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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Eleven Plus Pass

A mother explained in great detail to her daughter, and to me, that her much loved daughter would land up in boarding school if a top Eleven Plus pass was not achieved.

“If you do not pass you will go to boarding school.”

You will no doubt remember reading about boarding schools in Nicholas Nickleby:

A Mr. Wackford Speers Academy, Dotheboys Hall, at the delightful village of Dotheboys, near Greta Bridge in Yorkshire,

Youth are boarded,



furnished with pocket money,

provided with all necessaries,

instructed in all languages living and dead.


twenty guineas per annum. No extra, no vacations and diet unparalleled.

I just hope that the mum can afford today’s boarding fees.

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