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Memories of Shute

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Memories of Shute - 1939-1941

It may seem strange for a male to offer these memories but boys were accepted in junior forms and I was at Shute School from the summer of 1939 until the Easter term 1941. I and my sister, known as Ba Gauld, joined after returning from three years in India. During that first term I remember lunch on the lawn sitting on benches and eating at low tables, discovering the foul taste of beetroot which had looked so appetising to someone who had never seen it before. The lawn between the two massive cedar trees provided a natural stage for a performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", probably in the summer of 1940. I remember that Miss Tonge, a rather masculine looking teacher played the part of Bottom. My sister played the part of the smallest fairy and as the fairy band swept hand-in-hand across the stage, Elaine Ratcliffe who was the penultimate fairy in the chain lost her grip on the next fairy in line so that the two of... Read more

Shute School - C.1965-1969

Old Shute House c1955, Shute
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Shute was a very strict English boarding school, which we were told was once the home of Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for nine days, at which time she was beheaded. The long standing rumor was that on a full moon, you could she the ghost of Lady Jane Grey walk up the hill, infront of the school at midnight, carrying her head. I looked a few times but never saw her!
Some rules and shenanigans were:
- Each semester we arrived at school with a trunk of our clothes. We had been sent a list of need/allowed items and this was strictly adhered to. When we arrived at the school the Matrons checked off what was in the trunk to what was on the list. They took what was not allowed.
- A dormitory was a room that had anywhere from 4 to 9 students sleeping in it. Your room assignment changed every semester. It was considered an honor to be "head" of the dorm. My... (Awaiting moderation, read more soon)

Cold, Sports, The Worst 4 Years of my Life

Shute School c1955, Shute
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Hi, I never expected to see anything related to Shute School. Yes there was cold porridge and great midnight feasts and if you were one of the lacrosse team, and won, a "lovely" tea. I do remember, because of the cold, having a hot water bottle under my jumper during classes and, hold on there, all the girls lying on Mahdi's floor in her beautiful office with view to the sea, listening to classical music after Sunday lunch (I was usually under the grand piano and couldn't see the ceiling. I also remember, as a "senior", having the privilege of cycling to a church other than the local vicar's; matron tied back my hair under the green hat we were forced to wear ("can't be too pretty") and every morning before breakfast, check by matron for clean ears and nails before "descending" the main staircase. Don't remember the gardener's son, but do remember our latin/religion teacher (a man in his 80's) and the french teacher, in a wheelchair. The best... Read more

Shute School in The 50s!

Shute School c1955, Shute
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Anne must have left Shute School a few years before I started there!! I remember a fantastic cold spring with an old fashioned pump in the "grounds" of the gate house. Always very welcome when we had biked to Colyton and back on a Saturday afternoon!! And the water was always ice cold even on the hottest day.

Shute in The Early 1950s

Shute School c1955, Shute
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As Anne Tilbrook, I was a pupil at Pippins and then Shute, from 1950-53. I vividly remember Feb. 6, 1952, when the girl who rang the bell for change of classes brought us the news that King George VI had died. We all cried and Mrs. Clapp, our math teacher, led a spirited lesson on lung cancer. Few linked it to smoking in those days. I had a pash on a girl called Helen Roth - all very innocent in those days. The only other student's name I remember was Heather Spears. We did G and S in the gorgeous old theatre, played vigorous lacrosse and indifferent tennis. I had a tortoise - and I remember the crocodile lines going to church on Sunday and to a pantomime in the village - where I remember hearing the song 'Little White Duck' for the first time. We also did a school trip to Lyme Regis, perhaps by train? I recall a wonderful cello recital in Mardi's study and showings of great... Read more

Lesley Manning

Shute School c1955, Shute
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I attended Pippins the Shute prep school in 1946, we used to go to Shute school occasionally, once for a May Day play when I had to carry a doll. we swam in the river in Axminster and went on the train to Lyme Regis on a Sunday. Can anyone tell me when Shute School closed? Lesley Manning

Shute School 1963-1965

Shute School c1955, Shute
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I attended Shute School from 1963 to 1965 (my surname was then Vincent). My memories are reasonably food orientated: Midnight Feasts, wonderful afternoon teas when visiting schools came for sports, terrible porridge which you HAD to eat especially when placed on "Mardi's" (the headmistress) table. Lacross, netball. All the girls in love with the gardener's boy who was the only male in evidence.

School Memories

Shute School c1955, Shute
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I attended Shute School from 1958 to 1963. My memories are of Halloween parties in the gym,midnight feasts and drama performances in the theatre. Every Satuday afternoon we went for long walks in the surrounding countryside. Summer half terms were spent with my parents at nearby Beer!!

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