauren/Laurie Tomlin NOW Laurie Ellingham Ardeley It's a blur of red jumpers, hockey sticks, and getting to the front of the line at break time for a hot slice of toast.

After gaining a first in psychology, I worked in PR in London before following my dream to become a writer. It's taken ten years of rejections but I finally landed a publishing deal with an imprint at Harper Collins and have two books out this year. I now write full time

James Hart Drakes   Run own business
Hannah Clark NOW Hannah Scott Causton During my time at Fitz I competed in the athletics team that won the English championship for the 10th year in a row. Our pictures used to be displayed along the English corridor. My grandmother also attended the school Since leaving in 1999 (instead of graduating in class of 2000) to emigrate to Australia with my family I have worked hard to become a medical practice manager
Tom Stringer Causton Looking back I didn't have a bad time really, that said I had my fair share of detentions/exclusions. Being the type of person I am I just don't think school was ever going to be my calling card. Though I think Miss Hurley the science teacher summed me up best, a loveable rogue. Since leaving Fitz, I worked for NSEC in Hullbridge before leaving to pursue an apprenticeship st Essex Ford, that turned out to be a bad career choice so I promptly returned to NSEC (Nevedon South East Cars). After a year there I joined the British Army, 2 tours of Afghanistan & 2 of Iraq I'm still in now and have spent my entire career stationed in Germany. I was recently awarded my Long Service & Good Conduct medal for 15 years unbleamished service, this was presented to me by the Army Sgt Major.
Kimberley Pullen NOW Kimberley Hawkins Ardeley I loved spending time with my friends at Fitz, but academically didn't achieve well! I have had 3 beautiful children and after re-sitting my GCSEs as an adult (16 years after leaving Fitz), I am now an access to higher education student and applying to do a Midwifery degree next year.
Vicki Steadman NOW Vicki Mardell Ardeley Fantastic Hairdresser and becoming a mum
Amy Webster Drakes   I work as a PA and Party Planner for a Social Medial Company in London and im also a Burlesque performer part time. I still live in Rayleigh with my boyfriend Ben
Robert Eastty Causton Really enjoyed my time and miss the old school days Went to college and uni, got my degree, worked in M&S and now for Southend Hospital.

2001

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
 

 

Charlotte Medlin NOW Charlotte Brand

 

Drakes Loved my time at Fitz! Learnt so much and made life long friends. Went on to college and ended up working in retail as a store manager. I am now a stay a home mum to 2 amazing kids!
Emma Hill Ardeley   I studied A-Levels in French, English Literature, Sociology and IT at SEEVIC, followed by a BA (hons) degree in French and Russian at Bath University. As part of my working life I studied for a CIMA Management Accountancy qualification and I’ve lived in France, Russia and the UK. I’m now settled in the UK with my partner and two children.

 

2002

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Alexandra Murphy Ardeley It was ok! I particularly enjoyed the drama productions! I have a BA and an MA. I am currently a primary school teacher in Southend.
Nicole Faulks Causton I have many good memories of my time at Fitz. Especially the various drama productions, concerts and school trips. They say school days are the best of your life, and they're right, I'd love to go do it all over again... maybe not the cross country though! I went to WHSG for sixth form before trying my hand at various jobs including becoming a dispensing optician. Finally in 2010 I decided on a total change and settled into a career on the railway where I have worked ever since.
Richard Kimmens Drakes   After Fitz I completed my A-levels at Seevic and then went to the University of Cambridge where I studied History.

 

2004

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Pete Tin Drakes I joined FitzWimarc in 2000. I actively participated in sports, especially rugby. Taking a keen interesting the sciences and mathematics. After completing A-Levels at Southend High School for Boys, I studied a Bachelors of Chemical Engineering followed by a Masters in Advanced Process Engineering at Loughborough University. Since graduating I have working in various roles withing the Oil & Gas industry, including offshore based roles in Aberdeen and refining in Coryton, Essex as a Process Engineer. I now work as a Senior Process Engineer at the Fawley Refinery in Southampton.

2006

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Clare Whitaker NOW Clare Laws Tyms   Transferred to sixth form at Southend high for girls then university and am now a neonatal intensive care nurse in Norfolk. Married with 2 beautiful children
Laura Cannon NOW Laura Arram Causton    

 

2010's

2012

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Sam Neal Drakes I had a fantastic time at FitzWimarc and the education I received has set me up for what I hope will be a successful career. The teaching staff were incredibly supportive of me, and I still keep in touch with some of them today. I was Head Boy in Year 11, and also heavily involved with the Music Department. Looking back, I really enjoyed my time at FitzWimarc and have some very fond memories. I went on to Southend High School for Boys to study my A-Levels and I am now 3 years in to a 5 year degree in Medicine up in not-so-sunny Aberdeen; training to be a doctor.
Jack Smith Causton Loved every minute of it and was part of an amazing 5 years of sport. Studied Physiotherapy at York St John University 2014-2017 and now working as a Physiotherapist on the intensive care unit at Southend University Hospital NHS Trust.

 

2013

Name (then and now) House Tell us about your time at FizWimarc Tell us what you have been doing since
Charlotte Mitchell Causton I remember the teachers all being so lovely and supportive, and making lessons so much fun. They always pushed you to do your best, and went out of their way to help you if you were struggling. I went to Westcliff High School for Girls Sixth Form, where I studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology. I wanted to go on to do an emergency-medicine based career, and so I did various first aid training and looked into my options at university. I didn't do very well in my A-Levels, but I applied to study Paramedic Science at St George's University of London, one of the leading UK universities for Paramedic Science and medical research. I'm now in my third (final) year of study, and will soon begin the application process to work as a paramedic with the London Ambulance Service.
Nathan Bull Ardeley I very much enjoyed my time at Fitz and I was part of winning the Friends of the Forces award in 2010! I am currently at South Essex College studying Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair!
Ben Coombes Ardeley Very enjoyable 5 years with a lot of amazing memories. I worked closely with Mrs Canham and a lot of fellow students notably Nathan Bull to fundraiser for various charities. I was fortunate enough to win the Friends of the Forces award and be a Olympic torchbearer in 2012. Many amazing memories at FitzWimarc. Since leaving Fitz I have continued with education. After colleague I have gone to university. I am in my final year of a law degree. After university I will starting a graduate city job.

 

Laura Cannon

 

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