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Ecclesbourne Primary School

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Ecclesbourne Primary School
LocationAttlee Close
Thornton Heath
Greater London
England, UK
DfE URN136566 Tables

Ecclesbourne Primary School is a state funded primary school for pupils aged between 4 and 11 years. It also has a Nursery on site for children aged 3-4. The school has Academy status with the Department for Education and Skills. The school is located in Thornton Heath, in the London Borough of Croydon

In April 2011 the school was a founding member of the first Academy Trust in Croydon and the running of the school became part of the responsibility of the Pegasus Academy Trust, a public company limited by guarantee. The Executive Headteachers of The Pegasus Academy Trust are Jolyon Roberts and Lynne Sampson. The school caters for pupils from Reception to Year 6. The uniform of the school is a royal blue sweatshirt with the school logo, white shirt and grey trousers or skirt. The current Head of School is Paul Robins.


  • 1892-1911
    Originally Ecclesbourne was three schools – each with a different Headteacher. Betweeen 1901 and 1930, on the Ecclesbourne Road site the school consisted of an Infants Mixed school, a ‘Post Infants’ Boys’ school (for those aged 7-11) and a ‘Post Infants’ Girls’ school. The schools were originally situated, from 1901, on a site on the northern side of Ecclesbourne Road. They were in the square formed by Berne, Geneva and Zermatt Roads, a site now occupied by Bensham Manor School.
  • 1930-1976
    In 1930 there was a reorganisation and the close association between the schools in the Pegasus Academy Trust began as the senior boys moved to the Whitehorse Manor site on Whitehorse Road. This left an Infants Mixed school, a Junior Boys’ school and a Senior Girls’ School. This situation continued until 1961 when the remaining boys left to join the other boys at Whitehorse, leaving just Infants and Senior Girls.
  • 1976-Present
    In 1976 the Infants left the Ecclesbourne Road site to move to new premises at Attlee Close where the present school is located. They were joined there by a new Junior School who used the Infant building until the new Junior School building was ready next door. In September 2009 the Junior and Infant schools were combined to form Ecclesbourne Primary and in April 2011 the Pegasus Academy Trust became responsible for the school.

Jam Bus[edit]

In the summer of 2017 the school attracted considerable media attention[1] [2] [3]as a result of its innovative use of a former London bendy bus as a music classroom for its pupils. The project was partly sponsored by the pop star Ed Sheeran who also made a supporting video[4] for the associated crowndfunding campaign.

Past pupils[edit]

The former Premier League footballer Nigel Reo Coker was a former pupil at the school in the early 1990's


  1. "London Metro article on 'Jam Bus'". London Metro.
  2. "BBC Jam bus piece". BBC news.
  3. "Croydon Advertiser Article on 'Jam Bus'". Croydon Advertiser.
  4. "Ed Sheeran Jam bus video". You Tube.

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