Service to remember Wakefield Girls’ High School former headteacher

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Past pupils can pay their respects to a former headteacher who died just weeks before her 101st birthday.

Wakefield Girls’ High School is organising a service to remember Margaret Knott, who was headteacher at the school for 24 years.

Miss Knott, died on November 4 last year at the age of 100.

Andrew Beales, development director at the school, said: “Margaret prided herself on knowing the names of all her pupils and parents, something which humanised her in an age when headmistresses were often fearsome characters.

“She is remembered most fondly by her colleagues and pupils as a woman who understood the need for individuals to have space to flourish and her role as headmistress was to nurture and guide.”

Miss Knott graduated from Newham College in Cambridge, with a degree in natural sciences and taught in Bristol, Dartford and Bolton.

She became headteacher of Wakefield Girls’ High School in 1949.

She was a Justice of the Peace for Wakefield 14 years and president of Yorkshire’s branch of the Association of Headmistresses.

Miss Knott was presented with a sculpture by Dame Barbara Hepworth when she retired from her role at the school in 1973.

Jennifer Bagley, was a pupil at the school while Miss Knott was headteacher.

She said: “Margaret would stand very straight with her hands clasped together, peering over her spectacles, always looking immaculate in her tweed suits.”

The school is holding a service to remember Miss Knott, at St John’s Church, Wentworth Street, at 2.15pm on Friday, March 6. For more details call 01924 231642 or email abeales@wghsss.org.uk