The little village school in Maisiemore is now closed. But from 1920 to 1950 it was visited almost every week by interested groups from the UK and overseas who wanted to study the teaching methods inside and outside the classroom. Alfred Driver became, aged 23, its headmaster in 1915 and his contributions brought this little school to international recognition. Inspiring.
If you were told that from about 1920 to 1950 a school in Gloucestershire was visited almost every week by interested groups from all over the UK and many from abroad who wanted to study the teaching methods inside and outside the classroom, which school would you think it was? And if you were told that the Secretary of Gloucestershire Education Committee wrote in 1921 that this school 'goes as near attaining an ideal as any School can go', you would probably still think of the several very distinguished schools in the county. But think again, for in 1929 a government inspector reported, 'This happy little village school is a live community where a full life is provided for the children whose response to the inspiring leadership of the Head Master is completely loyal.' The village is Maisemore and Peas, Pigs & Poetry describes how Alfred Edgar Driver, who became headmaster at the age of twenty-three in 1915, brought Maisemore Church of England School to national and international recognition. Furthermore, the book covers the many contributions that Mr Driver made to village life through the parish council, in sport, and as the founder of the Pig and Poultry Club for adults. It is a moving and inspiring story of the difference one man can make in the lives of many.