From maggots in meals to bare baths in entrance of the headmaster: How David Cameron’s brutal prep faculty within the 1970s featured common beatings
- In his new e book the previous Prime Minister describes Heatherdown Preparatory College as an austere institution
- He wrote the meals was ‘spartan’ and he misplaced a stone in weight throughout a single time period
- Mr Cameron attended the Berkshire faculty between the ages of seven and 13
By James Heale For The Mail On Sunday
Revealed: 17:12 EDT, 14 September 2019 | Up to date: 03:40 EDT, 15 September 2019
Common beatings, maggots within the meals, and bare baths in entrance of a pipe-smoking headmaster.
They might sound like moments from a brutal Victorian childhood however they’re, in actual fact, among the many reminiscences of life at a prep faculty within the 1970s, as revealed by David Cameron in his memoirs.
In his new e book, serialised in The Instances, the previous Prime Minister describes Heatherdown Preparatory College as an austere institution – even by the requirements of the time.
Austere instances: David Cameron (centre) at Heatherdown Preparatory College in 1976. Mr Cameron attended the Berkshire faculty between the ages of seven and 13
He writes: ‘The meals was spartan. I misplaced a stone in weight throughout a single time period. There was one meal that consisted of curry, rice – and maggots.
‘At tub time we needed to line up bare in entrance of a row of Victorian steel baths and anticipate the headmaster, James Edwards, to blow a whistle earlier than we bought in.
‘One other whistle would point out that it was time to get out. In between we must deal with clouds of smoke from the omnipresent foul-smelling pipe clenched between his tooth.’
Mr Cameron attended the Berkshire faculty between the ages of seven and 13. He left for Eton School in 1979.
In his e book For The Document, which works on sale this week, he depicts himself beginning faculty as an unsure and tearful little one
As Prime Minister, Mr Cameron’s assured shows on the Dispatch Field earned him the nickname ‘Flashman’ – the fictional Victorian public-school bully and coward from Tom Brown’s Schooldays.
But in his e book For The Document, which works on sale this week, he depicts himself beginning faculty as an unsure and tearful little one.
Affected by homesickness at first, Mr Cameron would lie in his mattress crying whereas gazing right into a plastic dice containing images of his household.
Whereas his father was ‘fairly phlegmatic’ at sending his son away at such a younger age, ‘Mum was torn, and later admitted that she solely coped after waving me goodbye on the primary day by taking a big dose of Valium.’
Regardless of being a small faculty of fewer than 100 boys, Heatherdown attracted the cream of the British elite – together with Princes Andrew and Edward.
It was the place a younger Cameron had his first encounter with the Queen, which resulted in catastrophe when he swore in church. ‘I used to be requested to learn one of many classes at our carol service – Isaiah, I feel – and Her Majesty was within the entrance row.
‘I did OK, however crucially forgot to say ‘Thanks be to God’ on the finish.
In his new e book, serialised in The Instances, the previous Prime Minister (pictured) describes Heatherdown Preparatory College as an austere institution – even by the requirements of the time
‘I remembered as I stepped away from the lectern, began to show again, then realised it was too late to return, panicked, and mentioned, ‘Oh s***’.’
Prince Edward and the Duke of Bedford have been ‘dorm captains’ on the time Mr Cameron attended the college.
He remembers being ‘madly jealous’ that his elder brother Alex as soon as ate breakfast on the Queen’s mattress at Windsor Citadel after being invited by his classmate Edward.
Heatherdown, which closed in 1982, was famend for its tutorial and sporting excellence.
Self-discipline was harsh, and Mr Cameron remembers common beatings with the graceful aspect of an ebony garments brush.
He writes: ‘If I shut my eyes I can see myself standing outdoors the headmaster’s examine, listening to the ticking of the grandfather clock and the thwack of the garments brush on the bottom of the boy in entrance of me, and feeling the dread of what was to comply with.’
Within the months forward of the 2010 Basic Election, the then Tory chief confronted accusations of being ‘Dave the dunce’ on the faculty.
Nevertheless, it was subsequently revealed that academics had marked him out as ‘very vivid’ and had moved him up on the age of 11, which meant he was competing in opposition to boys two years his senior.