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CORNALL, Peter (b 1930)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 PC
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: CORNALL, Peter (b 1930)
Date(s): 1954-1998
Level of description: collection
Extent: 5 boxes
Name of creator(s): Cornall | Peter | b 1930 | teacher and headmaster
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Peter Cornall (b 1930) trained as a teacher at the University of Oxford, qualifying in 1955, and went on to teach in comprehensive secondary schools in Oxfordshire (Chipping Norton), 1955-1959 and London (Crown Woods School, Eltham, 1959-1964). After three years as an education officer in Wiltshire (1964-1967) he became headteacher of comprehensive schools in Nottinghamshire (West Bridgford Grammar School, 1967-1972 ) and the Isle of Wight (Carisbrooke High School, 1972-1981). As County Chief Inspector of Schools in Cornwall (1981-1991) he created a full advisory service and promoted curriculum development and school review. He retired in 1991. Throughout his career Cornall retained an unswerving commitment to comprehensive secondary education. During 1992-1993 Cornall was Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Leicester, researching into 'value-added' and he remained a school governor and trustee of the Centre for the Study of Comprehensive Schools for several years.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Peter Cornall, 1954-1998, relating to all stages of his professional career, including talks, lectures and articles; internal administrative papers written for the schools in which he worked; materials written for circulation amongst colleagues and the wider world; and his own personal reflections. They reflect many of his personal educational interests including comprehensive education, curriculum development, internal school management, falling rolls, school headship, school self-evaluation, educational guidance, and value-added by schools. Also included is a report of a study visit made to the United States in 1963.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Arranged and listed by Peter Cornall himself before transfer to the archive.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Librarian or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Catalogue available.

Collection level description available on-line at the Institute of Education website

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by Peter Cornall in 2000 and 2001.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Created 11/14/2000, modified 12/5/2000

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