In 1937, I won a place to a grammar school – but it was not a free one. Although I was a scholarship boy, my father had to pay a fee, which was rescinded when he joined the Army at the outbreak of World War 2. The 1944 Act was the first one to make grammar school education completely free when it was later introduced by the Attlee government.

Later, teaching in a grammar school myself, I had great pleasure in teaching 14 and 15 year olds who transferred from the local Secondary Modern. One of them became a headmaster. No surprise then that all my four children went to a grammar school, two of them later to my own college.