|Portrayed by||Melanie Hill|
|First Appearance||Series 7 Episode 21|
|Last Appearance||Series 10 Episode 20|
|Cause/Reason||End of the programme|
|Born||8th July 1959|
|Occupation|| Senior Canteen Assistant (s.7-8) |
House Mistress (s.8-)
Food Teacher (s.8-)
|Spouse(s)|| Trevor Croft (divorced)|
Grantly Budgen (Deceased)
Margaret "Maggie" Budgen (née Croft) is a ex-dinner lady, now head of the school house and a Home Economics teacher, with a penchant for bingo, country music and karaoke. Intuitive and maternal, she’s the perfect woman to head up the new School House and would do anything to protect the kids in her care. She’s had a tough life, but has finally found happiness in the shape of Grantly, with whom she claims it was ‘Love at first fight’.
Thanks to her easy, motherly way with the kids and years of experience as a dinner lady, Maggie has recently made the jump into teaching Home Economics. She’s had a bit of a rocky start, but her caring nature and natural authority have seen her overcome the early bumps in the road of her fledgling teaching career. This term we see Maggie getting even closer to the kids, in particular Kevin, as she throws herself into work to deal with the loss of her beloved Grantly.