Friends' School, Saffron Walden
The school in 1880
|Other name||Walden School (2016-17)|
|Motto||Per Ardua Ad Alta|
|Head||Anna Chaudhri (Senior school)|
Sally Meyrick (Prep school)
|Age||3 to 18|
|Houses||3: Tuke, Mennell and Lister|
|Colour(s)||Red (Lister), Yellow (Tuke) and Green (Mennell)|
|Fate||Closed as no longer sustainable due to falling pupil numbers, etc.|
Friends' School (known as Walden School from 2016-17) was a Quaker independent school located in Saffron Walden, Essex, situated approximately 12 miles south of the city of Cambridge, England. The school was co-educational and accommodated children between the ages of three and 18 (boarders and day pupils).
The school closed at the end of the 2017 summer term.
Friends' School, Saffron Walden was founded as part of the Quakers' Clerkenwell workhouse in London in 1703, 50 years after George Fox. From September 2016 the school changed its name to Walden School.
On 11 May 2017 it was announced that Walden School would close at the end of the 2016-17 school year.
Notable former pupils and associates
- Edward Bawden, English painter, illustrator and graphic artist and WWII war artist
- Ralph Erskine, Sweden-based architect and planner (pupil from 1925 to 1931)
- Matthew Evans, chairman and former managing director of Faber and Faber Ltd, and member of the House of Lords
- Margery Fish, gardener and writer
- Imogen Heap, Grammy Award and Ivor Novello Award-winning musician
- Diana Wynne Jones, author (pupil from 1946 to 1952)
- Tony Newton (Lord Newton of Braintree), politician
- Deborah Norton, actress
- John Peet, Journalist and translator of Karl Marx
- Olga Peters, American-born granddaughter of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin
- Matthew Robinson, film & TV producer-director, Executive Producer BBC1's top show EastEnders 1998-2000 (pupil from 1958 to 1963)
- Tom Robinson, songwriter and performer (pupil from 1961 to 1967)
- Jeremy Shearmur, philosopher based at Australian National University
- Malcolm Shepherd, politician, businessman and member of the House of Lords (pupil from 1929 to 1935)
- Sally Tuffin, fashion designer and ceramicist
- Emily Young, sculptor
- Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire
- Dame Judi Dench, patron of Walden School
- E.V. Lucas, Famous writer
- "Education | League Tables | Performance results for Friends School". BBC News. 2009-01-15. Archived from the original on 2017-08-16. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
- BBC Look East 26/6/17
- Chaudhri, Anna. "A Step Change For Friends'". Archived from the original on 2016-10-20. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
- Steward, Michael. "Saffron Walden private school set to close at end of summer term". Archived from the original on 2017-05-11. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
- "Interview with Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin". V&A. Archived from the original on 2014-07-18. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- The Avenue (school magazine).
- Bolam, W.D. Unbroken community: The story of the Friends' School, Saffron Walden, 1702-1952. (Pub. 1952).
- Buss, R. A Community through three centuries. (Pub. 2003).
- Crosfield, J.B. Saffron Walden School: a sketch of two hundred years. (Pub. 1902).
- Halter, H. The School on the hill: memories of three hundred years of Friends' School, Saffron Walden, 1702 - 2002. (Pub. 2002).
- Hitchcock,T.V. (ed.). Richard Hutton's complaints book : the notebook of the steward of the Quaker workhouse at Clerkenwell 1711-1737. (Pub. 1987).
- OSA Annual reports, at Essex Record Office, Chelmsford.
- Saffron Walden Weekly. Local newspaper founded in 1889. Good coverage of Friends School.
- Woods, J.C. Friends School: A hundred years at Saffron Walden 1879-1979. (Pub. 1979).
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