Oundle and The English Public School - Raymond FlowerLondon: Stacey International, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Maps ; Title page vignette; Appendices ; Plans;
From the cover: “Public schools are Britain’s most conspicuous contribution to modern education. Raymond Flower has written a vivid, entertaining history of the daily life of the Oundle Schools, from endowment in the Elizabethan age, to the present day. He sets his narrative in the larger context of English history and society.
Oundle rightly celebrates its history and traditions. Yet the School, then and now, has consistently looked to the future. The commanding figure of F. W. Sanderson — H. G. Wells’s ‘great man’ — stands out, at the turn of the century, as the headmaster whose inspired innovations in the teaching of the sciences, and whose emphasis on collaboration over competition, finding out over rote learning, are central to Oundle’s inheritance today.
For many decades Oundle has been as well-equipped as any school in England: the computer centre (first of its kind in any school), laboratories, workshops, studios, the sports hall and the Cripps Library blend happily with the School’s seventeenth-century mansions, the Cloisters and Sanderson’s great buildings.
In Oundle and the English Public School the author compares Oundle with the ‘great’ public schools where, in the nineteenth century, fagging, caning and schoolboy revolutions were the order of the day. He explores the mystique and the myths of public school life, from Tom Brown’s Schooldays to the cult of games, when sportsmen were the grandees of every school. And he gives a full account of the period of transition during and after the Second World War when, in a changing society, the public schools have also transformed themselves.”