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Headington Quarry School

Quarry School

List entry for Headington Quarry School: 1099142

Quarry School
Above picture © Connie Coppock

Headington Quarry National School was designed in the medieval style by James Brooks of Serle Street, London and built at a cost of £420. It was opened by the Bishop of Oxford on Thursday 22 September 1864.

In 1882 Frederick Codd designed a second schoolroom for 80 children (including a gallery for the under threes or “babies”) connected to the existing school by a covered passage. The following short report appeared in Jackson's Oxford Journal on 14 October 1882:

At the New Schools, Headington Quarry, an additional schoolroom, 40ft. by 17ft., with passage for hats and coats, has been built of local stone with Bath stone dressing, to match the old work. The cost of the work is about 300l., and the builder Mr. J. Horn. The architect is Mr. Codd.

Ten years later a third room was built to accommodate 88 infants, and in 1905 Knowles & Son erected a further brick extension to the infants' school (report in Oxford Chronicle of 13 October 1905, p. 9).

The school closed in 2003 as it was considered to small to be viable as a primary school when Oxford returned to the two-tier system, and it is now the premises of Headington Quarry Nursery School.

© Stephanie Jenkins

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