Concept[ edit ] Searle published his first St. Trinian's School cartoon in in the magazine Lilliput. Shortly afterward he entered the military as World War II raged on. He was captured at Singapore and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of the Japanese. After the war, in Searle started making new cartoons about the girls, but the content was much darker compared to the earlier years. The schoolmistresses are also disreputable.
Nearly every girl in the class now had a neat little sketch of Mam'zelle marking her place in her French grammar. It was the ambition of the class to have, as a marker, caricatures of all the mistresses taking their different classes - Miss Carton for their history books, Miss Grayling for the scripture exercise books, Mr Young for the school song book and so on. After leaving school at the age of fourteen, he took night classes at the Cambridge School of Art which overlooked his sister Olive's school playground, a possible source of inspiration. In order to pay for his tuition, he worked first as a solicitor's clerk and then, after a period of unemployment, as a parcel-packer and later as a clerk at the Co-op. At the age of fifteen, when he started working for the Co-op, he became the resident cartoonist on the Cambridge Daily News, and at sixteen he also began contributing to the student magazine, The Granta. In September , at the age of eighteen, he was granted a year's scholarship by the local Education Committee which allowed him to study full-time at the School of Art, although he continued to work for the CDN, as it was known locally. That month, November, he saw his first drawing published in a national paper: