Our school dates back to 1922 and moved into the current building in 1929. On this page we explore our history and are continually building our story. If you have memories, photos, audio, video or documents relating to the school that you can share with us, we would love you to get in touch.
Stanmore Council School was opened in 1922, by converting an existing hut at the cost of £550. The majority of the Education Committee were in favour of the proposal apart from Alderman Shenton, who “favoured allowing the matter to remain in abeyance until it could be ascertained whether it would not be better in the long run to have a permanent building instead of throwing this £ away.” Another Councillor wondered whether the council should advertise for tenants of the new housing estate with “children not allowed.” The motion was carried.
Early years of the school
We are lucky enough to have a first person account of the early life of the school from a number of pupils who attended the school. E A Weller (b. circa 1916) gave a written account in 1997, detailing lessons, teachers, games and how the school operated. She also mentions the ‘Beating of the Bounds’ ceremony undertaken as part of the establishment of the school. Irene Underwood gave a verbal account of the same ceremony in her audio account of the beginnings of the school (Ref). In Irene’s account, she mentions the visit of the Prince of Wales to Stanmore. The news article from the Hampshire Chronicle details the visit, the children singing, flags and banners and the Prince visiting the newly built houses.
A contract for architectural services in erection of a public elementary school at Stanmore awarded on 12 March 1927 to Cancellor and Sawyer.
By the time the contract for construction of a new elementary school at Stanmore was awarded 30 January 1928 and to H J Goodall and Son, the council had already started talking about a potential extension to the school. The Stanmore estate was growing in population year on year.
In 1930 the school was extended. If you look carefully at the arial photo, you can see the lighter colour roof of the new classrooms.
In March, pupils performed a concert organised for the benefit of the National Union of Teachers' Benevolent and Orphan's funds led by Miss Primrose Cobb, ARCM, LRAM, LTCL. (Ref)
There was a whooping cough epidemic in the school. (Ref)
The school was split into County Junior and County Infants schools in 1944.
The County Junior and County Infants schools were merged to become Stanmore Primary School in 1974.
In September 2014 Mrs Margaret Cole MBE retired as the school’s lollipop lady at the age of 84. She started her role in 1970 and received her MBE for a range of community services in the Queens Honours List in June 1999. During her time at the school she guided thousands of pupils back and forward on her crossing patrol without serious incident.