London Schools

Stanford's School Board Map of London, c.1872
A 19th century Paddington Boarding School
  Margaret Quivey DeMarco
I had known that my grandson's 3rd great grandfather, Joseph Ridgway (1856-1894) was a boarding scholar in Paddington, London, in 1871. I just checked the family he was boarding with, and was amazed to discover that the man was the famous Irish artist, Matthew Kendrick! Kendrick died at 61 Edbrooke Rd. in 1874, three years after the 1871 census, and at the same address Ridgway was boarding with him. My grandson's 3rd great grandfather may have been with Matthew Kendrick when he died. Lesson: If your ancestor was boarding with someone, check out who he was boarding with; you may be surprised.  This is a portrait of Matthew Kendrick by Richard Rothwell. It now hangs in the National Gallery of Ireland. I wish I had known of my grandson's connection to Kendrick when I visited the National Gallery of Ireland 2 and a half years ago! 
Duncombe Road School, Islington
The Brickwall Club 
 The Brickwall Club
The "logo" picture for The Brickwall Club was taken around 100 years ago at Duncombe Road School, in Upper Holloway, London. Three generations of my family attended the school - my Grandmother (Queen of the May in the photograph), my Mother and myself.  A history of the school can be found here:
 Model Infant School, King's Cross "THE MODEL INFANT SCHOOL
The Committee of the Home and Colonial Infant School Society, give Notice that the School having been established Three Months, is now OPEN for PUBLIC INSPECTION, at GRAYS-INN-ROAD, near KING'S-CROSS.  Teachers, Lessons, Pictures, &c. supplied.
Donations and Subscriptions, in aid of the Institution, are received at Messrs. Williams, Deacon, & Co., Bankers, Birchin lane; or at Messrs. Nisbet's, Berner's-street; Suter, Cheapside; and by the Treasurer, John Bridges, Esq., 23, Red Lion-square; or any member of the Committee."  (Source: The Patriot, 11th January 1838)
Further information on this school may be found here:
 Mrs Wiglesworth's School, Tottenham"TOTTENHAM - MRS WIGLESWORTH begs to inform her Friends, and such Parents as may prefer placing their children in a family, that she has commenced receiving a limited number of young Ladies to educate with her own daughters.  They in every respect share with them her maternal solicitude, and are instructed in the usual branches of an English Education, in connexion with French, Music and Drawing, at Forty Guineas per annum.
References are permitted to the Rev. J.J. Davies; Joseph Laundy, Esq., High-road; Joseph Fletcher, Esq.; Mrs George Stacey, and Mrs Robert Howard, Bruce-grove, Tottenham; and James Saper, Esq., 36, Finsbury-square, London."  (Source: The Patriot, 11th January 1838).
Berner Street School, Tower Hamlets  Run by the S.B.L. from 1872 in disused Rice Mills.  Main school closed in 1927, but Physically Handicapped School continued and was renamed the Garrick School in 1950.
Latymer Schools, Hammersmith Near the church are the Latymer Schools, which were founded in the seventeenth century by Edward Latymer, who, by his will, dated 1624, bequeathed thirty-five acres of land in Hammersmith, "the profits of which were to be appropriated to clothing six poor men, clothing and educating six poor boys, and distributing in money." In consequence of the increased value of the land, in Faulkner's time the number of boys had been augmented to thirty, and the poor men to ten. At the present time thirty men are recipients of Latymer's charity, whilst clothing and education is now afforded to 100 boys and fifty girls. Latymer directed in his will that the clothes of the men should be "coats or cassocks of cloth of frieze to reach below their knees; those of the boys doublets and breeches; all of them to wear a cross of red cloth on their sleeves, called 'Latymer's Cross.'"      
Godolphin School, Hammersmith Close by St. John's Church is the Godolphin School, which was founded in the sixteenth century under the will of William Godolphin, but remodelled as a grammar school, in accordance with a scheme of the Court of Chancery, in 1861. The buildings of this institution are surrounded by playgrounds, about four acres in extent; the school is built, like the adjoining church, of brick, with stone mullions and dressings, and it is in the Early Collegiate Gothic style, from the designs of Mr. C. H. Cooke. The buildings include a large school-room, capable of accommodating 200 boys, several class-rooms, a dining-hall, dormitories for forty boarders, and a residence for the head-master.   
 Mr Barker's Academy, Islington" ACADEMY, LOWER-STREET, ISLINGTON - Mr Barker respectfully informs his Friends and the Public, that his SCHOOL will RE-OPEN on the 16th of JANUARY.  Terms, from Twenty-six to to Thirty Guineas per annum.
WANTED, an ASSISTANT, a pious Young Man, conversant with School business, and able to teach the Classics.  (Source:  The Patriot, 11th January 1838)
Aldine House, Camberwell  "ALDINE-HOUSE, CAMBERWELL - Mr HOSKINS begs to inform his Friends that the duties of his Establishment will COMMENCE on THURSDAY, the 18th inst.  The Prospectus may be obtained at the House."  (Source: The Patriot, 11th January 1838)