School History & Alumni
Shaftesbury Park School was built in 1877 as an integral part of the Shaftesbury Estate named after Lord Shaftesbury and designed by the Artisans, Labourers and General Dwellings Company.
From 1842 there was much legislation in Parliament that attempted to improve the appalling living conditions of many of the poorest of the working classes. This company was one of the largest, most successful and best which, in the surge of building between 1865 and 1905 met the contemporary housing demand and, for a brief respite, left London without a housing shortage.
Lord Shaftesbury entered Parliament in 1826 as a Tory and succeeded to the title in 1851. He strongly supported factory legislation designed to improve the lot of the workers and was largely responsible for the Act of 1842 forbidding the employment of women and children in mines. Lord Shaftesbury was associated with the movement for the establishment of the ragged schools.
Shaftesbury Park School was originally designed for 1,101 children but by 1882 it was housing 1,500! We have to wonder where they put them all!
The original building housed Infants on the ground floor, Junior Girls in the middle and Junior Boys on the top floor, with three Headteachers in residence! The two junior schools were merged into one at some unknown date, possibly in the fifties, but there were still separate infant and junior schools up until l985 when the school became an Infant and Junior Mixed Primary school under one Headteacher.
If you attended our school many years ago, we would love to hear from you to include on our new Alumni page! Please complete the following box with your memories of the school and we will publish it on our website!