Posts tagged ‘Gillian Howard’

February 2nd, 2016

The Margaret Smith Story

Corporal punishment follows a girl through her academic career.

 By Gillian Howard

My story goes back to the late sixties and early seventies. When I was 4 and 5 I had a minor speech impediment which meant I had to attend weekly speech therapy sessions every week for 9 months. This resulted in me falling behind most pupils and I was tormented by the other students so I became very introverted and I found it hard to participate in class. When I was approaching 11 I had a growing spurt and was 5’1” tall, a lot taller than any other girl in my class and got called more names. When the time for the 11+ exam came around I was crying through most of the exam, so failed miserably. I was then sent to a secondary modern school.
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January 6th, 2016

Alexandra Waterworth’s Caning

Standing around waiting gets a girl into trouble.

By Gillian Howard

My name is Alexandria Waterworth and I am 18, long blonde curly hair, very slim, and I am in the Upper sixth at our local girls Grammar school. I have a provisional place at Manchester University to study French. My boyfriend of 2 years is Glen and he has a place also at Manchester to study applied Mathematics. We are really looking forward to being at uni together as we already have a full relationship.

Our schools still use corporal punishments and at our school that consists of class punishments; which can be the slipper across your skirt, the cane across your hand or you could have your skirt raised and 1 or both legs smacked very hard. If you are often naughty in class you could be made to lift your skirt above your knees and receive 2 or 3 strokes across your calfs or you could be sent to the headmaster when the punishment would carried out by the headmaster in the presence of his secretary. That could be either the slipper across the knickers or the cane across the knickers with your skirt removed.
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December 19th, 2015

Jessica Rylands Story

Following the experiences of a sixth form girl.

By Gillian Howard

My name is Jessica Rylands and I went to a Religious private mixed school. I was born in 1980 and left in 1998 to go to university. Our school was one of the last to ban corporal punishment and our final year was the last year it was used. As we started our last year we were informed by our new Headmaster that all forms of corporal punishment would cease at the end of the school year but he added that doesn’t mean we will start slacking off before then. He added that he would personally be carrying out all punishments involving the cane and girls would normally receive it on their hands and boys over 1 layer of clothing on the buttocks. If girls were deemed to have committed a very serious breach of rules like bullying or smoking or bringing the good name of the school down then they would also be caned over 1 item of clothing on the buttocks with the school secretary present as witness. Also any punishments given by the Headmaster would be placed on the school notice board for 4 weeks, detailing what punishment had been given and the reason for it. After 2 weeks there were 12 boys’ names on it and 5 girls, all of whom had received the cane across the hands.
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November 16th, 2015

Georgina Sutcliffe

A shy girl is encouraged to be more adventurous

By Gillian Howard

I was born in 1956 in the south of England, but moved north after the death of my father in 1960, and I am an only child. I was very shy and had very few friends when I moved North, but I met one girl, Lucinda Halliwell, when we were placed next to each other in our second year at school. My name is Georgina Sutcliffe. Like me, Lucinda was also an only child and her parents were divorced and she lived with her mum. Over the next few years we became inseparable and also our mums became the best of friends. By the time we were eleven we had started to go on holiday together.
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November 8th, 2015

Dawn Marsh

A girl’s experiences of punishment at school

By Gillian Howard

I am Dawn Marsh and I attended a mixed grammar school in the early 70s in the midlands. I was very popular at school with both the boys and girls. I was not in the top stream but I was doing fairly well and was hoping to go to University. I was quite well behaved but had earned several detentions and been placed on report on three occasions. However, apart from receiving 4 strokes of the slipper across my bare bottom for swearing in  the shower after a hockey game in the first year, I had not been subject of any other form of corporal punishment during the following 5 years.
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October 26th, 2015

Dawn Sheridan

Trials and tribulations in a new sixth form

By Gillian Howard

In the summer of 1986 I had passed all my GCSE exams with ‘A’ passes and was going to 6th form college to study Maths, Chemistry and Physics, along with Sociology at A level. My parents were both doctors and wanted me to follow them into medicine, which I was eager to do. I had attended a very good mixed grammar school which, until the abolition of corporal punishment, had applied it on a regular basis.

I myself had the back of my legs smacked on several occasions, and had received the slipper last year just before Christmas when all the girls in our class were given the slipper for making too much noise getting changed after PE. I had never been caned even though I had seen the welts left by it in the changing rooms.
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October 22nd, 2015

Samantha Jackson and the Paddle

An English girl’s experience of school in the USA

By Gillian Howard

Hello, I am Samantha Jackson, but everybody calls me Sam. I have just passed all ten of my exams with ‘A’ grades having attended a private school in Southern England. I have always enjoyed school and been very well behaved and have never had to be punished at school or, for that, matter at home either. I have witnessed both boys and girls get the slipper or cane across the hand and have seen the results of the cane across the bottom for girls when we have changed for games and PE with raised and very sore looking welts across the bottom. I was very luck to have escaped the cane on more than one occasion.
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September 16th, 2015

Rachel Becomes a Boarder

Continuing the series

By Gillian Howard

As I got dressed, Helen was asking me about being caned and how much it hurt etc.

I said: “It was excruciating and I don’t want it again. When you sit down for days after, you feel the pain and it was really embarrassing having to remove my skirt in front of the headmaster. It was a good job I was not wearing the knickers we used to wear at your school and wore these instead.”

I took a pair of my school knickers out of my drawer, and Helen just burst out laughing when she saw them. I heard the phone ring and dad answer it, so I finished getting dressed and we went downstairs and into the lounge. Helen’s Mum and Dad got up and left the room taking Helen with them.
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September 11th, 2015

Tammy

A girl finds her demerit marks creeping up with unfortunate consequences

By Gillian Howard

My name is Tabatha Greengage, but everybody knows me as Tammy. After I had recently finished my O levels and got excellent grades in all subjects. I was invited to join a prestigious mixed 6th form at the local Grammar school. We all had to wear school uniform at all times, both boys and girls. Ours was a red blazer, grey pleated skirt no more than 3inches above the knee, with a white blouse and red/yellow stripped tie and a red beret. Oh yes, and red knickers which were far from flattering or comfortable as they had tight elastic around the legs and waist. We had to wear ankle length white socks in summer and knee length in winter, and for gym a red leotard. Boys wore grey trousers and red blazer with the same tie and white shirt and red peaked cap, even in the 6th form.
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September 6th, 2015

A Good Girl Really

A girl with a good school record has to change schools, and her disciplinary record suffers.

By Gillian Howard

My name is Rachel Connolly and, as I am an only child, I suppose I was spoiled by my parents. I attended a mixed Catholic Grammar School in the south of Scotland, had done very well in my exams and was moving into the 6th form after summer.

At school I was very well behaved as I enjoyed studying and reading, and while I had witnessed both boys and girls getting the strap had never received it myself. My best friend, Helen, had received it and she told me how painful and embarrassing it was having to stand in front of the class and hold your hands out while the teacher hit you hard with the length of leather. The fingers on both her hands had swollen afterwards.
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