Our School's History
A Brief History
Whitegate Church of England Primary School is set in the picturesque Cheshire countryside. It is situated between the towns of Northwich and Winsford, both of which have historical links with the Cheshire Salt Industry.
There was a school in Whitegate certainly as far back as 1779. Indeed, there appear to have been two schools - one for boys, which is what is now part of the Mews, and a girls school in the building which became the Delamere Estate Office and later a private dwelling, October Lodge, next to the school.
Whitegate School celebrated its centenary in 1986, or to be more precise the original Victorian building was one hundred years old.
In 2011 Whitegate School celebrated its hundred and twenty fifth anniversary (1886 - 2011). Mr Percival , headteacher, spoke during a special service about the honour and privilege of being one of fourteen head teachers who have led the school. The service was attended by Right Revd Keith Sinclair Bishop of Birkenhead, Graham Evans M.P., John Stephens, Deputy Director of Children’s Services, Jeff Turnbull, Diocese Director of Education, Rev. Lesley Eden Vicar, Cllr Lynda Jones, Mike Holland, Head Hartford High School, also present pupils, their families, past and present staff, together with members of the church and local community.
Whitegate CE Primary School continues to be a vibrant, popular school today.
The photographs below show different aspects of our school and of St Mary's Church, Whitegate.
Headteachers of Whitegate School
1804 - Richard Wilkinson, Clerk
1873 - Mr. Douglas
1876 - R. Roberts
1881 - Thomas Simonson
1886 - re-opened as Whitegate Mixed School
1887 - A.H.R. Balmforth
1891 - J.H.Bennet
1900 - Benjamin Dexter
1908 - Frederick Dexter
1911 - Forester Nickson
1932 - Amy Boughton
1935 - Miss M.P.Byron
1949 - Mr. Holding
1950 - Miss Sproson & Miss. Watson
1951 - Amy O'Neill
1977 - John Higginson
1993 - Ian Percival
2016 - Caroline Mackenzie