The Mate’s Guide to Burnham of 1903 tells us that St Dunstan’s School was established in 1897 as a preparatory school for the Public Schools and the Royal Navy. Increasing enrolment necessitated a move to temporary accommodation in 1898 pending the completion of a purpose built schoolhouse, in progress at the time of the guide. The new building stood in over 5 acres of grounds and was to include a gym, laboratory and carpentry facilities. “Every care is being taken to render the new premises perfect in accordance with modern ideas, with respect to sanitation, and everything which affects the health and comfort of the pupils.”
Above is the building the school occupied at the time of the guide, photographed from a plan by local photographer Montague Cooper . Below is the new building in Grove Rd off the Berrow Road, towards the beach.
If you have photos or a member of your family has recorded memories of this school please get in touch with us. Thank you.
The following images are from the school’s prospectus from c1930- Thanks to John Mackie for the use of these images.
This image shows Mr Stokes, his staff and pupils from around 1921.Can you help us identify any of the other people?
The ‘New House’ was built in Allandale Rd, behind the main school building. David Bolland recalls that this was in 1930 and that the building contained two classrooms, a laboratory, and dormitories. He also informs us that Sandy Lodge was the headmaster’s house but also contained a small senior dormitory
In the picture below Sandy Lodge can be seen at left just behind the beach. Behind it can be seen the front elevation of the main school building. St Margaret’s school can also be seen just left of centre.
In 1967 the school moved to the premises previously occupied by Gardenhurst school. It closed in 1982.
There is an interesting account of the school in Vol 1 chapter 2 of David Bolland’s autobiographical website ‘The Life and Times of David Bolland’ which can be found here : http://davidbolland.co.uk/vol1_chapter2.htm