Originally this one school was actually three schools! The little Victorian building at Guist closed in the 1980s with the children joining those at Gt Ryburgh and Stibbard. Stibbard became the Infant section whilst the Juniors attended Gt Ryburgh with staff driving between the two. Both schools were Victorian and set in the heart of each village but were no longer fit for purpose.
After many years of dedicated effort to secure a suitable site and the necessary finance our purpose-designed school was opened in April 2006. As a Church of England School we were fortunate to have the backing of the Diocese of Norwich. Since then the building has been remodelled in 2009 and an additional wing added in 2012, enabling us to accommodate up to 210 pupils.
Today our school has 186 pupils organised into seven classes – one class for each year group. Facilities are excellent; we have a superb hall with a sprung floor, ideal for PE. There is also a library, music room, activity room with cookery and design technology equipment, meeting room and offices.
Outside there are ample playing fields, two playgrounds, a wildlife area with bird hide and pond, a greenhouse, vegetable and ornamental gardens and an outdoor classroom.
Alongside is a Children’s Centre providing out-of-school care and nursery facilities.
Nowadays we serve nine communities: Gt Ryburgh, Little Ryburgh, Stibbard, Guist, Twyford, Gateley, Wood Norton, Barney & Fulmodeston. Some families from outside this area choose to come because they prefer a Church school environment.
Traditionally Stibbard has offered a strong ‘Arts’ curriculum with all children offered the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, take part in regular plays and musicals and experience a wide range of art media. This continues today; you may hear violin, recorder or piano. The displays are testimony to a shared love of creating art.
A variety of after school clubs are offered to children on a half termly basis such as art, pottery, table tennis, gardening and table tennis to mention but a few. A small charge is made to cover costs.
Stibbard School is rather unusual, being quite large for a village school in North Norfolk – most of our neighbouring village schools are considerably smaller. This puts us in a secure position as we face the future, able to offer a Church school education in a village setting with 21st century facilities.