In January 1971 a young, inexperienced teacher took up his position as Deputy Head of a Primary School in a small commuter-belt village not far from London.
The School was not what Nigel Allsop was expecting. The Head of St Patrick's, George Snaith, was involved in a number of unorthodox and illegal practices, only one of which is the focus of this book.
In March that year Allsop witnessed Snaith helping two children during a County-administered test and realised also that the same two children had clearly had unauthorised access to the detail of the papers beforehand ... courtesy of their private coach and temporary keeper of the tests, one George Snaith.
'Heads Will Roll' is the story of how Niall Allsop and his teaching colleagues went head to head with those in authority who had turned a blind eye to such practices at the School for years.
It is the story of a system that had hitherto opted for a quiet life rather than confront a man whom they knew to be corrupt, a man openly conspiring to cheat the system.
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About the Author
He left teaching to pursue a career as a photo-journalist specializing in the UK's inland waterways (navigable canals and rivers) and wrote extensively in this field as a contributor to several national magazines and author of a number of related titles.
Later he became a graphic designer and in the early 90s was the in-house designer for a publishing house specializing in photographic titles before becoming a freelance graphic designer.
In 2008 he and his wife Kay moved to Calabria, the toe of Italy where they enjoyed a sort of retirement in a small hilltop town and where they were the only English-speaking people.
In 2017 he and Kay moved to Co Clare in Ireland.
Niall Allsop is also the author of a number of books with Italian themes, including 'Keeping up with DH Lawrence', 'Stumbling through Italy' Scratching the toe of Italy', 'Thank you Uncle Sam' and 'Calabria' as well as another memoir, 'Experiencing Prostate Cancer'