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Rye St Antony School

Gates of Rye St Antony School

Rye St Antony School occupies two large Victorian houses in Pullen’s Lane, Langley Lodge and the Croft. The gateway to the Croft is shown above, but the main entrance of the school is now at the back off Franklin Road.

The school is named after the Church of St Antony in Rye, Sussex and was founded in 1930 by Elizabeth Rendall and Ivy King, two teachers who had been converted to Roman Catholicism. It started life in North Oxford: first in Hamilton Road, where there were only eight pupils, and then at 84 Woodstock Road, where it started to take in boarders.

At the outbreak of war the Woodstock Road premises were taken over by the city of Oxford, and the school moved up to Headington, and is still there today. It took over a large house in Pullen’s Lane called Langley Lodge. By the end of the war there were 42 boarders and 17 day girls, and the school expanded into another large house in Pullen’s Lane called The Croft.

In 2002 Rye St Antony School had 100 boarders and 300 day pupils, aged 3 to 18.

Rye St Antony School’s website

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