Our History

The History of Holland Park Primary School

The School was founded, as Holland Road Board School in 1902. It was to be an all-standard establishment, accommodating up to 360 mixed (senior and junior) pupils and 200 infants, in purpose-built premises on a site in Holland Road. At the time of the school’s opening the new buildings were unfinished, and it was temporarily housed in Clacton Town Hall until they were completed.

During the first week 96 children were admitted, 54 boys and 42 girls who had been transferred from St. Osyth Road School. By November 1903 there were 145 pupils enrolled. On 23rd September 1904 the school district was defined: it was to comprise the areas to the east of Pier Avenue and the south and south east of Old Road, including the houses on both sides of the named roads

The First World War

Soon after the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 one of the teachers, Mr Lewis William Allen, left to join H.M. Forces. He did not return to the school until January 1919. Two former scholars, Henry Cook and Captain Walter White, served in the Flying Corps, and the latter, who by his merits had risen from the ranks of the regular army, was awarded the D.C.M., the M.M. and the Belgian Croix de Guerre.

The Second World War

During the early months of the Second World War the school played host to a number of children evacuated from Edmonton. The building was fitted with ‘black-out’ blinds in accordance with A.R.P. regulations, and other precautionary measures, including the ‘painting-out’ of high windows in the classrooms and the pasting of paper to others, were taken. By the middle of 1940 the Edmonton children had been re-evacuated and the military authorities had given notice of their intention to take over the building. In June 1940 the staff and 113 pupils were themselves evacuated to the Kidderminster area.

The headmistress noted that many children had already been evacuated privately. The evacuees were billeted in the villages of Rock and Far Forest, and as they were widely dispersed three teaching groups were formed, at Rock Rectory and Far Forest and Heightington Village Halls. In March 1941 the headmistress, Miss Ault, returned to Clacton, leaving a deputy, Miss Burch, in charge of the evacuees. In November 1943 Miss Ault was given charge of the junior department which opened at Clacton Senior School for the benefit of children who had remained in the town. On 10th November she visited Holland Road School to collect some apparatus and found that the storage cupboards had been forced open by the occupying soldiers.

Miss Ault was not able to return permanently to her own school until 10th September 1945, when it re-opened as Holland Road Primary School. 287 children were present on that day and the headmistress commented on the great shortage of equipment for them. By 1950 the problems involved in the work of reconstruction seem to have been largely overcome, for when H.M. Inspector visited the school in that year he commented favourably on it and noted that during the past four years considerable experimental work had been done.

The 50’s

In the early 1950’s it was recognised that Holland Road School had become overcrowded and plans for the acquisition of more land and the building of new premises were considered. By 1959 the Essex County Council Education Committee had decided to adapt the existing premises rather than provide a new building and the present school stands on the original site. In 1965 it was re-named, becoming Holland Park C.P. School.

The 70’s

By January 1970 the school had become severely overcrowded with a roll of 536 children. A new school in Holland-on-Sea was opened in 1970 and with the consequent re-drawing of catchment areas Mr C Bernadin, the Head, remarked on the considerable relief to the school particularly in terms of class sizes. Three temporary buildings remained on site, a Medway Hut containing two class bases, a hut serving as a Dining Room and the Horsa Kitchen.

The 80’s

During the 1980’s the Dining Hut was removed, with meals once more being served in the main hall. The Medway Hut was replaced by a new pair of relocateable classrooms and the P.T.A. provided the children with a library by financing a small extension. The school roll was increasing and the Governors made repeated pleas to the Education Department for a building programme to improve facilities and increase the permanent accommodation.

Two further relocateables were erected to cope with the rising roll and plans were drawn by the County’s Architect for a permanent extension.

The 90’s

In 1993 new cloakrooms were added to the south end of the school, but further building work was considered unlikely, despite continuing increases in pupil numbers to a point of overcrowding.
In September 1993 the School became grant maintained and with its consequent autonomy, applied directly to the Department for Education for a Capital Grant. In April 1995 an extension including a new dining hall, kitchen and cloakroom was opened at the north end of the school. Much remodelling and adapting took place within the building throughout 1994 to provide an improved entrance hall, library, offices and classroom.

A further Capital Grant was obtained in January 1995 to provide two additional permanent class bases, as part of the creation of an Early Years unit. At the same time the school initiated extensive changes to the school grounds through the creation of nature areas, tree planting and an all-weather extension to our games space.

Head Teachers

1902 – 1925 Mr C H Ingram

Holland Road Board School (Mixed Department)

1903 – 1925 Miss Caroline Lee

Holland Road Board School (Infants’ Department)

1925 – 1936 Miss Caroline Lee

Holland Road Junior School (later Holland Road C.P. School then Holland Park C.P. School)

1936 – 1960 Miss Mary Kathleen Ault

Holland Road Junior School (later Holland Road C.P. School then Holland Park C.P. School)

1960 – 1978 Mr C A F Bernadin

Holland Road Junior School (later Holland Road C.P. School then Holland Park C.P. School)

1978 – 2003 Mr Daniel Ryan

Holland Road Junior School (later Holland Road C.P. School then Holland Park C.P. School)

2003 – 2014 Mrs Veronica Farrelly

Holland Road Junior School (later Holland Road C.P. School then Holland Park C.P. School)

2014 – 2016 Mr Anthony Welch

Holland Road Junior School (later Holland Road C.P. School then Holland Park C.P. School)

Present Head Teacher

2016 – Present Mr Matthew Moseley

Holland Road Junior School (later Holland Road C.P. School then Holland Park C.P. School)

Records retained in school custody

1. Log Book 1 vol. 1902 – 1925
2. Log Book 1 vol. 1926 – 1960
3. Log Book 1 vol. 1960 – 1969
4. Log Book 1 vol. 1969 – 1976
5. Log Book 1 vol. 1976 – 1981
6. Log Book 1 vol. 1981 – 1984
7. Log Book 1 vol. 1984 – 1987
8. Log Book 1 vol. 1988 – 1991
9. Log Book 1 vol. 1991 – 1995
10. Log Book 1 vol. 1995- 2003
11. Log Book 1 vol. 2003 – Present
12. Admission Register 1 vol. 1945 – 1947
13. Admission Register 1 vol. 1947 – 1951
14. Admission Register 1 vol. 1951 – 1955
15. Admission Register 1 vol. 1955 – 1960
16. Admission Register 1 vol. 1960 – 1964
17. Admission Register 1 vol. 1964 – 1968
18. Admission Register 1 vol. 1968 – 1975
19. Admission Register 1 vol. 1975 – 1978
20. Punishment Book 1 vol. 1936 – 1978
21. Holland Road Junior School Magazine 1 July 1939
22. Holland Road School Magazine, Jubilee Edition 1 1954

Records of, or concerning, Holland Park Primary School, Clacton, deposited in Essex Record Office, as at 1st May 1992

N.B. These records have been received from various sources and it should not be assumed that all items listed are the property of the school.


Acc. A6391 Holland Road Junior School Admission Register, 1928 – 1936.

Our School

Holland Park School was opened in April 1904. In April 1993 a major building programme started to provide the school with additional classrooms, a new hall, cloakrooms and kitchen. The project was completed in 1996.

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