Martin Preuveneer's August 2007 Archive Visit
JRGS Alumni Society

The Croydon Archives:

H. M. Inspectors School Reports
for 1949 and 1963

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In August 2007, Martin Preuveneers (JRGS 1958-65) visited the Local Studies Library and the Croydon Archives housed in the Town Hall, looking for memories from his time at the school.
   He unearthed two important documents: Report by H. M. Inspectors for 1949 and Report by H. M. Inspectors for 1963, both of which are reproduced here. Click on a thumbnail to view each page.

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We have also included here multi-page PDF files: 1949 Report | 1963 Report [Warning: these are 3MB in size.]

Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) adds: The 1963 Report was made while I was in the Lower-Sixth. It is interesting that the Inspectors had criticisms (page 3) of the way in which pushing a U/University form into the Sixth a year early unbalanced the rest of the year group, which suffered as a result - something I always felt myself - and I am sure some staff did.
   The Inspectors also saw that the buildings, though only eight years old at the time, were beginning to wear because of economies in 1955 (page 2) - no wonder that by 1990 it was due for demolition.
   I am pleased that Alan Murray's department's teaching is described as "scholarly and humane" (page 7) and Ronald Pearce is described on page 10 as leading his Maths department "with a cheerful, but effective, competence". I assume that it is Mr. Pearce referred to on page 9 with regard to the lessons in Russian - I had forgotten that - though I do remember Mr. Murphy going on a course to teach Russian at about this stage.
   I was surprised to read on page 13 that the Art room had poor lighting - I don't recall that - I wonder what others think?
   The careers breakdown on page 18 was useful.

Viewing the Croydon Archives

The Archives can be viewed by anybody who has an interest in the school. However, since all documents have to be retrieved from storage, please give at least one week's notice of any intended visit. Contact archivist Chris Bennett via email.
   To help people decide what they might like to look at, Chris has created a more detailed list in PDF format of exactly what is available. If you are planning a personal visits to view the material, this document also provides full details of how to contact Chris, as well as Archive opening hours.

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