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There appears in Armathwaite to be two Schools:- the present establishment and the Old School. The latter building, now used as a village hall, was where education began in Armathwaite, in the early 19th Century; initially for the cost of 2pence per week per child, reductions for families with more than one child provided that the boys collected kindling for the fire and the girls helped with the cleaning! The schoolmaster lived in a small room above the classroom. Although the school, which unlike many rural schools in
The present school is now on the outskirts of the village near the station and there are wonderful views from the grounds across the
Educationally there have been changes in pupil admissions. Initially the school was for pupils of all ages and, for a time, older girls from other schools came to
A further change to the school’s status took place in the beginning of January 1975 when the school became a
In March 1979 the LEA called a meeting in school with the purpose of either retaining the school as an independent unit or federating with High Hesket. The latter proposal was rejected by 52 votes to 2. On 14th April 1985 there was a well-attended celebration for the 75th anniversary of the opening of the present building.
The school continues to thrive. It is well supported by parents and the community; as was demonstrated when the future of the school was last debated in 1999. Following the latest recent Ofsted inspection the school was described as one of the Country’s outstanding schools; a just reward for the dedication of the Headteacher and all her staff (teaching & non-teaching) and the support and hard work of the children, parents and the local community.
Mrs Anne SparrowEx Headteacher of