Berkhamsted Girls' Grammar School
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!