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The late Alec Weston had an original copy of the PGS Prospectus when C W H Richardson was the headmaster and this is also dated 1924. [School pictured in 1924]

This details the rules and conditions of all new pupils to the school when the fees for a term were Two Pounds, Three Shillings, and Eight Pence (2/3/8).

Rod Crook adds, "The PGS Prospectus for 1924 recently posted by the Editor is a great item for the Archive. In passing I also remember Alex Weston taking great pride in showing me a brightly coloured striped blazer dating from the 20s. It must have been for sporting occasions only-presumably worn with the straw hat referred to in the Prospectus and was probably a minority possession. A photograph of the blazer might be worth pursuing for the Archive.

A couple of points to notice. The fees remained similar up to the time they were phased out after the 1944 Edcation Act. In the early 1940s I think they stood at 2 pounds and 15 shillings a Term, as opposed to 2 pounds three shilling and eight pence twenty years before. This may not seem much to the reader today, but should be related to the typical family wage. This might represent perhaps 50% of a weeks wages, impossible for many famlies and very hard for others. The Twenties, as noted by the Editor were sometimes referred to as the ‘roaring twenties’ but this was the froth on the heap of Depression, poverty and unemployment. For the denizens of Prescot and environs it was not an easy time, and the 30s were no better. You could enter the School in Form 1 as a fee paying student after your 8th birthday, and remain a pay payer throughout, or enter in Form 3 after passing what was termed the ‘Scholarship Exam.’ Some of us changed status by taking the Scholarship Exam while already attending the Lower School. The Scholarship Exam was to become the ‘11 plus,’ and of course became the sole method of entry until the end of the Grammar School.

It is also interesting to notice that the Prospectus refers to 5 acres of land. This was of course the year of the change from the old High Street building to the St Helens Road site. Early in the life of the School it was intended that a Girls Grammar School would be created on the same site and the rest of the then farmland was purchased for the School. In other words the site many of you remember was much larger than 5 acres. For a fuller discussion see F.A.Bailey’s discussion in the 1944 volume or reprinted in that of 1994.

I like the bit about the four rules of Arithmetic-presumably these were addition, subtraction, multiplication and division?"

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