A finishing school or deportment school is a school—usually an elite type of private boarding school—where mostly young ladies (and sometimes gentlemen) receive instruction and training on good deportment and etiquette. This may consist of an intensive course, or a one-year programme.
Such schools, or deportment classes, were particularly common from the late-19th to the mid-20th century, and were particularly strict during that period. Today, deportment training still exists, but in more relaxed forms, in what are often called Etiquette Schools. For example, The Etiquette School of New York in Manhattan and Southampton is dedicated to "teaching individuals of all ages the social skills they need to succeed." In the United States, finishing schools are also sometimes called charm schools.
These institutions are highly exclusive (and expensive) and are designed to cater to the children of the most wealthy and prominent members of society. For example, Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales (1961-1997) concluded her education at an extremely prestigious finishing school in Switzerland.
Novels and stories
In works of fiction, these schools are sometimes used as the setting for erotic fantasy stories.
The Soreness of a Finishing School is a short story published in Roue magazine (Vol. 10, 1980).
Finishing School by Scott Church (LSF Publications, 2014) is a Kindle edition novel.
- Finishing School (1934), drama about the trials and tribulations of students in a private, snobbish girls school.
- Finishing School (Italy-France, 1953), a romantic drama.
- La Residencia aka The Finishing School and The House That Screamed (1969), is a Spanish horror film that's possibly the first concerning a stalker in a girls' boarding school. The film includes a fetishistic whipping of a disobedient teenage girl (photos).
- French Finishing School (1979), French-American softcore porn about the sexual corruption of innocent students.
Miss Martindale is a controversial English writer, columnist, and creator of Aristasia, a roleplay society that resembles a 1950s-style finishing school. Martindale plays the headmistress who enforces an extensive list of strict rules.
Her eccentric lifestyle is the subject of the British documentary A Weekend at Miss Martindale’s (1996).
She also contributed to The Female Disciplinary Manual: A Complete Encyclopaedia of the Correction of the Fair Sex (1997) by Regina Snow. In 2002, MIB Productions released The Female Disciplinary Manual, a corporal punishment video partly inspired by the book.
- A Private Caning (Spanking for Pleasure), photos
- Affair at the Swiss School (Nu-West/Leda Productions, 1984), Joanne Jameson gets revenge (F/F, M/F) on three Swiss school matrons who paddled her.
- British Spanking Volume 4, aka Finishing School Discipline 4 (Paradox/Playhouse, UK), Rebeckah Jordan
- The Cane and I (Moonglow, 2010), set in a posh finishing school in the 1960s.
- Chalet Girl (Northern Spanking), Maddy Marks punished at an exclusive Swiss finishing school (photos).
- Deportment with Aunt Lucy (Northern Spanking, 2006) is an example of deportment training used as a central theme in a spanking video.
- Fetish Finishing School (House of Milan, 1994), Desi d'Angelo, porn stars Lili Xene and Bobbi Brandt.
- Fetish Finishing School (Elegant Angel), a BDSM/hardcore porn video.
- Finishing School 1 & 2 (Rough Man Spank), photos
- Finishing School Discipline 1 (Paradox/Spanking for Pleasure, 1998), Christian Fennington, Tara Bardot, photos
- Finishing School Discipline 2 (Paradox/Spanking for Pleasure, 1998), photos, Spankflix video promo
- Finishing School Discipline 3, aka Prefect’s Declaration (Paradox/Spanking for Pleasure, 1998)
- The Finishing School Discipline Quadrilogy (Paradox, UK), set at Grangethorpe Finishing School.
- Finishing School: Hands or Thighs? (Dreams of Spanking, 2021), Pandora Blake, striking the hand, photos
- The Great Role (Lupus Pictures), an actress in the 1920s is trained with a backboard and book balancing technique (see illustration by Julian Guile).
- Ladies Finishing School (Caned Schoolgirls), photos
- Miss Kane's School of Manners: Lesson #1 (Sarah Gregory Spanking)
- Miss Kane's School of Manners: Lesson #2 (Sarah Gregory Spanking), photos
- Miss Kane's School of Manners: Lesson #3 (Sarah Gregory Spanking)
- Posture Training (Spanked in Uniform), Europe Airlines series; stewardess trained by balancing a book on their head and each hand.
- Prep School Confidential (Punished Brats)
- Prep School Punishments (Shadow Lane)
- School of Etiquette (Sarah Gregory Spanking), teacher Chelsea Pfeiffer disciplines three bratty students.
- Sternwood Academy Finishing School (Alpine Sierra Studios)
- Thank You For Spanking My Bottom (Spanked Schoolgirl), disruptive Russian schoolgirl punished.
- Thou Shalt Not Forgive, aka Campbell's Finishing School (Miss Chambers, UK)
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