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Friends' School Saffron Walden
Motto Per Ardua Ad Alta
Established 1702
Type Public school
Headmasters Graham Wigley (Senior school)
Andrew Holmes (Junior school)
Location Saffron Walden
Gender Co-educational
Ages 3 to 18
Houses 3
Coordinates: 52°00′58″N 0°14′32″E / 52.0162°N 0.2423°E / 52.0162; 0.2423

Friends' School is an independent fee-paying school (Public School) located in Saffron Walden, Essex, situated approximately 12 miles south of the city of Cambridge. The school is co-educational and accommodates children between the ages of 3 and 18 (boarders and day pupils).



Friends' School, Saffron Walden was founded as part of the Quakers' Clerkenwell workhouse in London in 1702, fifty years after George Fox founded the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It moved to Saffron Walden in the late 19th century. It is the only Quaker school in England to have survived continuously for 300 years. It hosts Quaker Southern Summer School and Quaker Southern Senior Conference alternately, switching every four years.

The school in 1880

Alumni and associates

Further reading

  • The Avenue (school magazine).
  • Bolam, W.D. Unbroken community: The story of the Friends' School, Saffron Walden, 1702-1952. (Pub. 1952).
  • Buss, R. A Community through three centuries. (Pub. 2003).
  • Crosfield, J.B. Saffron Walden School: a sketch of two hundred years. (Pub. 1902).
  • Halter, H. The School on the hill: memories of three hundred years of Friends' School, Saffron Walden, 1702 - 2002. (Pub. 2002).
  • Hitchcock,T.V. (ed.). Richard Hutton's complaints book : the notebook of the steward of the Quaker workhouse at Clerkenwell 1711-1737. (Pub. 1987).
  • OSA Annual reports, at Essex Record Office, Chelmsford.
  • Saffron Walden Weekly. Local newspaper founded in 1889. Good coverage of Friends School.
  • Woods, J.C. Friends School: A hundred years at Saffron Walden 1879-1979. (Pub. 1979).

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