The history of Monkspath Junior & Infant School
Our School History
Our locality and some local history
Our school was built on a 4 acre site during 1985/86 and opened its doors to pupils on 1st September of 1986. The £1.2 million school was opened by Mr Sweet, Deputy Director of Education.
The founding Headteacher was Mrs June Griffith and the two Deputy Head Teachers were Mr Doug Dadswell and Mrs Lesley Mellor.
The 490 place school opened as a two form entry school and there were 180 children admitted onto the school roll during that first year.
The school quickly grew and before long additional classroom space was needed. Pupils were taught in temporary classrooms which were sited on the area that is now the Infant Playground and Eco Gardens. These classrooms affectionately known as “The Huts” also became home to a fox who took up residence under the structures.
In the late 1990’s the building was extended so that we could become the 710 place three form entry school that we are today.
Mrs Griffith handed the reins of the school over to Mrs Jane Hutchinson in September 2002. Mrs Hutchinson has seen many changes since taking on the role of leading the school. Mrs Mellor retired in 2006 and Mr Dan Wild took on the role of Deputy Head Teacher in September of that year. Currently Mrs Dawn Walton (KS2 Department Head) and Mr Dean Hogarth (KS1 & FS Department Head) are the two Assistant Headteachers who along with Mrs Natasha Jervis form the Senior Leadership team.
History of Local Area
Monkspath is a community in Solihull, England, south-east of Shirley and served by Junction 4 of the M42 motorway. Monkspath is in the Blythe ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull.
The first recorded mention of Monkspath is in 1153, when it was “Munchespathe”. Roger de Ulehale of Tanworth was granted the manor and the adjoining lands by William de Beaumont, the third Earl of Warwick.
A collection of 13th and 14th century deeds show that Shelley, which adjoins Monkspath, was a thriving settlement at that time, and traffic between Solihull and Henley-In-Arden passed through regularly as Shelley Lane was part of the King’s highway.
The land was first farmed communally, in strips, but later it was enclosed and divided into farms. The probable evidence of open fields, in the form of ridge and furrow, was still to be seen on Graves Shelley field in the 1960s.
Monkspath is built on the former hamlet of Shelly. During the 13th and 14th centuries Shelly was a thriving settlement which connected Solihull and Henley-In-Arden by way of the Kings Highway (now Shelly Lane).
Shelly Farm, one of the only surviving 19th Century buildings in the area has now been converted into a public house “The Farm”.
The locality is served by a small shopping centre located on Farmhouse Way. The centre contains two small supermarkets, a food outlet, hairdressers, opticians, pharmacy and a cashpoint. The site also contains a doctors and dentist surgery, a busy family orientated public house and a community centre. There is also a local park with playground areas.
Monkspath is served by the No5 bus route and the local railway station is Widney Manor Railway Station.
Local secondary schools include Alderbrook School, Tudor Grange School and St Peter’s Catholic School.
Further education is available at nearby Solihull Sixth Form College and Solihull College.
Woodall, J and Varley, M. (1987) Looking back at Solihull, Solihull
West Midlands Federation of Women’s Institutes The West Midlands Village Book