By G. McCulloch
Tracing the lifetime of Sir Cyril Norwood, one in every of England's such a lot widespread and influential educators, this booklet investigates the historic improvement of secondary schooling in England and Wales throughout the early 20th century. in this time, an everlasting perfect of secondary schooling linked to Sir Cyril Norwood became dominant. This used to be awarded because the real English culture of schooling, in response to the beliefs of the nice self sufficient or public faculties, and culminating within the so-called 1943 Norwood record at the secondary university curriculum and examinations. *Shortlisted for the Anne Bloomfield e-book Prize
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21 A more detailed report on the school itself, based on a visit and inspection by Bryce, highlighted the issues involved. 22 Norwood was also the sole teacher at the school. The supply of pupils from the local area was insufficient, partly because of the lack of a large center of population, but also because a government school took the children of the poor. Relatively few pupils therefore attended as day scholars. At the time of Bryce’s visit there were six foundation pupils who were taught free under the terms of the endowment and were usually selected from the local government school.
25 This was an ambitious notion at a time when the State had no clear role in establishing or supporting either grammar or public schools. 26 Thus the Revd Samuel Norwood was in a lonely and isolated position. He had no local trustees to support him, was the only teacher in his school, and was solely responsible for the maintenance of the boarders and the day scholars in his care. His only real assets were social respectability and tradition, each of which he cultivated assiduously. He was himself a respectable figure in the local community, with a BA degree from the University of London and a priesthood from the Bishop of Manchester, both awarded to him in 1867 soon after he took up his post in Whalley.
He was himself a respectable figure in the local community, with a BA degree from the University of London and a priesthood from the Bishop of Manchester, both awarded to him in 1867 soon after he took up his post in Whalley. 28 Norwood also had a sharp eye for the value of tradition, in particular for finding connections with well-established institutions such as the monarchy and the British Empire. He styled his school the Royal Grammar School, because of its foundational association with King Edward VI.