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Liz Hodgkinson - 1950s school segregation

Features | By Liz Hodgkinson


At school in the 1950s, boys and girls barely met, recalls Liz Hodgkinson

Now that some schools are introducing gender-neutral toilets, I wonder what today’s generation would make of the strict segregation in coeducational grammar schools in the 1950s and ’60s. For us, it started on the school bus for pupils who had to travel to the place. Girls and boys were not allowed to sit next to each other. Any contravention of this strict rule would be reported by the bus prefects and result in a stern warning. Once we got off the bus, the segregation intensified. Girls and boys had separate entrances and separate staircases. If a pupil was caught using the ‘wrong’ ...


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