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Davyhulme Primary School, Davyhulme
' EXPANDED OPENING ' - For our school in OUR context it will take place on Wednesday 10th June with staggered times and entry points. A letter has gone out on Fridat 22nd May - It follows on from the letter on Tuesday 15th May. All places have now been offered and our school remains at capacity, for now. The situation may change due to a whole variety of reasons so watch this space. The staff would love to have all the children back in school, but it is simply not possible to do this safely under the present restrictions - The safest place for your child remains YOUR HOME !There are still places at Holiday Club - Ring Dani on 07947653796. | School remains Open for the Children of Keyworkers and Vulnerable Pupils . We are open for limited groups who have NO OTHER OPTION ( Key workers and Vulnerable pupils) . Please note that our ‘ Let’s Play ‘ partners have had to suspend the Breakfast and After school clubs until further notice due to dwindling numbers and demand for places. Our Keyworker Group is now at capacity and we cannot add anyone else to this list for now...Following the PM's messages we will issue a full statement of our response later today with an indication of how we plan to admit more children from vulnerable groups Reception and Y6 initially - we will not admit any more children unless we are confident that pupils and staff remain safe. 
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School History

Davyhulme Primary School is an attractive school in a leafy suburb, south west of Manchester. The Junior school was built in 1939-40 (opening on 1st May 1940 ) and was later bordered by gardens, fruit trees and a spacious field. Its’ official title was Davyhulme County Primary Junior and Infant School which then reverted to Davyhulme Junior School when the Infant school was built and opened in 1951. Both schools came together as one once again on 1st September 2008.

Mr Edgar Shaw was the first Head. Past pupils and others will no doubt remember ‘The Nursery’, ‘The Woodwork Room’, green PE tunics, school blazers and hats, ‘Pop Shaw’ and his flower gardens with the most beautiful dahlias, that were sold to raise funds. The orchard still bears fruit but Mr Shaw’s flower garden went many years ago! There were pantomimes too – and yes, we still have some of those costumes!

Mr Shaw retired to the Lake District in the 1960s and Mr Duncan Nickson took over the headship. He was a superb mathematician, artist and woodcarver but sadly died in 1981, whilst he was still Head. You may remember trips to Paris, Chester Zoo, Chatsworth House and the Blue John Mines, together with sponsored canal walks and the huge summer fair. Mr. Harold Fifer took charge as acting Headteacher for 6 months while a replacement could be found. 

Miss Hazel Dodgson was appointed in 1982 and remained the head until she retired in 1995. A smater school uniform was introduced and perhaps pupils of that era will remember sewing and weaving lessons, charity events – particularly for Save the Children, and of course the start of the Y6 Shows and Summer Fairs. Inter-house and individual tournaments were introduced, some children met the Queen and the school celebrated its 50th Anniversary. After thirteen years as Head, Miss Dodgson retired in 1995.

Mrs Liz Hankinson was Head for a brief time from 1995 until 1998. The school logo became two owls and the uniform became navy blue. She led the school through its first successful Ofsted in 1996 and in 1998 was seconded as a Trafford adviser, leaving the deputy, Mr Paul Jones, as acting head – in charge of yet another Ofsted and the re-roofing programme! He saw the school through another successful Ofsted and a most ‘interesting’ period of building, floods and portacabins!

Mr Mr McDowell was appointed headteacher of the junior school and took up his post 1st May 2000. He has led the school through many changes , including a number of staff appointments , retirements and the transition from ‘old school to new school’ in all its’ connotations. Following another successful Ofsted inspection for the junior school ( ‘Good with many outstanding aspects’ , Nov 2005 ) Mr McDowell was asked to become Executive Head of the Infant school in April 2007. In September 2008 both schools became one and in May 2010 Ofsted inspected and judged Davyhulme Primary School to be “Outstanding”. 1st May 2010 marked Mr McDowell’s first ten years as headteacher and was 70 years exactly to the day the school first opened amid the dark clouds of the Battle of Britain and World War Two. 

In June 2013 the school was inspected by Ofsted three years after the previous one - no one knows the reason why to this day ! The school was found to be " Outstanding " in all areas even though ' the bar ' had been raised since the last one. There are several schools in the surrounding area that have not been inspected once since 2007 while our school has been inspected twice and both times found to be " Outstanding " so one can only wonder how this system is transparent and open.

Regardless of Ofsted and the whole inspection culture the staff and I have always made great strides to educate the ' whole child ' within a ' broad and balanced ' curriculum. We have always believed in this approach and always will. Today , Thursday 4th April 2019 , our School Council and members of our Eco group went to Davyhulme Park to help plant some oak trees and bury a ' Time ' capsule to be opened 30 years from now ...I included a letter to the  ' future ' headteacher of Davyhulme Primary School can only wonder how our school will look like in 2049 ? 




Updated by Mr P McDowell
(April 2019)



Head Teachers

Mr. E. Shaw- 1940-1964

Mr. D. Nickson- 1964-1981

Mr. H. Fifer (acting) - 1981 -1982

Miss. I. H. Dodgson- 1982-1995

Mrs. L. Hankinson- 1995-1998

Mr. P. Jones (acting)- 1998- 2000

Mr. P. McDowell- 2000- Present Day


Historical Images

Mr. Shaw receiving his retirement gift- 1964