King Alfred School, London

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King Alfred School
Motto Ex Corde Vita
Established 1898
Type Independent School
Head Dawn Moore[1]
Head of Upper School Rod Jackson
Head of Middle School Rita Murray
Head of Lower School David Weale
Location Manor Wood
North End Road
NW11 7HY
England Coordinates: 51°34′09″N 0°11′04″W / 51.5693°N 0.1844°W / 51.5693; -0.1844
Staff 94 including part-time
Students Around 600
Gender Mixed
Ages 4–18
School Years Reception - Year 13
Former Pupils Old Alfredians

The King Alfred School was founded in London, England, in 1898. The school was radical for its time in that it provided a secular education and that boys and girls were educated together.[2]


Its aim is to "help train up its scholars in the way of the good life, to help to fit them for effective work in the world, for effective sympathy and for effective joy." (John Russell, Head 1901-20).[2]


The Good Schools Guide reviewed the school in the following terms:[3]

The King Alfred School is a kind, liberal creative school that suits those who might find a more traditional environment oppressive. It is not a school for parents obsessed with league-table position or those looking for children who jump to attention when an adult enters the room. With pleasing results at GCSE and A level, the school prides itself on being able to teach to the highest standards. Personalised learning is the focus and parents feel happy that every child is treated as an individual.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ About King Alfred School
  2. ^ a b A Progressive Education
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  4. ^ Buckman, David Artists in Britain Since 1945 Art Dictionaries Ltd (2006) pgs 50
  5. ^ Ian Aitken (24 November 2006). "Obituary - Richard Clements:H-bomb campaigner and editor of Tribune". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 

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