Walden School (Saffron Walden)

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Walden School
Motto Per Ardua Ad Alta
Established 1702
Type Independent
Religion Quaker
Head Anna Chaudhri (Senior school)
Sally Meyrick (Prep school)
Location Saffron Walden
CB11 3EB
Coordinates: 52°00′58″N 0°14′32″E / 52.0162°N 0.2423°E / 52.0162; 0.2423
Students 375
Gender Co-educational
Ages 3–18
Houses 3: Tuke, Mennell and Lister
Colours Red (Lister), Yellow (Tuke) and Green (Mennell)
Website www.waldenschool.co.uk

Walden School (formerly known as Friends' School) is a Quaker independent school located in Saffron Walden, Essex,[1] situated approximately 12 miles south of the city of Cambridge, England. The school is co-educational and accommodates children between the ages of three and 18 (boarders and day pupils).


Friends' School, Saffron Walden was founded as part of the Quakers' Clerkenwell workhouse in London in 1702, 50 years after George Fox. From September 2016 the school changed its name to Walden School.[2]

On 11 May 2017 it was announced that Walden School will close at the end of the 2016-17 school year.[3]

The school in 1880

Notable former pupils and associates[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • 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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