Lack of Opportunity

Ronald Leedham: Certificates

Ronald Leedham was born in 1929 in India. His family moved back to England in 1931after Ronald contracted Polio. Ronald spent some years in Hospital as a young child after contracting Diptheria. When he was six he returned home to Catford for a short while to live with his father, eventually ending up living in ‘homes for crippled children’ run by the Shaftesbury Society, until he was sixteen.

Here Ronald talks about having no certification for exams from his school days.

  • Ronald Leedham
  • Ronald Leedham


We didn’t have – well at the end of each term we had an exam which I usually came near the top. I think I only came at the top once and that was in the last term there, but that didn’t really mean anything. We didn’t have – we didn’t come away with a piece of paper, it didn’t occur to them to give us a paper, I still to this day haven’t got a piece of paper that says I can read and write.

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