Bill Buckland remembers:
Early on A L Jones (Headmaster) talked to the male members of the fifth and sixth forms telling us that as young adults we were entitled, if not duty bound, to make decisions and bear responsibility for the same. He gave the example of membership of the ATC which he indicated was not the compulsory activity that we had always assumed it to be. Bert Hayden and I thought that we could more profitably spend the time studying than parading about in an uncomfortable uniform and decided to opt out. Mr Jones agreed that it was our right to do so just as it was his right to withhold any letters of recommendation etc. should we take this course. So, I continued my career in the ATC reaching the heights of corporal. Our officers were Fowles, Howells and Unsted the latter teaching navigation as the only interesting part. Even that did not make up for having to dress up in an uncomfortable uniform every Friday.
There were two levels for recruits, proficiency and advanced proficiency which could be obtained by taking ATC examinations or by passing O and A levels. As the only school troop we regularly came top of the heap in Gloucestershire because of GCE results. An attempt to show we could do as well in the ATC tests being a failure. Because of our elevated ranking we once provide the guard of honour at the annual Gloucestershire ATC parade at RAF Innsworth. All I remember was that it was a hot day and the uniforms hot and uncomfortable but the brass insisted that nothing should be done to make things more comfortable until people started dropping like flies. I noted also that the marching improved out of sight when we were led by an RAF band.
The other contribution by the ATC was the hut situated alongside the hedge at the top of the Barrels Pitch allotments. The wooden hut comprised two schoolrooms separated by a smaller locked armoury. One room served as an ordinary classroom with that extra bit mof freedom afforded by its slight isolation. The other was Miss Bint’s sewing room.