St Piran's (school)

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St Piran's
St Piran's School logo.svg
Location
Gringer Hill

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SL6 7LZ

England
Information
TypeIndependent preparatory day school
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Established1805
Local authorityWindsor and Maidenhead
Department for Education URN110126 Tables
HeadmasterMr Seb Sales
GenderCoeducational
Age3 to 11
Enrolment350~
Website

St Piran's is a prep school located on Gringer Hill in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. The school was known as Cordwalles School until 1919 and has been co-educational since the 1990s.

History[edit]

The origin of St Piran's was in 1805 at a small school, the Revd John Potticary's school in Blackheath, at 2–3 Eliot Place.[1] After moving to its present location in 1872, it operated as a boys' boarding school under the name of Cordwalles School until 1919.[2] Up to this time, it was among a group of preparatory schools — which included Stubbington House School and Eastman's Royal Naval Academy — that maintained strong connections with the Royal Navy.[3] In that year, 1919, the school was bought by Major Vernon Seymour Bryant who renamed it St Piran's. It reopened in 1920 with 23 boys, increasing to 65 the following year.[2]

After becoming an educational trust in 1972, the school became co-educational in 1993, and boarding ended the same year.[2] In 2005, St. Piran's celebrated its 200th anniversary with a bicentennial pageant. In 2008 a new geography room and lower school hall were completed.

Headmasters[edit]

To date, the headmasters of the school have been:[2]

  • John Potticary 1805–1820
  • George Brown Francis Potticary 1820–1850
  • Richard Cowley Powles 1850–1865
  • Thomas Jackson Nunns 1865–1890
  • Charles William Hunt 1890–1902
  • Cyril Robert Carter 1902–1910
  • Theodore William Keeling 1910–1912
  • Mervyn Frank Voules 1912–1919
  • Vernon Seymour Bryant 1919–1926
  • Arthur Grendon Tippet DSO 1926–1943
  • Lowther Grendon Tippet 1943–1972
  • Guy Gross and Andrew Perry 1972–1980
  • Andrew Perry 1980–1982
  • Andrew Blumer 1982–2001
  • Jonathan Carroll 2001–2019
  • Seb Sales 2019–present

Former pupils[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rhind, N. (1993) Blackheath Village & Environs, 1790–1990, Vol.1 The Village and Blackheath Vale (Bookshop Blackheath, London), p.157.
  2. ^ a b c d "School history". St Pirans School Maidenhead. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  3. ^ Leinster-Mackay, Donald P. (1988). "The nineteenth-century English preparatory school: cradle and crèche of Empire?". In Mangan, J. A. (ed.). 'Benefits Bestowed'?: Education and British Imperialism. Manchester University Press. p. 66. ISBN 9780719025174. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  4. ^ "BARRY, Admiral Sir Claud Barrington". Who Was Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press. November 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Blake, Robert (1967) [1966]. Disraeli. New York: St Martin's Press. OCLC 400326.
  6. ^ "MALONE, Lt-Col Cecil L'Estrange". Who Was Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press. December 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2012. (subscription required)
  7. ^ "MOLLO, Victor". Who Was Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press. December 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2012. (subscription required)
  8. ^ "WILLIAM-POWLETT, Vice-Admiral Sir Peveril (Barton Reibey Wallop)". Who Was Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press. November 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012. (subscription required)
  9. ^ "Thomas Gibson & Thomas Field Gibson". Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  10. ^ Ronalds, B.F. (2016). Sir Francis Ronalds: Father of the Electric Telegraph. London: Imperial College Press. ISBN 978-1-78326-917-4.
  11. ^ a b Cooper, Artemis, Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure (2012), p.15, ISBN 978-0-7195-5449-0.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°31′41″N 0°43′56″W / 51.5280°N 0.7322°W / 51.5280; -0.7322