KES ARCHIVE
Timeline
King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon 1853-1997

 

 
Peter Morgan was a pupil of King Edward VI School between 1888 and 1890, and in 1976 - aged 98 - he recorded his memories of school life at the end of the nineteenth century.

Listen to clips from the recording in the Victorian School gallery.

 

The annual examination in the nineteenth-century school was conducted by an external examiner who produced a report for the governors

 

"This I believe to be the source of a certain reputation for roughness which the boys have acquired in the neighbourhood"
Find out what the schools inspector thought was the cause of the boys' poor behaviour from Mr Green's report of 1867

 

A history of the boarding side of the school from 1875-1936

 

The ten years that Robert Laffan was headmaster at Stratford, from 1885 to 1895, was a period of great development for the school

 

Helen C Black's interview of Mrs Laffan for the Ladies Pictorial periodical of 1893

 

The prosperity enjoyed by the school at the end of the Victorian period could not be taken for granted. During the early years of the twentieth-century much depended upon the personality of the headmaster in office, together with other practical considerations.

View the Edwardian Era gallery covering the years 1902 to 1914

 

KES Old Boys - turbulent beginnings, a history of the early years of the School's old boys association 1901-1919, by Richard Mallison

 

Edgar Cranmer, who lived to his hundredth year, recalls his schooldays, 1904-1908

 

Bill Norman's memories of his time as a pupil at the school between 1912-1916 include the punishments sometimes used

 

Gerald Jaggard recalls the staff he knew at the school during his time as a pupil, 1913-1920

 

Boys from all over the country were boarded at the school in the inter-war period. There was also an associated preparatory department which catered for boys too young to enter the main school.

The Boarding School gallery 1914-1945

 

Memories of a boarder, 1925-1934, by Joe Stephens

 

Denis Dyson, the master who came for a month and stayed for half a century, recalls the years 1926-1975

 

The life of a boarder at the school could involve enduring sometimes spartan conditions as Brian Walker recalls in Memories of a Boarder, 1931-1939

 

In a description of the new Physics Lab when it was opened in 1931 Denis Dyson enthuses about its facilities

 

Douglas Price recalls drama at KES between 1931 and 1933

 

Lilian Bowen, maid and cook at School House, reveals the other side of the 1930s boarding school

 

Tindal Leefe, pupil in the late 1930s, recalls some of the teaching staff at the school in a series of pen-portraits

 

Bill Collins, pupil 1938-1946, remembers the war years at school

 

The Education Act of 1944 saw for the first time in England and Wales the universal provision of state secondary education, and in Stratford KES was to participate in this provision. The school evolved from a fee-paying boarding school to one which admitted local day-boys free of charge on the basis of their results in the 'eleven-plus' examination.

The Education Act gallery 1945-1963

 

The Education Act of 1944, a review of the effect of this legislation on post-war secondary education, by Peter Bullock

 

Patrick Adams, French-master 1950-1988, recalls the decade of the fifties

 

Graham Cooper, pupil 1953-1960, recalls his first day at school

 

An appreciation of Tom Barnsley, geography and PE master 1925-1960, by Denis Dyson

 

The 'sixties and 'seventies saw not only changes of approach at the school but also a large rebuilding programme, necessitated by a growing sixth-form and made possible during a period when finances available to education were increasing.

Changing 'sixties gallery 1963-1981

 

Patrick Adams' memories of KES in the 1960s include some of the changes that this decade saw for the school

 

In 1964 the world's attention turned to Stratford-upon-Avon in order to celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth. The school's contribution was an entertainment called Playing Day at Stratford.

 

In an article from a 1969 issue of Warwickshire & Worcestershire life the newly finished buildings such as the sixth-form common room and covered swimming pool illustrate the modern aspect of the ancient school

 

School fetes such as this one described in 1971 could be impressive occasions, combining entertaining and educational displays with sideshows and stalls

 

Nicholas Colloff, pupil 1974-1981, gives a pithy account of his time at the school

 

Neville Mellon, headmaster 1981-1997, interviewed in 1981 on his views on education and his plans for the future of the school.

 

In Denis Dyson remembered Tim Raistrick recalls this schoolmaster's continuing association with the school during his retirement

 

 


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