11 MARCH 1966, Page 15

SIR,—Your correspondent Mr. S. D. W. Milligan. a sixth-former at

Bradfield College. says that the majority at his public school would welcome inte- gration with the state system. Does he include the masters? Any government, Conservative or Socialist, could take over public schools, grammar schools, private schools; at least, they could take over the buildings, but not necessarily the teaching staff, most of whom have particularly chosen a certain type of school. Of course, all schoolmasters and mis- tresses ought to like teaching in state comprehensive schools, but actually this is not the case. We arc short enough of teachers as it is. and we must look at this great problem of secondary education from a practical viewpoint as well as from a theoretical one.

PFIILIP N. DAWE 50 South Street. find port. Dorset