Founded in 1874 by Henry Montagu Draper, Lockers Park is one of the earliest purpose-built preparatory schools, expressly created as a foundation school preparing boys for Rugby School (where Draper himself was educated). Lockers Park soon established itself as one of the top preparatory schools, sending boys on to Eton, Harrow and Winchester as well as Rugby and Haileybury. This is a tradition the school is proud to maintain.
The school is built on the parkland of a significant Georgian house called The Lockers, which still exists. Henry Draper purchased the land and built Lockers Park when the owners of The Lockers fell on hard times. In the following years, Lockers Park’s reputation thrived. We have a distinguished list of Old Boys, most notably Lord Louis Mountbatten and His Highness Prince Maurice Battenberg.
We uphold many traditions that Draper initiated back in the early years at Lockers Park. For instance, tuck and sweets are still known as ‘slatter’ after Mr Slatter who owned a sweet shop in Boxmoor and boys are in ‘Sets’ rather than houses, with the names of famous army and navy captains of the time: Beatty, Haig, Jellicoe, Kitchener, Mountbatten and Roberts. Moreover, we maintain a forward-thinking approach emphasising attitude and application as the key pillars of education. This ethos is the same today as that instituted by Lockers Park’s earliest Headmaster.
A History of Lockers Park School by Ruth Barden
Celebrating 125 years 1874-1999
School life at Lockers Park has been going on since 1874. Upon her retirement as a teacher here, Ruth Barden spent many hours cataloguing and preserving the school archives. Her research led to the publication of her book, A History of Lockers Park School.
This interesting book gives an insight into life at Lockers over the 125 years from 1874 – 1999. It includes tales of famous and notorious old boys, Headmasters and staff, the problems of arranging travel home during the Great War and many nostalgic photographs!
Anyone who has connections with Lockers Park will find this a fascinating story.
Copies are available from the school office
Price £10 + p&p