Any independent school – and certainly a Church one – will emphasise the importance of the physical, moral and spiritual development of its pupils. The great headmasters who ‘invented’ the public school tradition were agreed on this – notably Arnold of Rugby, Thring of Uppingham, Benson of Wellington and Percival of Clifton. For Arnold, there was no doubt about the hierarchy of values; for more than a century thereafter (he died in 1842) many schools and schoolmasters would have agreed that Christianity came first, gentlemanly conduct (and ‘playing the game’ literally and metaphorically) came second, and the things of the mind came last. It was not universally acknowledged. College at Winchester and at Eton, and great old day schools like Manchester Grammar, were self-aware breeding grounds for scholars.
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