Andrea Cleary: Sepia-toned school memories are far removed from harsh reality

Those of us who have aged out of full-time education might be tempted to romanticise the past. Don’t do it

The Inbetweeners: not inclined to agree that school days are the happiest of your life

Paul Merton, the comedian and writer, once commented that “my schooldays were the happiest days of my life, which should give you some indication of the misery I've endured over the past 25 years”. Speaking on the same subject of schooldays being the happiest of your life, Will McKenzie, a character in British sitcom The Inbetweeners, noted that “the only way that would be true for me would be if I went straight from school ...