Whilst I agree with everything said in the postings above, I would disagree with LC&DR that it was a dangerous time as a schoolboy in the late 1950s and early 1960s. As I type this, the morning news is on, and it was reported that there has been a twenty five per cent increase on the number of attacks on teachers by pupils. In the 50s/60s if you event thought about raising your hand to a teacher it would end in being expelled or borstal. A clip round the ear was a regular thing, and again as has been said by others, it was my mother who dished out the punishment. My views are pretty draconian, but the problem nowadays is there is no deterent, as a teenager in some areas if you have spent six months inside, it must be top of your CV and underlined. I was at school in North London from 1951-1962, and all I would say is woe betide you if you stepped out of line - but things were different then.