What was it actually like at one of those much loved and much loathed (and now scarce) grammar schools? This largely autobiographical account of  life at one of these institutions, a girls’ grammar school in an  outer London suburb in the 1950s, recounts those distant days when grammar schools could rely on obedience and good behaviour from their pupils. The school in question was ‘good’, in the sense that it had good examination results and an orderly environment, but  this very achievement was accompanied by the avoidance of anything which might now describe as ‘difference’. In this category were working class pupils, popular culture and aspects of high culture which were divisive rather than cohesive. Was this really such a good school?


A Good School

The Women’s Press

London, 1991

ISBN 0 7043 4268 5