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The Early History of
St. Giles School
Horsted Keynes
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1916. Mr. Brewer left to join the Army in April and the duties of Head Teacher taken over by Mrs. Norman. In June the children collected foxglove leaves.

On 15th Nov. the children were taken on a paper chase and met the foxhounds.

1917 Mrs. Norman left and was replaced by Mrs. Dale after the summer holiday.

1918. 6 Aug. "A sack of waste paper for re-manufacture was sent to Hastings".

27 Sept. "This week the children have collected blackberries for the Government; 236 lbs of blackberries were gathered and sent to Portslade for manufacture into jam".

5th Oct. "A sack of horse chestnuts gathered by the children was sent to the Director of the Ministry of Munitions ". Fortified by the jam and armed with the conkers the Allied Armies swept forward to victory but the school was closed at the time of the Armistice because of "infectious illness".

1919. Mrs. Dale left the school at the end of March and Mr. Brewer returned from military service and took up his duties once more.

On the 28th April the roads were white with snow. There had been much illness during the early months of the year. The girls started to attend Cookery Classes at the Haywards Heath Centre each Monday. On June 27th Mr. Brewer took a geography lesson at the Broadhurst Lake Quarry. During handwork lessons the older boys trimmed the hedge of the school playground.

July 19th was declared "Peace Day'!. The programme included Sports, a cricket match, children's teas, a fancy dress procession, a dinner for returned soldiers, a social and concert and a bonfire.

1920. By 1920 the roll had risen to 120. The new Rector The Revd. Stenton Eardley arrived on the scene and on 23 Jan. gave a magic lantern entertainment during the last lesson.

1921 (122 on roll). The three classes were large, the school being divided up as follows:-

Stds 1V - V11 Headmaster 52 in class.

Stds 1 - 111 Miss Mann ll-J in class.

Infants Miss Clark 27 in class.

16 Dec. Children left to go abroad; a family of three children to Johannesburg, two children to Canada and one boy to Pretoria.

1922. A boy "passed the Qualifying Examination for training as a candidate Pupil Teacher and will attend the Brighton Hove & Sussex Grammar School".

1923. The new churchyard was consecrated by the Bishop of Lewes.

1924. 19th Feb. Children dismissed at 11.30 to enable the staff to attend a course on the teaching of Geography at East Grinstead.

In June a party of children in the charge of the Headmaster and Staff visited the Wembley Exhibition leaving at 8.50 am and returning 9.25 pm.

Mr. Brewer was obviously keen on cricket; on a number of occasions he took a party of scholars to Horsham to watch County matches on Saturdays.

1925. After a closure for Scarlet Fever the school was "stoved and sealed" by the Sanitary Inspector.

1926. "The children were unable to attend the Cookery Centre because, owing to the General Strike, all trains between Horsted Keynes and Haywards Heath had been withdrawn".

16 June. "A set of books was received from the County Library to form a School Centre". In July Mr. Brewer resigned to take up a post as Headmaster of Walton-le-Dale School, Preston, Lanes. In September Mr. Barker took up his duties as Headmaster. In November "Parents and teachers decided to form a Canteen for the purpose of supplying mid-day meals to those children who stayed to dinner, to start in the New Year". The new canteen which opened in Jan 1927 fed 35 of the 110 children on roll. It proved a great success and soon interested people from the surrounding villages were coming to see it in operation. A two course meal was provided at an average cost of 2.6 pence per meal. A wartime army hut erected as a dining room for the canteen was in use until 1971

1927. Part of the playground was dressed with tarmac.

1929. (104 on roll) 'The school now takes part in the wireless broadcasts to schools on every day but Thursday". Mr. Barker left in June 1929 and was replaced by Miss Holborn who herself left the following year when she was married. Miss Holloban was replaced by Miss Barton who left in 1931 to be replaced by Miss Mate.

There were now just over 100 on roll and the pressure on the teachers was not so great. The Head teacher had 44 in her class, Miss Baker 35 and Miss Sage 23. Miss Sage was appointed in 1925 and left in 1964. She visited the school in 1984.

1931. Some of the older children worked on the Land Utilization Survey Scheme. The groups were often away from school for long periods during the day.

1932. The first mention of a child gaining a scholarship to attend East Grinstead Secondary School. The children were given a half holiday to celebrate this achievement.

1935. Milk Scheme started, [half]d per third of a pint bottle. Silver Jubilee celebrations.

1936. Miss Mate resigned and Mrs. Morse commenced duty as Headmistress. During this year we first hear of children being immunised against diphtheria.

1937. The first non competitive Music Festival was held at Lewes. On Oct. 3rd the school was re-organised as a Junior and Infants school with 67 on roll and two teachers. The older children now attend the new Senior School opened in Haywards Heath (now called Oathall School).

1938. Rumours of war! "Consideration was given to providing a gas-proof room at the school. "School garden closed. Intelligence tests administered.

1939. Arrival of evacuees from Heathbrook Senior Boys and Infants School London. Three sites in the village were used for educational purposes.

a) The Village School b) The Parish Room c) Army hut at Valley Holme

a.m. Heathbrook Boys Village School Inf. Jun & Sen Village School Inf. Jun. Boys.

p.m. Village School Heathbrook Boys Infants Heathbrook Senior Boys.

16 Sept. The Under Secretary of the Board of Education, an H.M.I. and the M.P. for Islington visited the school.

8 Nov. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth visited the school.


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