Memories from former pupils and staff
Written by Alison Hargreaves  
5th October 2010

Do You Remember Stephanie Bidmead - KHS 1940-47?

After leaving school Stephanie joined the Midland Theatre Company at Coventry, and afterwards acted in several repertory companies.

In 1956 she went to Stratford upon Avon and stayed there for 4 seasons. In addition to stage work, she appeared in a number of TV productions, notably Dr Who, Little Women - in which she played 'Marmie', The Family at War and Jane Eyre. In 1963 she played Duchess of Gloucester in Richard II at Ludlow Festival.

Sad to say, Stephanie died in 1974 at the young age of 45, leaving two young sons.

We have recently been contacted by a person in Liverpool who is writing a Biography of Stephanie. Interesting to note that he found our contact address via our website. He has collected a large amount of material regarding her acting career, but would very much like to fill in with some background concerning her earlier years.

If you have any memories of, or photographs of Stephanie at school, he would be delighted if you would agree to share these with him.

Please contact Sheila Kirk if you can help. Phone 01584 831257 or email:

Stephanie's two younger sisters Carol and Shirley were also pupils at KHS.

Written by Alison Hargreaves  
18th April 2010

Memories of a school

In 1995, Margaret Phelan and Beryl Bedford did a wonderful job editing the following 64 page booklet which included many illustrations and sketches by pupils. Thanks to Rosemary Gibbs who scanned it for the web.

Memories of a school...PDF download

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