King Alfred School, London
Seal of the School
ex corde vita("Out of the heart springs life")
|Head of Upper School||Rod Jackson|
|Head of Lower School||David Weale|
North End Road
|Staff||160 including day release|
|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.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).
|“||The original ethos – liberal, progressive, egalitarian, child-centred – remains core to the school’s values today. Parents and pupils agree that the needs of each child are foremost. ‘They try to act holistically. They look at the individual and find out what makes them shine.' If you want fierce competitive sport and silverware displayed in shiny glass cabinets, look elsewhere. Matches are often mixed – in age, gender (and competence). A successful match is one which everyone enjoys.||”|
Notable former pupils
- Ian Aitken, journalist and political commentator
- Pegaret Anthony, artist and lecturer
- Nora Beloff, journalist
- Richard Clements, journalist and political adviser
- Nina Conti actress and comedian
- A.G. Cook, (real name Alex Cook) musician and founder of the web label PC Music
- Richard Gregory, experimental psychologist
- J. B. Gunn, physicist
- Fergus Henderson, Restaurateur and founder of St. John restaurants in London
- Dylan Howe, Musician and Composer
- Lucy Jones, artist
- Alexis Korner, musician and broadcaster
- Paul Kossoff, musician
- Chloe Madeley Television host, journalist, and ice skater
- Juliet Mitchell, psychologist
- Heydon Prowse, Actor and Activist
- Gaby Roslin, TV personality
- Jolyon Rubinstein, Actor and Activist
- Raphael Samuel, historian
- Zoë Wanamaker, actor
- Bonnie Wright, actress
- Emily Young, sculptor
- About King Alfred School
- A Progressive Education
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- Ian Aitken (24 November 2006). "Obituary - Richard Clements:H-bomb campaigner and editor of Tribune". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
- Jackie Wullschlager (24 January 2014). "Lucy Jones at Kings Place, London". The Financial Times. Retrieved 23 March 2018.