• East Brent First School began in 1841 as a Church of England Foundation School.

  • It is a listed building of architectural and historic importance.

  • Bible passages, nationalist songs and poems were learned by rote. Gardening, woodwork and needlework were also part of the school work.

  • At times the children were hardly at school which closed 2 to 3 weeks for blackberry picking, a week for the Harvest Home and days off for Empire Day!

  • The school was frequently closed due to illness, insanitary conditions and bad weather.

  • The British School (now the Village Hall) was built in 1880 as an alternative to the 'Church' school.

  • In March 1902 there was very bad attendance as children were allowed to go stag hunting in the village.

  • On 2 Oct 1905, the cart bringing children from Rooksbridge re-commenced running after a stoppage of several weeks due to an accident to the pony.

  • Empire Day was celebrated on 23rd May 1913, the school closed in the afternoon. Children paraded with flags & sang “Flags of Britain”, “Rule Britannia”, “Auld Lang Syne”, “Killarney” and “Men of Harlech”. They then marched to the Vicarage for tea and then through village to a field for sports, donkey riding & games till dark.

  • In 1940, both schools accepted a number of evacuee children mostly from East London.

  • In 1948, the British School became East Brent County Infants School (ages 5 to 7 years) and the Church School became East Brent Church of England Voluntary Controlled Junior School (7 to 11 years).

  • The two schools amalgamated in 1973 and became East Brent Primary.

  • It was renamed East Brent Church of England First School in 1976.

  • It is now East Brent C of E First School (5-9 years).

Some history about our school.

Miss Claridge is a retired teacher and part of the village history group.

She teaches art and latin to our children on a weekly basis.

The history of our school is an ongoing research project.

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With thanks to Miss Claridge