Miss Trunchbull from Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)

In Roald Dahl’s well-loved tale Matilda, Miss Trunchbull - once a famous Olympian athlete – is the headmistress of Matilda’s new school. A woman whose fearsome reputation precedes her, Miss Trunchbull is known for her brutal dislike of children. From swinging the girls by their pigtails to locking pupils in the terrifying ‘chokey’, Miss Trunchbull is a fierce and tyrannical monster, frightening the life out of children and teachers alike…

Miss Hardbroom from The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy (1974)

Miss Hardbroom is a tall and terrifying woman with slick black hair tied up in a topknot, making her forehead look quite s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d. And it accentuates her sharp, bony face. Miss Hardbroom doesn’t tolerate any nonsense from little children, and is prone to popping up at any sign of trouble – so watch out!

Mr Litch from Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney (2009)

Mr Litch is Greg’s soccer coach – and the reason Rodrick doesn’t play sports anymore. He's humourless and routinely forces Greg to do some very strange exercises that clearly have nothing to do with playing football, such as leg-lifts and wind sprints – pfft! Mr Litch loves to raise his voice on the pitch, and terrify all of the children

Captain Hardcastle from Boy by Roald Dahl (1984)

Captain Hardcastle is one of Boy’s teachers at St Peter’s, a slim and wiry man with hair the colour of dark vermillion – and don't forget the matching moustache. His face is often inflamed and savage, and so is his personality. Captain Hardcastle has it in for Boy and unfairly accuses him of cheating, meaning Boy ends up in the Headmaster’s office for no good reason. 

Miss Morley from Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson (2009)

Miss Morley is a teacher at the Foundling Hospital and she definitely doesn’t care for Hetty, or her friend Polly either. She deliberately stops them from answering questions, as when they’re correct it irritates her. Miss Morley often fakes yawning when Hetty answers and encourages the other girls to laugh at her.  She is also devious and unfairly accuses Hetty of being violent – she’s cruel, wicked, and untrustworthy!

Mrs Mackelroy in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney (2010)

Mrs Mackelroy is the new maths teacher at Greg’s school. Her priority isn't teaching, but getting a bonus – she doesn’t care about middle-school kids at all. She leaves the class during a test, and the whole room erupts into chaos. Mrs Mackelroy seems to be slightly adverse to the smell of children too, and makes sure everyone showers after gym – bleurgh!  

Miss Granite from The Worst Witch Saves the Day by Jill Murphy (2005)

Engulfed in a cloud of bright orange curls, enormous glasses, and a painfully high collar, Miss Granite is Mildred’s form-mistress in her third year at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. Miss Granite takes no prisoners – it’s hard work and discipline all the way!  A mysterious woman, Miss Granite doesn’t tolerate any form of snooping, and sadly even keeps Mildred’s cat, Tabby, separated from her. 

Madame Fidolia from Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (1936)

Madame Fidolia trained to be a great dancer from the age of nine at the Russian Imperial Ballet School, where she made a name for herself and was a favourite of the Czar and Czarina. However, following the Revolution, she moved to London where she opened the Children’s Academy of Dancing and Stage Training and become Posy’s teacher and mentor. Madame Fidolia is a woman of great discipline and expects all children to say ‘Madame’, followed by a curtsy, whenever they see her. 

Miss Minchin from A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905)

Miss Minchin is the headmistress of Sara’s school. She is tall and dull with a cold and ‘fishy’ smile. Miss Minchin thinks of herself as a businesswoman but is driven only by greed. She revels in holding grudges, even against little girls, and when Sara needs compassion at the lowest point in her life, Miss Minchin uses her power and casts Sara out as a servant. Miss Minchin is as mean and as vengeful, as she is spiteful.

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