St Christopher’s School

This school was  founded in 1929 as a school for  boarders and day pupils and a children’s holiday home. It was run by the  two Misses Watson (known as ‘the Watties’). It was originally opened in a building known as ‘Britford’ in the Berrow Road  but outgrew these premises by 1932, at which time it moved to ‘Knoll Lodge’ in Rectory Road. During this period the school also took took younger boys, though it remained principally a girls school.

During the war the school expanded by acquiring the house next door (Stratton House) as the roll had grown to 60 pupils.  In 1946 the school moved again to its final location on the Berrow Road just south of St Christopher’s Way (by this time there were 99 pupils on the roll). This building, ‘Naish House’, (picture below)had been purpose built  in 1904 for a school moving from Clevedon. That  was a preparatory school for boys and had closed in 1937. The building had then been requisitioned as a billet for soldiers during the war.

St Christopher's was originally founded as a girls boarding preparatory school by the Misses Watson.

In 1960 the founders retired and were replaced by Miss Mary Fitchew, who had taught at the school between 1941 and 1946, as headmistress. The school had become an Educational Trust in 1959 and a programme of expansion was begun which added may up to date facilities. The school later became fully co-educational. It closed in 2003.

(Information source: Geoffrey Maslin  ‘Around Burnham on Sea and Highbridge in Old Photographs’, 1990)

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