School Life

After leaving their foster families children came to live at the Foundling Hospital (sometimes known as the Foundling Hospital School) between the ages of 5 and 14.  The school made sure that the children were fed, clothed and received good medical care. However, it was a harsh environment and physical punishment was regularly used, as it was in most schools and institutions of the time.  There was also little scope for individual love or attention. Recollections of school life are extremely varied. Some people loved their school days, while others have very difficult memories.

Daniel

The cane

The cane was one of the biggest hobbies they had. The ruler was another hobby...

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Beatrice

What I say goes

As I was saying before, a lot of the children, when they went to school...

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Helen's school life

We'd go to camp

Then we'd... go to camp, have a camping holiday, about six weeks...

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Bob

Totally captive

We were all bullied... I know... that... in every residential school in the country...

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John

Food

You knew exactly on Monday, exactly what the meal was going to be, you knew on...

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John

Now I'm all alone

The thing-- the abiding memory is that one day, our our dormitory was upstairs...

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Christmas

Our Christmases were lovely

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Alice

Absolutely petrified

I remember sitting on this coach and I was happy all the way...

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Daniel

Chariot Races

'Cause all the corridors in Berkhamsted were made of rubber, you know...

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Ruth

Cleaning teeth

But I do remember that you did have to have a bowel movement everyday or you had...

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