chapter  11
The school within the community
ByJohn Watts
Pages 14

No school, not even an approved school, is totally isolated from its surrounding community. There is bound to be some correspondence, if only because the school relies on the local infrastructure and its maintenance, with consequent contact between teachers, students, delivery services and other agencies such as police, health departments and the suppliers of services including telecommunications and electricity. On the other hand, the monastic tradition, which runs strongly through the history of education, has resulted in a tendency for the teaching profession to isolate its pupils and institutions as far as possible from the hurly-burly of everyday life. It is not so long ago that the headmaster of any respectable public school would be expected to be in holy orders, and the quasi-religious trappings of maintained schools, including morning assembly, prayers and compulsory religious education, have all added to the otherworldliness of schools.