Rodborough Parish Church

The Old Endowed School (TOES)

endowed-schoolThe school was originally held in part of the old church house adjoining the churchyard. In 1820 the building was partly rebuilt and extended by the addition of a new schoolroom and a master’s house.

From 1821 a Sunday school was also held and it had an attendance of 107 in 1833. In 1834 it was decided to increase the number of children in the day-school of the Reading Charity to 50, and from 1840 there were separate sections for boys and girls. In 1873 there were about 55 boys and 58 girls in the school, which became known as the Rodborough Endowed School.

It was closed in 1901 when Rodborough Primary School was opened.

The building provides a generous and comfortable space for meetings of all kinds, both regular and occasional.
We also have basic kitchen facilities on each floor. We would be delighted to accommodate you.

Whilst there is not a general license for music performance or the sale of alcohol on the premises you may, however, provide alcohol for your group or arrange your own licenses.

If you would like to keep things simple for receptions after christenings (baptism), weddings and funerals the School’s proximity to the church makes it a good venue. Birthday Parties and Special Occasions can also be catered for.

The upper floor is reached using steps, while the downstairs entrance is level with the road.

You will need to check whether friends with disabilities will find the building too difficult. There is a disabled toilet on the mezzanine level accessed from the churchyard.

The school is in need of refurbishment at present and the project will cost £250,000, with funding being sought from national and local sources as well as the generosity of local people. We have obtained planning permission for the development of the building, with possible work starting in Autumn 2010.
For more information, please see this leaflet. (2.26mb)