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Welcome to Alfred Sutton Primary School: A Brief History of Our School

Alfred Sutton Primary School has served the community since 1902, as a result of both the rapid development of new houses built on either side of Wokingham Road and the Education Act of 1895 which made schooling free for all children. The school opened as Wokingham Road School with just over a hundred children attending on the first day.

The school was built with some financial help from the Sutton family, of Sutton Seeds fame and in 1920 the school was renamed Alfred Sutton County School. Then as now, the school was very popular and pressure for places was acute. By the mid 1920s, there were 528 children in attendance, which meant there were about 50 to a class!

During the 1960s and 1970s, the cultural life was broadened by the arrival of families from South Asia and the Caribbean, and the expansion of the nearby University of Reading brought visiting academics and their families to the area from many parts of the world. As a result the school developed the vibrant multiculturalism praised in recent reports following inspection of the school by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) .


Alfred Sutton Primary School | 148 Wokingham Road | Reading | RG6 1JR
Telephone: 0118 901 5411 | Fax: 0118 901 5410
E mail: admin.alfredsutton@reading.gov.uk