JOHN LENNON | School detention sheet, 1954-55
QUARRY BANK HIGH SCHOOL DETENTION SHEET
lined leaf torn from a detention book, 228 x 175mm, inscribed at the top "Lennon" and with 22 entries in various hands in pencil, red ink, and blue ink, each entry dated, with a summary of Lennon's misdemeanour ("No book and very idle", "Continuous silly behaviour in class", "Denying an offence committed", "late + complete idleness", etc.), the initials of the teacher issuing the reprimand, and marked to show punishment completed, 15 March to 18 May , with the misdemeanours of another student (Lympany) on the verso
[with:] Letter of provenance by Paul Brown, laboratory technician at Quarry Bank School from 1975 to 1982
John Lennon attended Quarry Bank Grammar School between 1952 and 1957. A rebellious nature, contempt for authority, caustic wit, and an irresistible desire to perform are characteristics that make a rock and roll star. They are less conducive to a successful school career. 22 detentions in under eight weeks is an impressive record of misbehaviour and is consistent with a school career littered with teachers' complaints of lack of interest, clowning around, and refusal to focus his energy and intelligence on his school work.
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