My Mum had a clear out (Part 3)

Yes, you're right! I have managed to drag out yet another blog post all about some 'stuff' my Mum had given me. We began with some Charlton related bits and pieces, then moved on to some primary school reports, and yes, you've guessed it, we now have my secondary school reports.

My secondary school education was in the early 80s, lots of things have changed. Not least fashion. No longer are you forced to wear leg warmers and walk about in big trousers saying 'you can't touch this!' – or was that just my old school? I think the first thing to say is that there are no predicted grades, just an effort grade, an attainment grade and a postion in class…

Bring back class positions...

Year 7….Form 1N….1982….

My form tutor was Mrs Warren, I vaguely remember her. She was a 'home economics' teacher and always wore a white tabard. I seemed to work pretty well, “…worked hard….worked well….satisfactory….works with interest..” Although I had a few issues when it came to exams, “…examination was disappointing…result lower than expected…does not do himself justice in examinations…”

Year 8….Form 2R…1983…

My form tutor this year was Mr Richards, Art teacher. After a disappointing first year in secondary school I think I began to get the hang of it, although still a bit up and down: “…shown improvement…improved this year…begun to do some work…relaxed his efforts of late…” Mr Richard's comment sort of summed the year up….

Think what he could achieve with greater effort!

Year 9…Form 3R…1984…

A few selected comments…

  • English – “could work harder…needs to set himself a higher standard”
  • Biology – “does not take his work seriously”
  • French – “satisfactory but unremarkable”
  • Physics – “casual approach to learning”

I'm hoping having picked options at the end of this year my reports will improve.

Year 10…Form 4P…1985…

I think the teachers have been a bit harsh….

“Philip needs to make greater effort”

“He would do better if he put more effort in”

“Philip has a lot of hard work to do to improve his standard from this unacceptably low level”

“Room for improvement”

This end of year report had As and Bs for effort and As and Bs for attainment. So slightly disappointed to have so many negative comments. Final year coming up, it's not too late to turn it around!

Year 11…Form 5P…1986…

I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that things didn't get any better. My Chemistry teacher summed it all up pretty well:

“Philip's apathetic attitude has produced predictable results”

I left school with 9 O Levels: 4 As and 5 Bs. But it probably could have been so much better….


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