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Allen House

Fay AllenAllen House 

House Master Mr Tubb
 

Our House Core values are:

- Bravery

Determination

Perseverance 

Our House is named after:

Sislin Fay Allen

Fay Allen,  was the first non-white woman police constable in the United Kingdom, serving in the Metropolitan Police in London from 1968 to 1972.

Allen was born in Jamaica. She qualified as a state registered nurse and worked at the Queen's Hospital, Croydon.

In 1968 saw a recruitment advertisement in the newspaper, applied, and was selected. The first black male officer, Norwell Roberts, had only joined the Metropolitan Police the previous year.

"On the day I joined I nearly broke a leg trying to run away from reporters," she told an interviewer later. "I realised then that I was a history maker. But I didn't set out to make history; I just wanted a change of direction."

After training at Peel House she was posted to Fell Road police station in Croydon, where she lived, on 29 April 1968, aged 29.

She experienced more prejudice from the black community than from her colleagues or from white people in Croydon, and was met largely with curiosity and considerable interest from the media, although the Metropolitan Police did receive some racist mail about her appointment, which initially made her consider whether she wanted to remain in the force. After a year in Croydon, she was posted to the Missing Persons Bureau at Scotland Yard for a while before being transferred back to
(En.wikipedia.org, n.d.)