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Follow the Master’: A History of Heanor Grammar School

“Follow the Master: A History of Heanor Grammar School, 1893 – 1976” is the definitive account of the history of a well-known institution in the town.

Written after 2½ years research, by this site’s webmaster, Robert M. Mee, the history was first promised 34 years ago, in the last edition of the school magazine, The Heanorian. The school’s last headmaster, Geoffrey Stone, also took an active part in the writing and checking of the book.

Although it is nearly 50 years since the school closed, it is still well-remembered, and the buildings of 1912, along with subsequent extensions, still stand, though its future is in doubt now that it is being sold by Derby College.

The book itself has over 150 pages, and is illustrated throughout.

Chapters include:

Heanor and Early Education

Heanor Technical School – the Early Years

A New Century

The New School

War and Politics: 1910 – 1919

Stoddard’s Last Years – the 1920s

The 1930s and the War Years

Heanor Grammar School: 1945 – 1957

Expansion and Preparation for Change: 1957 – 1964

The Leicestershire Model: 1964 – 1973

The Final Reorganisation: 1973 – 1976

The Legacy

The cost of the book is £8.50, and it can be purchased locally, as well as at meetings of the Society. The book can also be ordered directly from this site.

If you would like to pay by cheque or postal order, please use the Contact Us page to send your details – we will return an email with the address to which you should send your order.

Alternatively, you can buy this book direct from us via the internet, paying by Debit or Credit card using PayPal – just click on the appropriate button below, making sure you select the correct postal area: UK, Europe or outside Europe. All prices include postage and packing (by airmail if overseas):


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