History

Bourne Abbey Church of England Primary School drawing.

139 Years of Bourne Abbey Education

Education available to all, is a comparatively recent innovation in England and it was not until the Education Act of 1870 that elementary schools were built and run by the state and local school boards appointed to supervise their running and empowered to levy a rate for this purpose. This was a major social change that has evolved into what we know today as the state education system, although, conditions have drastically changed since Victorian times!

By 1874, a board of five members had been created in Bourne and its first task was to begin the construction of elementary premises in Star Lane, now Abbey Road. The Star Lane Board School, as it was known, cost £3,727 to build and was opened in 1877 when it became the main centre for elementary education in the town, superseding the old National School in North Street.

Our school collects resources for our extensive archive and we would be very pleased to receive any contribution for our collection from past pupils.  We can scan photographs and documents which, with permission, be used on our school website for the school and wider community.

If you would like more information about Bourne and the surrounding area 'Bourne Online' website, created by local historian Rex Needle, has a wealth of information past and present which may be of interest.