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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
STRAND SCHOOL: Headmaster's general and policy files
Level of description
Sub-fonds of Strand School
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
7 boxes


Name of creator(s)

William Braginton, founder of the Civil Service Department, King's College London, Headmaster of the Strand School,  fl 1875-1910
Strand School, Headmaster

Administrative / Biographical history

After the government extended the range of the entry examination to the Civil Service in 1875, William Braginton set up private classes for those seeking entry into the lower grades. A connection established with King's College allowed him to use rooms in the College. In the session 1875-1876, 172 young men were admitted and a Civil Service Department was established. In 1897 Braginton's school moved into the basement of King's College and became known as the Strand School. In 1909, following a commitment by London County Council to provide new premises in Brixton, government of the school was handed over to a committee. In 1910 Braginton resigned and was replaced by R B Henderson, who supervised the move in 1913. Strand School flourished for a number of years as a boys' grammar school and later merged with a nearby girls' school.

Content & structure

Scope and content

General and policy files, 1875-1977, of the Headmaster of the Strand School, comprising correspondence and papers on the Civil Service Department, King's College London, including a formal agreement between King's College London and William Braginton for him to conduct classes at the College for the second class clerkship in the Civil Service, 1875, Headmaster's reports, 1898-1911, staff appointments, details on pupils, examinations, syllabus and other subjects, and removal of the girls' classes to Red Lion Square, Holborn, 1909 (Ref: KSS/GPF1); records on buildings and property, including laboratories and sports facilities, 1900-1908 (Ref: KSS/GPF2); records on staff appointments and related matters, 1892-1910, 1956-1957, 1965-1969 (Ref: KSS/GPF3); general files, including the move of the Strand School and resignation of William Braginton, 1906-1911, proposed reorganisation or closure of the school, 1956-1977, and school trips, 1960-1964 (Ref: KSS/GPF4); drafting of lesson and exam timetables and selection of subjects by pupils, 1956-1969 (Ref: KSS/GPF5); records relating to annual prize-givings, 1956-1968 (Ref: KSS/GPF6); records relating to London County Council, including recognition of and grants to the school, 1897-1913, records relating to conference of Headmasters and mistresses of LCC maintained schools, 1942-1946, and records of the LCC School Care Committee on individual pupils, 1969-1970 (Ref: KSS/GPF7); records on recognition of school, inspections by the Ministry of Education, and other matters, 1899-1913, 1956, and statistics on pupils and staff, 1957-1970 (Ref: KSS/GPF8); records relating to other outside bodies, the subjects including examinations, 1902, 1908 and undated (Ref: KSS/GPF9).

System of arrangement

The records are arranged in series as indicated.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Please note: Records are closed for 80 years where information touches on the privacy of named individuals.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

List available in reading room at King's College London Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives holds other records of the Strand School, c1869-1979 (Ref: KSS).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: list at King's College London Archives; F J C Hearnshaw, The Centenary History of King's College London 1828-1928 (George G Harrap & Company Ltd, London, 1929).

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Mar 2001

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  • Awards
  • Central government
  • Civil servants
  • Civil service
  • Curriculum
  • Economics of education
  • Educational administrators
  • Educational buildings
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational finance
  • Educational management
  • Educational personnel
  • Educational supervision
  • Examinations
  • Government
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Public administration
  • Recreational facilities
  • School buildings
  • School laboratories
  • Schoolchildren
  • Secondary school students
  • Secondary school teachers
  • Social behaviour
  • Social norms
  • Sports facilities
  • Statistical data
  • Statistics
  • Student evaluation
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Travel
  • Vocational education

Personal names

  • Braginton, William, fl 1875-1910, Headmaster

Corporate names

  • King's College London, Civil Service Department, founded 1875
  • LCC, London County Council
  • London County Council, School Care Committee
  • Ministry of Education
  • Strand School, Headmaster


  • Brixton, London, England
  • Camden, London, England
  • City of Westminster, London, England
  • Lambeth, London, England
  • Red Lion Square, Holborn, London, England
  • Strand, Westminster, London, England

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