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Margaret Flood House.....

On 6th June, 1959, Miss Flood attended the Inauguration Ceremony of Margaret Flood House and very kindly gave her name – as well as choosing bright red and grey for their House tie. The House consisted of both boarders and day-girls in the forms from Upper III downwards; but in September the day-girls became a House on their own, and are now the junior branch of Fletcher. Margaret Flood House was self-contained in the Junior Wing where they slept in Fox and Willis and made two Air Raid shelters into pleasant sitting-rooms. Miss Flood sadly passed away on 18th April, 1971.

In September 1961 the Junior part of Margaret Flood House (Lower III downwards) moved into Willow Dene which was currently the "San". It's interesting to note that, in the 1961 magazine refers to "Willow Dene", whereas, in the 1968 magazine it was down as "Willowdene".

In Spring 1963 the Upper III's were moved into Senior Houses, meaning that Margaret Flood House now consisted of Lower III downwards. It was at this time that Pigot House was also formed. Nevertheless, in 1964/65 Margaret Flood was the largest House with 102 girls!

Margaret Flood House's tie was red with silver stripes. Photo (right) was kindly supplied by Liz Mumford-Hall (1961-1968).

Willowdene, sadly, was pulled down induring the summer holidays of 1990 – photos can be found on the 'Bricks 'n Mortar' page. The nursery children were fenced into their white hut whilst the remainder were accommodated in the hold huts which had previously been used as storerooms. By Christmas 1990 the Infants had moved into the news rooms and the Juniors moved into the rooms vacated by the Infants. After Easter 1991 they all settled into their new school.

House Photos
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Margaret Flood House 1969
1967 1969
1971 1973

House Staff - Mistresses, Matrons and Heads/Captains
The following information has been taken from school magazines which we are still working through. In instances where the Head of House or House Captain is listed, but not the House Mistress or Matron, it is simply because the information is incomplete in the relevant magazine. If you are able to supply the missing information please e-mail Liz Donlan.


House Mistress

House Matron

Head of House/House Captain


Miss Lavender, Miss Hewitt

Miss Stanford

S. Garrett (Autumn), L. Conway (Spring & Summer)


Miss Lavender, Miss Hewitt

Miss Stanford, Miss Studart

Elaine Scrase


Miss Hewitt (House Mistress), Miss Lavender (Junior House Mistress)

Miss Prince (Miss Farrar Matron for the Juniors for Terms 1 & 2; Mrs Seager for Term 3)

C. Chalmers (Autumn), C. Palfreyman (Spring), A. Colin (Summer)


Miss Lavender

Mrs Seager (Autumn & Spring)
Miss Griffiths (Summer)

Pamela Moxon (Autumn), Lorna Glover (Spring), Margaret Millership (Summer)


Miss Lavender

Miss Griffiths

Evelyn Hanley (Autumn), Anne Bird (Spring), Patricia Fox & Janet Moorhouse (Summer)


Miss Lavender

Miss Griffiths

Helen Hayhurst (Autumn), Mandy Gee (Spring), Susan Swindells (Summer)






Miss Lavender

Miss Griffiths

J. Booth (Autumn), H. Whitton (Spring), H. Cook (Summer)

1967/68 Miss Lavender Miss Beech & Miss Knight (Autumn), Mrs Barham) Spring & Summer) K. Hill (Autumn), H. Round (Spring), H. Stoppard (Summer)
1968/69 Miss Lavender Mrs Cattermole Heather Rowan (Autumn), Sarah Robinson (Spring), Cheron Wilkins (Summer)
1969/70 Miss Lavender Mrs Cattermole Sally Round (Autumn), Rosemary England (Spring), Brenda Cox (Summer)
1970/71 Miss Lavender Mrs Cattermole Sarah Leaney (Autumn & Summer), Tracy Oliver (Spring)
1971/72 Miss Lavender Miss Lytle Susannah Leaney (Autumn & Summer), Amanda Rudge (Spring)
1972/73 Miss Lavender Miss Goodwin Fiona Robertson (Autumn), Caroline Board (Spring, Deborah Barton (Summer)
1973/74 Miss Lavender Miss Evans Caroline England (Autumn), Emma Loveday (Spring, Rosalind Slatter (Summer)
1974/75 Miss Lavender Mrs Carberry Susan Thompson (Autumn), Tracy Wells, (Spring), Julie Lord (Summer)
1975/76 Miss Lavender Miss Wyld Ruth Wheeler (Autumn & Spring), Joanna Scott (Summer)
1976/77 Miss Lavender Mrs Thomas Patricia Bartholomew (Autumn), Della Jackson (Spring), Sarah Archer (Summer)
1977/78 Miss Lavender Miss Tuite E. Bone (Autumn), J. Nieper (Spring), S. Horn (Summer)


Mrs Willies (Spring & Autumn)
Miss Clarke (Summer)

Miss Tuite

Emma Brown

1979/80 Miss Clarke   Karen Myles-White
1980/81 Miss Clarke   Louisa Adamson
1981/82 Mrs Belk Miss Mellor  
1982/83 Mrs Belk Miss Mellor  
1983/84 Mrs Mitchell (Autumn & Spring), Mrs Coombs (Summer) Miss A Mellor Fiona Adamson
1984/85 Miss F Smith Miss A Mellor Sarah Tarbatt; Head Boarder -Karen Shopland
1985/86 Miss M Wilson Miss A Mellor Miranda Smith; Head Boarder - Sarah Strivens
1987/88 Mrs Morris, Mrs Ainscough Miss A Mellor  
1989/90 Mrs A. Phllips, Miss T Goodwin    

Below: Margaret Flood's 90th Birthday. LtoR: / * / * / Miss Robinson (Head Mistress) / * / Bishop of Blackburn / Miss Flood / Duchess of Devonshire / Duke of Devonshire. Photo: H. Gill

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