King Alfred School, London

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King Alfred School
King Alfred School, London.svg
Seal of the School

ex corde vita

("Out of the heart springs life")
Established 1898
Type Independent School
Head Robert Lobatto[1]
Head of Upper School Rod Jackson
Head of Lower School David Weale
Chair Annabel Cody
Location Manor Wood
North End Road
NW11 7HY
51°34′09″N 0°11′04″W / 51.5693°N 0.1844°W / 51.5693; -0.1844Coordinates: 51°34′09″N 0°11′04″W / 51.5693°N 0.1844°W / 51.5693; -0.1844
Staff 160 including day release
Students About 600
Gender Mixed
Ages 4–18
School Years Reception - Year 13

The King Alfred School is a co-educational independent school in Golders Green in North West London. It was founded in London in 1898. The school was radical when started in that it provided a secular education and that boys and girls were educated together.[2]Today it remains true to its roots by providing a holistic educational experience that values equally academic achievement and personal development. It does so within an informal environment characterised by minimal rules that seeks to develop intrinsic rather than extrinsic motivation. In order to enable every individual to flourish, the school seeks to minimize unnecessary pressure and maximise a broad sense of well-being.


Its aim is to "help train up its scholars in the way of the good life, to help to fit them for effective work in the world, for effective sympathy and for effective joy." (John Russell, Head 1901-20).[2]


The Good Schools Guide reviewed the school in the following terms:[3]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ About King Alfred School
  2. ^ a b A Progressive Education
  3. ^ "King Alfred School, London | The Good Schools Guide". The Good Schools Guide. Retrieved 2018-06-12. 
  4. ^ Buckman, David Artists in Britain Since 1945 Art Dictionaries Ltd (2006) pgs 50
  5. ^ Ian Aitken (24 November 2006). "Obituary - Richard Clements:H-bomb campaigner and editor of Tribune". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Jackie Wullschlager (24 January 2014). "Lucy Jones at Kings Place, London". The Financial Times. Retrieved 23 March 2018. 

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