The History of St. Oswald's

History of St. Oswald’s Church of England Primary School


The school takes its name from the Parish Church in Netherton and is named after Saint Oswald. He was a Christian king in Saxon times. Oswald became King of Northumbria in the year 632 AD and was later killed in battle. He is remembered because he invited Aidan to lead a group of missionaries to convert people to Christ. Our school badge shows the crown of King Oswald and the cross of Jesus. The present building was a Church of England Junior School and was opened by the Countess of Derby on 21st October 1959.

In 1979 the junior school amalgamated with the county infants school and became St. Oswald’s Church of England Aided Primary School. The infant school became St. Oswald's Church which exists as the building next to the school.

In January 2001, a new community suite was opened by the Bishop of Liverpool the Rt. Reverend James Jones. In June 2003 he was back with us to open a new purpose built Nursery on the school campus.

A further extension was added during the Summer of 2005 when a "Family Room" was built, this provides facilities for parents’ courses and visits from other agencies.

The school celebrated its 50th Birthday on 21st October 2009.

In October 2009 the school was lucky to receive permission for a Primary Capital Building project. In October 2010, St Oswald's CE Primary School's building work was completed. The builidng was officially opened by the Worshipful the Mayor Cllr. Mrs Maureen Fearn and Bishop Richard Blackburn in January 2011. All classrooms are much bigger, the entire school has been refurbished, there is a new library area and small group rooms for specialist learning, we now have a designated faith room and Music studio. The school was also made more accessible for all, wider doors and a lift enable all users to feel welcome and comfortable in our school. We are a fully inclusive environment.

In 2010 the ICT facilities in the school were also updated. Apple computers are available for the children to use and develop more varied technology skills. In 2011 we added iPads to the collection and gained more in 2013.

Our junior playground was been re-developed in 2012 and now has an Olympic ring to encourage the children's interest in Sports during their playtimes and lunchtime and to ensure the legacy of the Olympics 2012 lives on.

In Spring 2014, the infant playground was re-developed and this offers a warm, thriving environment for the children to play.

In Autumn 2015, the school hall had a new roof fitted.

The school continues to thrive and develop each year, watch this space for future developments this year and beyond!

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St Oswald's CE Primary School. Ronald Ross Avenue, Netherton, Bootle L30 5RH

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