Berkhamsted Girls' Grammar School

1905-09

By Jill Barber

My grandmother, Elsie Chandler, was a pupil at Berkhamsted Girls’ School from 1905-1909.  She was 13 when she entered the Junior School, transferring to the Senior School in 1907, and leaving at the age of 16.

Elsie was a weekly boarder, as she lived 15 miles away at Linslade, Bucks, where her father was a corn and coal merchant.  She remembered being unhappy at school, where many of the girls came from a higher social background.

Her Senior School reports show that the older girls studied Literature, Ancient History, Euclid, Algebra and Chemistry.  A very broad curriculum for girls at that time.

When she left school Elsie became a cashier, but went on to become a teacher, so perhaps her memories of school were not all bad!

This page was added on 28/02/2011.

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