Barclay Primary School

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Barclay Primary School is located in Leyton, east London, England; Leyton is part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest, but before 1965, was a Municipal Borough in Essex. The school provides education for some 1,500 children aged up to 11, and operates a nursery taking children from the age of 3; on entry to main-school reception classes, children are between 4 and 5 years old.

It was formed in 2006 through the amalgamation of the former Barclay Junior School and Barclay Infants' School, which had operated as two adjacent schools on the same overall site.


The Barclay Junior Mixed and Infants Schools originated as Canterbury Road Council School, which opened in 1908 in temporary buildings; the permanent school was completed in 1910. It was enlarged and reorganized in 1914–15 for boys, girls, and infants, but the boys remained in temporary accommodation in St. Andrew's and St. Paul's church halls until 1924, when a new building was opened for them. The school was enlarged again in 1929–31, and an extension was completed in 1952.[1] The amalgamation of the former infant and junior schools in September 2006 produced the new name Barclay Primary School.[2] The school was further expanded in 2011 to facilitate an increase from four-form to six-form entry from September of that year. It amongst the largest primary schools in England, known unofficially as "Titan" primaries.[3] The school converted to academy status on 1 September 2012.

The name of the school comes from The BARCLAY PARK estate, on which the buildings stand; the estate was built up in the 19th century by the Barclay family of well known bankers who lived nearby at Knotts Green House.[4]

Notable attendees include the football player Paul Hayes and popular pianist Bobby Crush.


  1. ^ A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6 (1973), pp. 233-240. URL:
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  3. ^ Harris, Sarah (10 April 2010). "The Titan primaries: Super-sized schools to cope with pupil boom". Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  4. ^ A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6 (1973), pp. 184-197. URL:

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Coordinates: 51°34′34″N 0°00′04″W / 51.576°N 0.001°W / 51.576; -0.001