The current primary school, for Norton and Lynsted, has undergone a number of transformations.
The loss of Norton Primary School to fire led to the joint arrangement. A further administrative and governance innovation means this is just one primary school in a cluster under the management of a senior head teacher.
Further into the past, the village school was housed in the "Old School House" just around the corner from the present site, next to Vicarage Farm Cottage.
The village school is an attractive complex of buildings dating from 1878 on land donated by Aymer Vallance for the purpose.
A short project by the school children in support of a community project (2000) identified their favourite features as the boot scraper, the bell (housed in a light wooden structure) and the cast iron lamp post that was dedicated to Belle Friday, once a Chairman of the School Governors.
These images show how the school looked in 1906 and today. We have also reproduced a poster for a “Grand Concert” held at the Lynsted Board Schools in 1888. There has been some discussion too.
First discovered by Frank and Lorna Bristow under a water tank (!) when they ran the Pharmacy. The poster is now kept in the trust of Ann Diamond who has brought it to the Society’s attention and is reproduced here with her kind permission. But what about the people listed as “Ladies and Gentlemen”?
Ann pointed out the interesting pricing - if you booked early, you paid more (two shillings). No doubt because you were gauranteed a front pew. If you turned up on the day you paid six pence! How modern marketing has changed!
The reference to Lynsted Schools, in the plural, could mean the school had separate boys and girls rooms? “Board Schools” are the early forms of state schools.
David Bage (10 November 2004) responded: “With reference to the poster and its reference to Schools, I append below an extract from a 1908 directory which was reproduced in 1980 of which a number of people have a copy. It was obviously the custom then to refer to what was on the site as “schools” probably because there was an infants school and what we would now call a junior school plus those staying on until they were fourteen not having passed 'the scholarship' to get them into secondary education (the only such education was what we now call grammar schools).” In effect, three schools!
1908 Directory: "Council Schools: These commodious Schools were erected in 1877, for 200 children, and were considerably enlarged in 1897, and the present buildings will accommodate over 300 children. There are about 230 children on the books. Headmaster, Thomas L. Ackermann. Assistant Teachers, Miss Hambrook, Miss M. E. Hunt (infant mistress), Miss Miles, and Miss White".
Peter Stuart (5th January 2005), a visitor to this website who is researching his family names, says:
“Some suggestions as to who some of the individuals mentioned could have been:
This is only one of many school photographs in which many names have been lost in the mists of time. The School's own records don't help (photographs were kept separate from the registers).
We received a letter and photograph from a resident of nearby Teynham who asked if our Society could help identify the children shown in this photograph taken in 1930? Any ideas? Note the "Summerhouse" ontop of Champion's Mill in the grounds of Berkeley House!
Lynsted Old School is seen here to the left. The Style and Winch public house is the "Black Lion"
Lynsted School for Boys and Girls in c.1900
Lynsted Village Primary Schools in 1928
Norton and Lynsted Primary School as it is today