Despite being purpose built in 1974, it has been necessary to make some changes to the fabric of the building since then to accommodate the way the school operates and the fluctuating numbers of children. There are yet more changes planned to accommodate the increasing numbers of computers in the school.
There have, of course, been many other changes, some initiated by the school and others imposed from outside. One of these was the closure of the school meals service which meant that from October 1986 the children have brought packed lunches to school. Prior to that, the meals prepared by Nora Rickard and her kitchen staff were generally agreed to have been excellent and were enjoyed by staff and pupils alike. The kitchen has since been transformed into a library.
At some point the school colours changed from the blue and white recorded in the 1930s to green and gold (although no-one seems to know when). A school uniform has been introduced although, judging from the old photographs, this seems to have been a gradual process. The age range of the school has also changed so that it now takes children up to the age of 11 instead of 12.
Educationally, the major change has, of course, been the introduction of the national curriculum from 1989 with its emphasis on mathematics, English and science.
The classrooms in today's school would look very different to a child from the old Parochial School, blackboards have been replaced with whiteboards and, since the early 1980s, computers have gradually been introduced into the school.
Starting with 1 computer, the numbers were boosted in 1983 when Andrew Ellis, an 11 year-old pupil won £3,500 worth of computer equipment for the school in a national schools computer competition (run by The Daily Express and the computer retailer, Laskys). The competition was to design a computer-controlled four-room house for use in the year 2000. Andrew went to London for the final, accompanied by his teacher, Margaret Morley.
|Some things never change, head lice still make an appearance from time to time. According to the school logbooks there was a major infestation in 1980 necessitating regular visits from the nit nurse. Nowadays, due to the scaling down of health checks, the nit nurse no longer exists and, like many schools, Wingrave relies on parents to check their children's heads.|