Friends School Saffron Walden
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Friends School Saffron Walden

Friends' School
The school in 1880
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Coordinates52°00?58?N 0°14?32?E / 52.0162°N 0.2423°E / 52.0162; 0.2423Coordinates: 52°00?58?N 0°14?32?E / 52.0162°N 0.2423°E / 52.0162; 0.2423
Other nameWalden School (2016-17)
TypeDefunct Independent
MottoPer Ardua Ad Alta
Religious affiliation(s)Quaker
HeadAnna Chaudhri (Senior school)
Sally Meyrick (Prep school)
Age3 to 18
Houses3: Tuke, Mennell and Lister
Colour(s)Red (Lister), Yellow (Tuke) and Green (Mennell)
FateClosed as no longer sustainable due to falling pupil numbers, etc.

Friends' School (known as Walden School from 2016-17) was a Quaker independent school located in Saffron Walden, Essex,[1] situated approximately 12 miles south of the city of Cambridge, England. The school was co-educational and accommodated children between the ages of three and 18 (boarders and day pupils).

The school closed at the end of the 2017 summer term.[2]


Friends' School, Saffron Walden was founded as part of the Quakers' Clerkenwell workhouse in London in 1703, 50 years after George Fox. From September 2016 the school changed its name to Walden School.[3]

On 11 May 2017 it was announced that Walden School would close at the end of the 2016-17 school year.[4]

Notable former pupils and associates

See also


  1. ^ "Education | League Tables | Performance results for Friends School". BBC News. 15 January 2009. Archived from the original on 16 August 2017. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ BBC Look East 26/6/17
  3. ^ Chaudhri, Anna. "A Step Change For Friends'". Archived from the original on 20 October 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ Steward, Michael. "Saffron Walden private school set to close at end of summer term". Archived from the original on 11 May 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Interview with Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin". V&A. Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 2014.

Further reading

  • The Avenue (school magazine).
  • Bolam, W.D. Unbroken community: The story of the Friends' School, Saffron Walden, 1702-1952. (Pub. 1952).
  • Buss, R. A Community through three centuries. (Pub. 2003).
  • Crosfield, J.B. Saffron Walden School: a sketch of two hundred years. (Pub. 1902).
  • Halter, H. The School on the hill: memories of three hundred years of Friends' School, Saffron Walden, 1702 - 2002. (Pub. 2002).
  • Hitchcock,T.V. (ed.). Richard Hutton's complaints book : the notebook of the steward of the Quaker workhouse at Clerkenwell 1711-1737. (Pub. 1987).
  • OSA Annual reports, at Essex Record Office, Chelmsford.
  • Saffron Walden Weekly. Local newspaper founded in 1889. Good coverage of Friends School.
  • Woods, J.C. Friends School: A hundred years at Saffron Walden 1879-1979. (Pub. 1979).

External links

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