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School Information

Pickhill C. E. School is a small village Primary school, overlooking the village Green. We have 38 children on roll who are taught in small classes. Although the school was originally built in 1862 we are constantly adapting and improving the environment to meet the needs of today's curriculum.

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, more recently, the school has undergone extensive building work to replace its old mobile classroom. This latest work has created a complete new classroom for the Key Stage 1/Foundation children, and a hall in the main building. A purpose built computer suite has also been added to the school building and there are 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. At Pickhill school we endeavour to provide a happy and caring atmosphere as we feel that children learn best when they feel secure. From humble origins, we have grown to become a happy and successful primary school with our standards well above the national average. We have an excellent relationship with the church and the local community.

Our aim is that after seven years at Pickhill School our pupils are prepared both socially and intellectually for the demands of secondary education. You can download a copy of our Aims Statement from the School Office Pages.

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".