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Dorothea Beale (1831-1906), Principal of Cheltenham Ladies' College
Sitter in 5 portraits
Pioneer of women's education. Beale was educated in Paris (1847-8) and Queen's College, Harley Street, becoming a mathematical teacher there in 1849, and Head Teacher of the Clergy Daughters' School in Casterton, Westmoreland. She gave impetus to girls' education, acting as principal of Cheltenham Ladies College from 1856 until her death. In 1885, she founded the first training college for secondary women teachers, St Hilda's College, Cheltenham, and St Hilda's Hall, Oxford (which later became St Hilda's College) in 1901. Beale was president of the Headmistresses' Association between 1895-7, and a supporter of the suffragette movement.