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by Tom Grubb
Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:56 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: Katharine Watson
Replies: 8
Views: 7003

Re: Katharine Watson

I never knew her, but she was obviously a good soul. Could I dare as a newbie ask Tom Grubb a question through this thread? Please do! I have spent many weeks reading all the posts on this site and I do not know if Tom's parents put him into St. Vedast and what connection his parents may or may not...
by Tom Grubb
Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:17 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: Katharine Watson
Replies: 8
Views: 7003

Re: Katharine Watson

This is sad news. Katharine and I didn't agree on much but she was brave enough to join in the debate, which meant a lot.
by Tom Grubb
Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: 'Shame on You' by Clara Salaman
Replies: 104
Views: 81748

Re: 'Shame on You' by Clara Salaman

Daily Express 20/08/09: I AM STILL SO ANGRY ABOUT MY WRECKED CHILDHOOD

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/121 ... e-such-fun

(Not sure what this has to do with cycling being such fun!)

Thanks to my friend on Facebook for the link
by Tom Grubb
Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:46 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: 'Shame on You' by Clara Salaman
Replies: 104
Views: 81748

Re: 'Shame on You' by Clara Salaman

Just finished 'Shame on You'. What a wonderful book! It's a very emotional read. I found some passages, particularly descriptions of the school buildings and the mannerisms of certain teachers, quite painful to read because of the powerful memories they evoked. The more obviously fictional parts of ...
by Tom Grubb
Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:31 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: 'Shame on You' by Clara Salaman
Replies: 104
Views: 81748

Re: 'Shame on You' by Clara Salaman

How interesting! On the website link that Tom posted, the ERT says that she pulled out "because of the death of her son". Maybe that's the reason she gave them, I suppose, but if not, then they really are shameless in exploiting her personal tragedy to make themselves look better. I wonde...
by Tom Grubb
Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:01 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: 'Shame on You' by Clara Salaman
Replies: 104
Views: 81748

Re: 'Shame on You' by Clara Salaman

Yes, I sensed that she wanted to say much more but was hampered by "legal reasons". Interesting that she was interviewed by Libby Purves, who was scheduled to be a key speaker at a conference organised by the SES's Education Renaissance Trust back in 2006. She pulled out. http://www.educat...
by Tom Grubb
Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:39 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: 'Shame on You' by Clara Salaman
Replies: 104
Views: 81748

Re: Family values

I particularly like the quote about the need for suffering to be recognised. I think we all felt a sense of relief when Mr Townend actually acknowleged our suffering in the inquiry report, but then to have it ignored and even denied (despite all evidence) by the SES after we'd "swum around in ...
by Tom Grubb
Tue May 19, 2009 8:21 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: Biography of Leon MacLaren
Replies: 8
Views: 6918

Re: Biography of Leon MacLaren

There are number of passages which refer to the day schools, but the book makes it appear that he did not interfere too much and left those responsible to deal with their running. Hmm... I wonder. I have been told by a former St Vedast teacher that the 'harsh treatment' (i.e. vicious child abuse) t...
by Tom Grubb
Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:30 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: Biography of Leon MacLaren
Replies: 8
Views: 6918

Re: Biography of Leon MacLaren

Well, someone likes it so much that he's given it a five-star review before he's even finished reading it - on the British and the American Amazon site: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Power-Within-Leon-Maclaren-Memior/dp/1439210306/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239304051&sr=8-1 and http://www...
by Tom Grubb
Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:31 am
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: Biography of Leon MacLaren
Replies: 8
Views: 6918

Biography of Leon MacLaren

The MacLaren Foundation ( http://www.maclarenfoundation.net/index.asp ) have sent out the email below. If you can judge a book by its cover, this one looks like an uncritical hagiography. I hope I'm wrong. Dear All, We are pleased to announce that the biography of Leon MacLaren, The Power Within, Le...
by Tom Grubb
Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: How many people still read this Forum?
Replies: 38
Views: 28841

Re: How many people still read this Forum?

I still read this forum and would be VERY interested to hear about reforms in the SES.
by Tom Grubb
Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:34 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: Closure
Replies: 25
Views: 16462

Re: Closure

Pablo, I just want to say thank you for your brave posts. Reading them has been a moving and ultimately very positive experience for me and I'm sure that many other people have been, and will be, similarly affected by them.

Thank you!

Tom
by Tom Grubb
Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:24 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: The Wisdom of Nicholas Debenham
Replies: 6
Views: 7723

The Wisdom of Nicholas Debenham

Some pearls of wisdom from Noddy here:

http://www.stjamesinquiry.org/docs/24-10-89caningprobe.pdf

Please post your links to, or recollections of, further gems from Britain's least progressive ex-headmaster.
by Tom Grubb
Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: Housekeeping
Topic: Welcome to ses-forums.org!
Replies: 20
Views: 23764

Re: Welcome to the new board!

Hear, hear!
by Tom Grubb
Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:02 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: Art in Action
Replies: 4
Views: 3568

Nice find! It's ironic that the Times used to be the SES's favoured newspaper. Shame the article fizzles out so suddenly, though.

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