Whitehorse Manor Junior School
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Whitehorse Manor Junior School is a junior school for pupils aged between 7 and 11 years. The school is located in Thornton Heath. In April 2011 the school became part of the first Academy Trust in Croydon and the running of the school became part of the responsibility of the Pegasus Academy Trust, a public company limited by guarantee. The Executive Headteachers of The Pegasus Academy Trust are Jolyon Roberts and Lynne Sampson. The school caters for pupils from Year 3 to Year 6. The uniform of the school is a burgundy sweatshirt with the school logo, white shirt and grey trousers or skirt. The school is expanding from 2 to 3 form entry and there are currently 300 pupils on roll with a maximum of 30 pupils in each of 10 classes. To cater for these extra children a major building project took place between April 2010 and April 2014 providing 7 extra classrooms, new offices, extended hall and library. The scheme was designed by the architects Hayhurst and Co and won a RIBA London award in May 2014. The current Head of School is Nina Achenbach, BA (QTS), NPQH.
The school is famous for producing England football hot prospect Wilfred Zaha.
The school was opened in 1892 and has a complicated history - having undergone a great many re-organisations. Dr Ron Cox, consultant archivist to the Education Department of the London Borough of Croydon, lists the chronological story as follows:
Three schools (apart from the infants) opened on the Whitehorse Road site: Whitehorse Road Junior (Mixed) school, Whitehorse Road Senior boys' school, Whitehorse Road Senior girls' school.
In 1911 Whitehorse Road Junior (Mixed) school closed and the pupils moved into the respective boys and girls departments of the two senior schools therefore giving Whitehorse Road (Post-Infants) boys' school and
Whitehorse Road (Post-Infants) girls' school.
- In 1921 as part of a general re-organisation of school names the Whitehorse Road schools were re-designated "Whitehorse Manor".
In 1930 there was a substantial re-organisation. All the Whitehorse Manor senior girls moved to another local school, Ecclesbourne, and all the Ecclesbourne senior boys moved to Whitehorse Manor. All the Whitehorse Manor junior boys moved to Ecclesbourne and all the Ecclesbourne junior girls moved to Whitehorse Manor. On the Whitehorse Manor site this left Whitehorse Manor Senior (later secondary modern) boys' school and Whitehorse Manor Junior girls' school.
In 1955, doubtless because of the inadequacy of the facilities, Whitehorse Manor secondary modern boys' school closed and pupils and staff were transferred to other schools in the area. This left Whitehorse Manor Junior girls' school.
- 1961 to 2011
The closure of Ecclesbourne Junior boys' school meant these pupils transferred to the Whitehorse Manor site and were combined with the girls which left a single school, Whitehorse Manor Junior (Mixed) school.
- From April 2011
The school became part of the Pegasus Academy Trust.
Agnes Mason, an associate of D. H. Lawrence taught at this school for some years until Davidson Road School opened in 1907 when she went there to teach with Lawrence. A penetrating description of the school and its staff at that time is to be found in Helen Corke's book In our infancy:an autobiography, Part 1 1882-1912. She too was an associate of Lawrence.
The Headteachers of the school have been:
Whitehorse Manor Junior School 1892-1911
|4 July 1892||26 August 1911||Amelia Corney|
Headteachers of Whitehorse Manor Senior Girls' School 1892-1961
|14 June 1892||31 March 1903||Miss Mary A Smyth|
|1 April 1903||31 August 1905||Miss Lily Thornton|
|1 September 1905||30 September 1916||Miss Annie Ada Malin|
|1 Oct 1916||31 Dec 1919||Ethel M Mayhew|
|1 Jan 1920||31 Dec 1934||Mrs. Lily Crittenden|
|1 January 1935||31 December 1957||Miss M.H Stafford|
|1 January 1958||31 March 1961||Mrs Joan C. Grunberg (Acting)|
Headteachers of Whitehorse Manor Senior Boys' School 1892-1955
|14 June 1892||31 Dec 1900||Mr William Hooper|
|1 January 1901||31 August 1911||Mr James Boys Edwards|
|1 September 1911||31 December 1919||Mr William Field|
|1 January 1920||31 Jan 1945||Mr Samuel J Cook|
|1 February 1945||31 August 1955||Mr Alfred Gregory|
After spending some years as Headteacher of Sydenham Junior Boys Mr Alfred Gregory returned as Headteacher of the new Junior (Mixed) school in 1961
Headteachers of Whitehorse Manor Junior (Mixed) School
|1 April 1961||31 August 1971||Mr Alfred Gregory|
|1 September 1971||31 December 1983||Mr Ernest Morgan|
|1 January 1984||31 August 1989||Mr Di Davis|
|1 September 1989||31 December 1989||Miss Teresa McBain (Acting)|
|1 January 1990||22 April 1990||Mrs P Griffiths (Acting)|
|23 April 1990||30 April 1993||Ms Yvonne Stewart|
|1 May 1993||31 August 1993||Miss Teresa McBain (Acting)|
|1 September 1993||31 December 2000||Mrs Frances McGregor|
|1 January 2001||18 April 2004||Mr Alexander Clark|
|19 April 2004||31 August 2011||Mr Jolyon Roberts|
In April 2011 the school became part of the Pegasus Academy Trust together with Whitehorse Manor Infant School and Ecclesbourne Primary School. The Executive Headteachers of The Pegasus Academy Trust are Jolyon Roberts and Lynne Sampson
Head of School of Whitehorse Manor Junior (Academy) School
|From||To||Head of School|
|1 September 2011||(Present)||Ms Nina Achenbach|
Notable alumni, faculty and staff
- Wilfred Zaha (footballer)
-  Architects Journal article on RIBA London awards
- Official Website
- Performance Tables
-  Croydon local studies library where many of the school's documents from 1892 to present are now held
-  Hayhurst and Co. - architects of new buildings completed April 2014
-  Local press comment on RIBA London award