Helen and her three brothers, James, John and Bernard, grew up in Barnes, South London
in a strongly Roman Catholic family. She was educated at Ursuline Convent before reading
Classics at Bangor University where she excelled at rowing and tennis.
After a PGCE at Leeds she taught English for some years in Madrid , becoming a fluent Spanish speaker. On return
to this country she had a classics post at St. Mary's School, Ascot , one of her pupils being the King of Spain's
For much of her career Helen taught Latin at Park House , a comprehensive school in Newbury. Here she inspired large numbers of young people, some continuing with the subject to A level and university level and latterly she started a Greek GCSE group too. She fought tirelessly to maintain her corner , despite opposition , not least because she taught outside the timetable and so often experienced missed lessons . There is no doubt that she did a great deal to promote classics in the state sector .
She suffered various forms of ill-
Helen first came to the ARLT SS in 1996, arriving on a motorbike , her mode of transport for much of her adult life. She entered into the week with gusto , joining the ad hoc choir and , on subsequent occasions , participating in drama at the Entertainment. I particularly recall her spirited performance in 1999 of some alternative views of Pliny. She continued to attend the SS until 2013 when she was admitted to hospital during the week. Since then she maintained a keen interest in her friends in the ARLT..
Helen was a serious eco-
Helen's life was a triumph of courage and faith in adversity. She died suddenly and peacefully at home on Good Friday , a fact that would have pleased her . We express our condolences to her brothers, nieces, nephews and other family members and to all whose lives she touched. The classical world has been greatly enriched by her contribution.
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