Primary Education and school

“The poor though desirous, are without the means of instruction, but the children attend Stowmarket National school” {ECA: 1818 Select Committee on Education etc Stowupland)

In 1818 Some Stowupland children did attend Stowmarket National School

Freeman Community Primary School

The school has been renamed several times and been extended several times, but the original school is still there.

19th century

1868 – a parcel of land in ‘Pitman’s Fieldwas sold by members of the Freeman family for a Parish school for Poor children. The curriculum was to be overseen by ‘the minister and church wardens’

1874 Rev. Long (qv), Vicar of Stowupland claimed that the National School was larger than the Dept allowed, he said the lobby (14′ 9″ by 8′ was used as a classroom. The Dept pointed out ‘that the dimensions of the school are still only suitable for for 32 while 65 places needed’ . In the following month the majourity decision of the Vestry was to adopt a school board. and the following month a meeting of ratepapers passed a resolution for form the Board with Creeting St peter aggreeing to form part of the boeard since their children attended Stowupland’s national School {ECA}

1875 ‘The Holy scriptures are read daily from 9.10 to 9.30 No exception has yet been made or desired concerning this.’

1875, State Education Act, and formation of School Board (on Feb 8th with 5 members, T.E.Carter as clerk)

1876, extension to the school. and teachers residence added at cost of e£950 conveyance document for the school

1886 it was renamed the  National School

1889,  another extension to the school. Earliest log book dated 15th July 1889, it was an old=fashioned leather book with a lock and key which had to be broken open as the key was missing

1895 the school board resolved that the Bible should be read in the school for 15 minutes each day.

1896/7 another classroom was added

1900the Drill Sergeant took Standards 3 to 6 in the playground.

A very brief general history of education as it affected Stowupland

1870 School Boards were set up to build and manage schools in areas where they were needed.Religious teaching was to be ‘non denominational’

1880 school attendance was made compulsary for 5 to 10 year olds, by 1899 attendance wasmade compulsory up to the age of 12.

1902 School ‘Boards’ were abolished and control of  schoosl was placed in the hands of Local Education Authorities.

1944 free secondary school education was made available to all, in either Grammar, Secondary Modern or Technical schools.

20th century

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

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

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

Relating to School sewage: Unnamed newspaper –  April 15th, 1949.

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

 School transport: “A SCHOOL BUS

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

1964, 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.

1983 renamed as Freeman County Primary School