Dear Parents and Carers
What an amazingly successful and productive term! As we celebrate our centenary year we are indeed demonstrating the vision of Miss Whiting and successive Head teachers, proving that we are flourishing magnificently across the years at Squirrels.
The parents and staff enjoyed a most delightful evening on March 9th at The Bank of England Sports club where we celebrated in style the history and success of our school. We are a school committed to a partnership with our parents and though this is evident every day, I was very proud to see us all in action together. We had a fantastic evening with huge credit going to the FOS Committee for organising such a memorable event.
As I stated on the evening, Miss Whiting started our life as a school in the centre of Wimbledon Village, she opened a new school in the basement of number 47 Wimbledon High Street (currently known as the Pet Parlour) as a new school for young boys – to prepare boys for life in their prep schools.
The school continued to prosper and grow and in 1934 under its new Head, Miss Holland, we moved to the more spacious accommodation of 20 Homefield Road. It was also at about this time that the school took on the impressive title of Wimbledon Common Preparatory School as well as being known as The Squirrels.
In the early 50s the school saw yet more change as pupil numbers continued to rise. Homefield Road had room for only 80 boys so the next Head teacher, Mrs Turner, then used her family home at 121 The Ridgway for the smallest children and so it became ‘The Junior School’. The number of pupils continued to increase annually, and with a view to the whole school being brought together under one roof in 1956, 113 Ridgway, our current home was secured.
We are a school with history, a school with standing and with an established place within the educational community.
The boys continue to own and delight in their school and their learning, and so please read the following pages with pleasure at their achievements.
I wish you a happy Easter break and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 23rd April ready for a wonderful summer term to begin.