Minchenden Grammar School
Minchenden Grammar School
|Local authority||Middlesex (1919-1965)|
|Age||11 to 18|
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, and was renamed Minchenden School. The staff and pupils built an observatory. From 1960 to 1967, there was an annexe in the Fox Lane school, Palmers Green. 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. 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 Southgate College.
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