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23rd June, 2016

Sutcliffe: Stuart's school report card goes on display

The Beatles Story, Liverpool has marked what would have been Stuart Sutcliffe’s 76th birthday by unveiling his school report card at the attraction.

The school report card has been loaned by The Prescot School, where Stuart was a pupil from 1951-1956. The somewhat scathing report doubts Stuart’s academic abilities describing him as possessing ‘some imagination but little evidence of future distinction’.

Stuart Sutcliffe was born in Edinburgh on 23rd June 1940 before the family relocated to Liverpool when Stuart was three years old. He attended Park View Primary School before moving on to Prescot Grammar School, which is now named The Prescot School.


Often hailed as the fifth Beatle, at the age of 16 Stuart was accepted into Liverpool College of Art, where he met John Lennon. John encouraged Stuart to purchase a guitar with money made from the sale of one of his paintings and as the Beatles’ first bassist, Stuart started to learn how to play the instrument.

Stuart travelled with the band to Hamburg, where they began to hone their performing skills. While in Germany, Stuart met photographer Astrid Kirchherr, fell in love, and the pair were engaged within two months of meeting one another.

In 1961, Stuart left the band to focus on his true passion for art and he began to study under renowned sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi.


Tragically, in 1962, at the age of 21, Stuart died from a brain haemorrhage.

Current pupils from The Prescot School, which has recently become an academy, attended the unveiling of the new artefact and enjoyed a tour through The Beatles Story as they discovered more about the Fab Four.

Paul Stanley, deputy head teacher at The Prescot School, said: “We discovered the report card in our archives and thought it a suitable piece of history to share with The Beatles Story.

"We have brought a group of the school’s pupils from the music and art departments to view the artefact at the attraction. It is a great opportunity to see the report card in place and to explore the attraction.


"The Beatles undoubtedly remain a source of inspiration to pupils and also offer a gateway to many educational areas including music, history and art, which it has been great to experience today."

The artefact will be on display at The Beatles Story until May 2019.

Martin King of The Beatles Story said, "We are delighted to introduce the school report to the exhibition. The new artefact, launched with the assistance of current pupils, is an insight into the childhood of the band’s original bassist.


"The notes provided by a former teacher on the back of the report card make it clear that while Stuart wasn’t necessarily the most academic pupil, from an early age he was considered to have an artistic streak and was happily involved with the arts. It is a truly interesting piece and will sit along many other artefacts from the band’s younger years." 

The Prescot School has recently joined The Health Family (NW), an outstanding partnership established to benefit students across the North West through the support of academies and schools across the region.


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