Olive Willis

Standard Name: Willis, Olive


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Instructor Elizabeth Bowen
The school was run by Olive Willis , a graduate of Somerville College , Oxford, a very strong-willed and influential woman. The school was slightly irregular and amateurish,
Glendinning, Victoria. Elizabeth Bowen. Alfred A. Knopf.
but the pupils were expected to...
Instructor Anne Ridler
Downe House had been founded at Charles Darwin 's old home by Olive Willis , a remarkable woman who was still headmistress, who exercised an important influence on AR , and whose biography Ridler later...
Textual Production Anne Ridler
AR published a biography of her own old headmistress: Olive Willis and Downe House , An Adventure in Education, with a foreword by Elizabeth Bowen .
Contemporary Authors: New Revision Series. Gale Research.
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Ridler, Anne. Olive Willis and Downe House. John Murray.


1907: Educationalist Olive Willis founded a school...

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Educationalist Olive Willis founded a school for girls at Downe House in Kent, formerly occupied by Charles Darwin . Downe House School began with one pupil, five teachers, and no financial backing.


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