The Park Primary School

The ‘Park Primary School’ is located on Chester Road in the heart of the village. It was officially opened on 30 April 1970 by Lady Plowden who, at that time, was a leading figure in the development of primary education. The School, innovative in design and concept, replaced the existing school (located on the High Street) which was no longer ‘fit for purpose’ – the pamphlet created for the opening of the ‘The Park County Primary School’ is shown below (click on image).

The ‘Park School’ was a perfect exemplar of community collaboration. The Plowden Report on primary education, published in 1967, focused on the needs and possibilities of primary schools and placed specific emphasis on educational progress and Community involvement. In this respect, Cheshire Education Committee and local Community representatives began designing a facility which fulfilled the criteria of educational thinking at that time, whilst constructing a building which was considered to be sympathetic to the immediate village environment. 

Instrumental in this positive outcome was the Parents’ Action Group, formed by Mrs Jennie Good. Meetings were held, names of supporters were gathered and future pupil numbers were agreed. Moreover, local MP, Wing Commander Grant Ferris, together with Mr Donald Good (representing the Action Group), Mr D Carr (representing the Parish Council) and the Rector, Rev. D Tassell travelled to London to meet the Civil Servant, Mr HO Dovey, who was employed at the Ministry of Education. 

Local Representatives of the Action Group at Westminster

 

The Park Primary School became a lynch-pin and hub of the Community with an active Parent School Association, a public library, baby clinic and with the uniformed brigades, the WI and the Parish Council all meeting in the School premises. A small swimming pool was added in 1973. Currently, the School is among the top performing primary schools in the country – in 2011 it was ranked top primary school in Cheshire. The school currently caters for 180 pupils (2012) with nearly 20 staff. There is a pre-school and a ‘Before and After’ School Club.

Should you wish to read about the history of educational provision in the village from the 1600s then simply click on ‘Educational Provision’ to direct you to this section of the Website. Similary, a Roman Coin found at the site, is displayed in the Artefacts section.

 

 

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