|1973: Aunt Sally at William Tyndale summer fete
Aelfthryth was committed passionately to
state education and the comprehensive system which was general in the 1970s
and '80s, particularly in London under the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA).
Our four children between them went to William Tyndale Infant and Junior
Schools, Laycock Primary School, Islington Green Comprehensive and Pimlico Comprehensive.
Aelfthryth was a manager at William Tyndale (1973-76), a governor at Laycock (1989-2000), and was active
on the parent's committee supporting the Special Music Course at Pimlico. She was also a volunteer in the 1970s, with her
friend Veronica Linklater, at the Pentonville Wives and Families Centre which looked after families visiting the prison. Aelfthryth's
commitment to progressive education did not however blind her to defects in the
system as her family encountered them, and one head-teacher described her as "more
than usually committed" to the education of her own children. In the case of
William Tyndale Junior School, Aelfthryth was one of a small number of managers who became very concerned at developments
there, and this is discussed further in the link below.