But remember, this wasn't a boarding school for BAD kids, this was a school for POOR kids. In most cases the childrens' fathers had died, or else they had been called up for military service. The mothers often had several children and had to work to house and feed them, so it was a blessing for those families to be able to place a child in the school, even though the child being placed may not have thought so! It was very regimented and the kids hardly ever went off the grounds. Former students from those old days often referred to their time there as "my incarceration."
The top favorite Naughty activity at the Blue Coat School, which was attempted by many but accomplished by few was:
CLIMBING THE CLOCK TOWER
Well come on, who could blame them! You'd want to do it too, wouldn't you??