Ealing Studios may have had numerous film stars and celebrities pass through its doors over the years, but the borough's schools have also seen a smattering of their pupils head for the A-list.

Ten years ago this week an exhibition at Ealing Central Library charted the history of education in the borough, including the rise of some of its pupils from playground to public eye.

Silent comedy legend Charlie Chaplin was one of the first and best-known stars of the show, Schools in Ealing: Past and Present.

More than a century has passed since Chaplin was sent to the Central London District Schools in Hanwell, known as the Cuckoo Schools, at the age of six. He spent two years at the school for orphaned and destitute children between 1896 and 1898.

In his autobiography the late comedian wrote of living a "forlorn existence" in Hanwell, where locals called the children "inmates of the booby hatch" - a slang term for the notorious workhouses of Victorian England.

Chaplin was captured as a young boy in a photograph with his classmates at the school, which closed a few decades later in August 1935.

A more upbeat experience would have been had by 80s chartbuster Phil Collins, supermodel Naomi Campbell and Eastenders actor-turned-pop star Michelle Gayle - all former pupils of the Barbara Speake Stage Schools in Acton. The experience helped Chiswick-born Collins secure his first stage role as the Artful Dodger in a production of Oliver! and as an extra in the Beatles film A Hard Day's Night.

Miss Campbell took dance classes at the school before stepping up to achieve success on the catwalk, and Miss Gayle was presented with an award by Collins on one of his return visits before moving on to her first starring role in Grange Hill in 1988.

The library exhibition featured a pictorial history of schools dating back to the 17th Century, including an image of the Earl of Elgin, a former pupil, who brought the Parthenon Friezes - better known now as the Elgin Marbles - from Athens to Britain.

Whether the ancient carvings should be returned to Greece remains a contentious issue today, long after the closure of the Earl's school, Goodenough House, in Little Ealing Lane, which was demolished in 1858.

Another establishment with an impressive pedigree was Great Ealing School, founded in 1698 at the Old Rectory near St Mary's Church, off St Mary's Road, and which lasted until 1908. Pupils there were schooled by none other than the future French king, Louis Philippe, who reigned from 1830 until the revolution of 1848.

Professor Thomas Huxley, who stud-ied there, became a supporter of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in the early 19th Century.

Around the same time French royalty was employed in Ealing: Lady Noel Byron, wife of the romantic poet Lord Byron, founded a progressive school in the borough. The Ealing Grove School, built near Ealing Green, took in children from poor backgrounds for a small charge. The focus was on practical skills with some formal learning.

Almost revolutionary at the time was a policy which frowned upon corporal punishment, now banned in all schools.