The Hampstead Campuses
- 5 and 16 Netherall Gardens, London, NW3
- 1967 - 1981
- Kindergarten - 8th Grade
ACS began life in 1967 as the Overseas School of London at 16 Netherall Gardens, Hampstead. It opened with only 35 students, and grew to its capacity of 220 students in just three months. Due to its popularity, a sister school opened in Knightsbridge the following year.
It continued growing and in 1971, a new building was purchased down the road. The new facility became home to the Middle School, and the Lower School took over the original building. Today, both of the Hampstead sites are still being used as educational facilities.
The Knightsbridge Campus
- 11 Lennox Gardens, London, SW11
- 1968 - 1980
- 8th to 12th Grades
The Knightsbridge Campus opened its doors in 1968 to K - 5th Grades and 9th - 12th Grades. Due to enrolment demands, the Knightsbridge Campus became an 8th - 12th Grade school in 1969. Ten years later, the Knightsbridge Campus was able to increase its student body from 240 to 340 thanks to an unexpected move by the Danish consulate when they vacated their premises adjacent to the school, giving us room to expand into a new building in 1979.
In 1980, the Knightsbridge Campus introduced the International Baccalaureate Programme and became a Middle and High School. However, world political events that year reversed the demand for international schools in London. Knightsbridge's enrolment dropped from 325 in June to 125 in September and the school was forced to close.
Today, the Knightsbridge site remains a school. Until 2005 it was the Hellenic College, providing education for children from 2-16 years old. In 2006 a new school opened and the school now provides education for 200 students aged 3-13.
The Hyde Park Campus
- 3/4 Elvaston Place, London, SW7
- 1973 - 1980
- Kindergarden - 8th Grade
Even though the Hampstead Campus had two buildings, waiting lists continued to grow and from a greater range of London’s boroughs. ACS needed to expand again and chose a Hyde Park location. The Hyde Park School opened in 1973 with 176 K – 8th Grade students.
Today, the Hyde Park site is manned 24/7 by a police guard, as it is the Iraqi Consulate building. This is only a recent change, as up until October 2007 it has been the Iraqi School.
The Wimbledon School
- 28 Arterberry Road, Wimbledon, SW19
- 1974 - 1980
- Kingdergarten - 8th Grade
In 1975, more than half of ACS students were being bussed from the Wimbledon area into central London. On consideration, it seemed more logical to bring the school to the students - the King’s College boarding facility was purchased. The Wimbledon Campus opened in 1974 to full capacity. It was the first American elementary school south of the Thames.
After the Wimbledon Campus was closed, the facility was then re-opened in 1981 as a school, which still remains today.
The Parkside Campus
- 83 Parkside, Wimbledon
- 1977 - 1979
- 5th - 8th Grade
The Parkside Campus was leased on a two year contract to deal with our growing enrolment demand, while the Cobham campus waited for the completion of the A3 and planning permission. It provided a home to 225 Middle School students. Today, the Parkside building is used for offices, with pharmaceutical, leisure and PR companies currently residing there.