This is a photograph of author and teacher Beryl Gilroy with her pupils. Gilroy was one of London's first Black head teachers.

After gaining teaching qualifications in British Guiana, Gilroy migrated to London in August 1952 to attend university. Gilroy first received a diploma in child development psychology and continued to pursue her education in Counselling, Education and Psychology, receiving a PhD in 1987.

Gilroy’s teaching career eventually led her to become the head teacher at Beckford School, north London in 1969. She wrote about some of her early experiences and the obstacles she faced in her autobiographical account, Black Teacher (1976), although ‘she regretted that the publishers toned down her attacks on the racism she encountered’.[1]

[1] Peter D Fraser, ‘Gilroy [née Answick], Beryl Agatha (1924–2001), teacher and author’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 8 January 2009) <>  [accessed 24 September 2018].