Nansen’s History


History Behind the Name!

Nansen Primary School in the heart of Alum Rock is named after Fridtjof Nansen a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and laureate. Our aim is to provide each individual with a personalised provision to ensure they meet their full potential in a safe and caring environment.

In his youth a champion skier and ice skater, he led the team that made the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888. In the final decade of his life, Nansen devoted himself primarily to the League of Nations, following his appointment in 1921 as the League’s High Commissioner for Refugees. In 1922 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on behalf of the displaced victims of the First World War and related conflicts. Among the initiatives he introduced was the “Nansen passport” for stateless persons, a certificate recognised by more than 50 countries.

Embracing our school’s motto “Nurturing Tomorrow’s Explorers” we hope to pioneer and continue Fridtjof Nansen’s legacy!