Mrs Holmes

School Days: 1997-2002
Type: Despotic, then gradually more human
Subject: History

If Mr Bronson had a female counterpart, it would have been Mrs Holmes. She started as a draconian disciplinarian at Grange Hill, even some of her colleagues were afraid of her! Fast-forward a couple of years and the dragon would turn into a pussy-cat. The fearsome Mrs Holmes evolved into a confident, more fair-minded woman, who cared about her students' problems where once she would have been completely unsympathetic. As a young woman Margaret was forced to give up her illegitimate son, Michael. Michael was reunited with his mum at Grange Hill (where he was supply-teaching) and they both made up for lost time.

Mrs Holmes was passionate about teaching. She expected a lot from her pupils and would do what was necessary to ensure compliance. While her colleagues tore their hair out as Ofsted inspectors visited Grange Hill, Mrs Holmes took it all in her stride, letting off steam by taking up karate! But a combination of her personal life, pupils turning against her and being worn down by the malevolent Mr Deverill proved too much for Mrs Holmes, forcing her to make an earlier than planned exit from Grange Hill.


REASON FOR LEAVING: Took early retirement after suffering a nervous breakdown.

Series 20: Mrs Holmes insists Judi serves detention because of her history project. She refuses to listen when Judi explains about her mother's MS. Judi's social worker makes a formal complaint and Holmes is reprimanded by Mr Robson. Cracker dresses as Mrs Holmes during Year 7's lesson, but the real Holmes returns early and is not impressed!

Series 21: The staff fear Mrs Holmes will be Grange Hill's new head teacher, after Mr McNab's departure. Mr Robson gets the job but Holmes is made deputy head. The Double Dare Gang expose Margaret's morbid fear of mice!

Series 22: After missing the start of term due to illness, Mrs Holmes supports Gemma who is struggling to cope with her parents' divorce - and the threat of being removed from Grange Hill.

Series 23: The other staff are panicking about the coming Ofsted inspection, but in the event Mrs Holmes takes it in her stride. She takes part in Alec's sleepout for the homeless.

Series 24: Mrs Holmes is spotted meeting a young man, with staff and pupils assuming he's a toyboy! Margaret introduces him to her colleagues as Michael, her long lost son.

Series 25: Margaret takes charge at Grange Hill when Mr Robson is injured. But the pressure of running the school, jealousy over Michael's romance with Miss Fraser, working with Mr Deverill and a pupil revolt pushes her over the edge. Michael breaks up with Emily and goes to look after his mum.

ASSOCIATES: Dai Hard Jones, Geoff Hankin, Peter Robson, Michael Barton, Emily Fraser, Jayne Carver, Judi Jeffreys, Gemma Lyons

CURRENT WHEREABOUTS: Enjoying the free life and making up her lost years with Michael.

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