Marlborough Infant School in North Camp, Aldershot has been an educational establishment for over 120 years. Construction was completed on 28 January 1897 and the school had seats for 328 children.
The original name is reported to be the ‘Garrison Brigade School’ which was staffed by members of the Queens Army Schoolmistresses. Following the 1944 Education Act, Army schools were handed over to local authorities and, in 1948, Hampshire Education Authority took over the responsibility for staffing and for the maintenance of the building and grounds, paying the Defence Land Agents an annual rent.
Marlborough Infant School remains in its original buildings, and on the walls of the two main buildings can still be seen the inscriptions for “Boys” and “Girls” (although, of course, such segregation no longer applies!). The Victorian building offers classrooms over two floors, including a hall and servery upstairs. For a number of years, children have benefited from having a well-equipped Early Years Unit located adjacent to the main building. This self-contained classroom provides a safe environment for our youngest children. The surrounding environment offers a sports field, outdoor learning areas, an adventure playground, a tarmac playground and a garden area.
In June 1997 the school celebrated its centenary. On the final day of events, the whole school dressed up in Victorian costumes and a photograph to commemorate this event can be seen outside the school office.
In July 2022, the school celebrated its 125th anniversary. Families and members of the local community, as well as previous members of staff, were invited to school to take part in the celebrations. A time-capsule was also opened which had been filled and locked 25 years previously!
The School is surrounded by Army barracks and the neighbouring Clocktower building accomodates the Clocktower Pre-School as well as the before- and after-school and other clubs and organisations run by the Army.
Marlborough Infant School (and Clocktower house, the building next to our school) are also included in the 'Marlborough' Heritage Trail; one of a series of six family-friendly walking history trails where you can discover more about the unique, rich and fascinating story of Aldershot throughout the years. You can find out more via either of the links below: