Cheats chastised

In the 1970s, I attended a boys grammar school in the south east of England. We had all the traditions of such schools – uniform, homework, the use of surnames only for pupils – and, of course, corporal punishment.

Though the cane was available, the usual instrument of discipline was the slipper – actually a gym shoe. Most of the teachers were male, as you might expect, but two or three were women. Of these, Mrs W, a slim, attractive woman in her late 20s who taught us French, was an enthusiastic user of the slipper.

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