The school photograph

In this day and age, is the school photograph still a valuable use of time? Dr Bernard Trafford thinks it is

Last week our school managed briefly to step aside from the rush of purposeful activity that characterises September and even from the continuing flurry of reactions to the government’s Green Paper (which I won’t mention again!). Instead we looked inward to a pleasurable and intensely traditional event – the quinquennial whole-school photograph.

This term my school is the biggest it’s ever been, with more than 1,300 pupils aged seven to 18 and the best part of 200 teaching and support staff. For the team of photographers, then, it was no small undertaking to get so many people safely onto the enormous 11-level gantry that they had spent two hours erecting (and off it again).

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