A Brief History of Foulds School

The school was built in 1910 and originally catered for children up to 14 years of age. It started out as Byng Road School.

A past pupil of the school, Christine Bliss, who attended Foulds between 1940 - 1951, told some children at Foulds a little about the layout of the school.The Primary part of the school was what is now the Infant corridor. There was a door between them and the Secondary School. The school was renamed in 1950/1 previously being known as Byng Road School.In 1950/1 the Secondary School moved to Barnet Lane and was renamed Ravenscroft, the Primary being renamed Foulds. The names came from the Ravenscroft family who lived in Foulds Farm in Galley Lane in Arkley.

The old school badge showed the "key of knowledge", and the Hertfordshire hills to the north of Barnet. Foulds is an old Hertfordshire name for hills, (hence Old Fould Farm and Old Fold View). Foulds is the Hertfordshire spelling.The school uniform was also introduced in 1950. It was green and white as now. Previous to this there was no school uniform due to war and general poverty. Mrs Bliss particularly remembers her gingham dress. They also had to wear green blazers and a cap or beret. She remembers being told off if you didn't wear it.There was a bomb shelter built in the Junior playground. It was later used as a craft room as it is still used to this day.The kitchen and dining room were what are now our "blue" room and small hall.

In 2010 Foulds celebrated its Centenary, and in 2011 a new wing was officially opened, replacing the old Reception classrooms, small hall and "blue room" with a purpose built Early Years unit, consisting of two classrooms, space for the playgroup, and a music room. 

If you have any memories of Foulds School that you would like included in our history section of the school webpages, please e-mail us at office@foulds.barnetmail.net or write to the school.

Mr P Norman emailed us his memories:

'In June, 1944 I stood in the playground of Byng Road School and watched fleets of Dakotas pulling Horsa and Hengist gliders fly overhead - onwards to the battle and the great crusade to free our Continent of the Nazi hell. They had white identification strips on the wings. The noise was incredible.

Sometime in the Forties the metal working building at the school burnt down and as a special favour we were allowed to visit the metal working department at Queen Elizabeth's Boys Grammar School. Their equipment was new and spotless - ours was tired and battered from years of service: incongruous as we were destined in the scheme of things to labour in factories and needed the skills from the use of good machines whilst the grammar school boys had their sights on more exalted horizons.

The headmaster was Mr Murden who had a saying: "That is not a threat but a promise". It was usually said when threatening some dire sanction. Another teacher was Mr Prudence: we all feared going up into his class but in the event found he was a pleasant chap.

One of our teachers was a Mr Cromwell who taught science - of course, his first name was Oliver. New to the school he found holes for tennis nets in one of the playgrounds and rummaging around the caretaker's hut found posts and nets. He taught half a dozen of us to play and thereafter we played for years after school and even in the holidays. A happy memory and a skill which has given me hours of pleasure.'

Thank you for sharing your memories with us.