Journals Higher Education



Published: 04 January 2011

256 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719025815

Bookseller Code (06)


Public Schools and Private Education

The Clarendon Commission 1861-64 and the Public Schools Acts

Colin Shrosbree

Published by Manchester University Press

  • An analysis of the great public schools in Britain which throws light on the whole basis and structure of English secondary education
  • Shows the central importance of the Clarendon Commission, brought about by the schools' attempts at reform, the defence of the Classics, public criticism of Eton, European ideas and foreign economic competition Demonstrtates how the Public Schools Act created a separate school system for the benefit of Eton and how the House of Lords sought to establish that system for the upper classes Shows claearly how the fee-paying, class-based principles of the Clarendon Commission influenced the other grammar schools and how the Public Schools Act reduced the influence of local parents, leading instead to new governors being appointed nationally In the final analysis shows how the loss to the State system of the public schools and the impoverishment of national education caused by the class divisions of Victorian legislation have between them caused subsequent discussion of Englsih education to be so bitter and controversial