Farnborough Grammar School

Prospect Avenue, Farnborough, Hampshire

Telephone : Farnborough 539
The Jab
Dr. J.A. Bourne
Farnborough Grammar School came into existence in September 1936 when the Aldershot County High School outgrew its premises in Highfield Avenue and the boys were relocated to Farnborough. The A.C.H.S. building was new in 1912 although it was then called the Aldershot Secondary School. It was co-educational from 1912 through to 1936 and most of its male teaching staff transferred to Farnborough, among them their Headmaster, A.E. Chapman, and his deputy, F.G. Solloway. Mr. Solloway had been at Aldershot High since the day it opened.

A booklet written by school master Basil Jowett in 1957 to commemorate F.G.S.’s 21st anniversary provides a comprehensive history of the school and its predecessors.

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F.G.S. - 1954 to 1961

Site last updated 25th April 2017

This website is horribly dated. It started in 2002 with around 150 of my own FGS photos in an age of dial up internet. One of the design aims was to keep each page under 100 kilobytes in size. When former pupils submitted photos they had to be placed where they seemed to fit in best with the existing ones. Over the years that technique has resulted in a rather messy design.

17 years later the internet runs hundreds, thousands even, of times faster and most viewing is done on mobile devices.

This website makes no allowance for mobile viewing and the navigation is unduly complex catering as it does for those who back in 2002 didn’t want to download large images. So changes are afoot; it may take months, perhaps even years but a start must be made or nothing will ever get done.

The plan is to allow pages to scale all the way from a mobile phone screen to full HD. A practical problem is that some of the submitted images may not be available in sufficiently high resolution but little can be done about that.

For simplicity image pages will likely be shown as a vertical list with captions below. All the ‘click for enlarged versions’ must go. Some pages are designed in a way which cannot be made suitable for mobile viewing and will require a radical redesign. The emphasis will have to be on ease and simplicity or the job will never be finished.

Another thing that must go is the menu which is old and cumbersome and makes updating the site far more difficult than it needs to be. For ease of future maintenance files will be moved from .htm to .shtml. That may make some pages inaccessible for a while without manual URL editing.

Not ideal but modifying the site piece by piece is much more likely to result in the job being completed eventually than starting from scratch.

The old site - modified perhaps - should remain available from the Home button on the menu bar above. If all else fails a copy of the site frozen as at today’s date has been placed here.

The initial changes will not be visible to the viewer or possibly break the site completely, hard to forecast! This note will be updated at significant junctures.

MK. 13th July 2019

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