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I am writing an account of my early life a part of which concerns my education.

In 1954 I took the 11+ exam at my local school in Kimberley, Nottingham, and was notified that I had passed and was offered a place at Newark Magnus Grammar School, which was accepted.

Letter. (42746900)
Letter. (42746900)

This would have entailed a five-mile bus journey into Nottingham from where a school bus would have taken me to Newark.

I was later offered and accepted a place at my local grammar school, Henry Mellish.

Looking back now, I realise that this daily journey to Newark in all weathers would have been very difficult and extra-curricular activities, for example, would have been impossible.

This was in the times of ‘smog’ events in which, on occasion, we were forced to walk home from school. Difficult enough from Bulwell, what would have happened in Newark?

I am writing to ask if my home in Kimberley was really in the catchment area for Magnus Grammar School or had there been a mistake of some kind?

Perhaps one of your readers might know. I have contacted the school but without response. ­— Harry Burton, via email.

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