The new Wharton CE Junior School building was completed in 1998 on a greenfield site just off Greville Drive. Bishop Michael of Birkenhead and Mr. D. Newton, Chairman of Cheshire County Council officially opened the new school building.
The new school is built in the shape of a cross, has ten classrooms, a multipurpose hall , a large library and extensive playing fields.
In 2003 the school hosted a celebration to mark the 5th birthday of the new building and the presentation of the Arts Mark Gold Award. As part of the celebration the Bishop of Birkenhead dedicated a new sculpture ‘Stones of Life, Journey of Silver' by Lorna Green. The sculpture now graces the entrance to our school grounds.
The school not only has close links with Leaf Lane our partner infant school and Verdin High School but works with all schools in the town as part of the Winsford Education Partnership.
History of Wharton School
Wharton C.E. Junior School is of National school foundation, built in 1846. Queen Victoria and the then Archbishop of Canterbury donated money for the project.
Wharton Schools, as they were, comprised of three schools on the same site. Each school had its own building, head teacher and staff- they were Wharton Infant School, Wharton Girls School (7yrs-14yrs) and Wharton Boys School (7yrs-14yrs). The schools were situated in a triangle of land between School Road and Wharton Road.
Our present school has mementoes of this early Victorian-Edward period with a Victorian sampler, photographs of the 'Girls at the turn of the century' and a Boer War Memorial in brass to a former pupil. Even more poignantly there is a large First World War Memorial to all the school's old boys who fell in the great conflict.
These arrangements continued until after the Second World War when the secondary school age children, boys and girls went to the new secondary school in Winsford. Wharton C of E Primary School was created when the secondary children left for their new school.
Winsford grew in the 1960's and the infants left the existing site to their new purpose built school in Leaf Lane, Wharton. The junior boys and girls were left in the Wharton school site, which continued to provide for their education.
Concerns grew with the school ability to provide the necessary accommodation to meet the demands of the National Curriculum and an expanding school population. There were safety concerns as well with some children being escorted across School Road to the playgrounds throughout the school day. The Victorian planners had also forgotten to provide any school field.