Godolphin and Latymer School

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The Godolphin and Latymer School is an independent day school for girls in Hammersmith, West London.

The school motto is an ancient Cornish phrase, Francha Leale Toge, which translates as "free and loyal art thou".

The Good Schools Guide called the school a "Very strong academic school with a friendly atmosphere, an outstanding head and a broad range of extra-curricular activities."


It was built in 1861 as the Godolphin School, a boarding establishment for boys, set in fields near the River Thames at Hammersmith in West London. In 1905 it became an independent day school for girls, associated with the Latymer Foundation and taking the name of the Godolphin and Latymer School.

From 1906 onwards it received grants from the London County Council and the Local Education Authority for equipment, library books and buildings. In 1939 the whole school was evacuated from London with no forward planning for where the school would stay.<ref name=obitww/> In 1951 the school became a state Voluntary aided school under the Education Act 1944, and ceased to charge fees to pupils. After the abolition of the scheme, the school chose to revert to full independent status in 1977 rather than join the state system and turn comprehensive and resumed the charging of fees to pupils.

The Godolphin and Latymer School celebrated its centenary in May 2005 with a service at St. Paul's Cathedral.

Notable Old Dolphins

Template:See also Notable former pupils, known as Old Dolphins, include:

  • Sarah Alexander, actress
  • Kate Beckinsale, actress
  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor, singer
  • Hattie Jacques, actress
  • Nigella Lawson, food writer, journalist and broadcaster
  • Davina McCall, actress and television presenter
  • Winifred Watkins, biochemist <ref name=obitww>Template:Cite journal</ref>

See also

  • Edward Latymer
  • Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums (twinned school)



External links

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