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Butterwick Pinchbeck's Endowed Church of England Primary School

Butterwick Pinchbeck's Endowed Church of England Primary School

'Do everything in love' 1 Corinthians 16:14

History of the school

There has been a school in Butterwick for a very long time.

The school was originally started through the endowment of Anthony Pinchbeck of Butterwick on November 2nd1665.

The endowment states:

Anthony Pinchbeck of Butterwick in the County of Lincolne Yeoman for the love and goodwill which he beareth to the inhabitants of Butterwick and within the hundred of the same and for the better educating and instructing in Learning all the children and youth at all times hereafter inhabiting in Butterwick aforesaid and the hundred there of and for the erecting of a Free School, and maintainance of a School master in Butterwick aforesaid.

Hence our school's biblical quote is: ‘Do everything in love’ 1 Corinthians 16:14, as Anthony Pinchbeck did.

He left seventy-four acres of land to a group of people who were charged with the task of administering the land, renting it to farmers and using the rent to provide a grammar school for all the boys in the surrounding area and a house for the headmaster. On October 23rd 1876, under the Endowed School Act, the endowment of the school is devoted to Elementary Education – no longer a grammar school. The old building was to be adapted as an infant and girls’ school and a new school built for boys, the cost of the new building to be £2,100.

The first log book of the Girls' School had previously been that of Freiston National School. It contains among others these entries:

  • July 12th 1878. All the boys except infants leave Freiston School today and will join Butterwick boys on Monday next
  • May 30th 1879. Today closes the school year as well as the career of the Freiston National School
  • June 2nd. School transferred to Butterwick under the name of Pinchbeck's Endowed Girls School - 37 children admitted

In 1961 with the building of the Giles School, the children aged 11 were transferred there. The two Butterwick Schools combined under one Head Teacher, Miss D Calthrop, with the infants using the Boys’ School and the juniors using the Girls’ School. The Governors had a new building constructed, combining both groups of children in 1973, with 5 classrooms. There are now 13 classrooms.

Until 31 December 1993 the school was Church of England Voluntary Aided. On January 1994 the school became Grant Maintained with no change in the School's Christian Foundation. A purpose-built Nursery Unit was opened in April 1998, admitting children the term after their fourth birthday. With the abolition of Grant Maintained status, the school returned to being Church of England Voluntary Aided in 1999. In 2009 the preschool moved from the Old Girl's School site into a newly extended Nursery Unit on the main school site.

To this day, the land left by Anthony Pinchbeck raises funds for the Pinchbeck Trust, whose members also form part of the Governing body. Every year the Trust provides significant contributions in support of the school’s vision of an inclusive, nurturing Christian school where everyone is valued and a broad range of opportunities are provided.

‘Do everything in love’ 1 Corinthians 16:14