Maltman's Green School, Maltmans Lane, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire SL9 8RR
Excellence with a sense of fun!

Introduction | History of the School

The House at Maltman’s Green is connected with the Quakers. William Grimsdale, who lived with his wife, Alice, in the house in 1675 was a yeoman farmer with 20 acres of land. There is some evidence that Grimsdale was using the building as a malting house and, perhaps, this is the origin of the name Maltman’s Green.

After the Grimsdales, Maltman’s Green was occupied by a succession of small farmers. In 1847 the name of the house was changed- first to Milton Green and then to Milton Hill. The house was bought by A.H Drummond in 1884. It had four bedrooms and 3 acres of land. He bought a further 9 acres of grounds and changed the name of the house back to Maltman’s Green. Drummond enlarged the buildings to house his nine children and the architect W.A.S Benson designed the additional rooms.

In 1918 the house and surrounding land was sold to a Beatrice E. Chambers, the founder of the school. The school was set up, ‘to provide a unique educational experience to girls from the age of 8 to 18’. There was never accommodation for more than 75 girls and the school was run as a very large family. Most of the pupils came from the North of England including Tyneside and Huddersfield. The school survived 25 years under her guidance and was a very successful boarding school during this time.

After Miss Chambers retirement, due to ill health in 1944, the School Council became responsible for Maltman’s Green and appointed Miss Theodora Lowe as Headmistress the following year. In 1948 Miss Lowe stopped the practice of academic freedom which allowed girls to choose which lessons they went to! She also introduced the purple uniform, a favourite with the girls to the present day. Miss Burke, who had been teaching at the school for four years, succeeded Miss Lowe as Headmistress in 1958.

Miss Burke and Peter Ewen, the owner of Maltman’s Green, then proposed a radical change to the school. Instead of taking girls up to the school-leaving age of 18, the school was changed into a preparatory boarding and day school for girls from the ages of 5 to 13. Another three Headmistresses have come and gone and now the boarding element of the school has ended.

Today the School provides education for girls from the age of 3-11. There are approximately 430 girls on the roll and Maltman’s Green is one of the leading All Girls' Preparatory Schools in the country. It is a charitable trust administered by a Board of Governors. The current Headmistress, Mrs Joanna Pardon is a member of IAPS. Our most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection, in 2013, recognised the outstanding pastoral care as well as the considerable academic, sporting, musical and artistic achievements of the girls. "The school provides a first-class education", "The pupils' personal development is outstanding".

The main building in 1950 Front of school Breakfast walk Gardening Crafts Fire drills Girl doing pottery Front hall Girls in the senior common room with Miss Lowe Swimming pool Girls having fun Greek dancing Girls painting Girls sewing Gymnastics Headmistress' drawing room Newspaper chairs Lunch in the dining room Tiles Nursery The school Blue nursery Miss Lowe reading to girls in the drawing room Music lesson Nora Kaye demonstrating pottery PE 1956 School play Nursery ceiling Tennis lesson 1956


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