Our School History

At Stedham Primary School, we are immensely proud of our rich history within the Stedham community. There has been a school on the site for over 140 years and during this time, it has become an increasingly important part of the village of Stedham.

 A school board was set up in 1874 to establish a school in the village of Stedham. The present school was officially opened in 1879 and was built to cater for children age 5 – 13 years. However, by the early 1950’s it became a Primary School catering for infants and juniors up to the age of 11.

 During the 1970’s, the school changed to a first school as part of the new three tier system of education in the Rother Valley and adjusted the age range so that children now transferred at 10 rather than 11 years.

 In 1986, the school was completely remodelled and re-equipped with three classrooms, a school hall, library, cloakrooms, toilets and administration facilities.

 In September 2009, there was once again re-organisation in the Rother Valley, moving back to a two-tier system. A new, fully equipped classroom was added to the school to accommodate the growing number of children on roll.

As well as our four classrooms, we have a large outside area for Early Years and Key Stage 1 children to use for outdoor learning and play. There is a good amount of hard-surfaced play space and common land for the children to use in dry weather and, less than five minutes’ walk from the school, is a superb sports ground in the village that we are able to use for sports day, our annual football tournament and after school clubs.