Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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South Trelawny Primary School for the 4 to 11 year olds was situated at Jedburgh Crescent, Ham, Plymouth.

Originally formed in September 1947 as Trelawny School, it was housed in some HORSA huts on a site that eventually became the home of Trelawny Secondary Modern School.  It was only when the School was divided into primary and secondary departments in January 1948 that work started on a new building for the primary school.

The foundation stone was laid by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Alderman H J Perry, on Tuesday September 28th 1948.  It was one of four new schools in the City and was already half completed.  It would have fourteen class-rooms and two assembly halls, one with  a stage, and was expected to take between 500 and 600 pupils.  Ultimately there would also be a nursery block, with its own play garden.  It was designed by the City Architect, Mr E G Catchpole and his team and constructed by Messrs J Garrett & Son Lt of Prince Rock, Plymouth.

It is reputed that prisoners of war had helped in the construction of the prefabricated buildings.

South Trelawny Primary School was opened on September 5th 1949, with 160 children on the register.  Three classes were held in the new building but another two were still held in the old HORSA huts some distance away.

By May 1950 there were 300 children on the roll, reflecting the growth of the Ham Estate.

In 1955 the Headmistress of the junior school was Miss D Kent and the Headmistress of the infant school was Miss I Hockings.