School work of Sarah Ensor, 1966-71
Sarah Ensor went to Chigwell Primary School and then Loughton School for Girls in Essex from 1966-71. She was interviewed for the Project and discussed the contents of the books, her school reports and the school timetable in the interview. Her 'Castles' project is nicely illustrated and very neatly written. Her history exercise books give a good impression of the typical curriculum in a girls' grammar school in the 1970s and the manner of teaching - they consist entirely of notes dictated in class. The curriculum started with ancient civilisations, then moved to the Crusades and the Renaissance, followed by the Tudors and Stuarts (unusually this is the earliest period of English history in the books). The O level course covered both English (sic) and European history from 1815-1939, including, memorably for Sarah, the persecution of the Jews and concentration camps of the Nazi period.