We are very proud of our school's history
Braywood CE First School was commissioned in 1857 by Jean Van De Weyer, the Belgian Minister to the English Court, and his wife Elizabeth. They were responsible for building a grand house called New Lodge, a church and our small school with Headteacher's house on their Braywood Estate.
Van De Wever wanted to build a school which served both as a place of public worship and as a place to educate the children on his land. The first service was held in the chapel on 21st February 1858, and the school opened Monday 22nd March 1858. At this time the school educated children from 4 to 11 years old and had 140 children on role with an average of 120 attending. The Headmaster resided in the front part of the school and there was a service held in the chapel at weekends. In the past the headteachers at Braywood were strict disciplinarians.
There are still a lot of the original features left and the school has warmth, charm and character; a very inspiring place to teach and to learn.