Manners maketh a good pupilBy Graeme Paton Education Editor
Last Updated: 8:21am GMT 26/11/2007
Old-fashioned courtesy has been put on the curriculum at a leading private school to ensure children grow up with respect for adults.
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Pupils at Wellington College, Berks, are being told to touch the brim of their hats to passing teachers and take their hands out of pockets when singing hymns or the National Anthem.
Boys are also required to open car doors for women or elderly visitors and always stand when an adult enters the room.
The rules were devised amid fears that children were growing up without a grounding in good manners.
Last week, David Cameron, the Conservative leader, said sloppy dress and poor manners were at the root of declining standards of discipline in schools.
Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington, said: "It is essential that we treat each other with respect, whether that's the person who cleans the boarders' rooms or the head."
The school, which charges £25,600 for boarders, requires every pupil to carry a list of 12 common courtesies at all times. Pupils consistently flouting the rules could be punished.
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