Forty years ago the Journal was reporting on the start of a new ear for education in Fordham.
The new building,. which cost £85,000, replaced the village’s old Victorian school which had been built in 1849 and had just been sold at auction to a local building firm for £15,000.
Acti ng head at the school at that time was Mrs Sheila Malmstrom. who with Alan Webster were running things until the start of 1975.
The new school had three junior, two infant rooms and a main hall as well as something which was very special to all staff and pupils.
“We have a visual aids room in which we can show television or play music tapes,” said Mrs Malmstrom.
“It is novel in a primary school and should help us to vary the presentation of the facts.”
In October 1974, just under 200 children, aged between four and nine, attended the new school, but it was planning to increase its intake with two extra classrooms in the planning and set to be built in 1975.
“I think the buildi ng is very well designed,” said Mrs Malmstrom, “lending itself very much to modern teaching techniques. i find i can tackle the children better because the classrooms are so well designed. Insteadof the small, cramped rooms in the old school, we have surroundings which are method-built,” she said. “They are happy children.”