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 Allandale Road, 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?