Thanks for you reply serge - got a sneaking suspicion I know who you are. I can only speak from my own experience. Certainly there were one or two examples of teachers who shouldn't have been teaching but I was fortunate that I didn't have any of those on a regular basis (I can remember one French teacher who filled in occasionally who was simply out of his depth). The teachers I had on a regular basis, were, almost without exception, dedicated to their profession and were generally catering for what was left after West Park had had the benefit of cherry picking the boys from my primary school and others. You are certainly entitled to a different opinion but it might be more than a little arrogant to suggest you can speak for me and my experience.
I went on to West Park too and couldn't wait to leave the place. The Campion lads who came with me kept ourselves pretty much to ourselves and I didn't feel we were made to feel welcome at West Park. My experience is the exact opposite to yours and I felt the teachers had no interest in us. Like you, I'm more than happy with the way my life has turned out but I don't credit West Park for any of it.
Perhaps you would like a turn of the rose tinted glasses when I've finished with them?