"This is a fascinating memoir from the former head of three different types of secondary school. Starting in a boys' secondary modern in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the author was convinced that, with the support of the wider community - including its industries, sports clubs and cultural groups - his newly named modern school, still in its stark Victorian building, could not fail to provide a richly varied secondary education. Initiatives to develop high qualities of character and standards of behavior are described with reference to actual events in this first school, in a larger co-educational modern school in Maidstone, Kent and later in Yorkshire grammar school founded in 1592. His frequently challenging memoir will make any responsible adult question whether the contemporary secondary school system measures up to the task of educating our future citizens."Harris-Taylor, Herbert is the author of 'Head For Success What Secondary Schools Did Achieve and Still Can', published 2003 under ISBN 9781857767933 and ISBN 1857767934.