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The first reference to a school in the parish of Great Linford when the local curate was granted a £10 a year salary for "teaching children in the village".

According to local legend, the school had existed prior to this date, but this is the first time any payment was recorded as a salary. The probable cause for such an early establishment of a school was that
Queen Elizabeth I was one time lord of the manor.


The first school building was built by the Lord of the Manor Sir William Pritchard, alderman of London.

Sir William founded an almshouse for six poor men, who received from his endowment an allowance of 1s 6d each weekly, together with the school and provided a salary of £10 per annum of the Master.

The school building was the central almshouse of a row of 5 built within the Manor grounds. It was built with an upper storey in order that the cleric could live on the ground floor, and school took place on the first floor. School was for both boys and girls of the parish.


The present school opened on 15th July 1875. The building comprised a 'Principal Room' and a 'Class Room' and in total was considered to provide sufficient space to accommodate a total of 110 pupils.

The first term ran until 20th August, when it closed for the 'Harvest Holidays'.

School re-opened on 13th September, but the harvest must have taken longer than the official holiday allowed, because attendance was very low, until 24th September, when it began to improve.

The school year at this time ran from 1st May to 30th April. Easter Holidays were just the single day of Good Friday, and there was no holiday break between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next.

In addition to Harvest holidays and Good Friday, holidays were given for May Day Festival (and the log book says that 'the children were sent around with a garland') and one week for Whitsuntide and one week for Christmas.

Half-holidays were granted when an Inspector examined the children in the '3R's' and on other irregular occasions. There was absenteeism at haymaking time, which coincided with the Newport Pagnell fair.


The roll of the school reached a height of 123 around this time.


At the beginning of the Second World War the school role again reached over a hundred for a short period during the first evacuation.


The old schoolhouse probably still served as the home for the local Master (and later Headteacher) until this date.


The school became known as St Andrew's C of E First School on 1st May 1978.

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