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About the school


Marston School was founded in 1716 by Dame Margaret Thorold to fulfil the wishes of her late husband, Sir John Thorold, Baronet.  Lands were settled to pay for the education of fifteen children in the parish of Marston.  The children were to be taught to read, write and ‘cast account’; the basic ‘three R’s’ of that time.

The School Master was to be paid £15 per annum and had to be a single man, if he married he had to give up his post.  Mrs Jan Marshall is the first female headteacher of the school in its history!  The same deed established an apprenticeship for a poor boy from Marston in the sum of £5 per annum.  These trusts are now embodied in the Dame Margaret Thorold Charities, which continues to support the school financially.

The present school was built in 1861, adopting ‘Aided’ status in 1954 and becoming a listed building in 1984.  The Dame Margaret Thorold Charity purchased a mobile classroom in 1997 to accommodate the increase in pupil numbers.  In early 2004 a new extension to the building was opened and this extension provides a hall, an ICT suite, cloakrooms, offices and a classroom to replace the mobile classroom. We are a small school and we are very lucky to have a large hall!

Our school is at the heart of the village of Marston where there is a strong sense of community.  We are a popular, over subscribed Church of England Voluntary Aided School and we are very well equipped with all the latest technology.  We also believe in the traditional methods and have spent some £100 000 in the last few years on a new multi media room (library and computer suite), a small food technology room and a new playground! 


Governors and all staff work together to provide a high standard of education for all our pupils within a happy, stimulating and secure learning environment. We encourage pupils to take responsibility for their learning, to grow in confidence and to become more independent.  We believe that children learn best when staff and parents work together in close partnership and so we value your involvement with your child's education.  We promote good behaviour so that every child can achieve their potential and we also believe that everyone should show good manners towards others.