The Info List - City Of London Freemen's School

City of London
City of London
Freemen's School (CLFS) is a co-educational private school for day and boarding pupils, located at Ashtead Park
Ashtead Park
in Surrey, England. It is the sister school of the City of London School
City of London School
and the City of London School
City of London School
for Girls, which are both independent single-sex schools located within the City of London
City of London
itself. All three schools receive funding from the City's Cash.[1] The school is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. The Good Schools Guide
Good Schools Guide
described the school as "A traditional academic and sporty school in a stunning setting with impressive facilities but not at all elitist – in fact quite the opposite."[2]


1 History 2 Houses 3 Sports 4 Boarding houses 5 Old Freemen's 6 Drama and music 7 Catering 8 Feeder schools 9 Notable former pupils 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] The school was founded in 1854 by the Corporation of London, and was originally located in Brixton, London to educate orphans of the freemen of the City[3]. It is still possible for such orphan children to be educated as “Foundationers” at the school with the costs of their education borne by the City of London
City of London
Corporation. The tradition of freemen goes back many centuries, when the citizens of towns and cities would be granted valuable rights to trade, and other privileges conceded by royal charters. The system was also shared by livery companies, associations of craftsmen developed to control the admission to the trade by apprenticeship, and founded on the triple bases of commerce, benevolence and religion. From medieval times the City of London
City of London
worked together with livery companies to control acceptance of freemen. However, in the nineteenth century it became possible for people to apply for the Freedom of the City of London
City of London
without belonging to a livery company, and this created the need for an organisation to which all freemen could belong to pursue the interests of the City. This led to the foundation, in 1908, of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London, to bring together free men and women, for the purposes of charity, benevolence, education and social interaction. City of London
City of London
Freemen's School is set in 57 acres (230,000 m2) of Ashtead Park
Ashtead Park
in the heart of Surrey, having moved from London to Ashtead
in 1926 from Brixton. The school celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2004 with a year long series of events. The Anniversary started with a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral attended by the whole school (now numbering over 800) and culminated in the school being represented with a float in the annual Lord Mayor’s Show.

Houses[edit] The School has three Houses: Gresham, Hale and Whittington (colours green, red and blue respectively). These are named after the influential Londoners and school benefactors Sir Thomas Gresham, Warren Stormes Hale
Warren Stormes Hale
and Richard Whittington. Pupils are assigned to a House as they start at the school, which they stay in throughout their school career. Since it is now predominantly a day school and there are limited numbers of boarders, Houses do not have the same connotations as in similar independent schools, though are still important for Inter-House Competitions and weekly House Assemblies. If a sibling of a City of London
City of London
Freemen's pupil were to join the school, he or she would be assigned to the same house.

Sports[edit] The school has a very strong sporting reputation and the impressive grounds include rugby, hockey and cricket pitches, as well as two all-weather pitches, both of which are floodlit, with a variety of uses. There are also tennis courts, cricket nets and athletics facilities. The school has a large, modern, multi-purpose sports hall complex that incorporates a multi-activity fitness suite. Sporting fixtures are played in a wide range of sports against other independent schools such as Sevenoaks School, The King's School, Canterbury, St Mary's Ascot, King's College School
King's College School
and The Oratory School. The School tends to achieve superior results at the Public Schools Fencing Championship.[citation needed]

Boarding houses[edit] There are girls’ and boys’ boarding houses. The girls' boarding house was in Main House, a Georgian mansion built in 1790 by Sir Thomas Wyatt. The Main House remains the focal point of the school. The boys' boarding house was located in Philp House, a building located by the bus-stop. The boarding houses are now located in the new boarding house located next to the new music school and the junior school.

Old Freemen's[edit] Once pupils leave school they become part of Old Freemen’s Association, which includes the Old Freemen's Rugby Football Club, Cricket
Club and Hockey Club. There is also a Guild of Scholars of the City of London, which was formed to encourage former pupils from the three ‘City Schools’ to develop links with The City of London. Membership is open to all former pupils, staff, and retired staff, who must have obtained their ‘ Freedom of the City
Freedom of the City
of London’ but there is no subscription. In addition any pupil aged 14–17, who is still at school may apply to become an Apprentice to a Freeman of the City at little cost and minimal commitment. They will then be entitled, at the age of 21, to apply for the Freedom of the City
Freedom of the City
and membership of the Guild of Scholars. This Apprenticeship will be of particular interest to those who wish to pursue a career in the City. Annual events are organised to promote fellowship among the members, including an annual dinner and visits to places of interest.

Drama and music[edit] The school organises a number of performances each year, and these have included Oliver!, Oklahoma!, Cabaret, Les Misérables and Into the Woods.[citation needed] The latest addition to this list is Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which was performed in December 2009. The senior school musical for 2011 was "Evita".[citation needed]

Catering[edit] The catering is currently provided by the contract caterers Sodexo. Catering is provided for the pupils and staff through a number of outlets. The main dining hall, located in the main house, is the focal point of catering operations, with breakfast, lunch and dinner being served from here. The dining hall is also employed for a number of private dinners, both internal and external, throughout the year. The main house may also be seen as the hub of operations as it houses the catering facilities offices. The Tuck Shop, now located in a red van, offers a choice of hot and cold meals and snacks to all those who choose not to subscribe to school lunches. Both the Junior School and the Senior School (Haywood Centre) also house common rooms which come equipped with tea and fresh coffee making facilities.

Feeder schools[edit] Danes Hill School, Oxshott Downsend School, Ashtead Kingswood House School, Epsom Milbourne Lodge School, Esher Aberdour School, Burgh Heath Notable former pupils[edit] This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: " City of London
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Freemen's School Former pupils are known as Old Freemen. Some better known Old Freemen include:

Tommy Bastow - actor from Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
and lead singer of rock band FranKo Rory Burns - Surrey
cricketer[4] Jack Clarke - racing driver currently competing in the FIA Formula Two Championship Simon Cowell (presenter) - MBE, presenter of Animal Planet
Animal Planet
and Wildlife SOS Warwick Davis
Warwick Davis
- actor, star of Willow, also appeared in the Star Wars and Harry Potter
Harry Potter
movie series Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
- BAFTA award-winning actor who recently appeared in the films Red Riding, Boy A
Boy A
and Lions for Lambs
Lions for Lambs
as well as the plays Romeo & Juliet, The Laramie Project, Kes and the Channel 4
Channel 4
show Sugar Rush. He recently played Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network and the title role in the 2012 release of The Amazing Spider Man. Ashley Mote - former UKIP MEP Joe Strummer
Joe Strummer
- lead singer of punk rock band the Clash. Strummer's real name was John Mellor (died December 2002) Guy Spier
Guy Spier
- investor Gavin Turk
Gavin Turk
- one of the Young British Artists Andy Ward - progressive rock drummer best known for playing in Camel in the 1970s[5] References[edit]

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^ "Schools". The Good Schools Guide. Archived from the original on 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2014-05-20.

^ "Freemen's School History".

^ " Rory Burns | England
| Cricket
Players and Officials | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.com. Archived from the original on 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2014-05-20.

^ "A Drummer's Tale". Official Andy Ward Website. Archived from the original on 11 August 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015.

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