I went to a grammar school in London. It was an all-boys
school and we had to wear a uniform. I remember that the uniform was
quite expensive; black trousers, a brown jacket and a brown and yellow
tie. I hated it. When I left school at 17, I remember tearing off the
sleeves of my jacket and cutting it into pieces.
We lived a long way from the school and my mum used to take me in the
car. I hated that, too. Most of my friends went by bus or walked to
school. I would look carefully from the inside the car before I kissed
her goodbye in case any of my friends were watching.
In the third year, when I was about 14, the school changed from an all-boys
school to a mixed school – boys and girls. Although the girls were three
years younger than us, we were all really excited. We gave the girls
marks out of ten for attractiveness and sexiness, and it wasn’t long
before some of my mates had girlfriends in the school. I fancied two or
three girls, but I was too shy to tell them.
In the games lessons were had to play rugby in the winter and cricket in
the summer. Rugby was okay, but most of us hated cricket. It’s such a
boring game. We played football whenever we could; before school, after
school, in the break time and during the dinner hour. We lived and
We had a diverse range of teachers. They were all different. Some we
liked, some we hated, some we feared and some we fancied. I was in love
with my French teacher, Mrs. Cooper. Although she was married, I always
sat at the front of the class and fantasized about making love to her in
Paris. French was my favourite subject!
For English we had Mr. Wells. He was an extrovert homosexual who wore a
purple jacket and used to hit us hard on the head if we behaved badly.
Once, he broke his leg and came to work with a walking stick. When we
misbehaved, he would hit us with the stick. That was really painful.
I really enjoyed school. I think I was probably lucky to have gone to a
good school and to have had a lot of friends. I’m still in touch with
some of them, despite the fact that I left school more than 40 years
ago. Are school days the best days of your life? Well, maybe not for
everyone, but I think for me they were.
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