This chart shows the possible rise and fall of the numbers of pupils in the 35 years of Norwood's existence. It peaks with the influx of many boys from New House School that closed suddenly in the very late 40s.
Norwood started with 2 pupils in 1936 and had 50 when it closed in March,1976.
Although we do not have year-by-year records of the number of pupils, some keys to these figures are:
|early 1936||2, then 27 pupils|
|c1947 photo||96 *|
|May,1949 photo||89 *|
|June,1950 photo||107 * Absorption of pupils from New House School|
|1953 photo||86 *|
|May,1957 photo||91 *|
|June,1960 photo||91 *|
|on closure in 1972||50 *|
|* inevitably, some pupils would not be present on the day of the annual photograph|
This sort of profile would suggest that a minimum of over 500 boys passed through the school. That figure is, most likely, on the low side as much depends upon the time each boys stayed at Norwood. However, the maximum could be 750. Names found so far, though mostly only from copies of The Rocket add up to about 300.