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Between the ages of eight and eighteen (from 1980–90), I attended Nottingham High School. I was the third generation of my family to go to the school, following my father and grandfather. Founded in 1513 by Dame Agnes Mellers, the school will be celebrating its 500th anniversary next year. There will be a series of events; I’m wondering whether to travel down to Nottingham to attend one or more of them, particularly the reunion weekend in mid-June.

Between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one, (from 1990–93), I attended the University of St Andrews. I was the first generation of my family to go to university, and I liked St Andrews so much that I’ve chosen to spend my life here. Founded in 1413, the university will be celebrating its 600th anniversary next year. There will be a series of events; no doubt I’ll be going to several of them.
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:01am on 02/05/2010 under , ,
I attended Nottingham High School from the age of eight to eighteen. It is an independent fee-paying day school, founded in 1513, that occupies an entertainingly Victorian building near Nottingham city centre.

I was bemused when reading this week’s Mind Your Languages column in The Spectator, where, referring to Ed Balls, it said that he “…was born in Norwich and went to a public school, Nottingham High…”

I never thought of the school I went to as a “public school”. Sure, it is a private school, but my compadres had parents in business, trade, the professions, and the civil service. I associate public schools with being the traditional old boarding schools like Eton and Harrow, with pupils an order of magnitude posher than anyone who went anywhere near Nottingham. I guess this is just prejudice and ignorance on my part.

Looking at what defines a public school, one traditional definition is those schools covered by the Public Schools Act 1868: Charterhouse School, Eton College, Harrow School, Merchant Taylors' School, Rugby School, Shrewsbury School, St Paul’s School
Westminster School, and Winchester College. A more modern definition seems to include all the schools that are members of the Headmasters’ Conference; well over two-hundred schools would be classed as “public schools” by this definition, and would therefore include Nottingham High School.

How would you define a public school?
location: KY16 8JY
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:01am on 02/05/2010 under , ,
I attended Nottingham High School from the age of eight to eighteen. It is an independent fee-paying day school, founded in 1513, that occupies an entertainingly Victorian building near Nottingham city centre.

I was bemused when reading this week’s Mind Your Languages column in The Spectator, where, referring to Ed Balls, it said that he “…was born in Norwich and went to a public school, Nottingham High…”

I never thought of the school I went to as a “public school”. Sure, it is a private school, but my compadres had parents in business, trade, the professions, and the civil service. I associate public schools with being the traditional old boarding schools like Eton and Harrow, with pupils an order of magnitude posher than anyone who went anywhere near Nottingham. I guess this is just prejudice and ignorance on my part.

Looking at what defines a public school, one traditional definition is those schools covered by the Public Schools Act 1868: Charterhouse School, Eton College, Harrow School, Merchant Taylors' School, Rugby School, Shrewsbury School, St Paul’s School
Westminster School, and Winchester College. A more modern definition seems to include all the schools that are members of the Headmasters’ Conference; well over two-hundred schools would be classed as “public schools” by this definition, and would therefore include Nottingham High School.

How would you define a public school?
location: KY16 8JY

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