mr hollisThis is Mr. Hollis, much-loved headmaster at Hathern School from the late 1950s. As was the practise in those times, it fell to Mr.Hollis to administer corporal punishment to misbehaving children. Here you can see the punishment book which every school was obliged to keep but what is most surprising is that contrary to what most people remember of that period in England, the use of the cane was very sparing. Indeed over a ten year period Mr.  Hollis only had to apply such punishment  17 times.  All I can reveal is that every one was a boy. As background, the following is a  BBC report from 1998.

Corporal punishment banned for all

The British parliament has overwhelmingly agreed to outlaw caning in all schools. MPs voted 211 to 15 in favour of an amendment to the School Standards and Framework Bill that bans all corporal punishment and brings independent schools into line with the state sector and the rest of Europe. Introducing the change, Liberal Democrat education spokesman Don Foster said: "It is my clear view that corporal punishment is something that is wrong in principle - it is barbaric and it is inhuman. "It is also something that is wrong in practice." Until now, Britain was unique in Europe because it retained corporal punishment in some schools. Corporal punishment was outlawed in state schools in 1986, but remained legal in independent schools.

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