"You boy!" No-one was safe from the battle cry
of the most fearsome teacher ever to stalk Grange Hill's
corridors. The very sight of Maurice Bronson sent fear
into every pupil. Originally a Latin master at Rodney
Bennett, he reluctantly took a job as French teacher at
the newly-merged Grange Hill in 1985. He could never accept
the merger but wasted no time in making his presence felt.
Eventually Bronson would become deputy head and had the
top job in his sights - Mrs McClusky found him difficult
to work with and unsupportive of her.
School Days: 1985-1989
By his own admission Mr Bronson was a strict disciplinarian.
Everyone would do as they were told or suffer the consequences.
Yet he was a huge figure of fun thanks to the Hitler-style
toupee he insisted on wearing. Mr Bronson would take a dislike
to certain pupils - most famously Danny Kendall - and would
not be above sabotage to maintain the upper hand. The fallout
from Danny's death turned Mr Bronson into a hate figure but
would cause a dramatic transformation in his character and
the new, toupee-free Bronson won a place in the pupils' affections.
ANY REDEEMING QUALITIES?:
Hated smoking, both by pupils and colleagues. And no matter
how far pushed by an unruly pupil he'd never lash out, but
was not averse to using the cane.
HOME LIFE: While working
at Grange Hill Mr Bronson lived with his sister, Edith, and
their elderly mother.
ASSOCIATES: Mrs McClusky,
Mr Scott, Ant Jones, Danny Kendall, Joan Hamilton.
CURRENT WHEREABOUTS: Sadly
Maurice passed away last summer. Until then he was living on
the Isle of Wight and enjoying his retirement with wife Joan,
whom he met on a Grange Hill field trip. They enjoyed birdwatching
together and gave ornithology talks to local schools. Now that
Bronco has been reunited with Danny Kendall, he will no doubt
be keen to make amends.