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1945 to 1965

the history of Leyton and Leytonstone

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State education was reorganised.  Nationally the divide deepened between the lower middle class of clerks, shop-owners and so on, hoping to get their children through the ’11 Plus’ examination to a grammar school education and certificate qualification with no fees payable, and the upper middle class for whom public school education was the norm, including doctors, barristers, solicitors, architects and other professionals.  Forest School (photo below), just over the borough border in Walthamstow became a true public school in 1947.  

Forest School

The school leaving age was raised to 15 with effect from 1st April 1947 1.

1  Leyton Youth Employment Committee Twenty-Fourth Annual Report / Year ended 31st July, 1948