The Info List - St Marylebone Grammar School

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St Marylebone Grammar School
St Marylebone Grammar School
(SMGS) was a grammar school located in the London borough of the City of Westminster, from 1792 to 1981.


1 History

1.1 Philological School 1.2 Grammar school 1.3 Closure

2 Current use of buildings 3 Notable alumni 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] Philological School[edit] Founded as the Philological Society by Thomas Collingwood, under the patronage of the Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, its object was to help "the heads of families, who by unexpected misfortune, have been reduced from a station of comfort and respectability." Founded in Mary Street (later renamed Stanhope Street, N.W. 1), it moved to Marylebone Road
Marylebone Road
in 1827. Its fortunes improved largely due to headmaster Edwin Abbott. After Abbott, the school's financial position deteriorated.[1] Grammar school[edit] In 1908 it was accepted in trust by the London County Council
London County Council
and renamed St Marylebone Grammar School. After World War II
World War II
it recovered. Under headmaster Philip Wayne it developed artistic activities, acquired shared use of playing fields in Sudbury Hill, and established a country base in the village of Forest Green, near Leith Hill.[2] In 1957 the motto "ex animo tamquam Deo" ("from the heart, as from God") was added to the school's crest at the suggestion of the deputy headmaster Kenneth Crook.[1][3] After Philip Wayne, SMGS was led by Harry Llewellyn-Smith as headmaster until 1970. During his period a new and separate science block was built a short walk away from the school's main site. Roy Mansell led the science team and was for a short period the last headmaster after Patrick Hutton.[1] Closure[edit] Soon after headmaster Patrick Hutton (formerly head of English[4] at St Paul's School) arrived in 1970, the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) proposed to merge SMGS with the local secondary modern school, Rutherford School, later part of North Westminster School. ILEA itself came into conflict with the new Conservative government, whose secretary of state for education Margaret Thatcher took an interest in SMGS. By 1981, however, SMGS had closed.[5] Current use of buildings[edit] The former science block continues in educational use as the Cosway Street Centre, part of City of Westminster
City of Westminster
College. The main school building consisted of the original school building on Marylebone Road and two later wings in Lisson Grove, which were demolished and replaced with an office block. The original building was listed and remains intact; it is now part of Abercorn School.

LCC plaque with the school name; the original name and date of the school is incorporated into the arch below the plaque.

Notable alumni[edit] See also: Category:People educated at St Marylebone Grammar School

Adam Ant
Adam Ant
(Stuart Goddard), pop singer John Barnes, footballer Steve Barron, film director Sir Michael Beetham
Michael Beetham
CBE DFC AFC, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Barry Blue
Barry Blue
(Barry Green), pop singer and writer Anastasios Christodoulou
Anastasios Christodoulou
CBE, Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities from 1980–96 Len Deighton, author William Floyd, Head of the Department of Ergonomics and Cybernetics at Loughborough University
Loughborough University
from 1960 to 1975. Benny Green, musician Sir Leicester Harmsworth, 1st Baronet, Liberal MP for Caithness from 1900–18 and Caithness and Sutherland from 1918–22 Rt Rev Michael Henley CB, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane from 1995–2004 Sir Charles Solomon Henry, 1st Baronet, Liberal MP for Wellington (Shropshire) from 1906–18 and The Wrekin from 1918-9 Historian and author Eric Hobsbawm Professor Anthony A. Hyman, FRS - Molecular cell biologist and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics Jerome K. Jerome, Edwardian author Sir Arthur Jodrell-Banks, physician Sir Vincent Lloyd-Jones, judge Rt Rev Francis Paget, Bishop of Oxford from 1901–11 Sir Michael Pepper, Pender Professor of Nanoelectronics at UCL since 2009 John Price (England cricketer) Neil Rhind, writer and historian Sir Landon Ronald, conductor Irving Scholar, Chairman, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (1980s) Sir Cyril Taylor, social entrepreneur Julien Temple, film director Sir Brian Vickers, Professor of English Literature from 1975-2003 at ETH Zurich Professor Glenn White, Professor of Astronomy at The Open University

Marylebone Grammar School's original building, August 2011. At this time the adjoining office building was being rebuilt and was covered in scaffolding and plastic sheeting.

Plaque above the main entrance to the old Marylebone Grammar School building. The school's former name and date is shown on the archway, The Philological School 1792


^ a b c The Old Philologians Association. "School History". Retrieved 19 July 2014.  ^ J.S. Cockburn; H.P.F. King; K.G.T. McDonnell, eds. (1969). "Schools: St. Marylebone Grammar School". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 1: Physique, Archaeology, Domesday, Ecclesiastical Organization, The Jews, Religious Houses, Education of Working Classes to 1870, Private Education from Sixteenth Century. pp. 306–307. ISBN 0-19-722713-9. ; retrieved 1 June 2007. ^ "St. Marylebone Grammar School Masters". Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.  ^ Gordon Leach. "Obituary: Patrick Hutton". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2014.  ^ Gordon Leach. "Obituary: Patrick Hutton". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

Old Philologians Association

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Schools and colleges in the City of Westminster

Primary schools

Gateway Academy King Solomon Academy

Secondary schools

Grey Coat Hospital King Solomon Academy Marylebone Boys' School Paddington Academy Pimlico Academy Quintin Kynaston Community Academy St Augustine's Church of England High School St George's Roman Catholic Secondary School St Marylebone School Westminster Academy Westminster City School

Independent schools

Abercorn School The American School in London Arnold House School Eaton House Belgravia Pre-Preparatory Eaton Square Upper School Francis Holland School International Community School Queen's College Royal Ballet School Southbank International School Sylvia Young Theatre School Westminster Abbey Choir School Westminster Cathedral Choir School Westminster School Westminster Under School Wetherby School

FE & sixth form colleges

City of Westminster
City of Westminster
College Fashion Retail Academy Harris Westminster Sixth Form Lansdowne College Westminster Kingsway College

Defunct schools

Abbey Christian School Blewcoat School Hellenic College of London North Westminster Community School Rutherford School St Maryleb