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Showing boys on the field in the Simon Langton School


Simon Langton Schools

George H. Nelson, Schoolmaster, M.A. (Oxford), F.R.C.S. *



Simon Langton (Late Canterbury Middle) Schools

Co-optative Governors, The Very Rev. the Dean, George Furley. Colonel Horsley


Built on the intersting site of the White Friars, these succesful and richly endowed Secondary Schools for boys (210) and girls (120), were constituted in 1878 under a scheme of the Charity Commissioners by which many of the principal educational endowments of the City were consolidated and re-adapted to the requirements of modern Commercial and Scientific teaching. Chief among the local benefactions thus absorbed was the foundation of the old Blue-Coat Schools maintained out of the revenues formerly belonging to the Poor Priests' Hospital, granted at the time of its dissolution in 1574 to the City by Queen Elizabeth. The Schools were named by the Charity Commissioners in 1887 after Simon Langton, Archdeacon of Canterbury, and brother of Archbishop Stephen Langton, who in 1243 founded the Hospital near the river Stour for the benefits of Poor Priests.

The Schools are directed by Governors elected by the City Council, the School Board, the Board of Guardians, the Visitors of Jesus Hospital, the Trustees of the City Charities, and the Kent County Council, with the addition of three Lady-Governors.

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Head Master

William P. Mann, B.A. London (retired 1908) *Headmaster for 24 years

*living at the Simon Langton School House (Boys)

Assistant Masters

W.A. Bentley, B.A. University of Oxford

W. Burton, B.Sc., University of Wales

C.C. Elam

William H. Hocksley*, University of London

Arthur W. Ledger*

G. Lindley, Royal University, Ireland


J. H. Sharp, B.A., University of London

John Henry Sharp 1907. Detail from my Montrose Tennis Club Postcard

Boarding with Cornelius Bowen and family at Nunnery Fields in the 1890's (he was living beside Charles M. Drayson, the retired photographer at Nunnery Fields "Album Villa")

Married in 1894 in Leicester, Leicestershire to Edith Catlow

John was from Leicestershire, b. 1866 , the couple had two children that I know of: Eric (1895) and Edith Janet (1899)


P.W. Wilson, M.A., University of Oxford

Student Assistants

A.B. Clements, University of London

W. Godden, University of London

E. Foxell, University of London

Second Master

Arthur W. Ledger*

Science Masters

W. Burton, B.Sc., (Wales and London) late Keeling Science Scholar in the University College, Aberystwyth.

W. H. Bentley, B.A., Merton College Oxford

Mathematical Master

P.W. Wilson, M.A., Exhibitioner of Wadham College, Oxford

Art Master

G. Lindley, Royal and London Universities

Instructor in Manual Work

C. C. Elam, First-Class trained and certified teacher, and Holder of the City and Guilds of London Institute's First Class Final Certificate and Full Teacher's Certificate for Manual Instruction.

Visiting Instructor in Drill & Physical Exercises

M. H. Court

Assistant Instructor

Sergeant Ohlson

Head Mistress of the Girls School

Miss A. H. Proudfoot, L.L.A


WTHBH Aug 4, 1906 - Simon Langton School for Girls, Canterbury. An endowed secondary school. Established in 1881. Provides a liberal and useful education adapted to the requirements of the present day. Pupils prepared for the Examinations of the University of London, the local Examinations of the University of Oxford, and the Examinations of the Royal Drawing Society. Fees for tuition and use of books, stationery, etc. from £2 1s.8l to £2 13s.8d. a term. No extras except Music and Drawing. Prospectuses and forms of Admission may be had either from the Head Mistress at the School, or from the Clerk to the Governor, 80 Castle Street, Canterbury. Next Term Begins September 12th.



Ernest Richard Glanville, Modern Language Master, Simon Langton School, Canterbury. Educ: Lond. Univ. Matric. 1886; Camb. Teacher's Diploma 1885. Reg. Co. B. Exp. 3 yrs Prangins (Vaud, Switzerland); 2 yrs. Neuwied on the Rhine Germany

Percy Laurance Hall, Assistant Master Simon Langton School, Canterbury. Educ. London University Matric. 1898; Inter. Arts, 1901. Exp. 2 yrs Drax Gr. School; 2 years Sandwich Gr. School; Chelmsford Gr. School, 1903; Simon Langton School Canterbury 1904. Address, 57 Havelock

William Partington Mann, B.A. London, Head Master Simon Langton School, Canterbury, Wyggeston School, Leicester.

*married 1877 in Bradford, Yorkshire to Louisa Rosamond Wright of Yorkshire

*born 1847 Worsley, Lancashire




Appointments Vacant

Simon Langton School For Girls, Canterbury


The Governors of the above-named Endowed School invite applications for the post of Head Mistress from Graduates (British Universities) with experience of good Public or other Secondary School with a developed school life.

Preference will be given to applicants between 30 and 40 years of age.

The School was founded in 1878, is aided by the Canterbury and Kent Education Authorities, and is for Day Pupils only. The present number of pupils is 270.

The initial salary will be £500 a year, rising by annual increments of £25 to £700 (subject to the approval of the Board of Education and deductions for superannuation contributions). The Governors are prepared to give further consideration to the initial salary to applicants who have previously held the position of Head Mistress.

The Head Mistress will be required to take up her duties on the 1st January, 1930.

Particulars and forms of application may be obtained (on receipt of stamped addressed foolscap envelope) from the undersigned, to whom applications should be sent by the 21st September next.

Harry Rose, Clerk to the Governors

80 Castle Street, Canterbury 2nd August, 1929


Miss N. Campling, M.A. (Dublin), has been appointed, following the resignation of Miss D. Menzies, as Head Mistress of the Simon Langton School for Girls, Canterbury. Miss Campling, who will take up her duties at the beginning of the Spring Term, 1930, is a present the Senior History Mistress at the Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hackney.


1901 William H. Hocksley, Assistant Schoolmaster born Wellingborough, Northampton, living on Havelock Street

1901 Arthur W. Ledger, Schoolmaster, born Isle of Wight, living with wife Jane A. Ledger and 5 children at 2 Nunnery Road.


© T. Machado 2007