Tottenham Grammar School

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Tottenham Grammar School
Established 1631
Closed 1988 (grammar in 1967)
Type Voluntary aided grammar school, and later comprehensive
Founder Sarah, Duchess of Somerset
Location White Hart Lane
Tottenham
Middlesex (Greater London)
N17 8HL
England, UK
51°36′25″N 0°05′15″W / 51.607°N 0.0875°W / 51.607; -0.0875Coordinates: 51°36′25″N 0°05′15″W / 51.607°N 0.0875°W / 51.607; -0.0875
Local authority Middlesex then Haringey
Gender Boys
Ages 11–18
Houses Somerset, Morley, Bruce and Howard
Fate Became Somerset School in 1967 then closed in 1988
Website TGS

Tottenham Grammar School (TGS) was a renowned grammar school in North London, with local football connections.[1]

History[edit]

A Tottenham grammar school had existed for centuries. Its origins are unclear, possibly dating back to 1456 but in 1631 a legacy was left by Sarah, Duchess of Somerset to extend the existing school house and provide free education to poor children from Tottenham.

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

In 1882, pupils from the school and from St John's Presbyterian School formed Hotspur F.C. at All Hallows' Church. The name came from the Hotspur Cricket Club, of which boys from the school were members. This football club subsequently became Tottenham Hotspur F.C..

Former building[edit]

In 1910, the old school was knocked down apart from the Masters House (later to be destroyed by bombs in World War II). The new building on Somerset Road, built by Middlesex County Council, was used as the school until 1937. The new building was opened by Algernon Seymour, 15th Duke of Somerset on 12 October 1910, and cost £10,327. The school had four houses - Somerset, Morley, Bruce and Howard.

In 1971 it became the Education Department of Haringey Council.

New building[edit]

On 26 February 1938 due to increased numbers at the school, a site was opened on Creighton Road near White Hart Lane by Middlesex County Council. It housed 450 boys. In the early part of the war, at the time of the Blitz, the boys were evacuated to Chelmsford, to be taught at King Edward's Grammar School in the afternoons.[2] The boys lived around the village of Writtle, west of Chelmsford; some also went to Hatfield Peverel, specifically Hatfield Peverel Priory.

From 1941, once the Blitz had finished (10 May 1941). An Army Cadet Corps was formed, along with an Air Training Corps in 1942 - 1571 Squadron,[3] now known as Aylward Squadron.[4]

V2 explosion[edit]

On 15 March 1945, a V-2 rocket landed on the corner of White Hart Lane and Queen Street, killing two fourth-year boys, with another losing his right arm.[1][5][6]

New buildings[edit]

In 1960 new buildings opened for the sixth form and laboratories. By this time the school had 700 boys.

Comprehensive[edit]

In 1967 the school merged with the Rowland Hill Secondary Modern School in Lordship Lane, which was named after Sir Arthur Rowland Hill and had opened in 1938, to form the Somerset School, a voluntary-controlled boys' comprehensive school. The school's houses were now Baxter, Coleraine, Drayton and Hill.

Due to falling numbers this school closed in 1988, by which time it was situated on one site on White Hart Lane. The Lower School was demolished to become a housing estate on Somerset Close. The Upper School was demolished in 1989, becoming a housing estate on Somerset Gardens, and a site for Middlesex University - halls of residence for the Tottenham Campus, which closed in 2005 (the former St Katharine's College teacher training college).

Foundation[edit]

The sale of the school provided £9.1 million, which was used to set up a charitable foundation, the Tottenham Grammar School Foundation.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Other "Tottenham" schools[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "TOTTENHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL". British History Online. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Tuckwell, Anthony. "A HISTORY OF KING EDWARD VI GRAMMAR SCHOOL". Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  3. ^ 1571 Squadron
  4. ^ Aylward Squadron
  5. ^ Goldstein, Ron. "The day a V2 Rocket hit Tottenham Grammar School". BBC WW2 People's War. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  6. ^ V2 explosion
  7. ^ Tottenham High School

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