Set in tranquil surroundings Pinchmill
Lower School was opened in 1974. The school is currently a lower
school but plans to become a primary school from 2017.
The local environment is rich in
natural and historical resources including a nearby nature reserve and
Pinchmill Islands from which the school takes its name.
Head Teacher: Mrs Vanessa Coleman
Business Manager: Mrs Krystal Perry
Link to Pinchmill
A Letter from the Head Teacher
Welcome to Pinchmill Lower School where we are proud of our school,
every child in it and every one of our successes. Our aim is that each
child should strive for excellence and reach their full potential, it
is our mission to enable this!
We believe that the years in our school are a vital step in the
journey and the future of our children. These years lay the
foundations for future learning and develop an attitude towards
learning which will last a lifetime. Choosing a school that is right
for your child is essential for you and your child's future. We
encourage all prospective parents to come and visit the school where
you will be able to see how we teach and learn, find out about the
ethos of the school, discover how the schools 'works' and gain an
insight into the opportunities that your child will have at Pinchmill.
It is our aim to provide every child with a happy, positive and
productive learning experience, through the environment and the
learning opportunities. Every child is encouraged and supported to do
and be the best that they can be. We create a curriculum which is
exciting, stimulating, balanced and broadly based. There are constant
opportunities and experiences where each child can develop their
knowledge, concepts, skills and understanding. The curriculum also
promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical
development of each child and prepares them for the opportunities,
responsibilities and experiences of future life.
We are an inclusive school and everyone is welcome, this is
particularly important in preparing the children for the world outside
school. Respect, care and courtesy are a priority for adults and
children in the school, along with many other values that are
essential in preparing for life after school.
Learning is most effective, rapid and stimulating when parents are
involved and interested in their child's activities and in the work of
the school. Here at Pinchmill we foster a family ethos, encouraging
and welcoming parents' support in the education of their child. We
offer opportunities throughout the year for you to be involved in
their learning, and welcome visitors and support in school if you have
any free time. We also believe that being part of our local community
is essential, we take part in many events in partnership with the
community and involve them in events that take place in school. We
also have close links with the local church and hold several events
there each year. The partnership that we build together is essential
for your child's future here and beyond!
I hope you have found this useful as an introduction to Pinchmill and
would be delighted to welcome you for a visit. We aim to provide you
with any information that you require, tell you as much as we can
about the school and why we believe it is special. Hopefully the
website will help with this, but should you require further
information please feel free to ask!
Pinchmill School Consultation Report.
Click Here to view the Report on Pinchmill Lower School consultation on changing the
school age range from 2017 onwards.
Pinchmill School Association (PSA)
Pinchmill School Association (PSA) is a group of parents who organise fundraising
activities for Pinchmill Lower School. These range from Quiz
Nights to 70's discos and sponsored walks. We also provide
practical support for school events, such as teas and cakes
after assemblies and sports days etc.
Over the past years the
PSA have raised funds towards school library and reading books;
a living willow structure, picnic benches and lines for the
playground; a wooden playhouse and play boat, and many more items
which are all appreciated by children and staff alike. For more
details please leave a message for Sarah Croft at the school.
PSA Members - Sarah Dalziel, Keeley Daize, Sophie Mayes, Patsy
Reynolds, Anna Simmonds, Sue Thompson. PSA Contact: Krystal Perry
Pinchmill School Staff
Pinchmill School Association Christmas Fayre
A school has stood in Felmersham since
1846 when the National School was built opposite the church in The
High Road. It had a single classroom with outside toilets which gave off
an 'unbearable' smell. The early school also suffered from a lack of
heating, poor lighting and no ventilation. In 1912, a temperature of two
degrees below freezing was recorded in the classroom.
The Education Act of 1870
authorised (but did not require) the local authorities to compel children
to attend school between the ages of 5 and 13. The school was therefore extended in 1869, by the
addition of a gallery, to accommodate the increased number of children.
However, in the 1880's the school was
still insufficient in size to accommodate the 90-100 children. The
classroom was partitioned in order to separate the children and reduce the
level of noise. During the second world war the school population
increased again when children were evacuated from the large cities to
country areas like Felmersham.
In the early days many of the children
were kept away from school because the parents could not afford the fees,
which were abolished in 1891, or because they were needed to work on the
land or in the home.
extension opened by Alistair Burt MP
13 May 2005.
It was during the Second World War that Felmersham and Radwell began
fund raising for a village hall but the fund stagnated. With the
proposed replacement in the early seventies of the village school a
unique opportunity presented itself for a joint venture, whereby the
new facility would combine the new school with a village hall. Fund
raising within the community provided the village share of the
£86,000 building costs and the school and village hall opened in
September 1974. Taking the name Pinchmill from the archipelago of
islands in the River Ouse, the school was named Pinchmill Lower
A new classroom was added in 2004 and in 2005 the school was again
extended to accommodate a new library, art-room, ICT room and the
classrooms were extended.
Pinchmill School Photo circa 1985
(Photo: Jean Pritchard)
School Staff circa 1977.Left to Right
Sue Webster ?
Front Row: Janet Eyre, Bob Shore, Jean Pritchard
(Photo: Jean Pritchard)
Link to Pinchmill School
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