Records of Erkenwald Comprehensive School, 1931-1989

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1931 – 1989


15 bound volumes




This collection comprises the admissions registers (1931-1989) and log books (1931-1970) of Erkenwald Comprehensive School, formerly known as Erkenwald Senior School.


Erkenwald Comprehensive School (formally known as Erkenwald Senior School), situated on Marlborough Road, Barking was opened by Barking Education Committee in 1931. This school amalgamated with Parsloes Manor School and Mayesbrook Secondary School to create Sydney Russell Comprehensive School in 1990.

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Open to research.

Conditions governing reproduction

At the discretion of the Borough Archivist.

Physical description

Bound volumes.



Catalogued by Clare Sexton, Assistant Archivist in accordance with ISAD(G).

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16 thoughts on “Records of Erkenwald Comprehensive School, 1931-1989

    1. Hi Andrew
      Erkenwald was the name of the man who established Barking Abbey in 666AD. He founded Barking Abbey for his sister Ethelburga and he founded an abbey at Chertsey for himself. Both Erkenwald and Ethelburga were later made saints.

  1. I was wondering if the local schools Erkenwald and Maysbrook comprehensive Were church funded establishments when they were founded.

    1. No. Both were LEA schools. Despite Erkenwald being a saint the school was not a church school. Mayesbrook Comprehensive was the replacement of the SE Essex Technical School.

    2. Hi David. Were you at Erkenwalds from 1957? I knew a David Cox and recall our ‘fistycuffs’. Best wishes. Peter Fitz.

  2. My mum went to Erkenwald school and left in the early 1940s. Mum lived in Ilchester Rd nearby mum left that school in 1946.mum started work at 14 the following year. Her name was Mavis Crewe. Would love to hear from anybody who knew her.

    1. Hello Valerie, I can’t recall your family name all our family, went too Erkenwald School Mum and Dad included, I left in 1960, and we all lived in Ilchester road, number 64, regards, John.

    1. Secondary schools in the area had seen falling numbers on roll for several years. The Council finally got to grips with the issue of excess school places and in 1990 closed Erkenwald, Mayesbrook and Parsloes Manor Schools and replaced them with the Sydney Russell School on the Parsloes Manor site ( formerly Dagenham County High School.

      1. Hi Mr Batten, I was at Erkenwald when you taught history. I was in Mr. Clifford’s tutor group & was a bit of a waster . I only really enjoyed English with Mr Neal & French with Miss Churchill.
        How are you? Barbara Scott

  3. Have you got the account my Mother Violet Clarke, nee Bates wrote about the school when it first opened ? She was there in the 1930’s. She lived at 21 Lillechurch road for 80 years

  4. I am Dave Charnick,i left the school in 1956,MR Bull was my teacher i was football crazy.their was Mr foley
    who used to dress up as a women on Barking carnival day THe teachers Mr Primmer,Mr Sargent,Mr Thomas
    Known as Taffy ,THeir Mr Slade ,My Mumford Known as Molly,Mr Parneil,Mr Wood,Mr Birket,and Mr Hart.
    Mr Otageri known as the otter.Mr Bascus,and the head master was Mr Lenard,i had the stick more than once
    from him Mr White was their as well,

    1. i left erky in 1961, but my uncle john wells left some years earlier. I remember all the teachers you quote, they were good old days all in all, i still hold onto skills learnt in metalwork/woodwork class, best thing about a sec mod school? colin garner

  5. Hi. I was in Erkenwald boys A stream from 1957 to 1960. Headmaster was Mr Ball. I remember teachers Foley, Sargeant, Housego, Mumford and Otageri, the later was also the local scout master and I recall the scout camping holiday in Lyme Regis, Dorset one summer. My brother David Fitzsimon (sadly deceased 1999) was at Erkenwald from circa 1955-1959 and became headboy. Great school days which installed in David and I solid values and a good grounding for our subsequent relatively successful careers. I heard this week from one of my sons (Roger) that an old classmate Dave Runnalls was trying to contact me and other classmates as he and Henry “Harry” Daley were trying to enlarge the circle of their old classmates through Facebook and had posted a class photo of us all. I also recall amongst classmates Aldridge (mind the slug in the lettuce), Kinset, Jones, Jenkins, Howe, Cox, Huff, Hesketh, Ford, Bell, Dell… I tried and failed to sign up to Facebook and am now blocked probably due to my change of surname c 20 years ago (changed my name to Fitzwilliam following the death of William my father… Fitzwilliam meaning ‘son of William). Best wishes to all my ‘old’ classmates and I hope the last 60 years have been good for you and yours. Peter.

  6. Hi I went to erkenwald from 1979 – 1983 my name is Andrew Emerson does anyone remember me or have any idea about anyone else who was there. It would be great to hear from them

  7. Hi I was also at erkenwald leaving 1964 I think
    I also remember the scout trip to lime regihave tried to find out we’re we actually camped but have given up
    Good memories

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Start date1931
End date1989