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Pamela Genton (née Robinson) - Class of 1939 (May 2015)

I attended KEHS from 1935 (aged 10) until the end of the Autumn Term in 1939. I was brought home from Cheltenham (after the school had been evacuated there due to the wartime bombing in Birmingham) by my anxious father because of near starvation while in two unfortunate billets.

I attended Miss Berry’s (who had also been a KEHS pupil) Secretarial College. After proving to my parents that I could earn a living - should they be killed in the war - by working for two professors at Central House, Selly Oak Colleges, I was allowed to pursue my chosen career: teaching ballet, elocution and speech therapy.

I met and married Richard, my lovely husband, in 1947. I had my first daughter in 1948 and my second in 1951. I enjoyed bringing up the children, doing amateur dramatics and painting until the girls finished at University. I then did medical market research until I was 80. 

We celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1997 and the following year my husband died after 51 years of very happy marriage.

Now I paint, play bridge occasionally, am a “Friend” of the Yehudi Menhuin School where I attend many concerts, help in a charity shop, garden and entertain friends and family.

I often used to travel to South Africa to visit my brother who lived in the Cape until he died, and enjoyed driving through Europe and visiting my elder daughter Liz in Milan (before she returned to the UK) and younger daughter Anne who lives in France. I now regularly visit Liz & husband in their second home in Gozo, and Anne and her family in France.

My wonderful daughters arranged a superb party for my 90th birthday last December for about 70 friends & relatives. They contacted KEHS for school photos which all led to the very enjoyable day I spent at the school last Saturday (May 9th). It was actually the very first time that I had visited the building and I was most impressed by the splendid facilities now enjoyed by the present day pupils and delighted that, through talking to other “old girls”, I was given the means to contact two of my contemporaries!

I’m eternally grateful for the education and start in life that KEHS gave to me.

Margery Elliott - Class of 1938 (May 2015)

I am a very old girl; I was 95 last July. I had a wonderful birthday party to which my pal since school days, Mary Hughes nee Yard, came and 33 days later I attended her 95th birthday party! Sadly, Mary died on New Year's Eve 2014. 

I am about to publish my first book and only book, 'The Story of Rotten Park'. The publisher will be Brewin Books of Studley. 

Jeanne Edmonds (née Bennett) – Class of 1935

On my first day at KE, I was met at the door by Twist and by Gumery, in cap and apron waiting to look after any girl who needed help. Our form mistress gave us our daily timetable.

At 16 the dreaded day of the School Certificate arrived. I took one look at the paper and my mind went blank. I was saved by the school secretary. She thought I might be interested in a holiday placement at the School of Orthoptics. My life changed. I passed my first exam with honours and developed a career which could spread in many directions.

We were offered commissions in all three services during WW2 but, as I was married to an RAF officer and now had a baby son, I chose not to accept. After the war, I lost my husband and resumed orthoptics until I met my second husband and remarried at the age of 64.

Bridget Hughes (née Marples) – Class of 1935

I’m now 94 and it has been a long time since KE. My daughter is a first class nurse and I am well looked after. My other daughter, Dr Kate Pretty, has just retired at the age of 68 and she is the last Old Ed in the family. She was Principal of Homerton College at Cambridge, which was a female teachers’ training college, but she leaves it the largest college in Cambridge, very successful, with its own Royal Charter.