The Headmaster’s Page

This is a verbatim extract from ‘SCOOP’ the Long Marston School magazine, which provides an interesting postscript to that momentous day in January 1941, when a bomb destroyed the school building.

Spring 1942

The past year has been a very momentous one for us all, especially for us as at school. To lose our school and much of its equipment on a winter’s evening was a hard blow, but to lose our Infants’ Teacher, Mrs Whelan as a result of the bombing was to turn what would have passed as a misfortune into a tragedy that brought the horrors of war to our doorsteps.

Mrs Whelan, like the rest of us, had her faults and failings, but there is one aspect of her work that I should like to place on record; for unfailing enthusiasm and keenness on her work, I have yet to meet her equal.

As a school we have been badly disorganised for twelve months and we do not yet seem to have come to the end of our troubles. Working as three separate buildings is a severe handicap but coupled with this has been the constant staff changes, still not settled.

Gordon Savage


One wonders about poor Mrs Whelan’s ‘faults and failings’ and ‘the constant staff changes’. Understandably this was not a happy time for Mr Savage.

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