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School Is Special To Me

4 Aug 1972
Brunlea School, Harrogate Crescent, Burnley

Media Ref: BE72ng51508
School Is Special To Me

Miss Shoesmith seen in her garden.

At the end of August 1972 Miss Margaret Shoesmith retires from her position as head-mistress of Brunlea School, Burnley, after serving for 39 years. She began her teaching career at Back Lane School, a small school belonging to St Matthew's Church. In 1947 she taught at Rosegrove Junior and Infant School, and in 1952 went to Brunlea, where she remained for the rest of her teaching life.

Brunlea was formerly an open-air school, catering mainly for delicate children in the days when rickets and other debilitating diseases were common. The old school was not suitable for physically handicapped children but the new one was built with their needs to the fore. (To read more about the school search our website using the words Brunlea School.) Miss Shoesmith said: "Brunlea became something very special to me. I had a good staff and the sort of work I found thoroughly enjoyable." She believes that teachers must really like working with the handicapped in order to enjoy their jobs.

Miss Shoesmith was born in Burnley and is a former student of Burnley High School. She has not made any definite retirement plans, but she enjoys looking after her bungalow at Bentham Avenue, Burnley, and said she was looking forward to some leisure and is fond of music and books. She has had long connections with Burnley Lane Baptist Church, and is president of the North Burnley District Girls' Brigade.

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