Remembering Mrs Margaret Smithers
HEAD TEACHER 1977 - 1986
When Mrs Smithers was appointed Head Teacher in 1977, she was ideally suited to the job in several ways.
Varndean was in the process of converting from a girls’ Grammar School to a mixed Comprehensive High School. A variety of new skills were required to educate a broader range of students. Mrs Smithers possessed these, having already been a Deputy Head at Dorothy Stringer (then a secondary modern school) and Head of Knoll Girls’ School in Hove.
However, she also understood Varndean’s traditions. As Margaret Stonor, she had been a student here herself, serving as School Captain in 1942-3. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she remained in Brighton and described war-time schooling, including having to race to the air raid shelters at the back of the school when the sirens sounded for a day-light raid.
She successfully guided the fortunes of the new mixed comprehensive for 9 years until her retirement, when she passed the baton on to Pam Bowmaker.
PROM 2022 #proud https://t.co/l6iCxsQgUO
BIG THANK YOU to Molly for organising the Y11 prom (on her birthday too) https://t.co/RL7TL11Mic
How apt that you saw the Y7 Popcorn Enterprise pitches this afternoon too https://t.co/U0oaw52Oo5
The #prom balloons are ready and on their way! A huge thank you to the team for pulling together what promises to be a fantastic celebration for our students #memorymakers #schoolleavers https://t.co/pgvsd2M25B
@ZoeAMilton Thank you so much for coming!