King's Somborne C of E Primary School

Love - Trust - Hope - Joy

School History

In the 19th Century, King’s Somborne Primary School was probably the best known elementary School in the country and widely regarded as a model of its kind. The remarkable educational pioneer, Rev. Richard Dawes founded the school alongside his role as vicar in the village.

The brick and flint you see in the school today was part of the first school building which was opened in 1842 with 38 pupils. The pioneering Rev Dawes introduced a dynamic and modern (for the times!) curriculum which formed the foundation of many teaching courses across the country.


The school aims to emulate the vision of Rev. Richard Dawes by providing the best possible learning opportunities for our children in a dynamic and modern way. Exploring our school building, and the church next door , provides us with a brilliant opportunity to step back in time, and appreciate incredible architecture that has remained for almost two hundred years. We hope that the legacy of this school continues to inspire generations for years to come.


If anyone has any historical pictures of the school, then please do share them with us. We would love to see them and then share them with our school community.