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A history of Blackheath Bluecoat School


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 Greenwich Blue Coat Girls’ School 1947-1951

In September 1947 Miss G.W. Baggs was appointed Head Mistress at the Blue Coat Girls’ School, Greenwich. She set about a major reorganisation. The school had been offering a two-year Vocational Course for Cooks, Parlour Maids and Nursery Nurses. Its new course was a three year educational course for girls who were interested in training after they left school in Nursery Nursing, Hospital Cooking or Catering or Hospital Nursing.


There was also a need, following the war, for a lot of repairs, alteration and improvements to the school building and equipment. The school staff was increased from 4 full time members of staff (3 Domestic Science), to 4 full time (2 Domestic Science and 2 General Subjects plus 3 part time teachers. Two domestic staff were also added.


The School was held in high regard and at the Prize Giving & Carol Service held on 14th December 1948 the prizes were presented by Miss Florence Hancock, National Woman Officer of the Transport & General Workers Union, and the guests included the Mayor Greenwich (Cllr Mrs J. Gollogly JP. LCC), Dr Waldron (Medical Officer of Health), Mr Turner (Ass. Education Office LCC), Mr Thomsett (LCC Divisional Education Officer) and several LCC inspectors.

NB LCC = London County Council


In July 1951 there was a full inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate. Miss Baggs described the report as “very good and helpful” and one of the three inspectors (Miss Brunt, Mr Ireland and Mr Moore) remarked that the school “came off with flying colours”.


Miss Baggs kept a School Record Book, which is in the School Archives, and it shows that the school was a well-organized and happy place. Throughout the time there were numerous educational visits and cultural events, the girls being taken to concerts and plays, and also see the workings of Hospitals and industry. It also has details of all the usual school events, such as Prize Givings, Parents’ Evenings and records all visitors to the school during the period.

Blue Coat School from Point Hill 1949

Blue Coat Girls Summer Term 1949

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