Margaret Hardy School for Girls

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A sense of belonging and pride

By Vivienne Ryan (nee Beech)

Stayed on a year

I started at Margaret Hardy in 1962 and left in 1967, having stayed on an extra year. The school had an annexe just around the corner, opposite Woolworths as I remember it was then. When I left in 1967 the school was just about to join another school. All I can remember is that it was in Ladies Mile Road.

Good memories

I have good memories of the school, especially of my form tutor Mrs Ellis-Barker who also taught us English. She was very strict but I respected her immensely. Sadly, I must now presume she is dead, as she was in her 50s then. My brother also went to Fawcett School next door but he was not happy there.

Did you attend this school? please share your memories by posting below

Snowballs with stones

I can remember the boys waiting for us girls outside with snowballs, and not nice ones either as they contained stones! The boys also sneaked over the wall and got into the girls' toilets! My uniform was a green shirt and cherry red tie in winter and a green stripped dress in summer which we had to make ourselves.

Fashionable as Twiggy

I was very glad when Twiggy became fashionable and we all had to make straight shift dresses, so much easier. The uniform was the choice of our Indian head-teacher, Miss West. Her office was at the top of a flight of stairs and if you were called into her office, mounting those stairs was like climbing the stairs to the scaffold. I belonged to Fry House and was a prefect and house secretary.

A really good school

Our houses were all named after famous ladies. I hated school until I was 14 and then I suddenly loved it and didn't want to leave, hence staying on an extra year. On the day I left I cried. I look back now and realise just what a good school it really was, yes, it was strict but there was a great sense of belonging and pride in what one achieved.

This page was added on 04/09/2016.
Comments about this page

I came to Margaret Hard between the years 1971/1976 and may I say I had some of my best school years at this school! Sadly I lost touch with all my friends from this era, after moving away from Brighton.

By Elaine Johnson (nee Smith) (19/10/2016)

I went to this school from 1961 to '66. Loved it. My best friend all through was Ann Poisden and she and I are great friends to this day. 

By Susan Couser (nee Gillespie) (21/12/2017)

I attended Maggie Hardy, best time ever! Mrs Ellis Barker was my form teacher. I would like to hear from any old  classmates: Christie Carter, Janet Bacon or Jackie Nutty.

By Jackie May (nee Brett) (18/07/2018)

Hi, I went to Margaret Hardy from 1965-1969. Loved Mrs Ellis-Barker, she paid for my school outing - bless her -because my mum couldn't afford it. Some of my school mates were Cheryl Hardwick, Colette Bird, Betty Lucas and Rita Regan. We all went over to Bellmans in the lunch hour to see the Love Affair, Miss West hit the backs of pupils that were late with a ruler. God, I could write a book about those days. Loved the Top Rank Suite, met my husband there and we are still together after 50 years. Not bad, eh? 

By Gillian Read (nee Shephard) (19/08/2018)

Wow,still can't believe it,'s so many years that school is behind us!!!!I am on my second marriage with a lovely man, we have been together 37 years and married for 27!! I now have 6 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.My eldest Grandson has just graduated from Northumbria Uni with a BA in Architecture,so proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Christine Eason(as was} (02/09/2018)

I have so enjoyed reading these memories. I only attended Margret Hardy 1964-65. I arrived at school, after having lived in West Africa for three years, and having had little schooling of any real use. 

Margret Hardy gave me the very best schooling, friends, experiences, memories, that I could have wished for. Miss West was indeed a head mistress to remember. I have my memories of those stairs to her office but, not only with shaky knees, she was instrumental to many a school outing that opened many doors for me in my future.

By Helen Driesen nee Marshall (07/10/2018)

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