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Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet: 1573-2023


This is the vivid and twisting story of Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet. Former Headmaster John Marincowitz charts the school’s extraordinary journey, from its founding by royal charter in 1573, through its struggles and successes as a small market town grammar, to its position as one of the country’s foremost schools today. Along the way, the school must weather repeated crises and challenges. It is sometimes inconceivable that it even survived at all.

In the school’s various reinventions we find a story of economic, political, and cultural shifts across the nation as a whole. Throughout the school’s existence, the demands of the local Barnet community combined with wider societal changes have dictated its fortunes. At turns an institutional, local, and national history, this book provides a compelling account of what it was like to be at school in England over the past half a millennium.

The product of a decade’s worth of research, this is the definitive history of Queen Elizabeth’s, published on the occasion of its 450th anniversary.

All profits from the sale of the book will go to The Friends of Queen Elizabeth’s (FQE) for reinvestment into the School.

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