"My name is Kathy H."

The Hailsham students have initials rather than surnames, which suggests mystery and anonymity.  It also recalls writers, particularly those from the nineteenth century, who have used this device to hide the identity of actual locations and people.  One later writer who is particularly well known for this is Franz Kafka, who gave the main character in his novel 1925 The Trial the name Joseph K.  This novel deals with Joseph’s arrest and trial for an offence that is never explained to him.  Ishiguro’s use of this device can therefore be taken as a hint that there may be information that is withheld from the students, or from readers.