history

The background of the school

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Garden House School was founded in 1950 by Margery de Brissac Bernard (1896-1994).

Miss de Brissac educated the offspring of diplomats and Prime Ministers including Winston Churchill and Alec Douglas-Home. Although not trained as a teacher, she had great experience of life, working at the Admiralty during WWI and being a Red Cross nurse.
Following the end of WWII, she taught ballet in London. Success as a ballet teacher led Miss de Brissac to establish her own School. As a ballerina, her style, personal discipline and moral stance appealed to teachers and parents alike.

the essence of the Garden House child

The essential principles established in those early years of goodness, kindness, forgiveness and a happy, purposeful energy remain at the core of the School. Miss de Brissac was a memorial to dance, music, singing and learning, values which remain pivotal to how Garden House School thrives and develops.
In 1973, Miss de Brissac handed the ownership of Garden House School to Mrs Jillian Oddy, a parent at the School. Mrs Oddy led the school as the Principal. Under her leadership, the school grew gradually.
In 2020, her offspring Christian Warland and Sophie Strafford became joint Principals, having been Boys’ Head for 15 years and School Registrar for 25 years respectively.

GHS is considered among the most prestigious pre-prep and prep schools in central London.

In 1973 it was a pre-prep for boys and girls with a smattering of older girls. The School has flourished, accepting girls to 11 years of age. In 1989, the Boys School was established and since 2009, boys may continue their education at Garden House to the age of 11. Garden House boys and girls are educated separately, except in Kindergarten.
They are together for meals and for After School Clubs. In the 1990s, Garden House School opened in New York. Close links exist between the London and New York Schools.
In 2004, the School moved to a purpose-designed building in Turks Row. The girls and boys continued to be taught separately. The School is family-run and privately-owned.

While respectful of our history, Garden House is grounded in the present while looking to the future for our children.

Garden House prides itself on the long-term commitment of its core staff and the fact alumni return as parents themselves or as teachers. The School has an aesthetic which celebrates the appreciation of beauty in all its forms, with kindness as key.
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