GRAMMAR schools meant – and probably still mean – privilege to some.
In my youth you went either to grammar school or to the ‘secondary modern’.
I went to two – Huddersfield New College and, from the fourth form onwards, Mirfield Grammar School.
I didn’t feel privileged or superior and was surprised and shocked when, wandering home through London Park Estate in Mirfield, a group of secondary modern kids started shouting at us and began to throw stones at me.
Emily Sivyer is a researcher with Testimony Films, a social history documentary television company.
Testimony made the award-winning 7/7: Angels of Edgware Road for Channel 4, What Did You Do In The Great War Daddy for BBC4, and Horror On The Home Front for BBC2.
“I am researching a two part documentary for BBC4 on the history of grammar schools in Britain,” said Emily.
“We are keen to hear from readers who went to a grammar school or who taught in them.
“We are looking for memories between the late 1920s and the 1970s.
“We are especially interested in any stories of scholarship boys and girls from humble backgrounds who really benefited from a grammar school education.
“We are also interested in stories of inspirational teachers who may have helped shape the lives of the children they taught.”
But Emily also want stories from the dark side.
“We’d also like to hear from those who, for whatever reason, feel they didn’t enjoy or benefit from their grammar school education,” she added.
Contact Emily on 0117 925 8589, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or send a letter to Testimony Films, 12 Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RH.
Also send you memories to John Avison by phoning 01484 437719 or email email@example.com