The First Master: John Allen Giles and the City of London School (Hardback) by Terry Heard To be published August 2021
£20.00 special pre-publication price (RRP after publication £25.00)
On 2nd February 1837, City of London School opened its doors for the first time to 441 boys. Presiding over the opening was John Allen Giles, an engaging but prickly character, whose eventful life (including three years as the School’s first Headmaster) is chronicled in The First Master, written by Terry Heard, Old Citizen and former Second Master.
Drawing extensively on Giles’ diaries and memoirs, official records, letters, documents and newspaper accounts of this period in the School’s history, ‘The First Master’ gives a fascinating insight into the City fathers (who were obliged by Act of Parliament to establish the school), the First Master they chose to lead it, the staff they appointed and the dynamics between them all in this pioneering educational project.
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Profits from sales of the book will be donated to the John Carpenter Club’s Asquith Bursary Scheme, a registered charity.
Publisher: Terry Heard ISBN: 978-1-9168762-0-0 Number of pages: 240 Dimensions: 290 x 211 mm