Old Rendcombian tells pupils of school life in the 1950's
A VISIT from a very special Old Rendcombian topped off Jubilee celebrations at Rendcomb College.
Peter Cockell was a schoolboy boarder at Rendcomb College during the 1950’s, arriving as a 10-year-old and leaving in 1953 to go to Emanuel College, Cambridge to read engineering.
Mr Cockell shared his recollections of life as a schoolboy with current pupils at Rendcomb College.
Two current Rendcomb students, Lance Baynham and Charlotte Jones interviewed him about his life, discovering that he enjoyed physics, loathed organic chemistry and had fond memories of many school productions including Dr Faustus and The Ghost Train.
RENDCOMB LIFE IN 1952:
*There was no television. A wireless set was available in the physics laboratory, tuned to the Home Service.
• Money rationing was in place: boys had an allowance of 1shilling and 2 old pence a week. This would probably buy one Mars Bar in today’s money.
• Discipline: beating was very rare. It was the punishment for smoking or stealing from the kitchen.
• Parents were encouraged to send in birthday cakes which were shared.
• Rugby was introduced in 1954; up to that point boys played football.
• The Fleece in Cirencester was a popular destination for tea when parents visited.