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When this book was researched/published, few comprehensive schools had told their story. Community historian, Ruth I Johns, researched and gathered its history, which includes changes in education policy and practice 1966-1998. Contributors include the First Head Teacher and students over more than three decades. The school's early history was influenced by many students from newly immigrant families and by changes to its catchment area due to demolition of 300 acres of St Ann's district. The human stories offer humour as well. Ruth I Johns undertook work with Year 9 students which is included in the book. At the book's 1998 School launch, all students were given a copy of the book to take home to families/carers represented at the School. Like all Plowright Press books, this one continues to be used for research purposes.
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Well-reviewed in local Press and on radio. All launch of the book was deliberately inclusive of the school's students and not 'over their heads'.About the Author:
The Editor, Ruth I Johns, has written much about St Ann's, Nottingham. She has known this much maligned district well since 1965. Her people's history of St Ann's over almost a century is becoming a classic history of an inner-city. See St Ann's Nottingham: inner-city voices by Ruth I Johns ISBN 9780954312718 [Plowright Press. 2nd Edition 2006] www.plowrightpress.co.uk Ruth I Johns has spent the past two decades creating opportunities for people to have voice without exploitation. Her work is informed by her earlier experiences of how local communities' self-help initiatives are persistently despoiled through Government or commercial dominance and/or greed.
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