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ISBN: 9781841149974
AUTHOR: Trevor Hill
From Grammar to Park
From Grammar to Park
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This book tells the story of the first secondary school to be built by Devon County Council. An exquisite blend of archive sources and personal testimonies evokes a century of turbulent change - from 1910, when Barnstaple Grammar School opened at Newport, to 2010, when The Park Community School celebrates its centenary. Amusing anecdotes and rare photos bring to life a place dear to the hearts of generations of children.

The school has been dual-sex, single-sex and co-educational. It has charged fees, taken boarders, been highly selective and is finally comprehensive and free to all. Where pupils were once caned into submission, they now get a say in the recruitment of staff. Where a single building with just ten teachers and a telephone once served 105 pupils, a campus of buildings with 180 staff and 500 computers now serves 1500 pupils.

Such differences should not obscure the underlying continuities. Today’s students still wear a uniform with a crest and motto created in 1910. Inter-House rivalry is still strong, time-honoured gala events remain highlights of the calendar and parts of the modern site will still be uncannily familiar to pupils from long ago. The school retains the essential soul and spirit that has brought it through those hundred years.

Trevor Hill was born in Barnstaple and attended Barnstaple Boys Grammar School from 1961-68. He was caned twice and went on to gain more detentions than GCE’s. Reading University still accepted him and a Linguistics degree there led to a lectureship in Glasgow from 1972-78. In 1979 he moved to Bristol and somehow got into TV Production. He has since had an eventful career as a Producer and Director, including 16 years with BBC Television. His screen credits include ‘999’, ‘Vets in Practice’, ‘Comic Relief ’, ‘Holiday Swaps’ and ‘Antiques Roadshow’.

Trevor now lives in South Gloucester- shire but every ancestor he can trace was a North Devonian and the sight of the Albert Clock can still bring on the brogue. A school reunion in 2007 was the stimulus for writing this book.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 997 4, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published May 2010.

The Book of Barnstaple Vol 1 (pdf e-book)The Book of Barnstaple Vol 1 (pdf e-book) - £24.99
Nestling in a valley at the head of the River Taw estuary lies Barnstaple, one of Devon's oldest boroughs. It has a long history of sea trading and commercial enterprise as well as being the agricultural centre of North Devon - by Avril Stone.
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