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A booklet like this doesn’t come together without a considerable amount of effort on the part of a great many people. Since September 2008 the project has evolved continuously.

What you hold in your hand now has its origins with the student research group put together by Rob Major and Rhona Gregson. They helped to trawl the excellent school archive for material and decided the form this publication should take. Several of them went the extra mile to get what we needed and to write it up. Some of the words you read in our booklet are theirs. Especial mention must be made of Andrew Bell, Harry Good, Lauren Griffiths, Alex Jacobs, Chelsie Rainsford and Ellen Wright. 

Contributors came from far and wide. Some, like Mr Wiskar’s daughter, Mrs Ruth Cairns, proved to be a last minute treasure. Without her help, and the words of Mary Haynes (Miss ‘All), the profile of Mr Wiskar would have been a sterile piece. Mr Cozens and Mr Baker not only contributed their own thoughts on paper, but kindly came into school to be interviewed by four of the afore mentioned students. Ms Knight also contributed her part in the life of the school in her own words and through interview. Other members of staff were interviewed or otherwise encouraged to revisit memory lane. Derek Coward, Kathy Bell, Adrian Erricker, Barbara Pearson, Marta Riddle, Sylvia Staples and John Carter are amongst those who were bearded in their den, and only issues of time and space, or commendable self-effacement, stopped us getting to others. 

Beyond the school confines, ex-staff like Mrs M. Walmsley and Jeff Holliday offered help, and Andrew Haviland was tracked down in Devon and fulfilled one more task at the behest of his erstwhile Head. Ex-pupils Alison McKenna, now mother of two children at the school, the Cornwell family, Roger Coupe, and the Disley family, offered lovely memories of a school in touch with its community. 

Without the support of Paul Moralee (how did you escape interview?) and Sarah Judd, some contacts just wouldn’t have been made at all. Stella Halloran, Chair of Governors, offered the Governors’ perspective. 

And finally, but only chronologically, mention must be made of Chris Kiernan, to whom the editor should have talked at the outset, Dataforms Chartered Press, and Stewart Sutters at Greybox Graphic Design. 

To all of the above, and to all those, past and present, who make Glebelands a fine school, many thanks.