‘Get a blue and you will see your money back again’: staffing and marketing the English prep school, 1890–1912
AbstractThis article explores the ways in which English prep schools were staffed and marketed in the years before the First World War. Its aim more specifically is to employ a biographical approach to consider the emphasis that the schools placed upon sport, and in particular the extent to which they recruited Oxford and Cambridge Blues as teachers (and/or as coaches). It will be suggested that while prep schools certainly placed enormous emphasis upon sport, few of them employed Blues; and that even the small number which did, generally did so only on a part-time, seasonal or casual basis – and made virtually no mention of them in their marketing.
CitationHistory of Education, vol. 43, No. 3, 2014, pp. 355-367
PublisherCambridge University Press
JournalHistory of Education
SponsorsFaculty of Social Sciences
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