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Pitsea: High Road, Pitsea


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Pitsea School Pitsea School Pitsea School
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Location: Pitsea School
Photographer: Unknown
Year of photo: c.1915
Copyright: N/A
Comments: Pitsea Council School as seen in an early postcard view.
Location: Pitsea School
Photographer: Unknown
Year of photo: 1962
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Christmas 1962 Nativity play.
Location: Pitsea School
Photographer: P.G.C.
Year of photo: 15/11/2004
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Pitsea school nameboard - the old with the new. To the right of the sign is the new nameboard bearing the name Len Wastell, the infant schools new name.
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Pitsea School
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Location: Pitsea School
Photographer: Unknown
Year of photo: June 1961
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: The infant school sports day in 1961.
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Pitsea School opened as a Council school in 1909.

Sometime before the 1960s the original frontage was extended.

A swimming pool for the infant school was officially opened on Saturday 13th June 1970. The 16ft by 24ft pool was purchased at a cost of £459 and assembled on-site by a group of volunteer parents. Though not as deep as a standard learner pool the headmistress of the time, Mrs Goscombe, was confident the pool could be used to teach water confidence.

For many years the school was known as Pitsea County Infant & Junior Schools.

From 1st September, 2003 the infant school was renamed The Len Wastell Infant School in honour of the popular long serving school governor who died in 1999. Throughout this period the junior schools' name remained unchanged.

From September 2015 the two schools amalgamated under the new name Maple Grove Primary School.

Page added: 2001
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Text researched and written by William Cox, 2001 with revisions 2006,2010,2015.
Copyright © 2001, 2006, 2010, 2015, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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