April 1921 saw a teachers strike - but
the Headmaster, of course, manned his post.
A record was made in the log, as well as the need for Emergency
Although there are no very early
pictures in the Archives themselves (other than the contents of
school magazines), this picture from the School Record shows
that early on the School had established a football team.
The School Record, of course, was
established in Mr. J. C Lowe's time - and there is no note as to
where this picture came from - or why it is there! But we're
glad that it is.
And in September, Mr. Field received
notification that the Board of Education would consent to an
increase in accommodation and 53 new boys were admitted.
This page is also historically
important as it also shows that Malcolm Muggeridge worked at
the school briefly as an 18-year old Supply Teacher.
On this occasion he was only at the
school between 12 September and 16 September, but returned again in
1922 and 1924. (See Timeline 1922
and Timeline 1924 for information
on Muggeridge's subsequent period of teaching at John Ruskin
Born in 1903, Malcolm Muggeridge has become one of the notable figures of
the 20th Century. He is well-known as an author, journalist, media
personality and, in his later years, a leading spokesman for Christianity.
His upbringing was, as he termed it, "socialist;" his father was involved
in politics and served as a member of Parliament. He attended Cambridge
University, and after his graduation in 1924, went to India as a teacher.
He returned to his native England in 1927, where he married Katherine
(Kitty) Dobbs and worked as a substitute teacher. After six months, the
young couple moved to Egypt to assume another teaching post. It was here
in Egypt that Muggeridge's career as a journalist began in earnest, a life
of writing that would include work for the Manchester Guardian,
Calcutta Statesman, Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph and other
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