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History of the School

Francis Bacon School, St Albans was established in the early sixties at a temporary site in Alma Road before moving in 1963 to the purpose built facility in Drakes Drive.

Originally a Grammar School it started the transition to a comprehensive school in 1969.

The school no longer exists having been rebranded as the Samuel Ryder Academy in 2012 after a period in "special measures".

About this site

Let me say I have no feelings of nostalgia for my old school, only regrets that it could all have been so much better.

Like it or not, and I don't, I cannot deny it influenced my life. Of course, everything was so much different back then.

Any contributions to this site would be most welcome.

Ralph Lewis Franklin Sexton 1926-2016

He was the headmaster of FBS from it's establishment through to his retirement in 1988. He spent the latter years of his life in the Dorset village of Burton Bradstock. He died peacefully at Somerleigh Court Nursing Home, Dorchester on Monday 24th October 2016 aged 90...

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