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School URN: 122376
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Post code: TD15 2XQ

Longridge Towers School


Longridge Towers, located about 3 miles south-west of Berwick-upon-Tweed, was built in 1876 as a country house mansion for Sir Hubert Jerningham. Over time the building was used as a hotel, military barracks and later a convent school. The convent school closed in 1983, after which the building was sold to a charitable trust and renamed Longridge Towers School. Longridge Towers School is an independent private school with about 330 pupils aged 3 to 18.[1] Longridge Towers is a Grade II listed building.

Longridge Towers School is a non-selective co-educational independent day and boarding school near Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England, for children between the ages of three and eighteen. It is the only independent school near the town and the only independent school in the county which educates children from reception to sixth form.

School history

The main house was built during the 1870s and was once a hotel and military barracks. In 1949 it became an Ursuline convent school and remained so until 1983 when the order left Northumberland. It was then sold to a charitable trust and named Longridge Towers School. It now has some two hundred and fifty pupils and a liberal ethos. Most children are day pupils, but boarding pupils including international students are welcome.

Building history

The Longridge estate was acquired, through his marriage, by Sir Hubert Edward Henry Jerningham, KCMG, who from 1881 to 1885 had been a Liberal Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed. He was thereafter Colonial Secretary of the British Honduras (Belize) (1887–1889), Colonial Secretary (1889–1893) and Lieutenant-Governor of Mauritius (1892–1893), and Governor of Trinidad and Tobago (1897–1900). The principal building, erected as his stately home, at great cost, incorporated the very latest innovations including a hydraulic lift and gas lighting to all parts of the main house. The portico is said to have been built for a visit of the Prince of Wales just to make sure he did not get wet when alighting from his coach. When it was completed it was one of the largest private houses in the north of Northumberland, and Sir Hubert lived there until his death in 1914. Lady Jerningham (d. 1902) had been Annie, daughter of E. Liddell, of Benton Park, and widow of C. T. Mather of Longridge, and her statue sits on the Elizabethan town walls in Berwick-upon-Tweed looking towards the distant school. The building was afterwards, for a while a hotel, until it became a convent school.

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