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Your Teachers Fondly Remembered

We had a wonderful response to the staff photos featured in the last Alumnae Reunion email. They prompted a flood of happy memories so we've been busy compiling the names. Read on to see who is who!

We are delighted that we will be joined at the Alumnae Reunion on Saturday 1st October by four of the teachers seen in the photo taken at LEH in May 1978 – Chemistry teacher and Deputy Head Trish White, PE teacher Mary Beardwood, Geography teacher Chris Dapre and History teacher Jackie Khan (Rutherford).

With special thanks to Trish White, who helped with names from the photo from 1946, and Chris Dapre who filled in nearly all the gaps from the picture taken in 1978. There were some conflicting suggestions about names, so this is what the majority thought!

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Staff in 1978 (not 1977!)

Back row (L to R):-
Mrs Mary Beardwood - PE, especially netball
Clare Burroughs - Biology
Dr Margaret Hustler - Chemistry
Janet ?
Elaine Jessop
Margaret McLeod
Juliet Cox - RE
Edna Skene
Pam Sharp
Mrs Hugill (?)
Elizabeth Norman

Middle row (L to R):-
Sophie Fisher
Mrs Sally Freeman (Cameron) - PE
Mrs Jane Silk - Art
Mrs Cynthia Maccoby - Economics
Miss Ann Thomas - German, Russian
Mrs Janet Fraser - Art
Mrs Janet Hanssen - Biology
Mrs Mary Stanford - Geography
Mrs Uta Sutcliffe - German
Jackie Andrew
Wendy Jenner
Mr Nice (pronounced 'nees') - Maths
Mrs Morag Noble - Chemistry

Front row (L to R):-
Mrs Jean Murphy - French
Mrs Sue Hounslow - Maths 
Mrs Chris Dapre - Geography 
Mrs Ruth Iredale (Charlton) - Latin
Mrs Rosamund Harker - Maths
Miss  Elizabeth Gill - Deputy Head
Miss Margaret Smalley - Head Mistress
Mrs Eleanor Hanna – French
Mrs Patricia Haynes – Physics
Mrs Trish White – Chemistry & Scottish Dancing
Mrs Jemetta - Russian
Mrs Elizabeth Bacon – French
Mrs Jackie Khan (Rutherford) - History

Staff in 1946 (not 1948!)

Back row L to R:
Miss Broughton
Miss Wood - Deputy Head
Miss Henman - School Secretary
Miss Lacey - Chemistry
Miss Richards
Miss Patterson
Mrs Cundall
Joyce Loveless/Mrs Rogers - Physics
Miss Elmslie
Miss Sortiriado/Miss Miller
Mrs Few - Domestic Science
Mrs Helsby
Miss Hodge
?
Mme L’Ecuyer - French
Miss Sturrock - Art
Miss Morgan-Brown
Miss Tame - Maths

Front row L to R:
Miss Krnjeric
Miss Davies - History
Mlle Mohr - French
Miss Cook
Miss Denney - History
Miss Cross - Maths
Miss Hepburn - French

Many of those who took the time to write to us, also shared wonderful recollections of these teachers, including Margaret Fotheringham (Rogers), Class of 1978, who says: “I was especially interested to see the 1948 photo, as I have actually seen it before - in a drawer in my parents’ house in New Malden.

“The teacher standing directly behind the tea table, with short hair and wearing a dark skirt, was my mother, Joyce. She read Physics at King’s College, London and started her career working in the Aeronautics department at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington. She then came to LEH to teach Physics - Trish White was one of her pupils.

“At the time of the photo she was Joyce Loveless, but, in 1950, she married and subsequently taught under her married name of Joyce Rogers. In those days, any member of staff who wished to get married had to seek permission from the Headmistress- my father vividly remembered having tea with the formidable Ruth Garwood Scott! As food was still rationed in 1950, my parents only had a wedding cake because of the kindness of my mother’s LEH colleagues who willingly donated sugar and butter coupons. I still have - and use  -the beautiful glasses given as a wedding present from the LEH staff.

“Sadly, my mother died in July 2000. She greatly loved and valued her time at LEH; Margaret Lacey was my older brother’s godmother and my mother also remained great friends with many of her former colleagues, including Margery Duce and Denise Burnett. “

We also had some fantastic anecdotes from Simon Croft, Class of 1985, who was able to name many of the teachers in the photo taken in 1978.  He recalls: “MIss Cox was my L IV form tutor. She was very sweet, but we were rather naughty.  I remember one occasion when a classmate brought a device to school which had been constructed by her (very clever) parents.  It made a selection of high-pitched buzzing noises a bit like a fluorescent tube on the blink and we passed it round setting it off across the classroom, whilst Miss Cox tried in vain to ascertain what was occurring!”

He also remembered a school trip with MFL teacher Mrs Bacon where crisis was thankfully averted. “She was really quite deaf.  When we went on an exchange trip to Germany, we accidentally left Claudia and a couple of others at Worms Cathedral.  It took a lot of shouting, once the coach had set off, to get her to realise Claudia was not on the coach.  However, Claudia, as future head girl, was incredibly sensible and all was sorted without further incident.”

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