The Wickford Church of England School
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If you are interested in local history you will be may want to look at the Wickford History website which has a fascinating page about our school, along with lots of old photos and memories of Wickford.
(Most information taken from front of 1994 - 2003 school log book)
1861 School built
1870 School subject to Inspection - supported by Government grants
1905 2 classrooms and small hall built
1907 1 extra room built
10th January 1908
A fire destroys the thatched roof and most of building. The fire may have started from a spark from the chimney or oily rags thrown onto the fire after cleaning the oil lamps which were used for lighting. A telegram was sent to the Fire Brigade in Chelmsford, but it did not have a signature, so they would not turn out as they were not sure who would be paying their expenses. The Billericay Fire Brigade started off instead, with their horse-drawn manual engine which had trouble getting up Crays Hill. The children from the nearby school came out to help push, but when they heard that the engine was going to the Wickford School they decided not to help and returned to their classes! There were only the brick walls and some window frames left by the time the Fire Brigade arrived.
Rebuilt school reopens. Children had been having lessons in a temporary classroom in the Castle Hotel.
1961 School becomes an Infant School. Junior aged children transferred to Wickford County Junior School.
1964/5 Medway Unit classrooms
1965/6 Modern block built by Essex Stonecraft Ltd.
1966 Miss Copsey was Head Teacher
1967 Mrs. Astell became Head Teacher for 9 years. (173 children)
1976 Mrs. Colman became Head Teacher for 10 years. (150 - 100 children)
1977 Demountable classroom removed
1981 Playpen Playgroup commenced using large room in old building
1986 Mrs. Thomas became Head Teacher
1996 New Head Teacher's office and school office built. Old school office and corridor converted into large staff room. Head Teacher's old office became Deputy Head/Resource/Conference Room.
1998 The Playpen Playgroup vacated the school premises
1998 Mrs. Thomas retired as Head Teacher
1998 Mrs. Patmore became Head Teacher
2003 Mrs. Rogan became Head Teacher
2006 The Medway buildings were demolished to make way for two new
classrooms, a new library, a cookery area and much more space!
2009 Lovely new playground equipment was installed
2011 The staffroom was enlarged and a meeting room added
2011 The school became an academy, part of HEARTS Academy Trust and changed its name to The Wickford Church of England School.
2014 Little Teds Nursery opens its doors in a purpose built eco-friendly building
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