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Solving the mystery of the Red Hundreds

In our last Alumni newsletter, we featured an article by Old Hallfieldian James Houston about boarding in the 1960s. The piece finished with an appeal to find out what the ‘Red Hundreds’ were. We are very happy that two Old Hallfieldians have been in touch to solve this mystery!

Keith Glenn (1951-1957) said: “As far as I can recall, each term was divided into quarters with a pupil starting each quarter with 100 points. Each infraction of the rules incurred a points deduction so the phrases ‘minus 5’ and ‘minus 10’ were not unknown to me. Once a certain level was reached then a visit to the Headmaster was inevitable. To end each quarter with a hundred points indicated good behaviour and to achieve all four quarters without any deduction meant ‘4 Red Hundreds’ and, I think, a book token at the end of term.”

This was supported with the account of Sir David Haslam (1956-1962), who recalled: “The Red Hundreds were a measure of conduct. Everyone, as far as I remember, started each term with 100 theoretical red marks. If you were naughty for any reason, points would be deducted. If you had been good all term you would receive a prize for maintaining a full score of red hundreds – typically a book or book token. I certainly used to have a book on my shelves with a Hallfield sticky label stating that I had been awarded it for Red Hundreds – but the book is now long gone.” 

Our thanks to Keith and Sir David for this information.

If you have a memory from your school days that you would like to share, please contact our Alumni and Development Officer, Kat de Polo, on kdepolo@hallfieldschool.co.uk