Royal Masonic School for Boys
The Royal Masonic School for Boys was an independent school for boys in England.
From 1798 charities were set up for clothing and educating sons of needy Freemasons. They originally provided education by sending them to schools near to their homes. A specific masonic boys' school was set up at Wood Green in North London in 1857 following amalgamation of the charities in 1852.
A new school was built in Bushey, Hertfordshire in 1903 and a Junior School was added on the other side of The Avenue in 1929. By 1939 there were 800 boys at the school. Following a decline in pupil numbers the junior school closed in 1970; the site is now occupied by Bushey Academy. Numbers continued to fall, and the senior school closed in 1977. For a time, the buildings housed the United States International University (Europe). Both schools were commonly used for films (such as Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Lucky Jim (twice), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and numerous TV shows) from the 1950s until recently. They have now been redeveloped as luxury housing.
- Anthony Andrews – actor
- Percy Jack Clayson - First World War fighter ace
- Robin Gibson - art historian
- Richard Evans – businessman
- Harvey Postlethwaite – Formula One designer
- D. R. Thorpe – political biographer
- Brent Sadler - CNN News Reporter in the Middle East
- Paul Pickering - writer
- Richard Lewis - Dean of Wells from 1990 to 2003
- Richard Holme - British Liberal Democrat politician
- Air Vice-Marshal Frederick Charles Hurrell - Director-General of the RAF Medical Services from 1986 to 1988
- G. Montague Hall (1938). A History of Bushey. Bushey: Bournehall Press.
- Nunn, JB (1987). The Book of Watford. Watford: Pageprint (Watford) Ltd. ISBN 0-9511777-1-0.
- Bushey, Hertfordshire: Official Guide. Bushey: Bournehall Press. 1956.
- Glancey, Jonathan (27 October 2010). "The scariest building in Britain?". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
- Memoirs of a student at the junior school 1949–1953
- Memoirs of a student at the schools 1965–1974
- Various old photos of the Boys schools