Bishop failed to get English and Maths O-levels and 'ended up as a teacher'
His Grace is delighted that Bishop Peter overcame the hurdles, rejections and failures to rise to the highest echelons of Christian ministry. And he is equally delighted that the Bishop's sons all enjoy the noblest of professions. Presumably, Redland (teacher-training) College did not accept candidates without English and Maths O-level - even in the 1960s - and neither did Oak Hill Theological College - even in the 1970s. Did the bishop re-take his English and Maths O-levels? What provision was there for this in 1960?My Lords, I speak on behalf on the Church of England but on a personal note to begin with, I failed the 11-plus, went to a secondary modern and got five O-levels, not including English and maths. I ended up as a teacher.
I have three sons who teach and they thoroughly enjoy the profession they are in. I welcome the announcement, on behalf of the Church of England, and await more details of what it will mean for our schools. Our concerns about the Government's EBacc plans have always focused on the downgrading of religious education as a core subject. In modern society, understanding about faith has never been more important for both civic discourse and cultural enrichment and we eagerly await the findings of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education to be published next month.
Surely this isn't a case of 'Those who can, teach; those who can't, become bishops'?
There appears to be a cetain ambiguity here. His Grace read '..got five O-levels, not including English and maths' as an indication that the Bishop passed five O-levels but failed English and Maths. It has been suggested by communicant 'Unknown' below that the Bishop, in fact, secured seven O-levels, ie, five plus English and Maths. This being the case, why did he not simply tell Their Lordships that he 'got seven O-levels, including English and Maths'?
Either way, what a wonderful story of overcoming educational adversity.