Windlesham School

Photo:23 Windlesham Gardens: click on image to open a large version

23 Windlesham Gardens: click on image to open a large version

From the private collection of Roger Wilson

Photo:Kindergarden prospectus: click on image to open a large version

Kindergarden prospectus: click on image to open a large version

From the private collection of Roger Wilson

Photo:Kindergarden staff and term times: click on image to open a large version

Kindergarden staff and term times: click on image to open a large version

From the private collection of Roger Wilson

Kindergarden established c1948

By Roger Wilson

Children aged 3½ to 7½ years old

Miss Irene Cooper, having been Froebel trained, (Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852) invented the kindergarten), started a kindergarten school using a rented room at the Dodo Jaye Dancing School in Millers Road in January 1948.  By the autumn of 1948 she had acquired 23 Windlesham Gardens, from where the school took its name. It opened there in the September with a staff of five, for children aged 3½ to 7½ years old.

School vision statement

I went there in the January of 1949 in the school uniform of cream and tan. The prospectus was a piece of  folded cream-coloured paper with brown printing; only 5 inches by 4 inches in size, probably due to still suffering the effects of wartime shortages and rationing. This paper unfolded to give the names of the staff, school hours and term dates. When fully opened the flimsy paper prospectus had a vision statement for the school by Miss Cooper. A lot of schools today would do well to embrace her ideas and ideals!

I loved the school

I have just a couple of memories from my two terms at that school all those years ago. One, that I loved going there, even from my first day. Two, the coat pegs had small transfer painted pictures beside each one so children could recognise their peg, even if they were too young to read a name or recognise a number. My peg was with a picture of a little soldier drummer boy.

Do you remember?

Did you attend this school? If you can share your memories, please post a comment below

This page was added on 20/02/2016.
Comments about this page

I went to Windlesham Kindergarten joining in September 1949. I was happy there and stayed until I passed the 11+. We moved up to Dyke Road when we outgrew the Windlesham Gardens site. The school has expanded over the years and is still going strong. I am still friends with many of my classmates after all these years and in touch with one of the teachers and now am one of the Governors!

 

By Della Hart (21/02/2016)

My aunt, Judith Marsh taught at Windlesham in the 1980s I think. One of the ex-teachers there, I believe was Noel Haggard who used to be my old Headmeater at Woodingdean County Primary. Another teacher was Sue Chapman, small world as I used to teach with her in London in the 1970s. 

By Dave Crockatt (24/12/2016)

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