The Magazine of The Maynard School Alumnae Spring 2019

The Magazine of The Maynard School Alumnae Spring 2019
The Magazine of The Maynard School Alumnae
                               Spring 2019
The Magazine of The Maynard School Alumnae Spring 2019
May we wish you all the warmest of welcomes to this          Conserving big cats
edition of The Word, the magazine which seems to be          and empowering
growing with each and every year that passes. This           communities
is in part due to the sheer amount there is always to        Amy Dickman                                    P.8           Where are they now?                            P.11
report from our Maynard community, but also largely
due to the ever-increasing contact that we have with
our wonderful alumnae. We love to hear and share
your news so please do keep the updates coming in!

Something that struck us this year was just how many
of our Old Maynardians have made the bold decision
to up sticks and set off in search of a new life abroad
and we celebrate just a tiny fraction of these ladies in
                                                             A tribute to many years of
our feature on pages 30 – 37.
                                                             fabulous service                                             40 Years
                                                             Tricia Wilks                                   P.17          of Head Girls                                  P.22
Many of you will no doubt have fond memories of
our wonderful Tricia Wilks (see page 17) who has
been here at The Maynard for 27 years and will be so
sadly missed when she retires from teaching at the
end of the academic year. We wish her all the luck in
the world for an equally busy and fulfilling life ahead
as an author and as a doting grandmother to her
growing number of grandchildren.
                                                             Old Maynardians                                              The Maynard Award
As ever, the pages here cover only the briefest              Living Abroad                                  P.30          Meet the first graduates                       P.43
synopsis of everything that is going on but do keep
an eye on our website ( or our           The Story Behind The Cover...
social media platforms for a bigger picture of it all.

                                                           You may wonder at the connection between a majestic tiger, a Californian beach and The Maynard School...
In the meantime, may we wish you all a wonderful
                                                           Well, the answer lies with former pupil Belinda Jones. This is the cover for her bestseller The Californian Club
summer ahead and do please keep in touch!
                                                           and ties in with her new release - The Hotel Where We Met (out this summer) - as both feature the paradise
                                                           island of Coronado, set across the bay from San Diego. If you like books to spirit you away to another world,
Sarah Dunn (Headmistress)
                                                           these are ideal and the new one even features some romantic time travel to take you that extra mile! Belinda
Rachael Board (Editor)
                                                           is also the author of Bodie On The Road (The Dogged Pursuit of Happiness) which is out now in the UK
                                                           (Summersdale), Germany (Benevento) and USA (Skyhorse)
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Top of the A-level tables for the                       New Health & Fitness Suite a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   expensive counterparts, as well as offering much the
                                                       fourth consecutive year                                 welcome addition                                                                                                    same array of extra-curricular options and sporting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Most importantly, and as testament to our enduring
Girls score excellently under new                                                                                                                                                                                                  affordability and enormous value, this is the second
GCSE grading system                                                                                                                                                                                                                time in three years that we have been included in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   this listing!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Sport Tour girls meeting Raynick, the young girl whose
                                                                                                                                                                         Although launched in 2015, the Award was only                                                                                                          education they help sponsor.
                                                                                                                                                                         opened up last year to independent schools in the         "Three little maids from school"
                                                                                                                                                                         UK and, with our fantastic track record of high-level     celebrate their 80th birthdays                           It started with a tour of the Cape Peninsular where
                                                                                                                                                                         achievement in the STEM subjects, we are proud to                                                                  the girls had the opportunity to get up close
                                                       The 2018 A-level cohort once again excelled across      The new Health & Fitness Suite adjoining the              be the first to step up to the plate in supporting the                                                             to seals, penguins and all the other wonderful
                                                       the board with a 100% pass rate and an incredible       Performing Arts Centre/Gym building is proving an         initiative.                                                                                                        South African wildlife. Then there was Robben
                                                       81% achieving A*-B. Year on year, the school always     almighty hit. Opened in November last year, all Sixth                                                                                                                        Island with a former prisoner giving them all a
                                                       far exceeds the national average of the top grades      Formers are allowed to use the facilities during their    Several girls in Years 10 and 11 are enrolled in the                                                               thought-provoking insight as to the appalling living
                                                       and this was no exception with 52% achieving A*-A       free periods, it is home to regular fitness classes for   programme which encourages participants to                                                                         conditions of its inmates, a cable car trip up Table
In a year of uncertainty and change with the well-     putting us as the highest ranking independent           the Senior girls and it has also proven very popular      log STEMM-related activities across four strands:                                                                  Mountain, a surfing lesson on one of the many
publicised reforms to the GCSE system, our students    school in Devon according to the Department for         with many members of staff. Not only that, but it         ‘Inspiring the next generation’, ‘Engaging the public’,                                                            gorgeous beaches, the Garden Route, tours of an
performed superbly to triple the national average of   Education’s Schools Performance League Tables           also doubles up as an invaluable welcome area for         ‘Developing skills and knowledge’ and ‘Shaping                                                                     impoverished township and meeting some of the
the top grades of 7, 8 and 9.                          based on A-level results from summer 2018.              all the many shows and concerts that take place           your future’. In a similarly shaped structure to that                                                              locals, the unforgettable Elephant Park and the
                                                                                                               next door!                                                of the much more established Duke of Edinburgh            Old Maynardians Freda Jackson, Elizabeth                 chance to spot the Big Five on safari. All of these
There were some remarkable results across the          Biz Whizz Careers Club: Thanks to                                                                                 Award, in this first instance, the Maynard students       Brown (née Drake) and Rosemary Parsons (née              were all only eclipsed by one thing – meeting the
academic departments; of the girls taking Physics,     our alumnae speakers                                    The Dining Centre also underwent several                  will be working towards their Bronze Award and will       Ponsford) enjoyed a mini-reunion in March 2019           little girl whose entire education the sports tour girls
an enormous 90% achieved grades 7-9, the                                                                       refurbishments last summer, most notably a                be required to complete a minimum of 10 hours per         at Elizabeth's home. If you also left The Maynard in     have pledged to sponsor until she finishes school.
equivalent of an A or A* (and 43% gaining the top                                                              new Sixth Form Bistro in what used to be the old          section whilst covering all five STEMM areas. A silver    1957, where are you now? We would love to hear
scoring grade 9). In fact, across all three separate   A huge thank you to our many                            changing rooms. The lockers here have been                and gold variation, working towards more advanced         from you so please get in touch via Rachael Board        Long before setting out to South Africa, the girls had
sciences 87% of the students gained grades 7-9 (A*     wonderful Old Maynardians who                           relocated to a covered area alongside Bradley Hall        skills, will ensue.                                       ( or The Maynard               decided that they would like to give something back
or A). 93% of those taking Drama scored 7-9 (35%       have popped back over the past                          and girls can use the changing facilities inside the                                                                School, Denmark Road, Exeter EX1 1SJ).                   to the community out there and, in collaboration
with a grade 9) and History was also impressive with   few months to take the weekly                           sports hall to prepare for matches, games and PE          One of the top ten ‘best value                                                                                     with Somerset-based charity SOS Africa, it was
70% achieving 7-9 (24% with a grade 9).                Senior School and Sixth Form                            lessons.                                                  private schools in the UK’                                Stunning Sports Tour to South                            decided upon that they would organise some
                                                       careers talks. We have been truly fortunate to have                                                                                                                         Africa                                                   fundraising events to help raise the necessary
As a result of these outstanding results we were       hosted such a fascinating array of professionals and    Paving the way in the new Youth                                                                                                                                              monies to cover a young girl’s education. At nine
rated within the Department for Education’s            we really are indebted to you for so willingly giving   STEMM Award                                               We were delighted to be voted, once again, as one                                                                  years old, Raynick’s family could not afford any of
Performance League Tables as the 5th= (out of 1311)    of your time to share your experiences and wisdom                                                                 of the top ten best value private schools in the UK       Twenty one girls had the trip of a lifetime during the   her schooling so several cake sales, tea parties, film
best performing independent school in England for      with our girls.                                                                                                   by The Daily Telegraph in September last year. The        summer holidays when travelling to South Africa          nights and the inaugural Maynard’s Got Talent later
the percentage of students who achieved grade 5                                                                At a time when careers in Science, Technology,            Maynard was also the only school in the South West        for their hockey and netball sports tour. Aside from     the necessary £600 was raised for the first year of
or above in the English and Maths GCSEs, as well       We are keen to expand our careers network for           Engineering, Maths and Medicine are crying out for        (extending as far afield as Reading and Oxford) to        playing superbly in all their training opportunities     sponsorship. And with bags crammed with books,
as 15th nationally for the Attainment 8 score based    future talks so please do contact                       women to join their ranks, we were delighted to           feature in the ratings. These were based on the           and matches against local sides from Cape Town           pens and other necessary school items the girls
on how well students have performed in up to eight if this is of interest       become the first school in the South West to sign up      Telegraph’s theory that “academically, most of            and beyond, they also had plenty of time to soak up      arrived at Grabouw High School to the warmest of
mainstream qualifications.                             to you.                                                 this year to the new Youth STEMM Award.                   these schools compete results-wise with their more        the area’s many wonderful and eye-opening sights.        welcomes from Raynick and her friends.

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“It was truly                                             from Pre-Prep through to the Sixth Form. In March,     The full report is available to read on the homepage     equip young adults and teenagers with the coping           inventions and a number of these are still in use       when the GCSE students were undertaking their
wonderful,” said Mrs                                      we were treated to another of Mrs Bellamy’s            of our website –                       mechanisms to manage the highs and the lows                today.                                                  three hour examination assessments in February
Wood, one of the                                          fantastic play productions, this time Brecht’s                                                                  that life might throw at them. Despite the very sad                                                                there was nothing other than a great sense of calm
three members of                                          ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’ which received rave reviews   ‘Life is not about waiting for the                       motivation behind these talks, Dick is a fantastically     During the post-war era, Mr Simpson was the             and purpose as they set about producing some
PE staff responsible                                      during its three night run.                            storm to pass, it is about learning                      upbeat, humorous speaker and he left all of his            biggest employer in the area, bringing hope and         truly gorgeous three course meals. It must surely
for overseeing the                                                                                                                                                        audiences from The Maynard with an unforgettable           an income to a vast number of households. Many          only be a matter of time before we launch The
whole trip. “Meeting                                      The sheer talent of so many of our students never
                                                                                                                 to dance in the rain.”                                   message – whatever your circumstances, try never           of the foundry’s workers came from the poor West        Maynard Masterchef!
Raynick was a                                             ceases to amaze; as an example, the recent Spring                                                               to lose sight of all the good things in your life.         Quarter and could walk to work but when the
complete highlight                                        Performing Arts Concert featured 88 girls from                                                                                                                             slums were cleared in the 1920s and 1930s the           Several reunions planned for the
and only served to                                        Year 6 to Upper Sixth, four choirs, two chamber                                                                 Students unveil blue plaque                                population moved away to modern council housing         coming months
spur the girls on with yet more fundraising events to     ensembles, the chamber orchestra, soloists,                                                                     to honour Tregear’s Stephen                                in Burnthouse Lane. What did Mr Simpson do to
come. Pledging £600 per year to see out Raynick’s         recitations, drama, dance and the incredible Jazz                                                                                                                          help them to continue working at the factory? He
entire education is no mean feat but being able           Band.
                                                                                                                                                                          Simpson                                                    built the Trew Weir pedestrian suspension bridge
to meet her and see her school has instilled in us                                                                                                                                                                                   across the River Exe so they could carry on walking
renewed purpose and the girls have taken on this          Then, of course there is the Junior School and                                                                  We marked a huge historical moment earlier this            to work. He was also a major benefactor for the
sponsorship wholeheartedly.                               Pre-Prep with all their budding performers coming                                                               year with the official unveiling of the Exeter Civic       reconstruction of Exeter Cathedral during and after
                                                          together with a string of excellent showcases,                                                                  Society’s blue plaque to honour the life and work          the bombings of World War II. His good work and
We are already booking the next round of                  culminating in the Summer Showcase Spectacular.                                                                                                                            philanthropy was recognised at the time by the
fundraisers for this year and we will look forward to     There’s no such thing as a dull moment at school!                                                                                                                          Royal Household who offered him a knighthood but
seeing Raynick again in 2020 when we head back                                                                                                                                                                                       he declined this on the grounds that, “I want to die
there for the next tour. I also have to say that it was   ISI Regulatory Compliance                              Student and staff wellbeing continues to be a                                                                       plain Stephen Simpson”. We are so incredibly proud
a complete pleasure to spend those two weeks              Inspection 2019                                        huge focus and we have welcomed several fresh                                                                       to honour his memory.
with our talented young sportswomen. We have all                                                                 initiatives spearheaded by our new Assistant
brought home lifelong memories of a very happy                                                                   Head, Mrs Caroline Leigh. The PSHE curriculum                                                                       Food & Nutrition Room a hub of
and fun-filled trip.”                                     Following the Regulatory Compliance Inspection         has undergone a revamp with yoga (Pre-Prep and                                                                      activity
                                                          in February 2019 by the Independent School             Junior School included), pilates and fitness classes
Creative and Performing Arts                              Inspectorate (ISI – the Ofsted equivalent for          being introduced across the spectrum as well as          of Stephen Simpson who lived in Tregear (housing
continue on a high                                        independent schools), we are delighted to have         mindfulness classes led by Mrs Wilks.                    the Art and Music Departments) from 1899-1912.             Like bees to a honey pot, the girls flock to the Food
                                                          met every single standard set by the Department for                                                             This was particularly significant as three of his great,   & Nutrition room where they can let their creative
                                                          Education with no action points to follow up on and    Additionally, the students have been party to            great grandchildren attend the school and his great                                                                We are very much looking forward to hosting
                                                          no improvements necessary.                             numerous wellbeing talks, most notably in March          granddaughter works here – all of whom were able                                                                   several reunions this summer for the 10, 20, 25,
                                                                                                                 when Dick Moore returned to the school for a             to join in with the celebrations.                                                                                  30, 40 and 50 year leavers. It’s always great fun
                                                          This is not an easy outcome to achieve as the          second time.                                                                                                                                                                welcoming back so many of our Old Maynardians
                                                          inspection covered all aspects of school compliance                                                             Mr Simpson was an incredibly philanthropic                                                                         especially as, for some, this is often their first time
                                                          with over 500 guidance statements covering 39          Dick is a hugely experienced speaker, not just           man although he is perhaps most celebrated                                                                         returning since they left all those years ago! Last
                                                          legal requirements. These regulations look closely     in terms of having spent the last seven years            for inventing the ‘coin feed mechanism’ (or slot                                                                   year’s reunion were enormously successful, made
                                                          at safeguarding and welfare, safer recruitment of      delivering over 350 talks to schools and educational     machine) for prepayment gas meters in 1893-1894.                                                                   all the more glorious by the stunning weather,
                                                          staff, provision of education, health and safety (on   establishments around the world, but because he is       Subsequently, he moved down from Mansfield                                                                         and we hope for more of the same in the coming
                                                          and off site), behaviour management, fire safety,      a man who has gone through the horrors of his own        to work for the Exeter-based firm, Willey & Co             juices flow whilst knocking up some quite incredible    months!
Our diary continues to be filled with numerous            attendance and admissions monitoring and risk          son committing suicide as a result of depression.        Ltd, in producing these, becoming chairman for             looking (and tasting!) dishes in the relaxed company
concerts, plays and showcases across the school           assessments.                                           Since that point, Dick has made it his life mission to   many years. In total, the firm patented 200 of his         of the lovely Mrs Fanous and Mrs Finnegan. Even

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female role models all around, and the focus on        What would you say is your greatest
                                                                                                                                                    achievement really made me work hard to chase          achievement to date?
                                                                                                                                                    my dreams. There was a strong feeling that you
                                                                                                                                                    could achieve anything you wanted as long as you       Really engaging the Barabaig tribe in conservation.
                                                                                                                                                    worked hard and committed to it, and I tell so many    This is a sister tribe to the Maasai that is known
                                                                                                                                                    students the same thing today!                         to be very secretive and hostile, and we were told
                                                                                                                                                                                                           they would never engage with conservationists.
                                                                                                                                                    Talk us through your typical working day.              They were doing the majority of the lion killing in
                                                                                                                                                                                                           our study area, so we did all we could to engage
                                                                                                                                                    There is almost no typical day. In the field, I can    with them. It took over two years for us to get any
                                                                                                                                                    be out with the staff on one of our programmes,        communication with them at all, and was extremely
                                                                                                                                                    meeting villagers, going into the Park to look for     challenging. However, over the past eight years we
                                                                                                                                                    carnivores and talk to partners, or working with       have built a really good relationship with them,
                                                                                                                                                    our managers to keep all the programmes running.       and they have worked with us to prevent many lion
                                                                                                                                                    In Oxford, I help supervise students, write grant      killings, so that has been wonderful.
                                                                                                                                                    applications and reports, and write academic
                                                                                                                                                    papers. When I travel outside Africa, I am meeting     What are the highs and the lows with what you
                                                                                                                                                    funders and sharing the story of our work in the       do?
                                                                                                                                                    field. All the days are long, but I love the many
                                                                                                                                                    different aspects of the job.                          There are many highs and many lows. I love it

                                    Dr Amy Dickman
                                                                                                                                                                                                           when we know we have made a real difference – for
                                                                                                                                                    Who employs you and how is your work                   instance by preventing a lion hunt, saving poisoned
                                                                                                                                                    funded?                                                or snared animals, or enabling a poor child to go
                                                                                                                                                                                                           to school and improve their future. Conversely, it
                                                                                                                                                    I am employed by Pembroke College, in the              is very hard for the whole team when we have a
                                                                                                                                                    University of Oxford, and my position is held at the   poisoning or spearing incident, especially if many
                                                                                                                                                    Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (www.wildcru.      wild animals are killed. There are other lows as well
                                                                                                                                                    org), which is part of Oxford’s Zoology Department.    – leaving my young children when I travel, dealing
                                    What inspired you to become a wildlife                  watch them and learn about them. For a long time        My salary is paid for through the Recanati-Kaplan      with the risks of poisonous snakes and other
                                    conservationist?                                        I wondered about being a vet, but then decided I        Foundation, and I raise all the funds for our          dangerous animals in the bush, feeling isolated
Dr Amy Dickman, a leaver in 1994,                                                           really wanted to commit fully to wild animals, so did   fieldwork and other costs.                             from ‘normal’ life, family and friends, so it can be
  is now a National Geographic      I have always loved animals, and was keen on            a Zoology degree with the aim of working in big cat                                                            difficult.
                                    saving them from a young age – I saved day-             conservation.                                           What are the major challenges you face now?
 Explorer and a Senior Research     old chicks, would buy live crabs in the market                                                                                                                         Most recently, through the Ruaha Carnivore
   Fellow at Oxford University.     to (probably ill-advisedly) release back into           In what way did your time at The Maynard help           Securing the funding for the project is the biggest    Project you have branched out to help more
 Here, she shares some insights     the sea, and adopted lambs destined for the             prepare you for the challenges of your career?          challenge – the traditional conservation funding       than just the wildlife community. Can you tell
into her work conserving big cats   slaughterhouse. I remember going along Exmouth                                                                  model is short-term and relatively small but, as       us a little more about this?
  and empowering communities        seafront, and as my family collected cockles and        The Maynard was very positive for me indeed – I         the project grows, we need larger and more secure
   in Tanzania’s remote Ruaha       mussels, I trailed behind throwing them back into       think being in an all-girls setting meant that an       funding sources. We really want to scale our work      Our approach has always been that for long-
                                    the sea! I was particularly inspired by big cats, and   interest in science was not seen as ‘non-girly’, and    up, but the time and energy involved in securing the   term conservation, local people need to see
           landscape.               loved going to Paignton Zoo whenever I could to         was strongly encouraged. I also had such strong         funds is a huge challenge.                             a real benefit from the presence of wildlife on

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                                                    What do you see happening to the big cat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            now ?
                                                    populations throughout the world in the

                                                    It will be very challenging as we move towards
                                                    an ever more crowded world, as big cats need a
                                                    lot of space. If we want them to exist long-term in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               are they
                                                    any meaningful way, we will need to invest more
                                                    in protected areas, and also in solutions to help
                                                    people and big cats coexist more easily around and
                                                    outside existing Parks. I do think we can do this and
                                                    still maintain wild cats in the future, but it will need
                                                    more funding and resources than it has done so far.

                                                    Do you agree with animal conservation in zoos              in a Namibian hospital for three days, which was            Elizabeth Hamon                                        My parents were bombed out of our home in              there had been a pre-schooler in the house for at
                                                    around the world or is managing them in their              more scary than being attacked! I have also been                                                                   Eltham by a flying bomb (V1) in 1944 so when I left    least 19 of those years. And in that time, for nearly
                                                                                                                                                                           (née Beeny) – Leaver in 1945
                                                    natural habitat a better answer to increase the            scared by interactions with people – for instance                                                                  The Maynard in 1945 it was to West London that I       15 years we had at least one under three in the
                                                    dwindling populations?                                     when we are trying to stop angry, armed warriors            If there’s anyone out                                  returned and took a secretarial course at the Regent   house!
                                                                                                               from killing lions - but overall, I usually feel safe as    there who remembers                                    Street Polytechnic. The next few years included
                                                    This is not one or another – while zoos can never          we have a great team around us.                             me, I celebrated my 90th                               a year in France with a family, helping their older    As our youngest has gone into Year 10, and we
their land. We asked the communities what their     replace natural habitat and conservation in the                                                                        birthday in September                                  children with their English and a few months in        knew she would need support through GCSEs, we
main priorities were, and education was their top   wild, they can do a lot to support that. Zoos are one      How do you juggle your job with life back at                2018. I now live in                                    Switzerland in a children’s home.                      have decided to take a break for a couple of years
priority. Therefore, we developed the Kids 4 Cats   of the biggest funders of wild conservation work,          home in Devon?                                              Sevenoaks and my family                                                                                       (although I still do day care and holiday cover).
programme, where international schools provide      and have been vital to our project. This funding is                                                                    gave me a lovely day                                   When I married we had 4 children, followed by
books and equipment to village schools, and now     critical, and they can also reach millions of people       With a huge amount of support! I could never do all         in a hotel in Tunbridge                                some illness, so secretarial work had to take a back   Instead, I now volunteer for the local council on
provide Simba Scholarships to the best students     and get them interested in conservation, and help          this without the amazing support of my husband,             Wells. We had a big tea                                seat. I am still in touch with one Maynardian who      their Doula programme, working with vulnerable
through secondary school, and Carnivore College     show those people how they can take direct action          mother, mother-in-law and other family – they pick          so that my three great                                 lives in Norway.                                       women. This involves giving weekly support to a
scholarships for higher education.                  to support wildlife conservation.                          up childcare while I travel, and are just wonderful         grandchildren could join in (a fourth has since                                                               mum from week 34 of their pregnancy, attending
                                                                                                               all round. It is still very tough, and I hate leaving the   arrived!) and then the adults stayed on for dinner.                                                           appointments with them if they need support,
We also found that students were struggling at      Have you ever feared for your life and, if so,             children, but I hope that in the future they will see                                                              Ruth Fox                                               being their birthing partner, and giving six weeks of
school as they had no food all day, so we have      what happened?                                             that it was worth it.                                       With regard to The Maynard, I have mixed feelings                                                             post-natal support (it also means that I get my baby
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (née Blake) – Leaver in 1982
worked with local women’s groups to provide a                                                                                                                              as it was wartime and I was very lonely having been                                                           fix without being up all hours - unless mum goes
nutritious porridge every day, which increases      Yes, a couple of times. Once a huge male lion slept        The very nature of your job and the extensive               sent down alone by my parents to Exeter from our       I have had a slight                                    into labour at night!).
pupil attendance and attainment. These kinds        on my tiny tent, which absolutely terrified me – he        travel must be quite gruelling. Where do you                home in Eltham, London. After two years as a day       change of activity
of programmes – as well as our healthcare           lay down on me, and the only weapons I had were            see yourself in 20 years’ time?                             girl, staying with acquaintances, I was glad to join   recently. We have                                      So many women are isolated, or find themselves
and veterinary ones – seem far from big cat         a small multi-tool knife and a can of deodorant                                                                        the twenty four or so boarders at Rixlade, the house   been fostering babies                                  in difficult situations, and it is a real privilege to be
conservation, but actually they are crucial in      spray! The full story can be seen on https://video.        I still want the project to be running, and be              on Stoke Hill. Apart from homework, there was          for the last 11 years                                  able to stand alongside them at such a personal
improving local attitudes towards the presence of                stronger, and to have expanded similar models to            little to do and I was glad to have my bike with me,   and it’s fair to say we                                moment in their life.
these species.                                      d3cb-a96c-7b2dd9d00000 I was also once attacked            other locations. There is so much that needs to be          enjoying weekend cycle rides with Ann Boyd and         were quite tired. We
                                                    by a cheetah when I went into an enclosure (which          done, so I don’t see stopping this pace any time            Patience Gee.                                          worked out that in
                                                    we did as standard) – that ended up with me being          soon!                                                                                                              25 years of marriage

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Ruth Binney                                             So whether you’ve ever wondered why Heinz                     Patricia Roach                                           and laughing some more                               and her most recent
                                                        has 57 varieties, why 999 is the UK’s emergency        awards/athena-prize/                                                                                                     about, and at, ourselves                             publication is a co-
(née Chanter) – Leaver in 1961                                                                                                                                                 (née Brown) – Leaver in 1961
                                                        phone number but 911 is used in America, why                                                                                                                                    back then and now.                                   edited book on the
I was a pupil at The                                    Coco Chanel chose No. 5 for her iconic perfume, or     We are working to try and rebalance the ratio of                I moved to an old cottage in a small rural village in                                                         Cast Courts. She is
Maynard from 1951 to                                    how the title Catch 22 was chosen, then this is the    male to female experts quoted in the news (across               North East Fife last August, and I have a lot of work    What with families and                               currently preparing
1961, following which I                                 book for you. Dip in anywhere and you’ll find that     all mediums: print, radio and broadcast) which in               ahead to modernise it!                                   jobs and many miles                                  a book on German
graduated from Girton                                   numbers are not just for adding and measuring          2014 was a pretty shocking four male experts for                                                                         between us, moments                                  baroque sculpture,
College, Cambridge                                      but can be hugely entertaining and informative         every one female expert. More info here:                        Several years ago I joined the Dundee U3A, with          like these are too few. But we have vowed to make    and continues to
in Natural Sciences.                                    whether you’re buying a diamond or choosing                      whom I now play the ukulele and sing in a folk           them happen more as we race towards 50 and           lecture at art history
I began my career as                                    dinner from the menu.                                  women-experts-in-the-media-academy-of-medical-                  choir. Our ukulele group is in great demand to           beyond. Also to note that we didn’t sing Filiae      conferences. She
an editor in illustrated                                                                                       sciences-wins-diversity-prize.                                  play at care homes, Women’s Institutes and other         Devoniensus nor There’s Something About The          gave the keynote
non-fiction with Thames                                 My publisher, Robert Ertle of Rydon Publishing is                                                                      venues, and we won a Community Music award in            Maynard at midnight on the banks of the Amstel       lecture at a conference in Leuven in December
and Hudson and worked                                   based in Exeter and I now live in Yeovil, Somerset.                                                                    2017. We have played at the Scottish Parliament          but we could have done had we wanted to because      2018, and is speaking at a conference in Lisbon
for many prestigious                                    My sister Lois, who has lived in Vancouver since       Gillian Attwell                                                 Café twice now and have been invited back again          we all still very much remember the words.           in May 2019. She is also on the vetting committee
publishers including                                    1962 is also an Old Maynardian.                                                                                        later this year. It’s all great fun!                                                                          for the art fair at Maastricht (TEFAF) in March. She
                                                                                                               (née Brown) –
Mitchell Beazley (where I was an editor of the Joy of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        was Honorary Vice-President of the Society of
                                                                                                               Leaver in 1964
Knowledge Encyclopedia), Marshall Cavendish and                                                                                                                                I also belong to a U3A Walking group and an              Tessa Woodward                                       Antiquaries (2018-19), and serves on numerous
Reader’s Digest.                                        Melanie Etherton                                       After returning                                                 Outings group - so far we have had holidays in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Leaver in 1967
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             other scholarly committees. She has two children,
                                                                                                               from South                                                      Amsterdam, Iceland, Paris and Prague. This year we                                                            Thomas and Isabella, and now three grandchildren:
                                                        Leaver - 2011
Since ‘retiring’ back to the West Country in 2002                                                              Africa where                                                    are trying a cruise, travelling from Dundee as far out   Tessa, a prolific author in the field                Cassius, Arthur and Cecily. She divides her time
I have written numerous books and my latest is                                                                 I taught                                                        as The Faroes and down to Liverpool.                     of Teacher Education, has just had                   between West Sussex and Oxford.
the recently published 'The Number One Book of                                                                 Physical                                                                                                                 another book published, ‘Teacher
Numbers' (Rydon Publishing £12.99):                                                                            Education                                                       My sister Gill Attwell (Gill Brown) still lives near     Development Over Time: Practical
                                                                                                               for 20 years,                                                   Southampton and has now retired. She enjoys              Activities for Language Teachers’                    Abbey Southall
                                                                                                                                              Gillian Attwell (left) and her
Why is 7 such a lucky number and 13 so unlucky?                                                                my husband                            sister Patricia Roach.    walking and zumba and of course visiting her two         co-authored with Kathleen Gaves and Donald
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Leaver in 2008
Why does a jury traditionally have ‘12 good men                                                                and I came                                                      grandchildren.                                           Freeman and published by Routledge.
and true’, and why are there 24 hours in the day                                                               to live in the New Forest and I embarked on an                                                                                                                                I trained to be a teacher
and 60 seconds in a minute? This fascinating                                                                   MSc in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)                With best wishes to you all for 2019!                    The book addresses teacher learning over the         after studying Literature and
new book explores the world of numbers from                                                                    at the University of Southampton. Whilst all my                 Photo - Gill’s the one on the left, with her lovely      span of the careers of both novice and experienced   Philosophy at university then
pin numbers to book titles, and from the sixfold                                                               contemporaries were contemplating retiring - the                wavy, still blonde hair (sibling envy!!).                teachers in English Language Teaching (ELT).         taught in mainstream schools
shape of snowflakes to the way our roads, houses                                                               heady days when women could retire at 60 - I was                                                                                                                              in some very deprived areas
and telephone numbers are designated in fact                                                                   lucky enough to gain a post at the University of                                                                                                                              of Sheffield and Leeds before
and fiction. Using the numbers themselves as                                                                   Winchester as a dyslexia tutor. It was a wonderful              Clare Sayce, Katherine Mellanby,                         Holly Trusted                                        moving to London to work
its starting point it investigates everything from      I thought you might like to hear about some cool       12 years and I met some fabulous young people.                  Georgina Selby, Michelle Holford                         Leaver in 1973
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             at Little Forest Folk. I want to train in psychology
the origins and meaning of counting in early            stuff I’ve been working on. I don’t actually work in                                                                                                                                                                                 and then develop therapeutic techniques based on
                                                        science so much as around it, and my team and                                                                          Leavers in 1996
civilizations to numbers in proverbs, myths and                                                                I retired last year and took up grandparent duties                                                                       From January 2019, Holly (previously Marjorie)       forest school ideals which could be used to support
nursery rhymes and the ancient ‘science’ of             I have just won a biennial award from the Royal        looking after my two grandsons for two days a                   Last October four of us of the Class of ‘96 spent        Trusted became an Honorary Senior Research           pupils who are at risk of exclusion or who are being
numerology. It also focuses on the quirks of odds       Society for our work increasing the number of          week. When I’ve recovered from that, I walk, go to              a weekend in Amsterdam to celebrate turning              Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, having     educated in pupil referral units. There are quite
and evens, primes, on numbers in popular sports –       female scientists in the media:                        Zumba and swim. I’d love to know what my school                 40. (Waah! We all still feel about 17 and a half,        stepped down from her position as Senior Curator     a few Old Maynardians in London and we meet
and much, much more.                                                                                           peers (1957-1964) are up to.                                    especially when we’re together.) Many, many hours        of Sculpture. She was Lead Curator of the V&A’s      regularly, mostly to eat delicious food.
                                                                                                                                                                               were spent talking and talking and then laughing         Cast Courts, which re-opened in December 2018,

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Heather Goddard                                          three years took up a post in Bristol in a large         associations which meant I travelled to a hotel on     Finally, in late 2018, I came full circle and moved      in consultancy with logistics companies, a                 one of the Directors in an
                                                         comprehensive school as the “Cookery teacher”!           Woodbury quite frequently and I also visit Devon       back to Exeter as a Senior Radiographer in CT &          laboratory testing paintings for authenticity and          Actor-Writer Gym.
(née Simons) - Leaver 1957
                                                         From there, I taught for a further 33 years in a         County Council offices.                                MRI. It’s definitely a challenging job but can also be   then becoming a founder member of The Art Due
I entered Maynard in 1953 and what a year that was       Catholic secondary school situated in a very                                                                    incredibly rewarding. My family still live near Exeter   Diligence Group.                                           She is currently working on
as I had not only gained a scholarship to Maynard,       deprived area, ending up as Head of Faculty. The         This year, to commemorate the 100 years of the         and I have a small nephew and niece who I love                                                                      two spring productions: as
but had a brand new bike for my birthday which           children were great characters and enjoyed a great       suffragette movement, my authority has been            spending time with.                                      Pandora then set up a training business, to train          Director and Dramaturge
was in June and which was just a few days after the      feeling of success when they did well despite their      recognising the role of inspirational women in                                                                  captains and crew on Superyachts about how to              for a new play – The Four
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and I had a cake        humble backgrounds.                                      the community and I have the nomination for            It hardly seems like 20 years but I’m looking forward    care for fine art. A major part of this role is teaching   Horsemen - to be performed in Manchester and as
which was beautifully decorated by a professional                                                                 inspirational politician.                              to the anniversary celebrations later in the year and    art appreciation to crew who often don’t know              Assistant Director for The Amber Trap in London.
icing artist in red, white and blue! We did not          I took early retirement in 1999 but then worked for                                                             hearing what everyone has been up to since our           what is around them. “I love the mental stimulation
own a television but my auntie had bought one            the City of Bristol further education college with       This celebration is in March and we will be talking    Maynard days.                                            from the people I meet, the places I visit and             There are a number of other projects in the
especially for the coronation - a 9 inch one with a      students who were recovering from drug addiction         to many young girls to inspire them to achieve                                                                  working in a creative industry. I am so lucky to have      pipeline, including plans for a TV documentary.
magnifying glass                                         and adults suffering mental health problems;             their dreams and I am looking forward to that          PS. The baby in the picture is my newborn niece,         been able to make a career out of being an art             Anyone interested in finding out more can visit:
over the screen to                                       this was probably the most rewarding teaching I          opportunity very much. It will be a fitting end to a   born last summer.                                        historian. Art History is a fabulous subject to study,
make the black and                                       ever did. I also had a Home Office appointment           long career in politics and a good way to finish and                                                            but the options after leaving university can be hard
white picture bigger                                     as a member of the Board of Visitors at a youth          start retirement!                                                                                               to find. To work in the art world with like-minded
(no colour television                                    offending prison which took young men up to                                                                     Pandora Mather-Lees                                      people is fulfilling and enriching. Moreover, it has       Cathy Elliott
in those days!).                                         21 years of age. My special responsibility was the                                                                                                                       also been very stimulating to be able to combine
                                                                                                                                                                         (née Cook) - Leaver in 1976                                                                                         Leaver in 1994
Several families                                         education section of the establishment which was         Jacqui Martin                                                                                                   my work in fine art with work in related areas such
crowded around                                           in contrast the most disappointing experience as,                                                               Pandora Mather-Lees lived in the big red house           as interior design and the marine environment.             Having graduated from the
                                                                                                                  Leaver in 1999
this contraption in                                      when they were short of staff, these young people’s                                                             on the corner opposite school and started in the                                                                    University of Manchester, I
a small terraced                                         education was stopped and they spent 23 hours            To cut a long story short                              Kindergarten in 1964. After The Maynard, she             These are areas where fine art, sculpture and              began a career in the charity
house in Heavitree.                                      per day locked in their cells!                           after I left school in 1999                            went to St Godric’s College in London for a year’s       design feature heavily, so it is a natural transition,     sector in 1999 at the Hallé
                                                                                                                  I went to York University                              secretarial course and got her first job in PR with      however it also demands that one learns about              Orchestra. I became a charity
I enjoyed my time at Maynard especially as I was         I have been married to my husband John for 55            to study History, which                                Biss Lancaster. From there, she joined what is now       new markets, new players and a whole new set of            Chief Executive in 2009 in the
a keen diver and was able to train before and after      years and have one son, Stephen, who has his own         I loved.                                               Publicis Advertising as an assistant. Then she had a     industry regulations and considerations.”                  community foundation movement which led to
school at Exeter Swimming baths. I won the South         business training school in medical gases.                                                                      stint for a few years in South Africa to explore a new                                                              many opportunities, including presenting to the
Western Counties Girls Diving Championship in two        Along the way I entered the political arena and          After graduating                                       world. In the early 90s Pandora went to Manchester                                                                  Home Affairs Select Committee on youth crime
consecutive years which took place on an open            was first elected in 1979 when Margaret Thatcher         in 2002 I did a few                                    University as a                                          Anastasia Bruce-Jones                                      prevention, chairing a business leaders roundtable
air board off Plymouth Hoe. The sea left a lot to be     was first elected (the district and national elections   different jobs before                                  mature student                                                                                                      with the Governor of the Bank of England, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Leaver in 2015
desired as ice cream tubs, and skins of bananas          were held on the same day). I was a district             considering my career options and concluding           and obtained a                                                                                                      completing an International Fellowship with the
and orange peel and crisp packets, all collected in      councillor for 17 years and chaired several of the       my best bet was to go back to university and try       1st Class Degree                                         Anastasia gained a First Class degree from Gonville        City University of New York. I now have a portfolio
the sea at that point. No luxury like the Life Centre    main committees as well as being the first and only      something else. That something else was a BSc in       in the History of                                        and Caius College, Cambridge, last year, after which       of work which includes a Ministerial appointment
that Tom Daley had to progress his diving career!        woman chair of the council in 1986/87.                   Diagnostic Radiography at Exeter University, quite     Art. Following this                                      she took her adaptation of The Tempest on a tour           for an HS2 funding programme with the
I left school after two terms in the Sixth Form with 5                                                            a turnaround for someone whose worst subject at        she was accepted                                         of the USA then returned to the UK for a week’s run        Department for Transport, being a Non-Executive
GCEs and turned my General Science examination           This council was disbanded in 1997 to form a new         school was Physics!                                    by Keble College                                         of the production at Cambridge. She is now living in       Director of a NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester,
into further O-levels in Biology, Chemistry and          unitary authority. This year I will have completed                                                              Oxford to read                                           London and successfully pursuing her ambition to           and being a member of the Advisory Council for
Physics.                                                 another 16 years. I have held two Cabinet posts -        After qualifying in 2008 I worked in York for over     Ancient History.                                         direct and write.                                          Tate Liverpool. I live in south Manchester with my
                                                         that of Communities and Tourism and Leader of            eight years, then moved back to the Westcountry in                                                                                                                         partner and five-year-old son.
I then entered teacher training college at Brighton      all Strategic Partnerships, European issues and          2017 to work in Plymouth.                              Then followed 20 years with the Bridgeman Art            She was Assistant Director for a production at the
and Seaford College of Housecraft and after              represented the Council of many West of England                                                                 Library and Arnet, followed by a ‘plural’ career         Leicester Square Theatre, then was invited to be

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Alice Carse                                            love, maths, and trained as a secondary maths            come to 21 Albemarle Street to see the beautiful
                                                       teacher. For ten years she worked in schools near        building and the Faraday Museum: it is little known
Leaver in 2002
                                                       her home in Berkshire, enjoying sharing her love of      but well worth visiting.
I have just become engaged                             maths (and earning the title of “Maths evangelist”!!).
to be married to Joseph                                In 2017 she was appointed Primary Mathematics
Dunn, formerly of Exeter                               Masterclass Coordinator by the Royal Institution         Abby Cresswell
School. We met in the Sixth                            (Ri).
                                                                                                                (née Hunt) - Leaver in 1994
Form and remained close
friends for 18 years.                                  The Ri Masterclass programme began in 1978,              After moving all over the UK for university and
                                                       flowing from the famous Ri Christmas Lectures,           subsequent jobs, I have now
We finally started going                               with the thought that maths and science are not          settled in Wales, living just
out in 2018 and got engaged in February. We            just for Christmas! The Masterclasses allow some         inside the Brecon Beacons
now live in Hampshire. Joe is a senior engineer        time and space for school children to enjoy some         National Park. This move was
in the aerospace and defence industry and I am a       complex mathematical topics, meeting with peers          cemented by my marriage
barrister practising in London.                        from a number of different schools, usually on six       to James in August 2018.
                                                       or eight occasions; in this way there is a sustained     We married in Llangorse
We will be married in Exeter on 30 July 2019. Our      engagement with a variety of inspiring workshops.        (where James has family
wedding celebrations will be attended by our           These Masterclasses are led by enthusiastic experts      connections going back centuries) and enjoyed a
friends from The Maynard and Exeter School.            from a wide variety of backgrounds, including            wonderful day - among the guests was fellow Old
                                                       academia and industry.                                   Maynardian Debbie Khiytani (née Jones)! We share

                                                                                                                                                                       a tribute to many
                                                                                                                our home with our two cats and James’ son, Harry,
Alison Eves                                            Alison is inspired by a phrase sometimes used            is with us regularly.
                                                       by the mathematician Marcus du Sautoy; “The
(née Hughes) - Leaver in 1983

                                                                                                                                                                      years of fabulous
                                                       Shakespeare of Mathematics”. His point is that we        I have worked for a spatial data management
Alison has found her dream job! Since leaving the      show young children the beauty of Shakespearian          company for the last three years, specialising in
Maynard and completing                                 language without expecting them to understand            heritage data and mapping (having spent 10 years

a Maths degree at Royal                                every detail… we should do the same with maths,          as an Archaeological Investigator with English
Holloway (University of                                allowing pupils to see how wonderful and how             Heritage, amongst other jobs!). In my spare time, I
London) Alison has fulfilled                           beautiful (and how useful) mathematics can be. Her       also help James run his geology tourism company
a number of roles, paid and                            main role is to work with the network of volunteers      (GeoWorld Travel), doing admin and accounts,
unpaid. Initially training                             across the country to enable hundreds of 10 and          and even doing a spot of archaeological guiding in
and working as a Chartered                             11 year olds every year to access the exciting and       various locations when required!
Accountant, Alison soon                                inspiring Primary Mathematics Masterclasses; she is
followed her heart into teaching. She began by         always looking for new schools and organisations         I have many happy memories of my time at The
tutoring graduates studying for their professional     to work with to extend the network, as well as new       Maynard and am pleased to still be in contact with
accountancy exams and, after a seven year career       speakers.                                                a number of my old classmates via Facebook. We
break to be at home with her three young children,                                                              arranged an unofficial reunion in 2015 at Double
Alison returned to teaching.                           If you might like to be involved in the programme in     Locks, which was really well attended and great
                                                       any way please get in touch!                             fun! I’m now looking forward to our ‘official’
Beginning with teaching economics A-level for                                                                   reunion at the school later this year, although I
eight years, she then returned to her first academic   And if you find yourself at a loose end in London,       can’t quite believe it’s 25 years since we left...!

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How would you like to be remembered?
       In July we will say a very fond farewell to
      the wonderful Mrs Wilks after 27 years here                                                                                                                       I would like to be remembered as helping
       at The Maynard. She HAS covered a number                                                                                                                         Maynardians to grow in confidence, discover the
      of roles at school, most recently as Deputy                                                                                                                       joy of life and the importance of a positive mental
                                                                                                                                                                        attitude, as well as for my collection of owls and
     Headmistress and also Designated Lead Officer                                                                                                                      coloured pencils.
                    on Safeguarding.
                                                       –                                                                                                                For those in the know, you have a reputation as
                                                                                                                                                                        a bit of a culture ‘buff’. What do you enjoy most
      She will be very sadly missed by colleagues, students and our Old Maynardian                                                                                      in your free time?
        community but we will always be enormously grateful for her significant
        contribution to the school and wish her the very happiest of retirements.                                                                                       I love Radio 4, detective stories, the novels of
                                                                                                                                                                        Sebastian Faulks and visiting historic sites,
                                                                                                                                                                        imagining the lives of people who have lived there,
How many years have you worked at The                      for the next stage in their lives - confident and                                                            especially Hampton Court. I also enjoy watching
Maynard and what roles have you covered in                 excited about what lies ahead. The reading from the

                                                                                                                                                                        Inspector Montalbano and Beck on BBC4.
that time?                                                 works of Albert Schweitzer that I have done for a
                                                           number of years at the Leavers’ Assembly sums up
                                                                                                                              THE YEARS HAVE SPED BY

This is my 27th year and I really can’t believe it.        this feeling.
                                                                                                                          AND IT HAS BEEN A JOY AND A                   You have taught history throughout your                                                                        What are your retirement plans?
                                                                                                                         PRIVILEGE TO WORK IN SUCH A                    Maynard career. What is your favourite era or                       I HAD A COUPLE OF PHONE
The years have sped by and it has been a joy and
                                                                                                                                      GREAT SCHOOL.                     moment in history and why?                                      INTERVIEWS WITH THE POLICE                     I am hoping to write a novel based loosely on my
a privilege to work in such a great school. I joined       What was your own school experience like and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           FOLLOWED BY A VISIT FROM                    mother’s experiences at the end of World War
the Maynard as Head of History, then became Head           do you think this in any way related to your                                                                 Whist every period of History is fascinating (I have              TWO MEMBERS OF THE ANTI-                     II, spend time with my children and four lovely
of Sixth Form and then Deputy Head. During my              ethos whilst working at The Maynard?                  She called me Hacky Wacky (my maiden name was          to say that) my main interest is in 20th century                           TERRORIST SQUAD.                    grandchildren and volunteer with the charity Shine
time I have also taught some Latin and Classical                                                                 Hackforth). I was very proud to have been elected      inter-war European History because it saw so many                                                              which helps people with spina bifida as one of my
Civilisation, Critical Thinking, General Studies           I loved my school years. Between the ages of 10 and   Senior Student (Head Girl) in my final year. I have    huge changes in peoples’ lives which have had           What will be the first thing on your list to           grandsons has this condition.
and Careers. The one constant has been teaching            12 I attended a stage school, the Arts Educational,   tried to make Maynardians’ experience of school as     such lasting effects. I hope to learn more about the    do once you have said your goodbyes to the
History which is my passion.                               which explains my love of musical theatre and tap     positive as my own.                                    history of Eastern Europe over the next few years.      School?                                                If you won the lottery, what would you do with
                                                           dancing in particular. From aged 12 onwards I was                                                                                                                                                                           all the money?
What have been your best or most memorable                 lucky enough to attend Queen’s College in Harley      There are so many success stories from The             You were of ‘police interest’ in the Salisbury          I will go down to Budleigh Salterton and sit looking
moments here?                                              Street in the heart of London during the “Swinging    Maynard but we never really hear about                 poisoning incident last March. Can you explain          out at the sea thinking about the past, present        If I won the lottery, I would build a theatre for the
                                                           Sixties” when everything seemed possible and          the other things that go on! What are the              how this came to be?                                    and future. I then hope to go on a cruise of the       Maynard, travel to Vietnam, Canada and South
Some of my most memorable moments have been                members of the Beatles and Rolling Stones were        naughtiest things that you have had to deal                                                                    Norwegian fjords.                                      America and support the charity Shine.
performing in five staff plays, finding my office          often seen driving around. The school is well known   with?                                                  On 4th March last year I met up with my family in
covered in drawing of owls on “muck up” day, being         for the number of pioneering women who have                                                                  Zizi’s restaurant in Salisbury for a pre Mother’s Day                                                          And finally, what do you think you will miss the
given a surprise birthday celebration by the Sixth         been educated there over the years, including         A few years ago one of the Upper 3’s poured a cup      lunch. Unknown to me, the Skripals were sitting         What has made you especially proud during              most when you leave?
Form on my 50th birthday when I thought I was              Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (one of the first women    of water out of the window of room 12 and it landed    a few tables away. As a result I had two phone          your career at The Maynard?
going to teach General Studies, watching take offs         doctors) and Octavia Hill, one of the founders of     on the head of a visitor to the school. I managed to   interviews with the police followed by a visit at my                                                           I will miss the joy of working with such great young
of myself in numerous Sixth Form entertainments,           the National Trust. The school was relaxed and        keep a straight face.                                  home by two members of the anti-terrorist squad         I have been thrilled to see a number of past pupils    people and wonderful colleagues.
taking trips to Berlin and the First World War             non-competitive and the Headmistress during my                                                               who had driven down from London. It was all very        become History teachers and, in their turn, pass on
battlefields and seeing generations of leavers ready       time was wonderfully tolerant and unconventional.                                                            unsettling.                                             their passion for History.

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by Botany, Chemistry and Physics, so would have                                                                              night, 6 people in the house were killed, including
             News from the                                 excluded anything as unpleasant as the workings of                                                                           Fay Beauchamp who was in Upper One at the
                                                           the human body!                                                                                                              time. She had been at school in Jersey until 1940:

Archive                                                    An archivist receives email enquiries as well as
                                                           artefacts, and these can lead to interesting lines of
                                                           investigation. A researcher for the Devon History
                                                                                                                                                                                        would that have been safer? Another Maynardian
                                                                                                                                                                                        was involved too. Ann Sant aged 9 is recorded as
                                                                                                                                                                                        moving away after the blitz, and it is also recorded
                                                                                                                                                                                        that Kathleen Sant aged 42 was killed in Leebourne.
  School reports, a long-playing                           Society asked for information on alumna Hester                                                                               It seems likely that this was Ann’s mother, and that
                                                           Frood, who was a well-known artist from Topsham                                                                              she then moved to live with relatives elsewhere.
   record, an autograph book,                              and one of a family involved in the suffrage                                                                                 A postscript to this story is that when excavations
 photographs – what these have                             movement. I was also contacted about Clara                                                                                   were made to build Bradley Hall, the contractors
 in common is that they were all                           Andrew, who was a leading light in the organisation                                                                          found a ‘hole in the ground’, which was the bomb
donations to the school archive in                         which brought Belgian refugees to Devon from                                                                                 crater, about 12m diameter by 4.5m deep.
          the past year.                                   1914 onwards. She lived in Southernhay West,               Phyllis Dearmans’ sketch of her ambulance known as ‘Bill Henry’
                                                           where her brother established a legal practice. She                                                                          Next door
                                                           was featured in the ‘Devon Voices’ exhibition in the      to Barnfield Hill, was the home of Rev Edmund                      (but with a
I am always pleased                                        RAMM at the end of 2018, as was Phyllis Dearman,          Foweraker when he retired from his post as                         considerable
to receive items of                                        Exeter’s first female ambulance driver.                   Headmaster of Exeter Cathedral School. It also                     area of garden
interest, as everything                                                                                              housed his wife Emma and son Albert, and a cook.                   between) was
helps to build up                                          I also investigated the Veitch family who                 Albert married Annie and continued to live in the                  Traceyville. This
a picture of the                                           ran horticultural nurseries in Exeter for                 family home (1901 census) while working as an                      was built for
school over the                                            several generations. There are a number of                artist, though they had set up their own home by                   Walter Hamlin, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Traceyville in 1972
years. Memories are                                        commemorative information boards around the               1911. After the First World War, Colonel Hibberd                   corn dealer, who
prompted by items                                          city concerning them, and gardens in Southernhay          bought the house. He had been in the Devonshire                    lived there with
such as the record of                                      planted with examples of their discoveries. The           Regiment Cyclist Battalion (no, I didn’t know there                his wife Sarah         ‘Our’ blue plaque, unveiled on March 7   projected, as in the original house. Transition (Y2)   by the light of the fire I could see their paintings
‘Captain Noah and                      Record sleeve       final member of the family to be involved was             were cyclist battalions, either!) and his daughter                 and one servant.                              outside Tregear   were also on the ground floor.                         stirring on the further wall. I was glad to get outside
his floating zoo’; some                                    Mildred Veitch, whose name is on the oldest               Mary was a pupil at Maynard until about 1932.                      They sold the                                                                                                          again. Almost immediately we were allowed to go
readers will remember with fondness Mrs Barton,            honours board in the school hall. She had spent           By 1939, the house had changed hands again,                        house to The Maynard in 1926, and it became the                 Little of the old house now remains, though there      into the cloak-room to salvage shoe-bags.’ After a
whose choir made this recording and another of             a few years as a History teacher after gaining her        and was the home of Colonel A E Morrall, whose                     Junior Department. Previous to that, the younger                is evidence of the original doorway on the side        major exercise in re-organisation, they managed to
‘Joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat’.           degree at St Hilda’s Oxford, but came back to Exeter      First World War service had been with the South                    pupils had been in the Main School building,                    facing Bradley Hall. The rest had to be re-built       have the Junior School in operation again within
                                                           to take charge of the company. She eventually sold        Wales Borderers. That makes it seem likely that                    with the Kindergarten (Year 1) in what is now the               after an arson attack caused a major fire in 1972.     a week using rooms in other buildings, though the
The school reports from the 1930’s were a contrast         it to St Bridget’s, where it is a happy coincidence to    he was part of the Morrall family which owned a                    Headmistress’s office. An extension was built at the            Fortunately this was at night, so no-one was hurt,     rebuilding of Traceyville took a year.
to those that we use now; most teachers gave only          find that more Maynard alumnae run the company.           company making needles in Redditch. As an aside,                   back of the house, alongside the Tregear tennis                 and the more modern extension was saved. The
one or two words in comment on their subject,              (I wonder if any reader lives in Veitch Close or Veitch   they advertised using a crest entitled the “needle                 courts, which had two large classrooms on the first             Headmistress at the time, Miss Bradley, later          The third house to be built on Spicer Road at that
and the form mistress (assumed to be female!) had          Gardens?)                                                 makers’ arms” which showed Adam and Eve                            floor and an assembly hall below. That is familiar              wrote about that night in the school magazine:         time was Tregear. I wrote about Stephen Simpson
to copy them all onto one piece of paper. Great                                                                      with the needles they used to sew their fig leaves                 to many generations of Junior pupils; Lower One                 ‘The young policeman appeared at the top of the        in last year’s magazine, so I will not repeat that
emphasis was given to the student’s position in the                                                                  together!                                                          (Y3) had one of the classrooms and Form Two (Y5)                fire escape and beckoned me up to have a look.         here. However, the latest news is that we are very
                                                           Gracious Living in Spicer Road
form, though there was no indication of how many                                                                                                                                        the other. Upper One (Y4) were in the older part of             I joined him and we made our way along the             grateful to the Simpson family who have made it
pupils she was competing with. The list of subjects        At the same time as the Main School building was          The story of the house called Leebourne comes                      the building on the first floor overlooking Spicer              smoke-filled, blackened top corridor from which        possible for a blue plaque to be erected outside
available for study included ‘Drill’, as well as French,   being erected, three large houses were built on           to an abrupt end on 4 May 1942. The German                         Road, with Kindergarten beneath them, in rooms of               the flames had been beaten back in the nick of         Tregear to commemorate his time there before it
German, Latin and Greek. Science was represented           ‘our’ side of Spicer Road. Leebourne, the nearest         bombing of Exeter destroyed the house. On that                     slightly unusual shape with three windows which                 time. Upper One’s door had been burnt away, and        was sold to the school in 1912.

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