The Eaton Diary of London    2001  

Chalk and Cheese

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Friday, March 23, 2001 - From Chalk to Cheese.

After the two days at Chalk Farm, I was ready to head home, or pursue another line of work entirely. But mercifully, the next day I was invited for an interview at another school. It was much further away from our accommodation, so I hesitated, but thought a train ride to some outer suburbs would do me good. Besides, on the map, there were many green playing fields surrounding this school, so I thought that might be a positive sign. It took me and hour and half to get there, but it was worth it. This school and the previous one are like chalk and cheese.

The Queen Elizabeth Boys Grammar School was established in the 1500ís, by a decree from Queen Elizabeth I. There is significant competition to get into this school, whereas at Chalk Farm, they seemed to be competing to get out! It has extensive grounds and beautifully maintained old stone buildings, and a lovely new music suite, with 2 large rehearsal and teaching rooms and several smaller practice rooms and offices. They have 3 fulltime music staff and a well-established curriculum and resources. Their Head of Music is going on maternity leave and another of the 3 is moving up north to be Head of Music at a school closer to her home. They were happy to offer me 4 and later 5 days a week starting after Easter, and I accepted happily.

 

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