My school record is well-thumbed, a first edition and has laid unread for 50 years in my drawer. What happened to the owners of those fountain pens who wrote in blue and green ink I wonder? And what of the Headmaster, Mr Bass, BA? Embossed in dark blue on the cover, the name ‘Brittons County […]
For many of us it was our first time away from home. We were excited but a week must have seemed a long time to our parents as they waved us goodbye. It was 7.45 on a Saturday morning in May, 1959, when Eddie, our coach driver, drove us away. The prefects collected 2/6d from […]
That first day at school is very special for the eager youngsters of today. Many will have enjoyed a period of pre-school education during which they will have learned communications skills, basic reading and writing and, most importantly, how to interact with others. Anxious mothers will be reassured of their offsprings’ well-being by diligent staff, […]
I was educated at a Catholic school – St. Ursula’s High School for Girls, Bristol -between 1958 and 1964. Although housed in a modern building, the school was run on old-fashioned lines, the nuns being Sisters of Mercy. New girls were given the school rules to learn by heart in the first week. After that, […]
After playtime, as the infants marched into their classrooms to a martial tune thumped on the piano, the first thing they saw was Tommy Chaplin, face down across the head teacher’s knees, his bottom was being soundly smacked by her large right hand because he’d been misbehaving in ‘the offices’ – the outside toilets. Across […]
Dressed in black from head to toe, she stood there in all her glory, Mother Mary Magnesia with that look on her face. You knew, you just knew, that you had done something to incur her displeasure and, with that wimple on her furrowed brow, she now had you firmly in her sights. “Come here!” […]
The year was 1928, and after the death of my mother I was sent to boarding school as a tender eight-year-old in a desperate attempt to make me a lady. The difficulties I encountered were intensified by the fact that most children came from affluent backgrounds whereas my father had to struggle to give me […]
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