This state of affairs was reinforced by the prefect system. All prefects came from Bosworth and they naturally treated their friends and most others from Bosworth well. Those children in a position of authority wore a badge embossed with ‘Prefect’ on their lapels. Goodson pupils tried to avoid their counterparts from Bosworth whenever possible, but any contact with a prefect never ended well. The head prefect enforced a sub-set of school rules and managed the prefect rota system. Prefects patrolled the school buildings and grounds in twos during break time, which enabled the teachers to hide away in the staff room where they had tea, coffee, cakes and a selection of à la carte meals. The teaching staff disliked interacting with children during breaks, so they abdicated all power to the prefects during these times. 

Under the rule of prefects, Bosworth children could decide to stay inside or go outdoors whereas Goodson children had to remain outside during all breaks. It was the norm for Bosworth to be in the school buildings watching Goodson out in the rain or snow. Other rules applied to Goodson were no running, no talking too loud, no hands in pockets, no leaning against anything and no sitting. To add to the misery of one half of the school, punishments included litter picking, doing homework for Bosworth children or being punched or kicked. There was no recourse to the teachers, who did not care one jot if a pupil from Goodson got hurt.

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