Mrs McClusky

Type: Matronly - very firm but fair
Nicknames: Bridget the Midget, Old Ma McClusky
School Days: 1981-1991

One of just three female heads in Grange Hill's 29-year history - and probably the one regarded with most affection. Grange Hill was a very different school from the all-girls institution Mrs McClusky taught at before her appointment, with its vandalised conveniences and unruly pupils. Yet the ambitious, career-minded woman wasted no time in making her presence felt. Straight away she reintroduced school uniform, made optional some years earlier, proving she wouldn't be deflected from her aims. Woebetide any pupils (or colleagues) who attempted to challenge her authority.

But Mrs McClusky was by no means dictatorial. She cared about her young charges and if a pupil was having problems she'd often visit them at home. Her efforts with Danny Kendall showed her in a softer, more maternal light. From then on she took more of a pastoral interest in her young charges and it was perhaps fitting that her leaving party in 1991 was an emotional affair. She found her deputy, Mr Bronson, impossible to work with and approached her work with level-headedness against his oppressive ideas.

DID SHE ACTUALLY TEACH? Yes - English and Maths. Although administrative duties kept her out of the classroom for the most part. She also spoke fluent Russian.


A THATCHER FIGURE? Some might think so. But her hairstyle was about the only similarity Mrs M had to the Iron Lady - she never persecuted anyone and was always very fair.

HOME LIFE: Little is known about Mrs McClusky's life out of school. Happily married to Mr McClusky, though he was never mentioned.

ASSOCIATES: Mr Keating, Mr Baxter, Mr Hopwood, Miss Mooney, Scruffy McGuffy, Mr Smart, Mr Bronson, Mr Robson, Mr Hankin, Mrs Monroe.

CURRENT WHEREABOUTS: Believed to still be working as a guidance officer for foreign teachers in this country - the job she left Grange Hill for. There's a rumour she was spotted at Grange Hill after the 2002 fire.

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