Evendons Primary School’s journey began in August 2O12 when local parents met to discuss the need for a local primary school in the area in order to accommodate the growing demand for primary school places.
The recent closure of the White House School, an independent preparatory school in the heart of our community was suggested as an ideal site for a new community school.
In 2012 the now formed Parent Proposer Group submitted a bid to the Department for Education to open a new school under the Government’s Free Schools Programme. The bid included a detailed proposal for Evendons Primary School. In March 2013 came the exciting news that the bid had been successful and the school was being granted permission to be opened. The site was acquired and the Parent Proposer Group set the wheels in motion producing a detailed project plan pooling skills and resources from within the group to create the school. Working in conjunction with the Department for Education the group set about recruiting a Head Teacher, creating an identity and a brand for the school and through targeted and broadcast marketing campaigns (social media, leaflets, email, outdoor banners, local press advertising, PR and events) began to promote the school to prospective parents.
Patrick Pritchett was appointed as Head Teacher in November 2013 who very quickly with his wealth of experience became proactive and embedded within the Parent Proposer Group to achieve the school’s vision.
In April 2014 the Evendons Primary School Trust was created. The Trustees Hilary Grealis, Martin Hannaford and Helen Thorndyke who were all members of the Parent Proposer Group are responsible for the appointment of the governing body that will set the strategic priorities for the school; hold the school leadership team to account for the school’s educational performance and improvement, and ensure proper running of the trust.
The sale of the White House was completed in October 2013 and the team began to work with the contractors to renovate the building to modernise the site to be fit for purpose for opening and to future-proof the school for its growth.
The school opened on 4th September 2014 with 98 pupils, which far-exceeded the Parent Proposer Group’s initial target at the very start of the process of 25 pupils!