Arnold House School

Arnold House School is a preparatory school for boys in the St John's Wood district of Westminster, Greater London.[1] It consists of a Junior School (Years 1-4) and Senior School (Years 5-8).

Arnold House School
1-3 Loudoun Road


TypePreparatory day school
Motto"Conquer we shall"
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Local authorityCity of Westminster
Department for Education URN101156 Tables
HeadmasterVivian W P Thomas
Age5 to 13
Colour(s)Red, Green          


Arnold House School was founded in 1905 by Miss Hanson with nine pupils. Hanson opened the school with the intention of showing that a headmistress was equally capable of preparing boys for public schools. By the time she stepped down as Headmistress, the school was flourishing. It became a charitable trust in 1969.[2]

In celebration of the school's centenary in 2005, it applied for and was granted a Coat of Arms by the College of Arms. It features the passage from which the school motto is derived:

"Conquer we shall, but first we must contend,

’Tis not the strife that crowns us, but the end."

Robert Herrick [3]

Notable former pupils

Notable former staff


  1. "School Guide - Arnold House School". Tatler. 2012. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  2. "History of the school". Archived from the original on 4 June 2013.
  3. "Coat of Arms". Archived from the original on 25 February 2014.
  4. Sinyard, Neil (2000). British Film Makers - Jack Clayton. Manchester University Press. p. 21. ISBN 9780719055058.
  5. "ISSUU Arnold House School Winter Assembly Newsletter (page 6)". Arnold House School. Winter 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  6. Lord Kilbracken (1962). Shamrocks and Unicorns. Putnam. p. 222.
  7. Green, Christopher (2003). Hughie and Paula: The Tangled Lives of Hughie Green and Paula Yates. Robson Books. p. 34. ISBN 9781861056092.
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