Today's London Daily Mail contains an article about a young Paul McCartney's "dry and dismissive" school report card from the Liverpool Institute. This valuable piece of memorabilia has just been put on the market by the former parent-governor of "the Innie", Gabriel Muies, who who has decided to sell the document "if the price is right". By right, the document should have been destroyed when the Liverpool Institute closed. (As you no doubt recall, Sir Paul re-opened the school seven years ago as the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.) At the time of the school's closing, the Education Department ordered that all record cards were to be shredded. Obviously, Mr. Muies, who was involved in closing process, didn't exactly follow these instructions, but he says:
"I've had it all these years, but I might let it go now. If Sir Paul wants to have a look at it for old time's sake, he's welcome to come and see it any time."The report card states that McCartney, James Paul (son of cotton classer James McCartney) was admitted to the Institute in 1953. Having passed his 11-plus examination at the Joseph Williams Primary School , young paul was placed in form 3C . Although he applied himself to his lessons, he was primarily interested in music, composing his first songs at the age of 14. Sir Paul's sixth-form tutor, Jack Sweeney evaluated his student this way:
"He was clearly a very bright pupil, but he had a lot of demands on his time. He would have passed all his subjects if he had not been touring. He was very confident about his own abilities and was a very popular member of his form."The report card states that young Paul had mixed success in his O-level examinations. In 1957, he passed Spanish but failed Latin. In 1958 he passed English Language, Art, and Mathematics, but failed History, Geography, Scripture, and German. During his final year, he passed A-level English, but only managed an O-level pass (just above a fail) in his Art A-level.
Under Occupation Taken Up, the master wrote: "Working in Hamburg. One of the "Beatles" 1962-63 (pop singers).
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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