Hackney school Grade II listed

Skinners’ Company’s School for Girls in Stamford Hill has been Grade II listed.

It was previously on Hackney Council’s list of locally important buildings and has been added to the Statutory List by English Heritage.

The listing means extra care must be taken over decisions affecting its future and its preservation.

Skinners’ is a red brick and slate school built in a Queen Anne style, which was popular for Board Schools in the late 1800s.

The building was added to the list because of its high architectural standard and historical connections to private and sponsored education for girls in the late 19th century.

The school was opened in 1889 and was the fourth school to be set up or maintained by the Skinners’ Company. It was designed by EH Burnell. After Burnell’s death in 1892, W Campbell-Jones was employed by the Skinners’ Company and was probably responsible for the later 1890s work at the rear of the school.

It is now a specialist business and enterprise college for girls aged 11 to 19.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “The Grade II listing of this school highlights the importance of its architectural heritage and its contribution to the local area.”