There is no record of any school in Hanwell before 1782. A Roman Catholic school started in 1901 by Sisters of St. Joseph, who had moved into the area by the invitation of the priest. The county council opened schools in Oaklands Road in 1906 and on The Greenford Avenue in 1911. In 1926, when Hanwell became part of Ealing, the borough took over the council schools. A few years after the seniors (high school age) were also moved from Greenford Avenue (now renamed Hobbayne School)
When the school was opened it was called Greenford Avenue but was later changed and named after William Hobbayne who has been part of Hanwell’s history for a long time. In 1484 William gave a house and land to be used for the poor and needy of Hanwell. Since then the Charity of William Hobbayne has been quietly making a difference to local people in need, hardship or distress and putting time into schools.
The school has had very good reports from inspectors from when it was inspired by the local church charity to today where the school is still going for gold every day. The only difference is we no longer play hopscotch but also spend a lot of time on technological games and basic education has been replaced with getting ready for the future.
The school’s main building stayed the same over time but additional buildings have been put up and around the school. The head teacher at this present time is Mr. Brown and the school has almost 500 students. The school used to have students mostly from the village of Hawell now has students from all over the world who have moved into the bigger space that is now Hanwell.
Happy Birthday Hobbayne and may it live to see another 100 years! Jade Beecham Year 5
This year Hobbayne Primary is celebrating its one and only centenary! How this special and festive event is going to be celebrated has yet to be decided by Mr. J. Brown the current headmaster and Mrs. C. Densmore the deputy. Even though it is ‘Hobbayne’s Centenary’ the school wasn’t always known as Hobbayne Primary. The school changed its name from Greenford Avenue Primary to Hobbayne Primary on February 1930. Many things in Hobbayne have changed throughout the years of its existence, including the uniform: in the 1950-70′s the Hobbayne’s uniform was an old type gym slip, navy uniform, completed with a felt hat.
Possibly of coincidence, but in 1484 a man named William Hobbayne gave lands in Hanwell, worth £6 per year, which was used to help the local poor. In 1781, a charity school was established, and children were taught “reading, writing, plain work, and the principles of the Christian religion”. Other early schools were the Hanwell Academy, a private boarding school, founded in 1832, and the Central London District School (also known as the Cuckoo School) for poor children from central London. It was founded in 1856; its most famous pupil was Charlie Chaplin. Hopefully Hobbayne will enjoy this event.
A hundred years ago, Hanwell was a very different place, there were lots of fields and open space and not many schools. For example Hanwell Community Centre was once a school. It was split into two parts, one part where you work and the other was for learning. This is because a hundred years ago children had to work. From ages 4–9 you were in the learning part and 10–14 you started working and learning how to do everyday things.
The girls did needlework, cleaning, nursery-maid work, cooking and tidying dormitories (this is where they slept). The boys did baking, blacksmithing, carpentry, glazing, painting, gardening and farming. When the boys reached the age of fourteen they moved on and worked in boy’s homes, in their own home or they were placed as apprentices. When girls reached the age of fourteen they started working as servants or maids. The girls also used to take part in Swedish dancing classes. Most of the boys went and joined army bands and then many became bandmasters.
If I lived 100 years ago I would have found it very different from now. I might have liked it a bit but I don’t know why girls couldn’t do painting too! I prefer to stay where I am now than going back to the past to learn. I like it much better here!
By Lola Almeida Year 5
Hobbayne opened in 1911 and is still here now. My school has changed a lot since it started. The field has modified because there used to be lots of benches and the school had a different logo. Hobbayne ran a scout club and it had lots of class assemblies.
Szymon Pawluk Year 3
Len was born in Hanwell 85 years ago, he still lives in the same house now with his wife Josie. I asked him if he could tell me some of his memories through the years.First he told me 2 Historical facts:
Hanwell is in the Doomsday Book
The magnificent viaduct is a Brunel and when Queen Victoria’s train travelled across it they had orders to scown to a halt so she could admire the view across church fields.
When he was young the streets were the children’s playgrounds and they played hop-scotch and marbles and spinning tops. One of the big events in the 1930’s was the brass band parade from Hanwell Town to Elthorne Park. Many bands took part and one year Len carried the Hanwell band flag at the front – he is still proud of this!Len was not in Hanwell in the war as he was a green beret in the royal marines. Josie said she spent many nights in the basement of St Annes School with lots of other people.
There were not many cars and their main transport was these lovely old trams which ran on tracks. The population was much smaller then and community spirit was good , the main meeting place for friends was the town centre. Josie told me the big changes began in the 60’s as they had a lovely shopping centre with varied shops then suddenly Sainsbury’s closed down and quickly most other shops did too-she thinks it’s never been the same. Len said all changes started to happen after this, many more properties were built and some were lost but he and Josie are very proud of Hanwell’s history they just wish something could be done about the town centre.
I really enjoyed listening to Len and Josie they have a lot of funny stories to tell and too many to be able to write! I hadn’t spoken to them before but I have been invited back!
I also met David who went to Hobbayne in the 1950’s. He said he couldn’t remember a great deal because all days were the same. There was just a main building then and the playground seemed very large. He remembers a patch of grass with flowers where the school photos were taken and pupils were not allowed to play there. He didn’t have a favourite teacher- they were all quite strict! David did like the headmaster mr Ridley as he was quite fair with punishments. This has been a good way to find out more about where I live and go to school!
Jane Richards , 8 years old – Purple Class
Hello my name is Anna and I want to tell you about my life. I was born in Hanwell Cottage Hospital in 1903. I live near the new Elthorne Park. Before Elthorne Park was made there used to be fields belonging to the farm. I was there when it opened last year and a really important person came in (a Lord I think) and he said I declare this park to be open and he opened the gates. My school is Hobbayne Primary school but my best friend goes to Cuckoo school. He says the school is strict and they only give you bread and margarine and a glass of water to finish with and jam on weekends. The school owns a church and a farm. Then one day Charlie Chaplin took Tom and the rest of the school to a picnic and to see one of his films at the cinema because he’s in loads of films. A few years earlier he went to Tom’s school. My friend Tom is a bit mad and I told him to be careful because he might end up in the lunatic asylum near the canal.
Last weekend we went on a picnic near the old windmill. My dad told me about the 3 bridges there designed by Mr Brunel. That’s what boring things dads like to talk about. My dad works in a violin factory and my mum works at a laundry just round the corner.
Better be off now because I might get caned by my teacher Mrs Fiddles because I’m talking to you and I am supposed to be doing my homework!
By Anna Ruddock Year 3
Nearly 600 years ago during the middle ages a man called William Hobbayne was living in Hanwell. When he died in 1484 he left a house and some land in his will to the people of Hanwell. William made a charity that gave money to St. Mary’s Church and towards vaccines, building houses and education for poor people.
There is no record of any school in Hanwell before 1782. In 1779 William Hobbayne ‘s charity started to pay for a few poor children to go to school outside of Hanwell. In 1781 the charity decided that it wanted to have a school in Hanwell so that more children could learn and play together. In 1782 it bought a house by St. Marys Church and turned it into a school. Although Hobbayne School is no longer in that house you can still go and see where it was by visiting the Rectory Cottage.
The site of Hobbayne’s charity school moved around quite a few times as it got
bigger. During the 1800’s a number of other schools opened in Hanwell and Hobbayne’s charity school closed as the county council took over the running of schools. The council opened a new school on Greenford Avenue in 1911 and this is what we call
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By Amy Goodall
Hi! My name is Tiger and I’m in Turquoise class, year 4.
In the edwardian schools boys and girls were separated.
The boys learned the three rs: reading, writing, and rithmetic.
-metic. The girls learned to sew and to do needle work.
The boys also did PE.
…the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary took place! Turquoise and Brown classes will this week see video footage of the actual ceremony! Can you imagine what it would be like?
I think it’s quite a coincidence that we are celebrating our centenary year at Hobbayne in the very year one of our past monarchs was crowned. We’ll be spending some time this week looking at the Edwardians, although strictly speaking you could say that period ended when King Edward VII died and King George V came on the throne in 1911. However, we generally like to consider anything around this time as Edwardian, and we don’t commonly talk about the Georgian period for this time.
So what do you know about the Edwardians, then? Well, we’ll be looking at what life was like back then and comparing it with today. We’ll also be finding out about the food they ate, the books they read. new technology at the time, how they holidayed, and much, much more! Should be lots of fun!
The first entry in the log book from the opening of the school in 1911!