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Downton - Downton Church of England Primary School, Downton

The school was built by the local School Board in 1895 to accommodate children from the Free School and the British Schools. It was an elementary (all age) school and could take about 80 infants and 264 older children. It opened on 17th February 1896 with separate departments for boys and girls and a separate room for the infants. In 1899 the average attendance was 48 infants, 116 boys and 54 girls ( other girls went to the National Girls School). The school was transferred to Wiltshire County Council in 1903. Numbers of pupils fluctuated; there were 225 in 1914, 192 in 1927, and 143 in 1938.

It remained an all age school until 1964 when a secondary modern school was built and the Gravel Close School was used for infants and juniors only. The infants and girls from the Church of England Girls School in Barford Lane were also transferred here and the school then seems to have become the Church of England School at that time. There were 269 pupils in 1975. By 2002 there were 221 pupils aged between 4 and 11 years at the school, who can then transfer to Downton School and remain in the village until they are 16.
 

Note: School Still Open - Current Details:

Address
Gravel Close
Downton
Salisbury
SP5 3LZ
Wilts
  
Telephone No.01725 510556
Fax01725 512335
Age Range4 to 11
District Council Area
NurseryNo
ResidentialNo
Special Facilities AvailableNo
Web Sitewww.downton-pri.wilts.sch.uk

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