Leaden Hall was founded in 1937 by Miss Cecily Molony, who, after setting up the school in Fareham evacuated to Stodhart, Chapel-en-le Frith, and finally had the foresight to find a permanent home in Salisbury. She writes on a pouring wet day in July 1948, “We moved and came home to Leaden Hall .......”
The school has flourished ever since. At times there have been changes in the age range, fluctuating from 3 - 13 to 4 - 11, and boys were even admitted, hence our most famous old boy, Salisbury’s MP, Robert Key. By the time Miss Jennifer Tyler took up her position in 1971, the school had become a charitable trust.
As a member of I.A.P.S. (Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools) the school has grown to provide independent education for 200 plus girls aged between 3 and 11. There is Nursery provision for some boys, mainly younger siblings. The opening of a separate boarding house at 7 de Vaux Place in 1996 has enabled us to take more boarders, divided between this house and the boarding house on the second floor of Leaden Hall.
The children mainly come from Salisbury and its surrounding villages, but we are attracting day girls from areas as far as Andover, Warminster and Romsey. Boarders are often from families working in the British Armed Forces, but with the demise of so many single sex boarding schools, now come from all over the UK and abroad.
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