The Beginning and the end
The school was founded in 1936 by the principal H.P.Hopkins at 10 Stanley
Park Road Wallington. It is believed that Mr Hopkins and his wife originally
opened it as a commercial college but it soon became a boys school. Mr
Hopkins' wife died very early in the life of the school around 1951/2 and their daughter became
a partner. In the 1950's there were about 110 boys at the school it later provided for
up to 300 boys in the age range 11-18.
Mr Hopkins continued as Headmaster and Proprietor of the school until it closed
"suddenly" on 13th July 1972. The reason for the closure was unclear but
although Mr Hopkins owned the freehold of the site, it had been designated for
local government purposes soon after the war. The council needed the site for an
old people's home and bought the freehold from Mr Hopkins for an undisclosed
sum. The building was demolished in February 1975.
source: Archive and Local studies, London Borough of Sutton
Stanley (Blue), *
As I recall these were introduced quite late on in my time there, maybe around 1960, though I think there had been "houses" in earlier times -
there is a difference of opinion about the name of the blue house, some say Haig some say Stanley, cerainly it appears to have been called Stanley by the late 60's.. Mr Alan Wilkins has confirmed that Blue house was definitely Stanley - apparently Haig was considered but rejected in favour of Stanley.
Jon Mabey a pupil from the late forties / early 50's remembers that the houses were originally - St.George, St.Andrew, St.David and St.Patrick - this found in a programme from the sports days in the 1950's
All I know at the moment is that the school stayed open throughout the war and presumably survived serious damage. Mr Wilkins recalls that the school was evacuated to somewhere near Birmingham during the early part of the war.
Does anyone have any other history or recollections of the wartime years?
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