School History

Throughout its forty six years, The Quinta Primary School has always had a strong reputation, one that in their latest report, Ofsted said was 'well deserved'. We are proud of our reputation which has been contributed to by every member of the community, past and present. To find out more about how The Quinta began and has developed, please read the article below.

The Quinta Primary School in Congleton, Cheshire was opened in February 1968 by the then Professor of astronomy at Manchester University, Sir Bernard Lovell (founder of Jodrell Bank Radio telescope). It was to serve the private housing estate which was growing around it. The school took its name from a large house adjacent to the school on Sandbach Road, West Heath, called The Quinta, (demolished in 2003 to make way for a new housing development) and also had an arboretum in nearby Swettenham named  after it. Quinta is the Portuguese word for a large five-bedroom house.

The first Headteacher was Mr Hargreaves and the school opened with 125 children on roll who were in five classes. The number attending the school grew quickly and by September 1968, there were 6 classes. The school building was full by 1971 and so a mobile classroom was added in March 1971, bringing the number of classes to 8. Mr Hargreaves retired as Headteacher in 1980 and Mr Hough succeeded him. The school continued to increase in size and by 1988 there were 7 classrooms in the main school and 3 mobile classrooms on the playground, making 10 in total.
Mr Malcolm Howard became Headteacher in September 1994. The school continued to thrive and staff increased to head plus 10 teachers and 2 classroom assistants. The number on roll continued to increase and so a permanent classroom was added onto the main building and this was opened by the local MP, Mrs Ann Winterton in January 1999. The school then had 11 classrooms and 314 children on roll. A new staffroom was built in 1996 and the previous staffroom became an additional resource room and teacher area. The playground was redeveloped and an infant play area was built on the edge of the school field. Further building work included the addition of cloakrooms to classes 6, 7 and 8 in 2001. The main corridor can be used for small teaching groups.

Current headteacher, Miss Tracey Walklate, was appointed in April 2006. In September 2008, the school celebrated its 40th anniversary, with Mr Hough and Lady Winterton returning to the school to join in with the celebrations. To mark the event, the Year 6 class visited the Palace of Westminister in London. In addition, a new Early Years Play area was established to provide further developmental opportunities for the children in Reception.

On 1st January 2014 the school converted to academy status which continued the school's growth and development in the town of Congleton.

At present, the school comprises over three hundred children and the staffing structure is the headteacher plus seventeen teachers, one higher level teaching assistant and eight classroom teaching assistants who support whole class work and support special needs in the school. The school continues to provide a high quality education for children in Congleton and achieves well within the Cheshire East area and beyond in academics, sports and the arts.

On the 12th July 2018 the school will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The Quinta Primary School, Ullswater Road, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 4LX