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The Cavendish School

The Cavendish School

History and Ethos

"Meeting the wants of the age." Cornelia Connelly, our founder


The Cavendish School was founded in 1875 and was named for its location in Cavendish Square in central London.  The school moved to its current site in Camden in 1970, when it became a charitable trust. 

The founder of our school was the remarkable American born educator and visionary, Cornelia Connelly. At a time when much learning was done by rote, she spoke of ‘meeting the wants of the age’. She had in 1846 founded the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in Derby and embarked on a ministry of education among mill girls and poor children, setting up day and night schools as well as Sunday classes to accommodate young factory workers. She established teacher training colleges to spread her philosophy of education: that it was best achieved in a setting of trust and caring attention for each student. 

The School has built on the vision and wisdom of this innovative founder and prides itself on remaining at the forefront of what is very best in education today.

The Cavendish School, historical school photo

"Actions not words"
Motto of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus


The Cavendish School prides itself on its warm and inclusive environment.  We are fortunate to have a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities and cultures represented within our pupils, parents and staff school community and enjoy the rich diversity this offers.

We provide a happy, secure and caring learning environment within which confidence and mutual respect are fostered.  Praise, encouragement and reward are at the heart of developing confidence in each individual pupil.  This allows children to realise their full emotional, social, academic, physical and creative potential.  The close relationship we cultivate between school and home, fostered by our experienced and highly qualified staff, is integral to all we do.

Happy children in the playground

The Cavendish School Golden Rules

  1. Treat others as we would like to be treated
  2. Be kind
  3. Listen to others
  4. Respect others’ belongings
  5. Share
  6. Forgive
  7. Try to be our best selves

"There is an ethos of kindness and respect in this school which is actively encouraged."