500 most frequently occurring words in school names

What’s in a name?

You can tell a lot about the culture and history of a nation from how it names its streets, towns and public institutions. Remarkable achievements can be commemorated in a name or erased by simply changing a sign.

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Edubase, the Department of Education’s online database of schools, colleges and education institutions contains a list of the names of all the names currently in use. Its a long list with over 13,000 different words making up the names of over 24,000 organisations.

So what can we tell about our island nation from the names of our schools? Well not all of them are called schools; the word ‘school’ appears just over 20,000 times. The word ‘academy’ crops up around 2,600 times.

Saints are popular. The abbreviation ‘St.’ and other derivations make circa 4,000 appearances; the country’s Christian heritage displayed above school gates around the country. But school names are slowly changing to reflect increasing diversity; ‘Muslim’ and Islamia rack up 13 appearances in the list.

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More schools reflect science, engineering and technology than arts and music. One Mandela vies with 4 Kennedy’s for a place in the national consciousness. A rich litany of Kings, Queens and Princes (11) and Princesses (4) all make an appearance.

The green and pleasant land of Jerusalem is writ large in the list; valley, hill and fields all occur regularly

Just some of the ‘fields’ occurring in the list of schools:

Fields (52)

Field (40)

Westfield (30)

Highfield (29)

Springfield (26)

Oakfield (20)

Fairfields (26)

Woodfield (15)

Greenfield (14)

plus a host of others

Include the Angels (13) and the Bishops (15) plus the Lords (14) in your mental map of England’s schools, then add the schools that are High (709) and those of the Manor (151) to those in the Lane (178) and the pastoral vista is complete. Our list of schools shows that the pastoral scene that started the opening ceremony of London 2012  will serve a while yet as a metaphor for England.

I wonder how this list will change in coming decades. How will the creation of more Free (64) Schools or the rebrokering of failing schools change the list? As new schools emerge and others change name like losing teams in the Apprentice. There’s only one Venture at the moment, but this might change.

It is not unreasonable for 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation communities to want school names that reflect their hard work and contribution to our island. I look forward to seeing this happen.

 

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I promised twitter followers a complete list of all 13,000 words – but the quantity of text is simply too large to include here. So I have given you the top 500 instead. Forgive me!

Word Frequency
School 20367
Primary 12453
St 3515
Church 2667
Academy 2651
England 2511
CofE 1768
Catholic 1665
Community 1338
The 1337
Infant 1251
Junior 1186
College 1139
Nursery 1091
Voluntary 775
High 709
Park 589
Aided 527
Controlled 435
Hill 396
Mary’s 369
House 352
First 333
Centre 303
Green 280
RC 254
Roman 244
Hall 234
John 228
Joseph’s 192
Girls 192
West 186
All 180
Lane 178
for 178
John’s 175
Holy 169
Preparatory 169
Thomas 166
Peter’s 162
Grammar 158
Saints 156
VA 153
Manor 151
Road 149
Form 147
Sixth 145
A 140
Lady 139
Our 139
Wood 139
Trinity 138
the 137
South 137
VC 133
North 131
Village 129
James 123
University 122
New 118
Great 116
Lower 114
Paul’s 112
Heath 109
Education 105
Andrew’s 104
Mary 104
Valley 103
Grange 102
Infants 102
Christ 102
East 102
Michael’s 102
Middle 99
Grove 98
Bridge 98
King 93
Farm 90
London 85
View 82
Bishop 76
George’s 76
Special 75
Learning 74
Vale 72
Street 72
Cross 72
Children’s 72
William 71
Castle 71
Lodge 71
Endowed 71
Trust 70
Oak 69
Abbey 67
Priory 67
Saint 67
Heart 66
End 66
C 64
Free 64
Specialist 64
Court 62
Sacred 61
Sir 60
Nicholas 60
Anne’s 60
City 58
Francis 57
Independent 57
Tree 57
Technology 57
Queen 56
Mount 56
Forest 55
Old 55
Little 55
King’s 54
Boys 54
Arts 53
Fields 52
Foundation 51
Kings 51
Moor 50
Royal 50
Avenue 49
Sports 49
Family 49
Science 48
Bank 48
Oasis 47
Brook 47
Mill 47
Secondary 47
Woodlands 46
Patrick’s 46
Peter 45
Unit 45
Meadow 44
Margaret’s 44
Stoke 43
Luke’s 43
Harris 43
Sutton 42
Orchard 41
Hospital 41
More 41
Edward 41
Mark’s 41
Field 40
Robert 40
Manchester 40
CE 38
Augustine’s 38
Newton 38
Long 38
Ark 37
Early 37
Matthew’s 36
International 36
Methodist 36
Preston 35
Enterprise 35
UTC 35
Combined 35
Way 35
Paul 35
Studio 34
Edward’s 34
Canterbury 34
George 34
Referral 33
Years 33
Victoria 33
Pupil 33
Norton 33
Stephen’s 33
Bede’s 33
Martin’s 33
Richard 32
Ash 32
Service 32
Central 32
Lawrence 32
Westfield 32
Langley 32
Campus 31
Town 31
with 30
Teresa’s 30
PRU 30
Meadows 30
Lincoln 30
Oaks 30
C.E 29
Mead 29
Croft 29
Christian 29
Highfield 29
Provision 29
Leigh 29
Alternative 28
Cherry 28
Henry 28
Riverside 28
Parochial 28
Ormiston 28
Bolton 27
Wilfrid’s 27
Michael 27
Charles 27
Upper 27
Cuthbert’s 26
Joseph 26
Mixed 26
Fairfield 26
Lea 26
Gate 26
Fisher 26
Giles 26
Common 26
Weston 26
Oakwood 25
Stanley 25
Barton 25
Cambridge 25
Baptist 25
Springfield 25
Phoenix 25
Hills 25
E 24
Oswald’s 24
Business 24
Ltd 24
Catherine’s 24
Margaret 24
Martyrs 24
Spring 24
Schools 24
Cathedral 23
De 23
Clifton 23
Red 23
Beacon 23
Montessori 23
Burton 23
Edmund’s 23
Focus 23
Willow 23
Lady’s 23
Helen’s 22
Jewish 22
Outwood 22
Down 22
Milton 22
Cambian 22
Gregory’s 22
Birmingham 22
Prep 21
Rise 21
Oxford 21
Parkside 21
Leeds 21
Bristol 20
Elizabeth’s 20
VI 20
Warren 20
de 20
Queen’s 20
Oakfield 20
Blue 20
Children 20
Martin 20
Elizabeth 20
Barnabas 20
Anthony’s 20
Language 20
Dame 20
Carlton 20
Hope 20
Rose 20
Steiner 20
Aston 20
Upton 20
Limited 19
Alban’s 19
Senior 19
Burnley 19
Bartholomew’s 19
English 19
Benedict’s 19
Belmont 19
Hillside 19
Ridge 19
Oaklands 19
White 19
Philip’s 19
Close 19
Dean 19
Broughton 19
Chapel 19
Marlborough 19
Archbishop 18
Comprehensive 18
Kent 18
Westminster 18
Thornton 18
Moss 18
Cardinal 18
County 18
Brighton 18
Lancaster 18
Durham 18
Thorpe 18
Chase 18
Aidan’s 18
Carr 18
Downs 18
At 17
Beis 17
Parish 17
Temple 17
Leonard’s 17
Richmond 17
York 17
Newcastle 17
Chad’s 17
Blackburn 17
Eaton 17
Gardens 17
Howard 17
Norwich 17
Bury 17
Beech 16
Market 16
in 16
River 16
Short 16
Willows 16
Performing 16
Middleton 16
Convent 16
Holly 16
Rosary 16
Christopher’s 16
Lourdes 16
Derby 16
Hayes 15
Regis 15
Wells 15
Woodfield 15
Elm 15
Blessed 15
Northern 15
Leys 15
Corpus 15
Hillcrest 15
Drive 15
Coppice 15
Saviour’s 15
Walton 15
Arnold 15
Ridgeway 15
Edge 15
Support 15
Christi 15
Nottingham 15
Hampton 15
Mayfield 15
Woodside 15
Jubilee 15
Bishops 15
Wootton 14
Bay 14
Liverpool 14
Newman 14
Drayton 14
at 14
Kingswood 14
Coat 14
With 14
Westwood 14
Garden 14
Bedford 14
Lord 14
Islamic 14
Vincent’s 14
Bradford 14
E-ACT 14
Cavendish 14
Bernadette’s 14
Waltham 14
Grace 14
Alexandra 14
Maple 14
Marsh 14
Eden 14
Ashton 14
Memorial 14
Leicester 14
Place 14
Greenfield 14
Olive 14
Angels 13
Hurst 13
Featherstone 13
Educational 13
Al 13
Newtown 13
Broad 13
Kirkby 13
Nelson 13
Gabriel’s 13
Wakefield 13
David 13
Cedars 13
Heathfield 13
Wolverhampton 13
Lee 13
Rochdale 13
Accrington 13
Further 13
Heights 13
Engineering 13
Row 13
Collegiate 13
Becket 13
Brookfield 13
Grantham 13
Dale 13
Boston 13
Torah 13
Home 13
Exeter 13
Millbrook 13
Tudor 13
National 13
Stay 13
Music 13
Moorside 12
Bernard’s 12
La 12
Day 12
Millfield 12
Ruskin 12
Philip 12
Greenfields 12
Norfolk 12
Institute 12
Glebe 12
Holme 12
Holland 12
Plymouth 12
Brow 12
Barrow 12
Newlands 12
Spa 12
Prior 12
Woodhouse 12
Thames 12
Ditton 12
Thornhill 12
Ferrers 12
Colchester 12
Samuel 12
Young 12
Kingston 12
Minster 12
Kingsway 12
Moorlands 12
Deaf 12
Tower 12
Beverley 12
Highfields 12
Perry 12
Ford 11
Group 11
Prince 11
Bourne 11
Kingsley 11
Gainsborough 11
Beechwood 11
Clare’s 11
Gateway 11
Dulwich 11
Acre 11
Uloom 11
Training 11
Northfield 11
Kirk 11
Farnborough 11
Brampton 11
Chorley 11
Crawley 11
Colne 11
Beeches 11
Wigan 11
Water 11
Richard’s 11
Secure 11
Stamford 11
Laurence 11
Russell 11

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