1843 - 2018 Educating the community for 175 years!
The History of Christ Church Infant School
The school was built by the National Society in 1843, as a school for the children of the labouring poor in Virginia Water. At that time there were two large estates in the area each with many workers. The school cost £716.16s 7d in 1843. It is a lovely old school and we are indeed fortunate to have such a beautiful school and environment.
The old building has the school hall, one classroom, Headteacher’s office and what used to be the Headteacher’s house. The downstairs rooms have become the school office and library, while the two upstairs bedrooms have become the staff room and an office (complete with the original fireplaces).
In spring 2006 the old part of the school was extended by building a conservatory style extension onto the old house, thus giving us a much larger office, library and a separate waiting area for parents. The Victorian Conservatory was opened by Nannete Newman and Brian Forbes on Friday 30th June.
Our school grounds are superb. We have a tarmac playground complete with games and football nets. Our Millennium garden will be a lasting feature to commemorate the Millennium. The children helped design it, plant bulbs and help to look after it.
Our large secluded field has a super adventure playground and trim trail, which provides much exciting play. The field is used at playtime and lunchtime and it is wonderful to have such space. In the corner of the field we have a heated swimming pool and each child has a swimming lesson, from a qualified teacher, during the second half of the summer term.
We are so lucky to have our own woodland, which has been developed over the last few years. Procter and Gamble sponsored a gazebo near the entrance and then paid for a boardwalk covered with chicken mesh, which meanders through the woodland. This means we can use the woodland throughout the year. We have a mini beast area and throughout the woodland are colourful picture and information boards to help children identify what they can see.
We have such a wealth of flora in our grounds - beautiful old oak trees, horse-chestnut, sweet-chestnut, beech trees and hazel, rowan and ash, apple trees, blackberries and wild strawberries, so we are well equipped to enable our pupils to appreciate our environment.