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Freud on Course, by Clement Freud

"I started gambling at the age of eight, at a bent roulette table in my Devon boarding school." And Clement Freud never stopped, while pursuing careers as, variously, a chef, nightclub owner, journalist, MP, purveyor of dog food and radio and television panellist.

Independent boarding schools get £10,000 to take vulnerable children

Private boarding schools are being offered government grants of £10,000 to take in vulnerable children whose parents are on the verge of breaking up.

Children at risk 'should get boarding place'

Vulnerable children are missing out on the life-saving chance of a boarding school education, a headteachers' leader has warned.

State schools to offer boarding from seven

Plan for academies to give vulnerable children a 'prep school education'

By George, By Wesley Stace

The premise of Wesley Stace's anarchic and funny second novel may come across as a bit of a mouthful, but it's a virtuoso performance. The book concerns the histories of two Georges – one is an 11-year-old public schoolboy, the other his ventriloquist grandfather's dummy. The dummy relates his life story from his pre-war beginnings to his rise to fame as the forces' favourite.

Zola sends Cole to finishing school

West Ham 0 Aston Villa 1

Dom Joly: Ah, the dreaming towers of Didcot power station

As long as I can remember, I've been using the M40 from Oxford to London. The main geographical feature en route is what I call the "Chilterns Gap". This is where the motorway cuts a vicious trench through them thar hills in a feat of engineering that looks as impressive as the Chunnel project. Ever since I was a kid, this cut-through has been of particular significance to me. As a boy, driving through it spelt dread as it meant that I was only 20 minutes away from being incarcerated in my prep school for another term. As my parents' car slipped down into the valley – back to prison, back to hell – my spirits would sink. I'm never sending my kids to boarding school.

Hugo Southwell: Time for lesson at finishing school

Numerous occasions we got ourselves where we wanted in behind their defensive line

A safe haven for state pupils in need

Government funding may finally address the huge demand for places at state-run boarding schools

Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Julie Fernandez, actress

'A fantastic experience at a wonderful school'

Minister: Every school can have a police officer

Every school that wants a police officer stationed on the premises should have one, the Schools minister said yesterday.

Strike duo earn Spain top marks in finishing school

There is a strange regression going on in international football. The German football writer Christoph Biermann described last Tuesday's fixture between Greece and Sweden as being like a historical re-enactment society playing out a game from 1984, and there was something just as old-fashioned about yesterday's game here. It is rare these days, at the highest level, to see two sides lining up with 4-4-2 systems, and even the undoubted quality of the four strikers on display – Fernando Torres and David Villa on one side and Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (pictured, right, scoring) on the other – could not prevent the game slipping into the familiar straight lines which modern football does so much to avoid.

The Nick Townsend column: Master Rooney needs lessons at finishing school

United manchild's ridiculous challenges and haranguing of officials must perplex Capello, who is at least a striker light

Album: Johnny Flynn, A Larum (Vertigo)

Of all the boarding-school folkies who have been doing the rounds in London for the past few years, Johnny Flynn is the only one with any bite.

Leading Article: Why boarding needs to expand

The news that boarding is undergoing a revival, as shown in a survey by the Royal Wanstead Children's Foundation (RCWF), is welcome. This is not a return to the days of cold showers and chilblains for the rich and privileged. The new breed of boarder is likely to be a young person from a broken home on the verge of being taken into care for whom the offer of a boarding place is a way of giving them a decent education and some respectable nurturing.

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