The Elms school for Girls prior to 1944 Education Act
Scholarship or Fee paying
Fee paying girls had to sit the entrance exam when 1944 Act was in place. Those who failed had to leave.
During the war, Lady Fitzgerald, Buckland brought evacuee Jewish girls to Faringdon. They boarded in the Ferndale School building next to the drive/La Bobina, Bromsgrove, Faringdon.
Uniform. See full list
Black Velour Hat for winter, grey for summer.
Navy Melton overcoats
Grey lisle stockings in winter, short socks in summer
Greys for PE (modelled on a Greek tunic)
Blue check summer dress with white collars and cuffs
Shoes Outdoor, black and white plimsolls, grey sandals( for the Hall), Hockey boots
All had to be bought from Thomas Plant, Cheltenham.
Hall was built in 1938.
Gym equipment- wall bars, ropes, Pommel Horse, Box.
Dance was 'free dance'- ( eg be a tree) Girls called 'flitting'
Netball, tennis, hockey, cricket.
Books were paid for by parents/guardians. The school provided stationery.
School Certificate at age 16, then Higher School Certificate; Oxford/Cambridge Board
Miss Dorothy Lucie Beck ( b 26/6/1888) 1920 - 1925.
Miss Ruth Bartels (b 21/7/1891) 1925-1930
Miss Anstace Helen Moore OBE ( b 16/4/1895 ) 1930 to 1956.
There were no school exchanges during WW2, but there was an outing to Stratford to see Twelfth Night
Thanks to Penny Eastman(Scott) for the photographs and documents collected by her mother Mary (Peggy) Scott (nee Church)
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