The History of Stoke Bishop School
Our school celebrated 170 years of educating pupils in 2011.
The school started in 1841 by Miss. Rogers and she educated children in a cottage, which later became the recognised school building. In 1848 there were 27 pupils being educated. In 1876 when compulsory education for 5-13 year olds was introduced the parish had to extend the school building to accommodate the increase in pupil numbers and a spacious room was built for the infants. The head teacher at the time was Miss. D. Duddridge.
In 1860 there were 70-80 children during the week and 36 children on Sundays being educated. The school was placed in the hands of trustees within the Stoke Bishop Parish at this time. The school consisted of a porch, a long dark corridor, a large classroom/hall, a coat area with a sink, which had a cold-water tap and the girl’s lavatories. The boy’s lavatories were in the playground. The main classroom could be divided by a folding screen and there were also 4 other classrooms. Boys played at the rear of the school and girls at the front.
On 2nd December 1940 the school was hit by incendiary bombs and burnt down. The children were sent to Westbury Park school until 1948 when the managers were told that the site of the new school would be Cedar Park.
On 7th December 1948, at a special parishioners meeting, it was decided that Stoke Bishop should be a controlled state school. I was the first Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School to be opened under the Bristol Education Authority.
The school has been on the present site since 1951 when it was officially announced open at a ceremony on Friday 13th April by the then Minister of Education The Right Honourable George Tomlinson. The school cost £37,173 to build and consisted of five classrooms and was designed to house 200 pupils. The school has always exceeded this number! In the late 1950’s two extra classroom were built onto the school and another classroom built in the playground.
In 2001 three temporary classrooms were removed from the playground and major building work took place at a cost of approximately £320,000. Four new classrooms were added to the original building and a new I.C.T. suite built taking the school into the 21st century.
In 2008 the Governors made the decision to move from a one and a half form entry school to a two form entry school. Numbers would increase from 315 to 420 over a period of seven years. The Cedar Block was built to house four extra classrooms.
In September 2012 the school had two classes in each year group - 14 classes in total. The school is not expected to reach full capacity until September 2015 so currently there are smaller numbers of pupils from Year 4 to Year 6.
In April 2013 the school converted to become an academy.
Past Head Teachers
Miss Morgan (Who became Mrs. Rakes)
Robert MacMurray and his wife
Thomas Miller (40 years service 1884-1923)
Miss Ruth Purnell Webb
Miss. Duddridge (The school opens at Cedar Park)
Mr. A. C. Warford
Mr. G. Wright
Mrs. Pearl Wilson
Present Head Teacher
Mrs. Philippa Hepworth