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Goodwood Primary School History


Goodwood Primary School was built in 1879 and in its first year had an enrolment of 200 students. By 1903 this figure had increased to more than 700. Today we have about 410 students in the main school and 64 in the preschool.

The new school buildings were erected in 1975. In 1978 Goodwood Community Services occupied the rear of the gymnasium and thus began the close community atmosphere which still pervades our school.

The school was originally built in an Open Space design, but over the years many of the classroom spaces have been enclosed to make more conventional classroom areas. The advantage the school has is that many of the classrooms still have access to the facilities purpose-built for the Open Space environment. Many of the classrooms also have direct access to wet areas for Art work or Technology instruction.

There is a range of play equipment for students to use during break times and shade is provided by large plane trees in the main yard, while shade structures protect the play equipment areas. The grassed oval area, basketball and netball court and the organised activities offered at lunch times on most days of the week, ensure that children have a fully occupied and enjoyable playtime.

Over the past 6 years we have increased in enrolments considerably and as a result had major infra-structure work completed. Redevelopment of Preschool, Early Year and Primary classrooms, A Science Technology Engineering and Maths centre, new single classroom and the building of a state of the Art nature playground. In 2020 all the remaining classrooms will have new ceilings installed and the rooves of our two main buildings will be replaced. Our PAC and Gym are regularly hired by community groups (see services).

We have another site one block away with a tennis court and Community garden: The Goody Patch; Surrey St Goodwood. This is a wonderful environment which has been embraced by the school and wider community.