The History of Park Mead School

In 1967 Park Mead Infant School opened to accommodate pupils aged from 5 to 8 years old. It opted out of Local Education Authority control in September 1993 and became a Grant Maintained school. At the same time, its age range changed to cater for pupils from 5 to 7 years.

Park Mead County Junior School opened in September 1968. In 1973 the buildings were extended and it was redesignated as a middle school for pupils aged 8 to 12. In April 1994 the school was afforded Grant Maintained status and in the September of that year it reverted to a 7 to 11 junior school. With a change of government in 1997, both Park Mead schools became Foundation schools, retaining some important aspects of their position as Grant Maintained.  This means that they were run by their own governing bodies, which employ staff and set the admissions criteria. Land and buildings are owned by the governing body of a Foundation school.

During 2002, the Junior School building was the subject of a major programme of refurbishment and accommodation and facilities were modernised and upgraded.

Park Mead Primary opened on September 1st 2003 as an amalgamation of Park Mead Infant and Park Mead Junior schools. This marked a new era in local education provision as it became the only non-denominational single site primary school in the Cranleigh area. All buildings and facilities are open to all pupils and staff and the school benefits from a strong community ethos.

In November 2009 we welcomed Knowle Nursery to the school site.

Admissions at Year R are capped at 60. Following a consultation period in 2016, the Governors were unanimous in their decision that their determined admissions policy should remove the +10 PAN at Year 3 and have a single point of entry in Year R for 60 pupils from September 2017.