Help me name the school in my novel please!

(52 Posts)
GW297 Sat 05-Jan-13 21:56:50

I am writing a book set in a large primary school. The school has two classes per year group and is situated in an affluent suburb. I want it to be a name that implies it's a lovely school to work in but in reality it's quite the opposite. Thank you!

SwedishEdith Sat 05-Jan-13 22:00:24

Who is the book aimed at? Do you want an obviously fake name (Hogwarts style) or a normal (Rydell style)?

Rosyisgonnabeamummy Sat 05-Jan-13 22:01:43


carlywurly Sat 05-Jan-13 22:01:49

I'd probably go for something with a bit of nature in the name - oak crescent, willow grove or primrose lane, for example. They conjure up peaceful imagery for me at least. Best of luck with it grin

Allalonenow Sat 05-Jan-13 22:03:08

What era is your novel set in?

AnneEyhtMeyer Sat 05-Jan-13 22:04:32


Fairchild Manor

jkklpu Sat 05-Jan-13 22:05:52

Frobisher Park

GW297 Sat 05-Jan-13 22:09:35

Thank you for the prompt responses! It is an easy read sort of chick lit novel (implausible as that may sound!) Something with nature in it is what I had in mind too. There are two schools called Fairfield near me - it needs to be entirely fictitious!

iseenodust Sat 05-Jan-13 22:11:34

Appletree Academy

SwedishEdith Sat 05-Jan-13 22:12:15

Sycamore Road
Elm Park

Rosewood Primary


DevaDiva Sat 05-Jan-13 22:14:25

Beech Tree Primary
Pear Tree School
Cherry Tree Primary
Snowdrop School
As said so
Etching nature based would be good or Cupcake Primary?!

donnasummer Sat 05-Jan-13 22:16:27

a Saint name?

GW297 Sat 05-Jan-13 22:19:10

Lots of the other schools mentioned are st somethings. That would be the easy option but don't want to bring religion into it!

GW297 Sat 05-Jan-13 22:19:50

Liking Rosewood and Cherry Tree a lot at the moment.

honeyking Sat 05-Jan-13 22:21:12

What about ForestEdge, Foresters School, Hazelville School?

Best of Luck!

snice Sat 05-Jan-13 22:25:56

Grosvenor Park

LynetteScavo Sat 05-Jan-13 22:33:33

Lakeside Grange?

Put "ville" on the end of a word, any word, seems to work for Bournville, etc.

Lavender lane primary.

GW297 Sat 05-Jan-13 22:36:10

Lakeview was one I originally liked. The problem is so many of these are similar to real life schools near me and I wish to avoid that at all costs! Thank you for taking the time to respond and give me your ideas - much appreciated!

LynetteScavo Sat 05-Jan-13 22:36:24

Lots of schools near me seem to be named after obscure famous local men.

Churchill Primary?

beanandspud Sat 05-Jan-13 22:42:27

Westwood Primary?

St Hazel's?

Priory Lane?


beanandspud Sat 05-Jan-13 22:44:36

Sorry, just read back about no saints' names.

Birchfield Primary?

pippibluestocking Sat 05-Jan-13 22:50:04

The Beeches

EduCated Sat 05-Jan-13 22:50:12

Right, primary schools seem to end in things like Manor, Grange, Lane, House etc.

So, my suggestions...

Oak Manor
West Lake
Thornton Grange
Tilley Wood
Morton Abbey

GW297 Sat 05-Jan-13 22:51:54

Moorlands and Tilley Green good suggestions, thank you. Does Oak Manor sound too grand?!

GW297 Sat 05-Jan-13 22:52:37

Like Roseacre!

EduCated Sat 05-Jan-13 22:53:52

Oak Manor might be a bit private school grin

Oaktree Manor? Better? Worse?

Beech Manor? Willow Manor?

rubyrubyruby Sat 05-Jan-13 22:54:17

William Watergate Primary

GW297 Sat 05-Jan-13 22:59:24

I thought Oak Manor sounded like a private school too! It is imperative the school in my book sounds like the name of a state school! I like something with Rose in it with the school emblem being a rose too but open to better suggestions! Thank you.

EduCated Sat 05-Jan-13 23:02:31

Rosehill? Cherry Rose? Rose Grange? Roseville? Rose Manor? Rose Barn? Rose Wood?

GW297 Sat 05-Jan-13 23:04:19

Thank you. Liking Rosewood especially.

AViewfromtheFridge Sat 05-Jan-13 23:05:57

Hill View?

piprabbit Sat 05-Jan-13 23:07:01

Greenberry Community Primary School

EduCated Sat 05-Jan-13 23:08:33

Ooh, Rosewood Community School?!

pippibluestocking Sat 05-Jan-13 23:09:44

The Briars? Would fit with rose school logo

GaryBuseysTeeth Sat 05-Jan-13 23:10:30

Rainbow Brook (a bit woo?)
Sunny Lake
Meadow Grove
Googled all, none are first page hit schools.

pippibluestocking Sat 05-Jan-13 23:15:45

Briar Rose Community School - seems a very pleasant school on the surface but oh beware of the thorns!!

Rosyisgonnabeamummy Sat 05-Jan-13 23:16:51

Brooks grange
Oak grange
Does it have to be so different to your local primary schools? After all the reader isn't going to be local..... And actually your editor would prob help you if you felt it needed to be 100% fictitious
Grey primary?????

GW297 Sat 05-Jan-13 23:19:30

Loving it Pippi! Yes, I would prefer it to be a name that is unlike any schools in my area as it's based on a true story!

Viviennemary Sat 05-Jan-13 23:21:29

Briarfields. Or Briarfield Brook?

Rosyisgonnabeamummy Sat 05-Jan-13 23:22:33

Yes - brier rose community school sounds excellent.
Il put my name down for a copy

GW297 Sat 05-Jan-13 23:29:36

Ha ha! If I ever get it finished! Look out for your names in the front! That's my new favourite!

pippibluestocking Sat 05-Jan-13 23:43:25

Let us know when it's out, think you have some guaranteed sales already! Good luck with it - always been an ambition of mine if I could get by a**e off the sofa!

GW297 Sun 06-Jan-13 00:09:59

Will do! Will be a while yet unfortunately. Thank you.

M0naLisa Sun 06-Jan-13 02:47:58

Parkside primary
Parkway primary
Roseville primary
Oakville primary
Sycamore primary
Kingsville primary
Kingsway primary
Marshland primary
Marshway primary
Woodland primary
Woodville primary

BikeRunSki Sun 06-Jan-13 06:11:07

Primrose Park First School

legalalien Sun 06-Jan-13 06:34:38

Ebbett Park

Based on schools where I grew up, 12000 miles away so not local to you smile

GW297 Sun 06-Jan-13 08:15:13

Thank you!

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