Marjorie Blanche Macaulay
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Marjorie Blanche Macaulay, known as Joie, was formerly Head of English at South Hampstead High School. She was a remarkable and inspiring teacher who continued throughout her long life to take an active interest in education, literature and the arts, and their practitioners.

An only child, she was born in London on 9th November 1915. Her parents met in 1914 shortly before the war, whilst teaching in the same school. Her mother, Blanche Collins, from Stroud, taught English and Drama and had strong suffragette sympathies; her father, Dugald Macaulay, from Lewis, fought in the First World War which left him for some time semi-disabled psychically, although he later went back to teaching and became Head of Maths at the Elliott Central School, Wimbledon. Joie attended Clapham Girls Public Day School and went on to Girton, Cambridge, where she read Classics (Part 1) and English (Part 2). Her passion for drama, both acting and production, then led her to RADA, but she turned to teaching and her first job was at Tunbridge Wells County School in 1939. She then worked at Nottingham High, after which, from 1954, she became Head of English at South Hampstead. She retired in 1976 but then taught for the Open University for five years, and became a governor for St Marylebone School.


Images from painting on silk 'The tree of life' by Joie Macaulay; photo by Adrian Williams


Joie sang in choirs until her late 80s and enjoyed courses in watercolour and silkpainting. In addition to reading, opera, theatre, and art, she was interested in life in other cultures; she often travelled abroad, and sponsored children in undeveloped countries. Her house in Abbey Road was a focus for young musicians and artists whose activities she helped to support. She was a faithful member of St Marylebone Parish Church and initiated or engaged in many projects associated with the Church and its Healing and Counselling Centre. She loved dogs and had two of her own in later life: Tray, then Geoffrey. In her final years she was cared for at home, and died on 28th June 2015, aged 99.