Meeting Joan in memory lane
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.
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Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk