Into the World
Most children left the Foundling Hospital School at the age of 14 or 15. Traditionally the girls went into domestic service and the boys joined the army, often as band boys, where they could use their musical skills. While the school system prepared the boys well for military life, the girls often felt lonely and isolated in their new positions. After the war the school broadened the options, particularly for girls, with many learning shorthand and typing and going into office jobs. Some children were also given the chance to continue their education at grammar schools. The experience of going into the world was both an exciting and a challenging one for young people who had led very enclosed lives, and activities such as managing money or meeting friends often posed real problems.