Meeting Joan in memory lane

11th August 2000 at 01:00
WHAT a delight it was to read the article about Joan Sims' best teacher (TES, July 28).

I too went to Brentwood county high, 20 years after Joan, and remember the same teachers!

I too remember Miss Wilson's fingernails and complaints about my vowel sounds and, like Joan, she was the first teacher to make me believe I was good at anything.

Being useless at PE I was terrified of Miss Goodwin as she had no time for girls with two left feet. And I was the scourge of Miss Hodge whoonce said to me (as she pointed at me with her bony finger - straight out of Roald Dahl) "Stay where you are Penelope - Stay where you are. I'm really quite frightened of you."

I had slammed down my desk lid and shouted at her for giving me a lousy English mark the only time I remember trying hard!

But I had better not go on as I am now a primary head and don't want my pupils getting ideas.

Penny Kelly

28 Furze Close


Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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