Bancroft’s School opens its doors

September 5th 2017
By: Melanie Hollidge
Bancroft’s School opens its doors

Every September, Open House London celebrates all that is best about the capital’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods. It is a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of some of London’s most amazing architecture, with over 700 buildings opening their doors for free.  
Woodford has its very own Hogwarts in Bancroft's School. The building has a dignified and impressive design including a spiral staircase that leads to the top of the tower. It is open on Saturday 16 Sep 2017 from 12pm - 3pm and you can see the chapel, Great Hall, library, Dining Hall, tower, and quad. Bancroft School can be found at 611-627 High Road, Woodford Green, Greater London IG8 0RF.
The buildings on the present site date from 1889 although the school was founded by the Drapers’ Company in 1737 and spent its first 150 years in the Mile End Road as a day-school for local boys from a diverse range of backgrounds. The move to Woodford was driven by a desire to leave the very unhealthy city and find a rural setting.
The School has come a long way geographically and institutionally since then but remains committed to enabling pupils from a wide range of backgrounds. Bancroft is now a co-educational independent day school for around a 1000 pupils from 7 to 18; it is unashamedly aspirational and devoted to scholarship and intellectual inquiry.
They offer a huge range of other opportunities form sports training, charitable activities, acting, playing music to numerous other clubs and societies, so pupils can challenge themselves and learn by taking part wholeheartedly in school life.