Letter from the Principal 1964

By 1964 Wolsey Hall was already well-established as a provider of distance learning courses – we’d been going for seventy years! So much has changed since then, particularly the technology that we use to deliver a high-quality education to our students (at the time this prospectus was printed, for instance, we had a huge mail room to sort through all the correspondence from students; nowadays everything’s done online). But as this letter from principal Ernest M. Shaw Fletcher shows, our fundamental beliefs have remained consistent throughout the years. We hoped then, and certainly continue to hope, that “students who study at home with the help of our courses really master their subjects and not only gain the knowledge required to pass examinations and take degrees, but acquire also the wider knowledge which fits them for senior positions in government, industry, commerce and higher education in all parts of the world.” Here’s a transcription of the letter:

On behalf of all our staff I welcome you to Wolsey Hall. We strike this personal note at the outset because we feel that much of the success of our students can be ascribed to the links forged between each Wolsey Hall student, his tutors and the staff of the college. Individual attention, which is so important to students, is an integral part of all Wolsey Hall tuition.

For seventy years now we have proved at Wolsey Hall that students who study at home with the help of our courses really master their subjects and not only gain the knowledge required to pass examinations and take degrees, but acquire also the wider knowledge which fits them for senior positions in government, industry, commerce and higher education in all parts of the world. Many of our former students now hold such position, and their status is in itself a credit to Wolsey Hall and its method of teaching.

You will find in these pages answers to many of your questions about Wolsey Hall. You may study for the G.C.E. examinations or prepare for a London University degree; you can prepare for professional examinations or take up an independent study course simply for your own pleasure and enlightenment.

Whatever you aim, please do not hesitate to write for advice. Our fully qualified staff are always ready to answer your questions and what may seem a difficulty to you may only be a minute’s work for us.

Let me say finally that by seeking Wolsey Hall’s help with your studies, you are giving yourself the best possible chance of success.”

[Signed Ernest M. Shaw Fletcher, Principal]

Letter from the principal of Wolsey Hall, 1964

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