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Whatever happened to Holland Park?

People often ask me what my old school, Holland Park comprehensive, was like and what it is like now. For the moment, I will direct people to Michele Hanson’s excellent article in The Guardian about the school in recent years. Enough said.

I will be returning to this subject again, in this, Holland Park’s fiftieth year.

4 Responses to Whatever happened to Holland Park?

  1. I wrote about Michele Hanson’s piece on Holland Park School (where my own children are in the 6th form) on my own blog: sonofabook.blogspot.com. I’m also at present trying to interest agents/publishers in the work of Leila Berg – who wrote about A.S. Neill and other education innovators in the England and the UK in the 60s and 70s, as well as many glorious books for and about children (such as Look at Kids) and a classic autobiographical book. No one, of course, is biting. Leila is now in her 90s, and not one of her books is in print. A feature on her life and work in the Guardian would be timely, and might help to rekindle interest.

  2. I went to Holland Park School – leaving in 1971. It was a wonderful school then – full of excitement for the future, and promoting endless “yet unthought of” possibilities to this teenager. Having lived abroad all of my adult life, I have not followed the changes at Holland Park. However, I thought the web would be full of information about the school – sadly even the wiki entry is wrong. I am sad to see so little interest in the school – I remember it fondly and well!

  3. I went to Holland park in the 60’s and now I am older and I talk to younger people I do realise what an amazing school it was then. It was new and innovative and because it was the first comprehensive it had loads of money poured into it and it showed. I have really good grammer and learnt to speak English properly and write it. I can still speak French quite well as we had an amazing language laboratory. The sports on offer were incredible as well and what I found best of all is that it gave me a really good social education, which I think is as important as the academic side of school. I came from a working class background, but had family who were incredibly bright, I learnt to mix with higher class children and it has stood me in good stead in life. I have a good speaking voice and can mix with anyone. It was a great school and when I tell people the facilities that we had, people think I went to a private school. My son went there in the 1980’s and excelled academically..he went back a few times to give talks to the pupils about university life. Happy days.

  4. I went to Holland park school the year after it opened and coming from a poor background(my mother was widowed and had eight children) I thoroughly enjoyed the school and was possibly over awed with the size of the school where else could someone from my background be taught music,art,pottery,carpentry,metalwork along with the three r’s also history and geography.I went the manual way and became a plumber lead roofer and later a heating engineer.I loved the pottery (hands on) and music and now wished I pursued the music more. I now sixty seven year old and have no regrets
    M I Morgan

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