Education

Our information about early schools comes from fleeting references in documents or letters until the arrival of 'British' and 'National' schools in the early nineteenth century.  Later in the century came provision for adults through literary institutes - and for all the community the founding of reading rooms and libraries.  In the twentieth century state and private schools have thrived in Harpenden.

Page link: A Dissenting Grammar School for Boys - 1818-1839
A Dissenting Grammar School for Boys - 1818-1839
at Blakesleys (Harpenden Hall)
Page link: Early Days at Batford Nursery School
Early Days at Batford Nursery School
From Wartime Day Nursery to Ministry of Education Nursery School
Page link: Early schools in Harpenden
Early schools in Harpenden
Scope for more research
Page link: Hardenwick School
Hardenwick School
Private Preparatory school for boys, Wordsworth Road 1898-1966
Page link: Hardenwick School at Sandridgebury
Hardenwick School at Sandridgebury
Memories of my time there from 1967 to 1971
Page link: Hardenwick School in the late 1940s
Hardenwick School in the late 1940s
Memories of my time there from 1947-51- School Number 81
Page link: Harpenden British School
Harpenden British School
Founded in 1850, it became the Board School in 1895, and moved to Manland in 1939
Page link: Harpenden Free Library
Harpenden Free Library
From the Red House to Harpenden Hall
Page link: Harpenden Hall
Harpenden Hall
School for Girls, 1910-1923
Page link: Let's Play The Game
Let's Play The Game
Hardenwick memories
Page link: Moreton End School
Moreton End School
Compiled from the prospectus and notes in our archives
Page link: Mr I S Smith's Preparatory Academy, Harpenden
Mr I S Smith's Preparatory Academy, Harpenden
Was this on the corner of Church Green in the 1830s?
Page link: Mr Wix in Brampton and Harpenden
Mr Wix in Brampton and Harpenden
A Brief History of the Origins of St George's School
Page link: Mrs Mercier's Ladies Schools in Harpenden
Mrs Mercier's Ladies Schools in Harpenden
The search for where they were
Page link: Park Hall
Park Hall
British School from 1850, Council Offices from 1898
Page link: School Days in the 1930's
School Days in the 1930's
Memories of St Nicholas, Victoria Road and Manland schools
Page link: St Dominic's School
St Dominic's School
From Bowers Cottage, via Harpenden Hall and The Welcombe Convent to purpose-built school
Page link: St Hilda's School
St Hilda's School
Founded c.1890
Page link: St Margaret's Crossway
St Margaret's Crossway
An orphange for "friendless little girls"
Page link: St.George's School
St.George's School
A Brief History
Page link: The Boys of Saint Hildas
The Boys of Saint Hildas
A Forgotten Chapter in the Tale of a Well Known Local School
Page link: The Children's House, St George's School
The Children's House, St George's School
A Montessori school - later moved to Gorselands
Page link: The History of St Nicholas School
The History of St Nicholas School
Celebrating the school's 150th anniversary in 2008, with some updates
Page link: The Scholarship Examination
The Scholarship Examination
For pupils aged 11
Page link: The Straw Hat and Education
The Straw Hat and Education
from the Parish Magazine August 1960
Page link: Victoria Road Schools - 1897 - 1997
Victoria Road Schools - 1897 - 1997
Harpenden's Board School - and new uses when the school moved to Manland
Page link: Walton House School
Walton House School
Memories of the Kindergarten at 18 Tennyson Road