The famous at Haslingfield School
A number of former pupils and other people connected with the local school have enjoyed local celebrity, but a number of people who have passed through the school gates have enjoyed national, indeed, international fame.
Frederic William Henry Myers (1843–1901) was an inspector who paid regular visits to the school in the 1870s. Wikipedia records that he was a classical scholar, poet, philosopher, and a president of the Society for Psychical Research. Myers was the son of Rev. Frederic Myers and brother of poet Ernest Myers. He was educated at Cheltenham College, and Trinity College, Cambridge where he received a B.A. in 1865.
In 1900 Frederic William Henry Myers was president of the Society for Psychical Research. In 1903, after Myers death, Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death was compiled and published. It was two large volumes at 1,360 pages in length, which presented an overview of Myers’ research into the unconscious mind. Myers believed that a theory of consciousness must be part of a unified model of mind, which derive from the full range of human experience, including not only normal psychological phenomena but also the wide variety of abnormal and “supernormal” phenomena. Frederic Myers may be regarded as an “important early depth psychologist”, and his significant influence on colleagues like William James, Pierre Janet, and Théodore Flournoy and also Carl G. Jung has been well documented.
The County Education Secretary in the 1930s and 1940s, Henry Morris, was also a regular visitor to the school. He was responsible for developing the concept of the village college, of secondary schools that fulfilled a social and educational function not only to its children but also to its whole community. The Cambridge model, beginning with Sawston and Impington Village Colleges, was much copied in England and in many parts of the world.
Finally, how many of you knew that Rado Robert Klose, a pupil at the school between 1950 and 1956, was a founder member of Pink Floyd?
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