Mrs McCaffrey's Day School

2 Langford Place

2 Langford Place - Mrs McCaffrey's school
Jane Leaver


Mrs McCaffrey was Jane Leaver’s aunt’s governess  during the  War. She opened a school at 2 Langford Place where Jane went in the early 1950s and which was still open in the 1960s.

Arthur Markham whose American family came to London for a year writes :-

I went to the school for a year in 1955 to 1956. I was only four to five years old at the time so I have limited memories. I remember they always served fish or macaroni and cheese on Fridays. Mrs. McCaffrey and I got along very well. She sent Christmas cards for many years afterwards. I remember one teacher who scared me a bit as she reminded me of the wicked witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz. (Entirely a bad rap I am sure.) My father used to take me there on a double decker bus on his way to work.

Arthur’s mother,  Kathleen Markham remembers:-

I finally realized Chuck (Arthur’s brother) was “sick” every Friday.  Digging into the problem he said he hated the lunch on Friday and if he didn’t eat it he couldn’t lead the walk, or maybe not talk the walk , that was the exercise for the students.

I don’t remember but I guess I must have gone to bring the boys back to Bryanston Square.   You have told your friends about the basket on wheels I had made at the blind center.   Women used them to walk to grocery stores.   The baskets, like the kind you carried on your arm were attached to wheels and a cane.   With   4 children and two au pair girls I had to shop for many groceries every day.   I had them make me a basket as tall as the cane.   Our picture was in a local paper.

Cate Caruso remembers the day her photo was taken at school:  it was the day the photographer came to take individual photos of us…the day I became obsessed with legos! My brother just sent me this photo (in 2017) and it brought back many wonderful memories of my time there.  We used to ride the tube from Kensington High St.

Ruth Doniach

The first was to Mrs McCaffrey’s at number 2 Langford Place – very convenient as we lived at number 14! I remember a very formal kind of teaching with emphasison geography based on looking at a large globe which formed the main teaching resource. In addition we had cardboard cut-outs which had to be placed correctly for the buildings to stand up on their own.

Jane Leaver writes:-

I was born in 1948, and started when I was two and a half and was there until I was 6 or 7, I think.

The house has since been altered : new owners have closed off the original front door, replacing it with a window, and have built a sort of front balcony entrance so as to give entrance to a lower ground floor flat.


This page was added on 13/04/2016.

Comments about this page

  • I think that was the school I attended in the 1950s. My Dad was in the US Air Force, stationed at the American Embassy. I believe I was there for first or second and third grade. To this day, my memories are of the lunchtime bangers (loved) and the rice pudding (hated). Diane (last name?) went to school with me and shared the special carrots her mother fixed. Wouldn’t it be amazing to find her again via this text!

    By Sheryl (formerly) Winneshiek (05/06/2021)
  • I was there in 1958. I have the cup ‘for excellent progress’ and I remember the macaroni cheese.

    By Richard Charkin (12/04/2021)
  • One of my brothers went to McCaffreys in the early 60s and I went there from 1972-76. Unfortunately I don’t have very fond memories of the school. I remember curtseying at the front door every morning. I loved sausage and mash on Wednesday, but the macaroni cheese on Friday was the lunch from hell, along with rhubarb. I always got made to stay behind at lunch until I’d finished it and watched out of the window whilst all the other children were in the playground.

    By Samantha Rabin (nee Eker) (01/02/2021)
  • I remember being made to stand up in disgrace for a long time because I didn’t know the capital of France.
    I remember children being given the slipper. We used to sing God save the Queen.
    I too remember the lunches – macaroni cheese, and fish in batter on Fridays – but I liked them.

    By Marcia Randell(nee Marks) (25/11/2020)
  • I was there in 1954 for one year. I was six and a half. We came to London from New York, and stayed in England for a few years, before returning. I remember only eating noodles and boiled carrots that were sent up to me, in the dumb waiter. It was a wonderful memory, except when I was sent home for making in my pants.

    By Harry Briffel (12/07/2020)
  • I attended the school from 1957 to 1959.The only teacher I remember is a Mrs Yarwood, a very sensible and understanding woman.
    She handed out various badges to be worn for a week: a blue “Merit” badge, a red “Courtesy” badge, a green “Good Conduct” and a yellow “Helper” badge.

    By Johan Enegren (25/04/2019)
  • i went to Mrs. Mcafrey’s school when I was 3 or 4.

    One memory does stick in my mind.

    There was a prize giving and every child in the class was given a prize – except me. I was so upset. I was left to the end.

    When the teachers realised that I had been left out their mistake was quickly rectified and I was given a book.

    I was more than thrilled, because whilst all the children had been given large coloured picture books, I was given Enid Brighton’ s The Treasure Hunters – a proper book with 300 pages and ‘no’ pictures!

    I felt I was  grown up! Or maybe they thought I could read properly and would end up being a writer or something. I became a singer/songwriter!

    By Robert Habermann (29/01/2017)
  • I went to Mrs Mc’s in 1955 aged 5.  My main memory is a boy called Howard Taylor who was always being told to ‘go and fetch the slipper’ sorry Howard wherever you are!

    By Annie Walder (04/07/2016)

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