Mary Bedwell talk on World War II

We were very fortunate to be able to welcome Mrs Bedwell to Elstree to talk to the Year 3 & 4 children about her memories of being a child during World War II.

Childhood memories of World War II

Mrs Bedwell was born in 1934 and so was 6 when the War started and 11 when it finished in 1945. The children listened intently as she told them about her childhood in Worthing.   Moreover her father was a fireman helping to put out the fires of houses that had been bombed.

Despite living by the coast she and her friends were unable to play on the beach as it was covered in barbed wire in case of attack. Mrs Bedwell told the children that they had a Morrison shelter inside their house which 7 of them slept in! She also bought her school report with her from 1941. There were 47 children in her class.  In addition, she said that they would each write their own school report and then the teacher would just sign them!  After Mrs Bedwell’s talk the children asked her some interesting and relevant questions.

Independent Boarding School of the Year 2020 

From 300 nominations nationwide and the only UK Prep School, Elstree was crowned the Best Boarding School at the prestigious Independent Schools of the Year (ISOTY) Awards 2020Furthermore, we were a finalist in the category of Best Independent Pre-Prep School.