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     Josephine Mary 'Joey' Bettany (later Maynard) 
First introduced in: The School at the Chalet

The first pupil of the Chalet School, younger sister of Madge and Dick Bettany, and the main heroine of the series, which follows her from adolescence to motherhood (she starts the series aged 12 and ends it in her forties). In Exile, she marries Dr Jack Maynard, converts to Catholicism and gives birth to triplets, the first of what would turn out to be eleven children (see below), four of whom also become Chalet School pupils. Joey is considered by pupils and teachers alike to be the 'spirit of the school', and it is customary for new girls to go for tea at her house during their first few weeks of term; when the school moves to Switzerland, she goes with it and moves into the house next door, which she calls 'Freudesheim' ('happy home'). She is also a writer of girls' school stories and historical fiction.

  • Attention Whore / It's All About Me: Especially in the later books, especially where babies are concerned. She seems to treat having babies as some kind of competition, and likes to comment on the size of other people's families compared to hers.
  • Berserk Button: Never be mean to the Robin, or you'll have a very angry Jo to deal with. And that includes putting the Robin's health at risk, which Eustacia indirectly did by causing the group she was with, which included Jo, to be stranded on a mountain, leading the Robin to make herself ill with worry. Madge calls her out on this in The Chalet School and the Lintons.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Is the owner of one from Jo of the Chalet School onwards, a Saint Bernard called Rufus who Joey rescues as a puppy. As well as being Joey's pet, he also helps her track down Cornelia and Elisaveta when they go missing. The Maynard family get another Big, Friendly Dog, Bruno, much later on after Rufus dies.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: From day one, she's a 'champion butter-in', always giving advice and pep talks, coming up with ideas and plans, helping out with teaching in Jo Returns when Mlle Lepattre becomes ill, and running off to rescue people who've climbed mountains, been kidnapped by strange men, fallen into rivers etc. She even ends up adopting a little girl in Summer Term after finding her in the wreckage of the train crash which killed said little girl's parents. In a few cases - especially in Rivals - it nearly gets her killed.
  • The Confidant: Acts as this to many of the pupils, especially the troubled ones. Admittedly, she's not always great at keeping secrets, but she does do a great job of helping Jacynth Hardy through her auntie's death in Gay from China.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts as this to the Robin when she first comes to the Chalet School, and gets overly protective of her at times.
  • Determinator / Plucky Girl: When Joey's got her mind on something, nothing will stop her. Especially when it concerns helping others.
  • Fainting: She does this a lot, mainly the emotional kind. As well as the Freak Out! in Joey and Co in Tirol, there's also the time in New House when she faints upon seeing Alixe von Elsen sleepwalking, the Passion Play in The Chalet School and Jo, and numerous other incidents.
  • Fanfic: While she's laid up in bed in Jo of the Chalet School, she reads a load of Elsie Dinsmore stories and decides to write her own. Jem reads it and is notably impressed, and it is at this point that Joey realises she is going to be a writer one day.
  • Freak Out!: She has a major one in Joey and Co in Tirol when Mike wanders over a cliff. And by 'major', we mean 'faints and is bedridden for hours'.
  • Full-Name Basis: You know Madge is angry with Joey when she calls her 'Josephine'.
  • Genki Girl: Very much so as a child / teen, to Madge's exasperation, in contrast to Grumpy Bear Grizel and nervy Simone. Even as an adult, she still has her moments, though her experiences in Exile and Highland Twins force her to grow up.
  • Heroic BSoD: She has a major one in Highland Twins when she gets a telegram saying Jack has drowned. It's so out of character that it unnerves Madge, who can't understand why Joey isn't crying. Joey eventually breaks down and has to be given sleeping drugs. Luckily, as she finds out via Fiona McDonald, Jack is alive after all.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Has something of a growth spurt and ends up being much taller than Madge.
  • Ill Girl: This is one of the reasons why Madge wanted to go to the Tirol in the first place; she thought the mountain air would do her sickly little sister good. Which it does, but Joey is very, very prone to illnesses, and has more than one near-death experience as a result. Even standing too near an open door lands her in bed for days. Taken Up to Eleven in Rivals when she falls into an icy lake and ends up with pleuro-pneumonia and a high fever, to the point where Jem is worried that her life is in danger. She survives, barely.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In Jo of the Chalet School, she and a group of friends sneak away to a local ice carnival, in direct defiance of Madge's order to stay away. She crashes into a skater - who turns out to be Jem of all people - and she ends up in bed for days as a result.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: To Madge's despair. As a child / teenager, Joey has a tendency to do impulsive things, be it rescuing a drowning puppy or running into a crowd of Nazi thugs and calling them 'cowards'.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: In Theodora, which is surprising given how involved she normally is in her daughters' lives. Because Joey's going through a difficult pregnancy at the time, Miss Annersley and Jack decide between them not to let her know about Margot's blackmailing of Ted and her fall-out with her sisters. Joey does figure something's up, but Miss Annersley refuses to go into details, except to say that everything has been sorted out.
  • Mama Bear: Towards both the Robin and her own children. Miss Annersley describes her as a 'tigress' when her children are threatened.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Telling other girls at the Chalet School about her encounter with Miss Browne in Rivals effectively prejudices the CS girls against St Scholastika's before they've even met - though in fairness to Joey, both sides are at fault, and she does befriend some of the St Scholastika's girls later.
  • The Nicknamer: Joey has a habit of bestowing nicknames on new girls, though sometimes there's a reason for it. For instance, her Meaningful Rename of Theodora Grantley to 'Ted' is a way of showing Ted that she can wipe the slate clean and start afresh at the Chalet School.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Joey, that is so like you!" and "Joey always does everything wholesale!"
  • The Prankster: Plays several tricks as a schoolgirl, including trolling Gisela by telling her it is customary to give Madge a cup of water for St Swithin's Day, speaking entirely in Shakespearean English, starting a campaign against a nasty new matron in Princess, and putting cornflour in younger girls' hair.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a few of these to wayward pupils during her time as Head Girl. She also tears strips off Annis Lovell's evil aunt in The Chalet School and the Island, after bumping into her while staying at Penny Rest.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: A major part of her character in the early books. She's more than happy to break rules in order to save people (or dogs, in Jo of the Chalet School). In Rivals, Simone tries to talk Joey out of running off to warn the St Scholastika's girls about the dangerous ice by reminding her of a Guide promise she made to Madge not to run away without telling her first. Joey responds that Madge would not want her to stand by when others are in danger.
  • Shipper on Deck: She and her friends act as this towards Phoebe and Dr Peters in Jo to the Rescue, when the former is in hospital and the latter is treating her, and they both clearly like each other but aren't sure whether to say anything. They end up married.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Exile, when she defends an old Jewish man from a bunch of Nazis. Not to mention her climbing the Tiernjoch, a notoriously difficult mountain, alone to find Grizel after the latter runs away from school, and going off to rescue Elisaveta.

     Jack Maynard 

  • May September Romance: First gets to know Joey while she's still at school and is a good few years older than her, though they don't become a couple until she's left school.
  • The Patriarch: Like Jem, he's very keen on the idea of training children to instant obedience, and is very strict with the kids. He even refuses to speak to Margot for two weeks after she falls out with her sisters in Theodora.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Biddy O'Ryan and Eugen Courvoisier in The Chalet School Does It Again. He notes that Eugen seems to be very interested in the school…and that Biddy is 'a pretty lass'.

     The Maynard children 

Joey and Jack's eleven - yes, eleven - children. In age order, they are: triplets Mary Helena (Len), Mary Constance (Con) and Mary Margaret (Margot)note , Stephennote , Charles, Michaelnote , twins Felix and Felicitynote , Cecil, and a second set of twins, Geoff and Philippa (Phil). Len, Con and Margot are born in Exile, while the school is in Guernsey, and become spotlight characters as teens and Chalet School pupils. Len and Con follow in their mother's footsteps as Head Girl and editor of the school magazine respectively, while Margot is Games Prefect.

  • Always Identical Twins: Averted by the triplets, who start off identical, but their hair changes colour as they grow older. Plus both sets of Maynard twins are male / female twins.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Len. Oh, Len. Practically ever since she is a baby, she is pigeonholed as the 'responsible one' and as the oldest Maynard child, she is often put in charge of the other Maynard children. She has a major one where Margot is concerned, protecting her from Jack's wrath and even lying to cover up for her in Triplets of the Chalet School after the bookend incident. Miss Annersley even calls her on it.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The triplets, sort of - they all start off with red hair, but Con's turns black, Len's is chestnut and Margot's is red-gold.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Margot, particularly as a junior. She's bright, but dislikes hard work, and has a tendency to work in spurts and then sit back and cruise for a bit. Her sisters and Miss Dene both call her out on this in Changes.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Con. She has a tendency to daydream and let her imagination run wild, and Miss Annersley calls her on this in Two Sams at the Chalet School when Con's lack of supervision results in Samantha van der Byl injuring herself on an unauthorised ski run.
  • Cool Big Sis: Len is this to the younger Maynards. In A Future Chalet School Girl, Jack warns her that she should be setting an example to her younger siblings as they look up to her, and that if she breaks rules, they'll think it's OK because she did it.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Margot is named after Margot Venables, Jem's sister and Daisy's mum, who died during the school's time in Guernsey.
  • Fiery Redhead: hoo boy, Margot. See Hot-Blooded below.
  • Flat Character: The Maynard boys and younger Maynard girls get very little characterisation compared to the triplets. Justified in the older boys' cases as they're away at school in England most of the time, and only really do anything in the 'holiday' books.
  • Freudian Trio: The triplets. Len, the oldest and most mature and responsible, is the Superego; Con is the Ego; and Margot, the youngest and most emotional of the three, is the Id.
  • Generation Xerox: While all three triplets have traits of Joey, Len is the best example of history repeating itself - she becomes Head Girl, has Samaritan Syndrome bordering on Chronic Hero Syndrome, and gets engaged to a doctor who is much older than her. Though at least she has university to go through first.
  • Hot-Blooded: Like her mother, Margot has a temper, but worse. She has some major anger management issues - she refers to her temper as 'my demon', and it gets her into major trouble in Theodora at the Chalet School, culminating in Len slapping her and Jack refusing to speak to her for two weeks. After that, she learns her lesson and tries her damnedest to control it, although she has a major relapse in The Triplets of the Chalet School and nearly brains Betty Landon with a bookend.
  • Ignored Aesop: Margot resolves to be good and conquer her devil after Mary-Lou's What the Hell, Hero? speech in Theodora, but in successive books, she's still losing her temper and even, in one instance in Triplets, throwing a bookend at another girl and knocking her out.
  • Ill Girl: Like their mother, Margot and Phil both have health problems; Phil has mastoiditis as a toddler, while Margot is considered 'delicate' and is Put on a Bus to Canada for a while to help her grow stronger.
  • Jerk Jock: Margot, when she becomes Games Prefect. Evelyn Ross in Challenge is one of many unlucky students on the receiving end of her nasty temper.
  • Massively Numbered Siblings: The Maynard family has enough children to start their own football team. And that's before you factor in wards such as the Richardsons, Marie-Claire de Mabillon and Erica Standish.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Con has shades of this both in-universe and from a meta point of view, even though she's the middle of triplets. Of the three, she receives the least screentime and character development.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Len, Con and Margot are never called by their first names or their full middle names in the books, by the teachers or their parents. Len is not pleased when snooty new girl Prunella Davidson calls her 'Helena' in The Chalet School Does It Again.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Margot around the time of Theodora and the Chalet School. She goes from temperamental and merely mischievous to blackmailing Ted, throwing a bookend at another girl's head and knocking her out, and bullying her charges. Presumably this is to make her eventual vocation as a nun even more dramatic.

     Margaret 'Madge' Bettany (later Russell) 
First introduced in: The School at the Chalet

  • Adult Fear: Joey is a constant source of this for her in the Tyrol years, since she's either falling into rivers, making herself ill or running off to rescue people. Later her own daughter, Sybil, is kidnapped by a gang of children in The New Chalet School.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: When Joey, Simone, Frieda and Marie put cornflour in the hair of a group of younger girls, Madge punishes them by making them wash each girl's hair clean (not an easy task in those days).
  • Promoted to Parent: Acts a mother figure to Joey, along with Dick, after their parents die. The considerable age difference helps.
  • Put on a Bus: To Canada during the St Briavel's years, along with Margot Maynard. Though Madge and Jem do come back to England, their role in the series is greatly reduced once they stay in England while the School moves to Switzerland (and later, move to Australia), despite Madge being the founder of the School - probably because EBD could not see any more use for them once Jack became head of the Swiss Sanatorium and he and Joey effectively filled Madge and Jem's original role.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni / Sibling Yin-Yang: The blue oni to Joey's red. She's much more serious, level-headed and responsible than Joey, and often despairs of her antics.
  • Stern Teacher: Not as much as Miss Wilson, but she does have her moments. And even Joey doesn't get a pass.
  • Tranquil Fury: Like Miss Annersley after her, Madge doesn't have to yell at her pupils to make them behave. A Death Glare and a few pointed words are usually sufficient.

     Sir James 'Jem' Russell 
First introduced in: The School at the Chalet

The first of many doctors who marries a woman associated with the Chalet School, Jem meets Madge at the end of The School at the Chalet, and marries her a couple of books later. He runs a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients which becomes affiliated with the school and expands to deal with other illnesses, and which moves to the UK after the school is forced to leave the Tyrol. In Highland Twins, he receives a baronetcy for his services to medicine and becomes Sir James Russell.

  • Big Brother Mentor: Encourages Joey to develop her writing talents, and helps Madge keep her in line. (Joey's actual big brother, Dick, is in India.)
  • Hidden Depths: Exile reveals that he speaks Afrikaans, which he uses to converse with Cornelia's dad.
  • Mr. Exposition: In Exile, concerning the situation with the Nazis and the Austrian government, for both the readers and the characters. He's very politically savvy due to his many contacts.
  • Papa Wolf: do not harm any of Jem's kids. As the Mystic M found out the hard way in The New Chalet School after they kidnapped Sybil, he will come after you and beat the shit out of you, even if you're a kid yourself.
  • The Patriarch: One of the main examples in the series. Although not as strict as Madge, he's the reason why Joey and Jack are so keen on training their kids to instant obedience (even babies). Jem is very firm about David not being picked up whenever he cries, amongst other things, and admires the Continental way of raising children.
  • Put on a Bus: To Canada during the St Briavel's years. Like Madge, he becomes increasingly Out of Focus in the Swiss years.
  • Rescue Romance: He meets Madge while he's helping the victims of a train crash in which she and Joey are involved. One book later, they're engaged.

     The Russell children 

Madge and Jem's children. In age order, they are: Davidnote , Sybilnote , Josephine (Josette), Aline (Ailie)note , and twins Kevin and Kester.

  • Bratty Half-Pint: Sybil, partly due to her resentment at having to share her mother with various cousins, though she gets better (see Break the Haughty below). Ailie is one in the Swiss books, although she's cheeky rather than arrogant.
  • Break the Haughty: Sybil gets hit with this hard in Gay from China at the Chalet School after she accidentally spills boiling water on Josette. While the connection of this incident to Sybil's pride over her looks is tenuous, it does make her change her ways, as evidenced in Jo to the Rescue, to the extent where Sybil has a major complex about her looks as a teenager and hates being praised.
  • Fiery Redhead: Sybil has red hair, and is far more temperamental than either of her sisters or David. When the older Bettany kids are living with the Russells, she and Rix are constantly fighting.
  • Flat Character: Like the Maynard boys, David and the twins do not really get much characterisation outside of David being sporty and wanting to be a doctor.
  • Ill Girl: Josette is badly scalded after the accident with Sybil and the kettle, and her health isn't great for years afterwards. She does eventually get better, though.
  • Like Father, Like Son: David plans to become a doctor like his father.

     The Bettany family 

Madge's twin brother Dick - who receives the least screentime of the three Bettany siblings - his wife Mollie, and their children. In age order, they are: twins Margaret and Richard, aka Peggy and Rixnote , Bridget (Bride)note , Jackienote , twins Maeve and Maurice, and Daphne. Both Bride and Peggy are Head Girls during the St Briavel's years, with books named after them, while Maeve becomes Head Girl during the Swiss years.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Peggy and Bride in Peggy of the Chalet School and Bride Leads the Chalet School respectively.
  • Heroic BSoD: Bride has a major one in Bride Leads when Diana Skelton and Marian Tovey smash up her Head Girl's study in revenge for Bride making Diana apologise publicly.
  • Manly Tears: Shed by Dick in Rivals when he finds out that Joey's life is no longer in danger.
  • Massively Numbered Siblings: There are seven Bettany kids. Not as many as Joey and Jack, but still a lot. However, the four older Bettany children spend a good part of their childhood living with Madge and Jem in the Tyrol and then in the UK, while Mollie and Dick are in India with the twins. This causes a lot of friction between Maeve and Maurice and their older siblings when Dick and Mollie return to Britain and the whole family move in together.
  • Proper Lady: Peggy, especially in contrast to the rambunctious Winterton sisters in Peggy. Much is made of the neatness of her hair and outfit. (Funnily enough, she later ends up marrying their older brother.)
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Peggy and Rix are like this as children. Rix is chatty and argumentative and often gets in fights with Sybil Russell, who makes fun of him for 'only being a cousin'. Peggy, on the other hand, is quiet and docile.
  • Tempting Fate: Bride does this in Changes when she states near the end of the book how surprised she is that the term's gone by without any incidents...and soon after, the Dawbarn twins and their friends have a midnight feast in an orchard, rouse some pigs who've been temporarily housed there, and wake up the whole school. Bride herself lampshades this.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Peggy's friendship with Dickie Christy is this. She's the smaller and more feminine of the two. They even get cast as King Neptune and his wife in Joey's water pageant.

The Staff

     In general 
  • Cool Teacher: Miss Ferrars, Miss O'Ryan, and several others. As an aside, one notable aspect of the series is that mistresses are more humanised than in other girls' school fiction - they're more rounded and often very human characters with back stories, lives and screentime away from the pupils, rather than being mere wallpaper.

     Mademoiselle Therese/Elise Lepattre 
First introduced in: The School at the Chalet

     Miss Hilda Annersley 

  • Badass Teacher: In "Redheads at the Chalet School", she refuses to reveal that Flavia Letton - a policeman's stepdaughter, who is hiding from a gang - is a student in the School while held at gunpoint.
  • Bus Crash: Is in a literal one, along with Miss Edwards, Miss Wilson and Mademoiselle de Lachenais, which kickstarts the Tyrant Takes the Helm plotline of Gay from China when Madge has to find a temporary replacement. One fill-in novel, Hilda Annersley, Headmistress by Lesley Green, has been written about Miss Annersley's experiences of the crash, and about her life in general and how she came to be a teacher.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives many of them to wayward girls throughout the series, albeit offscreen. Whatever she says always hits home, though, often resulting in tears from the more sensitive girls, and even the tougher girls are left feeling much smaller afterwards.
  • Tranquil Fury: Is a mistress of this, coupled with a Death Glare. She doesn't need to shout at pupils to intimidate them - even the worst girls sit up and pay attention when Miss Annersley is pissed off.

     Miss Helena (Nell) Wilson (Bill) 
First introduced in: Eustacia Goes to the Chalet School

  • Badass Teacher: In The Chalet School In Exile, when she leads a group of girls to safety through a secret passageway, on the run from a group of Nazis.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Although all teachers (and Matey) have their moments of snarkiness, Bill in particular has a reputation for being very snarky and sarcastic, and students are careful not to anger her as a result.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Happens to her in The Chalet School in Exile during the escape from the Nazis. Her hair was chestnut originally, but by the time she gets out of the passageway, she's a girl with Mystical White Hair.

     Miss Grizel Cochrane (later Sheppard) 
First introduced in: The School at the Chalet (as a pupil)

  • A Day in the Limelight: Head Girl is essentially Grizel's story, and details her character development as she learns to become less selfish, and grows into the position of Head Girl. At first, Miss Maynard and Madge argue over whether she's suitable for the job after she runs away to see the falls at Schaffhausen while Miss Maynard is looking after her, Robin and Joey, but when Madge gives her one last chance, Grizel makes the most of it and shows she can do the job after all.
  • Abusive Parents: Of the emotional / financial kind. Her father never told his new wife that he had a daughter, leading to Grizel's stepmother resenting her, and the Cochranes basically packed her off to the Chalet School to get her out of the way. Later, her father all but forces her to train as a music teacher, rather than a games teacher - which is what she really wants to do - and her parents refuse her access to her money until she's 35.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She's very close to Madge and Joey because the Chalet School was more of a home to her than her actual home, and because Madge showed her more kindness than her parents did.
  • Broken Bird: So, so much, particularly in the later books. Growing up with a repressive stepmother and father leaves her bitter and unhappy, causing trouble as a pupil - for instance, when she runs away after pranking the teachers, and nearly dies on a dangerous mountain - and often taking her anger out on her pupils when she becomes a teacher (see Abusive Parents above for why). She does find happiness eventually, after setting up a shop in New Zealand and meeting her future husband on a cruise, but it takes a long time.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: And she does, in Reunion.
  • Foil: To Joey, particularly when the two are pupils. She's grumpy and cynical where Joey is idealistic, lives in the present and is unimaginative while Joey dreams about the past and writes stories, and is patriotic while Joey, having travelled more, is cosmopolitan.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Is left shaken after she accidentally sets fire to Len's outfit with a cigarette in Carola Storms. Luckily, Joey knows it was an accident and forgives her, only telling her to 'count to a hundred' the next time she gets angry (Grizel was in a bad mood and not thinking straight because of a letter from her father.)
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: In The School at the Chalet, she freaks out a hairdresser in strictly Catholic Tyrol by asking him to wash her hair in 'heiliges Wasser' (holy water), when she actually means 'heisses Wasser' (hot water).
  • Pet the Dog: In Gay from China, she recognises that Jacynth Hardy is a talented musician and is very supportive of her, allocating a practice room for her to use and allowing Gay to teach her.
  • Sadist Teacher: At least, for some pupils, especially the ones who are terrible at music. Many pupils fear her because of her temper. She does have an excuse, though - she doesn't even want to do the job.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Joey in the Tyrol years.

     Miss Bridget (Biddy) O'Ryan (later Courvoisier) 
First introduced in: The Chalet School and Jo (as a pupil)

  • Funetik Aksent: In the earlier books, though it's dropped as she gets older. 'I'm to sleep with her for a week on end' becomes 'Oi'm to slape with her for a week on end', for instance.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: She starts off as this. A group of Middles find her wandering around on her own after her parents have been killed in a car crash, and decide to adopt her. Their plan fails when Joey finds Biddy in a shed, but the school decide to keep her and Miss Wilson is appointed as her guardian.
  • Oireland: She's constantly described as speaking in a thick Kerry brogue which is 'as rich as cream', and even as an adult, she still lapses into Irish-isms. She's also Genre Savvy about local legends and fairytales. See The Storyteller below.
  • Rescue Romance: With Dr Eugen Courvoisier, who she meets when Margot falls into Lake Lucerne in The Chalet School Does It Again. The two end up married.
  • The Storyteller: One of her major talents, both as a student and as a teacher. As a pupil, she tells Irish ghost stories, which backfires horribly in New House when one girl has nightmares. As a teacher, she has a gift for recounting historical events which captivates the pupils' attention.

     Miss Nancy Wilmot 
First introduced in: The New Chalet School (as a pupil)

  • Ascended Extra: While she's only a minor character as a pupil, she features much more in the books when she comes back as a maths teacher.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Often described as 'big' and/or 'sturdy' (though in real life, 10 stone actually isn't that heavy for someone who is 5ft 10 tall!)
  • New Transfer Student: She's one of many pupils who join the Chalet School from St Scholastika's in The New Chalet School when their headmistress retires and the two schools merge.
  • Those Two Mistresses: With Kathie Ferrars in the Swiss books.
  • You Are in Command Now: In Challenge for the Chalet School, she temporarily takes over as acting headmistress when Miss Annersley goes to a conference. She's only too glad to hand back the reins at the end of the book.

     Miss Kathie Ferrars 
First introduced in: A New Mistress at the Chalet School

  • A Day in the Limelight: In New Mistress. She's notably the only mistress who has a book dedicated to her.
  • Genki Girl: Is very cheerful and energetic, in contrast to the more laidback Miss Wilmot.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Miss Wilmot. Some fans write them as being more than friends, especially given some of the scenes between them in Challenge when Miss Ferrars comes down with acute appendicitis during a class.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Mary-Lou might be a heroine and the second coming of Joey, but Miss Ferrars is still a teacher, in a position of authority, and is new to the school and not familiar with Mary-Lou's manner and the fact that she doesn't mean any harm in it. It's understandable that she would be annoyed with Mary-Lou and see her as a nuisance.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Althea, when she jumps from one speeding motorboat to another in attempt to rescue two boys. No, really.

First introduced in: The Head Girl of the Chalet School

  • Cool Old Lady: Is respected (and sometimes feared) by both teachers and pupils, and is considerably older than most of the staff.
  • Everyone Calls Her Matron / Only Known by Their Nickname: Very rarely is she addressed by her first name (it's Gwynneth). Most of the staff generally know her as 'Matron' or 'Matey'. Joey even introduces her to Janie Lucy in Exile as 'Matey'. This may be because her status among the school's staff is lower than that of the teachers (though she's still respected by staff and girls alike).
  • Pet the Dog: In Mary-Lou of the Chalet School, she shows a group of pupils some pictures of Mademoiselle Lepâttre, saying that she wants to keep her memory alive, as most of the girls won't have known about her (although Betsy Lucy remembers her sister Julie mentioning Mademoiselle when they were little). She also says:
    "She wasn't much to look at, but she was a saint, one of the unknown ones. Madame herself would tell you that if it had not been for Mademoiselle, she could never have done all she did."

Notable Pupils - Tyrol Era

     Simone Lecoutier (later De Bersac) 
First introduced in: The School at the Chalet

  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Starts off as one, even going so far as to cut her plaits off to get Joey's attention, and getting visibly upset whenever Joey makes friends with other people. Fortunately for Joey, Simone does grow out of it.
  • Hot-Blooded: She's highly sensitive and tends to burst into tears a lot, particularly at the beginning of the series. She calms down when she's older, though.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Joey, at least from her point of view. Joey isn't so keen.

     Frieda Mensch (later von Ahlen) 
First introduced in: The School at the Chalet

  • Beware the Nice Ones: She may look like a fairytale princess, and she may be gentle and quiet, but it's not a good idea to make her angry. The younger kids are in awe of her because she's reputed to have a very sharp tongue.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Is kind, gentle and good with younger children, and rarely gets angry.
  • Meaningful Name: Her first name means 'peace'. As EBD points out, it's an appropriate name for her as she tends to be the peacemaker of the Quartette.
  • Team Mom: Her role within the Quartette. She and Marie are also the Blue Oni to Joey and Simone's Red.

     Marie von Eschenau (later Countess von und zu Wertheim) 
First introduced in: The School at the Chalet

  • Berserk Button: Do not insult her family.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Like Frieda, Marie is generally a very kind and peaceful person, but she is not someone to be messed with. Thekla von Stift found that out the hard way in Exploits of the Chalet Girls.
  • Ojou / Proper Lady: Is considered to be the most beautiful girl in the school, often compared to a fairytale princess because of her long, curly blonde hair (which lands her the starring role in school plays), and is the daughter of an Austrian count (or Graf). She later marries an aristocrat, Count Eugen von und zu Wertheim.
  • Shipper on Deck: To Joey and Jack, if her reply of "Don't you?" to Joey saying she doesn't know any potential husbands is anything to go by.

     Cecilia Marya Humphries / The Robin 
First introduced in: Jo of the Chalet School

  • Adult Fear: In Head Girl, she wanders off to a cave with a local madman who claims he's taking her to see fairies. Grizel and Joey manage to rescue her with Rufus' help, but both of them are very shaken by the experience.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Robin may be small, cute and frail, but she has her moments. In Exile, she shields an old Jewish man from a bunch of Nazi thugs attacking him, knowing full well that this puts her at risk, and copes remarkably well with the escape from the Nazis, considering her poor health. Later, in Adrienne, she pulls a Big Damn Heroes to save Adrienne from her evil landlady.
  • Funetik Aksent: She starts off with one due to her poor command of English (she grew up speaking French at home), pronouncing 'the' as 'ze' and calling Joey 'Zhoey', but loses it as she grows older.
  • Happily Adopted: By Jem and Madge, after her father is killed in a climbing accident.
  • Ill Girl: Her mother died of TB, and Robin herself is at risk and suffers from poor health as a child, to the point where Jem and Madge are constantly keeping an eye on her and warning her not to over-tire herself or worry too much, or it will make her ill. Up to Eleven in Jo of the Chalet School, to the point where Jo goes from Heroic BSoD when Robin is taken ill, to running wild and playing pranks when Robin turns a corner. As an adult, she has to give up social work when it poses a risk to her health, and Jem worries about the possibility of her having children as she could end up dying in childbirth.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Particularly as a child. The worst thing she does is pour water over Eigen (one of the school servants), and a gentle scolding from Madge is enough to make her repentant.
  • Kick the Dog: She doesn't do it herself, but being mean to her is considered to be an act of dog-kicking. The already unpopular Matron Besley gets sacked in Princess for locking her in a room, for instance.
  • Magic Music: A rare non-fantasy example. When Joey is critically ill after falling through ice in Rivals, Robin insists on singing 'The Red Sarafan', a Russian folk song, to her in the hope that it might make her better and get her out of her delirium. And it does.
  • Morality Pet: Acts as one to Joey. Sometimes, Joey will sic her on 'difficult' girls such as Gwensi Howell (The Chalet School Goes to It) or Zephyr Burthill (Jo To The Rescue).
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: She's the Robin - or later, just 'Robin' - from day one when she comes to the school, although she does take the name of Soeur Marie-Cecile when she becomes a nun.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite her health problems, the escape from the Nazis and losing both her parents, she manages to remain relatively cheerful.
  • Put on a Bus: Once she becomes a nun, she pretty much vanishes from the series, though she does appear in Adrienne.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Despite being petted and babied by Joey and being treated as the school baby, she doesn't become a brat as a result and is a very sweet and well-behaved child. When Elaine Gilling shoves her away in Rivals, her first reaction, rather than throwing a tantrum, is to wonder if she's been 'naughty'.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: You'd think Robin would be this trope, but amazingly she averts this by surviving into adulthood, although she has a few health scares as a child.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Is very thoughtful, perceptive and mature as a child / teenager, and handles the escape from the Nazis much better than Joey.

     Princess Elisaveta of Belsornia (later Mrs Helston) 
First introduced in: The Princess of the Chalet School

  • Chekhov's Skill: She joins the school Guide company and learns signalling and woodcraft. This comes in handy later when she is kidnapped by her insane cousin Cosimo, as she leaves signs and lays a trail for would-be rescuers to find her.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Vera Smithers in Rivals seems to think so, anyway.
  • Fallen Princess: She's forced to flee Belsornia during the war when the Nazis invade and escapes across Europe with her children and maid. When she gets to the UK, she works as a charwoman in Wales to support herself and her family, and registers as 'Mrs Helston', taking her husband's mother's name.
  • Ruritania: Belsornia, her homeland, is basically this. It's situated in the Balkans, next door to Turkey.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She may be a princess, but she's very down-to-earth and enjoys hanging out with the other girls and getting dirty (much to her maid's despair). Vera Smithers' plot to bring the school into disrepute backfires because of this. Vera writes an anonymous letter to her and her father claiming that the pupils have insulted Elisaveta by not calling her 'Princess Elisaveta' and requesting that her father take her out of the school, but Elisaveta points out in a letter to Joey that she thinks the whole thing is stupid and would rather her friends didn't call her 'Princess'.

     Cornelia Flower 
First introduced in: The Head Girl of the Chalet School

  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Cornelia's mother died when she was little, and Mademoiselle Lepattre fills the role of a mother figure in her life. Mademoiselle's kindness helps Cornelia to become a better person, and she has a major Heroic BSoD in Exile when Mademoiselle dies.
  • Critical Research Failure: In-universe example. Cornelia suggests starting a feud with the Saint Scholastika's girls in Rivals, and together with her group of friends, decides to start a branch of the Ku Klux Klan after reading about them in an Elsie Dinsmore book. According to Margia Stevens, the KKK's exploits consisted of 'beating people and sticking coffins against doors'. The reality was very, very different.
  • Dreadful Musician: Her attempts at playing the sax in New House have Joey and others in fits of laughter.
  • Eagleland: Starts off as a 'boorish' type when she comes to the school (and she's fat, too), but gradually mellows out over time.
  • Hypocritical Humour: When telling Mary Shaw off for using slang, she calls her a 'little ham-handed, left-footed bonehead'.
  • Lethal Chef: In The Chalet School and the Lintons, she uses garlic cloves in a cookery class when a recipe calls for cloves. As in the spice.
  • The Prankster: She wins over her classmates in Head Girl by playing tricks such as bringing (harmless) snakes into the classroom, and is part of the plot to spike the unpopular Matron Beasley's tea in New House. Some of her pranks do have a nasty side to them, though.
  • Those Two Girls: With fellow American Evadne (Evvy) Lannis.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Along with Violet Allison and Maria Marani, she rescues a pilot from a burning plane in Exile. Her eyes are damaged and she has to have her hair cut after it gets singed.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Goes from an irritating spoilt brat to a much-liked and capable Head Girl.
  • Totally Radical: She and Evvy use a lot of bizarre American slang, often resulting in much docking of pocket money if a passing mistress hears. She does eventually grow out of this, though.

     Eustacia (Stacie) Benson 
First introduced in: Eustacia Goes to the Chalet School

  • Bookworm: Eustacia would rather read than play games. This gets her into trouble when she steals the key to the school library in order to go off and read on her own, and she is banned from the library as a result.
  • Break the Haughty: Basically, the entirety of Eustacia Goes to the Chalet School is this. Her arrogance and talebearing do not make her popular with either the other pupils or the teachers. Eventually, Eustacia has enough, throws a hissy fit and runs away, and has a nasty accident in the mountains when nearby rivers burst their banks and she passes out in a cleft, in an awkward position which severely hurts her back. This results in her being bedridden for a very long time.
  • Freudian Excuse: Part of the reason why Eustacia is such a Jerkass is because of how her elderly academic parents raised her - the narrative states that her mother tried out experimental child rearing practices on her, and when her father found out he was dying and had a week to live, he was more bothered about not being able to complete his book than the fact his death was going to leave his daughter an orphan. She also lives with an uncle and aunt who basically regard her as a nuisance.
  • Ill Girl: Suffers injuries to her back as a result of her accident, and it takes a while before she is able to sit up, let alone walk, again.
  • Insufferable Genius: one of the earliest and most notable examples of this in the series. At least, until she has the accident.
  • Meaningful Rename: After her accident, she is given the nickname of 'Stacie'. Joey even states that she sees 'Eustacia' and 'Stacie' as two different people, and that 'Stacie' is much more likeable than 'Eustacia' ever was. Eustacia herself says:
    "Eustacia wasn't nice, as you say. But I know Stacie will do her best to be a real Chalet School girl now and always".
  • Pride: One of her greatest flaws. Even when she realises she's in the wrong, she's too proud to admit it and/or apologise.

Notable Pupils - Armishire Era

     Daisy Venables (later Rosomon) 
First introduced in: The New House at the Chalet School

When Joey and Frieda are killing time in Innsbruck, they bump into a little girl who overhears them speaking English and asks if they can help her mother, who is lost and can't speak German. That little girl is Daisy, Jem Russell's niece (her mum, Margot, is his sister), and she and her younger sister Primula go on to join the Chalet School as pupils while Margot works as matron at St Clare's House, before dying after the school's exodus to Guernsey. Daisy and Primula are subsequently adopted by the Russells. She is one of the leading characters at the school during the war years, and later goes on to train as a paediatrician, winning awards for her work.

  • Dark and Troubled Past: All three of her brothers are dead, possibly from heat stroke as a result of the climate in Queensland; her father was an abusive alcoholic who prevented Margot from getting in touch with her family, and later died of a snake bite; and both she and Primula become ill themselves, causing Margot to move back to England.
  • Genki Girl: Is cheerful, carefree and energetic, in contrast to the calmer, more serious Robin.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: has blonde hair and is one of the nicest and most popular characters in the series.
  • Happily Adopted: By Jem and Madge after her mother dies. She and Robin, who is also an adoptee of the Russells, pretty much consider each other to be sisters.
  • Happily Married: To Laurie Rosomon. Their wedding is featured in the early chapters of Joey Goes to the Oberland.
  • Power Trio: forms one with Beth Chester and Gwensi Howell in Goes to It. She's The Kirk, with Gwensi as The McCoy and Beth as The Spock.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: A particularly jarring example in Joey and Co in Tyrol. When Charles is taken ill with appendicitis, it's not Daisy who is asked to treat him, but Laurie, her husband - even though Daisy is an award-winning paediatrician.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: So much so that when Joey receives a telegram in Highland Twins saying Jack has died, she cannot understand why God would take someone as good as Jack away from them.

     The Lucy, Chester and Ozanne families 
First introduced in: The Chalet School in Exile

The three Temple sisters - Janie Lucy, Elizabeth Ozanne and Anne Chester - and their families originally appeared in EBD's La Rochelle series. When the school moved to Guernsey, where the three families were living, Joey befriends Janie and her sisters, and as a result, the Ozanne twins and the older Lucy and Chester girls end up joining the school. Barbara and Janice Chester join during the Swiss years. Beth Chester and Julie and Betsy Lucy all become Head Girls.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Barbara Chester, in The Chalet School and Barbara.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Beth is revealed as this in Exile. Her mother sends her to a local high school in Guernsey before the CS arrives, but does not allow her to mingle with the other girls there, accept invitations from them or invite them over, as she disapproves of them. As a result, the other girls think Beth is a snob and make fun of her, and she's miserable until she joins the Chalet School.
  • Characterisation Marches On: In the La Rochelle books, Barbara is a Spoiled Brat Ill Girl, but when she joins the Chalet School, she's much nicer. Admittedly she does have trouble doing this for herself, because of being so reliant on her mother - Matey has to remind her to clean up the bath after she's used it - but she soon becomes a member of Mary-Lou's Gang and is just like any other prefect in the later Swiss books.
  • Clear My Name: Barbara, with Vi Lucy's help in Barbara. Mary Woodley is jealous of her friendship with Vi (even though Barbara and Vi are cousins) and gets Caroline Sanders into trouble with Matron by taking a book out of Caroline's locker and leaving it on the floor. Caroline blames Barbara, and Mary immediately homes in on her and gets other girls to gang up on her. Vi is furious and tears the other girls a new one for picking on Barbara.
  • Dumb Blonde: while several blonde characters throughout the series - such as Daisy, Marie and Stacie - are major aversions, Nella and Vanna? Play it very, very straight. Of the three families, the Ozannes are the only one where none of the girls end up being Head Girl. Neither twin is particularly ambitious or intelligent, and both of them are in and out of mischief as Juniors.
  • Ill Girl: Barbara is this for most of her childhood - to the point where her mother spoils her rotten and the rest of the family have to cater to her every whim - and misses out on school until she turns 14 and goes to Switzerland, with Beth to keep an eye on her. Although the original plan is for her to be a day girl and live with the Maynards, an outbreak of measles in their family results in her boarding instead, which helps her to become more independent and make friends her own age.
  • Power Trio: Beth forms one with Daisy and Gwensi - see Daisy's entry above.
  • Quitting to Get Married: Julie Lucy is the daughter of a lawyer and plans to become a barrister, but in Future it's revealed that she is abandoning her career due to marrying a teacher at her brother's school.

     Lavender Leigh 
First introduced in: Lavender Laughs in the Chalet School

  • A Day in the Limelight: The title character in Lavender Laughs. She becomes completely Out of Focus afterwards and is only mentioned occasionally in later books.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: She constantly mouths off in class about her experiences and the things she's seen, even claiming to know more than the teachers. However, her education is severely lacking as a result of never having been to school, and the only subject she's any good at is languages. She's kept in a lower form as a result.
  • Prone to Tears: Her aunt Cynthia describes her as a 'sensitive plant' and a 'clever, sensitive girl who worships beauty'. Miss Wilson is not impressed.
  • Regal Ringlets: She sports these when she first comes to the school. As part of her Character Development, she cuts them off at the end of the book.
  • Silent Treatment: Is sent to Coventry by her entire class after she hits another girl with a hockey stick. The other girls, including the nicer ones such as Peggy, refuse to speak to her unless absolutely necessary, until Biddy intervenes and warns them that their behaviour is getting into bullying territory.
  • Spoiled Brat: And HOW. Probably one of the worst examples in the series.

     Flora and Fiona McDonald 
First introduced in: The Highland Twins at the Chalet School

  • A Day in the Limelight: The Highland Twins in question in the book of the same name.
  • Creepy Child: Fiona definitely comes across as one due to her psychic powers and ability to 'see' people's deaths. On the plus side, she also uses it to help Joey. And she and Flora seem a bit too keen to recount gory stories about their clan's history to Joey.
  • Funetik Aksent: Both the twins and their big sister Shiena talk like this in the originals. For instance, "It is very kind of you, but we have some supper in our basket" is rendered as "It iss fery kint of you, put we haf some supper in our basket". Thankfully, the abridged versions cut it out.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girls: They're both very proud of their Highland background, to the point where they insist on travelling on the train in traditional Highland gear, and the badassery of their ancestors. They're also pretty good at handling guns.
  • Put on a Bus: To Canada, to live with Shiena and her family.
  • Tranquil Fury: Fiona gets like this when she's pissed off, as both Betty Wynne-Davies and Lavender Leigh find out. In fact, her whole feud starts with Betty after she responds to Betty mocking her and Flora's background by saying, "Don't mind the poor creature, Flora. She doesn't know any better. Poor thing. It is a pity, isn't it?"

     Betty Wynne-Davies 

  • Alpha Bitch: She was never the nicest pupil to begin with, but she becomes a major one by the time of Highland Twins at the Chalet School, due to breaking away from former best friend Elizabeth Arnett and taking a level in bitchiness as a result. She even has two Beta Bitches, Florence 'Floppy Bill' Williams and Hilda Hope.
  • Disproportionate Retribution / Manipulative Bitch: She responds to Fiona trapping her finger in a deckchair and making fun of her by plotting to steal the Chart of Erisay, an important document containing secrets about the twins' home. Not only that, but she almost hands it over to a Nazi spy after he overhears her talking about it and corners her - luckily Joey has the chart at home. Not only that, but she plans to use the twins to get at Robin and Daisy as well, as she has a grudge against them.
  • Jerkass: One of the few to actually come from the Chalet School itself, rather than an outside school such as Tanswick or St Hilda's. It's quite telling that she's only the second girl to have been expelled, the first being Thekla von Stift.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: One of the reasons why she and Elizabeth grow away from each other - Betty is very quick to anger, to the point where Elizabeth makes it clear in Goes to It that she's fed up of Betty's rotten temper. Later, when Fiona snarks her, Betty slaps her round the face.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: At the end of Highland Twins, when Miss Annersley calls an emergency assembly to impress on the girls that talking about the Chart of Erisay could have potentially endangered several people's lives, and the Nazi spy who Betty met picks her out of an identity parade. She has a near breakdown when it hits home how dangerous her actions were.

     Gabrielle 'Gay' Lambert 
First introduced in: Lavender Laughs at the Chalet School

  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blonde hair and is a kind and loyal friend to Jacynth, looking after her when she joins the Chalet School, teaching her the cello and helping her cope with her auntie's death.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: Calling a child 'Gay' might have been acceptable in the '40s, but you could never get away with it now.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: After she returns to school, Gay comes down with German measles - and a large amount of pupils get it as well.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Miss Bubb punishes Gay for rudeness by banning her from going to see her brother Tommy and his wife for the last time before he's stationed in China. Gay responds by running away from school. Although Miss Wilson does give her a ticking-off - bear in mind that Gay is running away in wartime, on a dark night, which is potentially very dangerous - she also realises why Gay did what she did, and states that forbidding her from seeing her brother is just too cruel, considering he may never come home again.

     Tom Gay 
First introduced in: Tom Tackles The Chalet School

  • Bifauxnen: One of the few in the series, to the point where some fans have transgender headcanons for her.
  • Female Misogynist: Has a lot of internalised misogyny and ideas about girls being underhand and having no sense of honour, in no small part thanks to her dad. The Chalet School shows her the error of her ways, though.
  • Gender-Blender Name / Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name is not Thomasina as you might suspect, but Lucinda Muriel, and she hates it. Even the staff call her 'Tom'.
  • The Stoic: As befitting a girl who was raised like a boy, and has no time for 'girly' emotions or crushes.

Notable Pupils - St Briavels Era

     Mary-Lou Trelawney 
First introduced in: Three Go to The Chalet School

  • A Day in the Limelight: In her eponymous book, in which she helps troubled new girl Jessica Wayne at Joey's request.
  • Academic Athlete: She's not only bright, but she's a very good swimmer - she beats Tom, who's older and stronger, in a swimming race.
  • Cool Big Sis: Clem Barras is this to her. In the Swiss years, the Maynard triplets see her as this, particularly when she's Head Girl.
  • Disappeared Dad: Happens to her twice. First, her father, an explorer and lepidopterist, is killed by Amazonian Indians while on an expedition in Brazil; although Mary-Lou does feel sad for her mother and grandmother, she finds it hard to mourn for him, as she has very few memories of him and mainly only knows him as a photograph. Secondly, her stepfather, Commander Carey, dies after an operation.
  • Genki Girl: And HOW. Although she has Clem to rein her in when she gets too cheeky.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her trademark hairdo as a junior, which she nicknames 'Kenwigses' as a Shout-Out to the hairdos of the Kenwigs girls in Nicholas Nickleby.
    • Important Haircut: When she becomes a senior in Mary-Lou, she decides to mark this by swapping her pigtails for a single pigtail. And then her head is shaved after the accident with the toboggan…and it grows back in curls.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Not Mary-Lou herself, but her father, Professor Trelawney. It is revealed that he could have escaped when Amazonian Indians attacked his party, but he chose to stay behind to protect his friends and was killed as a result.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: One interpretation of her character. While she isn't a bully like Jack or Betty, she and her Gang do dominate their form, and being allowed in is considered an honour.
  • Mouthy Kid: And she gets away with it most of the time because, as others say, "it isn't cheek, it's Mary-Lou." However, it causes major conflict between her and Miss Ferrars, as the latter is new to the school and doesn't understand that Mary-Lou is like that with everyone and means no harm.
  • Phrase Catcher: "That's our one and only Mary-Lou," "it isn't cheek, it's just Mary-Lou," and, less often, "You'd have to be up early to get one past Mary-Lou."
  • Samaritan Syndrome: Like Joey, she's a 'champion butter-in' and takes it upon herself to deal with other girls' problems. Sometimes it works (with the triplets in Theodora, and with Jessica in Mary-Lou), and sometimes it backfires horribly (with Joan Baker in Problem, when Joan overhears Mary-Lou and Katherine Gordon talking about her and runs away).
  • Shipper on Deck: To Gillian Linton and Peter Young in Three Go.
  • Tap on the Head: Majorly averted in Mary-Lou - when Emerence crashes into her, slamming her into a tree, she receives a severe head injury and is unconscious for several days. She does get better, but it takes time.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: As Head Girl, she gives this to all three of the triplets in Theodora after things get out of hand (though the incident in question was mainly Margot's problem). It hits home, though Margot does have subsequent relapses.

     Bride Bettany 

See the entry under 'The Bettany family' above.

     Emerence Hope 
First introduced in: Shocks for the Chalet School

  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Emerence stuffs a scarecrow in a drain in Shocks, Miss Annersley simply asks her, "Why am I not to trust you to be honest in your actions?" Emerence doesn't know how to answer, and breaks down in tears.
  • Awesome Aussie: Much stronger than she looks, terrorises the staff on the plane, and doesn't give a toss about rules. Though Miss Dene and Miss Annersley both manage to outdo her.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has a major one after injuring Mary-Lou. Her injuries are less severe, but she makes herself ill with crying, and Jack Maynard has to tell her several times to stop.
  • Land Down Under: The only Australian pupil the school has ever had, unless you count the Venables sisters (although they're regarded as British).
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has a major episode of this in Mary-Lou of the Chalet School when her toboggan slams into Mary-Lou, knocking her into a tree and giving her a serious head injury. She is miserable and cries for ages until Jack tells her to snap out of it.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Her French composition is...special. She translates 'hen' as 'elle-coq' and 'haystack' as 'foin-colline'. (The correct words would be 'poule' and 'meule de foin'.)
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her giving Margot an expensive clock as a present is what triggers the fall-out between the triplets in Theodora.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In Changes, she deliberately works well below standard in order to be demoted to Margot's form. Unfortunately, the teachers cotton on to what they're doing.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's tiny, but surprisingly strong. Commander Christy is amazed at how muscular she is ("She's got the biceps of a female infant Hercules!")
  • Poisonous Friend: As far as Joey is concerned. When Emerence and Margot become friends in Changes, Joey is worried that Emerence will be a bad influence on Margot.
  • Miss Swears-A-Lot: She's one of the more foul-mouthed students, as Mary-Lou finds out.
  • Spoiled Brat: Her parents have never denied her anything and she has grown up without boundaries. As a result, she has a major disregard for school rules.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In A Chalet Girl from Kenya, she nearly gets herself killed when gathering moss at the edge of a cliff, knowing full well it was dangerous. Luckily, Mary-Lou, Jo Scott and Miss Wilmot manage to rescue her between them.

Notable Pupils - Swiss Era

     Len, Con and Margot Maynard 

See the entry under 'The Maynard children' above.

     Joan Baker 
First introduced in: A Problem for the Chalet School

  • Blackmail: Threatens to reveal Ros's working-class background if Ros doesn't get her an invitation to Freudesheim. It fails, as Joey tells Ros that no-one will judge her over her family.
  • Delinquent Hair / Make-Up Is Evil: Like Betty and her friends in the war years, Joan has a perm and wears make-up (and not the approved kind), which causes the other girls to view her as 'cheap'.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Often described as 'big' by EBD.
  • Lower-Class Lout: Is viewed this way by some of the girls at the CS, due to her background, swearing, lack of interest in prayers, and her hair, make-up and revealing dresses. This has caused some fans to view her as a Working-Class Hero (see YMMV section).
  • Nouveau Riche: Her family become this when they win the pools, enabling Joan to get a place at the Chalet School.
  • Poisonous Friend: As far as the Lilleys and the likes of Joey and Mary-Lou are concerned, anyway. One reason why Ros's parents are happy for her to go to the school is because they fear that Joan is a bad influence.
  • Miss Swears-A-Lot: She has quite the potty mouth and gets into trouble for telling one student to 'go to hell', which in Chalet School terms is up there with telling someone to fuck off.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She's quite the Jerkass when she transfers to the school, but after running away and a talk with Miss Annersley, she resolves to become a better person. She never does truly fit in, due to her background, but she and Ros do at least repair their friendship.

     Ruhannah 'Ruey' Richardson 
First introduced in: Joey and Co in Tirol

  • Disappeared Dad: Professor Richardson is a literal example, having gone on a pre-Neil Armstrong mission into space and never come back.
  • Free-Range Children: She and her brothers live in a hut rented by their dad and are basically left to their own devices. The Maynard family are appalled at the state of the hut the Richardsons are living in, and invite them to come and stay with them. Joey and Jack later become their legal guardians when Professor Richardson sets off on a space expedition.
  • Happily Adopted: She and her brothers are adopted by the Maynards after her father announces that he's going to be away for a year or two (which turns out to be forever). Joey is furious at this, not because she dislikes the Richardsons, but because of the casual indifference with which their father treats them.
  • Promoted to Parent: Because of the professor being away a lot of the time, Ruey is left with housekeeping duties and taking care of her brothers.
  • Theme Naming: She and her brothers all have names beginning with 'R' and are known as the 'Three Rs' by the Maynards.

     Jack Lambert 
First introduced in: A Leader in the Chalet School

  • Alpha Bitch: Particularly in Jane and the Chalet School. She has her own clique who do pretty much whatever she tells them, and Jane Carew is alienated by her form as a result of Jack's bullying and her clique following her lead.
  • Clear My Name: In Leader, when a toy snake is placed in Miss Bertram's drawer by Miss Andrews, and the form blame Jack for it. Luckily, with Len's help, she succeeds in proving her innocence.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: One of the nastier examples in the series. She idolises Len and does not take kindly to having to leave Len's dorm in order to make way for new girl Jane, and bullies her until Len herself has to step in.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: She becomes friends with Jane after she gets stuck in a tree during a game of hide-and-seek, and Jane rescues her.
  • Expy: Is very similar to Tom, having the same carpentry abilities, Gender-Blender Name and tomboy tendencies, but with a much nastier streak.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She loves cars and wants to be an engineer / mechanic, a very unusual career for a woman at that time.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Actually called Jacynth after Jacynth Hardy, but 'Jack' better suits her tomboyish nature.
  • Not Me This Time: She wasn't responsible for the incident with the toy snake, but the form refuse to believe her. See The Prankster below for why.
  • Not So Different: Towards Gillie Garstin, her rival from St Hilda's in Feud who is also a Hot-Blooded tomboy with her own clique. The two are at loggerheads initially, but bond over rescuing the school cat and later, teaming up with their friends and 'painting' some doors with what they think is varnish (it's actually syrup).
  • The Prankster: She plays several tricks in Leader, including sticking Margaret Twiss to her chair with cobbler's wax and filling Gwen Parry's boots with water. It backfires on her horribly later on - see Clear My Name above.


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