Mr. Tibbet’s Catholic School

Charles Cole blogs about what looks like a fascinating book about a Catholic choir school in England.

Mr Tibbits’s Catholic School tells the story of St Philip’s School, founded at the request of the Oratory Fathers by the intrepid and eccentric Mr Tibbits in 1930s South Kensington. This small Roman Catholic School for boys aged 7-13 provides a wealth of stories which are humorous, moving and poignant, beautifully told by Ysenda Maxtone Graham.

The book’s preface was written by A.N. Wilson and appeared as an article in The Spectator. Julian Fellowes, former pupil of St Philip’s and author of Downton Abbey writes in the Afterword: ‘We loved one teacher in particular who received, via a telegram delivered to him in class, the news of his father’s death and consequent inheritance. With a cry of ‘Yippee!’ he flung the cable into the air, jumped up, left the room and was never seen again.’