George Dixon was educated at the Leeds Grammar School for some eight years between 1829 and 1837. The school had a history of being involved in one of the longest-running litigious suits of the period, the issue being as to whether the curriculum should stick strictly to what the founder had intended, or whether it should be modified in line with the perceived changing needs of the day.
This image is undated, but the School at one stage looked like this.
It is not known what impact this legacy had on Dixon himself, but it is an interesting backdrop to his subsequent quest for educational reforms across the nation.
Here is a picture of the school today, now named the Grammar School at Leeds.