Minchenden Grammar School

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Minchenden School
Minchenden Grammar School
High Street


Coordinates51°37′49″N 0°07′46″W / 51.63035°N 0.12952°W / 51.63035; -0.12952Coordinates: 51°37′49″N 0°07′46″W / 51.63035°N 0.12952°W / 51.63035; -0.12952
MottoRobur durabit
Local authorityMiddlesex (1919-1965)
Enfield (1965-1984)
Age11 to 18

Minchenden School was a mixed secondary school situated in Southgate, North London, established in 1919 with 90 pupils.[1] Established in 1919, it merged with Arnos School in 1984.


The school was established in 1919 in Tottenhall Road as a mixed secondary school. In 1924, it moved to Southgate House, where it remained until 1987.[2] The staff and pupils built an observatory.[3] From 1960 to the early 1970s, there was an annexe in the Fox Lane school, Palmers Green.[1] The annexe catered for the 1st 2 years of pupils. The school's English department was particularly strong. Head of English Douglas Barnes 1959-1966 introduced a series of important innovations in teaching methods. In 1967, Minchenden Grammar School was converted from a grammar school to Minchenden School, a comprehensive school, with the upper school in High Street and the lower school in Fox Lane.[1] It was merged with Arnos School in 1984 to form Broomfield School, after the Conservative council sold the extensive playing fields to a development company to build homes, with the original Southgate House protected as a Grade I listed building.

The building is now used by Durants School, having previously been used by Southgate College.

Former teachers[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c T F T Baker, R B Pugh (Editors), A P Baggs, Diane K Bolton, Eileen P Scarff, G C Tyack (1976). "Edmonton: Education". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 5: Hendon, Kingsbury, Great Stanmore, Little Stanmore, Edmonton Enfield, Monken Hadley, South Mimms, Tottenham (1976), pp. 196-203. British History Online. Retrieved 24 November 2009. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "The High Street". A Walk in Southgate. Southgate Civic Trust. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Notes". The Observatory. 59: 200. June 1936. Bibcode:1936Obs....59..199.

Further reading[edit]

  • Minchenden School golden anniversary, 1919–1969, published by Minchenden School, 1969 ISBN 978-0-9501826-0-5
  • Douglas Barnes, Becoming an English Teacher (London: NATE, 2000)

External links[edit]

  • Social Change and English, 1945-1965 - Minchenden is one of three schools in London that are included in this Leverhulme Trust-funded project about the teaching of English in the period 1945–1965. The project is collecting oral histories from former teachers and pupils at the school.