Some Schools by CJ (Jonty) Driver
26 Jul 2016
John Catt Educational Ltd has accepted for publication later this year what Jonty Driver describes as a “professional memoir”, an 80,000 word account of the various schools he worked in after his arrival in the U.K. in 1964, immediately after his release from detention in solitary confinement by the South African security police as a consequence of the two years he spent as President of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS).
The schools are: Sevenoaks (1964-5, 1967-73), Matthew Humberstone Comprehensive School (1973-8), Island Scholl, Hong Kong (1978-83), Berkhamsted School (1983-9), and Wellington College (1989-2000). The positions he held in those schools were: English teacher, then Hoiusemaster of the International Sixth Form Centre; Director of Sixth Form Studies; Principal; Headmaster; and Master (a Chinese friend, a stranger to English terminology, once murmured, “Downhill all the way”).
Some Schools has a foreword by Sir Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington 2006-2015.
About the author
CJ (“Jonty”) Driver was born and educated in South Africa. He was President of the anti-apartheid National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) in 1963-4, his term ending when he was detained for a period by the security police in solitary confinement, after which he moved to England. While he was a postgraduate student at Trinity College,
Oxford, his passport expired and the South African authorities at the time declined to renew it. He was stateless for five years before being granted British citizenship. All of his applications to visit South Africa were refused until 1992, when he began returning regularly. He retired as Master of Wellington College in 2000 and devoted himself to writing. He has published five novels, six books of poetry, a biography and two short memoirs, and has been honorary senior lecturer in the School of Literature and Creative Writing of the University of East Anglia since 2007. He was a judge for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2007 and 2008. He has held fellowships at Bogliasco (Italy), the McDowell Colony (USA) and in the Hawthornden Castle Writers Retreat (Scotland).
Date of Publication: September 2016
Publisher: John Catt Educational Ltd