Education Column: Give pupils the choice of grammar experience that spoke my language
Some of us from around Neepsend Gasworks, and Andrew’s Steelworks, passed the 11 plus from Hillfoot County to Firth Park Grammar, Marlcliffe Secondary and Central Technical Schools. Parents made sacrifices, helped by grants for uniforms, satchels and so on. Both Hillfoot County and FPGS had excellent teachers - most had served in the Forces, and weren’t just straight into teaching. Firth Park was a fortunate choice for me (1949-1956), because it was one of the best schools in England for languages.