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  • #16
    Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
    did London LEAs have the letter first followed by the number, hence GH doing that?
    Do you mean ILEA territory? Outer London boroughs (Sutton, Hounslow, Enfield, etc.) functioned as their own LEAs with no central authority.

    A friend started at secondary school in September 1988. His form group was:

    1T1 for Y7. T was an abbreviation for the house name Talisman. There was another house called Vanguard, and two others he can't remember the names of.

    2RS for Y8. RS were the initials of his tutor, as form groups for Y7 and future students were no longer tied to houses, although everybody in 2RS was in Talisman.

    9RS to 11RS for Y9 to Y11. The new year group numbering system had been introduced when he started Y9.

    His younger brother started in September 1990 in form group 7SY. He was also in Talisman house but there were kids from all 4 houses in this form group.
    Last edited by Arran; 17-10-2021, 08:47.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Arran View Post

      Do you mean ILEA territory? Outer London boroughs (Sutton, Hounslow, Enfield, etc.) functioned as their own LEAs with no central authority.
      I just mean general Local Education Authorities wherever they happen to be.

      I know that the big comprehensive up the road (I think it's an academy these days) had around 1,750 pupils on roll in the early 1990s, and they had tutor groups like 1P1, 1P2, 1H1, 1H2 and so on which I assumed that the school had so many pupils that the forms had to be split into two. I never went to the school myself as a pupil, (however my local MP did, I believe!) - I used to attend a Saturday morning workshop at that place, hence getting an inside view of that school back then.
      I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
      There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
      I'm having so much fun
      My lucky number's one
      Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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      • #18
        ILEA was a special case of an education authority in the grand scheme of things. They had certain facilities - such as educational video production and a cable TV network - that other LEAs did not have.

        Was Grange Hill modeled around a school run by ILEA, or another specific LEA?

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Arran View Post
          ILEA was a special case of an education authority in the grand scheme of things. They had certain facilities - such as educational video production and a cable TV network - that other LEAs did not have.

          Was Grange Hill modeled around a school run by ILEA, or another specific LEA?
          In around 1986, McClucky often referred to the "LEA", usually in the Staffroom in the post-fire, "lessons in the hall and gym" episodes, referring to what happened to Brookdale after it closed down, and sometimes we got to see the blue entrance sign which said "Northam (?) Education Authority" or "Borough of Northam".
          I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
          There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
          I'm having so much fun
          My lucky number's one
          Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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          • #20
            Are there any other examples of entertainment where English year groups in schools are mentioned? There is plenty from the US with their year group numbering / naming system.

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            • #21
              I know that in the early 1990s Summer Bay High on Home and Away during the Donald Fisher era referred to Year 12 which I assumed was their (or Australia in general's) Sixth Form, so even Australia adopted it I assume, or perhaps it was even an Australian invention? Do we still refer to the Sixth Form over here? - we very rarely refer to it as Year 12, do we?
              I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
              There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
              I'm having so much fun
              My lucky number's one
              Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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              • #22
                Are any references made to year groups in Adrian Mole?

                What about children's dramas - such as those from CBBC and CITV? Press Gang ran from January 1989 to May 1993 and a secondary school was a central feature of the programme.

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                • #23
                  As Adrian Mole was 13 3/4, he would have been in the Third Year of Comprehensive School - I know that I was in the Third Year (Year 9) when I was that age, although despite that being the title of Sue Townsend's book, Mole was only that age for the start of the diary which ran in the book from January 1981 to April 1982 where it ended on the day after his 15th birthday. I know that it mentions that he starts the Fourth Year in September 1981. Incidentally, Mole and Townsend both had the same birthday, 2nd April which I believe was no coincidence. Mind you, I did see the Thames ITV series many years before I was given the book as a birthday present.

                  Thinking about other school-based programmes, Please Sir! focused on 5C, hence a Fifth Year form, and I assume that the To Sir, With Love also did the same year - Lulu was 18 when the film was made, I assume as she was born in 1948.

                  There was also the 1993-1994 Granada CITV series "three, seven, eleven" (usually written in lowercase a la tom thumb or dinnerladies, and was supposed to represent the different ages of starting, transferring and leaving Primary School) which I assume was supposed to be Grange Hill in a Primary School and was on Wednesdays around the same time as the GH Sunday morning repeats on BBC 2. This series was made after the real-life LEA changes to the numbering of school years, but on the other hand, were Primary Schools numbered Years 1 to 6 all along? I went to an Infants and a Juniors where the numbering was separate and that the Infants had a Class 1, Class 2, etc.

                  I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                  There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                  I'm having so much fun
                  My lucky number's one
                  Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
                    were Primary Schools numbered Years 1 to 6 all along?
                    I think consecutive numbers were uncommon, but further information is required. Splitting the school into infants and juniors seemed to be more common.

                    Note that the key stages are strongly aligned with the structure and organisation of schools in 1988, except for middle schools. I'm in favour of transferring Y9 to KS4 as many secondary schools now have some GCSE subject options at the start of Y9 whereas previously it took place at the start of Y10.

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                    • #25
                      There were some primary schools that numbered Y3 to Y6 as 1 to 4 with no references to junior, then used lower infants and upper infants for Y1 and Y2.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Arran View Post
                        There were some primary schools that numbered Y3 to Y6 as 1 to 4 with no references to junior, then used lower infants and upper infants for Y1 and Y2.
                        Yes my primary school did that
                        The only thing to look forward to is the past

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                        • #27
                          In Scotland, primary school years were referred to as Primary One, Primary Two, etc - I only found about about that system as a result of the Dunblane massacre happening in 1996.

                          Also, reading George Layton's The Balaclava Story, Layton referred as the protagonist to school years or classes as being Standard Three or Standard Four for grammar schools - Layton wrote his book in 1975 although it could have been as early as the late 1960s. I assume that northern grammar schools were referred to like that in the 1960s and 1970s? Anyone shed some light on that?
                          I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                          There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                          I'm having so much fun
                          My lucky number's one
                          Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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