After St John's Junior School, I moved to Ings Road Secondary Modern, having not fared too well in the entrance examination for Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, (or 'Quegs' as it was known.) To be honest, I didn't try too hard as I didn't like the very staid, old-fashioned and somewhat intimidating atmosphere surrounding Quegs. A very large school with dark, neo-gothic architecture, it felt cold and unfriendly. Instead I was packed off to Ings Road Secondary Modern School which, while smaller than Quegs, still had a disciplinarian air about it.