I had just started at Mayfield when the whole school was evacuated to Suffolk in 1939. Miss Tappenden was Headmistresss and Miss Gobby was my teacher in 1A. Eventually, children started drifting back when no bombing seemed apparent. The school opened for half a day, and lessons were given in the locker room down below. We eventually got back to our classrooms, and managed to take in some chemistry, physics, algebra, geometry, and domestic science. But we had missed so much there was no way we could catch up, and all left school at age fourteen.