Our history

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.

 
 

1922

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 £[550] away.” Another Councillor wondered whether the council should advertise for tenants of the new housing estate with “children not allowed.” The motion was carried.

Poster giving notice of the city's proposal to provide "a new public elementary school for about 250 children at Stanmore Estate", Jul 1922   Courtesy of Hampshire Archives

Poster giving notice of the city's proposal to provide "a new public elementary school for about 250 children at Stanmore Estate", Jul 1922

Courtesy of Hampshire Archives

Report from the Education Committee, agreeing to create a new school  Hampshire Chronicle, 8 July 1922

Report from the Education Committee, agreeing to create a new school

Hampshire Chronicle, 8 July 1922


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.

Report of the Prince of Wales’ visit to Stanmore  Hampshire Chronicle, 10 November 1923

Report of the Prince of Wales’ visit to Stanmore

Hampshire Chronicle, 10 November 1923

1927

A contract for architectural services in erection of a public elementary school at Stanmore awarded on 12 March 1927 to Cancellor and Sawyer.


1928

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.

Poster giving notice of the city's proposal to provide additional accommodation for about 80 children, Aug 1928   Courtesy of Hampshire Archives

Poster giving notice of the city's proposal to provide additional accommodation for about 80 children, Aug 1928

Courtesy of Hampshire Archives

Photographs of the exterior of Stanmore School, Winchester by H W Salmon, Winchester c. 1928   Courtesy of Hampshire Archives

Photographs of the exterior of Stanmore School, Winchester by H W Salmon, Winchester c. 1928

Courtesy of Hampshire Archives

Even before the building work had started, the council were working on buying more land to expand the school.   Courtesy of Hampshire Archives

Even before the building work had started, the council were working on buying more land to expand the school.

Courtesy of Hampshire Archives

Stanmore Primary School under construction  Winchester, September 1928  Courtesy of Historic England

Stanmore Primary School under construction
Winchester, September 1928

Courtesy of Historic England

The Duchess of Atholl planting a juniper tree at Stanmore School, Winchester  The photograph also includes Alderman Edmeades, Miss D Edmeades, Mrs Symes and Mayor Symes, Rev Glass and Rev Sidney Jones. (Not dated but W G Symes was Mayor 1928-1929.)   Courtesy of Hampshire Archives

The Duchess of Atholl planting a juniper tree at Stanmore School, Winchester

The photograph also includes Alderman Edmeades, Miss D Edmeades, Mrs Symes and Mayor Symes, Rev Glass and Rev Sidney Jones. (Not dated but W G Symes was Mayor 1928-1929.)

Courtesy of Hampshire Archives


1930

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.

Poster giving notice of the city's proposal to provide additional accommodation for about 170 children, Aug 1930   Courtesy of Hampshire Archives

Poster giving notice of the city's proposal to provide additional accommodation for about 170 children, Aug 1930

Courtesy of Hampshire Archives

Stanmore School, Stanmore Lane and Battery Hill, Winchester, June 1930

Stanmore School, Stanmore Lane and Battery Hill, Winchester, June 1930


1936

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)


1940

There was a whooping cough epidemic in the school. (Ref)


1944

The school was split into County Junior and County Infants schools in 1944.


1974

The County Junior and County Infants schools were merged to become Stanmore Primary School in 1974.


2014

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.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed my 40 years. I had a lovely tea party and we had the most beautiful cake… I’ll miss just walking up and down Stanmore Lane and seeing my little darlings. They have been fantastic and the little ones in push chairs always try to hold my hand. I’ve absolutely enjoyed it.
— M. Cole 2014