A Brief History of Wavendon First School
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Extracts from the school log

The log book was maintained by the head teacher from 1966 to 1991 and detailed everyday events in the life of the school ranging from absences, supply teachers , attendance at conferences, meetings, trips and events.

Extracts from the log book maintained by the head teacher from 1966 to 1991

May 26 1977 Silver Jubilee

“A party of parents and children and the staff visited a special Silver jubilee Environmental Studies Exhibition at Green Park, Aston Clinton after school. It was a good show and enjoyed by everyone.”

May 30 1977

“Most of the day as spent on last minute preparations and a dress rehearsal of our Silver Jubilee Concert. The community centre was decorated with bunting and decorations all made by the children.”

14 May 1982 Royal visit

During the afternoon, arrangements were made for the school to walk through to the helicopter pad at Wavendon Towers to wave off Prince Charles who had visited Milton Keynes to open the new railway station. He stopped to speak to a group of children. They were thrilled.
Picture by courtesy of Bedford Times and Citizen
Nov 23 1985

There was a break in over the weekend when food was stolen from the kitchen and staffroom and a quantity of mincemeat was taken from the top stock cupboard. Entry was by way of the louvre windows and the right hand classroom door.

Friends of Wavendon First School

The friends of Wavendon First School was set up in January 1981 with two main objects;

- to engage in activities which support the school and promote the welfare of its pupils
- foster a close and friendly relationship between parents and staff

The membership remains open to parents of past and present pupils of the school, staff, governors and friends of the school.

The Association was established because there was some concern over the possibility of the threat of closure as a result of falling numbers of pupils in attendance and consequently a lower number of parents helping. This was coupled with the fact that a new school (Swallowfields) was being built at the Wavendon end of Woburn Sands at the time. There was concern that this might also lead to a fall in pupil numbers if parents preferred to send their children to the nearest school rather than on a bus to Wavendon.

Initally the Friends had an annual subscription of 25 pence per family which subsequently increased to £1 and was later removed altogether in favour of general fundraising. Since its formation the Friends Association has organised many fund raising activities including Summer Barbeques with jazz bands, fashion shows, wine tasting, Summer and Christmas fayres etc. The Friends are just as active today and also organise the tea parties which are a regular feature of school life for today’s pupils.
Impact of development of Milton Keynes

In 1970 children attending the school predominantly came from the catchment area and were local village children. The development of Milton Keynes on the doorstep of Wavendon village has resulted in a significant change. The children now come from the surrounding estates of the new town, mainly Wavendon Gate, Brownswood and Old Farm Park.

New schools opened in Wavendon Gate (September 1999) and in Monkston (September 2001) however demand for places in the southern flank of the city has continued to increase such that the once local village school is filled to capacity.

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