History and Future

South Marston Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School was opened in 1873 with 80 pupils. Alfred Bell, the Lord of the Manor at that time, gave the money for the building. The original building was the existing main hall.

As more children came to the school an "overflow" room was added to the front of the school. This room is now a school library. In 1968 a further extension was added to provide office space and toilets. Two "temporary" mobile classrooms were added in 1971 and 1987. They were finally removed in 1993 following the erection of a purpose-built, semi-permanent extension comprising three classrooms and a staff room. This greatly improved the standard of accommodation and freed the hall, as it was no longer occupied as a classroom.

Our move to 4 classes in September 1999 meant that once again we had to use the hall as a classroom.

Following successful fundraising efforts by the school, our new building was officially opened by Julia Drown MP on 25th September 2001. A School Kitchen and additional rooms was added in 2009.

In 2013 our Class 1 (Reception / Y1) classroom was enlarged providing an excellent teaching space, as well as providing a larger space for our growing pre-school. In 2014 an outdoor area was provided for Class 2 (Y1/2), giving them additional outdoor space all year long. In 2016 the Early Years building was improved further allowing the Reception / Y1 class to work with the Pre-School as a unit.

Following proposed village expansion, plans are currently being drawn up to provide a new purpose built school on our existing site, including a sports hall / dining room, new school kitchen as well as larger classrooms and central areas.

The school makes provision for children between the ages of 4+ and 11 who live in the village of South Marston and the surrounding area. The school roll is now between 100 and 110.

In 2016 the school converted to become an Academy, however it has retained the same name, and is now part of DBAT (The Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust).

Outside facilities include playgrounds, a netball court and large grassed play area with Trim-Trail, climbing wall, wildlife pond and butterfly garden. More recent additions are the class vegetable gardens and the tyre planters. We are also grateful for the use of the church and the recreation ground.

The school puts on dramatic/musical/religious productions regularly. These have included services and nativity plays in the church, and others in the village or school hall. The summer concert is a very popular annual event which takes place in the school grounds. All children participate in these activities and we are very proud of their talents.


Old Vicarage Lane, South Marston, Swindon, SN3 4SH

Tel: 01793 823379    Email:admin@southmarstonprimary.co.uk