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Nevendon County Primary: Burnt Mills Road, Nevendon

Nevendon County Primary School    
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Nevendon County Primary School opened during 1927 as a Council school. Situated in Burnt Mills Road, it replaced an earlier National school which stood nearby in Nevendon Road that was built around 1886.

In August 1926 the Education Committee were preparing to accept tenders for the erection of the new school. In late September it was announced that building contractor T.J. Bailey of Chelmsford had submitted the lowest tender, which had been accepted and work commenced during the last months of the year.

During the Second World War air-raid shelters were constructed within the school grounds.

In the 1950s as development of Basildon New Town got under way the school was used as an overflow to cater for a large contingent of children moving into the newly completed housing estates in Fryerns.

The school was a single storey building of a traditional design and set in around 4 acres of land. Girls and Infants were known to use a separate entrance from the boys and a large playing field to the rear of the school was used for sporting events. There was no swimming pool though trips to a pool in Hutton took place before Gloucester Park opened in the late 1960s. An outside feature was the toilet block built adjacent to the school field. The school did provide its own meals cooked in the schools' in-house kitchen.

By the late 1960s the facilities at the school were considered primitive and in protest a Parents Association action group was formed in 1970 with the aim of lobbying the Basildon Education Committee into providing indoor toilets, safety barriers and a school hall. Permission was eventually given for the provision of six indoor toilets. Pupil numbers at the turn of the decade stood at around 280. A new portacabin classroom was later provided which became class 3 though the hut, which served as a dining hall was still in use in 1970.

The school closed in July 1983 due to falling pupil numbers.

Following closure the building found use as a polling station during elections, a use it may have provided when it was open. The playing fields have now been built over and the school has now found an alternate use as the Basildon Information and Technology Education Centre.

Past Headmasters of the school include Mr. W.J. Budgen (1960s-1970s), Mr. J.J. Wright (1970s).

Former teachers' at the school include: Miss Rogers, Mr. Jenkins, Miss Brett, Mrs G. Burles, who also played the piano, Mrs Priddle, Mr Tear (Headmaster?), Mr. J. Coward, Miss Brett, Mrs Black, Mrs Walker, Mrs Bell, Mrs Peggy Floate, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Wright, Mrs Curzon, Mrs Elvin, Miss Reece, and Mrs Colby who was acting head in the schools' final years.

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Page added: 2009

Text researched and written by William Cox, 2009 with revisions 2011.
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