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Kidmore End C E (Aided) Primary School
Chalkhouse Green Road, Kidmore End, RG4 9AU, UK Reading
+44 (0)118 972 3149


Our school from past to present...

Welcome to our school website. We hope that you will find the information helpful and informative; the full prospectus can be downloaded using the link on the right. You may also wish to read the school profile which can be found here. The school secretary, Mrs Knight, or I can be contacted by ‘phone or email if you have any questions.
Kidmore End School first opened its doors in 1856 to only six pupils. The school has been enlarged over the years and we can now accommodate 210 pupils in seven classes. We have close links with the Church and community and it is our aim to provide a warm and caring learning environment, based on Christian principles, where children can flourish. We offer our pupils a rich and varied curriculum in order to develop them both socially and academically.

There is an after school club held on site from Monday to Thursday until 6 o’clock. On Friday we have ‘Clubs Night’ for children in Key Stage Two who may choose to go to the chess or sports club (Y6), or express themselves at creative club. We also run an after school choir and have specialist sports coaches at various times throughout the year.

Our school is in a delightful setting and the children benefit from having a large playing field as well as a traditional playground and a wildlife garden. Children in the foundation stage (ages 4-5) have a secure all weather area in which to play.

I hope that you enjoy browsing the pages of this website which describe the school in more detail. If you are thinking of sending your child here, why not come and see the school for yourself? I regularly hold open afternoons when you can hear more about us and see for yourself what we do, you will find the dates and times in the in the ‘Diary Dates’ section. I look forward to meeting you then.

Janet Maul


School begins              8.55 a.m.
Morning Break             10.30 -10.45 a.m.
Lunchtime                    12.15 -1.15 p.m.
Afternoon Break          2.30 - 2.45 p.m. (Infants only)
School Ends                 3.15 p.m.

Children are supervised on the playground after 8.45am. We ask you not to arrive before this, as the teachers need time to prepare for the day. To ensure their safety, children must be escorted into the playground.

Staff List

Head Teacher

Mrs Janet Maul

Deputy Head Teacher

Miss Rachel Dove

Teaching Staff

Mrs Vicky Olsen
Mrs Patricia Elliott
Miss Charlotte Shepherd
Mrs Pat Linton
Mrs Brenda Ferguson
Mr Richard Stainthorp
Miss Rachel Dove

Bursar Dr Derek Hepburn
Teaching Assistants

Mrs Mary Crouch
Mrs Chris Brown           
Mrs Anita Pearce
Mrs Maria Burt
Mrs Laurie Steyn
Mrs Jane Mott
Mrs Chris Wisniewski
Mrs Katy Brereton

School Secretary Mrs Jackie Whittle
Kitchen Staff

Mrs Joyce Wise (Sonning Common)

Senior Midday Supervisor Mrs Maria Burt
Midday Supervisors

Ms Nicki Johnson
Mrs Katy Brereton
Mrs Laurie Steyn

Peripatetic Music Teachers

Mr Clive Sieling (Cello)
Mr Michael Edwards (Brass)
Mr Alan Whetton (woodwind)
Mrs Ward (Keyboard)
Mrs Jane Haine (Recorder)
Mrs Deeks (Violin/Viola)

After School Club

Mrs Barbara Pearce

School Nurse

Mrs Sandra Stickland

An extract from an article by Barbara Dove published in the Berkshire Family Historian Website

When attempting to discover the social background of children, particularly in the nineteenth century, but also in more recent times,family historians often neglect school records. Yet for those who have never been tempted to explore these records they can provide valuable insights into how schools were integrated into the community, especially in rural areas. The main sources, and certainly the most illuminating, are log books. The earliest log books date from 1862 when legislation was introduced requiring headteachers to record the daily life in Government-financed schools. Barbara Dove has been looking through some local school records.

A log book, started in 1863 at Kidmore End Primary School, sets out what is expected from teachers:

‘The Principal Teacher must daily make in the Log Book the briefest entry which will suffice to specify either ordinary progress, or whatever other fact concerning the School or its Teachers, such as the dates of withdrawals, commencements of duty, cautions, illness, &c., may require to be referred to at a future time, or may otherwise deserve to be recorded. No reflections or opinions of a general character are to be entered in the Log Book. No entry once made in the Log Book may be removed nor altered otherwise than by a subsequent entry. The Inspector will call for the Log Book at his annual visit, and will report whether it appears to have been properly kept throughout the year. The summary of the Inspector’s Report, when communicated by the Committee of Council to the Managers, must be copied into the Log Book by the Secretary of the latter, who must also enter the names and description of all teachers to be added to, or withdrawn from, those entered by the Inspector, according to the decision of the Committee of council upon the Inspector’s Report’.

The content varies greatly from school to school and, naturally, accordingly to when and by whom it was written. So here are just a few of the jottings I found in log books at Kidmore End, from the years between 1863 and 1904.

19 May 1863 Attendance very small. (Weather) N.B. In this village, where the homes of most of the children are so distant from the school, wet or very cold weather, lefsens greatly the attendance.

8 October 1868 1st class not well attended. Boys wanted for work in the field and for tending cattle.

14 June 1869 Entry covers over three pages the name, age, when admitted and standard of 68 children present at the school.

3 April 1871 Harry Castell and George Prior punished for playing truant yesterday afternoon. No drill in the afternoon, the weather being damp and showery.

17 May 1872 George Cleater not to come to school while his younger brother is sick from Measles. Jesse Yates sent away for being ragged and dirty.

10 June 1872 The School pence received this morning found deficient of 1/2d, when counted over, suspicion aroused that one of the older children had been guilty of theft.

11 June 1872 The suspicion aroused yesterday found to be correct, the girl (E.H.) confessing her guilt to the Vicar, after perfect evidence had been obtained of it.

1 January 1878 School reopened; fair attendance, with unfavourable weather. Mary E. Jennings 3rd year Pupil Teacher, arrived from Sopley, on Saturday last, and M. Maria Suffolk, from Baxterley, Warwickshire, 1st. year Candidate, on Monday, 31 December. Divine Service at 11.30.

2 April 1878 The School could not be commenced until 9.45, owing to the School room chimney having caught fire. The Scripture Lesson therefore omitted.

25 May 1878 (this entry is edged with a black border and Memorandum written at the side) The Mistress and two teachers started for Henley on Saturday morning about 8 a.m.; after proceeding about a mile, at the corner of the road leading to Peppard, the conveyance, which was proceeding at a rapid rate was overturned, and they were all thrown out. Help having been obtained, they returned to Kidmore, a messenger being despatched by the Vicar to Henley to inform H.M. Inspector of the accident. Mary Jennings escaped with slight contusion of the forehead, the Mistress and Maria Suffolk more seriously injured. Being unable to attend to their duties, School was kept on the following Monday and Tuesday by the Vicar and M. Jennings, assisted by Mifs Sturges and Mrs Henman; and then temporarily closed.

Medical aid was called in on Monday May 27th; Maria Suffolk grew rapidly worse from Friday, 31st. and expired on Sunday eve., June 2nd. her Mother, having been telegraphed for, arrived the eve, previous. Mr Suffolk arrived too late to see his daughter alive. On Tuesday, June 4th, her remains were conveyed to her own home, Baxterley Warwickshire.

School remained closed during this week the Mistress being unable to attend.

Log book describing the accident

Extract from the log book describing the accident

18 June 1878 Two temporary Scholars admitted. Highest attendance ever made (132) both morning and afternoon.

12 December 1881 Two tons of coal brought in. School routine as usual during week.

8 January 1883 Commenced taking Dictation on paper. Spelling very bad.

The Toms family left and gone to Hook End School because their father was summoned and fined for not sending them regularly.

29 October 1883 I, William Colwill, Certificated Master of the Second Class, late Head master of the Westonzoyland Board School, Somerset commenced my duties in this School today.

5 November 1883 This afternoon the village policeman came to the School and complained that a boy had thrown a stone at a duck in the pond opposite the school and had broken its leg. On inquiry I found that several had been throwing but the boy who struck the duck was called Hicks. I cautioned him and announced to the whole school that any boy who throws stones during the dinner hour or at play time will be caned.

Only 70 children present this afternoon. Several gone gathering acorns.

14 December 1883 On Monday the children who stay to school to dinner were given hot coffee with their food.

They seemed to enjoy it very much. This was done on Wednesday and today, and it has certainly been the means of making the children look more cheerful in the afternoon, and has improved the attendance in the afternoon, as some who previously went home to dinner and sometimes did not return to afternoon school now stay in the school for dinner.

28 June 1886 School Year 1885-86

Corporal Punishment has been inflicted in this school during the past year for the following offences: Lying: Petty Thefts: Frequent inattention to lessons: Obstinacy: Stone throwing: Idleness: Copying and Prompting. The three later have been the most frequent.

The punishment mostly consisted of one stroke on the hand sometimes one on each hand.

30 November 1887 Mr Sutton, Dyson’s Wood, came to the School at dismissal this afternoon and handed the master 10 shillings towards the ‘Coffee Fund’. He said he was unable to be present at the Church when the collection was made and therefore wished to give something privately

20 January 1888 Dinners this week provided by Miss Tyrrell. They consisted of Soup on Tuesday and Irish Stew today, about 50 children partook on each occasion.

21 March 1888 Rose Randall buried this afternoon.

12 October 1891 Wet this morning, several children have left today, Fathers gone to other villages for work. The usual Michaelmas changes.

Admitted 2 boys called Godding.

28 July 1892 Boys Cricket Match this afternoon, Peppard and Kidmore.

15 October 1894 The urinal attached to the boys closet was choked up owing to the rain but was soon cleared again. On account of the mornings being very cold fires were commenced on the Tuesday of last week.

19 April 1901 Average for week 127. On books 143 89%. The new classes have settled into their fresh work during the week. The first class consists of 44 children very unequal in attainments, it is rather difficult to keep them at work and also to superintend the other classes.

report of Diocesan Inspector (Copy)

‘The school throughout is making very satisfactory progress, especially the children of the highest division, who answered very intelligently.’

B’p’s Prize Bertrum Lovejoy

Commended Group 3 Beatrice Wise, Arthur Russell, Lily Cook, Edith Callis, Jno Ledbury,* Wm Long,* Frank Beasley. Group2 Sid Ambrose, Archie Old, Wm Cook, Ethel Beesley, Elbena Cox, Lily Middleton. *Won Bp’s Prize in former years. J.W. Nutt Inspector

29 June 1904 Visited the school. The rooms are crowded, and the question of the Enlargment of the school needs serious attention. The walls sh’be coloured, and the doors made to open outwards. The infant room is scarcely adequately lighted. E.F. Davidson H.M.I.

The original article can be seen at :

Illness During Term-time

Please ring the school as soon as possible to explain the reason for absence, preferably between 8.30 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. Children must bring a note to confirm the reason for their absence when they return to school.
If a child has had sickness and/or diarrhoea they should not return to school until they have had neither for 24 hours.

Other Absence

If your child is going to be absent from school for any other reason please inform the school by letter. It is preferable that holidays are not taken during term time, however we recognise that families will sometimes need to do this. Holiday absence is normally restricted to two weeks a year (10 working days), but can only be authorised if the school is given at least two weeks advance notice.

If your child is in Year 2, it is important to note that the children will be
undergoing National Curriculum Assessment Tasks between March and May. The Year 6 tests are conducted each May, and the dates cannot be changed. It is impossible for children to sit these tests at any time other than the prescribed dates. Please avoid taking holiday absence during this time.

First Aid

When necessary, simple first aid is applied in school. We have several staff who have up-to-date training in first aid. Minor bumps and bruises will be dealt with by us on site. If your child has a bump on the head you will receive a letter so that you can monitor him/her over the next 48 hours. If an accident needs hospital or other medical attention, we try to contact you first. It is extremely important that we have up-to-date addresses and telephone numbers so that we can find you quickly in case of an emergency.


As directed by the County we are not permitted to administer any medications, except to treat a notified condition where staff have been specifically trained. You are free to come into school to do so or alternatively keep your child at home until he/she is completely recovered. We make some exceptions, e.g. for asthmatic children who need to use an inhaler regularly. These must be clearly and securely named. We cannot allow any child to use an inhaler unless we have been informed that they are asthmatic. Please keep us informed of any medical condition your child may have.

We have a school uniform. We expect children to wear it as indicated below. Children transferring from other schools may wear their existing uniform until replacements are obtained. A School Uniform order form can be downloaded here.

Girls Winter Uniform

Boys Winter Uniform

Red polo shirt with school logo*
or red roll neck jumper#
Both items are pillar box red
Navy skirt or pinafore dress
Smart tailored navy trousers
Navy sweatshirt or cardigan with school logo*
White or navy socks or navy tights

Red polo shirt with school logo*
or red roll neck jumper#
Both items are pillar box red
Grey school trousers
Navy sweatshirt with school logo*

Grey or navy socks

*Polo shirts, cardigans and sweatshirts with the school logo can be bought from school.

# Red polo shirts without the logo can be bought from John Lewis (Banner) or Jacksons (David Luke).

# Red roll neck jumpers can be bought from John Lewis (Profor) or Jacksons (Banner).

Girls Summer Uniform

Boys Summer Uniform

Red gingham 1/4" check dress or blue trousers with shirt (as winter)
Navy cardigan or sweatshirt with school logo*
White or navy socks

Red polo shirt with school logo*
Grey trousers or shorts
Navy sweatshirt with school logo*
Grey or navy socks


School shoes must be well fitting, flat and black. A pair of trainers or plimsolls should be available in school at all times for use in PE lessons.

Sportswear for Physical Education (P.E)

We expect children to change into appropriate sports kit for both indoor and outdoor activities. Sports kit should be kept in a shoe / P.E. bag of the draw-string bag type. We do not have room to store large sports’ bags
All children will require black or white plimsolls.

Girls PE Kit

Infant Boys PE Kit

Junior Boys PE Kit

White T-Shirt or polo shirt
Navy Shorts
Navy netball skirt (juniors only)

White T-Shirt or polo shirt
Navy shorts

Football Shirt
Football Shorts
Football Boots or sensible trainers

Navy Tracksuits can be worn for outdoor games in the winter months. For health and safety reasons and to encourage a tidy appearance, children should not wear any jewellery at school. If your child has pierced ears, only studs can be worn. Watches must be removed before a child can do P.E. for safety reasons. If your child has long hair it must be tied back with a hair band.

Girls Swimming (Years 4,5 & 6)

Boys Swimming (Years 4,5 & 6)

One piece costume

Trunks (not shorts)

Please note - goggles are not allowed unless there is a medical reason. This is in line with Oxfordshire County Policy.

Children should have an outdoor coat appropriate to the season.
Children should have either an apron or old shirt for Art and Technology.
Children will also need a school bag for their needs of the day. Due to limited cloakroom space, please do not sent your child with a large holdall. School Reading/Homework Bags are available from the school.

All items of clothing and equipment should be clearly marked with your child’s name.

If the school has to close in an emergency for any reason, a message would be broadcast on 210FM (VHF/FM 97 and 102.9) and on BBC Radio Oxford (VHF/FM 95.2). Please do not ring the radio station, but stay tuned for information. Details of re-opening would be broadcast in the same way.

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