Title: Marling School 1887 to 1987
Author: W.Oliver Wicks
A school is a community. An essential element in a good school is that it should instil into its members, both pupils and staff, a sense of belonging and a feeling of loyalty, without which no collection of individuals can truly be described as a community. The depth of loyalty which maybe felt towards one's school depends greatly on the traditions built up over the years of its existence. Traditions take a long time to build, but once established they form the essential character and ethos of the school, by which every member is influenced to a greater or lesser extent. There are many old Marlingtonians who readily acknowledge the debt they owe to their school and the privilege they had in sharing its traditions of scholarship, discipline, industry, self reliance, comradeship and fair play. If evidence be sought as to how highly the boys valued such qualities, one has to read extracts from some of the letters addressed to Headmaster H.W Carter by old boys serving their country during the Second World War. Until recently there seemed to be a very real prospect that the school would come to an end in its centenary year. Though that is no longer likely, the future remains uncertain. This book is an attempt to ensure that the ideals which have inspired the school throughout its history should not be entirely forgotten.
The book also contains a short history of the Stroud Craft School, later the Central School and later still the Secondary Technical School for Boys, with which Marling School was amalgamated in 1965.
W Oliver Wicks was born in Cinderford in 1913, the author was educated at Bilson School and Double View School. He went on to Monmouth School and Queen Mary College, University of London, where he took an honours degree in Classics. He taught Latin at Marling School between 1938 and 1977 apart from the war years, when he served with the Royal Air Force. He was also Second Master at Marling 1958 - 77. His three sons Michael, Alan and Robert were pupils at the school.
The book is in very good condition.
There is creasing on the inner sleeve of the dust jacket.
The book has green boards with gilt lettering to the spine.
There is some foxing to the upper edges of pages.
The book has been signed by the author as can be seen from pictures.
The dust jacket has wear on the upper end of the spine. The upper front edge of the dust jacket has wear.
Some of the upper corners of the pages have been creased.