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All Souls Church of England Primary School

Small inner-city school where old and new combine to create a bright and welcoming environment - with a roof top playground.

Architect

Arthur Beresford Pite

Date

1908

Foley Street W1W 7JJ

Sat 10am-1pm. Displays of school's history and architecture.

Goodge Street, Great Portland Street, Oxford Circus

Euston

24, 29, 73, 88, 453, C2

  • Children's activities
  • Toilets available

All Souls School was first opened in Langham Place two years after the completion of the church, for the children of the local parish. It was officially established in Foley Street in 1908. The school roll was much larger in size then than it is today, with over 680 pupils using the building. The 230 children now at the school is a far more comfortable number.The architect, Arthur Beresford Pite (1861-1934) was an influential practitioner and teacher, who designed several buildings in London and elsewhere, including Chartered Accountants_ Hall in Moorgate Place (with John Belcher), Christ Church, Brixton Road, the London Edinburgh and Glasgow Assurance Company offices at 30 Euston Square (now occupied by the Royal College of General Practitioners), Ames House (former) YWCA in Mortimer Street, West Islington library in Thornhill Square and war memorials. The three-storey (plus basement) building is faced with yellow brick decorated with purple bands. Nine tall windows along the fa‡ade on each floor provide ample light to the classrooms, which have been sub-divided by partitions. The walls are bare painted brick.The school playground is built on the site of the home of a freedman, called Olaudah Equiano (c.1745-1797). Born in Nigeria, he was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery. He was taken to the New World as a slave to a captain in the Royal Navy, and later to a Quaker merchant.By careful trading and saving he eventually earned his freedom.As a seaman, he travelled the world, including the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Atlantic and the Arctic, the latter in an abortive attempt to reach the North Pole. Coming to London, he became involved in the movement to abolish the slave trade, an involvement which led to him writing and publishing The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa the African (1789) a strongly abolitionist autobiography. The book became a bestseller and, as well as furthering the anti-slavery cause, made Equiano a wealthy man, enabling him to buy the Foley Street property.PresentAll Souls is a voluntary aided church school, providing a rich and stimulating education to children who attend All Souls Clubhouse Church and children of other faiths living in the community. It is a one form entry school with full and part time nursery places.