Our Schools are steeped in history and date back to the 16th century. We know that some parts are even earlier, with the Chapel originally being part of the church of St Paul, and referenced by King John in 1200. The site of St Martin’s boarding house incorporates a historic 13th century crypt, with a vaulted ceiling. For a more in-depth history of the Chapel click here, or view the virtual tour below created by Old Stamfordian Angus Norriss (OS 92).
The Stamford Junior School is located near the part of the River Welland where it’s believed that Boudicca crossed as she chased the survivors of the Roman 9th Legion during their rebellion in AD61.
1532 | Founding Of the Schools
Stamford School itself was founded in 1532 by local merchant and Alderman William Radcliffe and became a Chantry School. The School nearly fell foul to protestant reformers but was rescued by William Cecil, Chief Advisor of Queen Elizabeth I and old boy of Stamford School. William Cecil managed to secure an Act of Parliament in 1548 to ensure the School’s survival. Along with Stamford School, there were very few other chantries that survived – including the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and Eton college. In fact, during the reformation Stamford School used the remains of the Church of St Paul’s as a school room, until 1930 when it was restored to be used as the School’s Chapel.
The School incorporates the remains of the hall of Brasenose college, created by the secessionists from the University of Oxford in the fourteenth century. Brasenose College bought Brazenose House in 1890 to recover the original medieval brass Brazenose knocker.
Christ me spede
Our crest is a stork with wings displayed on a wool bale over the motto + me spede, that is Christ me spede. This was adopted by the medieval wool merchant William Browne after the School had been re-endowed from Browne’s Charity in 1873. In 1877, Stamford High School was officially created as part of the legacy left by the Browne’s Hospital trust. That same year, Frances Chapman, aged nine, arrived at Stamford High School and later became the piano teacher to the famous composer Malcolm Sargent.
‘1885 The first Stamfordian magazine was published by students, documenting life at Stamford.’
‘The Stamford Endowed Schools have been a member of the HMC (Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference) since 1920.’
1961 | The Queen Visits
In June 1961, the Queen visited Stamford to celebrate 500 years since it received its charter from King Edward IV, and the entire High School walked through the town centre to the Stamford School playing field where the Head Girl was presented to the Queen. In 2000, the boys and the girls’ School were officially united under the leadership of a single principal – Dr Mason – to become the Stamford Endowed Schools.
1976 | Stamford Junior School
The Junior School was built in 1976 on the site of an ancient nunnery and has had several additions including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) block in 2013 and the Year 6 building opened in 2015.
Today, the schools are a diamond structure with co-education for pupils aged between 2 and 11 years, single-sex education for boys and girls aged 11-16 and teaching carried out jointly between Stamford School and Stamford High School for the Sixth Form.