Pierrepont School, Frensham: Records
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- Ref No: 7747
- Repository: Surrey History Centre, Woking
- Date: 1947-2005
- Format: Archives
- Admin History: Pierrepont School, formerly Pierrepont House School, was founded in 1947 by Thomas Joyce Parry as an independent school for boys. Parry had moved to Surrey from Petton Hall, Shropshire. While at Pierrepont, he set up the School Corps (Combined Cadet Force) and being its first commanding officer became known as 'Major Parry'. He retired from the school in 1955. The Combined Cadet Force was established in 1948 to persuade schoolboys to undertake pre-service training before embarking on a period of National Service. The CCF formed a major part in establishing the school's character, continuing long after compulsory National Service ended in the 1960s. Set up initially with only an Army section, a Royal Air Force section was formed in 1970 and a Royal Navy section in 1983. The training syllabus included leadership, adventure, first aid and personal survival training. The school's motto, 'A Posse ad Esse' (From Possibility To Realization), epitomised the CCF's and the school's main aspiration, to offer a sound, all-round general education while simultaneously developing pupils' characters through outdoor activities. Financial costs and constraints took their toll in the late 1980s and the need to build a new craft, technology and design centre, combined with the takeover of St George's Preparatory School in Farnham, contributed to the financial burden and the school eventually closed in 1993.
- Level: Collection
- Access Status: Open
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