|Motto||Pour Bien Desirer
(French: The Noble Aim)
|Headmaster||M D Hanley-Browne, MA|
|Second Master||J. A. Hardy, MA|
|Chair of Governors||F. R. Abbott Esq|
|Founder||Lady Dacre, Elizabeth I|
|Houses||Clyde, Drake, Howe, Lyons, Marlborough, Nelson, Rodney, Wellington|
Navy Blue and Gold
|Former pupils||Old Emanuels (OEs)|
Emanuel School is a co-educational independent (Public School) in Battersea, south-west London. The school was founded by Lady Dacre and Elizabeth I in 1594. Today it has some 765 pupils, aged between ten and eighteen.
- 1 History
- 2 Daily school life
- 3 Academic life
- 4 Sporting life
- 5 Musical life
- 6 The Hill Form
- 7 The Sixth Form
- 8 School Houses
- 9 Activities, Associations and Societies
- 10 Redevelopment
- 11 Publications
- 12 Emanuel as a filming location
- 13 Terminology
- 14 Old Emanuel Association
- 15 Dacre Day
- 16 Notable Old Emanuels
- 17 References
- 18 External links
Emanuel School is one of three schools administered by the United Westminster Schools’ Foundation. It came into being by the will of Anne Sackville, Lady Dacre, dated 1594. Lady Dacre was daughter of Sir Richard Sackville by his wife Winifred, daughter of Sir John Bruges/Brydges/Brugge, Lord Mayor of London in 1520-1. Her brother was Thomas, 1st Earl of Dorset. She married Gregory Fiennes of Herstmonceaux and Chelsea, 10th Baron Dacre, in November 1558. He died on 25 September 1594 and she followed him, dying on 14 May (buried 15 May) 1595.
Her epitaph states:
- Faeminei lux clara chori, pia, casta, pudica, aegis subsidium, pauperibusque decus.
Lady Dacre wrote that one of the main aims of the Foundation should be "for the bringing up of children in virtue and good and laudable arts so that they might better live in time to come by their honest labour." With Lady Dacre's benefaction in 1594, Emanuel Hospital (almshouses and school), as it was first called, began. The children wore long brown tunics, rather similar in cut to those still worn by pupils at Christ's Hospital. Thanks to the interest of Queen Elizabeth I, cousin to Lady Dacre, a charter was drawn up, and the school and almshouses were established on a site at Tothill Fields, Westminster. Mention is made of the Hospital and similar foundations in an undated letter written by Daniel Defoe, entitled A Scheme for a Royal Palace in the Place of White-Hall.
In 1883, the school sought larger, newer buildings for the children; and the boy boarders, as they all then were, moved to the present buildings on the edge of Wandsworth Common.
The school gained national attention in December 1988 after its pupils and teachers were first on the scene of the Clapham Junction rail crash, which occurred just to the west of the main building. Led by Headmaster Peter Thomson, the entire school assisted in the rescue efforts and many of the 130 injured were taken up to the school for treatment. The next day, the Prime Minister praised the pupils as a credit to the nation’s youth at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.
In 2008, the school celebrated the 125th Anniversary of its move to its present site on Wandsworth Common with a special commemorative service held in May at Chelsea Old Church, the burial place of Anne Sackville.
Headmasters & Headmistresses
The Rev. A. Towsey 1883–1894
The Rev. H. Buchanan-Riley 1905–1913
S. Goodwin 1914–1927
G. H. Wyatt (acting) 1927–1928
C. M. Broom 1928–1953
J. B. Grundy 1953–1963
W. S. Hipkins (acting) 1964
Charles C. Kuper 1964–1975
Peter Hendry 1975–1984
P. F. Thomson 1984–1994
T Jones-Parry 1994–1998
Mrs Anne-Marie Sutcliffe 1998–2004
Mark D. Hanley-Browne 2004-
Like his predecessors, the present Headmaster is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC). A graduate of the University of Oxford (biological sciences), Mark Hanley-Browne did postgraduate teacher training at the University of Cambridge. Prior to taking up his appointment at Emanuel, he was Deputy Headmaster at Highgate and Head of Careers and Higher Education at Charterhouse.
The Headmaster 1883–1913
The Rev. G. W. White 1914–1916
The Rev. L. Evans 1916–1921
The Rev. M. M. Griffiths 1951–1963
The Rev. G. M. Armstead 1962–1974
The Rev. A. J. Gilbert 1974–1985
The Rev. E. M. Hill 1985–2005
The Rev. P. M. Hunt 2005-
School song and anthem
The School Song is "Pour Bien Desirer". Its words were written by Charles Wilfrid Scott-Giles and its music by H. J. Evans in 1916. The School Anthem is Jerusalem by William Blake with music set by C. Hubert H. Parry in 1916.
Daily school life
Emanuel teaches Monday to Friday, the school day beginning at 08.30 and ending at 15.45. Saturdays are also utilised for sporting fixtures, events and detentions, with Wednesday afternoons reserved for senior sports fixture. There are daily assemblies, including one Chapel assembly a week across each year group and weekly house meetings. Termly Headmaster's addresses are given at the beginning and end of each of three terms, common in the British educational system.
Uniform is worn from Hill (Year 6) to Year Eleven, and consists of a navy blazer, white shirt, school tie, charcoal grey trousers and black shoes. Girls' uniform consists of a navy blazer with a blue blouse and navy skirt or trousers. Whilst exempt from uniform, the Sixth Form has its own formal dress code, requiring students to wear a grey, blue or black conventional, two or three-piece business suit, shirt and tie, or female equivalent.
The school day
Commencing with registration at 08.30, Emanuel's school day consists of eight thirty-five minute periods, timetabled as single or double blocks, with a break between double blocks - first for morning break, then assembly and lunch, which is taken by all pupils in the newly refurbished refectory overlooking the playing fields. Prep is given to all pupils daily across most subjects.
Senior Prefects and the Heads of School are elected each academic year from the Upper Sixth and help the teachers in disciplinary, pastoral, social and cultural organisation of the school, often mentoring junior pupils, running clubs and teams. They are conspicuous by their distinctive gowns, worn on special occasions in either gold (Heads of school) or blue (senior prefects).
Emanuel is an Anglican foundation with the Chapel situated in the main building above the library. Daily Chapel services are led by the Chaplain with regular Holy Communion services and musical concerts. Confirmation is available with the Chaplain who holds regular confirmation classes for pupils, whilst the Chapel is open for the use of pupils, teachers, staff and parents every day. Paintings of Moses and Aaron that formed part of the altarpiece of St. Benet Fink are now held in Chapel.
Trips and exchanges
School trips are considered an important part of the learning cycle and include: exchanges to other European countries, study tours, field trips, choir tours, residential tours, ski trips, sports tours, training camps and team-building exercises. Destinations for expeditions and cultural excursions have included New York City, Argentina, South Africa, Malta, Kraków, Seville, New Zealand, Chile and Australia. Expeditions depart each summer, including to Morocco and India. In addition an annual Charity Fortnight each March raises money for several charities by means of various fundraising exercises, when the whole community comes together to raise as much as possible.
Emanuel caters for pupils from age 10 to 18, providing education from its mini-prep group, the Hill Form, right through to Sixth Form. Entrance at 10 and 11 comes from a wide range of different schools. The Hill Form acts as a halfway house between primary and secondary education, with around 20 pupils in any one year, who leave primary education a year early (at the end of Year 5) to continue into Year 6 in the Lower School at Emanuel. Pupils then follow through to Year 7 as usual.
The Sixth Form caters for around 180 pupils across both the Lower and Upper Sixth, who work together as a year group. Entry to the Sixth Form is dependent on gaining good grades at GCSE (though external entry is based on performance in entrance exams at 11+, 13+ and 16+) and entry to the Upper Sixth is conditional on good AS grades.
Students continue onto university, drama, music or art college upon departing the school. Pupils take GCSE, AS and A-Level exams. The full list of subjects is: Art, Biology, Business Studies (from GCSE), Chemistry, Classical Civilisation (from Year 9), Design & Technology, Drama, Economics (from AS-Level), English, French, Geography, German, Politics (from AS-Level), History, Latin, Mathematics, Further Mathematics (at A-Level), Music, Physical Education (to GCSE), Physics, Psychology (from AS-Level), Religious Studies, Spanish, Sports Science (from AS-Level), Drama (from AS-Level)
Emanuel has a strong history of sporting success which continues to this day. Set in 12 acres (49,000 m2) of grounds, the school is fortunate to have large on-site playing fields and direct private access to Wandsworth Common beyond. The school also has a 25m indoor heated swimming pool, three Eton Fives courts, netball courts and tennis courts. A new sports centre was opened in 2003 by England rugby star Will Greenwood and features a sports hall, multi-tiered climbing wall, indoor cricket nets, a fully equipped fitness suite and a specialist teaching classroom. Emanuel School Boat Club is based at Barnes Bridge and there are further extensive playing fields at Blagdon's on the A3 near New Malden, Surrey.
The School's main competitive sports are rowing, rugby, cricket, netball, hockey, athletics, tennis, Eton Fives, and swimming. Amongst other sports played are: basketball, golf, squash, cross-country, water polo, table tennis, indoor climbing, orienteering and volleyball. Emanuel has had past success in tennis, winning the public schools Youll Cup in 1965 and again in 1966. Following the historic switch away from football to rugby in 1906, football is now only played on an inter-House basis.
It has also had notable success in fencing, when Paul Walsh won the Boys Junior Foil, Boys Junior Épée, and Boys Junior Sabre events at the Public Schools Fencing Championships in 1992, before winning the same three competitions again as a Senior in 1993.
Inter-house events continue annually in many sports including cross-country, the house regatta, rugby, cricket and inter-house athletics championships. All pupils are expected to make a contribution to sport with compulsory physical education lessons up to Year 9 and an entire games afternoon per week, either on or off site, which continues through the Sixth Form.
A historic fixture list against other local and national UK public schools plays out annually in all major sports, whilst the annual Sports Dinner celebrates the achievements of both teams and individuals each year. Opponents include Dulwich College, Latymer Upper, Westminster, St Paul's, and City of London.
Annual sports tours have led to exchange programmes between other international HMC schools in Australia and other parts of the world. Tours abroad have included Barbados, Argentina, Chile, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malta, Seville and New Zealand.
Emanuel School Boat Club (ESBC)
Emanuel School Boat Club (ESBC) was formally established in 1914 and uses the Wates boathouse (named after OEs and benefactors Ronald, Norman and Allan Wates) situated on the Tideway (River Thames) at Barnes Bridge.
The club has won the Schools' Head of the River Race eleven times. In 1966, the Emanuel crew won the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley. In 1976 and 1981 Emanuel finished as runners up behind Holy Spirit High School, USA.
The club has produced many Olympic oarsmen and World Championship medallists with over fifty international 'vests'. In 2007, the Club was honoured when OE Nick Marriott was selected to row for the Oxford University 'Isis' boat in the University Boat Race. In 2013 Chetan Chauhan Sims was the latest student to win his international 'vest' rowing in the Coupe de la Jeunesse.
A history of the ESBC, Biblicarta: The History of Emanuel School Boat Club was published in 2009.
Emanuel School Rugby Football Club (ESRFC)
Emanuel School Rugby Football Club (ESRFC) was founded in 1910 and is affiliated to the Rugby Football Union. The club uses pitches split between Emanuel's on-site playing fields and Blagdons on the A3. Regular training camps depart to Wales, as well as touring around the world to New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Canada and Chile.
Emanuel School Cricket Club (ESCC)
Emanuel School Cricket Club (ESCC) was founded in 1926. Alumni include Surrey cricketer Stuart Surridge. A sporting tradition includes the annual cricket fixture against the MCC dating back to at least the 1920s. Emanuel has a very strong cricket pedigree which has nurtured many county cricketers. Many of their players have had success in county cricket.
Emanuel has played Eton Fives since 1914 and is a member of the Eton Fives Association (EFA). The school refurbished the three indoor Titley Fives Courts in the Summer of 2007 as part of its larger redevelopment programme. The courts are named after OE A.E. Titley MC, TD, MA Cantab an all-round sportsman and accomplished Fives player at school and at Cambridge. In 2007 Emanuel won the EFA Division III title.
The school music department is centred around the Concert Hall, a converted hall complete with seven soundproof practice rooms, rigs and staging as well as an organ. There are three specialist classrooms, including a Music Technology Suite. Emanuel's Chapel Choir has performed all over the world, in Venice, New York, Malta, Japan, and other locations. Music tuition is available in all major instruments.
Ex pupil Matthew Raymond-Barker won the French X-Factor in 2011.
The Hill Form
The Hill Form was established in 1984 to provide a halfway house between primary and secondary learning. Situated in its own building at the back of the site, The Hill caters for up to 20 Year Six pupils who leave primary education a year early to enter the Lower School at Emanuel. Pupils then move up through to Year 7 and the rest of the school as usual. The Hill is highly regarded for providing a bridge integrating pupils into the heart of the school, engaging in all aspects available to other Lower School pupils including sports, House events, study and co-curricular activities.
The Sixth Form
Emanuel's Sixth Form consists of around 180 students across both the Lower Sixth (Year 12) and Upper Sixth (Year 13). A purpose-built Sixth Form Centre provides the base for the group, with its own Common Room overlooking the school playing fields, a cafeteria, lecture room, games room, computer suite, changing rooms and study areas.
In the Lower Sixth, students prepare to bridge the gap between GCSEs and A-Level. All are expected to take four AS Level subjects as well as take part in the wider school community through mentoring junior pupils, participation in the Sixth Form Revue, Charity Week and in activities such as Young Enterprise. The culmination of the year brings specialist talks on further education and careers options and Work Experience at companies of their own choice. Placements in recent years have included City insurance firms, investment banks, hospitals, television and theatrical production, schools and prestigious law firms.
In the Upper Sixth, students prepare for their final A-Level examinations in three or four subjects. In addition, it is the year where students are able to embark on their choices for university through UCAS and take up senior positions within the school, including Senior Prefects, Captains of Sport and leading roles in dramatic and musical productions.
Students are expected to make contributions to the school community through mentoring junior forms, participating on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and competing in national competitions such as the Bank of England's Target 2.0. The highlight of the Upper Sixth is the end-of-year Leavers' Ball - the social highlight of the school calendar.
Emanuel has eight Houses named after notable military and naval figures from British history. There are four junior and four senior houses, where the senior house follows on from its junior equivalent. Every pupil at the school is a member of a house throughout their education at the school, with staff also taking an active role in the support and success of their house.
Each house has a Head of House, with House Captains elected each September, responsible for overall control and discipline of the house. Houses compete annually for the Parents' Shield which is awarded to the winning house at the end of the competition. Events for competition are wide-ranging, including sport, art, drama, music, science, languages, and current affairs. The annual highlights include the House Regatta, House Cross-Country, House Music, House Drama and House Athletics Championships.
|Head of House|
|Howe||Senior||Green||Miss O Roncero-Refoyo|
|Nelson||Senior||Orange||R C Hardy|
Activities, Associations and Societies
Emanuel has a strong co-curricular base. The school's Debating Society regularly enters major competitions against other schools and it regularly competes against other schools in the Model United Nations (MUN). In Young Enterprise, a strong record of success has ensured the school has reached the Central London finals for the past four years, whilst it also competes in the Bank of England's Target 2.0, Hans Wodya Mathematics and National Maths Challenge competitions.
The large cohort of Duke of Edinburgh members, approximately 120 pupils, ensures many expeditions and training exercises around the country. There is also a strong stage department who work on bringing numerous theatrical and musical productions to life each year.
A programme of redevelopment and expansion has seen strong investment in the School's facilities and resources over the past few years.
In April 2007, Emanuel opened a new £2 million library in the heart of the School, sitting below the Chapel. Zoned into designated areas for study and leisure, the main Peter Goddard Room now has approximately 35,000 books and 25 networked computers alongside a specialist Periodicals Room, Languages Library, DVD Library and an adjoining new Careers Centre. The North Courtyard has been filled in as the Marquand Room, whilst a mezzanine floor above the central Peter Goddard Room houses the school archives, silverware and memorabilia as well as the original wooden entrance plaque from Emanuel Hospital.
In September 2007, a new theatre and exhibitions space was created by converting the old library area, whilst the School's original Chapel, still very much the centre of school life has been redecorated, cleaned and improved lighting installed along with a refurbished organ.
Stage two of the central redevelopment project, the opening of the Queen's Courtyard (South Courtyard), was completed in February 2008, improving access to the English, Chemistry and Drama departments. New cloisters, fountains and pathways have opened the space surrounding the trees planted by HM The Queen and The Queen Mother on their visits, alongside new glass and steel corridors overlooking the new library.
The latest developments include the enclosure of the Fives courts, a new cafeteria in the Sixth Form Centre and the Sir Tim Berners-Lee Suites which house Emanuel's new computer centre in the North Wing of the Main Building. The refectory has been extended to accommodate more pupils, with an improved seating area to the north of the school playing fields.
Two of the three Chemistry laboratories were refurbished in the Summer Term of 2013 with the next to be completed the following year. The Fiennes Theatre (named after Gregory Fiennes, Lord Dacre) was opened by Ralph Fiennes and Mike Leigh in the autumn of 2013 and includes new seating arrangements and state-of-the art lighting and sound systems.
Extensive future plans include the demolition of the current Dacre Block with a new three-storey humanities building and a new entrance to the School via a new road bridge across Spencer Park.
The Portcullis is the annual school publication now at edition 296. It is published each June and contains a summary of the events and activities each year, along with House Notes, Sporting Notes, Academic Notes and Staff Notes. Previous copies of The Portcullis are on show in the School Archives above the Peter Goddard Room and more recent copies can be viewed on the school website (www.emanuel.org.uk).
The Emanuel School Newsletter is published every Friday during term, providing notifications from the Headmaster and staff detailing events, results, lectures, sports reports, trips and providing a weekly communication to the school, students, parents, OEs and the outside world of what's going on. A previous popular termly publication The Wedge provided students' with a voice, publishing their academic work, art work and thoughts, as well as reviews on events and shows, advice and other details. A Leavers Book is published annually to celebrate the end of the Upper Sixth's time at Emanuel.
There have been several histories of the school published over the years, the most recent being a new publication entitled, An Illustrated History of Emanuel School, published in Easter 2008 to celebrate the school's 125th anniversary of moving to Wandsworth and the many changes from 1594 to 2008.
Emanuel as a filming location
Emanuel has been used as a filming location for both film and television. The school featured in the BBC TV series The Buddha of Suburbia, which starred Old Emanuel Naveen Andrews and was also used as a location for the film Slipstream, the BBC Screen One film Blore MP, starring Timothy West, the 1995 comedy Game On and in two episodes of the Granada series Jeeves and Wooster, starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie amongst others.
Boat Club Square
Boat Club Square is an internal quad within the main building, providing the main entrance to the School Library, and is also home to the school noticeboards. There are boards for Rowing, Music, Sport and Notices, as well as the House Noticeboards with details of upcoming events and results.
The Foundation's additional off-site playing fields and clubhouse in New Malden, on the A3. Blagdons is also the home of ESRFC and the Old Emanuel Association.
Junior, Half and Full Colours are the various school and House ties awarded for sporting and academic success.
Every pupil from Hill to Year 11 is issued with a personal Conduct Card which must be carried at all times whilst on site except whilst participating in sport. It contains details of a pupil's timetable, house, form and space for commendation and 'signatures' for misbehaviour or disorganisation amongst others. Conduct Cards of a different colour are issued each term and must be handed in for inspection when requested either by a member of staff or a Senior Prefect.
An exeat is the required note to take absence from school either for entire days, or parts of a day for appointments, interviews, open days and other fixtures. A note from parents must be sent to a pupil's Form Tutor who will then provide a written Exeat, which then has to be countersigned by their Head of Year and in the School Office when leaving and entering the premises.
Founder's Day is officially on 6 June and is a celebration of the founding of the school in 1594 by Lady Anne Dacre, under guidance from Elizabeth I. In recent years however the celebrations have moved to the Saturday before the last week of term, called Dacre Day.
The main assembly hall, situated between the main quadrangle and the playing fields. The Hampden Hall is fitted with a complete lighting and sound system. The theatre department owns over 100 lights which are used in all productions from the annual Sixth Form revue to the school musical. The hall is also fitted with a mobile 1500W Mackie sound system.
A termly or, on occasion, half-termly address from the Headmaster to the school, usually featuring prize giving ceremonies and details of successes and upcoming events and changes to the school community.
The Lower School consists of the Hill Form (Year 6) and Years 7 and 8.
The Middle School comprises Yeare 9, 10 and 11.
OE (Old Emanuel)
OEs are former pupils of the school.
Out of Bounds
Locations defined as being off limits to pupils.
Prefect's Duties can be assigned as a disciplinary measure for various minor misdemeanors.
The Second Master is the title given to the Deputy Headmaster.
A written disciplinary measure on a pupil's Conduct Card, given either by a teacher or a Senior Prefect. Signatures, or "Siggies", have distinct punishments depending on how many a specific pupil has warranted over the course of a term. Persistent offenders may be sent to see their Head of Year or Section. Signatures may be given for incorrect equipment, uniform or books or for petty disobedience. Consequences may include further detention.
This is the final Chapel service for Upper Sixth leavers, held each May. In this service students will sing the anthem, Jerusalem. The Chaplain blesses all those leaving the school and hopes for prosperity for the future.
Old Emanuel Association
The Old Emanuel Association (OEA) was established in 1893, though other school societies had existed informally prior to its establishment. The rules of 1930, refer to it as being an association of ex-pupils and past and present members of staff and governors, "for the furtherance of personal friendship and for the maintenance of the spirit of loyalty to the School". The OEA has branches in North America and Australasia. Many OEs are also members of the East India Club alongside alumni of other public schools.
The Old Emanuel Rugby Football Club (OERFC) was founded in 1910 and is affiliated to the RFU. There has not been an OE Association Football Club, since the founding of the OERFC in 1910, following the historic switch from football to rugby in 1906. In February 2010, the OERFC was presented with a plaque at Twickenham stadium, before England's RBS 6 Nations match against Wales to commemorate the centenary of the club.
The Old Emanuel Cricket Club (OECC) was founded in 1926 and today is formed of OEs and external club members. Old Emanuel play in the Surrey Championship on Saturdays and the Fullers League on Sundays.
The OEA also maintains Emanuel's tradition as a shooting school, usually fielding a team at the Public Schools Veteran's event at Bisley each year.
Besides sports teams, the OEA has a number of societies, including the Luncheon Club and OE Lodge (No.5399) which meets at the City University Club. There is also the Curzon Club, for members of Howe House, the only such House society not to have lapsed into history.
The two main gatherings of the Association are at the Annual Dinner, which is held in early Autumn, usually in St. James's or Mayfair and the other being Dacre Day, the ‘new’ name for Flannels Day or, more recently, Fete and Flannels Day.
Dacre Day, formerly known as Fete and Flannels Day, is the annual end of year celebration held each first weekend in July to commemorate the history of the school, as well as gather OEs, teachers, current students, parents and future parents together as a community. The day is also that of Speech Day and Prize Giving which takes place in the morning in a special marquee erected opposite the entrance of the main building. In the afternoon, the community comes together to celebrate the end of year with events, BBQs and sports matches. The event, held at the end of the Summer Term attracts over one thousand visitors annually.
Notable Old Emanuels
- "Anne SACKVILLE (B. Dacre of the South)". Tudorplace.com.ar. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
- "Daniel Defoe | Letter 5 (London), Part 3: The Court and Westminster". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
- "Peter Thomson". The Daily Telegraph (London). 2011-05-24.
- "December 13, 1988". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (House of Commons). col. 764.
- Emanuel School Website
- Old Emanuels
- Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference
- Millbury Drawings & Prints