Temple Ewell Church of England Primary School
|Type||Voluntary controlled primary|
|Headteacher||Mrs Janet Monkhouse|
Temple Ewell, Dover
It is a voluntary controlled school, which takes children from the age of 4 through to the age of 11. The school has approximately 140 pupils.
The school dates back to 1871. Previously the children were educated in the Church itself and the old buildings you can see where build through the commitment of the Reverend C H Lipscombe. The main building was finished in 1871 at a total cost of £900.00. It consisted of a large classroom that at times held over one hundred children aged 7 – 14 years. After the money for building was raised from several sources, the Lord of the Manor then contributed £10.00 to making the school lane, with two of the managers agreeing to find enough stones for the road!.
Gas lighting was substituted for oil lamps in the school in 1902. Electric lighting did not appear for another fifty years, until 1952.
In the mid 60's three additional classrooms were added. The Millennium Hall funded and jointly owned by both School and Church was added in October 2000, along with a smaller mobile classroom and with the school hall and school house, make up Temple Ewell School as it is today.
Although the George V Playing Field is owned by the Parish Council, the school has full use of it during the day for break and lunchtimes and for sporting activities.
The school was the inspiration for the poem "The Tracks and the Tombstones" by Brian Moses.
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