Salcombe Preparatory School

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Salcombe Preparatory School
Motto Sapere aude
("Dare to Know")
Established 1916
Type Preparatory day school
Head Mrs Sarah-Jane Davies
Location 224-226 Chase Side
N14 4PL
51°38′16″N 0°08′23″W / 51.6379°N 0.1398°W / 51.6379; -0.1398Coordinates: 51°38′16″N 0°08′23″W / 51.6379°N 0.1398°W / 51.6379; -0.1398
Local authority London Borough of Enfield
DfE URN 102063 Tables
Students 190~
Gender Coeducational
Ages 3–11
Former pupils Old Salcombians

Salcombe Preparatory School is a co-educational preparatory school for approximately 200 pupils, located in Southgate, London, England. The school is currently owned and operated by Cognita.[1] Founded in 1916, Salcombe is a co-educational preparatory day school for children aged between 3 and 11. The school is situated on two neighbouring sites in Southgate, North London.

Salcombe has a tradition of success in preparing children for selective maintained and independent schools at 11+. These include the highly competitive Dame Alice Owen's School, The Latymer School, Henrietta Barnett School, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School for Boys and various London independent schools.


Salcombe Preparatory School first opened in 1916 under the leadership of the Deakin sisters: Miss Freda Deakin and Miss Ethel Deakin in Hornsey. The school initially educated eight "well to do" children.

In 1917, with World War I ongoing, and the advent of Zeppelin raids, it was decided that the school could not operate in Hornsey and the Deakin sisters took the students to their country residence, Salcombe House, in Devon. In 1918, upon returning to London, the sisters relocated their school to Avenue Road in Southgate close to the current site on Chase Side.

Between 1977 and 1990, the school was run by Ms. Flood and her husband Mr Ernest Lawn. The school was acquired by Asquith Court group in 1990 and the first headmaster was appointed - Mr. Anthony Blackhurst.

In 1998, the school needed to expand and the Green Road site was acquired for the lower years.[2]


  • Miss Ethel Deakin (1916–75)
  • Mr & Mrs Ernest Lawn (1977–90)
  • Mr Anthony Blackhurst (1990–2001)
  • Mr Ari Guha (2001-2005)
  • Mr Floyd Steadman (2006-2008)
  • Mr Berni Curzon (2008-2009)
  • Mrs Christina Leach (2009-2013)
  • Mrs Sarah-Jane Davies (2013–present)

School Activities[edit]

Salcombe offers opportunities for a wide variety of social, cultural and sporting activities, including a popular before and after-school activities programme.

The School's rich sporting tradition is reflected by the wide variety of school teams who play at local and borough level, including Netball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Cricket, Cross-County and Athletics.


There are three school houses to which pupils belong: Claremont (Yellow), Deakin (Blue) and Rosedene (Red). Pupils are allocated to the houses and compete for house points each year.

Notable former pupils[edit]


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