The Hall School, Hampstead

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The Hall School
Hall School (Hampstead) logo.jpg
Motto Latin: Hinc in Altiora[1]
"From here to higher things"
Established 1889
Type Independent boys preparatory school
Religion A Christian Foundation catering for all denominations
Headmaster Chris Godwin
Location Crossfield Road
Gender Boys
Ages 4–13
Website The Hall School

The Hall School is an independent boys' preparatory school in Belsize Park, Hampstead, London, currently teaching boys from age 4 to age 13.


The school, across its three buildings, has a roll of over 450 boys, approximately 50 in each Year from Years 1-8 and 32 in Reception.

Reception to Year 3 (ages 4-8) are based in the Junior School, Year 4 and 5 (ages 8-10) in the Middle School and Years 6 to 8 (ages 10-13) in the Senior School.

The school operates a house system of four houses: Blue, Green, Orange and Purple. These are used throughout the school for academic, physical and musical competitions.

The school is known for its pink uniform consisting for many years of a pink school blazer, cap and tie. Alumni[2] will recognise the schoolboy terrorizing, recalled by food critic and old boy Giles Coren in his January 2010 article[3] in The Times.


The school originated as Belsize School, founded in 1889 by the Revd Francis John Wrottesley, who with his wife had taken fee-paying pupils at their home in nearby 18 Buckland Crescent since 1881. The Wrottesleys sold their school in 1898 to the Revd D. H. Marshall, who took over an adjoining house in 1903, when there were 58 boys, including 10 boarders. In 1905 Marshall bought the Allen Olney girls' school, which his wife continued at Buckland Crescent.

Marshall moved the boys to Crossfield Road and renamed the school The Hall. The roll was over 100 in 1909, when he sold the school to G. H. Montauban. It prepared boys aged 5 to 13 for public schools and won many scholarships. Montauban bought Woodcote at 69 Belsize Park, at the corner of Buckland Crescent, in 1916 and opened it in 1917 for boys under 8. The school was recognized[clarification needed] from 1919, when Montauban sold The Hall to R. T. Gladstone, retaining the junior school until 1923.

In the 1920s the roll increased from 60 to 270. In 1935 ownership passed to a private company. The main building was extended in 1935 and the junior school in 1938. The roll fell to 45 in 1940, but under a new company rose to 170 in 1942. The junior school, evacuated in 1939, reopened in 1942 with 35 boys. The school became a charitable trust in 1952.

In 1951 there were 302 boys aged 5 to 15, including 30 boarders, but boarding ceased between 1967 and 1974. In 1983 the school prepared up to 320 boys for public schools.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


Coordinates: 51°32′44″N 0°10′15″W / 51.54543°N 0.17088°W / 51.54543; -0.17088