Broadmead Lower School Stewartby
Broadmead Lower School in September 2007
Stewartby Council Junior School
Stewartby Council Junior School opened 1936 and was created as a Council School, that is run by the Local Education Authority (Bedfordshire County Council) under the Education Act of 1902. The school logbook reveals some of the hazards to health in the early 20th century, some of which reflect the greater rates of child mortality (all entries are SDStewartbyBroadmead1/1):
- "January 11th 1937: There are a large no. of absences due to an epidemic of measles. Only 19 infants present out of 40".
- "April 22nd 1937: A bottle of school milk was taken away today for analysis by a representative of the Public Health Department".
- "June 4th 1937. I learned today that Robert Cooper died at 10.a.m. in Clapham Isolation Hospital as a result of Diphtheria. He was a member of 2nd Class".
- "June 7th 1937. Mr Dew visited at 9.a.m. & later to report. Two children of this school, - Leslie Burnage and John Forshaw – were taken to the Isolation Hospital the former suffering from diphtheria the latter scarlet fever, during last week".
Both schools in Stewartby took evacuated children during the Second World War, the following entry being from the Junior School logbook: "September 11th 1939… School re-opened today after the Summer holidays. Owing to war having been declared on Sept. 3rd, this school has become a receiving school for children evacuated from London. Consequently a number of London infants are sharing this building in charge of their Head Mistress, Miss Philpot" [SDStewartby Broadmead1/1]
Stewartby County Primary School
The Education Act of 1944 established the principle of County Primary Schools for children up to the age of 11, at which time they took an examination to determine the nature of the secondary school they would attend until they were 15, the most academically able going to grammar schools, the rest to secondary or secondary modern schools. Stewartby Council Junior duly became Stewartby County Primary School, moving to new buildings in Park Crescent in 1965 when it became known as Broadmead County Primary school.
Broadmead Lower School
In the 1970s Bedfordshire County Council introduced comprehensive education, doing away with the 11+ examination and grammar schools and introducing a tier of school between the old County Primary and County Secondary Schools. Thus Lower Schools now taught children aged 4 to 9, Middle Schools from 9 to 13 and Upper Schools from 13 onwards. Stewartby County Primary became Broadmead Lower School.
- SDStewartbyBroadmead1/1: school logbook: 1936-1983;
- SMM20/1-6: area school managers' minutes: 1937-1974;
- RDBP692a: plans for addition to school: c.1946;
- RDBP3/809a: plans for addition to dining room: 1947;
- CA2/55: building file for new school: 1962-1963;
- CA8/411: building maintenance file: 1965-1981;
- SMM20/7: school governors
- E/SA2/3/1: hiring school hall for staff retirement party: 1978;
- E/TE2/2/L70-71: details of school: 1978-1988;
- E/TE3/4: return of teaching staff: 1981;
- E/SC1/Gen/5: details of school: 1981;
- E/PM3/2/4: information on Travellers' children at school: 1982-1987;
- E/PM6/2/4: school support for abolition of corporal punishment: 1985-1986;
- E/TE3/7: return of teaching staff: 1986;
- E/MS3/2/2: kitchen and other details: c.1987;
- E/Pu4/5/13: prospectus: 1990;
- E/Pu4/4/72: prospectus: 1995