King Edward VI Foundation Archive helps daughter in researching her mother’s school years

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, Birmingham, 1952

At the end of last year, Ann Baker approached the King Edward VI Foundation Archive with the task of researching the school years of her mother, Jean Cooper, after she had recently passed away.

Ann knew little of her mother’s secondary education other than the fact she had passed the grammar school entrance test whilst living in Bristol. Following her mother’s death, Jean was sent away to live with her paternal grandmother in Small Heath, Birmingham, and continued her education at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls.

Ann therefore decided to contact Nhia Huynh, Project Officer at the Foundation Archive in the hope of discovering the year in which her mother started studying at Camp Hill Girls. “By that day’s end, Nhia had not only forwarded dates confirming Mom was there from September 1949 to July 1953, but also a copy of the 1953 school magazine which has made for fascinating reading. Mom even gets a mention in the list of O Level achievers!” Ann comments.

“I can’t underestimate the value of the facts, information and photographs that Nhia has found to my family and me, especially at such a difficult time in our lives. We are so grateful, the time and hard work involved will forever be appreciated, enabling us to add dates and more to a time in my mother’s life that up until now had remained a mystery.”