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1977-1996: Miss Ena Evans

In 1977 the first of two consecutive Miss Evans became headmistress. She too faced the challenge of the phasing out of Direct Grant places, which she tackled with dry humour. She shared the view that community and responsibility should be at the core of the school, but was more liberal in other areas.

Miss Evans emphasised the importance of a full life, encouraging girls to be academic, professional and charitable. She encouraged girls to think about taking positions as magistrates and school governors in later life. She also started a programme of international links. To this day the school retains contact with schools in New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

The school campus also changed dramatically under her leadership. In 1984, the Peter Bennett Centre was built and in 1989 the new Sports Hall.

Miss Evans retired in 1996.

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