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Minchenden School
Minchenden Grammar School
Motto Robur durabit
Established 1919
Closed 1984
Location High Street
England Coordinates: 51°37′49″N 0°07′46″W / 51.63035°N 0.12952°W / 51.63035; -0.12952
Local authority Middlesex (1919-1965)
Enfield (1965-1984)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours Green
Website Minchenden School

Minchenden School was a mixed secondary school situated in Southgate, North London, established in 1919 with 90 pupils.[1]


The school was established in 1919 in Tottenhall Road as a mixed secondary school. In 1924, it moved to Southgate House, where it remained until 1987,[2] and was renamed Minchenden School. The staff and pupils built an observatory.[3] From 1960 to 1967, there was an annexe in the Fox Lane school, Palmers Green.[1] The school's English department was particularly strong. Head of English Douglas Barnes 1959-1966 introduced a series of important innovations in teaching methods. In 1967, Minchenden Grammar School was converted from a grammar school to Minchenden School, a comprehensive school, with the upper school in High Street and the lower school in Fox Lane.[1] It was merged with Arnos School in 1984 to form Broomfield School.

The building is now used by Southgate College.

Former teachers[edit]

Frank Jackson Stabler d.March 2013

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c T F T Baker, R B Pugh (Editors), A P Baggs, Diane K Bolton, Eileen P Scarff, G C Tyack (1976). "Edmonton: Education". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 5: Hendon, Kingsbury, Great Stanmore, Little Stanmore, Edmonton Enfield, Monken Hadley, South Mimms, Tottenham (1976), pp. 196-203. British History Online. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  2. ^ "The High Street". A Walk in Southgate. Southgate Civic Trust. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  3. ^ "Notes". The Observatory 59: 200. June 1936. Bibcode:1936Obs....59..199. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Minchenden School golden anniversary, 1919-1969, published by Minchenden School, 1969 ISBN 978-0-9501826-0-5
  • Douglas Barnes, Becoming an English Teacher (London: NATE, 2000)

External links[edit]

  • Social Change and English, 1945-1965 - Minchenden is one of three schools in London that are included in this Leverhulme Trust-funded project about the teaching of English in the period 1945-1965. The project is collecting oral histories from former teachers and pupils at the school.

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Daily Mail
Thu, 25 Nov 2010 17:28:44 -0800

Minchenden Grammar School was a typical post-war, eleven-plus, solid kind of establishment where it was presumed girls would become secretaries prior to marriage. and yet a certain degree of individualism was somehow encouraged at school, despite the ...
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The next year, after four terms at The Downs, he moved to London and worked at various occupations, from two terms' teaching at Minchenden Grammar School (from which he was sacked, being "utterly unable to keep order"), to reviewing for magazines ...

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