The school has been on the present site since 1981. Prior to that, the old buildings on the High Street provided the school setting for over one hundred years.As with many former school buildings, the old site was converted to houses.
Despite occupying a relatively short period in the overall history of education in Turvey, the new site has witnessed a number of major changes.
Pupil numbers had dropped to around 30 during the early 1990s. The school appeared on a preliminary list of possible closures as a result. Drastic action needed to be taken. Using a change in Government policy, we started to admit children from both Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. In order to do this, it became necessary to reduce class sizes and to offer parents and children a number of other incentives. After school clubs, evening and weekend use of the facilities, a swimming pool open throughout the Summer holidays, a school shop selling not just student equipment but lightbulbs, soap, shampoo,etc, became focal points of attention.
During the next few years, pupil numbers doubled which meant more income, therefore more staff with always an intention to maintain the attractive class sizes. A rather hefty overdraft was also eliminated...
Since many of our actions were `unusual` to say the least, the obvious step forward was to apply to become a self-governing Grant Maintained school. This was achieved in 1997 when we became one of the smallest GM schools in the country. We received superb support from the Grant Maintained Agency and also David Jackson, the then Headteacher of Sharnbrook Upper School, already GM, where our children eventually moved on to.
During this period we instigated split classes ensuring that no children of different age groups were taught together. We have maintained this principle to the present day and have every intention of maintaining both split groups and small classes (18 per class at the beginning of the Autumn term 2005).
Following a change of Government, GM status was abolished and we elected to become a Foundation school. We still retain a fair degree of independence particularly in our financial management and also in our policy implementation. Two full size extensions in three years have catered for our ever increasing numbers. For the first time in the entire history of Turvey schooling, we exceeded 100 pupils on our registers at the beginning of the Summer term in 2003.
This number is predicted to be maintained for at least the next three years, thus ensuring our split group policy. We retain our own admission policy - good news for prospective parents - meaning we can offer places (if available) for quite a few years forward. Currently, we have a list which extends as far as 2009. It`s never too early to contact us!
Our Foundation Stage room occupies one of the two extensions and enjoys it`s own private play area and garden away from the main playground and field. A library extension was completed during the Summer term of 2005. A complete refurbishment of the administration area was completed in May 2006 - this included a new staffroom, finance office and kitchen.
Key Stage 1 results have consistently exceeded the LEA results which in turn have consistently exceeded national averages.
So, a brief history of the last couple of decades. If you would like to contribute to this historical perspective why not get in touch with us via the `contact us` section of this website?
We look forward to hearing from you!