This may sound like a story from The Inbetweeners, but it is completely true. I was there. Only the names have been changed.
Prefects helped members of staff to invigilate examinations, and their job was to accompany any candidate who needed to leave the room. Hugh put up his hand to summon a prefect, and, with embarrassment, told him what had happened. The lad, a year younger than Hugh, gave a start and went bright red, both of which were noticed by Hugh’s Head of Year, Mr Jameson, who was helping to supervise the exam. Mr Jameson also noticed a few candidates start to snigger as Hugh rose from his seat, and as Hugh left the room the great wet patch on the back of his beige slacks was clearly visible to anyone who happened to be looking – and that included Mr Jameson.
Mr Jameson told the prefect to go back to the exam hall, and that he would look after Hugh. He waited for Hugh to finish his business in the toilet, and then told Hugh that he would get some spare clothes for him.
“You can hardly go back to your parents like that, can you?” replied Mr Jameson, doing his best to hide the excitement in his voice.
Mt Jameson told Hugh to go an finish his exam, and he’s sort him out, so Hugh returned, still in his wet trousers, and sat once more in his wet seat.
Fortunately Mr Jameson lived near the school and was able to slip home quickly and find a pair of similarly-coloured trousers and a pair of blue cotton briefs, which he though the student would find acceptable. He put them in a bag, returned to the school and placed the bag by the student’s desk.
A few minutes after the exam had finished, Hugh came to Mr Jameson’t office resplendent in the new clothes, and handed Mr Jameson the bag containing the wet trousers and a wet navy-blue nylon slip. Mr Jameson told Hugh to come back in a couple of hours and he’d have his clothes washed and dried. Hugh thanked him very much.
Since it was by then lunch time, Mr Jameson took the wet clothes to the chemistry lab, where he could rinse them out in a sink. On his way he saw Hugh walking into the Sixth Form Common Room, where he was greeted with a rousing cheer. Hugh didn’t seem too upset.
Hugh was suitably grateful and returned the borrowed trousers and pants to Mr Jameson’s office. Unfortunately Mr Jameson wasn’t there, so Hugh had to hand them to another member of staff who, somewhat puzzled, took them to Mr Jameson.
So Hugh was able to go home without having to give an awkward explanation, an Mr Jameson was able to go home after one of the most exciting and memorable days of his career!