Lambrook

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Lambrook
Established 1860
Type Independent
Religion Christian
Headmaster Jonathan Perry BA Hons PGCE (Cantab)
Chairman of Governors Charles Donald BA Hons CDipAF
Location Winkfield Row
Winkfield Row, Bracknell
Berkshire
RG42 6LU
England England Coordinates: 51°26′05″N 0°42′52″W / 51.4346°N 0.7145°W / 51.4346; -0.7145
Staff 50 full-time
Students 500
Gender Boys and girls
Ages 3–13
Houses Alexander, Athlone, Dewar, Goodhart
Colours Navy & Duck Egg          
Website www.lambrookschool.co.uk

Lambrook is a preparatory school school in Winkfield Row, Berkshire for children between the ages of 3 and 13. The current headmaster is Jonathan Perry, assisted by his wife, Jenny. The school is governed by a Board of Governors, whose Chairman is currently Charles Donald. In 2010, Lambrook celebrated 150 years of educating children with a variety of events and functions.

Lambrook School
Lambrook Chapel

History[edit]

The school was founded in 1860 by Robert Burnside, in a large country house built in 1853 by William Budd. Burnside initially employed only one master, and by 1879 there were twenty one boys, including two grandsons of Queen Victoria, Albert, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein. Run as a traditional boys' boarding school, Lambrook accepted only male pupils between the ages of 7 and 13 until 1993.[1]

In 1883 Edward Mansfield took over as headmaster, with 46 boys, and made substantial additions to the property, almost doubling its size. Mansfield's expansion saw Lambrook gain a reputation as an efficiently run and forward looking school, although this came at significant financial cost, which placed the school's finances under considerable pressure.[1] It was around this time that there was a 'row'[2] which saw almost all of the pupils leave.

Upon the accession of the Rev. Francis Browne in 1904 there were only 35 pupils and seven teaching staff, but by 1935 the school had expanded again to 59 boys. The current chapel was built under Francis Browne's tenure, in 1905. By 1945 there were 90 boys and a nearby residence, Westfield, was purchased to accommodate 30 pupils. When Archie Forbes took over in 1952 the school finances were at crisis point, and only improved by the time the Rev. Philip Brownless, Archie Forbes' son-in-law, was appointed in 1956. However, substantial death duty liabilities hit Lambrook when Archie Forbes died in the same year, and the financial ruin that the school then faced was only averted in 1967 when Lambrook became a Charitable Trust.[citation needed]

Lambrook was the scene of child abuse in the 1970s and early 1980s, when one member of staff sexually molested a number of pupils, some of them as young as eight. The offender, who had left Lambrook in the early 1980s, was convicted in 2002.[3]

By 1971 there were 120 boys, increasing to 140 by 1997. Major expansions of the premises took place between 1978 and 1984 during the headmastership of Tom Clough, including a new teaching block, a squash court and an all-weather pitch. During this period the school gained an outstanding reputation for the high calibre of teaching and the academic and sporting achievements of its pupils.[1] Lambrook declined under the tenure of Michael Bickersteth (1989-92), with numbers dropping considerably, a trend not significantly changed by his successor Robin Badham Thornhill, who resigned in 1997 to take up the Headship of Summerfields, Oxford.

In 1993 a pre-prep department was opened with four children, increasing to 69 by 1997. In that year the Governors approved a merger with Haileybury Junior School in Windsor which was beset by the limitations of its site, and John Hare, headmaster of Haileybury was appointed to the new combined school, called Lambrook-Haileybury, with 200 children, now of both sexes, both boarders and day pupils. Robert Deighton's tenure as Head saw the school flourish with numbers growing to over 450.[1] In July 2009, the school severed all links with Haileybury[why?][citation needed] at considerable cost to the prep school, and returned to the original name of Lambrook. In February 2013 HRH The Earl of Wessex opened the Diamond Jubilee Centre, a purpose built performing arts building.[citation needed]

Lambrook choir circa 1960, with Rev. Philip Brownless

The school has 43 acres (170,000 m2) of grounds and playing fields, which includes a 9-hole golf course. Lambrook caters for both day pupils and weekly or flexible boarding pupils. Fees range from around £3,000 in the pre-prep and £4,800 a term in the prep for day pupils, up to £6,000 a term for boarders.[when?]

Headmasters of Lambrook[1][edit]

  • 1860-1883 Robert J. Burnside
  • 1883-1904 Edward Dillon Mansfield
  • 1904-1930 Rev. Francis Deshon Browne[4]
  • 1930-1939 Guy Fremantle Cameron
  • 1939-1956 Archibald Herbert d'Esterre Forbes[5]
  • 1956-1971 Rev. Philip P. S. Brownless
  • 1971-1989 Thomas Vernon Clough
  • 1989-1992 Michael Cameron Bickersteth
  • 1992-1993 Ian Stewart
  • 1993-1997 Robin Badham Thornhill
  • 1997-1999 John Hare
  • 1999-2005 Robert Deighton
  • 2005-2010 James Barnes
  • 2010–present Jonathan Perry

Notable former students[edit]

Notable former teachers[edit]

Ghostly sightings[edit]

Westfield House at Lambrook has a number of reported ghosts: a vast Red-Indian figure standing guard beside a particular bed in an upstairs dormitory; a crying woman, heard but not seen in the attic flat; and a black dog that wanders the grounds.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j The Lambrook Legacy, 1860-1997: From Starched Collars to Sweatshirts: A History of Lambrook School, pp. v, 3, 123, 132, by Isla Brownless. Evergreen Graphics, Aldwick, West Sussex; ISBN 1-900192-01-2
  2. ^ a b c d Murray, Douglas. Bosie. Talk Miramax Books. 
  3. ^ Savill, Richard (18 June 2003). "Website trapped sex abuse teacher". Telegraph. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "THE LONDON GAZET1E, 2 JANUARY 1931" (PDF). Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Person Page 41305". Thepeerage.com. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "According to the Domesday Book the village of Winkfield dates back to 942AD...". Winkfield .com. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Good Schools Guide 2012". Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Alex Pettyer: The New Movie Hero - Portrait Magazine, March 2011 Issue". Portraitmagazine.net. 10 April 1990. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Colin Croft welcomed to Lambrook Haileybury". Find-a-school.co.uk. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Ghosts". Berkshire History. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 

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