We are delighted to welcome you to Herne Bay Junior’s newly designed web-site. It has been designed especially to celebrate the schools activities and achievements.
Herne Bay is a popular seaside resort on the North Kent coast in the South East of England. Originally established in the Victorian era, on fields at the outskirts of the town, it is now very much a central and integral part of the community.
We are a large school having almost 500 children on roll, with 4 classes in each of the 4 year groups.
We pride ourselves on the friendly, positive ethos and hope that you enjoy discovering this and a little more as you view our pages.
In the days before compulsory schools, full-time education was a privilege for only a minority of the population. The wealthy could afford school fees, whereas poorer families could not and depended on their children to earn a living to help supplement small incomes.
In 1783 the first free Sunday School was opened in Gloucester to provide education for the poor. This was followed by the establishment of Church Schools in 1798, where children were drilled to reply to set questions in chorus.
National Voluntary schools were set up by the Church Societies in Herne Bay in 1833. These were situated in the North and South Rooms, either side of Christ Church in William Street. In May 1870 Mr W J. Flower was appointed headmaster. He worked in very difficult and overcrowded conditions. 1870 was the year in which the Education Act ordered that a school place be provided for every child between the ages of 5 and 12. Areas without sufficient accommodation were to elect school boards which would finance the provision of such places from a local rate.
In 1884 plans were submitted for a new Board School in open fields at the back of the town and in June 1887 the local MP formally opened our present building. In 1891 Elementary Education was made free and in 1903 School Boards were abolished and elementary schools were given to the control of County Councils.
The secondary school was housed in the old Horsa huts on the school field prior to the building of Herne Bay High School at Greenhill. There has also since been the division of the Primary School into two separate schools, Herne Bay Infants and Herne Bay Juniors. Our Junior School has recently had the additional new block built alongside Kings Road, which contains eight classrooms and shared areas for Year Five and Year Four children. The design reflects the old Victorian architecture of the original building.
Plans are going ahead to replace the Horsa’s with a new classroom block, hall and dining room, hopefully ready in September 2005.
Watch this space!!