Henry Pluckrose

The history of Prior Weston at its starting point under the headship of Henry Pluckrose. Strong links to our current practice at Prior Weston

“Education can only happen if there is partnership with all the people that are concerned with the young child.”

It’s child’s play, or is it? Prior Weston primary school, just a hopscotch away from London’s Barbican Centre, opened in the wake of the 1967 Plowden report looking at early years education. Henry Pluckrose was the school’s first headteacher, a forward-thinking educator who downplayed the traditional 'three Rs' in favour of some new ones - relaxation of bureaucracy and respect for the children. A warning to primary school teachers: watching this could make you laugh or cry…

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