Mike Cassels Joins Us
Our latest old boy to join the Register is Mike Cassels from Sheffield (1967 – 1972) who emailed us with a query which I am sure somebody will have the answer to:
I’ve just been browsing the CVTHS site and wanted to ask you a quick question please to settle a debate I’ve been having with a few fellow old boys. I started at Cray Valley in 1967, but I don’t think I’ve ever known why I went there or what the process was that took me there. I know I sat the 11 plus exam, but I don’t think I’ve ever known whether I passed or failed it. It’s not a big deal at all and I can’t say I’ve ever been bothered about it but I’m curious. My older brother went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School and I’ve never really known why some sort of magical sorting hat sent me somewhere else – but maybe it’s a truth I’m better off not knowing! I never asked my parents and unfortunately, it’s now too late.
So my question is whether you know what the entry criteria for the school were around the late 1960s – was it only open to boys who had passed the 11 plus (as my friend Colin Wilkins thinks) or did it have a broader intake?
I can’t see anything that answers this on the history and wondered if you knew.
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