Saturday, 9 April 2016

'No flair but he plods on'

In the interests of accountability and full disclosure, here are quotes (all genuine) from my school reports between 1959 and 1964 (which I found last night while looking for something else):

1959 He is a neat, reliable worker.

1960 Rather slow progress.

1961 With more practice he should improve.
Moderate. He does not think fast enough.
He tries hard but is sometimes disappointingly inaccurate.
Rather slow. A more incisive approach would help.

1962 There are signs of improvement.
Trying hard but finds the work difficult. Never really shows his ability in exams. Working under stress seems to worry him.
Quality at the moment not impressive.
He finds advanced work difficult but has time on his side.

1963 No flair but he plods on.
Slow progress.
Rather pedestrian pace so far.
Elementary mistakes mar his compositions. Much ground remains to be covered.
Moderate standard but time is still on his side.
He plods on but finds none of the work easy.

1964 Works hard but the syllabus has become a tall order.
He has made progress but much of his work is below the standard required.
He is doing good work though a little slow.
Less confused but still not readily capable with grammar.
He is an excellent Scout, Secretary both of Library and Bird Club. He has played good rugger. His reading at the Carol Service was quite splendid.

3 comments:

Poetry Pleases! said...

Dear Charles

I always got straight 'A's at school and still turned into a total failure. Perhaps I peaked too early!

Best wishes from Simon R. Gladdish

Beverley Bie Brahic said...

Reminds me of a story I heard in the staff room of a French school where I used to teach, about a boy whose teachers told him year in year out he'd never amount to anything. He got in to the Ecole Polytechnique, France's most prestigious institution for mathematics and physics. He went back to his old secondary school to tell them of his success and one former teacher said 'If I hadn't been so tough on you, you'd never have got in.'

billoo said...

Charles, that reminded me of Fingerbobs.."slowly, steadily.."

Changing topic slightly, I wondered if you saw this:

http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2016/04/06/alice-spawls/the-rise-of-the-non-book-book/

Thought it was quite interesting. Was at the old Dillons last summer and was perplexed to see that fiction had been moved upstairs.