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School Council

The History of Our School 

Pickhill C. E. School is a small village Primary school, overlooking the village Green. 

The school was built in 1862, at a cost of £500, on a site of just over 1200 square yards given to the Minister and Church Wardens by William Ruston, then Lord of the Manor. In 1871, the School was extended with an extra classroom and larger playground. It has seen many changes over the years and the school has undergone extensive building work to replace its old mobile classroom. A new classroom was created for the Key Stage 1/Foundation children, and a hall in the main building. A purpose built computer suite was also added to the school building with interactive white boards in all the classrooms.

The School site was originally given under an Order for the Conveyance and Endowment of Sites for Schools, without valuable consideration, to be "forever hereafter appropriated and used as and for a school for the education of children and adults or children only of the labouring, manufacturing, and other poor classes in the parish, and for no other purpose." Despite the advent of compulsory schooling (1876) and the changes in education policies since, the sentiment behind the original gift of a place of learning for children lies at the core of our being.

From humble origins, we have grown to become a happy and successful primary school. We have an excellent relationship with the church and the local community.

Some of the historical information for this page is based on the book, Pickhill: A Village History, developed from original research by the late Wing Cdr. Derek Davies, DFC, AFC and Bar, RAF (Ret.d), and published as part of a community project made possible by a grant from the "Millennium Festival Awards for All scheme".