First name/s: Lawrence John Charles
Last name: Norcross
Known names / nicknames: Lawrie
Date of birth: 14/04/1927
Year of birth: 1927
Life before Ruskin
Date and place of birth: 14 April 1927, Peterborough
Family: Father an Electrician, ‘who died young in a motorcycle crash’ (Daily Telegraph).
Work: Royal Navy (1940-1949), Print.
Politics/Trade union activity: Communist Party (in print industry).
Trade Union membership (at time of entry to Ruskin)
Life at Ruskin
Dates at Ruskin: 1952-1954
Source of funding: not known
Campaigns/political activity: Communist Party
Subjects studied at Ruskin: English.
Qualification: not known
Life after Ruskin
Education: Leeds University, BA English (graduated 1957)
Work: Secondary School Teaching, London (including Battersea County School). Headteacher Highbury Grove School 1974-1987
Politics/trade union activity: Labour Party, Conservative Party. Right-wing activism through involvement in Centre for Policy Studies, and Hillgate Group, as author of (e.g.) The ILEA: a Case for Reform (1981). Member of the National Council for Educational Standards, a campaigning group of the educational right.
Family: Married Margaret Wallace (1959). Three sons, one daughter
Place & date of death: “My father died on the 31st of January 2010, in Steyning, West Sussex, where he was living following the death of his wife the previous July.” (Joanna Norcross)
Date of death:
Year of death: 2010
Achievements / Publications
The ILEA: a Case for Reform (1981). Centre for Policy Studies
The ILEA after the Abolition of the GLC (1983). Centre for Policy Studies
Whose Schools, a Radical Manifesto (1985). (with Caroline Cox and others). The Hillgate Group.
Material in archives or already published articles
Obituaries : TES Newspaper on 26 February, 2010 by Adi Bloom; Daily Telegraph 27th April 2010; Islington Tribune 7th May 2010
Notes on Image/s
Image can be found in:
Daily Telegraph Obituary http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/7640159/Lawrence-Norcross.html
Comment of contributor/s and sources
Sources, as above, and as corrected by Joanna Norcross (daughter) 22nd October 2014.