The Royal School, Hampstead

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The Royal School, Hampstead, was an exclusive independent girls' day and boarding school located in Hampstead, London, England. The school was founded in 1855 by Queen Victoria and for 157 years educated girls aged 3-18.[1] The school had 2 longstanding royal patrons: the first was Queen Victoria for 70 years, and the second Princess Alexandra who retired in 2005 after 50 years of service. The succeeding patron was Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. In 2011, the school merged with North Bridge House School at the end of the academic year (2011/12) under the management of Cognita.

The GCSE pass rate, in 2008, was 99%, with 89% of pupils gaining A* to C grades and a third achieving either A* or A grades.[2]

The London Borough of Camden consistently suffered severe congestion because of parents ferrying their children to and from school by car. However, The Royal School introduced a range of initiatives to help address the problem.[3]

Dr Rashmi Patel, the appointed dentist to the school, received an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2004.[4]

The school site is now used as a senior campus of North Bridge House School.

History[edit]

The Royal School was founded in 1855 by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as the Soldiers' Infant Home before becoming the Royal Soldiers' Daughters' School. It was the first school established "to nurse, board, clothe and educate the female children, orphans or not, of soldiers in Her Majesty's Army killed in the Crimean War". The school has a memorial site in the Hampstead Cemetery on Holly Walk to the daughters family members who were lost in the war. The school site was redeveloped in the 1970s after a fire destroyed much of the beautiful architecture. The land was divided and sold to refund the rebuild of the school - into the modern complex seen today on Vane Close. [5] The last patron of the school was Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The Duchess visited the school, on 25 February 2009, to thank them for their fund raising activities for her charity, the National Osteoporosis Society.[6]

Notable alumnae[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Royal School Hampstead", Independent Schools Council.
  2. ^ "Examinations Report 2008", The Royal School, Hampstead.
  3. ^ "Hard to convince parents to ditch cars", Paula Dear, BBC News, 17 September, 2003.
  4. ^ "MBE for London dentist", British Dental Journal, 28 August 2004.
  5. ^ "Former pupils look back at 150 years of school history", Caroline McClatchey, Hampstead and Highgate Express, 8 July 2005.
  6. ^ "Camilla on royal visit at Hampstead school", Hampstead and Highgate Express, 25 February 2009.
  7. ^ Wigmore, Tim (2017-06-25). "Harriet Dart hoping to make up for her 2016 Wimbledon heartbreak by reaching this year's main draw". The Independent. Independent Digital News & Media. Retrieved 2018-02-25. she attended the elite Royal School in Hampstead.
  8. ^ Lamden, Tim (26 January 2015). "Labour's Tulip Siddiq: 'Glenda Jackson is a celebrity, I can't compete with two Oscars'". Ham&High.

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • The Story Of The Royal School, Hampstead: 1855 to 2012 by Sarah Harper Rasmussen

Coordinates: 51°33′15″N 0°10′30″W / 51.5543°N 0.1749°W / 51.5543; -0.1749