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St Giles C E Primary School
Church Street, Great Maplestead, CO9 2RG, UK Halstead
+44 (0)1787 460481

Welcome to St. Giles school Gt. Maplestead

The seed from which Great Maplestead School grew dates back to 1836, the vision of a lady named Mrs Mary Gee (described as "a lady of large figure and of a bountiful heart" ).

She started a charity school, at which time there was already a Dame School, a Straw Plaiting School and a Church/Sunday School in the village.

It wasn't until 1863, when a Mr G R Hanbury presented a piece of land to Mrs Gee that the present school was built, entirely at her own expense. Mrs Gees dream became reality. The school was presented to the parish and the Vicar and the churchwardens became trustees; this is why the school adopted the name of the church, and became known as St Giles' Church of England School.

Open to both boys and girls from the age of 4, who were taught scripture, prayer, composition, dictation, and needle skills for the girls. Students would have spent their whole school life at St Giles', until 1943 when Hedingham Senior School was completed.

Much has changed over the years; the school was originally made up of 2 classrooms downstairs and upstairs was the school teacher's accommodation. Open fires were the only form of heating until the 1950's. Central heating didn't arrive until in 1985. The school's first phone was installed in 1955 and running water was not supplied until 1958. The inside toilet block was built in 1973 and in more recent years we are proud to have added a magnificent school hall and 3 new classrooms (all heated, with toilets, running water, computers & whiteboards!!).

We hope Mrs Gee would be proud to see her school today, a school which still holds a high profile within the community and has a dedicated workforce still building on the foundations she laid.


After school clubs run from 3.15pm until 4.15pm .

TUESDAY - DRAMA with Sandy Frost this is open to children in classes 3&4.

THURSDAY -FOOTBALL with Strikers ( there is a weekly charge for this club) Children of all ages are trained in ball skills by qualified coaches.

FRIDAY - Premier Sports run a SKILLS session for children of all ages.

Lunchtime clubs include:

Indoor drawing & games club, Choir, Football, Kwik Cricket.

Children organise and run groups for Tamagochis, Chess and Warhammer.


St Giles' is a small village school with an enthusiastic and dedicated staff who offer high standards of education and care.

We believe that strong home-school partnership is important so that the child can learn and mature in an atmosphere of mutual trust and understanding.

The ethos of the school is to provide a caring, secure, healthy learning environment where children are happy and self confident, can develop their individual talents and reach their full potential. We encourage the involvement of children and parents in making the learning journey together and aim for all of our students to enjoy their learning striving for excellence in all they do.

This brochure ( view brochure )contains information on the school, its aims, curriculum and activities. We warmly invite all prospective pupils and their parents to visit us and find out for themselves what we are all about. I will be happy to meet with you and show you around our delightful school.

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