Former King’s Lynn High School for Girls pupils invited to special reunion

Old School Court on King Street, the former High School for girls in King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew U

Old School Court on King Street, the former High School for girls in King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Do your childhood memories consist of green PE knickers, pill-box hats and trying to make your teachers cry?

The green beret from King's Lynn High School for Girls. Picture: Veronica Woods

The green beret from King's Lynn High School for Girls. Picture: Veronica Woods - Credit: Archant

Pupils of the former West Norfolk and King's Lynn High School for Girls are being invited to a special reunion.

It's being held on Saturday, April 28 at Springwood High School in Lynn.

Former pupil Veronica Woods, who is organising the get together, still looks back fondly on her school days.

'Latin, PE and English were my favourite subjects,' she said. 'We had the most wonderful English teacher who made the lessons fun, as well as Mrs Hardwick, Mr Gattlegrott and Mrs Chillislate, who will be remembered by all who attended the school.'


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She also admitted: 'The most fun we had was probably doing the things we shouldn't.'

Pupils, who had to wear green kickers in PE, disliked them so much they would hang them from the light fittings. More mischievous classmates would spread vapour rub on teachers' desks to try to make them cry.

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Ms Woods, now 52, said the thing she remembered most from high school were the friendships she made. She hopes the reunion in April will rekindle some old friendships and help put her back in touch with people she hasn't seen for 50 years.

West Norfolk and King's Lynn High School for Girls originally opened its gates in 1886.

It was based on King Street, at the junction with Ferry lane, for most of the 20th Century. It merged with Alderman Catleugh Secondary School to become Springwood High School in 1979.

Pupils were distinguished by its distinctive bottle green-coloured uniform, which included a beret.

'We used to backcomb our hair so that you couldn't see the badge and could hardly see the beret,' said former pupil Sandie Slater.

'Some girls would put cardboard strips in their berets to convert them into pill-box hats. They certainly looked more stylish'.

The school used to be focused on mainly domestic subjects until the latter part of the 1900's when more educational subjects became accessible.

If you would like to attend the reunion or find out more contact the West Norfolk and King's Lynn High School for Girls Facebook page, e-mail sue.oga@icloud.com or call Ms Woods on 07522 783638.

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