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Robert Aske left the Company £20,000 in 1690 to set up a hospital and home for 20 elderly men and a school for 20 boys at Hoxton, just north of the City of London. The school came decidedly second to the home for elderly men. There were no new boys between 1714 and 1739 because the foundation was short of funds. The Hospital was rebuilt during 1824-26 and the foundation was reorganised in 1873 when four schools were established: two at Hoxton, and two at Hatcham, New Cross in south-east London. Boys and girls were taught separately at each site. All four schools opened in 1875, the Hoxton schools offered a basic English education and the Hatcham schools covered a wider syllabus. In 1891, Hatcham girls moved to new premises half a mile away, while Hatcham boys took over the girls’ buildings.
Early in the 20th Century, new sites for the Hoxton schools were purchased in Hampstead for the Boys and Acton for the Girls. Both these schools became Direct Grant in 1946 and then fully independent, day, fee-paying schools in 1976. The need for expansion saw the Boys’ School move again to Elstree, Hertfordshire in 1961, followed by the Girls in 1974. The Elstree schools have flourishing preparatory departments and both are highly academic and outstanding schools with 1425 boys and 1175 girls on their respective campuses.
Both Hatcham schools became Voluntary Controlled in 1946, and Comprehensive in 1979. The two schools were closed in July 1991. They were re-opened at the start of the 1991-92 academic year as Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College, one of the first City Technology Colleges, operating as one college over both sites and utilising information technology in every subject taught.
Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School
A vibrant, 5-18 independent school for boys with a Pre-Prep, Pre-Serior School, which thrives on success and has an enviable national reputation for academic excellence drawing its pupils from a wide range of cultures and faiths. Opportunities abound for all boys, with success not only academically but also in the Combined Cadet Force, community service, charity work, sport, music, debating and drama (some productions are joint with Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls).
Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls
A school community of girls aged from 4-18 who love learning. Girls are selected on academic ability and potential, as well as their enthusiasm and pleasure in learning. Here the independent girl becomes the independent woman, equipped to make a success of her life and to contribute to the welfare of other individuals and society. The school is noted for its music, as well as a wide range of extra-curricular activities embracing sport, drama, art, poetry and debating, with over 70 clubs and activities to enjoy.