The History of The Marist in West Byfleet

The School was founded by the Marist Sisters, a branch of the Society of Mary, which includes Priests, Brothers, Sisters and a lay fraternity. They work at home and abroad; in schools, hospitals, children's homes, parishes, chaplaincies and many other areas. They have Communities all around the world in Europe, Africa, North and South America, Australia, Oceania and Brazil.

The original School in West Byfleet goes back to the outbreak of war in 1939. Some 18 children and 3 Sisters were evacuated from the Marist Convent in Fulham and billeted among families in West Byfleet. A school was set up at The Knowle in Madeira Road, but the need to increase accommodation resulted in the present site being acquired, taking over a house known as The Gables.

The school grew and functioned as an all-age IndependentSchool until 1967, when it became a VoluntaryAidedSchool under the auspices of the Surrey County Council.

In May 2004, the Marist Sisters retired from West Byfleet. Although they are no longer part of the teaching staff, their influence and legacy lives on in the spirit and ethos of our school. They retired having put in place the plans for a brand new school building which, following extensive research, and having been granted 90% of the funding from the Department of Education was erected on what was then the School’s sports field. The playgrounds and swimming pool were retained and a new sports field laid. The building work was completed in November 2005.
In 2012 a new all weather pitch was laid in place of what had turned out to be a very unreliable school playing field and this has greatly enhanced the quality and quantity of sport that is played at school.

In 2013 the School was granted permission to expand its intake of pupils each year from 45 to 60 and so become a full two form entry primary school. A new extension was added to the school providing new state of the art classrooms and a much needed library and Club and group rooms.

The school is now enjoying the new facilities and continuing to develop them to improve the quality of what we do. Although the buildings and times have changed, we like to think that we have managed to retain the happy family spirit that has been characteristic of this school throughout the years - in fact one of the special marks of Marist Schools everywhere.

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