St Patrick's Catholic Primary School

‘Following the loving example shown by Jesus Christ’

School History

There has been a school on this site since 1883.  We have been finding it quite difficult to find out anything about this old school, however, digging about in the old school records we have found a few photographs.  If anyone has any further memories they would like to share please get in touch.


The first pictures show the old school building - the "Tin Hut" as some of our older ex-pupil remember it.  The school was known as "Woolston RC School" and took pupils up to the age of 14 when some were awarded scholarships to continue in their education at secondary school. The earliest entry in the Scholarship winners log book was in 1914 when James Bartley won a scholarship to go to Itchen Secondary School!


The second picture shows the dreaded outside toilets - we are sure many of our oldest ex-pupils remember these!  They have many a mention in the Headteachers' log books over the years - usually the reason why the school was closed due to them being frozen!


A report from an inspection of the school buildings in January 1959 indicated that the school had expanded substantially.  There were now three additional huts as well as the old original school building, all of which were found to be in a dilapidated state.


An entry in the Headteacher's logbook from December 1965 indicated that the old Police Station (on the same site) was now being used as the Kitchen and Dining Hall.






Picture 1 Building the original school building in 1883
Picture 2 The old school building circa 1920
Picture 3 The outside toilet block

The current school was opened on July 21 1969 after the old building was condemned.  When the new building opened it was hailed as the most modern school in the City - according to an article in the Southern Evening Echo on 22nd July 1969.  It was described in the article as "a gleaming, spacious, equipment-packed £69,000 example of Southampton education in the seventies" with space for 320 children.


The Headteacher, Mr Hartley, proudly said "There are eight classrooms, two remedial rooms, two restrooms, a practical work area, a library, a hall, a kitchen, courtyard, changing rooms and showers, and far better play areas and facilities.  All the old school had was just seven classrooms".

These photographs were taken around the mid 1970s - the school looks very much as it does today except that it was a lot smaller.


Picture 1 Middle School Playground
Picture 2 Middle school playground
Picture 3 View of school from playing field
Picture 4 School Entrance
Picture 5 Middle School Classroom (now Y6LW)
Picture 6 Middle School Classroom (now Y4KW)
Picture 7 Infants Courtyard (now school library)
Picture 8 Infants Classroom (now Y1SB)
Picture 9 Infants Classroom (now Y2FN)
Picture 10 Upper school classroom (now Y5GB)
Picture 11 Upper school classroom (now Y6DA)
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