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Monks Orchard Primary School was opened on 27 October 1936 for 5 to 11 year olds.
On 4 September 1939 the school was evacuated to Kemptown, Brighton but the Head Teacher was recalled on 19 February 1940 and on 1 April 1940 the few children remaining there were absorbed by Cypress School.
From 24 June to 6 September 1940 the majority of the school was again evacuated, the Acting Head Teacher remaining on the Croydon site being Miss M.E. Pedgrift of St Lukes Partially Sighted School.
On the night of 14 - 15 September 1940 the house-holders of Chaffinch Avenue had to shelter in the school and on 6 October 1940 the building was damaged by bombs falling in the Glade and Mardell Road.
On the night of 16 - 17 April, a pupil - Yvonne Kingman - and her parents, living at 9 Fairhaven Avenue, were all killed by a bomb. Later, on the night of 24 - 25 March 1944, several classrooms were damaged by incendiary bombs.
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Accession Number: A1002
Records of Monks Orchard Primary School
Log Books (2): 1936 - 1986; 1986 - 1991
Admission Registers (2): 1946 - 1964 (earlier volume missing); 1964 - 1981
Item date: 1936 - 1991
Accession date: 25/03/2010
Custodial history: Transferred by the school, via Dr Ron Cox, in March 2010
Access conditions: Standard access conditions on log books
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