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1918-1925: The Aftermath of War

The Great War changed the status of women for the better. By 1918, women over the age of 30 were eligible to vote and by 1920 they could be full members of Oxford University.

Several important appointments were made during these years: Miss Jaques (above), a PE mistress and later acting headmistress on several occasions; Miss Hoggan and Miss Makin, Classics teachers; and the notable Miss Udall.

School trips became part of the curriculum, with the Historical Society visiting Coventry, Maxstoke and Baddesley Clinton. Miss Adams roused political interest by holding a mock election (where the meagre three members of the Bolshevist party made a coalition with Labour).

On 17th December 1919 the Musical Society gave their first joint KEHS/KES concert, marking the start of an increasingly vibrant musical calendar.

In 1921, Phoenix changed from a record of events to the colourful and creative work we know it to be today. It commented on the new changes to the school uniform, which included a boxy blazer that the girls could only describe as ‘serviceable'.

In 1925, the school held a production of ‘The Prince and the Pauper' - based on Mark Twain's story of Edward VI - to mark the departure of Miss Major. Interest in drama had waxed and waned over the years, but this production marked the start of a gradual progression.