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Encyclopedia > Watford Grammar School for Boys
Watford Grammar School for Boys
Mottoes SPERATE PARATE
Established 1640, 1704, and 1884
Type comprehensive, voluntary aided
Headteacher Martin R. Post
Chair of Governors Dr Alan Huggins
Founders Francis Coombe, Dame Elizabeth Fuller
Specialist status Science
Location Rickmansworth Road
Watford
Hertfordshire
England
WD18 7JF
LEA Hertfordshire County Council
Ofsted number 117573
Students 1227
Gender Boys
Ages 11 to 18
Website [Official site Official site]
Coordinates: 51°39′18″N 0°24′52″W / 51.6550, -0.4143

Watford Grammar School for Boys is based in Watford in Hertfordshire, UK. A Free School was founded as a charity school by Francis Coombe in 1640 and re-founded as a school for boys and girls by Elizabeth Fuller in 1704. Separate schools were established in 1884, and the boys' school took up voluntary controlled status in 1944. In 1990, an expanded boys' school became a Grant-maintained school controlled by its own Governing Body, independent of Hertfordshire County Council, and funded directly by the Department for Education and Skills. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A Comprehensive school is a type of school providing secondary level education in England or Wales. ... In Voluntary Aided schools (many of which are church schools) the governing body, as opposed to the Local Education Authority, employs the staff, and decide admission arrangements. ... Dame Elizabeth Fuller was the founder of the Watford Free School for boys and girls, (now Watford Grammar School for Boys and Watford Grammar School for Girls). ... Watford is a town and district in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, situated 34 km (21 miles) northwest of London and within the bounds of the M25 motorway. ... For the similarly named county in the West Midlands region, see Herefordshire. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem specific to England — the United Kingdom anthem is God Save the Queen. ... A Local Education Authority (LEA) is the part of a council in England or Wales that is responsible for education within that councils jurisdiction. ... Hertfordshire (pronounced Hartfordshire and abbreviated as Herts) is an inland county in the United Kingdom, officially part of the East of England Government region. ... Ofsted logo The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) is a non-ministerial government department, established in 1993 under the Education (Schools) Act 1992. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... Watford is a town and district in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, situated 34 km (21 miles) northwest of London and within the bounds of the M25 motorway. ... For the similarly named county in the West Midlands region, see Herefordshire. ... Elizabeth Fuller (born 1644, died 1709), re-founded a Free School for boys and girls at Watford. ... In a voluntary controlled school in England (almost always church schools), the land and buildings are often owned by a charitable foundation. ... In England and Wales, a grant-maintained school is a state school that opted out under local control as allowed for by the provisions of the Education Reform Act 1988. ... Hertfordshire (pronounced Hartfordshire and abbreviated as Herts) is an inland county in the United Kingdom, officially part of the East of England Government region. ... The Department for Education and Skills is a department in the United Kingdom government created in 2001. ...

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History of the School

William Saunders noted in 1595 a George Redhead, schoolmaster of Watford, and in 1640 Francis Coombe gave £10 a year to a Free School in Watford for teaching the poor to cast accounts, to read English and to write. It was recorded then that 'The master hath the use of a room over two houses belonging to the Church Estate, nearest the churchyard'. On 14 February 1673 an Act was put before the House of Lords for "the erecting of a Free Grammar School at Watford in the County of Hertford". The House of Lords is the upper house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and is also commonly referred to as the Lords. The Sovereign, the House of Commons (which is the lower house of Parliament and referred to as the Commons), and the Lords together comprise the Parliament. ...


At the beginning of the 18th century, Mrs Elizabeth Fuller of Watford Place found the existing school too small. In 1704 she built a new Free School for forty boys and twenty girls on her land next to the churchyard, with rooms for a Master and a Mistress. The school-house was a fine structure at the south-west corner of St Mary's churchyard, and can still be seen there. In 1708 Mrs Fuller endowed the school with a rent-charge of £52 a year. The boys were taught to read, write and cast accounts, and the girls to read English, to knit and to sew. (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ...


The £52 a year was augmented with bequests, producing a revenue of £178, but the rent-charges were fixed and lost their value through inflation. Despite the help of endowments and gifts, the original charity school was closed in 1882. The Blue Coat School (in this case Christs Hospital, London) as drawn by Augustus Pugin and Thomas Rowlandson for Rudolph Ackermanns Microcosm of London (1808-11). ...


In 1876, the Charity Commissioners had made changes to the Platt’s Foundation for a Free Grammar School at Aldenham, which provided places for children from Watford, and set aside endowments of £13,333 for supporting the Free School in Watford. In 1881 a scheme was presented to the Charity Commissioners, and sites were found in Derby Road for two new schools, adjoining each other, one for boys and one for girls. These buildings are now the Central Primary School. The new boys' school was opened by the Earl of Clarendon on 21 April 1884, and the girls’ school the next day. Aldenham is a village in Hertfordshire, England. ... The title Earl of Clarendon was created in 1776 for the politician and diplomat Thomas Villiers, second son of William Villiers, 2nd Earl of Jersey. ...


In 1903, the schools' names were changed to the Watford Grammar School for Boys and the Watford Grammar School for Girls.


By the early years of the 1900s, their buildings had became too small. With the help of Hertfordshire County Council, a new girls’ school was built and opened in Lady's Close in 1907, and a new boys’ school in Rickmansworth Road in 1912. Hertfordshire (pronounced Hartfordshire and abbreviated as Herts) is an inland county in the United Kingdom, officially part of the East of England Government region. ...


In 1944, the boys' school took up Voluntary Controlled status, bringing it more into the maintained sector. In a voluntary controlled school in England (almost always church schools), the land and buildings are often owned by a charitable foundation. ...


In 1990, a greatly expanded Watford Grammar School for Boys became a grant-maintained school controlled by its own Governing Body, independent of the County Council, and funded directly by the Department for Education. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, School Governors are members of a schools Governing Body. ... In the British Isles, a county council is a council that governs a county. ... The Department for Education and Skills is a department in the United Kingdom government created in 2001. ...


Every year there is a Founder's Day service to commemorate the charitable foundations.


For further details on the school's history, see the Dateline below.


(Information from the school's website[1], and British History Online [2].)


Old Fullerians

Old Boys of the School are known as old Fullerians. In 1894 The Old Boys Association was formed and is also better known as the 'Old Fullerians'. All former pupils and past and present teachers and governors of the School are eligible for membership, serving teachers automatically become honorary members. The mission of the Association is to support the School and its students. This is currently achieved by raising funds for selected school projects and also by giving Old Boys opportunities to stay in touch with each other and with the School through events including the infamous OF Dinner, through newsletters and also through the very strong cricket and golf sports societies. An alumn (with a silent n), alum, alumnus, or alumna is a former student of a college, university, or school. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


Associated clubs and societies

  • Association Football Club
  • Cricket Club
  • Golfing Society

Old Fullerians' Cricket Club

Old Fullerians Cricket Club was formed in 1947. The club plays its games at the New Field in a picturesque location alongside the Grand Union Canal near Cassiobury Park in Watford. Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The canal at Braunston The Grand Union Canal is a canal in England and part of the British canal system. ... A chromolithograph of Cassiobury House, published around 1880. ...


In 2007 the club is celebrating its 60th Anniversary. Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


O.F.C.C Officials 2007

Position Name
Chairman and Hon. Match Secretary John Cook
Hon. Secretary Peter Waters
Hon. Treasurer Gavin Mapley
Club Captain Guy Mapley
Vice Captain Ian Hanson
Hon. Team Secretary Ben Cole
Ground Supervisor Mark Pattinson
Club Steward and Welfare Officer Ian Hanson
Committee Member Paul Hanson
Committee Member Matt Wheeler
Committee Member Rob Harper

Film location

The school was used as a location in the filming of The History Boys.[3] The History Boys is a six-time Tony Award winning play (and later movie) by English playwright Alan Bennett. ...


Notable alumni

John William Hind (born 19 June , 1945 in Watford, Hertfordshire); Bishop of Chichester, theologian. ... Owen Joshua Lewsey MBE (born 30 November 1976) is an English rugby union footballer who plays fullback, wing or centre for Wasps and England. ... Lieutenant-Colonel Terence Brandram Hastings Otway, DSO, (15 June 1914 - 23 July 2006) was a British soldier, best known for his role as commander of the paratroop assault on the Merville Battery on D-Day. ... The Rev. ... Childrens novelist and poet, author of 140 books. ...

School History Dateline

(From the school's history web page.[4])

Date Event
1640 A Free School was founded at Watford by Francis Coombe.
1704 The Free School was refounded by Mrs Elizabeth Fuller, for forty boys and twenty girls.
1708 Elizabeth Fuller endowed the school with a fixed rent-charge of £52 a year.
1709 Mrs Fuller died of overeating peanuts.
1876 The Charity Commissioners transferred £13,333 from the Platt charity at Aldenham to support the Free School, subject to a new Scheme being agreed.
1882 The old Free School was closed for lack of funds.
1884 Two new schools, one for boys and one for girls, were built on Derby Road, called the Watford Endowed Schools, reflecting the introduction of school fees. The buildings were opened by Lord Clarendon.
1894 The Old Boys Association was formed and called the 'Old Fullerians'.
1903 The name of the boys' school was changed to Watford Grammar School for Boys.
1904 The Fullerian magazine was founded.
1905 Mrs Wort is born.
1907 Owing to overcrowding, the Girls' School moved to its present site in Lady's Close.
1912 Lord Clarendon opened the Boys' School at the present site in Rickmansworth Road.
1914-1918 645 past pupils served in the Armed Forces and of these 97 were killed in action. Sixth Form courses were introduced and the Founder's Day ceremony was restored.
1924 Rugby was introduced and took over from football as the main winter sport.
1930 Watford Grammar School Scout Group was founded.
1939-1945 The Army Cadet Force was revived and a new Air Training Corps was formed. In all, over 1,000 old boys and masters served and of these 102 were killed in action.
1944 The school became voluntary controlled.
1954 The school celebrated its 250th anniversary.
1962 Friends of the School was formed.
1972 The James Theatre was opened
1981 The Sports Hall was built and later opened by Sir Stanley Rous.
1982 The Computer Centre was established.
1991 Grant Maintained status achieved.
1993 Sports Hall extension completed.
1994 The Old Boys Association celebrated its centenary.
1999 Voluntary Aided Status achieved.
2001 Became a Beacon School.
2002 Mr L K Turner, Headmaster from 1963 to 1991, died.
2003 Gained Specialist College status in science and mathematics.
2004 The School celebrated its tercentenary.

Dame Elizabeth Fuller was the founder of the Watford Free School for boys and girls, (now Watford Grammar School for Boys and Watford Grammar School for Girls). ... Elizabeth Fuller (born 1644, died 1709), re-founded a Free School for boys and girls at Watford. ... Aldenham is a village in Hertfordshire, England. ... The title Earl of Clarendon was created in 1776 for Thomas Villiers. ... US 1979 and 2002 Reissue Cover Also known as paint spatter cover For the military meaning, see Armed forces. ... Temporary grave of an American machine-gunner during the Battle of Normandy. ... England, Wales, Northern Ireland The sixth form, in the English, Welsh and Northern Irish education systems, is the term used to refer to the final two years of secondary schooling (when students are about sixteen to eighteen years of age), during which students normally prepare for their GCE A-level... History Founders Day orginated from a proclamation by the United States Continental Congress on October 11, 1782. ... A rugby union scrum. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... Look up Scout in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Scout can refer to: International Harvester Scout, an SUV Reconnaissance Scouting, the world-wide youth organization Scout rank (Boy Scouts of America) Scout (comic), a comic book from Eclipse Comics. ... The Army Cadet Force (ACF) is a British youth organisation that offers progressive training in a multitude of the subjects from military training to adventurous training and first aid, at the same time as promoting achievement, discipline, and good citizenship, to boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years and... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In a voluntary controlled school in England (almost always church schools), the land and buildings are often owned by a charitable foundation. ... Sir Stanley Rous (April 25, 1895 – July 18, 1986) was an English football referee and administrator. ... In the UK, a state school that has voluntarily withdrawn itself from local authority support (an action called opting out), and instead is maintained directly by central government. ... In Voluntary Aided schools (many of which are church schools) the governing body, as opposed to the Local Education Authority, employs the staff, and decide admission arrangements. ... The Beacon schools programme was established in England in 1998. ... The specialist schools programme is a UK government programme which encourages secondary schools to specialise in certain areas to boost acheivement. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.watfordboys.herts.sch.uk/schoollife.htm The school's history/school life page
  2. ^ http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=51382 From: Watford (St Mary) on British History Online
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464049/locations The History Boys - locations at IMDb
  4. ^ http://www.watfordboys.herts.sch.uk/schoollife.htm The school's history/school life page

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