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Creighton Report: Year in the Life of a Comprehensive Hardcover – 24 May 1976


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  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd; First Edition edition (24 May 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241894123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241894125
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,213,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 21 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I went to Creighton School (now renamed as Fortismere) from 1979 till 1980. However, I read the book back in 1978 (used to read a lot then. Some of my teachers figure in this book and I got an pre-insight about them. Creighton was a very successful comprehensive school situated in a very upmarket area of North London; Muswell Hill. It is the most sought school in the area for primary school leavers and has by far the most successful GCSE and A Level pass rate. This book is very informative and details how such a school managed to cope with Labour's massive revamp of the educational system in the 1970's from the secondary modern and grammar format to that of the comprehensive school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tanee58 on 19 Dec. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was in the 6th form when Hunter Davies spent some months at the school researching his articles for the Sunday Times, which led to this book. I remember us reading them at the time and feeling that whilst it was good journalism, and Hunter Davies is a very engaging and entertaining writer, it wasn't always a fair record of the school as we experienced it. There seemed to be too much emphasis on aspects and people who weren't truly representative of the school. However, it's now interesting to look back and see photos and accounts of the staff - some of whom would be in court today for their 'teaching methods'! It's a useful account of comprehensive education in the '70s.

Interestingly, it wasn't considered a good school at the time I started in 1969, as it had not long amalgamated to become a comprehensive and many people, including some of the staff who had worked at the grammar school, were not happy about the inclusion of secondary modern children; yet now, middle class parents fight tooth and nail to get in! How times change, and I guess it means that the 'experiment' worked!

I wrote voluminous diaries during those years, if I can find them, they would make an interesting comparison...
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