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Remembered with Affection - Miss Peggy Harris 1921-2023, Former Head of Junior School

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Miss Harris, esteemed former headmistress of the Junior School, who died peacefully on October 22nd 2023 at the age of 102.
Miss Harris dedicated three decades of her life to the Junior School, serving from 1949 to 1980.
Miss Harris dedicated three decades of her life to the Junior School, serving from 1949 to 1980.

The onset of the WWII abruptly halted Peggy's plans to study at the Sorbonne University in Paris in September 1939. Instead, she spent a few years in a clerical role before joining the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1942. Following the war's conclusion, Peggy embarked on a teacher training course at the Froebel Institute (now part of the University of Roehampton). Upon graduating in 1949, she promptly assumed her first teaching position at St Swithun’s Junior School, where she became Headmistress, remaining dedicated to the school until her retirement in 1980.

Her legacy and contributions to the school community will be fondly remembered by all who had the privilege of being taught by her or working with her.

We warmly invite you to share any memories you may have of Peggy or Miss Harris, as you may have known her, as her influence undoubtedly touched the lives of many. 

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