Hungerford's council school must have bulged at the seams when it peaked at 626 on its roll in the late 1950s. So it must have been with great relief that
the then headmaster of the council school, Mr. John Davies, transferred 290 senior children to the new secondary school, the John O'Gaunt School in Priory Road when it opened in
The NWN of 3 Jan 1963 reported "Hungerford's new secondary school opens on Thursday about three months ahead of schedule. Headmaster is mr Rex Chesney with Mr
N E Fox as deputy head."
The opening days were not without incident! In January 1963 there was deep snow for two weeks, and as a result only 120 of the expected 430 pupils made it into
school - none from Lambourn. On the second day the boiler broke down, and the school had to be closed for two weeks!
The NWN reported 13 Feb 1964 "Anyone wishing to see the latest - if not the ultimate - in secondary school building should visit the John o'Gaunt School in
Hungeford, Built at a cost of £214,760, it was opened only last June by Berkshire's Lord Lieutenant, the Hon David Smith. Taking children from Hungeford and Lambourn areas, as well as
part of Wiltshire, the scjhool opened with 430 pupils on roll. Now there are 550, and the number is expected to increase to 600 by next September."
Mr Rex Chesney, a Cambridge graduate, was the first headmaster. He remained in post until December 1974. The following term was an inter-regnum with Mr Norman
Fox, the current deputy head being acting head.
Mr David Lee was Headmaster between Easter 1975 and December 1989 (apart from a four term secondment from Easter 1985 to September 1986, when Keith
McClellan was acting head). The school became a Comprehensive School in September 1975 with the first intake of the whole ability range.
Mrs Monica Darroch was acting head for a term from January 1990 to Easter 1990.
After this came Jeff Dawkins (1990-1993), and then Marcia Twelftree (now Dame Marcia for services to education including her Government advisory work whilst
Head of Charters School) between 1993 and July 1997. Another inter regnum at this time was Tim Royle who is now (2010) head at Highdown School, Reading.
The next head was Mrs Lin Bartlett, who was head between January 1998 and July 2008.
The John O'Gaunt became a Community Technical College in 2003. See
- "School's future is assured by new technology status", NWN 12 Jun
- "Head's pride at school's improvement",
NWN 19 Jun 2003.
Mr Neil Spurdell was appointed Headmaster in April 2009.
The College had 633 pupils on the roll in 2009.