About Us

Although we are a  small school, we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Children in Years 3 and 4 enter local sporting tournaments run by the Leighton Buzzard Schools Sports Partnership, for example Hockey, Netball, Tag Rugby and Cricket. The local sports co-ordinator is running  lunchtime cycling proficiency sessions for our older children. Year 4 children attend a three day activity holiday in the Spring Term.

P.T.F.A         At Husborne Crawley we have an active Parent Teacher and Friends association who work tirelessly to raise money for the school, and organise fun activities for the children such as the popular discos and the annual trip to the pantomime. Please see the PTFA letters to find out more.

The History of our School:

In 2017 we will celebrate our 150th anniversary. We are planning a special celebration afternoon on Sunday June 25th 2017 and would like to invite all  past pupils, parents and staff to join us on this day. 

The Duke of Bedford had Husborne Crawley School built in 1867. It was his wish that children of the poorer families of estate workers should be provided with an education. The first headmistress of Husborne Crawley School was Miss Suzanne Elizabeth Ridley and the first  entry she made in the school log book reads as follows:

 

9th October 1867: Commenced school for the first time in Crawley.
54 children.
10th October 1867: Only 9 can write even small words or do a simple sum, the rest can hardly form a letter.
First entry in the new school log book of 1867

Dorothy Cotchin (nee Bowler) Pupil 1923 – 1931
“I started at Husborne Crawley School when I was 3 years old. Our class teacher was Florence Yates. We called her Teacher Floss. There was no central heating in the school then, only open fireplaces in each classroom. On cold days we would try to huddle round them except the teachers would always stand in front of the lovely warm flames so the heat wouldn’t reach us! There was one big blackboard in each class and we all sat at wooden desks. I remember we had to learn how to sew and patch and how to knit socks.
School dinners were not provided so everyone would have to walk home for lunch, but the roads were nothing like they are today. When I was at school there were hardly any cars, it was mostly horse and cart and you would often see Mr. Dove the baker, pushing his bread cart along the lane. His cart is now in Bedford Museum! I was happy at school. Our Headteacher, Mrs Lawrence, was very kind.”

Dorothy Bowler’s school group in 1926

Our school today

front of school environmental garden