Mrs Betty Mackley 1922-2017 23.06.17

It is with much sadness that we announce the recent passing of Mrs Betty Mackley, aged 94. Mrs Mackley was a much loved pioneering Head of  Science and teacher at Loughborough High School for 35 years, she retired in 1983.

Betty Patricia Mackley née Beacham was appointed to the LHS Staff as a Senior Physics Mistress in 1948, aged 25, having briefly taught at Truro High School. She gained her Education Diploma after completing a BSc at the University of Bristol, which took an extra two years o complete, due to the interruption of national service during the second World War, where she worked in the electrical laboratory of a radio firm.

Mrs Mackley’s funeral will be held at Loughborough Crematorium on Friday 7th July at 2:45pm and afterwards at Charnwood Lodge. All are welcome.
Donations to the British Red Cross in lieu of flowers can be made via G Gamble, Funeral Directors.

The year after she retired, the 1984 school magazine published a wonderful tribute to her describing her contribution and commitment to LHS – it seems very fitting to publish it here also:

“It is difficult to know where to begin when thinking of a suitable tribute to mark Mrs. Mackley’s retirement. Thirty five years ago she joined the staff – Mrs. Mackley told us this by accident, but it was, indeed, a happy accident for Loughborough High School. She was appointed head of what was a very small science department, but under her care, diligence and farsightedness the department grew and grew. Mrs Mackley oversaw and helped to plan and design the first science building and then, recently, masterminded our excellent, additional laboratories, which were sorely needed, as the number of girls studying science at ‘O’ and ‘A’ level has increased so spectacularly.

Mrs Mackley led the Physics teaching in school and always did her utmost for each and every pupil. Generations of girls owe an enormous debt to her and generations of staff in her department have also valued very highly her tactful and friendly leadership. Nothing was ever too much trouble for Mrs. Mackley, who did all in her power to ensure the happiness of the science department.

Apart from her teaching she undertook much in school. She was a most caring, kind and sympathetic form mistress and for may years was a very efficient and involved House Mistress of Storer. For decades Mrs. Mackley organised the Red Cross Society – how pleasing it was that recently the Red Cross acknowledged publicly her service to the Society.  A feature of the upper III’s annual outing to London was Mrs. Mackley’s organisational ability but even this was not proof against the whims of British Rail. One year she was seen leading her band of upper III girls off a train at Leicester, not prepared to accept that eighty girls should travel to London cramped into thirty reserved seats!

Mrs Mackley was a splendid colleague – utterly reliable and dependable and one prepared to fight unobtrusively to uphold standards. Mrs Mackley is remembered with affection by an enormous number of old girls so we are delighted and grateful that she has agreed to compile and edit the Old Girls’ Newsletters – it is a mammoth task and could not be in safer or more interested hands.

Mrs Mackley has given her all to the school and we wish her, most sincerely, a very long and happy retirement.”