Hungerford School opened in 1910, taking pupils up to the age of 14 in very crowded and cramped conditions.
Today, the school is a different place; light, airy and open plan in design. It is allowed to take a maximum of 392 pupils and there are currently 365 on roll.
The original school became a primary school in January 1963, when the senior pupils transferred to the newly built secondary – John O’Gaunt. The then headmaster Mr Davies, was praised in an HMI report for his patience and concern for pupils, despite the tremendous difficulties of staffing and accommodation.
The school is now two-form entry with a maximum intake of 56 pupils per year group. Most of our pupils are taken from The Croft Nursery School. Plenty of visits and much liaison takes place so that children and parents feel it is a natural and comfortable progression.
Of course, many things have changed over the last ninety years. The school was extended in 1991 (The new building officially opened in 1992). A covered swimming pool was built in 1980 and all pupils from Year 1 upwards have swimming lessons in the summer term.
Past pupils would find that their old assembly hall is now a modern computer suite complete with eighteen networked machines and a whiteboard to enhance teaching. All pupils in Year 3 upwards have their own e-mail address and regularly use the Internet to support their learning needs.
Interactive whiteboards have been fitted in half of the classrooms (September 2004) and there is a commitment to installing them in the rest of the teaching rooms by July 2005.
The national curriculum is covered from Years 1 – 6 and includes daily Literacy and Numeracy Hours. The topics are subject-based, ranging from The Gambia in Geography, to The Earth in Space in Science. The aim is to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, encouraging children to become lifelong learners.
One aspect that hasn’t altered over the years is the commitment from the school to be part of the local community. Visitors find the ethos of the school warm and welcoming and the aims of the staff include developing an awareness of, and concern for, others in the community.
The Headteacher and Staff of Hungerford Primary School continue to work towards improving and updating all aspects of school life and moving forwards in the 21st century.
Moving to the area? Live close by? Please visit us and see for yourselves.
Headteacher: Karen Sawyer
Hungerford C.P. School, Fairview Road, Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 0BT.
Tel: 01488 682230 Fax: 01488 681625