I attended school at the Campden Institute from 1955/56 until 1957/58. It was a small school situated in Lancaster Road next to the Ladbroke Grove Public Library.
In 1895 the Campden Charities had bought the site with plans for a school to educate the ‘poor of the area’. The opening was the following year. In 1936 the London County Council took control of the school until it was closed in 1958 due to the opening of Holland Park Comprehensive.
When I attended, there were around 200 girls aged 13-16, spread over 6 classes with 2 per year. Technical subjects were taught such as housecraft, cookery, childcare and needlework, together with a full range of academic subjects. We did not study for O or A Levels. Instead there were outside exams – London Chamber of Commerce Arithmetic, Electrical Association of Women’s Homeworkers Examination and the National Association for Maternity and Child Welfare Examination in Mothercraft.
For recreation we had lessons in Greek dancing, dressed in green cotton tunics.
Doreen Marrow, 2012