Index next Page  Old St James School - EARLY DAYSPage 1  
In  1859  a  Sunday  school  for  boys  and girls was built in St.
Jamesís  parish  in a lane, later Guildford Road, off East Hill. A
Church  day  school  for infants was opened c.1836 in East Street.
Attendance  there  rose  from  52  in  1839 to 95 in 1846, but the
school  was  short  of money and, although it survived in 1852, it
seems to have closed soon after.

A  new  infant  school, under the patronage of Margaret Round, was
opened  c.1864 in a hired building in East Street. In the 1870s it
was  usually attended by c.140 children, and from 1878 it received
annual government grants.

The  building  was  condemned  in  1891,  and  in  1894,  when the
National branch school vacated its East Hill building, St. Jamesís
infants  moved  there.  In 1899, to prevent the establishment of a
board  school in the parish, the Rector, Fr C.C. Naters, started a
girls  school  and  soon afterwards a boys school in the East Hill
building,  and  moved  the  infants to St. Anneís mission, Harwich
Road.  In  1906  he  closed St. Jamesís boys department, which was
threatened  by the building of East Ward council school, and moved
the infants back to East Hill.

In  1930  St. Jamesís Church of England school was reorganized for
juniors and infants. In 1949 it was granted Aided status and moved
in  1961 to a new building for 120 children, opposite the old one.