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THE OLD SCHOOLS OF TOTTENHAM

 

 

Tottenham has enjoyed a long history of schooling and during the 18th and 19th century there were many well-known and respected Quaker schools that drew pupils from around the world. These included Grove House, Eagle House and the school of Josiah Forster that were all established in the vicinity of Tottenham Green. In 1827 Thomas Wright Hill purchased Bruce Castle House and opened the most distinguished of Tottenham’s schools. The first headmaster was his son Rowland Hill who was later to become famous for his work on postal reform and the introduction of postage stamps.

These were largely private schools and, apart from the Tottenham Grammar School that had been endowed by the Duchess of Somerset in the late 17th century, there were very few schools that provided education for the working classes. It was not until William Forster introduced his Education act in 1872 that parishes or boroughs were required to establish school boards to provide adequate schooling for the growing number of children requiring education. In the latter part of the 19th century this saw the building of many of the schools that went on to serve Tottenham throughout the 20th century and indeed many of them still survive to this day.

Pictured below are some of the early private schools followed by many schools that older residents of Tottenham both past and present will recognise.

 

SOME  OF THE EARLY SCHOOLS OF TOTTENHAM

 

EAGLE HOUSE

TOTTENHAM

GREEN

 

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GROVE SCHOOL

TOTTENHAM

GREEN

 

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BRUCE CASTLE

SCHOOL

 

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TOTTENHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Original Location- High Road

 

 

Close to Somerset Road

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BLUECOATS SCHOOL

Opened in 1735 but rebuilt in 1833

 

(Now Pride of Tottenham P.H - Scotland Green.)

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TOTTENHAM SCHOOLS GENERAL

 

BELMONT SCHOOL

 

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BRUCE GROVE SCHOOL

Pictured Right:

School Coronation Party 1953

 

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COLERAINE PARK

 

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CROWLAND ROAD

 

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DEVONSHIRE HILL

SCHOOL

 

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TOTTENHAM SCHOOLS GENERAL (Continued)

 

DOWNHILLS

JUNIOR SCHOOL

 

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DOWNHILLS CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

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DOWN LANE

SCHOOL

 

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EARLSMEAD SCHOOL

 

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LANCASTERIAN SCHOOL

 

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MARKFIELD SCHOOL

 

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TOTTENHAM SCHOOLS GENERAL (Continued)

 

PAGE GREEN

SCHOOL

 

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PARKHURST

SCHOOL

 

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RISLEY

SCHOOL

 

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ROWLAND HILL SCHOOL

 

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SEVEN SISTERS

SCHOOL

 

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SOUTH GROVE

SCHOOL

 

(Formerly Culvert Road School)

 

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TOTTENHAM SCHOOLS GENERAL (Continued)

 

 

STAMFORD HILL SCHOOL

 

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St ANNS JUNIOR SCHOOL TOTTENHAM

 

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St FRANCIS DE SALE SCHOOL

Pictured right Michael Dawson (Spurs) visiting school.

 

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 ST KATHERINES COLLEGE

 

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ST IGNACIOUS COLLEGE STAMFORD HILL

Famous Pupil Alfred Hitchcock

Other famous pupils;

 

George Martin - Beatles Producer

Brian Hanrahan- BBC Newsreader

 

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St THOMAS MORE SCHOOL TOTTENHAM

Founded 1952 Holcombe Road Tottenham –moved to former Wood Green County School in 1968

 

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TOTTENHAM SCHOOLS GENERAL (Continued)

 

TOTTENHAM

COUNTY SCHOOL

 

 

Tottenham Green

 

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TOTTENHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

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TOTTENHAM TECHNICAL COLLEGE

 

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TOTTENHAM HIGH SCHOOL   FOR GIRLS

 

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WEST GREEN SCHOOL

 

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TOTTENHAM SCHOOLS GENERAL (Continued)

 

WHITE HART LANE SCHOOL TOTTENHAM

 

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WILLIAM FORSTER

Formerly Belmont School

Now Philip Lane

 

 

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WOODLANDS PARK SCHOOL

 

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TOTTENHAM SCHOOLS OTHERS

 

THE GREEN SCHOOL

(High Cross)

 

No pictures of School only Teachers

 

Mr Wood and Mr Wynne

 

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BLANCHE NEVILLE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF

 

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SOMERSET SCHOOL

Picture by David Reed

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We do not claim this to be a comprehensive list of all the schools either past or present in Tottenham or the Borough of Haringey but hopefully many that people will remember from times gone by.

We have only shown a couple of pictures of each school but we do have other images in our library if anyone should be interested

If you would like to know more about the individual history for many of these schools then we would recommend looking at the British History Online feature about schooling in Tottenham.

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/middx/vol5/pp364-376

 

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