Seventieth Anniversary of Ashlyns School – 2021

Following the 1948 Children Act, the care of children in institutions (such as the Foundling Hospital at Ashlyns) was slowly being phased out. Around this time, Hertfordshire County Council recognised there was a need for a new secondary school in Berkhamsted, to serve the growing post war population. Therefore in 1950, HCC agreed with the Thomas Coram Foundation to rent their entire site and organised for local children to attend, alongside the existing 160 boarders.

From 1951, 340 pupils from Victoria, Northchurch, Little Gaddesden, Park View Road and Potten End schools were transferred to the new secondary school which was called Ashlyns School.

Heritage Open Days 2021

There is an excellent opportunity to learn more about our school’s fascinating history via video tour. Click here for full details. In this video two former Foundlings tell us what life was like for the children in Berkhamsted’s Foundling Hospital 1935-55. Walking round the present Ashlyns School, they recall memories and feelings of those days.