Doreen Evans now Goodall brought a very early prospectus to the reunion on 24th April I hope to receive a copy yo update soon.
A big thank you to Jeremy Howarth for the Prospectus from 1960.
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Greenmore College is an Independent School for boys and girls to the age of 19 with its own Primary and Kindergarten Departments. It is situated in the pleasant leafy Edgbaston district of Birmingham, and is within easy access by public transport of the city centre, the suburbs and surrounding towns.
Briefly, the purpose of the School is to provide a good general education from the Kindergarten to University entrance. Our staff is stable and weJJ-qualified, our classes are small and homogenious, and our equipment and facilities more than adequate. Under these conditions we expect children to take an interest in learning and we wish to encourage the initiative to study. We endeavour to develop in each child trustworthiness, industry, and self- confidence. Manners, a sense of duty, and a pride in oneself are emphasized.
The training given has the advantage of being inde- pendent of State control, and free from the limitations which inevitably attend any grant from public funds. This freedom also affords opportunities for the observation and direction of individual character, and for a real and lively interest in each child’s special requirements.
Every modern movement in education is closely followed by the Principal and Head teachers, and those which promise best to serve the purpose of an intelligent preparation for life are adopted.
There is a separate Prospectus available on request for each of the other branches of Greenmore College Ltd.
Principal of the College
The aims of the College, apart from the imparting of knowledge in the classroom are:
To provide the kind of environment which is best suited to individual and social development.
To stimulate and guide healthy growth in this environment.
To enable children to acquire the habits, skills, know- led:ge-, inter~t and attitudes of mind which they will need for a full and useful life.
To set standards of behaviour, effort, and attainment, by which they can measure thejr own conduct.
A Main School Building
The ultimate aim in this Independent Grammar School is to prepare the pupils for the General Certificate of Education, both at ‘0’ and ‘A’ levels. Excellent results have been obtained in recent years. Last year for example, 217 ‘0’ level subject passes were gained by some 60 candidates. Advanced level pupils are regarded as under- graduates and tuition is on a tutorial basis. The College is recognized by Oxford University as a local centre for the G.C.E.
Younger pupils take the College of Preceptors’ Examination, and last year 48 full Certificates and 21 Statements were obtained.
Special efforts are made to prepare all pupils for the professional, technical or business life to follow, and this is best done by laying the firm foundation of a liberal and sound English education.
The Headmaster, Mr. R. Horton, taking an ‘A’ Level Group in Chemistry
With this end in view, the curriculum and courses of study are so formed as to bring out such important qualities of character and mind as honesty, alertness, initiative, sense of duty, and, above all, the quiet confidence of a well. stored mind.
For those intending to take up a career in commerce,
provision is made for Secretarial Training, either as part of the main academic course, or in the entirely separate and
distinct Secretarial Academy which prepares young people for worthwhile appointments in business, the civil service and the professions. The Careers’ Department is under the guidance of the Senior History Master, R. W. N. Vellacott, B.A. (Cantab.).
Special provision is made for those children who, through illness or other causes, are somewhat below the required standard for their age.
A Middle School Girls’ Form
– English Language and Literature; Mathematics; History; Geography; French; General Science; Physiology and Hygiene; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; German; Latin; Scripture; Arts & Crafts; Woodwork; Physical Education and Games; Dancing; Singing and Music Appreciation; Speech Training.
Daily, except Saturday: 9.10 a.m.-12.30 p.m. 1.45 p.m.- 3.45 p.m.
Morning break from 10.50 a.m.-II.IO a.m. during which free milk is served and biscuits and snacks may be bought at the Tuck Shop. There is no afternoon break.
A Form of 3rd Year Boys
Entry Children are admitted to the main school at any age between 11 and 18 according to the places available. Children who are admitted to the Junior School are auto- matically ensured of a place in the main school until the age of 16 or 19.
Grading tests are taken by all entrants on the Saturday preceding the first day of the Michaelmas Term, and are used for the purposes of classification so that children are placed in appropriate forms.
The Assembly Hall
The main school buildings include some seven houses containing thirty classrooms, library, woodwork shop, assembly hall, gymnasium, lecture theatre, art and crafts rooms, prefects’ common rooms and laboratories, covered and heated swimming pool.
An extensive re-building programme is under way and the construction of new science laboratories is about to begin.
Physical Education and Games
The College Playing Fields are situated in Edgbaston Road (adjoining the County Cricket Ground) and in Bristol Road, and provide facilities well above the average for Independent Schools. Boys play soccer, cricket, tennis and netball. Girls play hockey, netball, rounders and tennis.
An Artist’s impression of the new Swimming Pool
Shower baths are available for pupils. All forms receive swimming instruction. Athletic Sports and a Swimming Gala are held each year.
At the Independent Schools’ Association Athletic Sports at the University Track, Greenmore has won the Championship Trophy on four occasions since the meeting was inaugurated in 1955.
Art and Crafts
Specially equipped rooms have been allocated for instruction in all branches of Art and Crafts, including Woodwork.
A Dramatic Production
Music and Singing
A Music room has been installed where pupils are taught the rudiments of music and singing. Pianoforte is taught as an optional extra. A choral recital is a highly appreciated part of the Annual Speech Day celebrations which are held at the Birmingham Town Hall.
Physical and Natural Sciences
In the earlier years, general science is taken with the object of stimulating and satisfying the children’s interest in the world around them. A spirit of enquiry is fostered through activities in the laboratories, in the College garden, and in the many acres of grounds.
Later the separate subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Biology are taken, and, at A level, tuition is individual and tutorial.
A Fifth Fornl Tutorial Group
Sound and Visual Aids The College uses the latest visual and aural educational aids. Classrooms are wired for reception of B.B.C. Broadcast lessons. Two large screen television sets are in daily use to take advantage of the Schools’ T. V. programmes.
In addition to a 16 mm. Sound Projector there are film strip and micro-projectors, and an electronic tape-recorder assists considerably in speech training.
On the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the College, the Parent-Teacher Association presented a well-furnished
Stationery and Text-books As soon as grading has been completed a book-list is given to each pupil. Books are then purchased by the pupil (second-hand books are available in many cases from school stocks).
A small initial allocation of stationery is made at the commencement of the academic year or on entering the College, and this is covered by the normal fees. Additional stationery is purchased as required from the College stores.
Educational Visits Organized educational visits are regarded as an essential part of the College curriculum. Each year several parties of pupils are taken on Continental visits. Recent trips have been made to France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Sweden.
Bren Gun Training
The School has a small Cadet Corps which boys may apply to join at the age of 13. Annual camp is held each summer.
Health The healthy attitude of a child’s mind depends very largely on a vigorous and healthy body, and for that reason an active interest is taken in the physical well-being of our pupils.
A first-aid and rest room is available and the staff includes a State Registered Nurse. In addition, our own Medical Officer is at our disposal when required in case of accident or sudden illness.
Clubs and Societies Pupils are encouraged to join at least one of the various out-of-school activities. For pupils in the Middle and Upper school a mixed Youth Club meets on Friday evenings from 7 p.m.-9.30 p.m. Experienced teachers are in charge.
A Sixth Form Study
Lunch is served during the mid-day break in the School Canteen. The charge for main meal and sweet is 2/-. Weekly and termly tickets are available, at some saving of cost.
Pupils not requiring a main meal are able to purchase snacks, and arrangements are also made for pupils who bring their own lunches.
The College Tuck Shop is open throughout the mid-day break.
Homework It must be realized, that steady and consistent work away from the College is an excellent guide as to wh~ther or not the student understands the previous day’s work. Neatness, thoroughness and concentration in homework are great factors in success. In the main school a time-table is given to each pupil, and homework should occupy about
The Under 15 XI (winners of the Docker Shield)
one or two hours each day (according to age). Parents who find that students take either much more, or much less, than the prescribed time are requested to communicate with the Principal.
All parents automatically join this important associa- tion, which forges such a close connecting link between parents and staff. The annual subscription is 2/6 for one or both parents.
Meetings are held each month during term, and, in addition, parents are invited to meet form and specialist teachers to discuss any problems affecting the children.
Interviews with Principal
The Principal, Vice-Principal and Headmaster, can be seen only by previous appointment. For appointment please telephone CALthorpe 3053 or CALthorpe 1777.
The Headmaster with Form 3
The Junior School 7 – 11 +
It is the aim of the Junior School to develop a sense of unselfishness, honesty and courage, to equip each child with a well-balanced judgement, to develop a spirit of perseverence and effective control, to teach the children to increase their natural alertness, and to provide a general education which shall be a satisfactory form of preparation for the years ahead.
A thorough training is given in all school subjects, and every effort is made that the teaching shall not be mechanical, but that the children shall be taught to observe and reason for themselves.
At the conclusion of the course the children should be able to express themselves with ease and confidence, and to have reached a standard high enough to enable them to benefit from the more formal teaching when they begin an academic course leading to the General Certificate of Education.
It is found that they pass with perfect ease into the Main Schoo], with its more advanced work and greater responsibilities.