Expulsion is brushed off

7th August 2009 at 01:00

Who ever said that pupils who have been expelled will never amount to anything?

Artist David Ingham, who was expelled from Ermysted's Grammar School in Skipton, North Yorkshire when he was 12, was recently commissioned to paint a portrait of the former headteacher who threw him out.

Mr Ingham, now 67, was expelled after a run-in with head Marcelus Forster. After the expulsion, Mr Forster had predicted that the unruly pupil "would never amount to anything".

However, proving his doubter wrong, Mr Ingham went on to become an art teacher and a father of three. But he wasn't bitter, and when he was approached by his former school to paint the late Mr Forster, he was happy to oblige.

The ex-headteacher's image will soon be displayed in the school's library.

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