Magdalen College School, Oxford
Magdalen College School is an independent day school in Oxford, for boys aged seven to eighteen and for girls in the sixth form. It was founded by William Waynflete about 1480 as part of Oxford. In 2010 The Good Schools Guide described the school as having "A comfortable mix of brains and artistic flair but demanding and challenging too.. Not what you might expect a boys' public school to look like or feel like."The school was named Independent School of the Year by the Sunday Times in 2004, again in 2008, becoming the first boys' school to gain this accolade twice. The school is run by a headmaster, known since the foundation of the school as "the Master", controlled by a Board of Governors, who appoint the Master, it has both a junior school. The Senior School has six houses, each headed by a housemaster selected from the senior members of the teaching staff, of whom there are about 160. There are six houses in the Junior School. All of the school's pupils go on to universities, about a third of them to Oxford or Cambridge.
The present Master, Helen Pike, began her work at the school in August 2016, after being Headmistress of the South Hampstead High School, in the school's long history is the first woman to be Master. In a review by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in 2017, the school was described as remarkable and providing rich opportunities, where "pupils’ academic results are exceptional"; the School was founded by William Waynflete as a department of Magdalen College, to teach the sixteen boy choristers of the College, who sang in the college's chapel, as well as other local children of high academic achievement. The first certain evidence of the school's existence dates to 1480, although the beginnings of the school are at least as early as 1478. Since it has grown in size from about thirty boys to over 850 children. Over its history, the school occupied various parts of the present-day Magdalen College, firstly the low hall south of the Chapel of the Hospital of St. John the Baptist, which before the establishment of Magdalen College by William Waynflete had occupied the present site.
This building, replaced by the 15th-century college buildings, stood between the present-day porters' lodge and the Great Tower. After the First World War, the school opted into the arrangements of the Education Act 1907, as a grant-aided secondary school had to guarantee a quarter of its places as free scholarships for boys from public elementary schools. Of this decision, Stanier, a former Master and the author of the school history, writes: To allow the School to develop into another rich man's Public School would have been to betray a heritage and a tradition. Magdalen School had never been a school of rich men's sons, genuine democracy had flourished in it, not only through the conscious efforts of such Masters as Millard and Sherwood, but through the peculiar nature of Oxford; the origins of the present-day school site begin in the late 19th century, when the school was occupying part of the college grounds alongside Longwall Street. It was relocated by a few hundred feet, over Magdalen Bridge, onto the present site on Cowley Place began under the tenure of W. E. Sherwood in 1891 when, after an outbreak of scarlet fever in the old boarding house on the corner of Longwall Street and the High Street plans for a new school house were laid out.
The new building on the Plain, which forms the modern-day School House, was first used in September 1894 when boarders at the school moved into it. At that time, teaching still took place on the Longwall Street site. Boarders thus had a short daily walk over Magdalen Bridge to the College; the choristers still today make this short daily journey, but using a tunnel under Magdalen Bridge to avoid crossing the busy road. The school continued to grow during the early 20th century, by 1925, there were about 170 students. In 1928, increased pressure on the Magdalen College buildings on Longwall Street caused the migration of the entire school over Magdalen Bridge. Plans were made for new buildings designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, but this period was marked by uncertainty for the school, as in 1926 the College statute referring to the School had been altered. "Where before it had ordained that the College should always maintain the School, it now ran,'So long as the grammar school of the College in Oxford is maintained....".
As a result, temporary classrooms were built along Cowley Place, most of which are still standing today. The buildings that the school had used on Longwall Street underwent a change of use or were redeveloped, now form part of the College buildings: the School's original'Big School' became the present-day "New Library" of the College, the former school playground turned into the College's Longwall Quad. A new school chapel was added to the 1928 buildings at the Milham Ford end, paid for by Old Boys, was furnished with stained glass from the original chapel on Longwall Street, portraits of former Masters and Old Waynfletes, with an old organ built by Binns of Bramley, near Leeds. Choir stalls donated by the Old Waynfletes and carved by Stanley Fisher completed the building, until it was transformed into a Library when the present-day Big School building was opened in 1966; the stalls from the chapel of 1929 are now in the'altar' section of the new Big School. By 1938, the school's buildings had become too small.
They had always been of a timber construction, never designed for longevity. This was the topic of the 1938 Commemoration speech given by Dr John Johnson, in which a "Bricks for
Whitgift School is an independent day school with limited boarding in South Croydon, London. Along with Trinity School of John Whitgift and Old Palace School it is owned by the Whitgift Foundation, a charitable trust. A grammar school and direct grant grammar school, the school's headmaster is a now member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. Whitgift School was founded in 1596 by the Archbishop of Canterbury John Whitgift and opened in 1600 as part of the Whitgift Foundation which had the aim of building a hospital and school in Croydon for the "poor and impotent people" from the parishes of Croydon and Lambeth. Located in North End, Croydon in 1931 itl moved to its current site, Haling Park, once home to Lord Howard of Effingham, the Lord High Admiral of the Fleet sent against the Spanish Armada. A day school, boarding was introduced in 1992, a boarding house was opened for the 2013–14 school year. Between 1871 and 1946 the school was known as Whitgift Grammar School, after which it relinquished its direct grant and became a independent school known as'Whitgift School'.
Whitgift is located in a 45-acre parkland site. The ship that features prominently on the top of the school hall is a reminder of the history of the site. Additions since the 400th anniversary of the school have been a maze in the founder's garden, an aviary, an enclosure for Prevost's squirrels, ponds and a sports complex; the original buildings have been supplemented by many additions and improvements including a Music School and Concert Hall, an integrated facility for science, technology and design together with library and resource centres, a separate Lower School building, a major new Sports and Conference Centre, opened in February 2005. A new Art Department, Performing Arts Centre and a new Sixth Form Centre were completed in the middle of 2011. Whitgift has a wide variety of animals, including peacocks on the grounds since the 1930s, flamingos. In 2005 Sir David Attenborough visited the school to open the ponds, the enclosure of which houses various waterfowl, including Hawaiian geese, which the zoo bred.
Most boys are admitted to the school at the ages of 10 or 11. Smaller numbers of boys enter the school at 12, 13, 14 and 16. Entry is based on performance in entrance exams and interviews, an assessment of a boy's ability to contribute to wider school life and to benefit from the co-curricular activities offered. Scholarships are awarded. Aside from academic scholarships, they may be awarded for particular talent in music, design technology or sport, or as an all-rounder. A substantial number of bursaries are awarded up to the value of the full fees. In year 7, boys must choose three languages to study. In year 9, boys can drop a language, but can take up either Italian or Ancient Greek, studied off-timetable. In the Fifth Form, boys undertake a broad curriculum in a mixture of IGCSE subjects. Since 2005, Whitgift has offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to the Sixth Form as an optional alternative to A-Levels, as well as BTEC qualifications in sport and business studies. Whitgift School offers co-curricular activities within the school.
This is reflected in the sporting facilities as well as an array of musical activities. Whitgift has a combined cadet force; the school has partnerships with two local state schools St. Andrews C of E High School and Thomas More School, allowing their students to take part in CCF activities; each year an annual inspection takes place conducted by a senior figure of the armed forces a former student of the school. Although not designed to recruit for the armed forces, some students go on to win service scholarships; the school has a sporting tradition, fields teams in a range of sports. Whitgift has a £9 million sports and conference centre which hosts competitions in a wide range of sports; the school has a Health & Fitness Centre, a 55 station gym and group exercise studio open to students and their families. Whitgift has a number of former sporting professionals coaching at the school; these include the former Surrey cricketer David Ward, the former Chelsea and Arsenal defender Colin Pates, the former Surrey spin bowler Neil Kendrick, the former Crystal Palace and Chelsea midfielder and manager at Selhurst Park Steve Kember.
The school was once a training ground to Crystal Palace The Women’s GB Handball team has trained on occasions at Whitgift School as has the England Korfball team. In rugby, the school has twice won the National Daily Mail Cup at Under 15 level and at under 18 level. In hockey Whitgift won the National Indoor Hockey Championships at Under 15 and Under 18 levels in 2011; the school become national Under 18 golf champions for the first time in 2014 at Carnoustie. In 2011 The school had links to the academies of Charlton and Crystal Palace football clubs, to Surrey County Cricket Club, London Wasps rugby club and East Grinstead Hockey Club; the first recorded cricket match held on the school ground occurred in 1898 when the school played University College School. From 2003 to 2011 the school ground hosted several matches for county club Surrey; the ground hosted its first match for Surrey in 2000, when they played a List-A match against Warwickshire. From 2000 to present, the ground has hosted 12 List-A matches.
Former pupils of Whitgift are known as "Old Whitgiftians". Anthony Seldon, Head of Politics at Whitgift in the 1980s, head of Brighton Co
Wellingborough School is a co-educational day independent school in the market town of Wellingborough in Northamptonshire. It is one of the oldest schools in the country; the school today consists of Prep School, Senior School and a Sixth Form. The original school was a Tudor grammar school in the centre of the town. In January 1881 the school moved under the 28th Headmaster to its present 45-acre site on the edge of Wellingborough. During the Great War about 1,060 Old Boys saw action; these included DSO, famous for 35 victories in the air. 181 Old Boys and masters were killed in action, amongst them the former School Chaplain, Bernard Vann, awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously. Between the wars the school's sporting prowess continued, in 1929 a thatched pavilion was built on the playing fields, paid for out of tuckshop profits; the pavilion has the front door step of the former home of W. G. Grace, acquired in 1939 when his old home in Bristol was demolished. One local lad who sat the scholarship entrance exam unsuccessfully was H.
E. Bates. By 1940 the school was failing, it was saved by the arrival of boys from two other schools. The first comprised 33 boys and masters from Weymouth College, a public school in Dorset, closing; the second arrival was a group of boys from Lynfield Preparatory School in Norfolk, with their headmaster Robert Britten, the elder brother of the composer Benjamin Britten. The school was led by Thomas Nevill from 1940 to 1956. In the Second World War, 95 Old Boys were killed in action. Among survivors was Major George Drew. A serial escaper, he spent most of the war in Colditz; the most distinguished Old Boy was Group Captain James Brian Tait, one of the RAF's most decorated bomber pilots, who led the attack which sank the German battleship Tirpitz in 1944. In 1965 the school received a visit from Her Majesty the Queen; this was arranged by the chairman of Albert Edward John Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer. Until the late 1970s the school was still predominantly for boarders. Girls were admitted for the first time in 1970 and it became co-educational in 1979, following the sudden closure of Overstone School in Northamptonshire.
After over 400 years of boarding tradition, it stopped offering boarding from the 2000-01 school year onwards. For details of some well-known alumni, see List of Old Wellingburians Wellingborough School Cricket Ground School Website Old Wellingburian Club Profile on the ISC website ISI Inspection Reports - Prep School & Senior School
Berkhamsted School is an independent school in Berkhamsted, England. The present school was formed in 1997 by the amalgamation of the original Berkhamsted Grammar School, founded in 1541 by John Incent, Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, Berkhamsted School for Girls, established in 1888, Berkhamsted Preparatory School; the new merged school was called Berkhamsted Collegiate School, but reverted to Berkhamsted School in 2008. In 2011 Berkhamsted School merged with Heatherton House School, a girls' preparatory school in Amersham, to form the Berkhamsted Schools Group; the Group acquired Haresfoot School in Berkhamsted and its on site day nursery in 2012, which became Berkhamsted Pre-Preparatory School for children aged three to seven, Berkhamsted Day Nursery. Berkhamsted School is a "diamond school" in which pupils are taught coeducationally in the Pre-Prep School, Prep School and Sixth Form, but independently in the traditional Senior years, between the ages of 11 and 16; the school has four main sites: the Pre-Prep School, the Prep School, the Castle Street Campus and Kings Road Campus.
The School is noted for its distinctive collegiate and pastoral structure, a varied sporting, outdoor education and cultural co-curricular programme and participation in the life of the local community. Richard Backhouse principal of Monkton Combe School, became Principal of the School in January 2016. All Berkhamsted pupils belong to a House throughout their time at the School; each House is run by a House-master supported by several house tutors. Together they are responsible for providing pastoral support for their pupils and serve as the primary link between parents and the School. Houses are both physical environments and communities, each forming a distinct entity within the larger organisation of the School itself. Pupils attend their house for morning and afternoon registration, to play games throughout the day, for the majority of the administration which governs their time at the School, they participate in School events on behalf of their House. Adders was formed in 1915 to accommodate the so-called "train boys" who, by nature of their daily commute to school, were excluded from School activities.
Various explanations have been given for the name'Adders'. It may be a casual abbreviation of "the add-on house", or a contraction of'Adlebert House', now the Chaplain's residence. However, according to an anecdote current in the 1960s, the boys were asked for suggestions and one proposed the present name. On being asked why, he explained, "Puff adders, sir!", an allusion to the steam trains on which the pupils travelled. Adders is situated in a separate building next to Newcroft and it takes the ground floor while Fry's house uses the top floor. Current Head of House is Rachael Warburton. Bees, dating back to 1897 and situated on Mill Street next to Swifts. Current Head of House is Daniel Van Noordwyk. Cox's, opened in 1958 in response to the growing numbers of day boys. Named after Cuthbert Cox; until September 2010, the house occupied a separate building located next to the Tesco carpark. Cox's moved from its present location to the site of the old swimming pool; the former Cox's house was renovated into a new Drama Studio.
Current Head of House is Rob Moseley. Fry's is named after one of Berkhamsted's most successful Headmasters – Dr Fry, it is located above Adders. Current Head of House is Dr Andrew Harker. Greenes, found along the Cloisters of the Grass Quad; the School's association with the Greene family is recognised in its name. Current Head of House is Becky Miles. Loxwood found along the Cloisters; this house was named after a former girls' school house. Current Head of House is Martin Middleton. Swifts, established at the same time as Bees. Current Head of House is Douglas Foster. Tilman, until September 2010, was both day boy house; the boarding accommodation is situated along Chesham Road, is the birthplace of Graham Greene. The House was named after John Incent, the School's founder and had its main entrance in the cloisters between Loxwood and Greenes. In September 2010, Incents day house closed and was renamed'Tilman' and moved to a new location on the site of the old swimming pool, sharing the site with Cox's.
The former Incents House was renovated into a study for the Headmaster and Deputy Head of Berkhamsted Boys. The boarding house remained unchanged. Current Head of House is Richard Mackay; that at least three of the eight Senior Boys' Houses appear to be named after various fauna was not always intentional. When Swifts and Bees were formed in 1897, they were to be called'A' and'B' but the former's first House Master considered this dull, naming his House'Swifts'.'Bees' is thus phonetic.'Adders' may be wholly fortuitous. Richard Reeve was the School's first Headmaster. Holme New Stede Old Stede Russell St David's Stephenson Wolstenholme Ashby, named after the mother of John Incent's second wife, Katherine. Burgh, pronounced'Berg'. Churchill, after Clementine Churchill, Baroness Spencer-Churchill and girls' boarding accommodation. Hawks, a former junior boys' house, established in 1934. Nash, named after Henry Nash, a founder of Berkhamsted School for Girls. Reeves, named after Richard Reeve and founded as a junior boys' house, along with Hawks.
St George's a junior house for the "train boys", rather like Adders. School, variously the Headmaster's a boarding house. Spencer, a new sixth form house introduced in 2009. High Clergy of the 16th century frequently
Rydal Penrhos School is an independent co-educational boarding school in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. It is the only Methodist school in the independent sector in Wales, it is located on multiple sites around the town with a site in the neighbouring village of Rhos-on-Sea where it keeps its watersports equipment for easy access to the beach. Rydal Penrhos has a strong tradition in the arts; the school's 1st teams in both hockey and rugby have, in recent years, been a strong selling point for the school, which thrives on their successes. The 1st XI hockey team, along with the U16 team, have been exceptionally successful in the Welsh Nationals, claiming several titles in the past five years. In 2007, the U16 boys team won the North Wales Final at hockey, only to go on and lose in the final at Nationals; the school started life as five separate institutions: Rydal School was founded by Thomas Osborn in 1885 as a boys’ boarding school. It was named after the house, at the junction of Lansdowne Road and Pwllycrochan Avenue in Colwyn Bay, which Osborn had acquired from Reverend Frederick Payne.
This is still the main school site. From 1977 it was a co-educational school, its former motto was Prodesse quam conspici. Penrhos College was a Methodist girls-only boarding school founded in 1880 as a result of the generosity of Reverend Frederick Payne, a wealthy benefactor and Wesleyan minister who lived in Colwyn Bay, it was prominently situated above the promenade towards Rhos-on-Sea. Its former motto was Semper ad lucem. In the early 20th century both Rydal and Penrhos created preparatory or junior departments, which in due course each moved to its own premises. Rydal Preparatory School occupied Walshaw House, Oak Drive, Colwyn Bay when Rydal School was evacuated to Oakwood Park during the Second World War. In 1946 when Rydal came back from Oakwood Park, the Preparatory School took its place there, it remained there until 1953. This had been the property of Lady Erskine, owner of the Pwllycrochan estate, was developed as the Pwllycrochan Hotel before being bought by Rydal. Penrhos Junior School occupied a substantial house in Colwyn Bay.
Lyndon School was a private preparatory school in Colwyn Bay. In 1887, Payne had founded St John's Methodist Church on Pwllycrochan Avenue, used by both Rydal and Penrhos. In 2010, the stewardship of St John's was passed to Rydal Penrhos, which needed more space for school worship and special events. A degree of uniformity of design in central Colwyn Bay owes much to a single architect, Sidney Colwyn Foulkes, whose concept has been followed by other architects, his father designed St John's Methodist Church, he was responsible for many of the school's buildings, as well as others in the vicinity, further afield in North Wales. This led to the area that includes the school being designated as Colwyn Bay's first conservation area. During the Second World War the main campus of Rydal was occupied by the Ministry of Food; the school was evacuated to a small country estate 2 miles west of the town of Conwy. The school returned to Colwyn Bay in 1946. During the Second World War, the Penrhos College site was taken over by the government for Ministry of Food use.
The Duke of Devonshire, anticipating that schoolgirls would make better tenants than soldiers, offered Chatsworth House for the use of the school. The contents of the house were packed away in eleven days and 300 girls and their teachers moved in for a six-year stay; the whole of the house was used, including the state rooms. Condensation from the breath of the sleeping girls caused fungus to grow behind some of the pictures; the house was not comfortable for so many people, with a shortage of hot water, but there were compensations, such as skating on the Canal Pond. The girls grew vegetables in the garden as a contribution to the war effort. Rydal Preparatory School merged with Penrhos Junior School in 1995 to become Rydal Penrhos Preparatory School, which, in 2003, underwent a further merger with Lyndon School, which retained its name until 2010; the former Penrhos Junior and Lyndon campuses were disposed of and staff and students were relocated to the larger existing Rydal Preparatory School campus.
In 1999 Rydal School and Penrhos College agreed to merge as Rydal Penrhos School. They were run as three separate divisions: "preparatory", "girls" and "co-educational", reflecting the three separate incarnations; the Penrhos College campus was closed down and sold for re-development, its pupils moved to the main Rydal campus, the divisions being amalgamated into a single entity. The merger and integration was not without controversy, not least over the sale of the former Penrhos site and the restructuring of the staff. In 2004, the school began to offer the International Baccalaureate programme of study in its Sixth form years, as a parallel alternative to the A-level programme, being offered; this led to an increase in the number of pupils attending the school from overseas countries such as Ukraine, Canada, France, Nigeria, Peru and the Czech Republic. The school's cricket pitch was used as the venue for a first-class match between Wales and the touring South Africans in 1929; the three-day match, played on 10–12 June 1929, resulted in a 10-run victory for the South Africans and saw Bob Catterall of South Africa and William Bates of Wales record centuries.
Denbighshire played a single Minor Counties Championship match against Northumberland at the ground in 1934. Wilf Wooller – First-class cricketer for Glamorgan CCC and Welsh international rugby union player
Sherborne School for Girls
Sherborne Girls, formally known as Sherborne School for Girls, is an independent day and boarding school for girls. Located in Sherborne, North Dorset, England; the school was founded in 1899 by Mrs. Kenelm Wingfield Digby. There are 485 pupils attending Sherborne Girls, with over 90 percent of students living on campus and residing in the seven boarding houses. Recent recognition for Sherborne Girls includes a double "excellent" rating in its Independent Schools Inspectorate Report and winning'Best Public School of The Year' at the Tatler Schools Awards 2017/18. All girls are required to take Maths, a Science subject, Religion and a Foreign Language. Most girls take three to four A Level subjects. Sherborne Girls offers the International Baccalaureate programme; some subjects at AS/A Level are taught jointly with Sherborne School as part of the co-operation between the two schools. Both schools collaborate in various school activities and functions such as theatre productions, joint societies and social activities.
The house system is based on the boarding houses as most girls are boarders. The girls are divided into seven boarding houses regardless of whether they are boarding or day pupils. 10% are day pupils but they are integrated and encouraged to participate in weekend activities. There are seven boarding houses on campus: Aldhelmsted East Aldhelmsted West Dun Holme Kenelm Mulliner Reader Harris Wingfield-Digby The campus includes Oxley Sports centre, which opened in 2007 with a six-lane swimming pool, a fitness suite, squash courts, badminton courts, a floodlit Astro Turf hockey pitch, climbing wall, bouldering wall, grass pitches and dance studio. Maria Aitken Actor, writer and director Princess Rahma bint Hassan Princess Sumaya bint Hassan Princess Elizabeth of Toro Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE, Psychotherapist. Founder and Director of Kids Company Rosa Beddington Biologist Nina Coltart Psychoanalyst, Psychotherapist Margaret Dix Neurologist Dame Deirdre Hutton DBE, Civil Servant Rajkumari Amrit Kaur Former Indian Cabinet Minister for Health Diana Keppel, Countess of Albemarle DBE Sophie Kinsella, Author Emma Kirkby DBE, Soprano Mary Lascelles, literary scholar Margaret Macmillan Professor of History, Warden of St Antony's Oxford Santa Montefiore, Author Daphne Oram, British Composer and Electronic Musician Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Socialite Diana Reader Harris, English educator, school principal and public figure E. Arnot Robertson, Novelist and broadcaster Winifred Spooner, Aviator Juliet Wheldon DCB, QC, Civil Servant School Website Profile on the Independent Schools Council website Ofsted Boarding Social Care Inspection Reports Independent Schools Inspectorate Inspection Reports Independent Report on The Good Schools Guide
Oswestry School is an ancient, co-educational independent school, located in Oswestry, England. It was founded in 1407 in other words it was independent of the church; this gives it the distinction of being the second-oldest'free' school in the country, between Winchester College and Eton College. Due to the fact that these Renaissance schools focused on subjects such as Latin grammar, Oswestry School has long been known locally as'The Grammar School' during the period when Oswestry had modern state grammar schools. Oswestry School should not be confused with other secondary schools in Oswestry, such as the Marches School. One of the school's earliest sites, dating from the 15th century, can still be seen adjacent to St Oswald's Parish Church, it is used as the town's visitor and information centre, incorporating a coffee shop and exhibitions. The present-day senior school is located on Upper Brook Street and the junior school is based at Bellan House on Church Street. Bellan House Preparatory School was a separate institution until its amalgamation in the 1970s.
Oswestry School was founded in 1407 by David Holbache, Member of Parliament for Shropshire and Shrewsbury, his wife Guinevere. They are known by their Welsh names: Dafydd ab Ieuan and Gwenhwyfar ferch Ieuan. In the 15th century it took up residence in the ancient half-timbered building close to the Parish Church of St Oswald; the school attracted the attention of Queen Elizabeth I and Oliver Cromwell. Early archive records show that a small percentage of the subsidised school-fees was set aside to pay for cockfighting, the pupil entertainment of that time. Changes to the governance of the school in the mid-17th century saw a gradual transition from the lay trustees to a group of lay and clerical governors headed by the Bishop of St Asaph, from that time on, would appoint the Headmaster. Henceforth, these would be ordained a tradition which would extend into the 20th century. Increasing numbers in the mid-18th century meant a move for the school to its present site on land next to the battlefield where in 642 AD King Oswald was defeated by King Penda.
The Georgian building was constructed in 1776 on land leased from a local landed aristocrat. Its closest neighbour, the neo-Gothic Victorian chapel, built in 1863, stands looking across at St Oswald's Maes-y-llan battlefield, now the school's extensive playing fields. In the 19th century, an Old Oswestrian wrote the school's Latin song,'Hymnus Oswestriensium', informally known by its first words,'Gaude Plebs'.'Gaude Plebs', though written for Oswestry School became the official song of the nearby Moreton Hall School. Moreton Hall was founded in 1913 by the widow and daughters of Oswestry's late headmaster, John Jordan Lloyd-Williams, it educated girls, who were not eligible to attend Oswestry School. A major change took place in 1972: with the admission of girls, the school became co-educational. Shortly after this, the local pre-preparatory school, Bellan House, was taken over, thereby allowing the school to offer education spanning the widest possible range – now 4 years up to 18. Oswestry School admitted boys.
Alumni of Oswestry School are referred to as Old Oswestrians. Oswestry School celebrated its 600th anniversary in 2007. Douglas Robb, headmaster from 2010 to 2014, had taught at Prince Edward School in Zimbabwe and developed links between the two schools. Oswestry School has had numerous houses over the years, including both'competitive' and'residential' houses. At different eras the house might have identified a pupil as day/boarder, boy/girl, or junior/senior. There are three boarding houses: School House and Guinevere. Senior boarders and day pupils now mingle in the'competitive' houses: Burnaby, Donne and Spooner. Here are just some of the current and historical houses: Burnaby - Formerly a competitive house for day students, now mixed Donne - Formerly a competitive house for day students, now mixed Guinevere - A boarding house for girls situated at The Quarry Holbache - This started life as a senior boys' boarding house on Welsh Walls, acquired following WWII, it had been the old Cottage Hospital and was reputed to have retained its beds and ghosts.
This building has since been redeveloped as apartments. In January 2006 it reopened on school grounds as home to sixth form boys, it has been both a competitive house. Oswald - Formerly a competitive house for boarders, now mixed School House - A boarding house for boys up to 5th form, based in the oldest part of the present school buildings, which date from 1776. Spooner - Formerly a competitive house for boarders, now mixed Notable pupils and staff of the school include: School website ISI Inspection Reports