Rottingdean Village School

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Rottingdean Village School



As long ago as 1800 Dr Hooker, the vicar (his bust is visible in St Margaret's Church, left) provided voluntary schooling at The Grange, funded by donations and the children’s pence. Schools continued to be held in various homes around the village following his death.


The first purpose-built school was constructed at the foot of Nevill Road in 1859 on land donated by James Ingram of the Elms and the Earl of Abergavenny. It was designed by Edmund Scott, who later designed St. Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton.


In 1874 a second schoolhouse was added opposite, again on land given by James Ingram. In the picture you can see the entrance porch behind the drinking fountain.


Our archives contain over twenty annual class photographs between 1881 and 1956, many with names recorded. If you are trying to trace your family history not check our archive?


Pupils’ attendance used to be recorded in a school log books, of which we hold transcripts. From this we can tell that the main reasons for absence were illness, bad weather, harvesting or inability to pay.


One photo shows the class of 1881 with Miss Day in charge. The Headmaster’s annual salary was £70 a year, while Miss Day, as assistant, received £40. Some faces are absent from the photograph as in the previous six months four children had died of scarlet fever (or ‘Failed’ as Miss Day so gently put it in the school log.) This was despite the Upper school closing for several weeks for pupils to isolate. Sounds familiar?


A new school building was erected in Whiteway Lane in 1953.

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Both schools note drinking fountain

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Junior school above and Infants below

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c1914 The School is on the left, Reading Room on the right

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Both schools note drinking fountain

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