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Heytesbury CofE Primary School







Heytesbury Primary School - have places available for September 2018.

New for 2018

 * Bespoke outside play area for Reception;

 * Development of community vegetable garden. 


Also known for

 * Small classes

 * A welcoming friendly school

 * Academically outstanding

 * Extensive grounds

 * Before and after school clubs 

 * Heytesbury Hedgehogs Pre-School on-site

 * Supports Military Families

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Heytesbury C of E Primary School know how difficult it is for forces children moving to a new area especially moving to a different school, having to lose friends and make new ones.  We aim to provide a happy moving experience and feel this can be achieved at Heytesbury. SCE – Service Children’s Education

Moving schools pack- service family guide  The moving schools pack is to help you, as a service parent, to support your child when moving schools.

HISTORY of our village school

In 2017 Heytesbury CofE Primary School joined the Acorn Education Trust

An elementary school was provided by the state in 1838 and improved in 1848 with a further grant of £156. In 1846 Heytesbury had a Sunday and a day school with 90 boys and 92 girls taught by a master and a mistress. In 1858 there were 50-60 pupils taught by a master, in a room 45 feet by 20 by 12, with a flagged floor and parallel desks. There were also 40-50 infants taught by a mistress in a similar room. The school moved to its present site in 1900 and the old school became the village reading room.

Unfortunately no logbooks from the Victorian period survive in the public domain but we know in general terms what school life would have entailed. By 1880 children were educated up to the age of ten, although they could stay longer. The learning age was raised to eleven in 1893, when children normally started as infants, aged four or five. School fees, one penny or twopence a week, were removed in 1891. The school day was likely to have been from 9.00 to 12.00 noon and from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Children either brought their lunch and ate it in the schoolroom or went home to eat. The teacher was assisted by paid monitors in their early teens or by a pupil teacher, who was training to become a certified teacher.

Lessons were the elementary ones of reading, writing and arithmetic with scripture; some lessons in the latter subject were often taken by the vicar. The girls learned sewing and all had singing and recitation. Some geography and history would have been taught. School holidays were about a week or 10 days at Christmas and Easter, a week at Whitsun and five weeks Harvest Holiday in the summer. Full day and half day holidays were given for various reasons such as church or chapel teas or Sunday school outings, royal and national occasions and the afternoon after the H.M.I. examinations. Unauthorised absences included seasonal work on the farm and in the garden for the older children and visits to local fairs, military events and other local happenings.

The school was taken over by Wiltshire County Council in the early years of the 20th century. [extract]  In 2017 the School joined the Acorn Education Trust Academy.