Stowupland Elementary education in the 20th century

1901 Arthur Gillet Bramhall was head master and the school name was Stowupland Council School

1922, Arthur Gillet Bramhall was due to retire as head master. Mr M.R. Harwoord was chairman of the Board of managers.

Space for 216 children at Public Elementary School for Stowupland and Creeting St Peter.

In 1935 Miss Ada Kinch replaced Mr Bramhall.

1939 the school had to make arrangements to accommodate a large group of evacuee children  from Ilford, see Stowupland Strangers.

School managers included Mr George Carter, Mrs J. Forrest and Mr Robert Wilden.

A newspaper of   April 15th, 1949, carried  complaints from a school manager relating to sewage and transport :

– “‘I’ve been fighting for the school sewers for years’ said Mr Meakin,  ‘At the moment we have a static tank, and the council come round and collect the stuff in a lorry.’

– ” This is just a junior school now’ he went on to explain, ‘ for the under 10 and a halfs. The rest go to Stowmarket. But I think they ought to provide a school bus. The education authorities provide bicycles and leggings, and everything – but no other transport. Some have to come from Creeting – and some of the youngest kids are five’”map showing Stowupland primary school and Holy Trinity church

In the mid 1950s Ada Kinch was fianlly able to retire. She was replaced by Mr Ron Wright who moved into the schoolhouse with his wife and 2 young boys. In 1957 Charles Foord joined the teaching staff.

This sketch shows how Mrs Wright and her son Pip remembered the layout of the classrooms in the 1950s.

A sketch of the layout os the school before 1964 extension work

This photo caused some debate when it was posted on Facebook. Other then that it was a classroom before the extensions there was no agreement as to which room it was.

photo of children at their desks
1960's school lunch time

In the mid 1950s Ada Kinch retired and Mr Ron Wright with his wife and 2 boys moved into the school house.

1964, saw a further extension to the school on land provided by Charles Freeman, school later known as Stowupland County Primary.

The school managers were

Chair; Mr A.G. Addison M.B.E. JP

The Rev. Prebendary M. Fountain Page M.A. Mr J. Runeckles, Mrs J, Carter (Ena), Mrs R.Wrinch, Mr F. Welham.


school building
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The new Assembly hall in 1964
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A press report of the new layout of the school
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1965 East Suffolk LEA advisory notice of school extension
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1964 report of Earl Stonham's speech on the Official reopening of Stowupland Primary School
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Mr R. Wright retired in 1973

In 1974 Charles Foord retired

1983 renamed as Freeman County Primary School