History of the School

HOWE GREEN HOUSE SCHOOL WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1987 BY THE FOUNDING HEADMISTRESS, MRS. NADINE GARROD AND A GROUP OF DEDICATED PARENTS AND STAFF.

Parents and friends funded the establishment as an educational trust with all monies received from fees and donations etc. being reinvested in the school to provide for future development and its day to day running.

Everyone who joined Howe Green House contributed to the success it enjoys today. Parents and staff worked side by side managing the grounds, carrying out repairs and decorating various classrooms!

The school opened with sixty pupils whose ages ranged from 3 – 9 years. All facilities were housed in the main building surrounded by 5.5 acres of beautiful grounds.

In 1988 we commenced the conversion of one of the many outbuildings, which now houses our I.T. Suite and Library. In 1989 we converted a further outbuilding to provide the current Art, Design and Technology Suite.

In 1994 our demountable classroom arrived, which is used for before and after school care and Outdoor Education.

In September 1997 we were thrilled to open our beautiful Bayford Hall named after our Chairman of nine years, Bertram Bayford. The building was officially opened by Sir Terence English, Master of St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge, accompanied by Nigel Hare-Scott, Vice-Chairman of Governors.

In 2001 the school acquired a further 1.5 acres adjoining the school playing fields, providing additional sporting facilities.

In October 2001 we extended our provision to include 2 year olds with the opening of Acorns Nursery.

In 2003 Mrs Nadine Garrod, founding Headmistress retired and Mr. Graham Gorton was appointed Headmaster. Mr. Gorton understood the ethos of Howe Green House extremely well having worked at the school for a period of seven years as Deputy Head before leaving to take up the headship of St. Christopher Junior School, Letchworth.

Having acquired the adjoining property in 2004 we undertook extensive works to the property and in September 2005 officially opened The Lodge, providing accommodation for our Foundation Stage children and adding a further 0.5 acres to the grounds.

In 2012 the school was given access to a further 7 acres of land which now provides additional sporting facilities and use for Outdoor Education in a wonderful rural setting.

Project 2012 was launched with the aim of improving teaching facilities at the school.  Work commenced in July 2012 on a new purpose built junior facility called the Cedar Wall Building which opened in March 2013.

The old junior classrooms were re-developed for the start of the Autumn 2013 term to provide a much larger I.C.T. Suite and Library.

Moving the Computing Suite meant that the Art, Design and Technology rooms could be extended ready for use in the Autumn 2013 second half-term.  In addition a cloak room vacated by the junior children was transformed into a music practice room, known as The Mozart Room.

Mr Graham Gorton retired as Headmaster at the end of the academic year in 2014 and Mrs Deborah Mills was appointed Headmistress with effect from September, taking the school forward in to the next stage of its development.