Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, Cuckfield

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Holy Trinity CE (Aided) Primary School
logo of the school, a church steeple with a cuckoo on one side
Motto We learn, we celebrate, we succeed
Established c.1512
Type Voluntary Aided School
Religion Church of England
Headteacher Ms. Joanna C. Munn
Founder Edward Flower
Location Glebe Road
West Sussex
RH17 5BE
England Coordinates: 51°00′32″N 0°08′06″W / 51.0089°N 0.135°W / 51.0089; -0.135
DfE number 938/3350
DfE URN 126054 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 314
Gender mixed
Website holy-trinity-cuckfield.eschools.co.uk/website

Holy Trinity Church of England (Aided) Primary School is situated in the village of Cuckfield near Haywards Heath in West Sussex, England. Formerly known as Cuckfield School the school was founded in 1512 making it one of the oldest schools, and the oldest state school, still operating in the United Kingdom. The school was moved to a new building in 1991 when the building now known as The Old School, adjacent to the church (Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield),[1] became unfit for purpose. The school was re-christened as Holy Trinity to maintain its links with the village church and to emphasise its Christian ethos. Although it has had a name changed and was relocated to a different site within the village local historians consider it to be one and the same school and celebrations to mark the 500th Anniversary are underway this year including a special service to be held at Chichester Cathedral. The new building was opened by the Bishop of Chichester in September 1991.

Children join the school in the academic year in which they are five years old and transfer to secondary school when they are eleven. The maximum number of children admitted each year is 45 and the school has approximately 315 on roll at any time. It is a one and a half form entry school.

The school is situated in six and a half acres of land owned by the Church. There are eleven classrooms, a modern computer suite, a newly refurbished library, a music room, administration area and several small rooms for group work and individual lessons. The school also has a large assembly hall, which is equipped with climbing frames.

Outdoors the school has three playgrounds and a large playing field, all in a rural setting. The grounds include an extensive wildlife area including a stream (Scrase Brook) and a coppice, an environmental pond, sensory garden, allotment, story oak and a developing outdoor classroom area.


The school was originally founded in about 1512 as the local grammar school.[2] It was founded by Edward Flower, a London merchant tailor and endowed by his will in 1521 with lands in Westerham and £100 to be laid out in other lands. Other endownments were added, but in 1589, the original endowment was leased at a perpetual rent of £20. In consequence in 1819, the schoolmaster had an income of a mere £28.8s.0.d. In 1844, as a result of local discontent, the Court of Chancery made a scheme reorganising the school like a National School and the existing National School (established in 1812) was discontinued. The teaching of Latin and Greek were discontinued and the fees fixed at a maximum of a shilling. The teacher no longer had to be a clergyman. In 1886, the National Society gave £15 and the school formally became a National School. A proposal to rebuild the school between 1935 and 1950, and money collected for this was returned to the donors. The school was reorganised again in 1964 under the Chichester Diocesan Board of Finance. In 1991, the school was rebuilt on a new site.[3] The old school was acquired by the church for use as a church hall.[1]

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  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ 'Parishes: Cuckfield', A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 7: The rape of Lewes (1940), pp. 147-163 [2] accessed: 24 March 2012.
  3. ^ Sussex Record Office calendar