Risinghill: Death of a Comprehensive School

© Leila Berg. Risinghill cover: Design by Philip Meheux and Malcolm Johnson.

The Book

Risinghill: Death of a Comprehensive School.

‘WILD SCHOOL IS TAMED BY LOVE’

‘DOES SPARING THE ROD BREED CRIME?’

‘PARENTS WILL FIGHT MOVE TO CLOSE SCHOOL’

The school which produced these headlines in 1964 and 1965 was Risinghill, a co-educational comprehensive in Islington.

This is its story, told often in the words of the pupils and parents, the story of its courageous headmaster, Michael Duane, and the story of its eventual closure. It is a passionate indictment of educational bureaucracy and bureaucrats, of intolerance and stupidity. It is a story in which the word ‘love’ occurs again and again, in neither a sentimental nor a titillating way, but as a key word in a basic conflict about the state education of children. It is a sad story, written in anger and without fear.

The Author

Leila Berg, born in Salford, has written many children’s books for various ages which are read in most countries. She has been children’s books editor, children’s books reviewer, and given talks to children, parents, teachers, and children’s librarians. She has had Youth Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament meetings, folk song sessions and a nursery school running in her house simultaneously.

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