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Minutes of the Prefects' Meetings

But it wasn't only the staff who meted out such punishments. Prefects were also empowered to use the slipper. Evidence for how matters were conducted is provided by a book containing the records of their meetings between 1931 and 1933. This was found behind a cupboard in the bursar's office during renovations. The records have been transcribed by John Roebuck and are available as a booklet. The following are typical entries:
       
Kay discovered three boys in a carriage, the blinds of which were down, along with several girls from the Convent Meeting held on Wednesday, May 10th 1933

Cole, Johnson and Roberts were brought before the Prefects by Kay, On Monday May 8th Kay heard a considerable noise at the rear of the 5:30pm High Wycombe-London train. On investigation, he discovered these three boys in a carriage, the blinds of which were down, along with several girls from the Convent and the Technical Institute. Kay told them to remove themselves to another part of the train, and this they did. They pleaded that they were about to go to another carriage. During the meeting their behaviour was far from satisfactory and at times it amounted to insolence.

On being given the alternative of receiving three strokes each, of going to the headmaster, they availed themselves to the latter of course, and accordingly the case was transferred to him

J A Harris

       
Meeting held on June 31st!! 1932

Most of the prefects were present. Mugliston was brought up before Harris for failure to do lines, his crime culminating in a display of bad manners while assembling for prayers.

It was discovered that he had given considerable trouble to several other prefects and as this was his second appearance before the prefects it was decided that three strokes should be administered.

Redgate, Justice and Bolton were brought in by Ives for ragging on their way home from school as they were going down Amersham Hill. This was considered serious as it would bring discredit upon the school. The worst offenders, Bolton and Redgate were given three strokes while Justice received two.

H G Tidy

Senior Prefect

........three strokes
were administered

       

The particular girl, with whom the offence had taken place, has since been expelled from the convent for bad behaviour. Meeting held on July 14th 1932. Most of the prefects were present.

Harris was brought up by Ballantyne for travelling with High School Girls after persistent warnings from the headmaster and the aforesaid Ballantyne. Lines set had not been completed and after discussion it was decided to administer tree strokes.

Justum was brought up by Kay for disgusting behaviour on the station platform. The particular girl, with whom the offence had taken place, has since been expelled from the convent for bad behaviour. Three strokes were administered.

H G Tidy,
Senior Prefect
       

Ian Dury mentions in his biography his regular brushes with authority: " I had 16 perfects meetings in half a term and then they went to the headmaster and said, 'Look, he doesn't feel pain, can we mess his head up?' Well, they didn't actually say that but they asked, 'Can we give him some poetry to learn and essays to write instead as a punishment for his misdemeanours?' So the headmaster gave them permission and I had to go to a box room and learn 80 lines of Ode to Autumn by Keats. If I got a word wrong they would add that on to the end of the sentence.

After five nights of this, my head had definitely gone and I was walking down the corridor and I burst into tears. A very nice man, 1 can't remember his name, but he was the house master of another boarding house, came out, saw me blubbing in the corridor. Because he was a father and had some kids at the house and everything, he did the fatherly thing and put his arm round me and said, 'What's the matter?' and I said, 'They've got me, they've got me' and he went and put a stop to it. Mind you, I probably deserved it. "

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