Identifying London School

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This is a school photo of my great grandfather, Joe Smith. He was born in 1910, so I suspect this was taken in the early 1920s - he's the young man in the far back on the right.

I'm trying to figure out what school this is - he grew up in Hampstead, London, specifically at 7 Daleham Mews, Hampstead, London. If anyone is familiar with the area, what potential schools could it be? I have a hunch it might be The Hall School, but again, I'd like a second opinion.

Thank you!

I wanted to share this family photo of Joseph Smith with the community. Location: London, England. Date: unknown.

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FindMyPast.co.uk has National School Admissions registers and log books 1870-1914. This is probably earlier than you would need. Were there other older children in the family who might have gone to school between 1910 and 1914? Or even neighbour children who would be found in the 1911 census?
by Rosemary Jones G2G6 Pilot (231k points)
He had a brother three years older than him - this could potentially be the key! I didn't even think of looking at neighbourhood children: thank you very much for the suggestion and help!
I think by the size of the class  (if it is a class) and the uniform and the boy's address that this is unlikely to be a National School. The Hall school was and is an independent school.

There is an article on Hampstead Schools here http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/middx/vol9/pp159-169
The word on the slate is probably "Prefects" who would be the top year in a school so it's definitely a private 'prep school' where you'd leave at 13.

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