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Glyngarth Preparatory School

Recorded in the late 1930's as 'a failing prep school', its fate was probably sealed by the advent of war. Its premises in Douro Road, Cheltenham are now known as Farnley House, a flourishing boarding unit of Cheltenham Ladies' College!

But in its prime it had been the inspiration for the fictitious St Custards, as featured in the legendary educational exposé Down With Skool! and the equally-successful sequels thereto, written by Geoffrey Willans and illustrated by Ronald Searle. Willans had been a pupil at Glyngarth until 1924, and so it's just possible that the model for the unspeakable Grimes, grasping supremo of St Custards, had been Bertram Auden (14 Mar 1871 – 31 Jan 1949), of impeccable antecedents (distant kin of W H Auden) and impressive educational background, who had been Headmaster of Glyngarth during 1902 – 1921.

Featuring Nigel Molesworth, the self-styled "curse of st custards" and "gorila of 3B"