Deputy Head of Furtherwick Park School Retires

Mercia Langstone 1979

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  • I remember her really well from my time at Furtherwick between 1969 and 1974.  Everyone was scared of her, she was certainly very tough.  However, she was my history teacher for a year or two and I remember her lessons were great and really drove my interest in history, which I went on to take at 6th form

    By Clive Pitts (14/09/2017)
  • I too remember Mrs. Langstone, and her deep powerful voice. I agree with Clive’s comment about here being scarey.

    By Gary Casson (16/09/2017)
  • Cant say I remember the lady but have great memories of Furtherwick Park.

    By glenn foley (08/10/2017)
  • I absolutely adored Mercia Langstone. She was my mentor when One is my Duke of Edinburgh Award, I looked forward to my one to one sessions with her. One of the original Blue Stockings, tough, strident and so very fair. I was at that school in the early to mid sixties.

    By Trudy Begg (09/03/2018)
  • I had joined the school having just returned from a naval secondment in Malta with my father. I didn’t have a regulation uniform and went to school in a green suade jacket and on my feet a pair of brown Hushpuppy brougues. Mercia Langstone of course called me into her office and talked to me about my lack of school uniform but agreed as my shoes were waterproof and lace up they were approved by her. A few weeks later she was sporting the same shoes…she obviously liked them!!!??

    By Trudy Begg (15/03/2018)
  • Miss Langstone was my favourite teacher. I had her for history and she was wonderful and really brought history to life. She was strict but very fair. She was also very kind. I had crushing exam nerves and she would have me in her office give me a cup of tea and a biscuit and calm me down before I had to go to the exam. She also really helped my friend who had problems with reading. If all teachers were allowed to be firm and teach like Miss Langstone it would be a better place.

    By Linda Danton-Vizor (21/03/2020)
  • Miss Langstone was a great teacher and a good sport as she proved in 1969 when we had a mixed end of year Cricket competition – teams were made up of pupils, staff and had to have one female teacher in the team – Miss Langston was in my team – she was allowed a runner – so we gave her my mate Terry Webb the SE Essex District 100m & 200m champion – great for quick singles – Terry was down the wicket like lightning so she achieved a good innings and was decent bat actually. Gavin Stevenson

    By Gavin Stevenson (23/02/2022)

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