Tony Walker
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Tony Walker

1975 to 1977


I attended TDS after transferring from the Wilfred Pickles School (also run by Scope) at the age of 14. Since leaving the school I have lost touch with everyone apart from one fellow transferee from WPS, although I did meet up with some former students at a WPS reunion about 8 years ago.

After leaving TDS I attended a clerical course at my local technical college here in Watford before getting a copy-typing job in the administration headquarters of the Engineering Industry Training Board.

During my time at the EITB, I continued my education at evening classes and gained a professional qualification in Data Processing Management. I also learnt to drive and subsequently passed the Institute of Advanced Motorists' advanced driving test and became a member of the Institute.

In 1991 I was made redundant and set up my own corporate chauffeur drive business. After a shaky start, I have now got an established and fairly successful business. I employ two drivers on a casual part-time basis and have just taken delivery of a new Mercedes. Most of the work is carried out on a contract basis for companies and organisations such as Strat-X, Avon Cosmetics, Deluxe Data and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The majority of my work involves airport transfers and driving clients into Central London for meetings and dinner functions, etc. It involves a lot of strange working hours!

As an aside, I heard about the new housing estate on the old TDS site. I had to collect a client from a house in Sevenoaks last November, and the school was mentioned in our conversation.