Above: Roald Dahl, in his Repton school uniform, at the beach in Bexley where he spent holidays back from boarding school, circa 1930.
3 – the number of schools that Roald Dahl attended during his childhood, following a few years in kindergarten at Elmtree House in his home town of Llandaff, Cardiff.
7 – the age at which Roald began his formal schooling, joining Llandaff Cathedral School, the local Preparatory School for boys (1923).
Above: Boys playing football on the sports fields of Llandaff Cathedral School, in the shadow of the the cathedral.
9 – the age at which Roald’s mother Sofie, angered at the severe beating he had received for a misdemeanour, removed him from Llandaff Cathedral School and transferred him to St. Peter’s Preparatory School, a boarding school located miles away across the Severn Estuary, in Weston–super–Mare (1925).
Roald’s Half-Term School Report
St. Peter’s, Weston-super-Mare, Summer 1927
English – Very fair.
Maths – Only moderately good, but he is young.
Latin – Does not make enough effort.
French – Gradually improving.
Conduct – Very good.
Signed – A. J. H. Francis
13 – Roald’s age when he started at Repton Public School, a very prestigious boarding school in the village of Repton, Derbyshire (January 1930).
50 – the approximate number of boys in Priory House, the boarding house where Roald lived during his time at the school; a dozen boys from each school year. His was one of around 9 boarding houses at Repton.
A persistent muddler, writing and saying the opposite of what he means. Fails to correct this by real revision or thought. Has possibilities. – A statement from Roald’s half-term report from Repton, 1930.
17 – the age at which Roald left school, graduating from Repton in July 1934.
Did You Know?
When he graduated from Repton, Roald’s mother offered to support him if he wished to go on to higher education at either Oxford or Cambridge. However he refused, saying he wanted to start work with a company that would send him “to wonderful faraway places like Africa or China”.
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