Fox Primary School

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Fox Primary School
Fox Primary School
Kensington Place

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W8 7PP

Coordinates 51°30′26″N0°11′49″W / 51.5072°N 0.197°W / 51.5072; -0.197 Coordinates: 51°30′26″N0°11′49″W / 51.5072°N 0.197°W / 51.5072; -0.197
Type Community primary school
MottoLoving Learning. Making A Difference.
Established1842;181 years ago (1842)
Department for Education URN 100482 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Head teacherPaul Cotter
Gender Coeducational
Age4to 11

Fox Primary School is a primary school in London for children between the ages of 4 and 11, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. [1] It is located on Kensington Place, between Kensington Church Street and Notting Hill Gate.


The school has a playground on each side. Prior to the 1960s the school was infants only, aged 5 – 7. The Junior School was adjacent, a Church of England school called St George's School. St George's had no playground and shared the Fox School playgrounds. During the Second World War, pupils from the school were evacuated and taught at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire. The school has a large new addition to its land, completed in 2017. The school is considering an alliance with Ashburnham Community School.[ citation needed ]


"Hon Miss Fox", 1810 portrait by James Northcote (1746-1831) of Hon. Caroline Fox (1767-1845), then aged 43, only daughter of Stephen Fox, 2nd Baron Holland. Collection of Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Devon HonMissFox ByJamesNorthcote 1810 RAMM Exeter.jpg
"Hon Miss Fox", 1810 portrait by James Northcote (1746-1831) of Hon. Caroline Fox (1767-1845), then aged 43, only daughter of Stephen Fox, 2nd Baron Holland. Collection of Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Devon
Canting arms of Fox, Baron Holland: Ermine, on a chevron azure three fox's heads and necks erased or on a canton of the second a fleur-de-lys of the third Fox (BaronHolland) Arms.png
Canting arms of Fox, Baron Holland: Ermine, on a chevron azure three fox's heads and necks erased or on a canton of the second a fleur-de-lys of the third

It was founded in 1842 as a charity school by Hon. Caroline Fox [2] (3 Nov 1767 [3] - 12 Mar 1845 [4] ), of Little Holland House, Kensington, who died unmarried aged 78.

She was the only daughter of Stephen Fox, 2nd Baron Holland (1745-1774), of Holland House, Kensington, (son of Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland (1705-1774) by his wife Lady Caroline Lennox (1723-1774)) by his wife Lady Mary FitzPatrick, a daughter of John FitzPatrick, 1st Earl of Upper Ossory. Hon. Caroline Fox was the only sister [5] of Henry Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland (1773-1840), of Holland House, who owned most of the land within the manor of Kensington, [6] and was a niece of the Whig statesman Charles James Fox (1749-1806), who made Holland House a famous meeting place of prominent Whig politicians. In 1802 she was living at Little Holland House, in the grounds of Holland House. [7]

The school was established "for the education of children of the labouring, manufacturing and other poorer classes" of Kensington. [8] Its original location was near her home of Little Holland House (now demolished) on the west side of today's Holland Park, to the west of today's number 14 Holland Park Road, a house built for the painter Val Prinsep on the Holland House estate, which is next to Leighton House [9] (12 Holland Park Road) the house built for the painter Lord Leighton. In 1876 it was taken over by the London School Board, which moved it to a new site in Silver Street, today the northern end of Kensington Church Street. [10] In 1877 the original site of the school in Holland Park Road was sold by auction for £2,650, and in its place was built the present Nos. 20–30 (even) Holland Park Road, a group of six two-storey studio residences arranged around a courtyard with an arched entrance, originally called "The Studios". [11] The school moved a third time in 1937 to its present site [12] on Kensington Place.

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  1. School profile (2008).
  2. Survey of London: Volume 37: "On the north side, to the west of the house built for Val Prinsep, stood a charity school which had been established in 1842 by Caroline Fox, the sister of the third Lord Holland, for the education of children of the labouring, manufacturing and other poorer classes of Kensington"
  3. Date of birth "3 Nov 1767" per Christie, Ian, R., The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham: Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, Volume 3: January 1781 to October 1788, 2017 (first published 1971), p.95, footnote 8 . Her approximate year of birth is given in a contemporary letter from Jeremy Bentham to George Wilson, dated 24 Sept 1781: "Miss Fox is a little girl between 13 and 14, a sister, and the only one, of the present Lord Holland who is about 9, consequently niece to Charles Fox and to Lady Shelburne and great-niece to the Duchess of Bedford" (Christie, p.95)
  4. For the date of her death see: The Spectator, 15 March 1845, p.253 "On the 12th (March 1845) at Little Holland House, Kensington, the Hon. Caroline Fox, niece of Charles James Fox and sister of the late Lord Holland"
  5. For her identity as the sister of Henry Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland, see: 'The Holland estate: Since 1874', in Survey of London: Volume 37, Northern Kensington, ed. F H W Sheppard (London, 1973), pp. 126-150, quoting source "Endowed Charities (London), vol. iv, 1901, pp. 471–2; M. L. R. 1841/3/832."
  6. Walker, Annabel & Jackson, Peter, ‘’Kensington & Chelsea: A Social and Architectural History’’, London, 1987, p.10, the Fox family purchased most of the manor from the descendants of Sir Walter Cope (d.1614)
  7. Walker, Annabel & Jackson, Peter, Kensington & Chelsea: A Social and Architectural History, London, 1987, p.25
  8. Survey of London: Volume 37
  9. Survey of London: Volume 37
  10. Survey of London: Volume 37
  11. Survey of London: Volume 37
  12. Ross (1998).

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