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!


  1. Joshua Olomo said on 13th August 2014 at 11:29 am

    This school forged the foundation of my ambitions to become a barrister. It’s an amazing school, a school I would send my own children to.

  2. Nicola King said on 11th September 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I was a pupil between 1978 and 1983, Mr Holgate was the Head. Mr Sykes was my year 5 and year 6 teacher. It was a wonderful school! I became a nurse and have had a very successful career and now run my own business. I particularly loved music and was in the choir, and in the school plays. I sang “my old man said follow the van” in our old time musical and came second in a regional met police disco dancing competition. Happy days!

  3. Gerald Holderness said on 26th November 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I was a pupil between 1959 and 1964. I remember 2 head teachers, Mr Loftus and a woman whose name escapes me. Teachers included Mr Lampard, Mrs Maunder, and Mr Bates. The caretaker’s son was in my class, I think his name was Loft?
    I want on to attend Henry Thornton grammar school with my friend Reggie.
    I remember some fellow pupils including Gary Shadbolt (who went on to be an Olympic weightlifter)
    I have good memories of a very good school.

  4. Susan King (nee Evans) said on 12th December 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I was a pupil at this School from 1959 to 1966 many happy memories !! Very strict teachers and head teachers but they encouraged me to be the best I could be ! My favorite teacher was Mr Gear

  5. Iain Johnstone said on 17th January 2015 at 8:57 pm

    I attended SP between 1950 and 1956 – passed the 11+ and went on to Wandsworth School. My teachers were Mrs House, Mrs Smith, Mr Lampard and Mr Batlee. The education I received at SP provided a secure grounding for further progress and it is something for which I am most grateful. I was invited to return in 1969 after I got my first degree and with a new wife for the Christmas spectacular!
    Thank you SP – frequently in my thoughts.

  6. Sonia Crocer (Palmer) said on 25th January 2015 at 6:47 pm

    My favourite teacher was Miss Fuller who I believe married and became Mrs Cain. She was very Friendly and funny in my eyes as a child. Between 1965 and 1969.

  7. Steve Hooper said on 17th April 2015 at 10:08 am

    I was a pupil here from 1956ish to 1961ish – passed 11+ and went on to Spencer Park in Wandsworth.
    The head teacher in my days was Mr Loftus, I also remember Mrs Maunder, Mr Batlee & Mr Lampard.
    I remember having a school holiday at Marchants Hill Camp near Hindhead.
    Some fellow pupils names I remember include David Bacchus, Stephen Gould, Carol Wright (I think), Roger Innes, Alan Lewis & Roger Austin.
    I can see many more faces in my mind but I can’t put names to them.
    It’s good to see that the old place is still going strong.
    I’ve only got very happy memories of my time there.
    Thank you Shaftesbury Park:-)

  8. Cliff Harden said on 11th December 2015 at 11:47 am


    Would really like to add myself to your Alumni. I joined the nursery class in 1974, I was 4 years old and was coupled up with my classroom budy and now good friend…Leo Butterfield. Our teacher for two years was a Miss Walker, very wonderful teacher who had time for all and managed to put up with Leo and my own misbehaviour. I enjoyed my schooling. I remember, Leo, Mark Richards, Tyrone Henry, Nic Bolton, the bros Fullers, Mark Pussey, Paul Lockwood, Rebecca Lacy, Colin Coppard, Gina and friend Nicola. Tracey Tester, Bernedete Powell, Rodney Panton, Tim Murphy, Alexander Fielding,…I could go on and on! Fantastic days. Teachers..Mr Mountain, Miss Davis, Miss Hemming, Mr Pollard and Head teacher Mrs Kinoy. And of course our lovely Dinner Ladies, June Russell and the clan.

  9. Linda McCusker (Fitch) said on 28th December 2015 at 5:12 am

    I attended this school in the 1940s and 50s. Not all my memories are happy ones!

  10. Andrew Walker said on 21st January 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I attended Shaftsbury park Infants school between 1972 & 1974, before my parents moved to Vauxhall. I still have fond memories of friends & teachers, the school nativity play and lots of interesting people who brought things into the school to show the children. Including an early synthesiser, birds of prey and interesting animals. I have gone on to live a fulfilling life and have children of my own, now living in Berkshire. It’s interesting to read of Lord Shaftsbury and his commitment to the welfare of the poor. Great school with many memories.

  11. Erica Cusick said on 1st March 2016 at 4:26 pm

    My great-grandfather went to this school; he entered the school aged 8 in 1884 and lived in the house next door (no. 37) for a while! He went on to become a surveyor. It’s lovely to see it still exists.

  12. Peter Teague said on 22nd July 2016 at 11:00 am

    My brother and I attended the school at the beginning (1940 blitz time) and the end of the war from 1943 onwards. He went on to Battersea Polytechnic and I went to Henry Thornton school. A long time ago now but I think I remember a Mr Nash as a teacher. I have only happy recollections of those years despite the doodle bugs and bomb sites around us.

  13. Sally Pope nee Evans said on 26th September 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I attended SP school from 1962 to Nov 1966. I have vivid memories of the pretty terrible outside toilets!!! I would never go in there!! I can remember my first day at school so clearly. Sat next to a girl called Molly and we played with a wooden puzzle together…. I cannot remember the name of the girls headmistress but I believe Mr Lotus was the boys head teacher and Mr Lampard was the deputy head teacher. My brother was 6 years older than me and had cerebral palsy. A lot of times he was in a wheelchair. Mr Lotus and Mr Lampard would carry him in his wheelchair up the steps into school so he could attend…amazing. I remember having to go and read to the headmistress every week and if you read well, you got a boiled sweet! I also remember the caretaker with a bucket of sawdust , sprinkling it over any childs vomit in the classroom or corridor!!!! Why were children always sick then??? Can also remember a junior class going on a holiday together…so all the rest of the school were given sheets of paper each, gathered at the rear windows of the school and waited to wave like mad at the train travelling from Clapham Junction, carrying the children going on holiday. They also had pieces of paper and were waving back at us! It was so exciting. Another memory is of taking a few pennies to school to buy a daffodil bulbs which we took home and grew in a pot till it bloomed in the spring. We then took it back to school on a special day where all the daffodils were judged and given 1st, 2nd or 3rd price certificates…it was lovely. Wonderful school plays and nativities…happy days..happy memories…thanks SP..
    PS Visited there recently and a lovely lady let me in on a Saturday and showed me the ground floor…I was able to see my first classroom…it had hardly changed. Very emotional xxxx

  14. Kay Hillam (nee Quincey) said on 24th October 2016 at 9:57 pm

    I attended Shaftesbury Park school between 1958-64. I remember some wonderful teaching staff. Mr Loftus was the head, Mrs Saville was head of the infants’ school. Mr. Lampard, Mr Gear, Mrs. Maunder, Mr. Batley and many other great teachers who left their mark on me as a young person. Such wonderful memories of a lovely school. I went onto Clapham County. I would love to attend a school reunion from that period if enough people are interested.

  15. Martin Ray said on 25th November 2016 at 10:39 am

    I was at Shaftesbury Park between 1950 and 1956.
    I remember Mr Lampard, Mr Gear and Mr Batley very fondly.
    Along with Keith Chambers and Keith Percival I went on to Emanuel School.
    An opportunity to visit the school or a reunion would be great.

  16. Steve Lucas said on 25th November 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I attended Shaftsbury parks school from 1960 -1966. Mr lofts was the head teacher. I remember Mr Gear, Mr Lampard and Mrs Bidwell.
    The school football team played at Battersea Park. Playing on ashes I recall, it was like playing at Wembley to me. I am sure it was Mr Lampard that took us for sports. what lovely memories. It seemed such a long walk from school to Queenstown road where I lived, and reluctantly,sometimes I used to get in the sidecar of my class mate Daniel Kennedy’s dads motor bike to save the walk it scared the living day lights out of me. Amanda Mears and Barbra Kappa I also remember as class mates. I used too look out the classroom window and see the trains passing in particular the Brighton bell which was always bang on time. Absolutely adored the school and the teachers. Mr Loftus used to allow me and a class mate to deliver internal post to Wixes Lane, Latchmere and John Burns schools felt so grown up. Such happy times it always seemed like summer back then.

  17. Maher Hamadouch said on 2nd February 2017 at 11:03 am

    I was an alumni at Shaftesbury who joined in 2001 for year 2, and graduated from year 6 in 2007, thanks for the support that you provided for me all the time of me being,I would love to visit the school some day.


  18. Styllianos papamichael said on 6th April 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I have fond memories to.i attended 61 62 .my fist day at school the lesson was grocery shopping .i had come from greece and did not speak well .i was. Welcomed end Made Many teachers name was mis Avril that day in the lunch menu was casters puding every body was exited.

  19. Styllianos papamichael said on 6th April 2017 at 11:42 pm

    If anyone knows whatever became of Paul and Avril I would love to know. We would attend services at Westminster abbey where she played the organ. Please share any memories or contact info!

  20. Susan Farley (Law) said on 8th April 2017 at 3:47 am

    I went to SP from 1962-1969 and I can remember my time there with great fondness. In the days you still got the cane from Mr Loftus or the slipper from Mr lampard. There is so much I remember – wet play times singing songs in the hall, walking to the latchmere baths to go swimming, French skipping and various games in the playground which kids nowadays don’t play.I remember school plays and Christmas nativity. We also went on a school trip to St Marys bay and stayed in what looked a bit like a prison camp but nevertheless was good fun. Happy days.

  21. Dr John H Crowe said on 14th April 2017 at 7:04 am

    I am glad to see that Shaftesbury Park is still going strong. I started there in January 1958 having arrived from Cape Town South Africa the previous December.

    I particularly remember a Mr Povey (music), Mr Loftus (Head) and Mr Lampard my class teacher.

    We had a great time there. My brother Jack was 2 years below me.We were both outstanding in the sporting arena. I played soccer and cricket for the school as well as being one of the fastest runners, whilst he was famous for walking across the school hall on his hands!

    The playground was fraught with dangers and ‘mam’ was always there to see that you were on the road to recovery.

    I then went on to Battersea County school.

    I now live in Cape Town where I recently moved to after an academic career.

  22. Luke McDowall said on 3rd July 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I didn’t go to the school very long. But the time I did I have fond memories. I remember going to collect the milk in the morning for my class with my best friend Ricky at the time. I also remember the fun in the playground mixing with some older kids. Shaftesbury Park put me on my path to who I am now. Thank you so much to this wonderful school. Was here about 1987/88

  23. Dr Arthur Gould said on 31st January 2018 at 5:29 pm

    I started at what was surely ‘Holden St’ school before it was renamed. Between 1947 and 1953. I loved primary school. I was in Lampard’s class and had to endure his derring do stories from WWII. Mr Batley taught me the recorder, encouraged a general interest in music (my 4th year project was on classical composers) and was a great influence. Henry Thornton was a real trauma after primary school. Whatever happened to Pat Faulkner? I didn’t meet another girl until I was 19!! The school certainly gave me a good start in life.

  24. Sandra Crichton nee Tonner said on 16th February 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Loved my time at Shaftesbury Park. Teachers Mr. Lampard, Mrs. Kelly,Mr Battley, Miss Guy – who married and became Mrs Maunder. Mrs. D’Mozey, Mr. Povey. Mr. Loftus. Class members, Josephine Stewart, Pat Benge, Pam Collier Christine Clements, Andrew Luff, Alan Mogg. Left in 1960, went to Garret Green. Memories of morning assembly. Gym in the hall. Great times.

  25. John Day said on 23rd February 2018 at 10:05 am

    I attended Shaftesbury Park ( Holden Street ) School from 1951 till 1957, and although my older brother Roger was already there I hated my first day, but then went on to love the next six years at the school that gave me the foundation, and values for life ahead.

    The teachers were all lovely with many of them already mentioned here by others, with the three R’s ( reading, writing and arithmetic ) and chanting times tables aloud in class the basis for your education.

    But they all went further with their genuine pastoral care for their pupils, and introductions to the arts & sports.

    For example, in the school hall we would sit cross legged with baited breath, waiting for the broadcast to commence of classical music on the large steel clad London County Council Schools radio, with encouragement to dance around in your socks to appropriate pieces – hearing those pieces now still evokes those memories. The recorder lessons, and participation in concerts singing, whilst dressed as sailor’s at Battersea Town Hall, ( now the Battersea Arts Centre ).

    And being taken to Battersea Park via the railway footbridge to play football on a proper pitch with goal posts, and a referee rather that on a bombsite with a chalked goal was a treat.

    When you got elevated to the upper floor classrooms overlooking the railway, teachers would tell you about their own travel experiences picturing this world awaiting you.

    As food rationing was still in place until 1954, the free milk, the penny malt dispensed out of a large tin on a dessertspoon, and school dinners were an essential then for many pupils, along with the inoculations and health checks.
    Not sure about the nit nurse who always seemed to be lurking with a steel comb dipped in disinfectant.

    When first attending the school my family were living nearby in Beaufoy Road which was later demolished for slum clearance.

    One of my fellow Beaufoy Road dwellers who was also a pupil here, but from circa 1956, recently said that living there was like living in black and white and the surrounding streets were in technicolour.

    Well that was just what it was like to attend Shaftesbury Park, all in Technicolour

    Thank you.

  26. Karen Palmer (nee Birch) said on 23rd February 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Hi – I attended SP from 1960 until 1966, when we moved from Eversleigh Road (lived next door I think to Gerald Holderness??) to the south coast. I loved ‘school’at that stage and never wanted to do anything other than teach in a Primary – which I did until I had children of my own. I remember all the teachers mentioned above, the smell of the varnish (?) on the hall floors, the steps from the playground up to the Juniors…. One clear memory was moving up into a new class, on my own, (I’m a July birthday, so maybe that had something to do with it) and Miss Phillips (I think – pre becoming Bidwell), told all the children to “look at the tables on the wall” after which they started chanting. I can still remember the feeling of confusion – having absolutely no idea what they were doing!!! The only tables I knew at that point had four legs on the ground! When we moved away, I was so upset, but I was allowed to join the top year on their “School Journey” to Lyme Regis. I passed the 11 plus at SP, but no-one at my new primary school had, so I went on alone to the grammar school. Well done SP ! Happy days in Battersea. My goodness though – hasn’t the school developed into an amazing place now?

  27. Mike Stimson said on 2nd April 2018 at 4:39 pm

    I was at Holden Street School, as it was when I started, from 1947 till 1953. Several strong memories from that period include, as mentioned by others, Mr Lampard’s recounting stories of being a tail-end charlie in a Lancaster bomber, the gas lights being lit in winter and most vividly of all the time that New Zealand sent a vast amount of lard to help us after the war. The teachers cut it up, wrapped it in newspaper and sent it home as a welcome supplement to the rationing we were experiencing.

  28. Lesley Borland (Jenkins) said on 4th June 2018 at 10:40 am

    I was at the school from 1966-1972 with my brother Anthony Jenkins.I loved the school and the teachers an remember particularly Mr Holgate who helped and encouraged me so much to go on to Grammar school.I remember bell ringing in a production one year and also a funny play we put on called The enlarging Machine!

  29. Lesley Borland (Jenkins) said on 11th August 2018 at 11:24 am

    I left the school in 1972 and went to Clapham County. I have had several career changes, the most recent of which was to become a primary school teacher. My youngest daughter is also now a teacher and this summer I accompanied her with her class on a residential trip to Sayers Croft which amazingly I went to when I was at Shaftesbury Park. I remember being dressed by all the older girls as a ‘Tissue Maid’ for the fancy dress competition. People I remember from my class are Graham Jeeves, Peter King, Christine Sherlock, Sally Anne Cooke, Stephen Hayden, Linda Higgs. Would love to hear from any of you and a reunion would be great too.

  30. Colin Roberts said on 3rd October 2018 at 4:37 pm

    From Colin Roberts I attended Holden Street school from about 1941 To 1947. i seem to remember the head mistress was a miss bassom .My teacher for the 11 plus i think was a mr burbridge. i have a photo of The 1947 class. a long time ago as i am now 82. any old friends out there Colin

  31. Christine East said on 15th October 2018 at 10:30 am

    I went to Shaftsbury Park from 1964 to 1970 and like most people have great memories of fabulous teachers. I remember Mrs Day, Mr Gear, Mrs Kane and of course Mr Holgate. One thing I remember are the amazing school shoes and concerts that we had. A few of people I rember are Denise, Janet, Michelle and Andrea, happy days…

  32. bernadette castle said on 28th November 2018 at 8:31 pm

    I remember Mr Lampard and Mrs Bidwell joined classes. Everyone thought they were having an affair. Mrs Bidwell was horrible to me. I came from Glasgow and knew all my times tables up to 16. Her (my) class never even knew their two times tables at 9 yrs old. She humilliated me saying.. ‘We all know 2 nothings are nothing and you dont need to sing your tables'(as in Scotland we sang our tables)But by the time I got to my 16th she was well embarraced. I also remember Mr Lampard lining up about 8 boys for the slipper. They had to drop their trousers in front of the whole class and one boy fainted. They were ok most of the time as teachers but if you didnt have blonde hair and blue eyes you were pushed to the back of the class. I dont have many good memories if Shaftbury Park School

  33. Dave Pearce said on 19th December 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Attended 55-61 then went to Sir Walter St John’s in Battersea high street.
    I lived opposite Gerald Holderness(entry no 3)in Eversleigh rd although he was 2 or 3 years younger than me.
    My closest friends were Mick Jones and Michael Green.
    I saw Mick until 10 years or so ago but have nor been in touch with Micheal shortly after he joined the army as a boy soldier.
    Hope you are doing well Gerald and anyone else who remembers me.
    Seasonal greetings to all.

  34. Russell Smith said on 30th April 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Attended 1967 to 1973 then went to Spencer Park , I lived in Gideon Road, I glance every time I pass on the train coming into Clapham Junction [I Went there] to my children , my mum also went to Shaftesbury Park, we had a reunion about 15 years ago for our year it was very well attended . Live in Berkshire and work for DXC Technologies , must mostly still in Battersea and Wandsworth and Surrey

  35. Robert said on 18th May 2019 at 9:22 pm

    I whent to sp in 1963-1968 whent on ti william blake till 1972

  36. Gary Sanders said on 19th May 2019 at 10:10 pm

    I went to shaftesbury park from 66 to 74, I remember miss bid well as I was in miss smiths class at the time, nobody liked bidwell, remover the head Mr Holgate who told us stories from his time as a spitfire pilot and his deputy Mr lampard about his time on the Lancaster bombers, facinating at the time but ain’t till I hot older that I could really appreciate what Holgate and lampard had been through, then the was Mr gear the music teacher,music was such a laugh, I also remember playing for the school football team on the old ash pitches in battersea park and our kit was the old style rugby shirts in red and white, in fact I still have the old class photos from my early years at SP, sadly in my 2nd year my best mate mark (not gonna put sec name) with hit a by a car and killed at outside the clock house pub in battersea park Road on his way home from school, the following morning when we were told about mark was probably the worst of my schooling experiences,very sad day but only cos everyone at SP was so friendly, also I was not allowed to be late as I lived opposite the school in Holden Street,

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