Tributes paid to girls’ grammar school head

Miss Barbara Bingham. (s)
Miss Barbara Bingham. (s)

Tributes have been paid to a former Clitheroe head teacher who has died at the age of 89.

Miss Barbara Bingham, former headmistress of Clitheroe Girls’ Grammar School, died on Monday.

Born in Preston on January 22nd 1925, she was the only child of Thomas and Jenny Bingham. Sadly, Barbara’s mother died a few weeks after the birth and Barbara was subsequently brought up by her father and aunts.

Barbara studied geography at the University of Liverpool before gaining her teacher training certificate.

She began her teaching career at Colston’s Girls School in Bristol before going on to teach at Wallasey High School.

For a decade from 1954, Barbara started a new post as head of geography at the newly opened Penwortham Girls Grammar. She subsequently became deputy head at the school.

In 1964, Barbara was made head of Clitheroe Girls’ Grammar School where she remained until her retirement in 1985. During her time at the school, Barbara made a point of teaching all the first year groups so that she would get to know the girls.

Judith Child, the current head teacher at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, said: “We were very sorry to hear that Miss Bingham had passed away.

“Miss Bingham was a highly respected member of our school community. She was head teacher of Clitheroe Royal Grammar School for Girls from 1964 to 1985 prior to its amalgamation with the Boys’ school. Former students and staff recall that Miss Bingham knew every student individually and taught Classics to all students in their first year. She was a wonderful headteacher and a great inspiration to the girls in her care.

“Since her retirement Miss Bingham kept in close touch with the school and attended our Commemoration Day Service and Awards Evening. She was a member of the Clitheronians’ Association and was honoured to have held the position of President in 2009-2010.

“Miss Bingham will be missed by all who knew her.”

For more tributes see next Thursday’s Clitheroe Advertiser and Times.