The School


Grade: II   Listing NGR: SO8259358647

1857 by William Jeffrey Hopkins; mid-C20 alterations and additions. Brick, blue brick surface ornamentation, stone dressings, tiled roofs with parapets and kneelers at gable ends. High Victorian Gothic style.  Asymmetrical composition of large main schoolroom range, to east of which is a smaller, parallel range with a large bell tower and adjacent small south cross-wing. Single storey and attic; blue brick bands and also blue diaper frieze at mid-wall height and below eaves level; corner buttresses with offsets; large, multi-light traceried windows in gable ends. Main elevation to east: range to right of bell tower has a 4-light and a 3-light flat headed window separated by an early C20 gabled porch with pointed doorway and trefoil open-ing above; at junction of porch roof ridge and main roof is a brick chimney with offsets. The south cross-wing gable end has a 3-light window and circular opening above pierced with quatrefoil. Bell tower of 3 stages; lower stage has buttresses with offsets, pointed doorway and hood mould with returns continuing as string, broad, round-lobed, part-glazed quatrefoil frieze above; second stage has 3 narrow lights; third stage has clockface recessed within moulded circular surround; 3 part-louvred, part-traceried openings to each face of bell turret, tall pyramidal roof with fishscale tiles, and weathercock. The school was founded in 1712 by Bishop Lloyd, with part of the money left by Anne Bull, a local benefactress, died 1707, to purchase land to provide the endowment for schools in Hallow, Grimley and Madresfield. The school had fallen into decay by the early C19 and the present school was built with money from the rent from Anne Bull's lands.


Hallow School in the 18th and 19th centuries

In 1707 Anna Bull of Hallow Park died, leaving £100 in her will to buy 3 pieces of land (20 acres) in Hallow which were to be rented out and the monies used to establish a free school for boys and girls in the Village of Hallow. Boys should learn to read, write, do accounts and learn and recite the Church Catechism. Girls should also learn to read, write, do simple accounts, cook and sew. This was at a time when few children, particularly girls, had the chance to attend school.

The school was instituted in 1712 by the Bishop of Worcester, William Lloyd. A group of Trustees (Governors) were chosen to establish the school along Anna Bull's guidelines, on the site of the existing school. Hallow School consisted of a building to be used as a schoolhouse, garden and outbuildings in an acre and a half of land.

In 1747 John Doharty 'survey'd and map'd’ the village of Hallow and included a drawing of the new school on the beautiful map commissioned by the Bishop of Worcester. A reproduction of the map is displayed in the Parish Hall.

Most children who joined the school were from families who farmed the land in and around the village. Children would also have worked on the farms at busy times in the year, such as harvest time, and would then have missed their lessons.

Hallow school was already 88 years old at the start of the 19th Century. The original building had 'fallen into decay' by 1829 so two 'large commodious schoolrooms' were built. The original building was repaired for use as a schoolhouse. A Mr. Best was the Headmaster at that time.

By 1852 the school was commended for its 'good English education' and numbers had increased to 127 so the 71 boys were taught in the disused Baptist chapel and the 56 girls upstairs in the school house. Mr. Bullock was the Headmaster and his wife the schoolmistress.

In 1884 the school was again enlarged, made possible by a large donation from Mr. Charles Wheeley Lea, of Parkfield, Hallow, enabling the unusual clock turret and tower also to be built at a total cost of £687.

In 1888 the school became a 'National School' teaching some pupils until they left school to go to work at the age of 15.  Mr. William Wilding was Headmaster in the late 19th century. School holidays were given to allow children to help with the harvest. They had a pea and bean holiday in late June and a hop picking holiday at the end of August and into September. These holidays periods continued until well into the 20th Century.

Hallow School from the 20th Century onwards

In 1903 Mr. Arthur Robinson Moreton became headmaster of Hallow School, succeeded by Mr. Alfred Spencer Lewis in 1923. In 1911 the Infant School was opened then combined with the upper school in 1923.

Arthur Robinson Moreton 1860 - 1933

School group, 1926

Funded by local subscription, the Parish Hall was opened in 1930 and Mr. Joseph Banks gave the Playing Field to the village.

Older girls, up to 14 years learnt cookery, laundry, sewing, and boys learnt woodwork, handicraft, poultry keeping and gardening.

Physical education, 1939

In 1939 eleven evacuees and their teacher joined the school from Birmingham. Children were surveyed for malnutrition in 1940. Mr. Maurice Jones became headmaster to Hallow School, and in 1945 schools meals started in the Parish Hall.

In 1947 a Dr. Barnardos Home was opened in Hallow Park. The children attending Hallow School for their education added 5 or 6 children per class. The May Day Patronal Festival was revived in 1951 by the wife of Mr. Reynolds, the vicar of Hallow and has been held every May ever since.

Government changed the Law in 1952 to bring school holidays in rural schools into line with city schools meaning the loss of income to families from the children working in the hop fields.

In 1960 educational provision for older children changed so that they left Hallow School at the age of 11years to go on to The Chantry High School or the Grammar Schools and Hallow became a Primary School.

The Woodwork class

In 1963 Leslie Boulton became headmaster with Lionel Graves taking over this role from 1968 to 1986.

GRAVES, Lionel (4 May 1926 to 5 November 2017)
Lionel was appointed headmaster of Hallow Primary School in 1968, a position he held for 18 years until his retirement in 1986 at the age of 60.  He was born in Glasgow to his Scottish mother Chrissie with whom he soon travelled to Africa to join his father, who worked as Postmaster in Kenya.  To read more about his life click here.



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