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Miss Kathleen Tugwell: Headmistress

This is my cousin Kathleen Tugwell, photographed in her Varndean School uniform.

After teacher training college she went on to teach at Hertford Road School, Coldean School, and then was Headmistress at Middle Street School. She died in 2009 age 84.

I wonder if anyone remembers her from their schooldays? If you do, please leave a comment below.


Miss Kathleen Tugwell
From the private collection of Maureen Sweet

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  • I remember Miss Tugwell at Coldean School, though I wasn’t in her class. I was there 1961-1967.

    By John Wilkin (09/04/2013)
  • I remember Miss Tugwell from Hertford Road School, I was in her class the second year of my schooling. I remember her very well. I enjoyed my time in her class at the age of 6 years old and in the school in general. Good times.

    By Lynda Brand (nee Guyatt) (15/04/2013)
  • We had a Tugwell who was a customer at our garage in Kemp Town in the 1950s. I don’t know what his first name was as he was only known as ‘Tug’ or ‘old Tug’ but I have a feeling he was connected with a little single seater racing car which was stored with us in the very early 1950s. Ring any bells? I think the car was called the MacLauchlin ? Special (check spelling) based on a pre-war Austin 7. I was sorry to see it go as I rather coveted it as a small boy!

    By Tim Sargeant (15/04/2013)
  • I went to Middle Street Primary 1964 to 1970 and remember Miss Tugwell as Headmistress. I think she left 69 or 70 and was replaced by a Mr Wright who also taught the ‘year 6s’ in today’s language. Seem to remember she was a big lady and was often in a bright blue pleated dress. Other teachers from Middle Street I remember are Miss Cameron, Miss Wencill, Mr Law and Miss Stanger..

    By Derek Mann (20/10/2013)
  • I remember Miss Tugwell from when I was at Coldean School. I went to Coldean School from when it first opened until 1958. Her picture is exactly as I remember her-that hint of a smile. She was always kind and I don’t believe any of us children were wary of her. Funny thing but I had forgotten her name until I saw her picture.

    By Linda Buckley nee Bassett (09/11/2013)
  • Hi Lynda Brand, are you related to a Jackie Brand who used to live  around the corner of Elmore Road? she was a friend of mine in the 1950s.

    By Joyce Blackman( nee Bryant) (15/01/2014)
  • I remember Miss Tugwell as my headmistress at Middle Street school ( 1964- 1968). I loved it there but left to go to a new school as we moved.

    By Michelle Butcher(nee Brett) (14/12/2015)
  • I remember Miss Tugwell, I went to Middle Street from 1964 until we got moved out for the rebuild. I still recall the school song. I too remember Miss Wencill. Very happy memories.

    By Jacqui Bell (07/02/2016)
  • I do not remember her during those days but I believe that she used to ring in to Radio Sussex quite frequentluy and I loved to hear her memories and comments. I was very sad when she died and still miss her contributions very much. She mentioned her surname once and I know someone else with that surname so I remembered it.

    By Heather Wilson (02/11/2019)
  • I remember Ms Tugwell, nice lady. I believe she took over from Mr Shepherd. I think I was there around 1960 to 1965(ish).

    By Dean Turner (16/11/2019)
  • I too remember Miss Tugwell at Coldean CPS – we all got on with her very well. I left in 1958 to go to Westlain Grammar and she was our form teacher in the 5th form at Coldean. I have a picture of the class but she isn’t in it.

    By Brian Bone (12/03/2020)
  • I remember Miss Tugwell at Coldean school,I was not in her class but my Brother Stephen was in 1961.
    Sad to say Stephen died 6 years ago in Belgium, he liked her.

    By Margaret Mayhead nee Szypulski (29/04/2020)
  • I remember Miss Tugwell while I was at Coldean school She used to take us swimming at St Lukes School Pool. I enjoyed her teaching. My photo appears in Mr Bowers class of 1958. I am fourth from the left from Mr Bower.

    By Clive Jones (13/07/2020)
  • I remember Miss Tugwell as she was my form teacher for 3a and 4a in Coldean Junior School from September 1961 – July 1963. There used to be 34 pupils in the class seated at double desks. I have one class photograph although I was not in the photo. She was a lovely lady with a firm but kind manner, who was interested in her pupils and wanted to help them.

    By Margaret North (05/11/2020)
  • My sister Violet Connolly who went to Coldean school at similar time and also went on to Vardean school and who now lives in New Zealand will surely remenber her as I do , George Connolly . I will contact my sister for her recollections.

    By George Connolly (03/11/2021)
  • Hi,
    Yes I remember Miss Tugwell very well. She was my class teacher in room 6 at Hertford Road (Left of the hall.)
    She was very kind and helpful to the children.
    I remember I had to do a part in a play, and it was quite difficult but she helped me a lot.
    We need more teachers like her!

    By Paul Winch (29/12/2023)

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