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History of the School

In January 1920, Bedgebury Park School opened under the new Headmistress, the redoubtable Dorothy Hunter, who settled in with her ‘first fifteen’ – five girls, five teachers and five maids.

Over the next eighty-six years, the school maintained a splendid reputation as a “broad access” school, serving students of a wider ability range than many similar establishments, and, by 1936, pupils numbered more than 70.  In 1940, during wartime, the school was evacuated to Wales, returning in 1946 with 90 girls.

In 1949 the guest at speech day was Vita Sackville-West, who presented as an essay prize a pair of nylon stockings!

By 1953 the school had grown to 108 girls, all of whom went home  on Coronation Day to celebrate with their families. By 1959 there were 127 girls at the school and by 1974 numbers had increased to 200. Head Mistresses included Miss Bickersteth who led through the second world war years and up to the 1960s. She was followed by Miss Nixon who retired in 1978.

In 1976 it was announced that Bedgebury Park would amalgamate with Lillesden School, Hawkhurst, and Hollington Park School, Hastings and Lillesden became the junior school. The Bedgebury school estate was further developed with the opening of the Riding Centre in 1977.

Mr John Delaney took over as Headmaster of Bedgebury Park in 1978.  After the amalgamation of the three schools, the number of girls stood at 340. He was headmaster for 7 years during which time many improvements were made to the buildings and facilities. In 1986 John Delaney left and handed over to Mrs Anne Kaye. In 1988 a major building programme was announced which would provide a new Arts Centre and a Sixth Form Boarding House. On the retirement of Mrs Kaye in 1995, Mrs Lindsey Jane Griffin joined Bedgebury as Headmistress, followed by Mrs Hilary Moriarty in 2002.

The school closed in 2006.



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