Early Days

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Bretton Hall opened in 1949 as a College for the training of teachers of Music, Art and Drama.

Before this time there were no specialist courses in England for school music teachers.

On 25th September, 1949,  fifty-six students were admitted to study Music or Art.   (Drama students jointed the community in the following year.)

The foundation lecturers were:

John Frederick Friend – Principal

Miss Margaret Dunn Movement;

Miss Seonaid RobertsonArt;

Miss Daphne BirdHead of Music;

Mr. Raymond RobertsMusic;

Mr. Charles GoodEducation;

Mr. Gerald WhiteheadEnglish

(During the first year, Mr. Charles Good, as senior lecturer, unofficially acted as ‘Deputy Principal’, but at the start of the 1950-51 session, Miss Margaret Dunn was appointed Vice-Principal – a post which she retained until her retirement in 1967.)

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