School History

Samuel White’s Infant School

In 1860, Samuel White’s School opened in Hanham High Street where the library and youth club stand now. The school was then called ‘Hanham Wesleyan Day School’ because it was next door to the Wesleyan Church. A man called Samuel White gave the money for the school to be built.

In 1900 the school closed for quite a while and when it opened again it took the new name Samuel White’s School. Until 1929 the school took children up to 14 years old.

In 1936 the children at Samuel White’s School who were 7 and over were moved to Hanham Abbots Junior School. Most of the children from our school still move on to this junior school.

In 1968 we moved to the new Samuel White’s School on the site where we are today.

In 2000, the school had to be made bigger because so many people wanted to attend Samuel White’s School. Buildings were added for three new classrooms. The new reception classrooms and extension were opened in 2001.

We hope you enjoy the following extracts of past Samuel White’s/Hanham experiences and our gallery below, which has lovely pictures from Samuel White’s School past.





School History in Photos

Thank you to the Hanham Historical Society for helping us to compile this information and photographs.